Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pet Ghost

Looking for a quick & easy spin on a Halloween treat?  These Pet Ghosts are a bit silly, but sweet.  You can find Wilton Candy Melts at most craft stores, and the Keebler Mini Graham Cracker Crusts at most Walmart stores.  The Peeps ghosts might take a little longer to find.  

Feel free to use the graphic to print your own label or sticker - or design your own.  Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Swiss Muesli

Lately, it seems that all my new 'favorites' are a result of going on a trip.

My daughter Aryn and family invited me join them on a trip to Portland and the Oregon coast in August.  While in Portland, we stumbled upon Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie, Oregon (15 miles from downtown Portland).  The 90-minute tour was worth the trip.  At the end of the tour, they give you a sample of one of their most popular products - Old Country Style Muesli.


We picked up some of their bulk Muesli at Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Store just down the road to take home with us. (And redeemed the kids' cookie coupons... can't forget that!) 

It took me a few weeks, but I finally gave it a try.  It's similar to the Muesli I enjoy whenever I am lucky enough to go on a cruise - but they mix theirs with whole cream and milk (no wonder I love it!)  I was hoping for no added sugar, but still wanted it to be naturally sweet with lots of texture.

You may be familiar with the earthy concoction called "bircher muesli".  It was developed by Maximilian Bircher-Benner, a Swiss doctor and nutritionist.  He believed it was the perfect solution for patients at his Zurich sanatorium at the turn of the last century.  He was devoted to getting RAW fruit into their diets because he believed apples had cured him of jaundice as a young man.  

This is not "eye candy" for sure - so don't judge it by looks alone.  If you're searching for something to keep you pleasantly full until lunch - this is a great idea.  It has no added sugar, because it's sweetness comes from the dried and fresh fruit.

You can make your Muesli concoction uniquely your own by adjusting the ingredients and how you "soak" it the night before.  Or don't soak it at all - if you love a crunchy texture.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Canning Season

Aryn here... 

Canning season has officially arrived! I have a love/hate relationship with canning season. I love my storage room shelves filled with beautiful bottles of fruit lined up and ready to serve with meals.  But on the other hand, I hate the sticky floors and backaches. I somehow forget about those details, because I end up doing it every year!

Canning season seemed even longer when my kids were younger.  But now they're getting older, they are becoming great helpers.  Sticky floors don't matter nearly as much as seeing them feel important and learn to get a project done - start to finish.  They also realize the amount of work it takes to get food on the table (besides having a little fun along the way - love their "fruity" smiles?)  Here are a few ways to include your kids in the process of preserving food!