Saturday, June 26, 2010

Summertime Snack Attack

Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.”


Hope everyone’s week went well and that you have a fun or relaxing weekend planned. As for me, I will be working today and then possibly meeting my parents for a lunch date tomorrow afternoon at one of our favorite buffets! Speaking of eating out, I forgot to mention that last week I ate at Buffalo Wild Wings for the first time ever. We don’t have one in our city yet, but word is one is in the works! I ordered the Buffalitos which are two soft flour tortillas with seasoned, grilled chicken, lettuce, pico de gallo, a blend of cheese, sour cream and whatever sauces you choose. I picked their Spicy Garlic and Caribbean Jerk. I fell in love with both sauces and the Buffalitos were the perfect amount of food, plus I got the roasted potato wedges.


Here’s the rest of this weeks work re-cap:



  • Finnish pasties (recipe here)
  • Tossed salad
  • Sautéed zucchini and corn
  • Rice Krispie Bars

(Side note: Pasties are a northern Minnesota food that started out due to the huge demand of mining. Miner’s would find it easy to just grab a pasty, which is somewhat like a hot pocket filled with all the necessary nutrients they needed. Many restaurants in northern Minnesota specialize in pasty making. More of the story here.)



(Had to make one gluten-free rice krispie bar, in front)



  • Cream of Asparagus Soup
  • Cucumber Boats with Egg Salad
  • Perfect Bread with Peach Preserves
  • Strawberry Shortcakes






I had to draw the Indian Tribe flags because the wild rice came straight from the lakes surrounding our area and it is harvested and picked by the Native Indians.




Like I said before, working 6 days a week gives me a chance to finally try all the different on-the-go snacks I have had sitting around for quite some time.

First of all..have you heard of a jazz apple?


“Jazz is a modern apple variety, developed in New Zealand in the 1980s. It is a cross between two other major apple varieties - Braeburn and Gala. Not surprisingly it has a lot of "shelf appeal", being a medium size, and with a very attractive appearance. It is marketed as a "bi-colored" apple, because the strong red/maroon color is broken up by areas of green / yellow / orange.”

It’s by far my new favorite apple!



Heard of the sugar free Crystal Light Iced Cups? I hadn’t either until I stumbled upon them at Wal-Mart. I got the Lemonade/Cherry Pomegranate flavor—so good, and at only 35 calories a cup, you can’t go wrong!



I also tried a new-to-me bar, Powerbar Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie.

Chew Review: It was just ok. It was somewhat small in size, and didn’t really have a taste resembling a cookie at all. However, I did like the generous amount of cranberries and the non-sticky texture of the bar. Probably wouldn’t buy it again.




Chocolate and peanut butter have to be one of my favorite combos, and rice krispie bars have to be one of my favorite childhood snacks. This bar satisfied it all in one, plus it was a decent size and organic which is a plus!

EnviroKidz Organic Crispy Rice Bar—Peanut Choco Drizzle



Stay Tuned for a homemade granola bar recipe tomorrow!

What’s your current favorite snack food?


Kirsten said...

Great post Cassie! Thanks for the walk down memory lane. Pasties were traditionally done in my family. And I'm carrying on the tradition with my grandmother's recipe.
Great job on your blog! You're a long way to reaching your career goals already! I'm proud of you!

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Looks like some fantastic spreads.
Very nice indeed=)

Mary said...

From start to finish this was a great post. I love your menus and your recommendations. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Kerstin said...

I'm already looking forward to your granola recipe! I'm going to look for those crystal light cups too!

Krista said...

I really like the sounds of egg salad in a cucumber boat! I'll have to try that. I think the kids would like it, too. Can't wait for the granola bar recipe!