Sunday, July 26, 2009

Granola in the Crockpot...Yummy!

It is hot, hot, hot here on the south coast of BC! We're having a heatwave and I can hardly wait until it cools down a bit! I've brought out my crockpot(s) in an effort to keep the kitchen cool, the other night I made Lasagna in it and it was fabulous!! Here's one of my breakfast favourites and this is too good not to share! It's truly delish !

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Peanut Butter Granola (Makes 16-20 servings)
Adapted by me from the original recipe in Fix-it and Forget It: Recipes for Entertaining

6 cups oatmeal (I used Robin Hood Quick Oats)
½ cup wheat germ
1 cup sweet flaked coconut
½ cup sunflower seeds
2 handfuls of whole almonds
1 cup dried cranberries (I also added ½ cup dried blueberries)
1 cup Imperial Margarine (2 squares)
1 cup peanut butter plus a smidge more (Kraft light)
1 cup brown sugar (I used brown sugar Splenda)

• Combine all dry ingredients in a large oval slow cooker.
• Melt butter, peanut butter and brown sugar in the microwave.
• Pour over oatmeal, fruit and nuts in the crockpot. Mix well.
• Cover and cook on low for about 5 hours, stirring occasionally.

**I added a bit more peanut butter because I added more of the dry ingredients…I just can’t seem to leave a recipe alone without adding my own bit of creativity to it!

I have tried this recipe a couple of times and it’s *so* delicious! Everyone loves it! It’s great by itself, for snacking on, or to add milk for a great and filling cereal, good in muffins….really good on anything! I love it on yogurt, just as is or topped with some extra fresh fruit and it’s my favourite breakfast ….well, that is other than going out for a wonderful and decadent breakfast! LOL!!! You can experiment and add things to it (like cinnamon spices, or flavourings like vanilla or almond) that your family loves, as well as taking out some things that your gang is not too fond of! This makes lots. I keep it in a Ziploc bag or sealed plastic container in the fridge. Very yummy!!

Hope you like it! Try it and let me know what you think!


Friday, July 24, 2009

Thank You!

Here's a quick little Thank you card that's so easy to make. The size is 4" x 4" and it's great to make a few to keep on hand when need something fast! You will need extra postage for this size if you mail it in a square envelope. You'll have to check with Canada Post. You could also use a regular invitation size envelope (4 3/8" x 5 3/4"), but it's really a perfect size for hand delivering.

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Cardstock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise
Stamp set: Retired Lovely Labels
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Punch, 1/4" Punch, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, White Organza ribbon and White gel pen.


A Catalogue Case!

I saw this box in the new Stampin'Up! catalogue and thought it was such a great idea! I just had to make one too. Whoever thought of this unique way to close it, is a genius! I love how the little flaps are on top of the lid with jumbo eyelets and ribbon to hold it together. The Box #2 Bigz XL die is one of my favourite just needs a new name! I can't keep calling it Box's so cute it needs a better name, don't you think? And it can hold all kinds of wonderful goodies! I also stamped a mini gift card to go with it. Hope you like it!

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Here's the recipe:
Chocolate Chip Designer Paper
Big XL Box #2
Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets
Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon

For the mini card, I used the retired set Lovely Labels and stamped Enjoy twice, leaving a teeny space in between so I could fold it and cut it out.

Stamp set: Lovely Labels (retired)
Cardstock: Whisper White


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My First Share!

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I've been busy trying to figure out a few techie things for my blog...I've succeeded at some and well....I need to try some more things but need to give my brain a rest! Actually, I'm very happy to be able to have figured out this blogging at all! So back to some fun and creative things, here is my first share, I hope you like it! I used the Scallop Envelope Die from Stampin' Up! tied it up with the tafetta ribbon and made a quilled rose for the outside. You can see the tutorial here on on Susan Roberts blog. Isn't it darling!!! These little roses are so much fun to make!

I also made a card for the inside so I could include a little personal note.

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Here's the recipe!
Stampin'Up!Scallop Envelope Die
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ribbon: Whisper White Tafetta
Quilled Rose: 1" Circle punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Quilling tool or long nosed tweezers, Glue pen & Dazzling Diamonds for that little bit of bling! Leaves are from small flower punch.
Stamps: SU Great Friend
Ink: SU Certainly Celery


Friday, July 3, 2009

Welcome to my Blog

Welcome to my blog and a few of my favourite things! I'm new to blogging so I hope you'll enjoy my journey of sharing my paper crafting, ramblings and musings with you.

Once again, welcome to my little corner of the world!