Thursday, May 22, 2014

Simple & Easy Homemade Granola

  I like making breakfast in big batches.  It is just a time saver. For those mornings that you just don't feel like cooking BUT you have hungry little mouths to feed ;) This granola recipe is very easy to make , healthier and not expensive to make.


7 cups old fashion rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tsp salt ( I used kosher)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tsp ground cinnamon
optional: raisins, almonds, pecans or walnuts ( I skipped this since our kiddos are not a big fan of nuts)

Adjust the oven rack to the middle part.  Preheat to 375.

Line an 18x13 baking pan ( rimmed) with aluminum foil . Combine the oats , coconut oil and salt in a large oil and mix until all the oats are coated. Transfer the coated oats into your baking pan , spread it evenly. Bake until golden pale about 20 minutes. To avoid burning since every oven temp varies, you can stir it every 10 minutes. ( I didn' turned out perfect)

If you are using any nuts  process them in a food processor until coarsely chopped.
 In a saucepan, combine honey and brown sugar , cook over medium heat, stir it constantly to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and cinnamon.

Remove the oats from the baking pan and mix it in a large bowl with the nuts ( or raisins if using) , and honey mixture. Mix until they are incorporated.
Using the foiled baking pan , spray it with non stick spray. Spread  ( evenly) the coated oats with honey mixture on the pan. Firmly press the oats , making it flat and tight.

Bake for about 30-40 minutes until golden brown.

Let it cool for 10 minutes  . Letting it cool much longer will make it hard to cut.

Seriously great tasting granola bars. It is easy to make and budget friendly.

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I loosely crumbled half of it and placed it in a mason jar. The rest I kept in a sealed container. .it will keep for two weeks. Isn't that awesome? Well..that is if it will last that long. Our girls loved it.

Add it with your Greek yogurt . A bowlful of these granola with milk is also delicious!

A good afternoon snack too!

Breakfast Belvita


Monday, May 19, 2014

Manuals & Warranties Organization

Got married, two kids and a bunch of manuals and warranties. Sounds familiar? I never thought how annoying it can be when our vacuum broke down and we wanted to at least try to fix it. I couldn't find the manual! Not even the warranty card nor the registration info. It "gots" to be somewhere right?

I have been called a highly organized person. The truth is, I'm not. I try to be. I like an organized and clutter free environment. Everyday is a working progress. With a tiny person at home and a school aged kid, it's a challenge too keep a home tidy. I am happy to be able to tackle this problems of mine with all the manuals and warranties. Depends on the number of your paper works, this project is really easy. I suggest that you go over all of the manuals you got in hand. I did and I was laughing at myself for keeping manuals that we do not own anymore. Small appliances that probably got broke and toys that got donated. Stuff that had been thrown out. Why was I keeping this paper junks all these years!

I have tried other ways of organization.

I once gathered all the manuals , registration cards or warranty information did the hanging folder type of organization. Didn't work for me. I did the clear container organization, I mean how hard could it be..all in one box of container. Didn't work for me either.

This binder organization..This worked. This is just right for us.

We bought this 2 pack white binder at Costco, and forgive my occasional forgetfulness , I forgot how much exactly we paid for it BUT I am sure it is less than $7. The Avery sheet protectors are 100 pcs. for $10 at Walmart. It comes really handy for when there are  recalls on our kid's car seats , strollers etc. We can check the model number quickly.

It is also where I keep all the gadget softwares and instructional DVDs.
(like the instructional DVD for the sewing machine)

and any protection plan or insurances..

Manuals of course, you just never know when will you need it.

I separated all the paper works into two categories only. 

  • Kids ( car seats, strollers, toys etc) and Gadgets ( cellphone's, tablets etc.)
  • Home ( appliances..big and small)
Of course I have to make them look pretty.. I bought this scrapbook papers at Micheal's..

Now. here's are the other binders I have ...

"Organization isn't about perfection. It's about efficiency, reducing stress & clutter, saving time & money, & improving your overall quality of life." - Christina Scalise

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Letter of the Week : Gg

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 To save money , local library is a good option. You can also use whatever books you may have in your home library to supplement with the lesson.

From the library ...

Gg (Alphabet)

Gina And George (First Sounds)

The Garden That We Grew (Penguin Young Readers, L2)

Grizzly Dad

Where Are You From Little Goose?

 From our book shelves...

My g book (My first steps to reading)

Grover Goes to School featuring Jim Henson's Sesame Street Muppets

God Made You Special

Go, Dog. Go! (I Can Read It All By Myself Beginner Books)

 Start by saying the letter out loud. Teaching her the phonetic sound of the letter. Next is the line tracing  , shape tracing and letter tracing of both  upper case and lower case letter G.

You can download this free letter Gg tracing sheets here: ( D' Nealian)

Soft G Sound

Hard G Sound

 For standard tracing:

Gg is for Gumball at Confessions of a Homeschooler

We read this good Lap n Note books from :

 This is from A-Z but you can just choose the letter Gg to print.
Click here for the free printable :  Alphabet Notebook 

You can download this G is for gingerbread man at Making Learning Fun

I like doing a dot to dot activity with Lucy because it teaches her the number sequencing., and  her excited face after seeing what she had made after the dots were connected is priceless.

We practiced our fine motor skills by doing the cut and paste activity. I used a medium size strip of paper , drew some lines and asked her to cut  in the lines.

We did a do a dot and some coloring activities. Even our little Lily loves to color.

Our beautiful , smart Lucy.  This girl can drive me nuts but I tell you what..she has a big heart.

We did some dots painting.. All you need is a paint dot sponge  ( can be purchase at dollar store or any crafts store like Micheal's) , Small bowl of paint and this printable A- Z Worksheets , pleas read her Terms and Conditions..her printables are all awesome and free but can no be use for monetary purposes.

Did I tell you how I love DLTK for kids?  We made this Giraffe Toilet Paper Craft

 Learning websites we used to supplement with our lessons:

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