Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Granola Bars

I came across a recipe for granola bars that looked to hold their shape well and decided to try them.  I've tried a few different recipes for granola bars that fall apart which is disappointing.  I modified this recipe using ingredients I had on hand.

4 cups Dorset Cereal (I used simply nutty muesli kind)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk (300 ml)
1/4 margarine, melted

1.  Place oven rack in center position.  Heat oven to 325F.
2.  Combine all of the ingredients mixing well.
3.  Place mixture in a parchment paper lined 15" x 10" baking sheet.
4.  Spread mixture in pan using a spatula.
5.  Bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
6.  Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes.
7.  Cut into squares or bars to the size of your choice.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

If April showers bring May flowers, what do April flurries bring?

GOSH Giant Blush

When I first received my blush there was no blush in the twist up portion of the applicator, it was all stuck in the lid. I was able to get the product out of the lid and back into the twist up bottom with relatively little mess. Perhaps there needs to be a little more attention to the design of the product as I was not the only one to have this issue. That being said, I really did like this blush. 

Colour is 02 SHY

It is a nice neutral dusty rose colour. I do have oily skin and worried that it may make my skin extra oily but it didn't. It actually goes on creamy but ends in a powder finish which is great for my skin type. 

The colour this blush gives is subtle and easily blendable. It is not sparkly like some blushes.  It gives a hint of colour to the cheeks that lasts all day. Overall, I liked this product and would love to try it in other colours as well.

I received this product free of charge from ChickAdvisor to facilitate this review.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pineapple Banana Loaf

There were some ripe bananas at home that needed to be used so I decided to make one of my favourite loaves: Pineapple Banana Loaf.  The loaf is so flavourful and moist!

3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup undrained, crushed pineapple
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups canola oil
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 5 bananas)
2 tsp. vanilla

1.  Combine first 5 dry ingredients.  Beat remaining ingredients together in large bowl until blended.
2.  Add dry ingredients, stirring until thoroughly combined.
3.  Spread in two greased 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pans.
4.  Bake at 350F for 60-70 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
5.  Cool 15 minutes in pan, then remove to rack and cool completely.

Recipe Source: Robin Hood Baking Festival Booklet from 2000.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Snowdrops are starting to make an appearance in our yard.         A sure sign of spring!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Greetings

This Easter Season may we reflect on the true meaning of the holiday.  I love the above video of the song "At the Foot of the Cross" by Ray Boltz.  It shows Jesus' death and how he died for our sins.  Without his death we would not have eternal life.  He died for YOU.  If you were the only one in the world, he still would have died for just you.  He loves you that much!

Because of His death on the cross and resurrection 3 days later we have hope and life has meaning.  We are not just mearly existing to live and then die.  We are here to point others to the hope we have in Christ.