Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What is it?? Wednesday

It's granola!!!! We went healthier this week.....everyone over it loves it! My sister in law shared it with me a few years ago. It's great as cereal, on ice cream or over yogurt. If you'd like to try it, here's the recipe:


1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 c. water

Microwave this in a large bowl for five minutes.

4 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
8 cups rolled oats
2 cups nuts...any kind
raisins, craisins.....or any kind of dried fruit is optional.

Mix this with the brown sugar and water. Spread onto two buttered cookie sheets. Bake at 275 degrees for 45 minutes-1 hour...or until golden brown. Makes 10 cups.

This can also become a birthday present!!!

My dear friend Ms. A celebrates her birthday on Friday and we got together to celebrate this past Sunday. A few weeks ago I asked her if she would like to try something new for our birthday exchange this year. We agreed to the same thing as the soul sisters did for the soul sisters first annual Christmas party The way our gift exchange went was that we had to make our present using only things we had in our house....or only spending $10 on supplies. So for M. A's birthday I thought she and her family would like a glass canister of their very own to fill with wonderful treasures and treats. I made her granola and recipe cards with the recipe written out...the cards were just blank index cards I already had and I stamped them with a "from the kitchen of/recipe" stamp I had as well....I included two jars of "Pam's Jam"...strawberry and peach that I made last summer....a dozen vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting and a little OPI nail polish set I had......I think this is techinically re-gifting.....but I knew she would love it and I was honest with her and 'fessed up to it as she opened it :) I only spent $6.00 on the canister, $2 on the little metal scoop....and I got a cute birthday ballon at the Dollar Tree to tie on the basket. She loved everything....and I had so much fun putting it together!!


Joy Beadworks said...

I really love the fun challenge of the $10 thing! We need to start it for our birthdays. Our kids give us something "special" every year, and our husbands seem to never have a clue. I KNOW I'd like anything from any of my "sisters"!

the treat girl said...

I agree!!!...It's amazing what you can come up with for $10....and I think it's fair game to "pass things along" that you already have as well! :)