Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars – I saw it on Pinterest

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I’ve been wanting to make these for a while now and finally mustered up the courage to try it.  I got this idea from Pinterest.  If you haven’t tried Pinterest, please do-it’s brilliant!  I have my own personal pile of recipes I want to try.  You can find me on Pinterest here.  I got this recipe from Fifteen Spatulas via her You tube video.  Of course I didn’t have all of the same ingredients she used, so I think mine turned out a little different (different isn’t bad).  Here is what I used:

4 Cups of Old Fashioned Oats

1/4 Cup of Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 Cup of Toasted, Shredded, Unsweetened Coconut

1/3 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips

1/2 tsp Salt (she added Kosher salt – I didn’t have any)

1/2 Cup Sunflower Seed Oil (she used grape seed oil – I didn’t have any)

1/2 Cup Honey

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Toss all the dry ingredients around until mixed.

Mix Oil, Honey and Vanilla to combine.

Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix together until combined.

Put onto pan with parchment paper (I had to use tin foil) and press with a flat spatula until it is about an inch thick.  Use the back of the spatula to square off the edges to make a rectangle (or something close).

Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.

Let cool completely before you cut them into bars with a sharp knife.

I put them in little snack bags for the kids to take to school.  One of the reasons I made these granola bars is because my kids go to a nut free school. I had to find a recipe without peanut butter in it.  I’m petrified of sending my kids to school with anything that might have peanut butter in it, so I will make my own peanut butter bars soon, but they will have to be out of reach so that the kids don’t end up sneaking one to school without my knowing.

This is the dry mixture.

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And the wet and dry mixed together.

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The finished product!

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And you might think they turned out perfect without this last picture (but then I’d be lying).  They were delicious, but we had a problem!  I may have cut them before they fully cooled (because I was way too excited), and I may have left them in a few minutes longer than I should have.  They were more crunchy than they should have been and they got stuck to the tin foil a bit.  I had to use tin foil because I didn’t have any parchment paper (no, I was not formerly a baker).  I am so proud of myself for trying this, even though they weren’t perfect.  My kids LOVED them and I didn’t waste a bit.  I actually saved all of the loose pieces and put them in some french vanilla yogurt – delicous!

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So there you have it….my very first attempt at granola bars.  Stayed tuned.  I AM going to be trying this until it works!

Leibster Award

Last week I was nominated for the Leibster Award by Healthy Living, Healthy Us . Thank you so much!

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What is Liebster Award?

Liebster Award highlights blogs that have less than 200 followers as a way to recognize new and upcoming blogs. I am so honored to be apart of this group of nominees.

After being nominated, each nominee must:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger that nominated you has created for you
  4. Nominate 11 new bloggers
  5. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer

Let all the bloggers know that they have been nominated; but you cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you.

Here are 11 Random Facts About ME:

1.  I have an obsession with chocolate.

2.  I would be happy reading a book all day.

3.  I have a cat named Poster.

4.  I feel guilty that I stopped cloth diapering.

5.  I have a Psychology Degree.

6.  I am a photographer.

7.  I love to sleep.

8.  I want to be more athletic.

9.  I long to be an organized, list person.  This is hard for me.

10.  I love Pinterest because it is so motivating to me.

11.  I still do not own an Iphone.

Questions from Healthy Living, Healthy Us:

1. What’s your favorite thing to wear?  Yoga pants.

2. What’s your favorite holiday?  Christmas.  Just love the season.

3. What’s your guilty pleasure?  Chocolate!

4. Veggies or fruits?  I love both.

5. If you could pack a suitcase to anywhere right now, what would you pack and where would you go?  Hawaii.  I’ve never been and it looks like heaven.

6. Have you ever lived in another country? Where and for how long?  No.  I stayed in St. Thomas for 6 weeks though.

7. What are your 5 must-have foods?  Spinach Salad, Pasta, Lasagna, Cereal, Chocolate

8. What is one of your biggest regrets?  Not keeping in touch with friends.  I am awful!

9. What do you want your legacy to be?  I just want to be remembered as a kind person who loves to share knowledge about living healthy.

10. What is your dream job?  Well my job is pretty cool as a photographer, but I’ve always wanted to be the person who keeps the infants company while in the nursery.  I LOVE babies.

11. Would you rather live on the beach or in the mountains?  Since I live pretty close to the beach and have all of my life, I’d pick mountains.

Here are the blogs I nominate:

1. http://raekayejay.blogspot.com

2. http://chaoswithacurve.blogspot.com

3. http://www.amylorimer.com

4.  http://cookeveryday1.wordpress.com

5.  http://www.thatorganicgirl.com

6.  http://lifeasathrifter.blogspot.com

7.  http://www.thehealthymaven.com

8. http://fromoverwhelmedtoorganized.blogspot.com

9. http://tanglewoodhome.blogspot.com/

10. http://frommrsmullen.com/

11. http://runninsrilankan.com

Questions to my nominations:

1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

2.  Where do you blog? (office, kitchen, couch, etc.)

3.  Coffee or Tea?

4.  What book are you reading right now?

5.  What was your first job?

6.  Ocean or Pond/Lake?

7.  Favorite place to shop for groceries?

8.  Do you have a budget?

9.  Do you use a meal plan?

10.  What is your favorite breakfast food?

11. Do you use a professional photographer?

Back to School – Saying Goodbye to Summer

The kids are in bed.  Tomorrow starts a new school year.  E  is starting first grade and B is starting Kindergarten.  These last two weeks have been filled with travel and preparations for the new school year.  We went to visit friends in Connecticut and just got home from New Hampshire where we visited our college friends.  There is nothing quite like catching up with old friends.  It’s amazing to see many of them as parents as well.  One minute we are partying together at college and the next we are watching our children play together while we try to chat about life. 

I have been trying to slow down and take it all in.  I think that just being in the moment is so important sometimes.  We are all so busy in our every day lives that we are constantly connected to our phones, computers, and televisions, Ipads and/or tablets.  Last weekend I just sat and watched butterflies with my kids.  I was just in awe at the beauty of these creatures.  I had never seen so many at one time.  Where we live in Massachusetts, I think I see one a week if we are lucky.  When we woke up at my friend’s new home and looked out the window to butterflies and hummingbirds having their breakfast, I was in utter disbelief.  It was incredible.  I also have a new camera, which I was so thankful I brought on my trip.  It’s the new Canon 5D Mark III.  I love it!  Aren’t these butterflies just beautiful?  My plan is to print a few on canvas for my friends as a housewarming present (along with a canvas of each of their kids).  I am so in love with these pictures that I think I may print a few for myself.ImageImageImageImage

So with the kids back at school, I plan to do lots more blogging.  I have been searching through new blogs looking for a few more to nominate for the Leibster Award, so please comment if you have less than 200 followers for your blog and I will check it out.  That post will be published soon.

Summer is gone and I’m so excited for Fall to arrive!

~Katey