Thursday, April 5, 2012

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars!

In my last post I shared the recipe for the peanut butter energy bites which I love.  But my husband is not a fan of peanut butter, so I had to figure out another type of granola bar that he would eat :)
 He loves these...

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups quick cooking oats {not rolled oats}
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

In a large bowl, stir oats and rice cereal together. Set aside.
 In a small pot, melt butter, honey and brown sugar together over medium
high heat until it comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat and cook 2
minutes. Pour in vanilla and stir. Pour over dry ingredients and mix
well to moisten all ingredients. Pour into lightly greased small jelly
roll pan {about 12x8x1} and press out to be about 3/4 inch in
thickness. {If your pan isn’t small enough, pack the mixture into one
side. You really want to press them down so they stick together.}
Another option is to mix the chocolate chips in when the mixture is still warm.  This makes it more of a chocolate swirl.
Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and press down lightly. Cool in frige and wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and store at room temperature. I like to store it in the frige because it sticks together better.
**Another option for this recipe is to add coconut oil instead of butter, and some coconut flakes.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Energy Bites

Energy bites (no bake)

This recipe was inspired by pintrest.  There are many variations you
can use, but this is the way I have enjoyed it!

1 cup (dry) oatmeal
1 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.
 Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll
into balls of whatever size you would like.  (Mine were about 1″ in
diameter.)  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for
up to 1 week.
Makes about 20-25 balls.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Rainbow Birthday Party

For Lydia's 5th birthday I threw her a rainbow birthday party.

This cake was actually a lot easier to make than it may appear.
I made 3 cake boxes and separated the batter of each cake into two 9" rounds.
Mix a different color of food coloring into each cake round.
Layer the cakes with wax paper and stick it in the freezer for a few hours.
Layer it with icing and cover the outside with frosting and sprinkles. 

The decorations are a bit random, but everything I made Lydia was able to help me with :)

- sand art centerpieces

- skittles with rolos (The idea here is gold at the end of the rainbow...)


- Treasure Hunt
I took pictures of various things in the yard and put each picture in a number envelope.  Then I hid each envelope in order.  I gave the first envelope to the kids which led them to the next envelope and so on.  They were all pictures with no words because not all the kids could read.  The first child to the clue got to open the envelope.  The final picture led to the treasure...the goodie bags.

- pinata
You can't have a party with out a pinata!  I have always bought one from the store (which I would probably still recommend). Lydia and I had fun in the process of making this pinata out of paper mache. We blew up a balloon and mixed flour and water (and a little salt). 
Then ripped long strips of newspaper and smoothed them onto the balloon.  It took about 48 hours to completely dry.  Then we glued crate paper on it to add color!

- pin the Clouds on the rainbow
I colored a rainbow on poster board.
cut out a few clouds and glued cotton balls to them. (This is also something that Lydia enjoyed helping with).
I put velcro on the back of the clouds and on the poster board where the clouds would go.
For the game I put a blindfold on one child at a time and then gave them a cloud and they tried to get it in the right place.


I made these for Lydia's birthday snack at school.
It was a good alternative to cupcakes or cookies :)

I have found that if you want kids to get excited aboutk something, just put googley eyes on them! :)

Materials Needed:
Individual applesauce containers
Individual juice boxes
mini raisin packs (you could also use nerd packs)
Tootsie rolls
Plastic spoons
Googley eyes

Just hot glue it all together.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Yummy St. Patricks Day Treat!

I have finally perfected my cake pop recipe.
I have been trying different recipies becasue I really like the taste and there are so many ways to make them.  These are good to use as goodies at a shower or birthday party if you put sticks in them and wrap them in plastic.
This particular one is good for a St.Patricks Day treat!

box of white cake mix
(ingredients for that...eggs, milk, oil)
1/2 cup of whipped white frosting
melted white chocolate with food coloring OR easy melt tablets

Make the box of white cake as it tells you on the box.
Try to take it out before it gets brown on the edges.
Let it cool.
Crumble it up in a large bowl.
Mix in whipped frosting with hands.
Roll into 1 inch balls and place on wax paper in a baking dish
Place the balls in the freezer for a few hours.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl.
dip the balls in the chocolate using a spoon (cover it on all sides)
Place back on wax paper and pour some sprinkles on top.
Place in refrigerator until hardened.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Easter Egg Wreath

I did this project today with my craft girls, Jenny Stinson, Michelle Husbands and Jen Bolen.
It turned out to be a very fun and simple craft.

You need:
- Cardboard
- plastic easter eggs
- easter grass
- hot glue gun
- ribbon

Cut the cardboard into a wreath shape.
Glue two rows of eggs on the cardboard with the smaller ends facing out.
Stuff the grass in between the eggs then glue another layer of eggs on top.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Rubber Duckie Diaper Cake

I have found a new project passion...Diaper Cakes!

In a previous post I had shown the first one I made.  I put a "how to" link in that blog post as well.

This is my most recent diaper cake.
It is "rubber duckie" themed.

If anyone knows of anyone needing a diaper cake let me know! :)