Monday, January 24, 2011

YUM Soft Granola

I love granola, so much that I forget sometimes how much. Awhile without granola will go by and then  realize how much I've missed it. This recipe has been a fav for a few years since I googled for a how-to on granola.  I've tweaked the orignial recipe so many times, that I've given it a new name & description.

FYI - This recipe is really tweaky - you can change it up depending on what you have (like today I left out some thngs I was missing and it was still delish. By that I'm meaning the dry ingredients though. You do need all of the wet ones ;)

YUM Soft Granola
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2  cups puffed rice cereal
(sometimes I also add  1 1/2 cups puffed wheat, if I have it, and I don't add any add'l ingredients)
1/2 cup flax seed (or wheat germ or both)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup agave nectar (though you can use corn syrup, I just never have)
3/4 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 cup vegetable oil (though I'm thinking this can be cut back to 1/3 cup)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped or slivered almonds or pecans

Line 9x9 pan with tin foil (though I don't know how necessary this is). In my house, it never lasts too long. I guess it just helps with clean up.
In large bowl combine dry ingredients (oats, puffed cereal, nuts, flax seed, coconut, cranberries). In small saucepan combine agave nectar, brown sugar, and vegetable oil. Bring to a boil, whisking to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and sitr in vanilla and salt. Pour over dry ingredients and stir until evenly coated.
It should look like unbaked granola. Pour mixture into prepared pan and press down into an even layer. I like to eat it warm, but it is supposed to be able to be cut into bars when cooled. I don't know why, but that's never worked out for me.
It just crumbles. I wonder it if would be good to bake it at this point but the original recipe didn't say to and I never have. So, we eat it soft, by the bowl. Over yogurt is yummy too. I have to pace myself or I'll way over eat and be super stuffed.
It's that good. 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Bountiful Basket, 3 Goofy Kids & 1 Mystery Vegetable

I've posted about Bountiful Baskets before, but I thought I'd put out another shout for them because they truly are fantastic! This is our haul this weekend. My kiddos insisted on being in the picture after they helped me place everything out. For $16.50 we got:
6 bananas, 4 grapefruits, 10 pears, 8 lemons, 7 apples, 1 pineapple, 7 Roma tomatoes, 2 cucumbers, 1 bundle of asparagus, 1 bunch of broccoli, 1 bunch of Romaine lettuce PLUS a surprise vegetable which I'm not sure what it is or how to prepare it. It is really pretty and smells really good, almost sweet, not like lettuce & cabbage usually smell. It could easily go into a salad or into a potato soup (like Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana which usually has Kale)

so.................any guesses? 

By the way - Have you used Bountiful Baskets? Is it available in your area? Not sure? Check it out:

Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op (BBFC) distributes produce baskets, organic produce baskets, breads and other products weekly. BBFC is a group of people who work together for mutual benefit. This is a grassroots, all volunteer, no contracts, no catch co-operative. Since there are no employees at Bountiful Baskets, as a group they pay rock bottom prices on your food. (You pay $15 for a regular basket and $25 for organic, for approx $50 worth of food. It is super fresh, fairly locally grown (meaning California instead of Ecuador, etc).
The co-op would not happen without volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include helping prepare the baskets, breaking down boxes, assisting with the distribution, and packing up. If you are interested, check the website for local site, order your basket, and then to help out simply arrive an hour early dressed and ready to work with water to drink.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Time Travel Trash Thursday - Miniatures

As a pre-teen I remember collecting miniatures. I remember reading a book about miniatures at the library so many times that I should have just bought it.
I'm sure I used some of these with Barbies but I think most were post-Barbie phase and I had shadow boxes to hold them in. My girls have used some with their Barbies as well, but their Barbies were donated in December and some of these went as well. Just looking at the picture brings back enough memories that I don't feel it necessary to fill my home with them, no matter how small. After all stepping on a small thing can be so painful!! I mean who hasn't known the pain of stepping on a Lego? Ooooooooooooo! That hurts just thinking about it.
Farewell Tiny things!

Another Great Giveaway

Here's another great giveaway! Especially if you are into organic foods and /or already use flax seed. The Suburban Jungle a favorite blog of mine, is giving away a 1 lb bag of  Tropical Traditions Organic Golden Flax Seed generously provided by the manufacturer. I'm excited to enter and win. What about you? Just click on the above link and see the giveaway details! But be sure to enter by Jan 28th!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Great Giveaway

Been looking for a great giveaway to enter? I know, you all are. In that case, enter to win this fab Cookbook exclusively about Cookies by Valerie Peterson and Janice Fryer. I'm already in love with the cover, so the insides must be beyond fabulous. And yes, I do judge books by their covers, well initially anyway.

Go over to and enter by Jan 30th. Good luck to everyone!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

FREE Egg beaters

Want to get a free carton of Egg beaters?
Ever heard of them? Ever tried them?
Egg beaters have 0 fat and 0 cholesterol.
That's enough for me to give them a try!!

Walmart is giving away coupons  for Free Egg beaters cartons. Click this link and click on then click on the Try Egg beaters Free icon. Fill out the form with your address and a coupon will be mailed to you so you can try them free! I filled out mine!

The Egg beaters website also has tons of recipes! Like one for this flan that I think my mom would love in replacement of a b-day cake!

FREE being Girl Sample kit from ALWAYS

Sign up now to get a free BeingGirl Sample Kit. Just fill out the quick survey here.

Included in the kit are: 3 Tampax Pearl Tampons;  2 Always Ultra Thin Pads & 2 Always Thin Liners.

I love to stock up on these for my guest bathroom, so that any visitors will always have something new on hand.

(Thank you Adventures in Savings!)

Monday, January 17, 2011

CVS: FREE Listerine +$1 moneymaker

Listerine Total Care or zero mouthwash 16.9 oz $3.99 = $1 Ecb (limit 2)Buy 2 Listerine Total Care and/or Zero mouthwash 500 ml (=16.9oz size) $3.99 each
Total = $7.98
Use 2 $2/1 coupons found in the 9/19 RP or in the 10/10 RP
Plus, stack with the $3/2 Listerine CVS coupon
Pay $0.98
Get back a $2 Ecb
Final cost both for FREE + a $1 moneymaker!

(Thank you Hip2save!)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Goodwill Score!

Saturday I scored this 12 pack of Quart size Mason jars for only $2.99!!! after a 25% discount. I never even find canning jars in the glassware section let alone brand new ones! The checker almost gave me a hard time (it's not my fault the "someone in the back" had no idea the value of these, though the checker seemed to, then she congratulated me on my find). I was so excited!!! I have been wanting to can beans ever since my good friend passed on her Taco soup recipe to me (I'll share in the future). This would make the recipe super simple.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Time Travel Trash Thursday - Coins

Do you have a collection of coins? Whether they are current currency being saved for a "rainy day" or they are foreign coins from the past, I think most everyone does. I've decided for me, a picture will suffice and I can get rid some of mine.

Today's Time Travel Trash - Coins
When I was a teen, we lived in Panama near the canal. American currency was accepted there, but this was the local currency, some of which depict Balboa, and the others I believe the Kuna's, local Indians.
This is an Indian penny that I got in my change one summer doing a paper route. We would sometimes stop at a 7-11 for slushies which doing the route.
Germany currency

Silver quarters (these I'll probably keep)

Have you ever seen those machines that you put a penny (and a quarter for payment) into and it squishes the penny into a design? I think these were from the summer my brothers and I went to visit our then single uncle in San Diego. He took us to the Scripps Aquarium and Sea World.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Staying Warm

I came across these two down vest coats the the same week at Goodwill.
They both sold the first time being listed.

 This Gap down vest I bought for $8.99 and sold it for $15.99

This reversable Free Country down /fleece lined vest I purchased for $6.74 and sold for $ 15.99

Now that's staying warm in sales on eBay through the holidays!!