17 November 2014

Hello Pumpkin Pie Spice Granola

Hello Monday, Hello pumpkin granola!!  

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This is a little different Hello Monday than the last few.  I can't say we've done much this week, other than a little Thanksgiving goodness at Jerry's office!

The excitement of the week?  Pumpkin Granola!  Really exciting, right?

Have you ever made your own granola?  I highly recommend trying it, if you haven't!  It is so much tastier than from the box and very easy.  Plus, you can play around with a base recipe and perfect it to your liking.

I wanted to use up some pumpkin I had and decided on granola.  I had no intention of changing the recipe, but I did make quite a few tweaks.  What I love about this recipe is that it not only has the pumpkin pie spice, but actual pumpkin in it!  I wanted to share, in case anyone was interested.

5 cups rolled oats
1 cup crushed pecans (or any nut you like)

1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup)

4 Tablespoons pumpkin puree

4 Tablespoons coconut oil (any oil will work)

2 Tablespoon *pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon salt

*You can easily make your own pumpkin pie spice by mixing 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ginger and 3/4 teaspoon allspice

Preheat oven to 350 (176 C).  In a large bowl mix together the oats, pecans, pumpkin pie spice and salt.  In a microwaveable bowl, melt the honey and oil and add the pumpkin.  Pour the liquid over the oat mixture.  Spread over a cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through.  If you like a crunchier granola, bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.  You can add dried fruit or chocolate chips to make your preferred granola.

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There you have it, pumpkin pie spice granola!

Do you like making granola?  If so, what's your favorite recipe?

And what are you saying hello to this week?  Happy Monday!

14 November 2014

DIY T-Shirt Poppy

Karis' class has the chance to earn points for making projects centered around topics they are learning.  As you've probably seen from all my photos recently, Remembrance Day is widely celebrated in England and red poppies can be seen on lapels everywhere.

Karis wanted to make her own red poppy, so we took to Pinterest.

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This is such a simple craft that can be whipped up in minutes.

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 I love t-shirt crafts and after looking at a few photos, we came up with our own t-shirt poppy.

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 As you can see from the photos above we found various things around the house to create five circles in varying sizes.  Then used fabric glue, a black button, a needle and black thread to put it all together.

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There you have the most simple red poppy to wear for your next Remembrance or Veteran's Day. It's also perfect for a sweet little embellishment for anything that needs a pop of color.

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Do you like crafting?