Friday, March 9, 2012

DIY Chewy Granola Bars


2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup sliced or chopped almonds
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup honey
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
Toss the oatmeal, almonds, and pecans together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ.
Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the raisins, apricots, and cranberries and stir well.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.

Try experimenting with different ingredients that you love and or have in the pantry.


Make It Delish!


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*Adapted from Ina Garten's recipe.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Reusable Filter for Keurig

Happy Tuesday!

It took me a while after I had my Keurig to figure out that there is a reusable filter that is available for the Keurig!  So, I thought I would share this info in case anyone else is still unaware.  The link above will take you to the Bed, Bath and Beyond site where you can find a Solofill Reusable Filter for your Keurig.

Although convenient and tasty, Keurig cups can become expensive and frankly wasteful, using all of that plastic.  So, having this filter is a great alternative while still being able to brew one cup at a time.

Here are my tips once you buy it and go to use it:

COFFEE:  Once you put the loose coffee in the filter, wet the grounds a bit to get them going...until you see it starting to drip dark water.

TEA:  I have found that you can also use tea bags and loose teas in the filter cup, you just want to wet it as well. (Just like the coffee).


Make It Delish!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Apple Spice Potpourri

Happy Thursday!

If you ever have apples and/or oranges that get left behind, forgotten or too old, don't just throw them out, make homemade potpourri!  You can omit or add to this recipe but it is a super simple recipe with instructions how to make a dry potpourri as well as a simmering potpourri.  Mmm!

Apple Spice Potpourri

3 tbsp dried apple slices (see note) 

2 tbsp crumbled cinnamon or one 3" cinnamon stick 

1 whole nutmeg, grated (1 1/2 tsps) 

1 tbsp whole cloves 

1 tbsp julienne orange peel 

3 drops of cinnamon or vanilla scented oil

Note: To dry apples, slice paper thin and place slices in a single layer on a baking sheet in 150 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Mix dried apple slices with remaining ingredients. Store in a tightly covered glass jar.

For simmering potpourri, use a teaspoon potpourri per one cup of water. Place potpourri in water, bring to a boil and simmer on low until the whole house is perfumed; turn off heat. Strain and let dry if you wish to save and reuse the potpourri.


Make It Delish!


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Chewy Snickerdoodles

David Price

Happy Wednesday!

This morning I ate a raisin/cinnamon english muffin and it reminded me how much I love cinnamon.  I instantly thought sharing my chewy snickerdoodle recipe with you all.  These cookies are versatile, look pretty and taste great! Give them a try!  

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl.

Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.

Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture.

Chill dough, and chill an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge.

Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons sugar, and 3 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl.

Scoop 1 inch globs of dough into the sugar/ cinnamon mixture.

Coat by gently rolling balls of dough in the sugar mixture.

Place on chilled ungreased cookie sheet, and bake 10 minutes.

Remove from pan immediately and place on cooling rack.


Make It Delish!


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Photo by David Price.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Benefits of Local Honey!

Happy Tuesday!

About three years ago, my parents started "keeping" honeybees.  Within the past year, I too, have become highly interested in honeybees and assist them with theirs.  This past weekend, we attended a bee seminar and it only heightened my love for honey.  Honey and honeybees are amazing.  They have been "doing their thing" for a million years!

Some Benefits of Honey:

Allergy Protection
Contains Vitamins and Minerals
Digestive Aid
Cough Suppressant
Soothes Sore Throats
Topical Salve
Contains Antioxidants and Photonutrients

It is said that the most beneficial honey is local look into apiarists or stores that carry local honey.  (It is also said that children under one should not consume honey).

I personally use our honey in my smoothies, in my coffee, drizzled on 0% Greek Yogurt, in many of my recipes as a sweet element, in my tea and on minor scrapes and cuts (use in place of an antibiotic ointment).

Definitely research honey and all of its fabulous properties.



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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Many uses for Vinegar!

Happy Sunday!

Although I have not posted in a few days (my apologies!), I feel like this post is appropriate for a Sunday since a lot of us clean on the weekends.  It will hopefully be informative, as well as offer an all natural, healthy way to substitute for those harsh chemicals.  Today, I will chat about Heinz Distilled White Vinegar (5% Acidity) and Bragg's Raw~Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (With the 'Mother').  


Fabric Softener- 1/2 cup of white vinegar in the rinse cycle or in the fabric softener compartment for a natural and healthy way to keep your clothes soft and static free.  (I have very sensitive skin and find that fabric softeners are a harsh chemical on my skin yet I love when my clothes ares soft and free of static, so this trick is perfect!)

Stain Remover- Within 24 hours of a pop, coffee or sweat stain, spray or dab full concentrate white vinegar on stains before laundering.

Tub and Shower Magic- Mix 12 oz Blue Dawn Liquid Dish Soap and 12 oz White Vinegar (More or less but always equal parts) in a spray bottle and shake to incorporate.  Spray, scrub and lightly rinse for a clean shine! No toxic chemicals!! :)

Need Buttermilk? No problem!- Add 1 Tablespoon of vinegar to ! cup of milk and let stand 5 minutes. (I like this trick because you can use skim milk for a lower fat option).


Health Drink-  This can be consumed up to 3 times a day.  1-2 teaspoons of Bragg's in 8 oz Filtered Water plus 1-2 teaspoons Organic Honey, Stevia, or Agave Nectar. (This is a great pick-me up drink).

Smoothie-  Make your normal smoothie and add 1-2 teaspoons of Bragg's but make sure to cut it with 1-2 teaspoons of your favorite all natural sweetener.

Salad Dressing- Use in place anytime a salad dressing calls for vinegar.

Health Benefits- Rich in enzymes & potassium, supports a healthy immune system, helps control weight, promotes digestion & ph balance, helps soothe dry throats, helps remove body sludge toxins, helps maintain healthy skin and relieves muscle pain from exercise.


Make It Delish!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Baked Kale Chips

Happy Wednesday!

Kale is a great winter vegetable.  It is in the cabbage/broccoli family and has many nutritional benefits.  If you have never tried Kale before, this technique is super easy, healthy and delish!

What you'll need:

One bunch of Kale (dark green with no imperfections)
Sea or Kosher Salt
Cookie Sheet
Parchment Paper
Fresh Ground Black Pepper (Optional)
Lemon (Optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Start with clean and very dry Kale (otherwise it will steam).  Place the parchment paper on the cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil.

Cut or tear the tough inner stalk out of the leaf.  Place the Kale on the oiled cookie sheet and drizzle with more oil.  Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper (pepper optional).

Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Once out you can squeeze a lemon over them if you prefer.


Make it Delish!


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