The view outside my window right now is not a very welcome sight.
It’s snowing. Again. A lot.
I know. I live in Michigan. It’s only the beginning of February. Winter here typically runs to the middle or even end of March. A sizable chunk of the of the United States is getting sucked into a polar vortex of snow storms and bitter cold temperatures. My case isn’t particularly special. I should be used to it by now. I get it.
But I don’t care. I’m not only ready for winter to go away, I’m ready for it go away then die a quick, painless death that leaves no traces or evidence behind. Maybe that’s being a little over dramatic, but it’s true.
Complaining and getting bummed about the weather doesn’t do anybody any good, so I’ll just shift gears to a more pleasant subject. In case you guys didn’t know, Buzzfeed is one of the most effective tools of distraction/procrastination on the internet. It’s even right up there with Pinterest I think (which is really saying something). There’s just the right combination of serious topics blended with just the right amount of pure silliness that’s enough to keep you occupied at all the times when you’re feeling bored or in need of something to pass the time.
Case in point in this particular instance would be a fun kind of personality quiz that I took today: “Which ’90’s Nickelodeon show Are You?” I don’t know how many 90’s kids are out there reading Cooking Is My Sport, but if you are a 90’s kid (or even had kids that grew up during the 90’s watching Nickelodeon shows), then this quiz would probably be just as fun for you to take as it was for me. I know everyone has their own version of nostalgia for their childhood, but I really do think that Nickelodeon was its very best during the 1990’s, as well as the first 2-3 years of the 2000’s. I won’t get into a rant about it; instead I’ll just share my results, post the link to the quiz and encourage all you guys to take it, then post your results in the comments section below so I can see what you got- sound good? Awesome.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the food. Well, these are a little different than what I expected when I first decided to try out the this recipe, but that doesn’t mean that they didn’t turn out nicely. They certainly did. I’m HUGE fan of Kashi cereal, and I’ve been wanting to cook with it for a long time so I went to search on the website for some inspiration. For some reason the name of the recipe suggested to me that these would be similar to granola bars, but they’re not at all. The texture is VERY tender and soft, like a coffee cake that literally melts in your mouth. But, they’re actually not like coffee cake at all because so far as baked goods go, these squares are pretty healthy. So, if that’s your thing, then feel free to go ham on these suckers. Another thing: they practically scream for you to have an accompaniment of coffee, hot apple cider, or cocoa to go with them. So make sure there’s some close by.
Don’t forget to take the quiz, and share your results with me (because I’m nosy like that). Until next time guys- stay warm!
Which ’90s Nickelodeon Show Are You?
You got: Hey Arnold!
Way to go, football head! You’re city-savvy but still figuring it all out – it’s a big world out there past the stoop! You’ve encountered some crazy characters in your day, but you’ll always have your pals, and you’re as good a friend as they come. Just try to keep away from the sewer and you’ll be all set.
Apple Cherry Squares
- 2 cups, finely crushed Kashi Go Lean Crisp Cinnamon Crumble cereal
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup liquid sugar in the raw
- 1/2 cup egg substitute (or 2 eggs)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups apples, finely diced
1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
2. In a medium bowl, mix first seven ingredients. Mix well, then set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, liquid sugar in the raw, egg substitute, honey, oil, and vanilla. Then add diced apples and mix well.
3. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and mix well. Spread evenly in oiled and floured 8″ x 11″ bake pan and bake 40 minutes or until knife comes out clean.