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Granola Bars

This is one of the easiest things to whip together. There is very little time involved. There is no baking or stovetop cooking. And they are so amazingly delicious that a 9×13 pan disappears in this house of 2 adults 4 kids within a week.  IT MAKES ME PROUD TO SAY TO THE WORLD THAT I CAME UP WITH THIS RECIPE ON MY OWN. There is a certain amount of self-confidence that you gain when you come up with something good entirely on your own. It doesn’t have to be food. It may be anything. Create. It will do you and the world around you some good.

The fun with these bars is that you can shift things around if you like. Cheerios instead of rice krispies. Extra chocolate chips instead of raisins. For gluten free, extra oats instead of wheat germ.

I love to cut, individually wrap and freeze them. A perfect on the go snack grab.

  • 3  3/4 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Wheat Germ
  • 2 cup Raisins
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 1 cup Peanuts
  • 1  1/2 cup Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 3/4 cup Honey
  • 1 T Vanilla
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Table Syrup (maple syrup)

Melt oil then add other wet ingredients. Stir to combine. Pour over dry ingredients. Mix well with hands. Press into 9×13 cake pan or your choice container. Keep Refrigerated. This is not a must but will keep your bars more solid and less crumbly because of the coconut oil.

 

V8 and It’s Stories

This week I am making Vegetable Beef. I LOVE SOUP. For many years I have made all kinds of Vegetable Beef. I have never been satisfied.  This past week I invented what I will call “ V8 Soup”  all I need to say is….I am now satisfied.  If I look V8ish it is because I have been eating it daily. I have been having serious thoughts of cooking this weekly for the next million years. Have no doubt I will still be living, it has V8 and kale in it!  and leeks!  add another million years!

Here is how you can make it….

  • Buy a black cow, feed it grass
  • Butcher it
  • Place a small roast in crock pot
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic gloves
  • 2 bay leaves

Cook for 8 hours on slow. Cool. Place in fridge overnight

  • On stove top cook 1 64 oz V8 juice
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • Remaining broth from roast cooked day before
  • Roast cut into little pieces
  • 2 cups carrots chopped
  • 2 cups corn
  • 1 bag green beans
  • 3 leeks chopped fine
  • 3 large handfuls Kale chopped fine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Simmer with lid on for an hour. Cool. Eat as much as you want. Do not add quilt.

If you care to keep reading I think you will find it funny and interesting as I share the stories of two people whom have eaten my V8 Soup. I will make up the names as to protect identity. If you hold to a strong belief of being a vegetarian understand that there is some graphic content below .

  • I saved the soup for tonight because I am working till 6:15 and it is always a struggle cooking when I get home at 6:30. So I got home and Travis said, I am hungry, and I said, supper will be ready in 15 minutes and I felt so proud. So I dumped the soup in a big pot ( I had given it to her frozen) and then went about my business of scooping poop. ( she owns way too many cats) So then the soup was ready and I said make your own sandwiches boys but I will ladle your soup in bowls. I love that word, ladle. we started eating and I was like, OMG! Travis said, there are leaves in this soup! with a very uncertain look in his face. He said, where does this soup come from? And I said, my friend Kathy made it. I said, she has cows in her back yard and when shes ready to make soup she butchers a cow, picks the vegtables from her garden and the leaves from the trees. I said there are cow carcasess all over her yard. He did not think I ws funny but I did. and then I told him that you also made cinnamon rolls that we are going to have for dessert but I said to Travis, you won’t like them because there are leaves in them too. Alas, he did not believe me and I had to share my cinnamon rolls. So the moral of this tale is that the boys and Travis loved the soup and the cinnamon rolls. Even the leaves. The End.
  • I have to tell you that when my husband first looked into his bowl at camp he was “worried” about the green stuff floating in his soup. Ends up he ate two large bowls and LOVED it!  Thanks for helping cook at camp!

 

House Dressing

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I love this dressing. I put it on taco salad,  I put it on a bed of spinach, I put it on my Tuna Salad Salad, Heck I put it on everything.

In the blender I put sugar, vinegar, eggs, salt, and mustard.  I place it on the stovetop adding butter. I cook. I stir. I boil. I cool.  Then I whip in some mayo, celery seed and poopy seed.  Into a quart jar it goes and may hang out in my refrigerator for up to 3 month.

  • 1  1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. mustard
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 T butter
  • 1  1/2 cup mayo
  • sprinkle of celery and poppy seed to your liking

 

Ham Salad

Creamy salads are all about texture for me. I swear the taste is different depending how it is done up. My ham salad is a far jump away from ham salad. I should rename it.

I slow bake a bone in hickory smoked ham. ( that alone should make you want to eat it. Ok I admit I LOVE HAM! Not pigs. Ham. ) Hard boiled eggs chopped in big pieces. Celery, mayo, vinegar, lots of black pepper, pimentos. The best of all is a spoon full of my homemade zucchini relish. I understand that many of you will not have this in your pantry I am sad to say that you will have to use store bought relish instead.

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Spinach Lasagna

This week I am making Spinach Lasagna. Here is how it goes down…

I grab a deep 9×12 dish.

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I start to chop all kinds of healthy things.

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I sauté’ the peppers and mushrooms.

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I make a white sauce with the garlic and onion. I DO NOT grab a can of cream of mushroom soup. I prefer the least amount of preservatives as possible. So, into the pot goes milk, tons of basil and lots of salt and pepper.

Oh and yes, a huge handful of parmesan!

And then because this is called spinach lasagna I use a big bag of spinach and of course lasagna noodles.

I get to work layering all these yummy ingredients on top of each other making sure to add mozzarella cheese between each layer.

And there you have it Spinach Lasagna…

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Note: this is an excellent dish to freeze and have on hand for those hectic days. I do like to thaw my casserole dishes before baking however it is possible to pull from freezer and stick straight into oven. Keep in mind that you will have to bake about twice as long when taking this route.

  • 1 bag spinach
  • 3 Peppers
  • 3 gloves garlic
  • 3 onions
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup parmesan
  • 4 cup milk
  • 4 cup cheese
  • 1 pack mushrooms
  • 1 T basil
  • 1 tsp. garlic
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

Saute’ peppers and mushrooms in a T of oil, set aside and saute’ garlic and onions then adding milk and other ingredients to make a white sauce. In a 12×9 foil pan make 4 layers in this order

  • Noodles
  • peppers and mushrooms
  • spinach
  • White sauce
  • cheese

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes

7 Layer Salad

 

It is Easter! And we all think food Yum Yum!!  You have the Ham…and Mom is bringing the potatoes. What about the salad? Check this out below.

Most all lettuce Salads need to be made just before serving and do not go over well as a left over. This Seven Layer Salad is a winner!  It is best when it sits overnight and can be stored in the fridge for leftovers up to two days.

I start with crunchy iceburg lettuce…

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And I always need a rich green in my salad so spinach it is…

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 Celery. I use the leafy stuff as well. It is packed with your nutrients and is often chopped off and thrown out. So sad!  Celery loves to be bought by me for I never throw any of it out.

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Frozen peas. I have no picture cause the man of the house prefers it without.  Onions. Sometimes I do sometimes I don’t. Depends if my body is screaming ONION! 

Hard boiled eggs. I see you thinking…eggs? In fridge for two days?

 Have no fear…If layered in this proper order it all stays fresh.

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The dressing…mayo, sugar and my very own special twist…bacon drippings!  Cheese comes next and then the best is saved for last…

BACON!!!   YES!!!  YUM!!!

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 HAVE A HAPPY EASTER!

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Seasons

I love our four seasons. Seasons are good. They come. They go. Different date. Different climate. Life is like this.       Many times we resist change when really, we should embrace it. If you look for it you can always find good things from it.

If there where to be some fine print added it would go something like this…

It may cause pain. There will be some stress upon deciding to view life in this way. You may have moments of not knowing who you are.

I say take this path anyway. It is well worth the fine print. It is life changing.

 

>Snowy weather

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The snow is falling and coffee is calling u-hoo!!

It is lovely weather for a sled ride together.

Lets get-together and have a hot chocolate or two.

Ok I do believe there is a song along those lines right? How is it that I do not remember hearing this one during my constant Christmas music playing?

Should I play my Christmas music all over again? It just wouldn’t seem right tho…I mean, I can pull the music out loooong before it’s time but to play it the week end after?

nah, just not feelin it

For right now I plan to curl up on my comfy couch and read. (with 3 kids and a baby I hardly see my plan working but it is good to plan awhile )

Oh and I do plan to head outside and play…that I do see happening

I am like my Mom in that way…WE LOVE THE SNOW  You should have seen us on Christmas day. My Mom at 60 some years old and all the grandkids sledding down a big hill. IT WAS LOVELY     The man of the house was asked if he was going to join his wife and his reply was… Why would I put myself in that situation? All she does is scream when going down a hill. No thanks.

Haha makes me smile!!  If he is happy indoors I will be happily screaming down a hill. Anybody else wanna join?

snowy kisses to you all….

>Short little things that mean a lot

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I don’t know if it is wrong but it doesn’t exactly seem right to eat as much as I do over this time of year.

It all just looks and tastes so wonderful and then the fact that at most parties the food stays sitting out on the counter for the entire time just doesn’t make it easy on anyone.

sigh

At least I can say that as much as my belly feels full so does my heart.

Full of contentment

Full of joy

Full of love

Full of living

and I am sure it is…

Full of blood as well

Well I do hope each of you enjoy yourselves and those closest to you in the next couple of days.

Don’t fight

Forgive readily

brush your teeth often

say kind things

pick up the mess made ( wrapping paper, paper cups, toys and such )

Hug your Dad

Don’t say so much instead do a lot

smile, even if you feel some pain at the moment

and whatever you do DO NOT GRUMBLE OR COMPLAIN ABOUT ANYTHING!!

All of these may seem like little things but all of them mean a lot when acted upon, well, maybe not the “ brush teeth one” unless of course you struggle with bad breath.

Many Hugs to you and best wishes!

 

 

Sorry, There really was no time left yesterday for me to blog. none.

>This and That

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Free dog. must go to good home.
Why do people say that?  How do they have any idea whether the home is good or not when they come to pick up the free dog?
and do they say no to some people because they feel their home is not good enough?
Shoot, I would hate to be that person. I would scream and say “discrimination” Not that that would make them change their mind, actually I am sure by then they would not give free dog to me.
No, I am not picking up a free dog and no I am not giving away a free dog. I just have thoughts of it sometimes.  I mean, Nicky is sweet and all and is VERY well trained but…it is just that I have to let her out to pee at the most inconvenient time for me. I can never just let chicken set out on counter. ( I probably shouldn’t do that anyway) but nevertheless if I wanted to…I couldn’t
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The traffic was terrible as I headed out to the airport tonight! I went to pick up my parents who were coming home from Florida for Christmas.
We ate at Bob Evans and I plan to eat only there when I go out for the rest of the winter.
For one simple reason…They have the heat turned on.
My Mom says they keep it nice and toasty because it is a restaurant where old people eat a lot.   Always listen on your Mom.  She knows.
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This was Christmas 2008
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I am wishing and hoping for snow like this for a couple different reasons…
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1. so I can go sledding
2. So I can curl up in a blanket and look out the window.
3.So I can throw a snowball at the Man of the house.
4.So that Christmas day will feel more like Christmas day.
5.So I can shovel the driveway and lose a couple pounds.
6. I think I will stop here before my reasons keep getting more lame.
Happy pre Christmas week end to you!!  Like Chadwin says to people…
Have a sweet Christmas

I started this post at 11:53pm so I am counting it as the blog for Friday not Saturday. Good Lord who gets up and does things that early on a Saturday morning?