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Homemade Clumpy, Crunchy Granola Recipe

We love granola at my house and I really wanted to share my recent recipe for making crunchy, clumpy granola. It was so good! I was thinking about giving some away at Christmas. Anyway, on to the good stuff!

What You’ll Need:

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

4 cups dry ingredients (such as cereal, coconut flakes, flax seed, etc. I used cheerios and grape nuts)

3/4 cup maple syrup (I used a little honey in with this)

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 egg white

 

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oats, cereal (or other dry ingredients), maple syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. Whisk an egg white in a small cup until it looks foamy. Stir the egg white into the granola.
  3. Spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown and well toasted.
  4. Take the granola out of the oven and let it cool COMPLETELY, preferably overnight, uncovered.
  5. When the granola is completely cool, break up into clumps, and keep in an airtight container for storage. If you think it will last that long!

This is a seriously yummy recipe! And it makes quite a bit! Enjoy!

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How to Keep From Watering Down Your Tea!

How to Keep From Watering Down Your Iced Tea

How to Keep From Watering Down Your Iced Tea

Okay, I’m from Oklahoma. We like our sweet tea. I am no exception. I love sweet tea. I love ICED sweet tea, specifically. Now, my entire life I have been led to believe that I have to drink my sweet iced tea getting watered down every minute, by that succulent, sweet ice that keeps it cool for me. I say “been led to believe” because I found out recently, that’s just not true!

What? What am I talking about? How can you drink iced tea without watering it down in the process? Oh, and I am not talking about those plastic ice cubes, either. I am not talking about those mugs with the water inside of them that you put in the freezer and I am not talking about those “Whiskey Stones”.

What I’m talking about – are you ready for this? – is ice cubes made out of TEA.

WHAT? You say. What can this crazy lady be saying to me? Make ice cubes from tea? It’s crazy! It’s insane! It’s maddening! It’s.. Genius.

Yes, friends. The secret to keep from watering down your sweet iced tea is to make your ice cubes from the tea itself. It’s easy and it works. I love doing it. now and you will, too.

What You’ll Need:

  • Ice Cube Trays
  • Brewed Tea (sweetened and everything, if that’s how you drink it)
Pour your tea into ice cube trays

Pour some tea into ice cube trays

Pour the tea into the trays and place in your freezer. Allow them to freeze completely. When you are ready to drink some of that wonderful tea, pop some cubes out of the tray, put them in your glass, and pour that delicious stuff! Now, instead of watering down your tea, you get ice cold tea, minus the extra water!

If you don’t believe me, I dare you to try it! It will change your life. 😉

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How to Make Decorative Wall Letters

So I had this horrible blank space that I was told is called a “soffit”. I didn’t care what it was called. It was a glaring blank, white space in my kitchen and something needed to be there. STAT! I decided that I wanted something cute. I thought about quotes, and words, but I settled on our family name, Roark (pronounced Row-Ark). Once I settled on that, I had to figure out how to do the letters on my, yep, that’s right, non-existent budget.

Here’s what I did.

What You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Trace paper
  • Pencil
  • Exacto/Box Knife
  • Computer
  • Thumb Tacks
  • Super Glue
  • Paint

I absolutely LOVE the font that Twilight uses, so I decided to open up a word document and size up the letters to the size I wanted to use. Choose a font that you like, and go with it. I used the trace paper and traced the letters from the computer screen. *Note* Be SUPER careful if you have a soft screen, you can damage the pixels!

After tracing the letters onto the cardboard, you cut them out with the exacto knife. Be careful.

cut out the letters

cut out your letters

After I cut them out, of course, I had to paint them a different color. Cardboard brown just isn’t my taste! 🙂

Paint the Letters

Make sure to Paint your Letters

Lastly, I had to figure out how I was going to get them on the wall. I decided on tacks, because I had some thumb tacks in the ever-so-popular “junk drawer”. You know you have one, too! I used super glue to attach the tacks to the back of the letters. Try to get them in the middle of the letter, or wherever the letter will hang straight. Its like a picture frame, if you have too much weight on one side or the other, it will tilt. hang the letter on your finger to figure out which side might be heaviest and decide from there.

Hang your letters on the wall

You can hang the letters on your wall now!

I measured the “soffit” to see how many inches between each letter I needed, and then hung each letter in the middle of that space. Ultimately, this is what I came up with. Since I had a matching blank space on the opposite wall, I made more letters that spelled out “Family”.

There you go! Cheap, easy, and decorative! I’ve had quite a few compliments and have been asked where I bought them. HA!

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Make Your Own Vanilla Drink Syrup

Okay, this is not original, but I never said everything I wrote about would be! Have you ever had that vanilla drink and wanted to make it at home? Its ridiculously easy. My husband and I really liked the Vanilla Iced Coffees at McDonald’s and in my efforts to save money, I looked up copy cat recipes. I found one that worked perfect, which I will share at the end of this post! 🙂

First, all you need – are you ready for this? – is

How to Make Your Own Vanilla Syrup

How to Make Your Own Vanilla Syrup

  • Vanilla Extract
  • White Sugar
  • Water

OMiGosh! Easy right? Yeah, that easy. Okay, so what do you do with those ingredients?

Pour 1 cup water and 2 cups white sugar into a small pot stir until the sugar dissolves. Begin boiling the mix and continue boiling for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Turn off the heat and stir in 2 Tablespoons of Vanilla Extract. Allow to cool before pouring it into a container for keeping in the fridge.

I used a washed olive oil bottle with a lid. Poured it in with a funnel and everything. Apparently, its supposed to last in the fridge for about 2 weeks, but I haven’t had it in the fridge for that long to find out one way or another. The syrup can be used for teas, lemonade, pop, whatever you want.

How to Make Your Own Vanilla Syrup

How to Make Your Own Vanilla Syrup

Now.. for that recipe I spoke about. Let me warn you, its not healthy. Not in the slightest. I never said this was a diet blog. 😛

Copy Cat McDonald’s Vanilla Iced Coffee

1/4 cup Half and Half
1/4 cup Vanilla Syrup
16 oz (two cups) ice
1 cup of coffee

Pour the ice into a big cup. Pour the syrup and half and half over the ice. Finish by pouring in the coffee and mix it up. That’s it!

You could even make up a batch of the syrup and the half and half in a jar or tupperware to keep in the fridge, pre-measured. I thought about giving away the syrup in jars with bows, too. If I do, I’ll post about it. 😉

Enjoy your vanilla drinks!

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