Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Best of Granola's (Jill Abegg - she wrote a book called Eat Well Stay Well Spend Less but I don't have the book. Maybe I should buy it since this recipe is so good?)
6 cups rolled oats
1/2 to 1 cup wheat germ (I played it safe and used 3/4 cup)
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1 cup nuts (I used pecans)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup sweetened coconut ribbons
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup oil (I used coconut)
1 1/2 cups honey (divided, and I used 1/2 cup maple syrup to replace some honey)
1 cup dried fruit (optional)
1 tsp almond extract (essential and I don't even like almond extract much)
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
Mix dry ingredients together (except dried fruit). Mix together 1 cup honey/maple syrup and oil and extracts (heat slightly if using coconut oil). Mix wet and dry together. Spread out on a couple baking sheets and bake at 300 F stirring every 10 minutes or so until nice and toasty (mine took 30-40 minutes). Pour granola into a big bowl and drizzle on up to a 1/2 cup honey and stir well and allow to cool. Store in a tightly sealed container.
Man, that drizzle of honey at the end helps it all stick together a bit and really makes it awesome! I will keep you posted if for some reason it also makes it mold or do anything gross sooner than other granolas!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Paul turned three! He’s a big kid now; oh, wait, he’s not cause a big kid in my book is potty-trained. Oh, well, he’s older at least! Grandma and Grandpa came for a quick trip on his birthday (though you can’t tell from the pictures cause they aren’t in them!). We had chocolate cake with fudge-y icing and a few presents. His big present was his cedar chest which is like John’s except I swapped the brown and blue colors. I didn’t get any fabulous pictures of it, but I’ll work on it, maybe even some side-by-side’s with John’s. Oh, and I had to add in a photo of John and of Ruthanne’s crazy hair style!
Paul can be the sweetest cuddliest thing and he can also be the most frustrating child! Still, can’t imagine life without him!
Since I haven’t really posted anything cute for awhile, I thought I would put up some of the cute/fun photos we have taken for the past while.
A ward primary temple trip was our April activity. A temple worker took the kids on a tour outside the temple and talked to them about some things (what, I’m not exactly sure cause I stayed and followed Paul around while Ruthanne and John kept up with the main group).
They were taking photos of families outside the temple, but I just wanted a quiet moment with the kids (and Luke was inside the temple, so a complete family photo it would not be anyways), so we walked around to the other side and I snapped the above photo of the three. While we were doing this, I ran into my cousin Kimberly! Small world!
We also took a boat down the Augusta Canal with our homeschool group. Here is one side of the boat looking for the turtles (and then the turtles they were looking at).
A trip to Brunswick the week before Easter. Our trip was extended so Ruthanne could spend time with her BFF (cousin) Hannah. Hannah was the only one enthused with my marbled egg dying kit. Oh, well, I can say we dyed eggs at least!
Our trip to Jekyll Island where the lady talked me out of the history tour on the trolley with the kids. We played on the huge oaks instead. Well, I clicked the wrong button, so to see these click the image below.
A trip to Brunswick is never complete without a trip to Barbara Jeans (or so I think anyways!). And, a trip to the pier which is extremely nerve-wracking even with the additional fencing. Thankfully we didn’t lose anyone!
A trip to the park with Mimi which ended when a bunch of high school students invaded. And, yes, Mom, this is as good as it got!
Ok, so I think that got me through the photos already on the computer, but now I’ve downloaded more recent photos (including Paul’s birthday) so will start a new post about that!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
I've also bought him a train and a cake (when you ask him what he wants he says that) and I plan on displaying it (train will come tomorrow) and giving it to him when he has successfully had a day with no accidents or when he can take himself to the potty when he needs to go or something like that. Cause he still hasn't decided he needs to go and taken himself to the potty yet. Seriously, the other kids got the pee thing quickly and struggled with poop and he is the opposite which is actually more of a problem (and more frustrating) cause of the number of times a day you pee! Grrrrrrr!!!!!
Monday, March 19, 2012
On another note, Paul is doing fairly well with the potty. We had a couple accidents today. One was bigger cause I didn't make him pee right after woke up this morning (his diaper was so full I didn't push it) and then the other time his underwear was just slightly damp (so he must have realized what he was doing and stopped, right?). We're making progress, right, Kelsey? I typically only make him try to potty every 30 minutes to an hour now. Hoping he is trained by the time we go to Brunswick! Now we probably need to seriously consider switching the crib to a toddler bed, not looking forward to that either!
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Oh, yeah, another reason we had this turning point is we made his monkey act out drinking, needing to potty, and asking Paul where monkey should pee pee. Then we put monkey on the little potty to pee.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Editing to add: Well, he liked putting on the cloth diaper. He said I like it! Lame! Lazy boy!