Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Vanilla Scented Granola

I found this recipe on Recipezaar.com. I love that site, I get so many yummy recipes from them. I serve it on yougurt as in my picture, and ice cream. Totally yummy!!! I hope you enjoy!

Vanilla-Scented Granola Recipe #23108
Great snack for everyone, or the for kids lunches or even as an after school treat! Serve for breakfast with yogurt and fruit or over ice cream for dessert. Watch your time in the oven because sometimes it cooks a little quickly. This recipe came from Bon Appetit, March of 2002. A few baking tips I have learned from making this recipe often: I use a jelly roll pan so the granola will have maximum exposure while cooking. Also, if you do like your granola to clump, do not stir while baking. Allow to cool in pan for about 10 minutes or so, then run a spatula between granola and the pan to loosen. You will have so many clumps you will have to break them with your hands ; )
by Bev
45 min 15 min prep
8 cups
· vegetable oil cooking spray
· 4 cups old fashioned oats
· 1 cup sliced almonds
· 1/2 cup golden brown sugar, packed
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
· 1/3 cup vegetable oil
· 1/4 cup honey
· 2 tablespoons sugar
· 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
Position rack to middle of oven and preheat to 300*.
Lightly spray large baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Mix next 5 ingredients in large bowl.
combine oil, honey and sugar in small saucepan; bring to simmer over medium heat.
Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
Pour hot liquid over oat mixture; stir well.
Using hands, toss mixture until thoroughly mixed.
Spread granola on prepared baking sheet.
Bake until golden brown, stirring occasionaly, about 30 minutes (but check after 20).
Transfer sheet to rack; cool granola completely.
(Can be made two weeks ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.) Makes about 8 cups.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Blue Monday

Sally, over at Smiling Sally is hosting Blue Monday. I would like to show you my blue item. It is a Nippon Hat Pin Holder. My husband bought this for me when we were out celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary. I have always wanted one. I think it is so pretty and my dear hubby was so sweet to buy it for me. It is a reproduction which I am not sure what that exactly means, so if anyone knows please feel free to leave me a comment telling me. Thanks! Now I just need some hat pins to put in it!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas 2008

BB's for Air Soft!!!!

Yea!!! new shoes.. yes my son has on Heart Jammies! He is wierd!!

Nice warm Wool socks for hunting!

Toe socks!!!

I made these muffins today...

And they were yummy!!!
Apple Strudel Muffins
In: 1 Hour Yields: 12 servings
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped apples

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 12 cup muffin pan.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar and eggs until smooth. Mix in vanilla. Stir in apples, and gradually blend in the flour mixture. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pan.
In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture is like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over tops of mixture in muffin pan.
Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to sit 5 minutes before removing muffins from pan. Cool on a wire rack.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

yes, I did it.. I won over the dough..

And made Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls. They will put you in a diabetic coma, they are that good. I was kind of nervous because I can't work dough with a darn.. but as ugly as they started out they turned out really good!

Fresh from the oven!!!

The have a maple icing... sooo good, very rich tho!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

This had been making its rounds and I thought I would play along..

You are supposed to bold the ones you have done.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland, been to Disney World.. one year ago this week!
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt
97. Been involved in a law
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Totally copied a post from someone else's blog to your own, I don't think so anyway..

Okay.. Your turn!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Our little humble Christmas Tree

I thought I would share a picture of our Christmas tree and some of the decorations on it that are special. Its part of a big tree, but it was way to big for our small living room so we made it just half the size. Savannah would be taller if it wasn't setting on a crate.. hehehe.

I tried to get a better picture of this.. its my oldest son's xmas ornament from 1989. He is my oldest baby at 19. If you can't make it out it has little baby bottles and rattles on it.. very cute, but starting to fade. :(

This is my Brandon's ornament he was born in 1993. I just couldn't pass up a little baby

squirrel in a swing.

Just another pic of cute one with all kids names, on the back it says Our Gifts from God.

And this is Savannah's ornament.. She was a such a cute baby!!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 5, 2008


Hi everyone! I am sorry its been so long but I just haven't been in the blogging mood. Nothing new is happening around here and quite frankly I have been in quite a slump. Homeschooling is going well. We took the usual Thanksgiving break and now we are back at it. I had an endoscopy done yesterday because I have had chronic reflux for years and lately he Nexium is just not cutting it. The doc has me taking Reglan so my stomach empties faster. I had alot of bile in it on my exam and the doctor thinks that might be causing me to having the reflux. Anyway, we will see.. I hate meds but sometimes you gotta take them. I am missing my coffee tho... I love coffee but it is tearing my tummy up. So, hope everyone is doing great... drop a comment if you happen by, its always fun to get them!