Saturday, April 16, 2011

Homemade Granola!

Where has time gone?! I swear the older I get the faster time flies. About a week ago my best friend, Susan and I made tons and tons (and I mean tons) of homemade gluten-free granola bars. What we did was find a basic recipe and made variations with the goodies that we added. It was so much fun and by the end we were having a grand 'ole time and drinking some wine. We ended up with tropical granola bars, cherry almond granola bars, Almond Joy granola bars, and even one called TMW granola bars (Too Much Wine granola bars).

OMG these dried cherries were to die for! I could eat them just as a snack alone!

Time for wine...

The wine miraculously gave me super fast stirring powers!

And voila...the yummy, hearty, gooey goodness...

And our basic granola recipe:

Dry ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Gluten Free Rolled Oats
1/2 cup Gluten Free Oat Flour
Any filling you desire!

Wet ingredients:

1/4 cup Molasses
1/4 cup Honey
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
2 Tb Fruit Juice (your choice
1 Tb Vegetable Oil

Okay so Susan is the mad scientist when it comes to recipes and tweaking and changing and perfecting. So, she figured out that for this recipe we use 3c + 3 tbs dry ingredients to 3/4c + 3tbs wet ingredients. So, whatever is in the list of dry ingredients, just make sure it equals the 3c + 3 tbs and whatever wet ingredients you desire make sure it equals 3/4c + 3 tbs. Does that make sense? :)

Anyway, it worked for us! They were delicious...and now I have one hundred pounds of granola to last me the year. When the wine started flowing, we couldn't stop making. LOL!

P.S. Sorry about the spacing issues on this post. I get so frustrated with pictures and spacing. Am I the only one with this problem or am I the only one that doesn't know the secret? :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Mr. Quincy is a calendar pinup!

Thanks to Ms. Kitty and daddy Egmont, Quincy won the photo contest hosted by Ms. Kitty and dad over at A Cat's Golden Years! We are so proud of Mr. Quincy. He is finally a star. Lol! Every three months Ms. Kitty has a calendar contest. We find it very fun and a great way of getting to know the other kitties out there! This month, Quincy is Mr. April. He is also in the company of some very gorgeous kitties! Neytiri and Maui. These beauties are making Quincy look very good. :) Feel free to swing by all these kitty blogs and you are sure to get your PURRRR ON! If you want to download the calendar, go over to Ms. Kitty and her dad Egmont's blog and they will have a link! By the way, Ms. Kitty recently had a golden birthday very close to Quincy's birthday. She is a beautiful young 17 year old. Swing over and checkout the beautiful golden eyes she sports. Thank you Ms. Kitty and Daddy Egmont for hosting a wonderful contest!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Fashion tidbit of the week. A little of everything...

Wear a statement piece that stands out like my hot pink watch. Layering it with feminine bracelets creates a funky, sporty, yet dainty look. Like I said, I'm a Gemini, so for those who can't make up their mind like me, why not combine it all?

Friday, April 1, 2011

Container Beets

Yep, this is the new addition to my container garden this Spring. Beautiful, aren't they? I love beets and I thought this Spring I will plant something new and exciting in my deck garden. I'm starting my Spring cleaning, including the deck, and have my list of veggies and herbs I want to grow. I thought they could use a new friend. :) So, here's to new friends and a new victim for my palate!

Got any new friends in your garden this Spring?