Homemade Granola Bars

As a Pinterest lover, I’m always looking for new ways to make delicious treats for my family. Lately I’ve been pinning recipes for homemade granola bars. After some research and trial and error I’ve come up with a yummy recipe.

IMG_5079Here is what you will need:

IMG_5055In a large bowl, combine your oats, cereal, and flax. Stir with a large spoon until well combined. Set aside.

Place sugar, honey, oil, and salt in a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil. Stirring the whole time, boil for exactly 1 minute so mixture combines and sugars dissolve.

Take pot off the heat and add in the peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until smooth.

Pour mixture over your dry mixture. Stir until well combined.

IMG_5056Let mixture sit for about 5-8 minutes.

Meanwhile, place a large sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

IMG_5057Pour mixture onto cookie sheet. Press with a second cookie sheet so it is flat. IMG_5063Then immediately spread your chocolate chips on the top and press again.IMG_5058Once the bars have cooled completely, slide parchment paper onto your counter.

Cut into bars.IMG_5071Wrap individually for easy freezer storage. IMG_5081 IMG_5083Enjoy!

Homemade Granola Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  2. 1 1/2 cup honey
  3. 1/3 cup olive oil
  4. 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  5. 1 cup of your favorite peanut butter or almond butter
  6. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 4 cup crisped rice cereal
  8. 2 2/3 cup old fashioned oats
  9. 2/3 cup ground flax seed
  10. 1/2 – 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  11. Cookie sheet
  12. Parchment paper
  13. Knife
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine your oats, cereal, and flax. Stir with a large spoon until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Place sugar, honey, oil, and salt in a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil. Stirring the whole time, boil for exactly 1 minute so mixture combines and sugars dissolve.
  3. Take pot off the heat and add in the peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  4. Pour mixture over your dry mixture. Stir until well combined.
  5. Let mixture sit for about 5-8 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, place a large sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  7. Pour mixture onto cookie sheet. Press with a second cookie sheet so it is flat.
  8. Then immediately spread your chocolate chips on the top and press again.
  9. Allow to cool. You can add it to your fridge or leave on counter to cool.
  10. Once the bars have cooled completely, slide parchment paper onto your counter.
  11. Cut into bars.
Notes
  1. To Freeze: Wrap each bar in plastic wrap. Place in a freezer safe zip lock bag and freeze. In the morning, I pull out a bar and put it in my children's lunches. By lunch hour they have thawed, becoming soft and chewy again.
Adapted from Happy Money Saver
Adapted from Happy Money Saver
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Sarah turns 3!

Today my little girl turns 3!

 IMG_5347IMG_5404 IMG_4978IMG_4296IMG_3539IMG_5317Wow, what a difference a year makes! I no longer have a baby, but instead I have a buddy. We play, dance, and even hang out together. At one she was just a blob and I was just learning how to be a mom. At 2 she was a toddler who was learning how to talk and I was learning who she was. At 3 I can honestly say she’s become this independent, funny, sweet little girl who I enjoy being around (when she’s not hungry, tired or cranky)!

She’s matured and blossomed into such a beautiful person I am so proud to call her my daughter.

Here are some things about my 3 year old:

Sarah is very social. Since she is on a need to know basis, she wakes up every morning asking me, “What we is doing today?” After I tell her where are we going she asks me, “Are my friends going to be there?” Once I assure her friends are joining us, she jumps up and down with great excitement for the days activities.

 Sarah is really thoughtful. She always thinks of her friends. She frequently brings extra snacks to share with her friends. However if her friend decides not to share she gets really angry.

Sarah loves being outside. Just like she wakes up in the morning to ask about our agenda, she normally needs another outdoor activity after nap or sometimes after dinner (in the summer). That is why I came up with items to keep her busy when we are hanging out outside our home. You can read more about the Summer Bag here.

Sarah loves all animals. From ants to dogs, she is has no fear. She frequently wants to pick up insects to “play” with.

Sarah loves to swim. She is often found swimming with daddy while I get misc house things done at home.

Sarah has fear of heights (just like her mommy). She wont go on a tall slide in the park. She wont try to jump off anything tall. Which makes this mama breath easy.  However, I’m trying to encourage her to be courageous and explain to her that I can help her, but she’s just not interested.

Sarah is a tomboyish. She enjoys playing with cars over dolls. She rather wear a Minion shirt and shorts then a dress. She prefers boyish things over girlish things when presented with the choice. On the flip side, she likes the princesses from the movie, Frozen (only). She frequently asks that I paint her nails or braid her hair.

It doesn’t really matter what she prefers. As long as she’s happy I don’t care what she plays with.

Sarah still takes 2 hour naps everyday. Except on Trip Thursdays or on Sunday’s when we have family outings.

Sarah is fully potty trained. However she has accidents 2-3 times a week.

Sarah still uses a pacifier to for nap time and bed time. Something I plan to get rid of before Preschool.

Sarah’s Likes -

Food: Mac and cheese, pizza, sushi, baked salmon, rice, oatmeal, peas, brussels sprouts and all fruit.

Sarah’s Dislikes -

 Food: lettuce, chicken with sauce and broccoli.

We love you Sarah! Happy Birthday!

Wacky White Elephant

I’m always looking for fun ideas to do with my mommy group. So when I came across a bloggers tradition to host a Wacky White Elephant gift exchange I was excited to try it out. I gathered my girls and hosted it at my place.

The gifts. Some mamas even brought two gifts the exchange.IMG_4994

To complete the gift exchange, you need nibbles. Everyone was asked to bring something savory or sweet to share. Since it was at my house I had the leisure to do something that didn’t travel well. I chose to do chocolate fondue. 

I found an easy recipe online and made it while my guests started to arrive.IMG_49883 step chocolate fondue:

1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla

The treats.IMG_4980 IMG_4992IMG_4985

I found these napkins at Target on clearance for $.50!!IMG_4978Drink station – my friends bought wine since I felt weird buying it at the store. IMG_4979I love getting together with my girlfriends!

Florida {2014}

Every year Sarah and I fly to Florida to visit my parents, sisters, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and many other family members that still live there. I also have childhood friends that I meet up with when I visit.

I always have a long list of things to do and people to see.

However, this trip was a bit different. We had about 6 big occasions to attend. First my baby sister was graduating from college. Then my cousin was getting married. We also celebrated Chanukah somewhere in between. Throw in there toddler naps and much needed time for me to relax while pregnant.

Let’s just say we were busy, like really busy.

Here is a snapshot of week 1:IMG_3902IMG_0617IMG_3949IMG_3966IMG_4076IMG_4093IMG_4131

IMG_4340IMG_4280 - group

Week 2:IMG_4138IMG_4150IMG_4165IMG_4259IMG_4285IMG_4296IMG_4299IMG_4349IMG_433610365865_10100910339235005_2410281480235458612_nIMG_4356We had so much fun in Florida! Busy, but lot’s of fun. As usual I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to and do everything I wanted to do, but I always leave Florida with a huge smile on my face and this time Sarah joined me.IMG_4381

Until next year…

Tiffany’s Wedding Week: The Wedding

After a week of hair, make up, heels and lot’s of parties, like the Hinna and Mikavh, my baby cousin, Tiffany got married!! Not only was this a special occasion for our family, but it was also Sarah’s first time as a flower girl.

The bride and her flower girl.

IMG_4217Instead of the traditional flower basket, Tiffany wanted Sarah to hold a sign that read, “Here comes your bride”. 10395831_10152944537801257_1804078420204475891_nSarah loved the honor and couldn’t wait to walk down the aisle.

Sarah got all dressed up for the special occasion. She had her hair curled at my mom’s salon and even got to wear red lipstick!

IMG_4219She loved it!

My cousins daughter, Daniella also walked down the aisle with Sarah. Here are the girls having a dance party before they head down the aisle. IMG_4220IMG_4221They were so cute together! IMG_4227My sister was also part of the bridal party. Here is my sister and Sarah.IMG_4282Trying to keep two toddlers in line while everyone was starting to make their way down the aisle was quite a challenge. IMG_4228They just wanted to dance and move around. After the last couple left the room I walked out with both girls and walked them to their starting point. They both stood their for a minute as everyone was staring at the two cute girls. It looked like a great time for the photographer to get some good shots. Unfortunately, my cousin has not yet received her wedding photos. The following pictures were taken with friends and family members phone. IMG_427610176127_10205527151007508_7865141323379732528_nThey both made their way down the aisle and went to their chairs. I quickly ran up the side to meet Sarah.

We watched as the bride and groom walked down the aisle into the chupah.IMG_4231IMG_4236Not even 5 minutes into the ceremony Sarah said she needed to pee. So we took a couple of pictures and headed back to the bridal room.IMG_4238I tried watching the ceremony from the room, but Sarah wanted to play.IMG_4242Finally inside the gorgeous ballroom!IMG_4256Sarah had so much fun!IMG_4248IMG_4246She was a little dancing queen. I however was exhausted. After a week of celebrations that included many salon trips and multiple nights in stilettos, I was done. I sat the majority of the night and took pictures of Sarah enjoying herself.

IMG_4251IMG_4252Then came the delicious dessert table! Yum was I in heaven!!IMG_4268My cousins and I are very close. We grew up together so it’s always fun when we are able to share in each others special occasions. One of my favorite pictures, it this picture of all of my cousins (on my dad’s side) with our grandpa. The cousinsMazal tov Tiffany and Oren! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!!

Tiffany’s Wedding Week: Mikvah Party

Before heading down the aisle most Jewish brides have the custom to go to the Mikvah.

A mikvah is a body of water where a woman purifies her self prior to getting married. A mikvah is also used to cleanse your body after your monthly cycle. You can read more about it here.

As a Sephardic Jew we take it one step further and have a Mikvah Party.  

I also had my own mikvah party prior to getting married.

IMG_3431 - groupTo continue Tiffany’s Wedding Week of fun we headed to the Mikvah to help Tiffany celebrate. IMG_4121IMG_4123

Tiffany’s mom, sisters, aunts and cousins.

IMG_4280 - groupAfter dipping in the Mikvah, Tiffany back out to her family and guests. We through candy and chocolate at her as a sign of a sweet future. Sarah was our special helper and picked up all the sweet treats.IMG_4129Living on the west coast I miss out a lot on family activates so it means a lot when I can participate in such special occasions.

Tiffany’s Wedding Week: Hinna

While in Florida, my family and I attended my cousin, Tiffany’s Hinna party.

IMG_4064A Hinna is a Moroccan style party before the wedding. It’s quite a party! From beautiful colors to Moroccan music. It’s a non-stop party for the bride and groom’s family and friends. Here is the tent where the bride and groom will later sit.

IMG_410610865942_10152915320678749_4916974595271489719_o(pictures are from my uncle’s company, Amazing Events.)

The table decoration were gorgeous as well!

IMG_4058Close family members and the bridal party dress in bright colored cafatn’s during a special ceremony. We also wore gold chain headwraps on our heads that I bought from Claire’s. Here are my mom, sisters and Sarah.

IMG_4076They didn’t have a caftan in Sarah’s size so we improvised and wrapped a wrap that had gold coins.

IMG_4086Me and my Sarah.IMG_4081Here is the beautiful bride and groom in their carriers. To the right is a picture of them with their Henna. More about it here. 10300265_10152944548956257_5409277539686983050_nSarah and I got some henna too.

IMG_4087My sister, Oshrat and I with our hennas.IMG_4089Sarah had so much fun! She loved playing in the “house” with her cousin Daniella. IMG_4042IMG_4044I’ll blog about the wedding in the next few days…

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