Friday, September 27, 2013

Heart Healthy Granola

Contrary to the many dessert recipes I post I do actually try to eat healthy! 

To balance the dessert I eat every night, I try to make smart choices during the day.

that includes a daily dose of Greek yogurt. To make it even better I sprinkle my own heart-healthy granola on top!

Here's the recipe:

3 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 cup Fiber One cereal
1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar 
1/3 cup Canola oil
1/4 cup Honey
1 Tablespoon Agave 
1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Vanilla (or more depending on your taste)

Combine the oats, cereal, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl
Heat the oil, honey and agave on the stove over low-medium heat. 
Pour the liquid all over the dry ingredients.
Spread it out on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 300 degrees for 20-30 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.  If you want chunkier granola skip the stirring.

it's great too sprinkled in boring cereals (ahem Total) 

via College Humor
except for Grape Nuts...I'm sorry NOTHING can help GrapeNuts

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ritz Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches

The last few months have flown by in a blur!  If you've been following my updates on Facebook you know my family has been through a lot.  I normally save these Ritz Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches for Christmas goodie bags but we all needed a pick me up last week so I busted out the jar of peanut butter and went to work making these for everyone.

The best part about these cookies, besides the peanut butter...

is how easy they are to make!  All you need is Ritz Cracker, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bark.

Step 1: Spread the peanut butter in between 2 Ritz Crackers
Step 2: Melt your chocolate bark in the microwave or a double boiler
Step 3: Dip the cracker sandwiches into the melted chocolate
Step 4: Lay them on wax paper or put them in the fridge until the chocolate hardens.

Oh yeah...
Step 5: Eat! 

A special message

Seriously!  Thank you all!!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

You had me at Peanut Butter

Friday was Bailey's last radiation treatment at NC State and to celebrate the vets there sent him home looking quite handsome in a new handkerchief.

Like any self respecting cat he quickly decided it had to go and that's when we found the sweet notes all of the doctors had written on the back

I especially loved that Dr. Arkans signed it to their "Rock Star Patient."  Bailey did great during the four weeks of treatment.  

To thank the vets for all of their attention and patience (with me, not Bailey haha) I decided to make them these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. 

Ok here's the recipe:

1 package yellow cake mix
1/2 cup egg beaters (or 2 eggs)
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup melted butter

Combine these ingredients in a large bowl.  Press about half of it into the bottom of a 9x13 pan and save the rest for a topping

In a saucepan heat
1 package semi sweet chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 Tablespoons butter

The original recipe says to add 2 teaspoons vanilla once removing the pan from the heat.  I forgot that and didn't miss it at all.

Pour the chocolate mix on top of the "crust" on the pan.  Top with the remaining cake mix.

Bake at 325 for 25 minutes.  Mine needed all of the 25 minutes.  Cool before cutting.

I hope that you can make them for someone as equally special in your life!