This whole not having Wi-Fi or cable thing is actually not as horrible as I thought it would be. It’s not like I have to live without this salty, sweet, and crunchy peanut butter, chia seed and chocolate chip granola. (Like how I did that?)
Really! Not having it has really made me 45,000 times more productive. I don’t waste time watching stupid shows or surfing the web. I wake up, cook & bake, stage & style and photograph & edit. Then I spend a few hours writing the actual articles. When I’m done (usually around 3 – 4) I head to the public library (just 2 steps from my house!) and upload all of my images and articles. In addition to super-fast Wi-Fi, the library has a ton of DVDs so e and I have been watching some fantastic old classics, like Jaws, Clue and Prom Night. Plus, I’ve spent so much more time thinking about recipes and writing out my cookbook. If this is how life was like pre-internet, I could almost get on board with it. ALMOST. Now, if I didn’t have 3G, shit would get real.
In addition to my productivity level, it’s doing wonders for our marriage. For one, el doesn’t spend hours shooting zombies and beating up hookers (on video games, of course) and I don’t spend my life watching endless episodes of Disappeared. We watch movies together, take long walks with our dogs (have I mentioned how much our new hood rocks?) and … you know… do other things adult married people sometimes partake in. It’s really helping all facets of my life.
Don’t get me wrong though, we aren’t going to go all hippies and rid ourselves of Wi-Fi and cable forever. In fact, the second we move into our old (new?) place once its repaired, we’re calling Verizon. But for now? It works. Just like this perfectly sweet, salty and delicious peanut butter, chia seed and chocolate chip granola (again, I’m just a whizz at these transitions).
Peanut butter, chia seed and chocolate chip granola
Yields 8 cups (serving size ½ cup)
Prep time: >5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
- 2/3 cup low-fat creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups uncooked oats
- 2 ½ tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 cup peanuts
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking dish with foil.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the peanut butter, honey, molasses and cinnamon. Heat until melted, about 2 – 3 minutes over medium heat.
- In a large bowl, mix the oats, chia seeds and peanuts together. Pour the melted peanut butter mixture over the oats and stir to combine.
- Stir in the chocolate chips, careful not to stir too much (or they will melt).
- Spread mixture evenly in the dish. Bake for about 30 – 40 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove pan from oven. Once oven has cooled, place pan back in to dry (about an hour).
Nutritional information per 1/2 cup:
Fat: 11.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 37.5 grams
Fiber: 2.5 grams
Protein: 9.3 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 8