Sunday, September 4, 2016

Homemade Granola Bars

























These granola bars are packed with protein and have a nice crunch to them with the added rice cereal! Perfect with my coffee in the morning, an afternoon snack or on the go snack!


Ingredients
2 3/4 cups whole rolled oats
1 1/2 cups Crisp Rice cereal ( I used gluten free Kellog's Brown Rice cereal)
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup almond butter or peanut butter ( I used a blend of cashew, almond & chia seed butter)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 almond milk
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup currants

Line a 9x9 pan with tin foil and lightly grease.
In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, rice cereal, almonds, and coconut flakes.
In a large saucepan add coconut oil, almond butter or peanut butter, salt, almond milk, honey and brown sugar, stir and bring to boil over medium high heat. Boil for a minute or so. Reduce heat and simmer or gently boil for 5 more minutes and stirring often. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let cool for 10 minutes. Pour the mixture over the oat/cereal and stir until everything is well
combined. Add the chocolate chips to the mixture and mix well.
Place the oat mixture in the prepared pan and press in firmly with a fork.
Refrigerate the pan for about 2 hours.
Remove the granola mixture from the pan and peel away the tin foil. Slice into bars.
I like to wrap each bar in plastice wrap and put them in a freezer safe container.



Dry Ingredients

Wet ingredients




All mixed together
Don't forget to lick the bowl!

line pan with foil.



Press down firmly with a fork and
 refridgerate for 2 hours.
Remove foil and cut into bars.
So delicious!!




Ready for the freezer!






Thanks for stopping by!
Christina xo

Monday, July 4, 2016

Cranberry Biscotti

Today's post is a Cranberry Biscotti recipe that I got from my recipe book called "The Kitchen" The Four Sisters Inn. A few years ago I vacationed in Monterey California and stayed at the Gosby House Inn and purchased their cookbook.

Cranberry Biscotti
Ingredients:
13/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup light olive oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp pure almond extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 1/4 cups unblanched almonds, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 300 degrees
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. In another bowl mix together the olive oil, sugar, extracts and eggs. Mix well. Stir in flour mixture until well combined and then fold in cranberries and almonds.

Wet both hands with cool water and divide dough into halves. Roll dough into two 10-12 inch logs.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until tops of logs are light brown and beginning to crack. Remove baking sheet from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 275. Cut logs on the diagonal 3/4 thick. Lay biscotti cut side down and bake for 20 minutes. Or bake for 10 minutes, remove baking sheet from oven and turn over biscotti so that the other cut side is down on the sheet. Bake for another 8 minutes.

Remove baking sheet from oven and let biscotti cool on the sheet.

Recipe courtesy of Gin Yang, fan of Four Sisters Inn.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pocket Letter "Hot Java Mamma's"

Hi everyone!
This is my Sherri Baldy  Design Team pocket letter for June.
The paper I used is a printable paper pack called 'A Spot of Tea'
You can check out all of Sherri's designs here http://tinyurl.com/zo7kcnr
The paper reminds me of summertime, kinda like a picnic! :)
If you click on the image you will get a larger view.


























Thanks for stopping by!
Christina xo


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Enjoy the Little Things - Pocket Letter

  Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by. Today I have another Pocket Letter to share with you. The background paper is from the Sherri Baldy printable collection called 'Enjoy the Little Things'

Sherri Baldy MyBesties Shop

  I love using Sherri's colored printable because firstly I don't have to color the images myself, but more importantly I have arthritis in my hands and it saves me alot of pain in my hands from the back and forth movement in my wrists when coloring the images. It's Win Win!  If you haven't heard of Pocket Letters then I might be exposing you to an incredible new addiction!  It’s a form of mail art started by creator Janette Lane. It's an amazing snail mail trend!

Janette's Blog

  Click on Janette’s blog (link above) to learn all you need to know to get started on your own pocket letters, or do a Pinterest search and you will find no shortage of inspiration!






Christina
xo

Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day





May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night. May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you!
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