I love granola. Maybe it’s the crunchiness. Maybe it’s the fact that you eat a super tiny bowl and are stuffed, so you feel virtuous. However, I have made lots of granola and the incredible amount of oil that is used in the recipe offsets the virtuosity of eating a tiny bowl. So began my quest for an even healthier option for granola. I found this recipe in a library book years ago and fell in love with it! I think the thing that intrigued me the most was the use of coconut milk to coat the granola. I thought that was brilliant! While it still has quite a bit of sugar, the oil content is drastically reduced. So enjoy!
Today I had a practically perfect day. It began at the Magical Theater (appropriate name for a magical day!). We saw James and the Giant Peach with friends. The 285 seat theater was so intimate and cozy. I love the exposed brick and rough edges. I love sitting so close to the actors. I love feeling the thrill of live theater. It never gets old and I want to instill that passion in my kids.
I have homeschooled all my kids from the beginning and one thing I remember vividly about kindergarten is the crying and moaning and groaning over writing.
“My hand hurts!”
“My hand is cramping!”
My mom shared something with me recently that I wish I had known 5 years ago. See, my mom is a preschool teacher. Not only that, but has she raised 5 children, has a degree in early childhood education, and has worked in the preschool area for years and years, so she knows her stuff! What she told me was that playing with Play doh has a huge impact on preschoolers’ ability to write in kindergarten! She said that there are things these 3 and 4 year olds can be doing that build strength so when they head off to school, their little hands won’t cramp from all that writing they will be doing. One of the things she instructed me to do with my four year old was to cut Play doh. She said it strengthens the muscles in the fingers because of the resistance. Continue reading
Mid October is garlic planting time! I planted last year for the first time and it was the easiest thing in the world! It’s sort of like planting tulips. You put the bulbs in the ground in the fall and in the spring they shoot out of the ground. By late summer, you harvest and let dry. Seriously, the simplest thing I planted this year!
Here’s the how to…
My friend had a baby recently, and I wanted to give her some cute burp cloths for when she takes her daughter out to show off! I scoured Pinterest until I found a burp cloth that was easy and adorable and followed her instructions found here. But while I loved her pattern, I thought it would be helpful to have picture instructions for newer sewers. So here it is! Continue reading
I’ve been seeing this grilled cheese on Pinterest that is sort of like a Caprese salad on bread. With fresh tomatoes and basil coming to an end in my garden, I thought this would be a perfect late summer dinner. I started out with a bunch of ciabatta rolls. Really you can use any type of yummy bread. I have to say that after I photographed these and ate them, I realized that it would have been better to butter the flat side and put the curved side on the inside of the sandwich. Not as pretty but more buttered, browned goodness! Anyway, butter the outsides of your bread, and to the insides, add fresh sliced tomato, basil leaves and fresh mozerella. It probably goes without saying that fresh local basil and tomatoes really make this sandwich sing. Visit your local farmer’s market – you’ll never regret it! Continue reading
I’ve heard many people lament lately that their children aren’t being taught how to write in cursive. Some say it’s really sad. Others don’t care. I think it’s tragic that something like writing in cursive could become extinct. My mother in law used to work in an inner city school, and she said that the students were unable to read the comments on their papers, because she wrote in cursive! Continue reading
Chicken pot pie makes me think of my grandma. She and my grandpa would eat the dark meat and then save all the breasts in the freezer. Then, when it was time to make chicken pot pie for the extended family, she would cook up those breasts and make delicious stock. She would make that stock into a rich, creamy gravy and add vegetables from the garden and huge chunks of white meat. She topped it with the most delicious, flaky crust you can imagine. While I have occasionally made that delicious meal, I find that this chicken pot pie soup fits my schedule a bit better and the flavors are so similar that it still takes me back to my childhood! Continue reading
I finally have a tomato harvest! I have to say that my garden did not produce nearly what I had anticipated. However, it is finally at the stage where our tomato harvest has outpaced our tomato eating!
I really don’t love canned tomatoes. It’s fine if you often eat chili or spaghetti, but our household doesn’t go that route often enough to make it worth the effort of the canning process. Plus, I would imagine that I am like most people in that I don’t plant nearly enough tomatoes that I have a huge harvest all at once. Since I don’t plan on canning weekly, freezing it is! I have two ways that I choose to preserve tomatoes in the freezer. The first is my super easy, super lazy way. I wash them, cut out the core, and store them in a gallon ziplock freezer bag. When we’re ready to eat tomatoes, I take them out and partially defrost them, peel the skins off and drop them into soups or chili. So. Easy.
Yummy easy soups!
Fall is in the air and there’s nothing I love more than homemade soup and crusty bread once the chill sets in! I adore fast soups so much and I love adding new recipes into my repertoire that friends have passed on to me. I’ve adapted it a bit to make it my own and I hope you love it as much as I do.
Cream of Wild Rice Soup:
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 ribs of celery, finely chopped
3-4 carrots, finely choppedAfter they are soft, add 1/4c. butter and 1/4c. flour. Cook for about 1 minute then add:
8c. chicken stock*Bring to a boil to thicken and add:
3c. cooked brown rice (you can use 2 packages of Uncle Ben’s brown/wild rice combo and it’s so good)
1c. leftover cubed chicken or turkey
1 can fat free evaporated milk
Salt and pepper to taste