The Perfect Snack for Camping – Granola Bites

Granola Bites

We went camping a few weeks ago and I was thinking of something quick and easy I could make for us to snack on.  I saw this recipe on Molly’s blog (which I love by the way!)  These were perfect for snacking on in the car, in between meals, or while hiking.

Granola Bar Bites (slightly  adapted from Molly)

  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped up pecans

I doubled the recipe and added some pecans.  I also found I needed a bit more almond butter and honey to make everything stick a bit better.  You can use whatever you have in your pantry.  Walnuts, chocolate chips, anything really.

In a bowl stir together the rolled oats, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Add the almond butter, honey, raisins and nuts if you like.  Roll into balls.  DONE.

A few photos from our camping trip.  We spent two nights at Wapiti, just outside Jasper, Alberta.

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DIY S’mores Kit

IMG_3695 James made me this s’mores kit for a Christmas gift (I know I’m super late blogging about this) and it was perfect because Christmas morning we make a fire, sip coffee and baileys, listen to Christmas music and open gifts.  James may have the advantage to making an awesome s’mores kit because he silk screened the box in our basement and my amazing and talented sister in-law Rebecca made special chocolate and marshmallows for me.  Maple Bacon Chocolate Bars and Bourbon Marshmallows, all home made.  Ah-mah-zing ! Rebecca owns a chocolate company, caters, makes birthday and weddings cakes and sweet gifts like this for her family and friends.  I am lucky.

IMG_3630IMG_3697 copyAll you really need to make this fun gift is a large box, which was purchased at Michael’s or any craft store for cheap, graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate and roasting sticks which can be found at any camping store.  Its fun to decorate the box whether it be by silk screen, stamps, or simply drawing/writing on it with a sharpie.  I can’t wait for the summer, even though roasting inside is sweet too.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Well it’s practically winter here in Alberta so why am I posting about popsicles?  Maybe it’s sunny and warm where you live.  I made these over a month ago and from what I remember they were pretty delicious.

Recipe is slightly adapted from the cook book Perfect Pops by Charity Ferreira

What you need:

  • approximately 2 cups of strawberries, hulled and chopped (6-12 sliced strawberry wheels, optional)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 graham crackers, crushed

  1. Put the strawberries in a blender and puree until smooth.  Move the puree into a bowl and whisk in the sour cream, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla.
  2. Spoon the mixture into the moulds and slide down the strawberry slices on both sides.  Leave some room to add crumbled graham crackers for the ‘crust’ feel.  Put in the freezer for at least 6 hours, after about 2 hours I add the popsicle sticks.
  3. When ready to eat run under hot water for a few minutes, until the popsicle is free from the mould!

Popsicles made with Fresh Fruit and Lemon Greek Yogurt

Recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart

Ingredients:

2 cups approx. of Raspberries or Strawberries (hulled and chopped)

2 cups approx. of Blueberries

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 cups approx. of Lemon Greek Yogurt – found at most grocery stores

You can use more or less of the fruit and yogurt, it really doesn’t matter.  Each mould is different and some might require more.  My fun popsicle moulds are from Crate & Barrel.

1. In a food processor puree the raspberries or strawberries, add 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Set aside strawberry or raspberry puree in bowl.

2. Next puree the blueberries in food processor, adding remaining tablespoon of blueberries.  Set aside blueberry puree in bowl.

3.  Add puree in popsicle moulds, alternating between strawberries, blueberries and lemon yogurt.  You can either make nice layers, or add flavours randomly and swirl with a skewer for a swirl look and taste.  The lemon yogurt goes excellent with the berries, no extra sugar needed.

I used raspberries and strawberries and I also layered and swirled.  Delicious for the heat we have been having here.

I tried a different recipe where after you pureed the fruit, your strained the juices and threw out the seeds and chunks, then adding the juice to yogurt.  I did not enjoy these as much, I find them much better using all of the puree and yogurt as a separate layer.  Enjoy !

Calgary Comic Expo!

James and I spent Friday night and most of Saturday in Calgary at the comic expo, which was pretty fun with lot’s to see.  We got silly t-shirts, waited in lot’s of lines, and got some pretty neat stuff.  We also got to spend a lot of time with Joanna and Neil, which was fun!  The main reason I wanted to attend the expo was because Felicia Day and the cast of The Guild was there, but I will post more about that later.  For now, here’s a few pictures from the expo.

Another lovely Sunday

I woke up this morning with an awful headache, but my amazing boyfriend RAN to Safeway and bought some motrin for me.  Then he made the tastiest cinnamon buns for breakfast.  After that James went to jam and I met up with Aimee at Transcend, where we sipped on delicious coffee and swapped stories of our recent victories and discussed the next plan of action for starting wedding decorations.  After sitting in the sun for a long time, and wearing a t-shirt and black pants (what was I thinking?!) I felt weak and light headed.  So I went home and made lemonade, and then I decided to bake some cupcakes.

My New Bike

I bought this bike a few weeks ago, and I love it.  After years of buying bikes from thrift stores that needed a ton a work and thinking I would put that time into it, I finally decided to just buy a nice one that works!  Having my own garage to put it in, and places that are close enough to bike to is awesome.  We live close to the lrt too, so we can always take our bike on the train if we want to meet friends across the river.

Saturday spent in Devon

Most of the day was spent with Aimee out in Devon.  The library was having a parking lot garage sale for anyone who wanted to bring things to sell.  Definitely found a few gems.  For lunch I had the most amazing donair from Wanda Lee’s, followed by a fabric sale from a lady’s garage, somewhere off the highway.  Who knew Devon could be this awesome.

 

Aimee’s amazing purchase of the day.

This picnic basket was my good find of the day

 

New fabric, which will be used to attempt making an apron, some oven mitts and Christmas stockings.