November 13, 2013

Peanut Butter & Honey Granola Recipe

This is my absolute most favorite granola recipe. I've been tweaking it for a few years now, and finally I LOVE IT! Naturally, I just had to share.

It's nice that it is also gluten free and dairy free. Even though I eat gluten and dairy, it's really nice to have a yummy treat I can can gift to just about anyone! Well, anyone except people with nut allergies.

 3    Cups Rolled Oats
 1/2 Cup Almonds (I use sliced/shaved)
 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds or Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas are the best!)
 2/3 Cup Coconut Flakes
 1/2 Cup Puffed Rice
 2/3 Cup Honey
 1/3 Cup Oil
 2/3 Cup Peanut Butter

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Mix wet ingredients (last 3) separately, then mix into dry ingredients.

Spread on a greased cookie sheet and bake 20-30 minutes (until golden). Enjoy!

It's great with just about anything- yogurt, ice cream, or even all by itself!

November 11, 2013

Double Sized Bargello - FINISHED!

This beauty has been mostly done for a little while now, but since it was a gift I just had to wait to post about it. I absolutely love giving a homemade gift!!

I followed the Bargello pattern in the book 'Stash-Buster Quilts' by Lynne Edwards, but did some adjusting. I doubled the width and length of each piece/row in the quilt, so ended up with less blocks and a different final dimension. For my first bargello, I quite like it!

This book is pretty cool, I originally bought it just for the Japanese Folded Patchwork Bag pattern, it's an amazing looking bag (still need to make one).

The top for this was put together when I was on the retreat back in September. It was done in 2 days! A new record! And who doesn't love a good scrappy stripe through the back??

Also, I did the quilting with both red and grey thread, doing the red on the prints with red and the grey on the prints with white/black. I really really like how it turned out, I'm definitely doing it again!

November 8, 2013

Open Wide Zipper Pouches

I have been on a small projects kick lately, well mostly I guess.

My oldest just turned 11, and she had a sleepover party. The girls that came were awesome, I love that all my kids have such great friends! We went to watch the new Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 movie, it was good. I would love some idea pants, hahaha.

So, I decided that instead of buying some plastic bags, or whatever else I found to put their stuff in, I would make some zipper pouches. I used the open wide zipper pouch tutorial from Noodlehead.

Now, I have had a few bumps along the way with my pouches, but this one was a piece of cake to make!

I ended up making 6 of these open wide zipper pouches, they went together quick! I even tried a new free motion quilting technique on them. It's a great project to test drive some new quilting since you don't have to quilt such large pieces.

The tutorial has lots of photos, and the way it is worded is great - very easy to follow!

This tutorial is definitely going into my 'favorites' section. What about you? Do you have a favorite pouch to make?

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