Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Susie homemaker ... Homemade Granola Bars!



Lately I have felt like Little Miss Susie Homemaker ... Here are a few of my favorite projects!

Homemade Granola Bars!  My friend Trina passed this recipe along and I LOVE IT!  As has everyone that I have passed the recipe on to ...

YUM!

All the yummy goodness lies in the add-in's!
Homemade Granola Bars

1/2 cup + 2 T honey (don't skimp on this b/c they won't stick together well - learned the hard way)
1/2 cup brown sugar (can get away with 1/3 cup)
1/2 cup of natural peanut butter (Always AVOID using PB with hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.  Strive to find a peanut butter that only has peanuts and salt.  These by far are the healthiest and best for your body!)
2 cups oats
2 cups natural rice krispies (I like the Trader Joes Crisp Rice b/c it doesn't have BHT as a preservative).
1/4 cup flaxseeds (I use 1/8 cup flaxseeds and 1/8 cup chia seeds).
1/2 cup choc chips (love the dark choc chips from trader joes!) -- optional ingredient - well, when is chocolate really optional?  Ha!
1 cup total of mix-ins (pretzils, peanuts, almond slices, other crunchy cereal).

1. Combine oats, krispies, flax/chia seeds in a large bowl.  Set aside.
2. Prepare mix-ins.  Set aside
3. Melt brown sugar and honey on stove-top until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat and add in PB.
4. Mix into mixture, then add mix-ins.
5. Add the chocolate chips last so they don't melt.
6. Place in a 9x13 pan with wax paper (avoid clean up this way).  Smash down really hard so they don't fall apart.
7. Place in fridge to set up for 20 min!

Seriously, these are SO easy to make and SO amazing!  You MUST try them!!  MUST MUST MUST!

However, I have a challenge for you ... I have yet to live up to ... try not to eat the whole pan (mostly yourself) in 3 days!

My other project has been a "twirly" skirt for Sophia.   I have had THIS pinned on Pinterest for a long time.  I wanted to give it a "whirl," but always ran out of time.  I even bought clearanced fabric at Walmart just in case I messed up!!   The blog had an AWESOME demo, pictures, and instructions!  I made a few mistakes, but was able to cover them up!!  Ha!!  I plan to make a matching one for Hannah!  

The finished project ... ready for an adorable almost 4 year old to take it for a spin!

My first serger project ... I need help figuring out the tension, but this is close enough!

Even put an elastic waistband on the top! 

And you can watch her take it for a "spin" ...

video

Another project ... a minky blanket for Jackson.  My mother-in-law found this adorable crib sheet for me, but it was too small to fit on the crib!  Sad!  I decided I would re-purpose it and make a blanket!  I LOVE the feel of the minky fabric, but it is very hard to sew with!  


Burp clothes and Taggie blankets!


Birthday apron for Sophia's friend Alivia

I can not get this picture to flip ... sorry!
Any thoughts on the next project I should tackle?  I should probably look at my Pinterest board and see all the projects I have pinned!



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