Saturday, March 31, 2012

Don't forget the Mulligan Stew giveaway

Today is the last day! They have reached their goals for each family ($2000 each) and for each child ($1000 each), but the need is still great. Can't we get the families even closer so they don't have to worry about money? Go here and donate today!

Another cool giveaway

This family is leaving in a few short days to meet their daughter for the first time. They have a cool giveaway going on. (My favorite one is a Kitchenaid Mixer! I have always wanted one!) A generous donor has offered to match donations up to $2500 through the end of today. They are still short around $1300 for that match. Even $5 (less than a McDonald's meal) multiplied by many can get them there! Come this family!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Homemade granola = YUMMY!

A few days ago, I was informed (by my loving Hubby) that we needed to start clearing out our pantry. It is, um, just a tad stuffed! One thing that I have a lot of is bags of kettle corn. I got it REALLY cheap and have used it in Vlado's lunch. But the little bit that I give him everyday doesn't seem to use it up. So, I searched the internet for a snack bar using popped corn. The one I found that looked the yummiest was a popcorn/granola bar. I don't usually buy seems to be the most expensive cereals. So, again I searched - this time for a recipe to make homemade granola. Of course, I tweaked the recipe just a little to use ingredients I had on hand. This is the final recipe.

Homemade granola

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped almonds (or any nuts you have)
1/2 cup applesauce (I used no sugar added applesauce)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbs vanilla
1 Tbs oil
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins (or other dried fruit)
(optional - the original recipe called for 1/2 cup coconut, but I didn't have any. I think it would taste awesome though!)

Mix the oats, sunflower seeds and nuts well in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix applesauce, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, oil and cinnamon. Drizzle the wet ingredients over the dry and then stir until mixed completely. (The original recipe said to use your hands but a spoon worked well for me.) Spread the mixture out on a cookie sheet and bake for 1.5 hours at 250 degrees. Mix the granola every 20 minutes or so to get an even toasting. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Mix in the raisins. Store in an airtight container (I used a gallon sized zipper bag)

I plan to make the popcorn/granola bars tomorrow. If they are as good as I think they might be, I will post that recipe. I LOVE being able to search the internet for silly ideas (who would think of popcorn/granola bars?) and actually being able to find something! :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Exciting things are happening!

There are some pretty amazing things that are going to start unfolding within the next few weeks. I cannot wait to share them! Vlado is so excited, he can barely stand it. Hmmm, I wonder if that is why he can't seem to behave himself at school lately. Stay shouldn't be long now! Until then, maybe you can go visit the Mulligan Stew Giveaway and be part of the miracle!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Amazing giveaway!

A wonderful lady that I know is hosting a HUGE giveaway. This giveaway has 83 different items being given and it is all to benefit several families adopting children. Most of the families are adopting from this orphanage in Bulgaria and many of those children are severely malnourished and NEED to come home! I guess I have a vested interest in this giveaway because 2 of the items being given away were made by me. If you want to give me a heaping helping of confidence, donate! Because, of course you would be donating hoping to win my stuff, right? :) These are the things that I donated but like I said, there are 83 items! I do have to say that the adorable little boy in the picture is NOT one of the prizes. :)-

Of course, if you want to buy an e-reader cover ($8) or a puppet or two ($6 each) just let me know! The money would be given to one of the adopting families and then you would be guaranteed a "prize." So go here and donate something. Even $5 (a Starbucks coffee) would help!