4 c. oats (I used 2 cups steel cut and 2 cups old fashioned)
1 and 1/4 t. salt
1 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. honey
1 c. peanut butter
1 and 1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 c. extra light, extra virgin olive oil (I used coconut oil- did not have extra light EVOO)
1 c. raisins
1/2 c. dried cranberries (or just put in extra raisins)
*Optional* chopped or whole peanuts and/or pecans
In a large bowl combine oats, cinnamon, ginger, and salt (and optional nuts). Mix well.
In a sauce pan mix honey and sugar over med-high heat until bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla.
Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and mix well. Pour oil over all and coat well.
Spread evenly on cookie sheet and bake at 300 for 30 minutes- stirring well every 10 minutes.
Cool and return to large bowl. Mix in raisins and cranberries. Store in air tight container.
*The original recipe called for baking at 325 for 35 to 40 mins. (stirring every 15 mins.), but this caused my first batch to be overly done. It depends on your oven. In my case, reducing the heat and bake time resulted in toasted and crunchy, yet not burnt tasting granola.
I think it would be very tasty with the nuts. Maybe next batch I'll throw some in.
But wait! There's more...
While mind planning this sewing project I had a genius moment: Why not make the bib adjustable (not to mention easier to sew), by making a casing at the shoulder for the ties to slide into? And furthermore, why not line it with the same fabric (or some cute coordinating fabric), making it reversible, thereby eliminating the worry of stains ruining your masterpiece!! HA! By jingo, I think I've got it- the PERFECT baby bib!!
But for the last couple of years that creativity has been all bottled up. Being a mom has kept me very busy and even overwhelmed at times. The best I have been able to manage is an occasional, little sewing project here and there.
Apparently all that craftiness and creativity could be contained no more and has bubbled over, because I have been making stuff and working on projects left and right lately. It is good to be back at it and making things again.
If you have a creative bone in your body, an itch to make something, paint something, sew something, draw something....Do it! Make time to create.
Here is a small sampling:
Eliana's Weather Window
As for day 4?.....let's just say our record stands at 3 in a row. ;-)
The ocean was beautiful. The campground was wonderful. The kids had a blast...all except for little Mr. Asher Daniel who decided that this vacation was a major cramp in his stay-at-home style and cried endlessly and refused to nap or sleep at night for more than a couple of hours. The amount of crying, fussing, screaming, and squealing we endured over those six days was traumatic. The lack of sleep was horrifying. Oh my!
There were wonderful moments and memories on this trip which I will enjoy thinking back on. However, I have probably never been so happy to get home and put that baby in his own crib where he badly wanted to be and where he slept for 12 hours straight.
A blogging friend challenged her readers to think of 100 things they love about their husbands and blog it. Pssshhht. You call that a challenge? It's on...
100 Things I Love About Scotty:
1. He is a fox, of course.
2. He loves funny movies.
3. He acts out scenes from his favorite movies or events to entertain us at family gatherings.
4. His ears are cute.
5. He is a freak of nature in a good way because he never smells! No bad breath (even in the morning), no stinky feet, no B.O.
6. He doesn't think I'm weird for sniffing him to see if he stinks.
7. He doesn't think I'm weird for any of the weird stuff I do.
8. His eyes are the most lovely, unusually beautiful color of light, ocean green or blue... depending on what he is wearing.
9. Everyone (almost) he meets likes him right away.
10. He is a people person.
11. He is not quick to judge.
12. I can depend on him when it really counts.
13. His feet are really nice looking when he trims his toenails.
14. He looks great in flip-flops.
15. He never, ever missed a single one of my ob appointment with all 4 of our pregnancies.
16. He will go shopping for clothes with me and doesn't seem to hate it too much.
17. He loves to give gifts, small and big.
18. His laid back-ness is a good balance to my overly anxious tendencies.
19. He has never hesitated to change a baby diaper- no matter the filling.
20. He fell in love with our first baby in a way that surprised me and made me fall in love with him even more.
21. He never complains even though, Lord knows, there would be plenty to complain about!
22. He shares whatever he has.
23. He gives money to bums.
24. Kids love him, although some fear his beard.
25. He's tall.
26. He writes poems...but only for me.
27. He doesn't mind cooking dinner when I don't feel like it.
28. He NEVER badgers me. Even though he probably should sometimes.
29. He kindly and lovingly will not let me get away with being mean/wrong/bratty, thus saving me from myself.
30. He puts us before himself. ie: He is the last one to get new shoes.
31. He couldn't care less about other people's opinion of him- good or bad.
32. He is amazingly self-confident without even a hint of conceit or vanity.
33. He usually laughs at the hilarious things I say.
34. Sometimes his eyes twinkle.
35. He was the cutest baby!
36. He lets me pick the paint colors.
37. He never gives up until the job is done.
38. He is the hardest worker I know.
39. He takes a sincere interest in our children's interests.
40. He encourages them to do their best.
41. He is all about giving the benefit of the doubt.
42. He will return things for me if I really, really want him to.
43. He always drives.
44. He buckles the baby in and out.
45. He wears the baby in the front carrier because he likes to.
46. He will carry a pink diaper bag without thinking twice about it.
47. He lets me sit in the office chair when we are looking on the computer together.
48. He like to do puzzles with me on the computer.
49. He likes to play games like Connect 4, Guess Who, and Uno with me after the kids go to bed.
50. He jumps on the trampoline with the kids and has even been seen jumping on it alone.
51. He tries to get me to jump on the trampoline with him.
52. He vacuums.
53. He will clean the tile in the shower as a surprise.
54. He will remove all the toys and rinse out the tub so I can take a bath.
55. He's athletic. (I had to put this for #55)
56. He handles the bills.
57. He once stopped by a thrift store and bought me a hospital grade breast pump for $15.00.
58. Every year for my birthday he takes me shopping at my favorite thrift stores , even though he does NOT like to go.
59. He always finds the best things while we are there, even though he does NOT like to go.
60. It was his idea to take each child on a trip for their 10th birthday- just them and dad.
61. He won't let you give up.
62. He is an emotional rock.
63. He is kind.
64. He has an easy swagger.
65. He has an internal GPS.
66. He lets me hold the remote. Usually.
67. He can be very tender hearted.
68. He is unusually unselfish.
69. He holds hands with me all the time.
70. He still likes toys and has no problem taking one away from a kid to try it out.
71. During a meal, he will gladly hold the fussy baby and eat with one hand so I don't have to.
72. He has never once complained about having to go to work even during periods of heavy over-time.
73. Breaking the stereotype about sick men being the biggest babies- he never, ever complains when he is sick.
74. He RARELY gets sick. This is one healthy man.
75. He loves to clean out the kid's ears.
76. He has never slept on the couch because he absolutely refuses to allow us to sleep apart.
77. He can type really fast.
78. There might not be a mean bone in his body.
79. He is stubborn in his convictions and won't back down from his beliefs.
80. He calls me and our daughters his girls.
81. He is strong, yet gentle.
82. Providing for his family is important to him.
83. His patience abounds.
84. He loves music.
85. He LOVES to sing- anywhere, anytime, all the time!
86. He is calm in a crisis and knows what to do.
87. He has beautiful skin.
88. He is trustworthy.
89. He trusts me.
90. He can break it down and always dances at weddings. If the wedding has dancing, that is.
91. He can and will fix almost anything around the house.
92. He watches over our elderly next door neighbor and helps her in any way he can.
93. He truly cares for the people he loves.
94. He has math skills.
95. He finds all the good bargains. This manly man once came home from Target with a bunch of clothing for our daughter that he carefully selected from the clearance rack in the little girl's department.
96. He is predictable, yet occasionally does things that really surprise me. (See numbers 20, 26, 57, and 95.)
97. His life is a good example for his sons.
98. He loves the truth, prays for us, and seeks his Creator.
99. He reads the Bible to us each week and teaches his children to know the One, true, living God.
100. Yeshua's love shines in him because he loves his Savior.
Today she drew a picture of me. I pointed to a circle at the bottom of my face and asked what it was. She told me it was my mush-tash. :-( Great. Now I'm thinking she means beard and I must not be noticing the apparently large quantity of unwanted facial hair I must be sporting. Kids notice everything, so I'm feeling really insecure for a second....
then, come to find out- "mush-tash" is what she calls a CHIN! Just a smooth, flesh chin.
Whew! What a relief.
First, the baby: Asher is an easy little fella to take care of. He doesn't cry much and has very few digestive issues to speak of. He gets hungry every 3 hours during the day and sleeps a 6 hour block at night. His bladder works very well as we go through many, many diapers per day. Lately he has been staying awake more and checking us out. We even get smiled at now and then. At 7 weeks old (which he is today!) he is so big- already outgrowing his 3 month clothes and size 1 diapers! His name means "happy and blessed"....and we are by his presence.
Second, Eliana: This girl has a huge personality in that little body! She keeps us laughing. We were relieved at how much she loves the new baby and hasn't shown any jealousy at all. She has been a pacifier addict all of her life and quitting can be tough. But she is doing a great job of only using it at sleep time. Soon she will move from her crib to her big girl bed and then we will throw her pacifiers away forever. At a recent (huge) family gathering I was pleased to see that she is one of the more mature 3 year olds- being fully potty trained. Then, she proceeded to wet her pants in front of everyone- something that NEVER happens. We had to laugh because that's life.
Next up, Sunny: She is about to embark on an adventure that she has been hoping for and looking forward to and waiting on for 5 whole years!! (And when you are only 8 that is a long time!) Soon she will start gymnastics! Ever since she was 3 years old and took a summer ballet/gymnastics class she has been asking to take "just the gymnastics part". Due to the high cost of this activity we haven't been able to make it happen for her, but recently daddy got some overtime at work to pay for her first 3 months. We took her for a trial class which she loved. So her dream is about to come true. She is a little sporty girl and did awesome at the try out. Sunny is also Asher's second mommy. I don't know what I would do without her help...and best of all she loves helping with him.
Last (but not least), Micah: Mr. Imagination is still a wonderful big brother. We just keep adding siblings and he just keeps loving them and being awesome. He isn't in the baby's face all the time like the girls are, but he occasionally wraps him in a blanket and goes to the rocking chair for some brother bonding. Micah's calm, cool, and collected-ness soothes the baby to sleep every time. He loves rocking his long awaited brother. The latest excitement for him was when we visited a home school co-op in our area. He was in classes all day with other 6th grade homeschoolers. They go once a week for academics and then school at home for the rest of the week, getting their assignments from the teacher's websites. Then, one evening a week they can go for electives. He absolutely loved the co-op and would like to attend regularly. We'll see if it works out for us.
As for the grown ups around here, we are just taking care of business one day at a time. I struggle with staying positive and grateful and he struggles with being WAY too laid back about everything. Some post partum depression got a hold of me for a while there, but the worst is behind us now- I hope. It was awful! But I think I have climbed out of the pit. Last week we even got to go on a little date when my sister offered to keep our older 3 kids for the evening. Asher slept in his baby seat while we shared a burger and a giant piece of cake and chatted and laughed without interruption. It was wonderful! We have so much to be thankful for and try to always remember to bless the One who made us, brought us together, and blesses us in abundance. Even when He takes us through the rough times- it is only to show us what is in our own hearts. Yikes! That has been a scary lesson for me at times. This verse expresses my desire perfectly, however He will be faithful, and it is not always what the flesh might want to hear/do/or go through as He leads. My guts are crying out: Less flesh, more Spirit!
Psalm 139:23-24 "Search me, O Elohim, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."