Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Here is the full desk:
The orginal key is lost, so for now I have to use a screwdriver to open it.
I had so much fun arranging my things in all the little cubbies!
There is so much to show, but I just chose a few close-ups for now.
Welcome to my new addition. :-)
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Then about a week ago, I was diagnosed as having low functioning adrenal glands. It can be a serious problem, but it can also be fixed with proper lifestyle changes (think in bed by 10:30), proper supplement support, and proper diet changes. The latter consisting primarily of cutting out all processed food.
Well, when you look around at all the food choices there are today, you discover that not many of them are unprocessed. Even many of the organic foods have undergone some sort of processing.
So I turned to a book I had gotten the week before, Cooking with Whole Grains. The first thing I tried was their granola recipe. It was too good. I made four cups and it was gone in about two days. I mixed up some more trying to get to the 5 cups needed to make the Granola Bars. But no sooner had I made the second batch then it was down too low. So I tried a third time. This time I had all the ingredients right there and made the granola and then immediately the bars. They turned out excellently. In fact, I might need to hide them.;-)
I want to share the recipe with you, because it is such a good treat and you control how processed it is. :-)
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup coconut (be wary of all the sugar that is added to this! I managed to find some un sweetened at the local co-op)
I cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup sesame seed
1/3 cup maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup (obviously, I recommend the real thing. :-)
1/3 cup butter or margarine (again, the real thing)
1 cup raisins
Milk or cream (optional)
Stir together the rolled oats, the coconut, the sliced almonds, the toasted wheat germ, and the sesame seed. Stir in the maple syrup and butter or margarine. Spread in a 15X10X1-inch baking pan. Bake in a 375 oven for 15-20 minuts, stirring once.
*My notes: I don't use the wheat germ, and only occasionly use the almonds. To make up for it, I add another cup of oats and a 1/2 sesame seed. Also, I only bake mine for 8 minutes. Any longer and they'd burn. They also recommend eating it with milk or cream, but since dairy products are also out for me, I eat it plain, or on salads and it's great!
Chewy Honey-Granola Bars
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup honey
5 cups Good-for-You-Granola
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
In a saucepan combine brown sugar, butter or margarine and honey. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Stir together granola and whole wheat flour. Pour brown sugar mixture over granola mixture. Stir till granola misture is well coated. Press mixture into a greased 13X9X2-inch baking pan. Cool; Cut into bars. Makes 24 bars.
*My Notes: I didn't use brown sugar, but just substituted honey, but the constistancy is quite soft...the bars don't hold their shape.
I hope you like these as much as our family does.
Well, I better sign off if I'm going to get to bed by 10:30. ;-)
For the back closure, Shannon had four buttons in her stash that were perfect. So two went on Ellie's and two went on Aimee Kate's.Shannon and I wanted rick-rack for the edging and found this perfect match!
And for the center front, we attached three little ribbon flowers.
We had such a lovely time at the party. Paul and Missy were able to stay later and visit. Aimee Kate got quite active and apparently punched her Mom's tummy three times! We were all quite startled and then laughed.
On April 4, 2008 Aimee Kate was seen for the first time. She weighed 8 lbs, 4 oz. We went to the hospital to visit, but didn't think to bring the camera till it was too late. :-( But you'll just have to trust me that she is the sweetest baby. Missy allowed Shannon and I to hold her, and you could tell she was still having a hard time keeping her eyes open (Aimee Kate, not Missy;-).
We look forward to the day when we see them again!
*Thank you to Shannon for letting me take pictures on her camera. I have misplaced the cord to mine and can't download any pictures. Thanks Shannon.