Saturday, July 28, 2012

Chevron Quilt

 My dear friend Tiffany welcomed her third baby at the end of June.  I knew she would love a quilt out of the Riley Blake Chevron fabrics.  It's so "in" right now, and goes with her Chevron boy's room.  I had a hard time deciding how to use the bright bold fabric. Then I remembered the beautiful Lifesavers Quilt over at Red Pepper Quilts.   I carefully looked at all of the pictures and made my own calculations.  I wanted to do the squares a little bigger and cut charm squares (5x5 inches) but then had to do my corner pieces 5 1/2 inches square.  It took a little bit but it all came together.

The final quilt was about 42x42 inches. 
 I really liked the Teal chevron so I used that for the back.
 The top came out great and them it came time to quilt it.  I kind of winged it one afternoon while the baby slept and the boys played with the girls next door.  I ended up with and outside stitch and an inside stitch around each lifesaver.  And then a double stitch on the inside squares.  It came out better then I thought it would.  My husband even said wow, that looks great quilted. 
 Love when all the points line up.

Ready for baby Greyson.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hearts for Granola

There is no culinary innovation with this recipe.  Granola is just one of those things that you either love or pass on.  I LOVE it!  With raisins, without.  Pecans, almonds, walnuts doesn't matter.  If there is the option of Granola, I normally choose it.  

Until recently I normally purchased my granola at the supermarket out of a box. Yes there are some good one's out there, but they are so expensive and the box seems to go faster than I like. 

So I finally took the step and made some Homemade Granola. There are many many many recipes out on the web, and I'm sure even more in random church cookbooks.  I choose to start with Alton Brown's recipe found on the Food Network's site. Then I made it my own! Here is my recipe for what I am calling Coconut Almond Granola. 

Coconut Almond Granola
  • 6 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cups shredded sweet coconut
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (yes the real stuff)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 

 1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Cover two sheet pans (cookie trays) with parchment paper.  

2.  In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar, and cinnamon.

3.  Measure maple syrup, oils, and salt. 

4.  Combine both mixtures and divide onto 2 sheet pans. 

5.  Cook for 1 hour,  stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color. Until the coconut is golden brown. 

Remove from oven and let cool. Transfer to a air tight container.  Enjoy with milk, yogurt and fruit or just by the handful!

He's discovered the cupboards!

 Like his brothers before him, Grant is now a path of destruction!  
At almost 9 months he is a confident crawler (though he has is own method, that's really funny to watch).  Now that he can get where he wants to he's taken it the next step and is pulling himself up on things, and opening ALL my kitchen cupboards. The pots and pans, the bowls.  Really do we have to take everything out. New locks need to be put on the doors under the sink, pronto. 
 Let's see how heavy this is and if I can chuck it across the floor. That should feel good on mom's foot.
 This cute face looking up at me!
The path of destruction!