Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Anyone still there?

Based on my stats, apparently you still are!  I never meant to give up blogging, but then my life got in the way.  What has been going on in the last 8 months?  Well here are the Cliff's Notes...I turned 31.  Found out that I have some fertility issues...officially been trying for a cute little one of our own for 13 months now.  Kind of started a company with my sister.  Fell into a job opportunity...then fell again which currently leaves me with 3 jobs (4 if I were actually dedicating myself properly to my sister and my venture as well).  So, after all that and wanting to still have some personal time, blogging slowly became a distant object in my rear view mirror.  BUT, I'm not giving up just yet.  I love this blog and all the opportunities and personal growth it has given me, but this little blog of mine definitely needs a new direction.  As I figure out exactly what direction that is, I hope you all will bear with me.

Friday, March 28, 2014

{Scrumptious} Oat Bars



Happy Friday everybody!  It's not often that I post a recipe, but this one is just too good not to share.  One of my favorite snacks as a kid were those inexpensive Honey Oat granola bars you could buy at the grocery store, so when I first tried the Oat Bar at Starbucks several years ago during my first trip to visit Jason in Vancouver, I was hooked. 

They are obviously much more delicious then their inexpensive grocery store version, but there is one major problem...I can't get them here!  They are only sold at the Starbucks in B.C. Canada, so when I had a major craving for one the other day I started doing some googling.  Apparently, they originated from a bakery on Vancouver Island, hence the reason they are only sold in B.C.

I found that the recipes varied greatly, so I just took bits and pieces from a bunch of them to try to create the one that sounded the most accurate to me.  What I ended up with is not only just as delicious as the Starbucks version, it might actually be better.  I hope you all enjoy it as much as me! 


Oat Bars

Ingredients:

- 3 cups organic quick oats
- 1/2 tsp salt     
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup 
- 1/4 cup liquid honey
- 1/3 cup organic light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla

Cooking Instructions:

In a large non-stick pot melt the butter over medium heat.  Next add the brown sugar, syrup, honey, and vanilla.  Allow mixture to get slightly bubbly, and then add the salt and oatmeal.  Many of the recipes I found added cinnamon.  I love cinnamon and tried it both ways but personally didn't like the addition to this particular recipe.  If you would like to add cinnamon, you could add up to 1 tsp at this point.  Keep over heat for another minute or two stirring constantly (do not let burn).  Then remove from heat and pour mixture into an 8x8 pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Press down firmly, allow to cool completely, and then cut and enjoy.  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

{Fashion Obsessed} Ban.do's New Lifestyle Line

Image Credits: Ban.do

Have you checked out Ban.do's new lifestyle line yet?  If you haven't, you must.  There is so much cuteness and fun, I can barely take it.  I want it all!  

Happy Tuesday!
 

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