Recipe: My Favorite Granola

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I love granola.  I often eat it for breakfast with yogurt and fruit, pack it for a snack at work, or grab a handful when I am craving something sweet.

Back in March, during spring break, I had some extra time to test some recipes.  I knew as soon as I saw this Honey-Vanilla Granola over at Kitchen Meets Girl that I would love it.

I have made it almost weekly.  It is the perfect combination of everything that I love about granola – slightly sweet, crunchy, and delicious.

My Favorite Granola

My Favorite Granola

Ingredients

2 large egg whites

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup canola oil

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

Whatever mix-ins you prefer - dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites, brown sugar, honey, oil and vanilla extract until smooth.
  3. Add oats and stir it all together.
  4. Spread onto your lined baking sheet in an even, thin layer.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes, rotate pan, and bake for another 10-15 minutes. When the edges start to brown, it is ready.
  6. Remove pan from oven, and place it on a wire rack. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. As it cools, it will become harder, which will result in a crunchier granola.
  7. Once cool, break granola into chunks, and sprinkle in your favorite mix-ins.
http://cookingformykids.com/2013/06/24/recipe-my-favorite-granola/

Very slightly adapted from Kitchen Meets Girl’s Honey-Vanilla Granola.

Summer Fun: Making Popsicles – Recipe: Strawberry Mango Popsicles

We started our summer break in full force yesterday.  Since we do not have a set plan of what to do each day, we just woke up, looked at the list, and selected some fun things to do.

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One of the things that caught their attention was making popsicles.

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While I had made popsicles out of juice before, I had never pureed my fruit and made them that way.

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The littles loved them, and, even though they eat plenty of fruit, I still felt great knowing that they were getting some nutrition with their fun afternoon snack.

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We will definitely be making plenty more popsicles duringour summer break.  The fun has only just begun.

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Strawberry Mango Popsicles

Strawberry Mango Popsicles

Ingredients

16 ounces strawberries, stems removed

1 mango, peeled and sliced

1 cup orange juice

1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Add the strawberries and mango to the blender.
  2. Pour in the orange juice.
  3. Sprinkle in the sugar.
  4. Blend until fully pureed.
  5. Pour into popsicle molds or cups with craft popsicle sticks.
  6. Freeze for at least 3 hours.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/06/06/summer-fun-making-popsicles-recipe-strawberry-mango-popsicles/

Teacher Appreciation 2012: Day 1

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Teachers are near and dear to my heart.

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They truly mean the world to me because sending my littles to school is not something that I take lightly.

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We have considered homeschooling over the years, but, right now, we know that our children have been blessed with an amazing school and teachers who love them dearly.

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When Teacher Appreciation Week rolls around each year, I am giddy.  I love coming up with ways to show our teachers how much we appreciate them.  While we write them notes and do things for them throughout the year, this week is special because it is a time set aside just for them, to tell them “thank you” for all of their hard work.

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We have some theme days at our school.  The first day was “Snack Day”.  After looking through my Pinterest board of Teacher Gift Ideas, I decided to make Our Best Bites’ Caramel Apple Dip.

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I placed the caramel apple dip into little Mason Jars, put the jar in a bag, placed an apple on top, and tied it with a ribbon.  It was so easy and turned out so cute.  The teachers loved it.

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And, I loved seeing the smiles on the faces of the teachers as the littles handed out the gifts, gave hugs, and expressed appreciation in a simple, yet meaningful, way.

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 I have linked up at the following:

My Girlish Whips for Your Whims Wednesday

Sugar and Dots for What I Whipped Up Wednesday

Creations by Kara for Look What I Made

Ginger Snap Crafts for Wow Me Wednesday

Lil’ Luna for Lil’ Luna Link Party