Thursday, August 18, 2011

Meet The Teacher and Easy Granola Bars

It's time again to meet the teacher and It is almost nerve racking for me as a parent and teacher. You hope your child's new teacher will knock your socks off. I also hope that I can do this for the parents that I meet! My inner wish for my children is that they have someone that will be creative and innovative, loving and push them to the best of their ability. Let the creativeness flow for all or it could be a long day for a child to sit in a chair!

Here is a recipe that was in the paper last week and thought I would share.
I always love something easy to make with my kids! The best part is that the kids really enjoy making these as they do eating them.

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup semi sweet or bittersweet chips or chunks
1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries
1 can (14ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9 square inch baking pan with vegetable cooking spray. We used Crisco butter flavored shortening in glass pan. When we made this we needed two pans one was 9 in and the other was a bit smaller. I wanted a bit of a smaller bar. Not too thick. You can adjust were needed. Also make sure to grease sides of pan this really helps getting the bars out!

Mix all ingredients in medium bowl. Turn into prepared pan and pat down until firmly packed. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature and put pan in freezer. I did not put ours in the freezer.
Once cooled cut with sharp knife

Can be stored in an airtight container up to 1 week or frozen.

Enjoy, Elaine

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Liitle Bit Of Fun And Luck

It seems everyone has been very busy this summer. Every blog I have read seems to have either gone on a trip or had tons of summer activities around them. I myself can be included with the blogland group. Just returning from a quick trip to Colorado visiting some good friends and fun sight seeing! It was also a way of getting out of the unbearable heat that Texas has provided us this summer!
Feeding the giraffe's in Colorado
I have had some luck while I was away. It seems that I have won the Go Baby Fabric cutter by Accuquilt from Heirlooms By Ashton House! I don't think that I have ever won such a big prize before in my life....besides the cake walk at the school festival. I have some fun ideas twirling in my head for this new gizmo! Another note is that I have completed my small mat. I am calling this one Pumpkin Sisters and will be offering it as a pattern on red dot tracing fabric hopefully soon!

Pumpkin Sisters
Wishing everyone a bit of luck! Elaine