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Do You Realize…

We’re officially in to Fall now?

That must be why my tomatoes are finally turning red! After waiting all summer long, it looks like M and I will finally have some home-grown tomatoes for our salads. Ah well, it’s worth waiting for, I guess!

1st home garden tomato

We’ll have about 8 more before they’re all gone. It just gets me brainstorming for how to do better next year!

You can feel the change in the air here, although the days are still pretty nice.
We had the chance to go to the Puyallup Fair for the whole day on Wednesday, thanks to my very favorite radio station, KEXP. Not that they were simply giving away Fair tickets – I actually won two tickets to see The Flaming Lips play!! I got the tix way back in June, and eagerly awaited Sept. 21st ever since! I can’t tell you how excited I was. And surprised, since good bands very rarely play the Fair (sorry P-town, I’m allowed to say it, since I used to live there).

The Flaming Lips @ the Puyallup Fair

Wayne came out in his space bubble and walked the crowd. They had giant balloons and huge confetti canons.

Giant Balloons and Confetti

The big screen behind the band was awesome. And there were lasers.  They didn’t tone down the show for the Fair, which I was very happy about! I really wonder if the Grandstand people knew who these guys were when they booked them, hehe.

M  & I had an awesome time and yelled our heads off. What a great way to kick off the season. ^_^

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Coconut Walnut Pumpkin Raisin Bars

coconut walnut pumkin raisin bars

coconut walnut pumpkin raisin bars

Yes, there is a lot going on in these bars. But sooooooo yummy! I had the dilemma of some leftover pumpkin pie puree in the fridge that I needed to use up, so I found a few promising recipes on the web, and then modified them into this recipe! I find that I almost never follow a recipe exactly (unless perhaps I’m using my beloved Joy of Cooking); one of my main substitutions is for sugar – any time I can, I will use other natural sweeteners because refined white sugar (and white flour, for that matter) is so bad for you!

So here’s the recipe! Perfect for breakfast or a snack on an autumn day!

Coconut Walnut Pumpkin Raisin Bars

1 cup date sugar*

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (homemade or from the can)

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup walnuts

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tbsp applesauce

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp sea salt

(*date sugar is a great substitute for white sugar in baking – it has a slightly molasses-like flavor. You can find it at natural foods stores, or you can make it yourself! I took a large amount of dried dates, chopped them into pellet-sized pieces, and then baked them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees. They’ll get really hard once cooled. In batches, grind the dates in a coffee-grinder or food processor until fine.)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together your dry ingredients and set aside.

Pulse your coconut and walnuts in a food processor, for a finer consistency. If you like a chunkier bar, simply chop by hand.

In a large bowl, stir together the date sugar, pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, applesauce, and vanilla until combined.

Add the coconut/walnut mixture to the wet mixture.

Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients to the wet mixture until combined (this will be more like a dough than a batter).

Spread evenly in a greased 8×8 pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool, then cut into squares, and enjoy!

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