One of my New Years goals this year has been to be more creative in finding ways to use what I have and stick within my budget. I really wanted a new cover for my carseat so I decided to use some material I already had and make a cover.
Then this baby bjorn I had was totally shot, so instead of getting a new one I covered it with material I bought on discount to give it a whole new look! The Baby Bjorn is probably one of my favorite things I have in caring for a little one. I like to keep active so having my hands free while still “holding the baby” is the best.
Also, earlier in the week I was talking to a friend and she raved about how she loves making homemade granola for her family for snacks. I decided this was a great idea to try since Aurora’s toddler snacks can get pretty expensive after a while. Plus, they aren’t healthy at all. Granola is much better and I could use my food storage to make it. We added some nuts and dried berries but the main filler is the oats which we have in abundance.
On Monday Jason, Aurora, and I went to our favorite thrift store that was having a 50% sale and later I also went to Old Navy’s once a year 90% off sale over the weekend for a few treasure finds! Needless to say, I had a lot of fun this week.
Easy Homemade Granola
from “Baked: New Frontiers in Baking” by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
(Marilyn’s Note: I tripled the recipe, (except the salt and cinnamon) and then added 4-6 cups of additional oats to lower the sugar ratio. It was still plenty sweet and delicious! This makes 2 comfortably full gallon-sized Zip Lock Bags. I also used much less nuts and dried berries.)
2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup nuts
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup dried cherries
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In a large bowl, toss the oats with the cinnamon and salt.
In a medium bowl, stir together the oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until completely combined.
Pour the honey mixture over the oats mixture and use your hands to combine them: Gather up some of the mixture in each hand and make a fist. Repeat until all of the oats are coated with the honey mixture.
Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread it out evenly, but leave a few clumps here and there for texture.
Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola. Sprinkle the almonds over the granola and return the baking sheet to the oven.
Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola. Sprinkle the hazelnuts over the granola and return the baking sheet to the oven.
Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven. Let cool completely. Sprinkle the raisins and cherries over the granola.