Gallons and Gallons and Gallons of Water (Recipe: Maple Walnut Trunks)

Have you seen this link on how much water it takes to make food?

I know it is an older link, but I thought I should bring it up at some point. It took 969 gallons of water to produce the meal in the picture: an 8-ounce steak, 4 fluid ounces of wine, 6 ounces of rice, and 8 ounces of lettuce. 969 gallons! That is just crazy!

Beef is the most “water-hungry” protein out there–it is roughly 6 times more water-intensive than chicken and 2 more times than pork. It takes 850.2 gallons of water for an 8-ounce steak. Wow. Just wow.

Beer on the other hand? 1.96 gallons of water for 1 fluid ounce of beer. 5.31 gallons for 1 fluid ounce of milk. 4.11 gallons for 1 fluid ounce of orange juice.

For one ounce of lamb, it takes 84.68 gallons of water. For one ounce of chicken, 16.61 gallons. For chickpeas? Any guesses? 76.07 gallons!

What are some foods that require the smallest amounts of water to produce? Squash, strawberries, watermelon, onions, eggplant, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, pineapple, and lettuce.

You should check out that link. It’s super interesting.

More on Colorado! You can’t go to Colorado without visiting Red Rocks Amphitheater!  So cool! It would be awesome to see a concert there! Maybe next time we are out that way!

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And did I even tell you the reason we went out to Colorado in the first place? It was for a wedding! Our second wedding of the year! (The third wedding is this coming weekend.) It was a beautiful wedding, but almost as soon as the bride walked down the aisle the skies opened up and it just started pouring. I felt awful for her. But she and her husband didn’t seem to mind which was great! They are a fabulous couple!

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Quote of the Day:

“We all have dreams, in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” -Jesse Owens

So…this recipe I made while still in Madison. Yep. It has just been sitting here and I keep looking over it to post.  Oops! Taste-wise, these are delicious. But they aren’t very pretty. And you know that presentation is always a part of whatever you make. So I am up in the air about whether this recipe is a keeper. I’ll definitely try making them one more time in order to decide.

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Maple Walnut Trunks


2 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup maple sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup AP flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon walnuts, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon maple syrup into each mini muffin cup


– Beat butter and sugars until fluffy

– Beat in vanilla extract and eggs.

– Whisk in flours, baking soda and salt.

– Spoon 1 teaspoon finely chopped walnuts and ¼ teaspoon maple syrup into mini muffin cups, then top each with a tablespoonful of dough. Bake 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

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