Monday, March 28, 2011

Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is all the rage, and the elements are cute, so I thought I'd give it a try. First I used an old copy of Farewell to Arms and did some creative things to the pages. Then I went on to trying my hand at traditional scrapping. It's relaxing and keeps my mind occupied in a zen-like way. Below are some of my beginner's pictures. Many still require missing elements.











For more information there are plenty of sites about scrapping, complete with free ideas. To get started, read more about this cute hobby at http://scrapbooking.about.com/.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Make Your Own Granola


With food prices increasing every day, it makes sense to cut corners whenever possible. One way to reduce costs is to make your own granola. You can eat it alone with milk or hot water, on top of other cereals, mixed into yogurt. When you make you own, you are able to control what kind of additives and ingredients go into your food.  

Ingredients:
Oatmeal
1 c. Honey
2 TBLS. Margarine
Fruits
2 cups Flax seed
1 cup nuts
2 cups sunflower seed 

Gather all your ingredients together.

Mix honey and margarine in a saucepan. Heat until almost boiling. 

Mix together sunflower seed...



Add nuts and flax seed...then fill bowl with oats. Pour the honey mixture over the ingredients and gently stir and turn the oat mixture until evenly coated. 



 Prep pans by lining with foil if desired, and spraying with PAM spray. Very important to spray the pans to keep the granola from sticking.






Spread  the oat mixture evenly in two pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Let cool slightly.





Add fruits now, when granola is slightly cool. Gently mix together in pans. 








When fully cooled, finished product should be sealed in an airtight container.