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Today, I made this bar especially for my dad, David. He came into my life when I was 12 years old and for that I am very blessed. My dad is a trucker and if any of you are truckers or know someone who is, it is a hard and grueling job. A job that tends to keep them away from their families for extended periods of time, making it tough on all parties that are involved. Not only do they spend countless days away from home, their work can be quite dangerous.
The long hours, the endless pavement that passes under their wheels can become hypnotizing, the sleepless nights can wear down their bodies, and the pure loneliness takes a real toll on them. My dad is one of the hardest working men I know and he does it in the name of supporting his family. I have always been so proud of my dad. He has missed birthdays, holidays and family gatherings. He never complains yet I know it weighs heavy on his heart. In his life-long trucking career he has hauled everything from cows to cows milk…cars, fish, oil, gas, and in Alaska he was as an ice road trucker. I always shutter at that. Right now my dad is in the lower 48 hauling crude oil and as it stands he won’t be able to go home for Christmas. So, in my own little way in bringing home to him, I am making all sorts of wonderful foods that will keep him going on the road. One of his all time raw favorites is the Trail Mix bar that I make.
A few other amazing things that you ought to know about my dad is that he has a miracle green thumb and he is a gifted photographer. Oh, and a musician! OMGosh can he rock the house down with an electric guitar, or any instrument he touches. Never took lessons, self-taught. Pretty amazing man, don’t you think? I am blessed. So this recipe, is for all you truckers on the road… for all you wonderful fathers who touch their children’s lives! I love you dad.
TThere are warm memories behind this mushroom photo. Thank you for that dad.