Monday, October 01, 2007

Monday Mish Mash

This weekend was an ultra busy one for us. Dave's uncle passed away last week and the funeral services were on Saturday. Because everybody is scattered over 3 provinces it was basically an all day affair of saying goodbye to Uncle F. and then saying hello to a new member of our family. We saw all the relatives we haven't seen in a couple years which is always really nice. The two years in between a visit doesn't seem that long. No awkwardness with this family. They just draw you right in no matter how shy you might be and accept you. It's wonderful. But boy, it is tiring.

So Sunday we were naughty and didn't go to church. We just couldn't seem to get it together on time. Kay was running in the Breast Cancer Run for the Cure, and nobody had any committements in church that morning, so for once it was easy to take the day off. For a family of five who is involved in various ways in church it is a miracle if we actually have a Sunday where no one is doing anything. Although I'm sure we missed a great service. It always works that way when we do miss. Something great went on that I wished I would have been there.

Last week we got to test a couple packages of these:

Put out by General Mills, these are not granola bars but a Nut Bar. Each bar contains only 6 natural ingrediants of roasted nuts and sunflower seeds held together in a bar with a slightly sweet coating. At the moment there are two choices of bar: Peanut Crunch and Almond Crunch. They have 2 grams of fiber, 7 grams of protein and no cholesterol.

Taste-wise these nut bars were very good. I personally like nuts with that salty sweet flavor going on. They were very crispy. And two of my kids and I liked that but my hubby and older girl thought they were brittle and would have preferred them to have a chewy kind of sweet thing holding it together rather than the crisp coating. But they also liked the flavor. All in all it's a product the whole family liked and son already requested them for the lunch bag.

And now the usual disclaimer. As always, I am not paid in any way for testing products. I only recieve for free the package of the product to try. And as always, I will be totally honest.

Menu Plan Monday is going to be late this week as I'm so darn organized that I have about 2 things left in the freezer, one of them being a turkey. So obviously I need to majorly grocery shop. I just cannot get into the mode somehow of planning my menu before I grocery shop. I like to shop the sales so that will determine what I have on my menu. And because I only shop twice a month, it just seems very daunting to menu plan before I know what is in my freezer. I don't know, maybe I'm just bucking change. But that part of it just seems overwhelming to me to change at this point. Ach, maybe I'll just get a bunch of the nut bars and go with that! ;v)


Tammy said...

I'm so sorry Dave's uncle passing, Susanne. But how blessed your family is to be so loving and accepting- that is so wonderful!

I didn't go to church for the first time in a long while yesterday, either, but my family did. I just needed a morning to rest- it was that time of month for one thing, and I ended up sleeping half the morning! :0
Have a wonderful week, Susanne! xxoo

{Karla} said...

sorry to hear about the passing of Dave's uncle.

those nut bars are looking mighty tasty to me!


Beck said...

I'm sorry about Dave's uncle...
All of the schools around here have nut bans, which means that there would be only me to eat them...
The Baby is "helping" me type. Aaaah!

Molly Coddled said...

I'm so too the hear of Dave's uncle passing. You sound like you're doing ok though, so that's good.

Hey, could you do me a favor and check to see if those bars have high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils in them? Some of their products do and some don't so I have to check before I buy. Both are really bad for our health.

Heather Smith said...

So sorry about the loss in your family! Will be praying!
I went to church yesterday for the 8th straight day! We had revival which started the previous Sunday and went Monday-Friday, then we had a singing at our church Saturday night then it was Sunday again. I'm tired, but I needed the revival! Great services all week! But after tonight's birthing class I plan to do pretty much NOTHING all week (other than work because for some reason those pesky bills want to be paid!)

Org Junkie said...

Those bars sound great to me, I'll have to look for them!
As for the menu planning, check the sale flyers for what's on sale and do up your menu from that and what is in your freezer before you go shopping. Trust me you'll spend less this way buying only what you need. Now would I steer you wrong???

Have a good day!!!

Jen said...

sori about Dave's uncle

does your church record the sermon if so maybe you could borrow the tape

those bars sound YUMMMY

annie said...

Sorry about the loss of Dave's uncle. We went through that a couple of weeks ago, it is amazing how you only see people at funerals these days. I guess we are all just too busy. Sad.
The bars look yummy!

Susanne said...

Molly: There is no hydrogenated oils at all in the bars. There is however corn syrup but it didn't say high fructose so I don't know if that makes a difference. The bars were not very sweet at all. And like I said the were on the crispy side so there was not a lot of the stuff on them to hold it together. For the peanut crunch flavor the ingrediants were: peanuts, sunflower seeds, sugar, corn syrup, salt and almond flour. The almond crunch ones, of course, had whole almonds. Does that help?

PastorMac's Ann said...

My kids LOVE those nut bars!

I really really need help in the meal-planning department.

Linda said...

I honestly don't know how you plan so effectively. Even if I did it, I would mess it up somehow, or life would pull a fast one. I'm usually good for about half my menu plan.

gail@more than a song said...

I'm sorry y'all have had a loss in your family. And I bet you really needed a day of rest's good to regroup sometimes.
I say menus are always good, any day of the week!

Shalee said...

So sorry about the loss of Dave's uncle, but I'm glad that you all could enjoy the time together as a family.

And sometimes you need a rest from EVERYTHING, including church. (God doesn't say that he'll only accept worship in a building, so I think you'll be good to go with him!)

Jen said...

I'm sorry to hear about Dave's uncle.