1.5 cups Kix cereal
1 cup Wheat Chex cereal
1.5 cups Rice Chex cereal
1.5 cups Oyster Crackers
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup honey
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground powdered mustard
1 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika
1 tsp kosher salt
1/3 cup sesame seeds
1. Preheat oven to 300*, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine Kix, Wheat Chex, Rice Chex, Oyster Crackers, and Peanuts in a large bowl. Set aside.
3. In a separate bowl mix olive oil, honey, Worcestershire sauce, coriander, mustard, paprika, and salt. Mix well.
4. Pour liquid mix over the dry cereal mix and stir until all coated.
5. Scatter the mixture on prepared cookie sheet making sure it's spread out evenly. Sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds on the mixture.
6. Place in oven on middle rack, bake for 30-40 mins. Stirring mixture occasionally for even toasting. Set aside to cool. Mixture will get more crunchy as it cools.
7. Transfer to an airtight container or a serving bowl. Enjoy!!
Mixture makes about 5-6 cups
My Boss' son is graduating from High School this weekend. So for the graduation party she wanted to put some pictures of him on Wood (like the video below). She saw it on Pinterest. So since she was spending most of her time with family and getting the house ready - this became my job! :) I was very excited since I too had seen the video on Pinterest and thought is was a GREAT idea! So I was up for the mission...
I started with 10 blocks of weathered wood that she had her hubby cut from the wood in the barn. Then we realized that we didn't have the Gel Medium that it tells you that you need. Hmmm. She searched Hi and Lo and still nothing - so when we were about to scrap the idea and do something different we remembered that the new tenant next door was the art teacher for the high school. And guess what?! She had some! Yippee! I started by wiping all the pieces of wood down with a cloth, measuring and printing the pictures. Next step was to apply the Gel Medium. So far so good. Pressed the pictures, color side down, rubbed out all the bubbles, let dry over night.
Arrived to work this morning very excited about the next process which was to wet the backs of each of the pictures with water and rub off the paper to reveal the image. Easy Peasy - Right? I mean the gal in the video makes it look like it takes no time at all.
After trying the first one, then the next, and then the next one after that, I realized something very important... this was not going as easy as the vid shows. Thinking to myself - I must be doing something wrong. So I rewatched the video, then I read the comments below the video - and I saw one comment that said "if all the white won't come off then just get it as best as you can without pealing off the picture, then apply the mod podge and it will take care of the little white areas." Awesome! So that is what I did...
I was so excited this worked! So next I printed out all the pics that I had applied the wood grain layer to. Set out my wood blocks and applied a thin layer of Matte Mod Podge to the wood. Next I placed each of the pics on the wood blocks, and smoothed out all of the bubbles. At this point, you can either wait for the underlayer to dry OR you can do what I did (because I can be impatient) and just coat the top of each of the pics with a thin layer of Matte Mod Podge. I then set them outside to dry. Here is the finished product. What do you think? Personally I like it a lot and I like the way it still looks a little weathered but with a whole lot less hassle!
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This is our new deck. We made it out of 13' siding pallets that we got from a lumber yard. We put three of them together and reinforced some of the wobbly boards to make it a little more sturdy. We finished this a couple of weekends ago, but tonight was our first time having dinner on it.
Some of our friends are kinda shy, so I will just post the pics of us :). My hubby also got our hammocks out of the garage and Petey decided that he wanted to joinme on it. Of course once he was up there he wasn't so sure about it - lol.
One of the tree branches that my hubby cut off the tree last weekend, we have turned into seating - it wraps around the outside of the deck.
We still have a lot if work to do around it, but I am so excited to have most if the heavy lifting mostly done.
The Bear Paws - those are my favorite! When my hubby and I got married (almost 12 years ago) we honeymooned in Big Bear, California. We bought our first set of Iron Bear Paws and every year since we have tried to buy a set. Although after we pulled them all out of the garage we realized we are a few years (sets) behind. This is only part of them. The rest will go throughout the yard as a paths.
I was craving pizza tonight and didn't have dough or crusts made so I whipped out my Multigrain Crispbreads from IKEA, added sauce and some toppings, placed in the oven to melt the cheese and Walla - Mini Pizzas - so yummy!
Each crisp is only 40 calories each with 3 grams of fiber a piece (with out toppings)
The first project was to dig a space for the pallets to be "buried". We thought it would look better then laying them on top of the surface and looking like we threw pallets in our yard.
Once we dug up the space, we lined it with cardboard we got from a local furniture company (free). That way we were less likely to get weeds growing through. We scattered some dirt over the cardboard and placed the pallets on top. This step was frustrating - lol. Once we would get one in place, the next one would be taller or shorter so we would have to adjust the height of the dirt accordingly.
Next step was to fill in the sides of the boardwalk with dirt. We bought some solar lights, at Walmart for .97 each, to light the path at night.
Our next step is to plant marigolds along the edge of the boardwalk for color and pest control for the garden.
There are still a couple of spaces that need filling - on the pallets - mainly for reinforcement. But we can do that as we go along. Below is a picture of it at night :)
The total project cost less than $10!!
Every once in a while I like to take cookies over to my friends at the lumber yard - but one if the gals is on a strict gluten free diet. So this week, I came up with this combination of recipes for an awesome, chewy peanut butter cookie that has great flavor and is gluten free. I don't even miss the flour!
1 cup smooth peanut butter*
1 cup crunchy peanut butter*
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 large egg, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bake sheet with parchment paper.
Place all ingredients in a stand mixer bowl and mix on low. Using a cookie scoop, drop 1 1/2 tablespoon of dough on bake sheet. Flat cookie with a fork in criss-cross design. Bake cookies for about 10-12 minutes or until golden around the edges. Rest cookies on bake sheet for 2 minutes then transfer to cooling rack.
*I like the combo of the two. But you can make it with just one kind if you would prefer.
I saw this original recipe on the Mountain Rose Blog and I just HAD to make these for my hubby that loves Chai Tea! So with out further ado, here is the recipe, with my changes.
2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 teaspoon sea salt
1 3/4 sticks softened butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
Powdered Chai Spice Mix
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1/8 tsp clove powder
1/8 tsp nutmeg powder
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, powdered spice mix, and sea salt together.
3. In another bowl, beat butter and sugars until fluffy and creamy. Add egg and vanilla to the butter and sugar mixture and beat until combined. Scrape bowl with spatula.
4. Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until it just becomes smooth.
5. Gradually add oats and mix until well combined.
6. Roll 2 tablespoons of dough into balls with your hands. Place on parchment lined baking sheets about 2 1/2 inches apart.
7. Bake until cookies are golden brown, about 13 to 16 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack to cool.
I have been wanting to do Meals in Jars for some time now. This isn't a new concept. For me, I want to use them as my convenient meals. Yes, I realize that some of these are crock pot meals. So I will explain. I want to be able to grab my crock pot, grab a jar, pour the contents of the jar and the water in the crock pot, cover, and set time. I don't want to have to gather everything and measure it all out the morning of. I would rather use that time for sleeping :). I hope you enjoy these recipes. If you have suggestions or variations, I would love to hear them. Please note that all the recipes are adjusted to my tastes. So if you don't like a lot of salt, or you hate mushrooms, you can leave them out or adjust the recipe to your tastes.
Some of the items I dehydrate myself but for the majority of the dehydrated & freeze dried items I purchase from Honeyville.
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These recipes are for me to use within the month - even though they will stay fresh for longer, if you are going to store them for longer periods of time, I recommend using oxygen absorbers. Here is a great page on making your Meals in Jars for Long Term Storage >>Go to Page<< Chef Tess has more great recipes if you want to experiment with more Meals in Jars.
1 pound ground turkey
1 jar enchilada sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 dozen corn tortillas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, lightly coat 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
Brown ground turkey on med-high heat. Once meat is cooked through add 3/4's of the can of enchilada sauce. Stir throughout the meat, reduce to medium heat. Cook for another 5 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat.
Heat corn tortillas in the microwave, I do mine all at once, covered with a microwave safe bowl so it steams them. Be careful when removing the bowl - very hot and steamy.
Layout first tortilla (making sure to keep the others covered so they don't get cold), add 2 tbsp of meat mixture, top with 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese. Fold sides in and place in pan (seam side down). Proceed with the rest of the tortillas, meat, and cheese until your pan is full. Spread the remainder of the sauce on top of enchiladas. This will be a very thin layer.
Cover with foil, place in oven, bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, remove foil from top, add a light layer of cheese, place back in the oven (uncovered) for 10 more minutes, or until cheese has melted.
Top with Homemade Salsa and serve.