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Moist and Chewy Brownies. DebTheLocavore : Chocolate cookies with chocolate... Some new stuff. . . So, I've been doing some fun stuff, I just haven't had time to post. So, I'll try to get it all up. First of all, I have a new favorite website. It is: . I've been trying to feed my family healthier foods and cut out all that yucky stuff like hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup and any other chemical listed on an ingredients label that I can't pronounce. So, I have found some fantastic recipes on this website and have tried out quite a few and want to share what I have done. Well, have you ever checked out your ingredients labels. . . particularly on crackers and snacks? Ugh. If you want to see her lovely pictures and step by step.

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars 1/2 cup peanut butter or sunbutter 1/3 cup honey 1/4 cup coconut oil (or another oil of your choice) 1 cup oats 1 cup total of any combination of: sesame seeds, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, mini chocolate chips Remove from heat and add one cup of oats. Brown Thumb Mama: Best Homemade Granola Bars. Quick quiz: Which would you rather put in your mouth? Your kids’ mouths? There’s way more mystery ingredients in those packaged bars than there needs to be! That’s why I’m excited to tell you about an e-book I just bought called Healthy Snacks to Go, by Katie over at Kitchen Stewardship.

This fantastic book has more than 45 recipes for healthy snacks, tips for cutting down on sugar, and specialty diet options. If you are avoiding sugar, gluten, dairy, grain, nuts—or are looking for information on raw food or soaked grains, this is the right book. More about that later, though. On to the recipe! Best Homemade Granola Bars Ingredients 4 1/2 cups rolled oats 1 cup flour (I used whole wheat) 1 cup butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup honey 1 teaspoon baking soda Plus add-in goodies if desired: mini chocolate chips, raisins, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, chopped dried apricots, dried cranberries, other nuts… (2 cups total) Lightly butter a 9 x 13 pan and preheat the oven to 325 F. Perfect Buttery and Flaky Pie Crust. The secret to a memorable pie crust is to create light, flaky layers that give way to a buttery tenderness in each bite. The colder your ingredients are, the better your crust will be.

You can even freeze the flour in advance. The better your butter, the better your pie crust. Use a tangy, cultured butter with a high fat percentage if you can find it. And don’t skip the vodka — it’s the secret to the flaky layers you seek. Ingredients: 4 1/2 cups flour, plus extra for rolling 2 tsp kosher salt 12 ounces unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, chilled until use 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water 2 tbsp vodka Instructions: Whisk together the flour and salt in a large bowl.

Sprinkle the water and vodka over the sandy mixture. Lightly flour a clean countertop or other work surface. Depending on your recipe, you might want to fill the pie shell before baking. See Also: Try this delicious pie crust with our Bacon, Blue Cheese, Lemon and Leek Quiche. Photo: Fotolia. Homemade Cheese Crackers Recipe. When my nephew comes to stay with us he likes to stand in the big front window to watch the buses come up the hill. From this viewpoint he can also see a number of plastic owls perched amidst the turrets and gingerbread of the Victorian houses he calls "castles".

I think the owls are there to keep the pigeons in check, but quite honestly, I'm not sure they're very effective. I found an antique owl cookie cutter recently, and thought it would be fun to bake owl shaped crackers with Jack when he came to stay with us last week. I used the cheese cracker recipe from Alana's The Homemade Pantry, and never looked back. They deliver big-time on the cheese flavor, are snappy and crisp, and you can bake them off at your convenience. I baked half the crackers as owls, and then did the remaining half as teardrops.

A shot I took with my Land Camera of Wayne reading and practicing the alphabet with Jack. Thanks for the inspiration A - hope to cross paths again soon. Print Recipe. Homemade Cheezies - dinner with Julie — dinner with Juliedinner with Julie » Homemade Cheezies. For some reason, a bag of Cheezies (the real, Hawkins kind – they’re Canadian, did you know?)

With some kind of big red wine has become my idea of heaven on a Friday night. (It’s important to have achievable dreams.) It occurred to me awhile ago that I could in fact make something kindasorta similar – I’m not sure revisiting these cheesy bits was altogether a good idea. So I’ve decided to drag you down with me. Yes, I’m aware that you know about cheese straws already. They were All That in the eighties and are still just as familiar, although most present-day recipes have taken a shortcut with frozen puff pastry dough. Trust me, these are worth tucking back into your repertoire; they’re as easy to mix and bake as a batch of cookies, and can be pulled into service for any occasion for which you are responsible for providing something to nibble on. Cheddar StrawsThese could be made using an aged Gouda, asiago or any firm, flavourful cheese.

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Breads. Extra Clumpy Peanut Butter & Maple Granola | dinner with Julie. I know I’ve shared plenty of granola here before, but I have a new favourite. This clumpy, crunchy granola is bound together with peanut butter and pure maple syrup. I KNOW!! The peanut butter adds a light crunchiness I’ve never achieved with other granola formulas – like Harvest Crunch, without the over-the-top sweetness. Next time I’ll venture into peanut butter and honey territory. I’ve had a big baking sheet of this on my kitchen counter all afternoon, and when I had to leave the house I got all panicky for a minute that I had to leave my new bff, and wound up filling a ziplock bag of it to tuck in my pocket and sneak handfuls of.

You could of course spice it up with cinnamon or a pinch of ground ginger, but I kind of like it straight-up. Of course feel free to take liberties with nuts, seeds and dried fruit, too. Itty bitty bran muffins. I made these mini muffins for the hungriest member of our family - the baby. Seriously, the kid can eat. He's turning one this weekend with just two tiny teeth in his cute little grin, so it's tricky finding things he can chew that will also satisfy his hungry little belly. These muffins, with a hit of bran and no added sugar, did the trick. Here's how I made them: 1 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 cup whole wheat flour 1/3 cup wheat bran 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp baking soda pinch salt While my oven preheated to 375 degrees (F), I mixed the first three ingredients in a large mixing bowl. I like mini muffins because they fit nicely into little hands and reduce the crumb explosion at snack time.

Who's the hungriest person in your house? Lemon poppy seed loaf. Here's a little treat for a cold winter day! This moist lemon poppy seed loaf has that gorgeous tart/sweet combination that works so well. The glaze is poured over top while the loaf is still hot from the oven, seeping in and around the loaf and forming a sugary lemon crust.And before you say anything, yes, I realize in my last post I said I'd be posting some healthier recipes. But I swear I've been working out nearly every day lately! So I call this loaf a little "balance" in my life. Heck, I can justify anything that tastes this good! Here's how I made it: 1/4 cup butter, softened3/4 cup granulated white sugar1/2 cup vegetable oil2 eggs1/2 cup plain Greek style yogurt1 tbsp lemon zest (takes about two lemons)1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour2 tsp baking powder1/2 tsp salt3 tbsp poppy seeds 1/4 cup lemon juice (takes about 1 lemon) 1/4 cup icing sugar The baby gobbled some up this loaf after his lunch and my 4-year-old kept poking it for fun while it cooled.

What's your favourite loaf to bake? Sweet & Savory: DIY Sunday: Making Your Own Granola Bars. We tend to eat a lot of granola bars at our house, or at work or on the road. Our favorites are Larabars and KIND bars, but as you know they can get expensive with each being over $1 a bar. When you have a husband who could easily eat 2 a day, your stash you had thought you stockpiled is suddenly very low. So, I make my own. I used to make this version and sell at the farmer's market.

But, as with anything sometimes you get sick of eating the same thing over and over, so I found a new recipe - which is pretty darn good! I try and make a batch on the weekend to last us awhile, but let's be honest an 8x8 pan is often gone within 3 days or so. Chocolate Nut Granola Bars 2 c. oats 1/4 c. flax seed 1/4 c. silvered almonds 1/2 c. chopped peanuts 1/4 c. flaked coconut 3/4 c. seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, etc.) 2/3 c. brown sugar 1/2 c. honey 4 T. butter 1 t. vanilla 1/2 t. salt 1/2 c. chocolate chips Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper, spray with cooking spray.

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