Homemade Granola Bars

My son loves to help in the kitchen.  He is still quite young, so he is limited to things like mixing ingredients and helping to measure.  I am always excited when I find a way that can help to foster his culinary desires.  We ran out of granola bars the other day and instead of running to the store for some, I decided to find a recipe that we could make.  There is no shortage of granola bar recipes to be found on the internet, but eventually I settled on a recipe I found on a site called Barnes and Noodles.  The main reason I chose this one is because of the simplicity and versatility.  Also, I had everything on hand to make these.  It was snowing out and I didn’t really feel like going out.  This recipe was definitely something my little guy could help with.  We chose to put almonds and Craisins in ours, but you could do any flavor combination that you like.  They turned out delicious.   I am hoping to make this a weekly event.  I like that I know what I am eating and they are really inexpensive to make. Ta-da!

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All you need is……

LOVE!

I love giving photos of my son to his grandparents for Christmas.  Usually, we have our family photos and his birthday photos done around Christmas and they make gift giving easy.  This year, with the rush of life, we forgot to make an appointment. Oops!  So, it was up to me to play photographer and come up with a nifty presentation.

Keeping with this year”s desire to give homemade gifts, I took to pinterest for inspiration.  And found it here: I L-O-V-E You Photo Frame.  Of course, I modified it a bit.

I started with 3 packs of RAM frames (each pack contains 3)

 

 

They were less than $2 a pack.

 

 

 

 

 

Next I painted them with Crayolas Washable paint (it’s all I had available):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The frames don’t need to painted, but I wanted to give them a little pop! And, of course, the frames can be decorated any way you like.  I may try, scrapbook paper and mod podge next time.

 

After they dried, I sprayed them with a sealant.  After all, it was washable paint I had used. I was a little worried that dusting them might rub the color off.

Then, I took four pieces of poster board, and wrote the word love; one letter on each piece.  I took photos of my son holding each of the letters and decided which I like best of each.  I used picnik to turn the photos black and white.  And this is the end result:

The great thing about using four separate frames, is that the grandparents can hang or sit them out in any arrangement.  I really hope that they like them as much as I do.  I plan on doing a similar project, for father’s day, for my husband.