My Yummy Local Life











{February 9, 2013}   Local Life: Being Married to a Farmer 2

As promised, I am back with some more things I have learned about being married to a farmer.

Here they go:

1. Sometimes your farmer needs you to sew interesting things. Like having a bandanna and an old scarf made into a “warm face scarf thing”. also have sewn patches on the knees of some jeans and darned some wool socks.

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2. I’m adjusting to the fact that my farmer husband is now a morning person, up around 6am every day; partially due to the fact that he is still living on EST even though we’re in MST. The biggest benefit here is seeing the sunrise almost every day and it is beautiful.

3. Paychecks in relatively similar amounts come every two weeks. Translation, hubby is a big kid now and farming is a real job 😉

4. No food is safe in the house of a working farmer. Seriously, if I want to keep something for lunch the next day, I have to pack it in my lunch box before he gets home, or tell him immediately when he gets home that it is off limits.

5. In the same vein of food disappearing quickly, we have taken to making our own versions of clif bars and lara bars. The clif bars had more expensive ingredients, so we are pretty much sticking with “lara” bars now.

Here’s a couple favorites so far- the basic formula is 1 cup of dates to 2 cups of “extras” and a splash of almond milk to hold them together.

Coconut cream bars:

1 cup dates

1 cup unsweetened coconut

3/4 cup almonds

1/4 cup cashews

Chocolate Chip Cookie bars:

1 and 1/2 cups cashews

1 cup dates

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Peanut chocolate bars:

1 and 1/2 cups peanuts

1 cup dates

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Grind everything together in a food processor, add a splash of almond milk until it starts to clump together. Spread into a small pan (we use a 4in X 6in pan) so they are about 1/2 inch thick. Put in the refrigerator overnight, cut into 4-6 bars and store in the refrigerator. I usually cut mine into 6 and store them 2 to a bag.

So that’s how I’m keeping my farmer fed right now. What flavors would you combine together?

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