Monday, 30 December 2013

Homemade Granola

- one and a half cups (or so) of oats
- some fair trade dark chocolate
- handful of organic raw almonds, smushed and smashed a bit in a blender
- small handful of organic raw walnuts also crushed a bit in the blender
- some flax seeds
- small handful of organic dried sour cherries
- a tablespoon of melted coconut oil
- a tablespoon (or more) of REAL maple syrup 
Adjust measurements as you need to. Maybe you like a lot of oats, maybe you don't! You get to choose, because you're making it!

What to do:
- preheat oven to 325 degrees F
- mix it all in a bowl
- spread it out on a baking sheet
- I smushed mine down so that it would make large chunks
- bake for around 20min but watch it so that it doesn't burn!
- take it out of the oven and let it cool on the tray if you want big chunks. If you don't want chunks, stir it a bit while cooking and when you take it out of the oven. 
- try not to eat it all at once!
- or, put it in a jar and make a label. Add some fabric and a ribbon to give it as a gift!

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Rainbow Hearts Stamp Cards DIY

Hello blog friends! I've been saving these photos for after Christmas, since they were a gift and I didn't want to spoil any surprises! This was a very easy DIY craft. I found a nice old cork that was smooth and undamaged on the ends. I drew a heard on one end, and then using an exacto knife, cut around the design. You know. Just like when you used to make potato stamps as a kid. I didn't do any complicated designs, as my knife was really dull, and I didn't have much time. 
I used acrylic paint. If I had a stamp pad, I would have tried that out too. I experimented with a few ways to get the paint on the stamp so that it would have the best transfer to the paper. I settled with painting directly on to the stamp. I liked the way it turned out! I only made four cards like this, but I think when I get home from the holidays, I may make more. It was fun!