Lame things to do on Labor Day:
Wake up early. To run on the sidewalks. Because the gym is closed and after 7am the temperature rises 10 degrees every 5 minutes. I see it happening on my indoor-outdoor-thermometer-clock gadget. And honestly now, why would it lie to me?
Spend a solid hour shelling pistachios while watching Good Morning America. Ridiculously time consuming, annoying and lame. Note to self: Buy shelled pistachios, already. Seriously.
Clean. Not even a little bit of a nice thing to do on your extra day of weekend.
Way less lame things to do on Labor Day:
Eat homemade granola bars. Acceptable in an earthy-hippie-foodie kind of way.
Buy plum paint. And a nice taupe color actually called “Frappe.” Convince your husband that painting the ceiling and walls of your bedroom next weekend is the. best. idea. ever.
For the sake of productivity let’s end the list there.
Yes, I’m feeling productive. Yes, I want to clean so the painting can hurry up and happen.
Plus, I’m willing to bet your extra days of weekend were spent doing glamorous things. Tell me about them please. I’ll trade you a granola bar for a story.
Cranberry-Pistachio Granola Bars
recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse
3 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup flax seed
1 1/2 cups pistachios, shelled
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
3/4 cup honey
1 1/2 tbsp. butter
Toast oats and flax seed on a baking sheet in a preheated 350 degree oven, stirring halfway. (If your pistachios aren’t already roasted, add them to the toasting mix. Mine were roasted and salted when I purchased them.) Meanwhile, combine shelled pistachios, dried cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar in a large bowl.
Heat honey and butter in a small saucepan until butter has melted and honey has thinned.
When oats and flax seed have finished toasting, knock the oven temperature down to 300 degrees. Add oats/flaxseed and honey/butter to the mixing bowl. Stir well.
Press into a greased 7×11″ baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool slightly and cut into squares. (Waiting will make it difficult to cut.) Wait until granola has cooled and set into bars before serving. (At minimum, an hour.)