Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother Day Gift

For Mother's Day I knew that I wouldn't be seeing my mom since we live 5 hours away from each other. So I thought that it would be sweet if I made her breakfast in bed (mail). Granola seemed to be the perfect fit. Something that is absolutely delicious and can be mailed.

Here is my recipe for Mother's Day Granola. Recipe taken from

4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 300 F. In a bowl mix the oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. In a saucepan warm the oil and honey. Whisk in vanilla.

Carefully pour the liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon; finish mixing by hand. Spread granola in a 15x10 inch baking pan.

Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes. Transfer granola-filled pan to a rack to cool completely. Stir in raisins or cranberries. Seal granola in an airtight container or self-sealing plastic bag. Store at room temperature for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.

After letting the granola cool (and a few taste tests) I wrapped it up in a bag. Added a ribbon, label and a spoon.

I made a custom label just for my mom.

I also included a bowl that I got for a $1 and a card. Wrapped it all up and shipped it to my mom and told her when she gets it to not open it till mother's day morning.

The gift was a huge success. My mom love the granola and of course made her cry....
mission accomplished!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

What is your deal lilac!!!

So apparently my lilac bush is a little slow. Everyone else's bushes look like this. Nice and full and fully in bloom. They look so beautiful!!!! And it's a good thing everyone else's lilacs are in full bloom because the Lilac Festival starts this weekend.


And here is my poor tree that is struggling to bloom. Every morning I look out my window and think today is the day that it is going to look like everyone else's and every morning I am disappointed. COME ON ALREADY LILAC, BLOOM!!!!!!!

It's getting there but not fast enough for me. I can 't wait to fill my home with the fresh scent of lilac.

Friday, May 1, 2009

May Goals

• Finish book started in April and start a new one.
• Prime Master bedroom window
• Finish painting french doors
• Install molding in bathroom
• Spring clean the upstairs
• Make my mom a great mother's day gift
• Get roof quoted

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