Banana Bites

Going light and healthy this week with these little snacks. They are easy to make, very flavorful and something the whole family will enjoy. They are moist, chewy and naturally sweet.
During the week it’s all about running out the door, no time for me at a sit down breakfast so these are easy to grab on the go.
Here is the Basic Banana Bite recipe then I’ll list add ins that I have tried that we like also.

Banana bites
Heat oven to 350
3 ripe bananas mashed
1/3 cup applesauce ( I use one of those single serving containers of applesauce so it could be a little more or a little less)
1/4 cup almond or coconut milk (could use regular milk also)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup raisins
2 cups old fashioned oats
Mix all ingredients together, it will be very moist. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. I use my mini meatball scooper to dollop out bite size morsels.

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Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Makes approx. 27 bites. I store them in a airtight container on the counter then after a couple days I move them to the refrigerator because they start getting a little soggy.

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Let bites cool for a few minutes before you move them from cookie sheet to cooling rack. They will be spongy little bites packed with flavor and nutrition. Great with coffee or tall glass of milk.

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Pack them in your kids lunch,pop a couple before heading to the gym or enjoy as a late night snack.
Chop up any other dried fruit to replace the raisins, (dried cranberries,crazins,prunes or apricots.
I have added Chia seeds for even more fiber,(a fiber rich diet aids in digestion which can support weight -loss efforts, lower blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes)
Try cutting down the cinnamon to 1/2 teaspoon and add 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie spice for a that time of year treat.
What’ would you add in to make it yours?

Shopping your own stuff

This is a little dark space by my coffee maker that I wanted to brighten up. So I went shopping out in my extra stuff shelves.IMG_0248-0

I have shelf’s where I keep my extra glass ware and nik-nacs, I have to much stuffIMG_0250

Shelf #2, ugggg. Love it and hate it at the same timeIMG_0249

Anyway in my search I found this picture that my Aunt Ruby had painted and TA DAIMG_0245.JPG

Tucked it back in the corner and I think it really cheered up the dead spot.IMG_0246.JPG

So my purpose of the story is to not run out and buy something, go shop your closets or garage for that something old turned to new.

Halloween Decor

I am up and running with my Halloween/Fall decor. I’m sharing it with you to help inspire you to go drag out those boxes from storage, dust off the witches and pumpkins and  bring them all to life again. I love the Halloween and Fall holidays, it brings out the “kid” in us and the warm feeling of family and the comfort of home.

This is the skeleton picture that my son drew for me last year, one of my favorite’s.IMG_0218.JPG

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Got the Candy on, the kids better hurry before Gramp’s and I eat it allIMG_0215.JPG

This spider picture was a idea from Pinterest. He is a real cutie. My son drew him for me and I colored him in with green chalk, black poster board from Hobby Lobby. Cheap, easy and one of a kind!IMG_0214.JPG

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Caught these guys trying to escape, they will be hanging around until Halloween is over or until my Mother comes over cause she gets creeped out.IMG_0225.JPG

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IMG_0227.JPGWhen Halloween is over I will pluck out the scary stuff and leave the fall thru Thanksgiving.

Happy Halloween, now go get your scary on!

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His & Hers 2014 Football Charts

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Couple more days until the official football season begins and I gotta add something about Football to my decor. Football season always reminds me of the beginning of Fall and back to school. In my day 1st day of school was always around the same time as Football season, now here in the Desert we start school beginning of August and Fall doesn’t really start until October, just not the same.

So for the football decor I once again made the “His & Hers” schedules. We enjoyed it last year and its easy, fun and cute:) Can you use the word “cute” in football decor?
Hope it inspires you to make your own schedules and by the way
“GO FORTY NINERS”!!!!!!

Corn Salad

Corn season is among us, but time will be running out soon to get that fresh from the crop Corn. Last week I saw it “10 for $1.00″ That’s almost FREE. So brings me back to this awesome Corn Salad. I discovered it this year and it’s now in my FAVS. If you make anything this weekend make this

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Ingredients:

2 TBS butter

3 cups corn (about 4 ears), cut from the cob

3 TBS Mayo

1 clove garlic, grated

2 green onion, sliced

1 handful cilantro,chopped

1 lime,juice

2 TBSP cotija cheese, crumbled (this stuff is the best)

Directions:

Melt the butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the corn, toss and let it sit cooking until charred, mix it up ad let it char aging, about 6-10 minutes ( mine took about 15- 20 minutes. Pour the corn into a bowl and mix all other ingredients, serve warm or at room temperature.

OPTIONS: Add fresh diced jalapeno to the charring process to add some heat, add chile powder or cayenne pepper to taste. Diced avocados would be amazing they say, I haven’t tried that one yet but I will.

This salad was easy to make, delicious and was liked by all. I served it with pulled pork sammies, and the next day we topped our Taco’s with it. Add it to your Salsa or fresh salad, quesadilla or throw into your soups. When I went to use the salad the next day I zapped it in the micro-wave for a minute to loosen it up and get the chill off.

Hope your family enjoys this salad as much as we did.

 

Summer Banner

Summer Banner

“Summer loving happens so fast”, remember that movie Grease. I loved it, love John Travolta :) Anyway I am always looking for things to decorate my mantle with and I saw this on Pinterest and I had made one of these for spring so one for summer will go with all the summer holidays.

Listed are the items I used, all purchased at Hobby Lobby.

1. Spray Adhesive

2. Sheet Moss

3. Chip Board letters

4. Glitter

5. Banner Template I made myself

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I traced my banner template onto the moss sheet and cut out. Traced my banner template onto cardstock, sprayed with the adhesive and glued the moss onto the cardstock. If you have never used to Moss Sheets they are really cool, you can cut it out to any shape and can glue it most anything.I saw it being used in a lot of Easter Decorating.

I placed my chipboard letters onto waxed paper, sprayed with adhesive and sprinkled the glitter onto them very heavily. When dry shake off excess and hot glue letters onto the moss covered banner pieces. You could always make the banner templates any shape you want, pendant shape, square, round, have fun and make it your own.

I took the mini clothespins (also available at Hobby) and pinned them to the twine. This is where you can change it up with some colorful ribbon or I think next time I might try some cloth strips.

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It was a fun & easy project to make and I think it will look great with my July 4th decor I am going to put up. Hope you enjoy.