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Baked Bars

If you had told me a year ago that I would be mountain biking upwards of 20 miles in a weekend, over rocks, roots and the occasional fallen log, I would have laughed and changed the conversation. I didn’t know then that some crazy people actually clip their feet into tiny metal petals – yes, locking your feet into the bike – and if I did, I certainly would never clip my own shoes in. I had no idea that bunnies, squirrels, and groundhogs would dart widely in front of mountain bikes just like cars like tiny suicidal madmen. And oh yeah, I mocked the tight silly spandex outfits that I saw riding by…. Little did I know that I would be the spandex clad maniac with my tiny little shoes locked into deadly metal clips hiking the bikes out onto trails dodging rodents several nights a week. Little did I know I would love it.

But let me let you in on a little secret, I suck at mountain biking. I’m getting better, but I’ve got a long way to go yet. I know, I’m not supposed to come on here and tell you that I stink at mountain biking, that I crashed into a log today and went sideways off the bike into the rest of it… Or that I fell right over for no reason on flat ground into a giant pile of overgrown weeds. I’m not supposed to say things like that. But I want you to know that that’s the way it is.

I know how to cope with failures in the kitchen, and let me tell you, there are quite a few. The other day I screwed up baked beans… Seriously. Baked. Beans. A full pound of navy beans and bacon went into the trash. I shed a tear and went out and bought more beans. That’s how I deal in the kitchen. I start over again and do it until it’s right. I’m still learning how to cope with the bike.

Selected for you :   Brewer’s Blondies Dessert Bars

On the bike, I dust myself off and ride on. I don’t want a pity party, I just want you guys to know that we all suck from time to time and that’s 100% ok. I keep going back out there; keep trying.


The Chocolate Priestess

Thursday 12th of July 2012

I try not to bake in the summer unless it is so hot that the air con is running non-stop any way.

Nic's Notebook

Saturday 7th of July 2012

These look awesome! My OH is really into biking but I'm so not! Would rather watch and cheer :)

Jennie @themessybakerblog

Friday 6th of July 2012

I so suck at biking. I think it's because I'm afraid on oncoming traffic, bees, and curbs. I actually biked through a nest of bees and almost fell off the curb into oncoming traffic. The cars got a great side show on their drive by. I need to learn how to drive on the road and not on the side walks.

These bars look amazing! They would totally make me feel better after falling of my bike. Happy riding.


Tuesday 3rd of July 2012

Oh heck yes these need to be in my belly 10 minutes ago. As for mountain biking I haven't done that in years and years. I do clip into my bike at spin class though. I think it would scare me to do that on a mountain bike where the chances of tipping over are higher.

Averie @ Averie Cooks

Tuesday 3rd of July 2012

love these! I have all kinds of "magic bars" and "seven layer" bars and bars on this theme with graham, various baking chips...this is so me. Love these!