Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lil' Red in the Garden


I was lucky a little while ago when I won a pattern from Gingermelon Dolls.  She makes and sells the cutest little dolls, patterns, and kits.

I have had the pieces cut out since Spring Break so I finally told myself I need sit down and sew her. It didn't take too long to make her.  And I am sure some of my stitches are a little wonky.   But overall I think she turned out good.

Here is Lil' Red resting against a rock gnome home in our garden. 


We had a great week of hot weather and it has been very summer-like.  The kids have been playing in our little pool and running through the sprinkler.  Even though today was another sunny day, the temperature is dropping and it felt like a normal May day.


Luckily, there are no big bad wolves in our garden!


Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bunny Bento


Using our largest laptop lunch container and a small square container, this bento held half a PB and honey sandwich, cheese bunnies, carrot sticks, strawberry and cucumber skewers and a home made granola bar.  

My four year old had fun and helped out with making the cheese bunnies.  She couldn't wait to eat her lunch.  And polished off all the cheese bits and broken bunnies before I had time to save them for dinner's mac and cheese sauce.

Black sesame seeds work great for little eyes and noses.


The kids eat so much cucumber and carrots that I am surprised they have not tired of eating them.
I can't wait for all the summer fruit and veg to come into season to add some more variety to our lunches.


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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Homemade Granola


Homemade granola.

There are a lot of different granola recipes out there but once you find the one you like, there is no going back.

It is easy to customize each recipe.  Want it a little nuttier?  Add some toasted cashews.  Throw in a few sunflower seeds.  Do you like maple syrup?   Use maple syrup instead of honey.  Like coconut?  Add a bit in.   Toss in some dried fruit - cranberries, apricots, cherries or blueberries.   The combinations are endless.

I did a combo from two different recipes -  I used oats, sliced almonds, shredded coconut, maple syrup, brown sugar, oil, vanilla but eliminated the dried fruit and added nutmeg and cinnamon.
It was super easy to mix up and bake in the oven.


Even my nut hating child ate a whole bowl full of granola.

I think packaging up some homemade granola in a decorated jar would make a great little addition to a gift basket of homemade goodies.


Updated:  Here is the recipe if anyone is interested.

Granola - recipe adpated from Jumbo Vegetarian Cookbook by Phillips and Glossop

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup maple syrup or liquid honey
1 tsp vanilla

Mix together and spread mixture out on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 300 F for 35 minutes. 

Optional: 
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
Add dried fruit after cooked.



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