Peanut Butter Granola Bites

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m quite the picky eater, which I can tell you is not only annoying to the people I go out to eat with but to me as well. I have tried to like more things and as I’ve gotten older my pallet has began to expand and I’m now eating things I would have never dreamed of having on my plate now become a staple item on my dinner table. (such as tomatoes. I absolutely HATED tomatoes as a kid, now I crave those guys. Go back and tell my seven year old self that and I would have told you that you “so wrong”)

As a result of being a picky eater I have learned to make my own snacks and desserts because no matter how hard I try I can’t seem to like some of the stuff that’s offered at the grocery store. The other thing I found that I like about making my own snacks is that I can regulate the amount of things such as sugar and salt that goes into my food because my body, apparently, can’t handle a whole lot of it. As a kid you get excited to grow old so that you can eat all the candy and chocolate that you want but unfortunately for me I can’t even finish the four bars out of a Kit-Kat or eat more than ten skittles. Some might say it’s a blessing in disguise, I say it’s a curse from the candy demons.

Anyways, enough rambling, I thought I would share one of my most recent favorite snacks of mine that is super easy to make and requires ingredients that most of you probably have in your homes. I give you, PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA BITES!

For this recipe you will need:

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Some Notes:

► For best results with the cranberries I suggest you chop them up a little otherwise they will take up a large portion of each bite.

► You also don’t have to use cranberries and can instead use raisins or any other dried fruit of your choice, I would just advise that anything bigger than a raisin should be chopped up a little.

► You don’t have to use both the chunky and the creamy peanut butter mix, I just like that there’s more than one nut in each bite. I haven’t tried it but I’m also sure you could use almond butter if you prefer that over peanut butter.

► Chocolate chunks are also optional.

Pour all of your ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix until everything is well blended.

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Lastly what you will want to do is take out about a teaspoon size amount of the mix and then with your hands roll it into a ball and VOILA! It’s as easy as that!

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These little bites are perfect for a little boost at snack time if you need something to tie you over until your next meal. Personally, I like to have about two or three for breakfast with a smoothie and some fruit and it will normally keep me satisfied until lunch time. These are also a hit with my boyfriend who is not at all picky like me and I’m sure if I left the whole container with him he would probably eat the whole thing in one sitting. I also suggest putting them in the fridge, I’ve found they last a little longer and tend to taste better!

I hope you enjoyed this little recipe and in case you were wondering where I got the inspiration for this little recipe I got it off of Pinterest but you can find the original here. I changed some things to suit my pallet but be sure to check out the original if mine isn’t quite your cup of tea.

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Egg Coaster

Hello friends! I come to you today with a strange but fun DIY which I think is also really easy to make.

I like strange home-ware, which often goes completely against my original ideas on how I want to decorate my home or desk area, and have therefore acquired some strange pieces popping up around my home among my less strange and more fitting home-ware pieces. (An example of this is two small bowls I have painted to look like a watermelon cut in half and of a grapefruit cut in half. Do they match my kitchen set? No. Do I like them anyways? Yes.) So here I am today adding yet another strange idea for a home-ware item to my home with a DIY egg coaster! Why an egg you might ask? I don’t actually have an answer for this other than because why not.

For the first part of this craft you don’t need a whole lot of materials except for the materials shown below. I would also like to note that you don’t necessarily need to use air dry clay, you could use polymer clay or any other clay you prefer, I personally feel like air dry is the best for this project though. The pen and paper are also not vital but I am a person who likes to have a template so that I don’t spend a whole lot of time looking for the shape I want for my egg.

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First, roll out your clay to your desired thickness, I was going for a rather thick coaster so I made mine about half a centimeter but if you want it to be thinner then flatten it to the thickness you want. As I mentioned I drew out my egg onto a piece of paper and cut it out to help with this next step. Using the template I placed it on the clay and cut out my egg shape.

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Now, you can skip this next step if you want but I wanted to give my egg some more dimension to it so for the yolk part I made a smaller circle using the excess clay, being sure to make it a lot thinner than the larger shape I made because you still want to be able to put glasses comfortably on your coaster. I then carved out a small portion in the main body of the coaster where the yolk goes and placed the circle I made earlier inside of it.

Using water I removed the rough edges and smoothed the circle into the rest of the area and was left with what you see below. If you don’t want to do this then I suggest just drawing out a circle where you want the yolk to be or simply paint it on later.

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I let mine dry over night and didn’t end up touching it until later in the afternoon the next day because I wanted to be sure it had dried completely since I had made mine so thick.

Now it’s time to paint it! For this next part you will need white and yellow (or orange) paint, and used some mod podge to seal it all in. For the paint I did two coats for both the white and the yellow just to be sure that there would be no thin patches or holes or streaks in the final result. I let the paint dry for about 15 to 30 minutes  (or two episodes of adventure time) and then I went over it with two coats of mod podge just to be sure it was well sealed because I didn’t want the paint washing off were I to put something wet on it.

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And that’s it! It’s as easy as that! I think it would also be cool to paint the yolk different colors just to be different and spunky because why not. I hope you enjoyed this and if you do make this I would love to see it, tag me on instagram or use the hashtag #craftingwithaleck!

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Captured Moments – July

 

This month was one that, looking back on, I really enjoyed. Sure I yet again couldn’t find a job but that’s okay it allowed for more time to spend with friends and family. The way I try to see it is that I spend eight months out of the year stressing my butt off and work hard to do well in school that a month like this one was like a breath of fresh air.

As we do every summer my Dad and I made the long trip up north to visit my grandmother, an 86 year old woman who is still kicking it I’m proud to say. It was nice to get out of the city and breathe some country air for a change and what makes it more enjoyable is that she lives a stone’s throw away from a river so the views are one I wished I woke up to every morning. I think my favorite moment from this whole trip was when it was just the two of us and she sat me down with a mushed strawberries, sugar, and cream concoction and I was introduced to what is now my new favorite dessert!

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After getting back I was still in the dizzy daydream that was country style life and so I decided to take a visit to my city’s art gallery (which is free so I tend to make use of this about four to six times a year). As long as I can remember art galleries have always been a magical place for me. I always enjoy walking the halls peering into the visual imagination of an artist creating stories in my head of the scene I am looking at. It was also on this visit that I determined my new favorite artist is Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant who I saw in an exhibition two years ago and rediscovered and now joins the ranks of Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh as my favorites.

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Summer is in its prime here in Canada and personally I am loving it. I may be a Canadian but my blood is warm and I hate the winter, which sucks when it’s what we endure for four to five months out of the year. My boyfriend and I have recently re-discovered the joy of picnicking. This month we had our second picnic together and I can honestly say that it was one of the best days we have had just doing nothing in a long time. Normally we’re both so busy with something that to be able to take the time just to eat and spend some well needed time together was wonderful.

One thing I really love about the city that I live in now is that it’s big enough to have a large city center but also quiet suburban areas to escape from all the hustle and bustle. Being in a city that big allows for always having something to do I find. So one day, just last week actually, my boyfriend and I decided to have a date day and visit the botanical gardens (originally the planetarium but all the tickets were sold out). It was positively one of the loveliest date days we have had in a long while.

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On the same day that we visited the gardens we also visited the Biodôme and this little guy was the cutest thing I had seen all day (aside from my rabbit at home of course, but I’m biased about her). And although I don’t really have any good pictures of them we also got to see the penguins which I think was a good way to end not only the date on but the month as well.