Wednesday, December 28, 2011

love me some jesus

We had a great Christmas this year and got to see most of our family, which was the biggest treat for us. There were 5 dogs total at my parents house, which left four of them much like this after a hard day of play
A few months ago I made this little sign. Our formal dining room just need more of a personal touch. If you know me... you know I love to say ,"love me some Jesus", because it's clearly true I do, but it is also just a little something I like to say.

I got clever with some paint, an old plank board, and some braided twine and here you have it. I figured no sense in paying someone else to do your idea for you! Hope you and yours had a very blessed and Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

oh babycakes...

I have been a terrible blogger for months now. I’m trying to get back on the train. Thanksgiving, along with my Birthday, all came in a fast forward motion was last month. We spent time with family and friends, eating, and ran a few races (or maybe just I did).
Nevertheless, my family was very sweet in making my Birthday special, even those that are miles and miles away. One thing that I felt like I can to share with you was a new recipe… (surprise, surprise). My Aunt Margaret gave me this wonderful cookbook, which I found myself completely immersed in, BabyCakes Covers the Classics. My first product with a few adjustments was her granola recipe. A girl needs variety in the GF cereal department! Even if you’re not GF you will enjoy this. Put over yogurt, frozen yogurt (or in our house now Yonanas, thanks Mom), with fruit, or plain for breakfast. So, here ya go, I toast a full bowl to you!

GF & Vegan Free Granola
4 cups GF Oats or Old Fashion Oats1 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Ground Ginger
1 ½ cups Unsweetened Coconut
½ cup Pecans
½ cup Almonds
1/3 cup Sunflower Seeds (unsalted)
½ cup dried Cranberries
½ cup dried Blueberries
1/3 cup MELTED coconut oil… or Canola Oil1/3 cup Agave Nectar
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
-In a medium bowl, combine oats, salt, cinnamon, ginger, coconut, pecans, almonds, seeds, and berries and mix together.
-Add Oil and Agave to bowl, and mix well together.

-Pour mixture on baking sheet(s), spread, and bake for 15 min.
-Give the mixture a stir and continue baking for 10-15 minutes more. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
-Store granola in a covered container. (I use a Tupperware container).
 Also, if you haven’t heard of Yonanas it’s amazing. Makes your own GF/Lactose Free frozen yogurt. It’s pretty amazing… tastes just like ice cream. Seriously. I love having this granola on top!