Home made granola – Yum!

I am still combating the burned lunch smell I inadvertently created in my kitchen yesterday (you can see my FB page for details on that stunning move) so I decided it was a great morning to make up a batch of this amazing smelling and even better tasting granola.  I am hoping this will help push out the smokey smell.

This recipe is so easy to make, and while it may seem expensive to buy the ingredients at first, keep in mind that what you purchase will make several batches.  Have you bought organic granola at the super market?  Now THAT can be expensive.  I figure this recipe cuts that cost in half, and you know exactly what it is in it.  You can also taylor it to your own tastes or dietary needs.  And I have to say that this is the best tasting granola I have ever eaten, really!

Here is what you will need:

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4 cups rolled oats (old fashioned, not quick oats)

3 teaspoons of coriander or cinnamon

1 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup flaked or shredded coconut

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup pure maple syrup (or honey)

1 tablespoon of vanilla

1 cup raisins

Preheat  your oven to 285 degrees.

Mix together the oats, sunflower seeds, spice (I used coriander today), and flaked or shredded coconut.

In a small sauce pan on low/med heat, melt the coconut oil into the maple syrup or honey – keep an eye on this as it can easily burn.  You really just want to melt the coconut oil.

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Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract.  Mix well.

Pour this over the dry oat mixture, being sure to add slowly and mix well so all the dry ingredients are well coated.

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Spread onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned.

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Remove from the oven and immediately stir your granola around.  This will prevent sticking to the pan as it cools.  Now, add your 1 cup of raisins and cool.  Store in and air tight container.

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Almonds or other nuts can also be added to your granola along with flax or sesame seeds.  If you do add 1 cup of nuts, I would recommend reducing the oats to just 3 cups.  Enjoy!!

Now I am off to research other ways to remove a smoke smell from your home – wish me luck!

Printed “D” ring fabric belt

I love wearing fun, brightly colored belts; I think it adds so much to a cute outfit.  I recently made a super cute belt using a fabric remnant I found at my local fabric store and two 1 1/2 inch “D” rings that I purchased for about $3.

The project took me about 30 minutes and was super easy.

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Here are the instructions to make one for yourself.

You will need :

fabric remnant of your choice

fusible interfacing

2 D rings (1 1/2 − 2 inch size, depending on how big you like your buckle)

First, take your waist measurement.  I took mine around my hips, as this is where the waistline of my jeans typically falls. For me this was 34 inches.   Add 6 inches to this measurement; this will be the length of your belt.  Now cut a strip of fabric that is 3 inches wide by  your measured length plus 6 inches.   So for my belt, I cut a strip of fabric that was 40 inches long by 3 inches wide.

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Next, you will need to cut your fusible interfacing.  For the length of this piece, take your waist measurement and subtract one inch.   The width of this piece should be 2 inches.  So my piece measured 33 by 2 inches.

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The next step is to iron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric, leaving the extra 6 inches without interfacing.  This will be the part of the belt that goes through the D rings. The interfacing gives the fabric a bit of bulk and helps give the belt a bit more structure.  Be sure to use a press cloth when doing this so you do not get any adhesive on your iron.

** My interfacing is one sided, meaning that the iron on adhesive is on one side only.  Be sure to put this side down onto the wrong side of your fabric**

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Next, fold the edges of the fabric around the interfacing (and beyond) and press.  This will give you about a 1/4 inch hem.

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Press the edges of each end over about 1/4 of an inch as well.

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Your next step is to repeat this 1/4 inch  hem with the second strip of printed fabric.  This piece has no interfacing.

Now, put these two strips together and pin up on both sides.

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Now you will need to stitch the two pieces together using a 1/8 inch seam.  Here you can have some fun with your thread color.  You can use a contrasting thread color for some fun.  I used a matching thread here.

Hem all 4 sides.

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Ok, almost finished!  Next, you will take your  two D rings and thread them onto the end of your belt that has the interfacing ( you can tell which end this is because it will feel a bit heavier).  Loop your end around by about 1 inch and sew a double seam.

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And there you have it!  A cute, patterned belt for just a few dollars.  You can mix it up and use 2 different strips of coordinating fabrics to make a reversible belt.

These make great additions to any wardrobe and super holiday gifts.

Enjoy!!

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