Energy Balls and a new guitar

I’m taking a bit of a break from Inktober to bring you, by request, my recipe for Energy Balls.  They are a no-bake snack that can be customized infinitely and make a great alternative to expensive energy bars.

Dry ingredients:

Six packets instant oatmeal (can use flavored or unflavored)

2 TB instant coffee (I use Bustelo packets)

2 TB sugar (white or brown)

3 oz Craisins or raisins (1 small bag is fine)

2-3 oz black sesame powder ( can use ground flax seed or protein powder)

1 TB pumpkin pie spice

1 jar creamy peanut butter, any kind (can use other nut butters)


Mix all dry ingredients, including Craisins.  Make sure they are broken up.  Then fold in peanut butter and mix well.  Roll into walnut sized balls and chill in the fridge.

This recipe gives you protein, some vitamins, some antioxidants, and a little caffeine.  It’s infinitely variable.  You can add nuts, chia seeds, flax seed, other kinds of dried fruit, you name it.  You can change the spices, leave out the sugar, whatever.  The possibilities are literally endless.  I also like to add whey protein powder at times, chocolate flavor.


Guitar UpdateDSCN1466

I have purchased an Epiphone Les Paul Special II, the limited edition in wine red.  I named her Rosie.  She’s a little beat up but I can tell you she feels so good in my hands – the right weight and everything.  I love how she sounds even when she isn’t plugged in.  Here’s what she looks like:

Right now I’m plugging directly into my computer instead of using an amp, though I have my eyes on a Peavy I’ll be getting in a few weeks.  I run Linux, and use Rackarrack and Tuxguitar.

I’ve learned: how to tune using a digital tuner, how to strum with a pick (sort of) and two basic chords.  I’m even having fun while making awful noises!



Eggs a la Roh



Were you ever frustrated by how hard it is to clean a container in which you’ve microwaved eggs?

Worry no more!

This is really quick, easy, and fairly healthful. I invented it recently. Sure, someone else may have come up with it too but I hadn’t known about it.

Start with a large burrito sized tortilla, the thinner the better, and lay it on a plate. Crack two eggs on it and use a fork to mix them up. You can add salt, pepper, dill, garlic, etc, to the eggs.  They should collect in the middle, held in by the edges of the plate.

Put this in the microwave and cook on high till the middle solidifies, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.  The eggs will bubble up and the cooked area gradually spread toward the center.

Take out of microwave, probably with pot holders, and sprinkle cheese on top. Fold in half.

Result: Tasty eggs in a tortilla shell so it’s a lot easier to clean the plate!

There are a million potential variations – add peppers, olives, different kinds of cheese, chopped vegetables, mushrooms, salsa, crumbled bacon, or really, whatever you want.  The other reason why I like this dish is it’s incredibly cheap.  Tortillas aren’t expensive, neither are eggs, and this results in a meal full of protein and healthy fats.