homemade granola

granola

My 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Elder, instagrammed a picture the other day of some granola she was making that could make your mouth water!

I had to have the recipe- & share it with all of you!

4 cups old-fashioned oats

1 ½ cups sliced almonds (slivered)

½ cup packed light brown sugar

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. cinnamon

¼ cup vegetable oil

¼ cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla

1 ½ cups raisins (Craisins are good too!)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix the oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon.  In a saucepan, warm the oil and honey. Stir in vanilla. Pour liquid over oat mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon.

Then spread granola in a baking pan or cookie sheet.  Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes. Let cool completely. Stir in raisins. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 wk or freeze for 3 months.

photo 2After class today, I decided it was time to give her granola a whirl! I changed the recipe up a little bit, simply because I wanted a smaller portion, and I wanted it immediately… story of my life.

I used:

2 cups of Bob’s Red Mill 5 grain cereal

1/2 c of lightly salted almonds I chopped myself

1/4 c dark brown sugar

dashes of both salt & cinnamon

1/8 c vegetable oil

1/8 c honey (+ a drizzle because I adore honey)

a few drops of vanilla

1/2 c raisins

photo 1give this mix a try then eat with milk, on top of yogurt, on a sweet potato, or all alone!

It tastes fabulous and will have your home smelling amazing.

 

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A Tale of Kale

Corey Smith Thursday was even better than we could have expected! SO much fun! & We both got to meet him!!! AHH! (Really nice guy!!)

It was so much fun I didn’t even mind staying out til 1 am with a 9 am mid term 😉 “You’ll never remember the nights you got enough sleep” is the saying- right? This is the only best picture we got of us out of the night!

photoThe rest of the weekend has been enjoyably laid back with Mr. Collierville last night (I got to meet sweet baby Campbell finally!), manicures/pedicures with mom, puppy snugglin, and a 30 degree with snow lacrosse game!! Brrrrr.

compliments of JML photography

compliments of JML photography

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A new recipe to share:

A new trend has overtaken the food/nutrition industry… KALE!

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Last week, Mitchell and I just had to try the all popular “Kale Chips”! Ok, ok, I was a lot more excited than he was, but he did give them the thumbs up on taste 🙂

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this entire bag cost $2.99! Enough for an army!!!

They are incredibly simple to make too; Very similar to the roasted broccoli!!

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1) lay out in a single layer on a cookie sheet

2) drizzle with olive oil

3) salt. pepper. whatever flavor you’re feeling!

4) throw them in the oven at 425 for about 12-15 minutes!

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5) Enjoy with ketchup!

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We served them along side Buffalo Ranch Chicken stuffed potato skins & mashed potatoes! Deeelicious!

Never Been Excited About Broccoli

Never Been Excited About Broccoli

Just about every time I eat broccoli, I eat it steamed then get to hear my whole family (or roommates) fuss about how terrible the house smells. That strange smell is what made broccoli an occasional thing growing up. Raw, … Continue reading

“gimme some lovin”

I stumbled upon the cutest little corner of the world wide web tonight, check it out here! I fell in love with her title “Gimme Some Oven”!

I recreated her No Bake Energy Balls for a before dinner, during cooking, and after dinner snack 😉

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I adapted her recipe just slightly & the result is simply DIVINE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup biscoff spread
  • 1/2 cup crumbled honey nut cheerios
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon

Stir all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour {the longer the better}. Once chilled, with cheeks stuffed full, roll into balls. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week!

But trust me they won’t last that long!

Mine were not this pretty~ but just as delicious!

Mine were not this pretty~ but just as delicious!

Memories in a Jar: The Most Precious Kind

My parents joke at the fact that as a kid I was constantly caught mid-mischief.

It was quite typical that I would sit in the bathtub… chin covered in fluffy “Mr. Bubble” bubbles… hands raised about chest height… shampoo bottle in hand.. upside. down. I guess I can blame my love for new beauty products for that one. I learned at a young age that when the bottle empties, Mom runs to Walmart (the grocery spot for 1990s moms and college kids in Starkville with no Target ;)) to replenish it. I guess I learned along the way, after lots of punishment for “wasting” (hey- at least the unused shampoo created more bubbles on its way to the drain) that you could indeed simply push the current bottle of hair care back in the closet with all the towels and other misfit products and buy new… that was until the college budget hit the scene!

Anyways, one shampoo near and dear to my heart, I know… weird right? But it holds so many memories: people, places, smiles, not to mention its undeniably phenomenal smell…
has been reintroduced in Walmart and maybe many more stores…

No kidding. It made my day to discover this. I truly have searched shelves on and off for years to find my all time favorite product. Herbal Essences Smooth & Shiny Collections; even given to us in the old bottles and all their glory. This girl is thrilled.

{It is said that smells are the brains way of etching childhood memories into the brain!}
Goodbye new fangled fru-fru Herbal Essences….
It’s back to the basics. Vintage is in… right?
 
                                                                                             WIth love,