Honey Maple Almond Granola




Homemade granola is so easy to make. It is something you can grab and buy from the store so easily but it can be expensive. Another thing about store bought granola, it can be full of sugar defeating the purpose of a yummy healthy snack. With just a few ingredients you will have a batch of sweet and savory granola to munch on all week. Why not make a homemade batch of granola to have at your fingertips to munch on? Go ahead and make you some granola.



Honey Maple Almond Granola
  • 2 cups of granola
  • ½ cup of sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ canola oil
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup crasians, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Mix granola and almonds together in a medium bowl.
  3. Add honey, maple syrup, and oil and stir until well combined.
  4. Add salt and cinnamon.
  5. Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper or baking mat.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Stir every 10 minutes if you want a loose granola. Do not stir if you want clusters.
  7. Once its done let cool. If you want clusters use a spatula and break into the desired cluster size. Stir in craisan if you are using them.
  8. Transfer to a sealed container. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month.




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Blueberry Banana Smoothie

blueberry banana smoothie

blueberry banana smoothieBlueberries. A banana. A little bit of oatmeal, milk, and a few other ingredients. Guess what that makes? This wonderful blueberry banana smoothie. I am really starting to like blueberries. So if I get on a blueberry kick, don’t mind me, it will die down soon. I definitely know how to wear out an ingredient. LOL   I must say this smoothie is quite tasty and very fulfilling. To top it off you can have it on the go YAYYY! I love an on the go breakfast because mornings are just not my cup of tea. I tip my hat off to all of you early risers! Even though I get up and get my day started I rather sleep in.  On those days I need something quick I tend to throw stuff in the blender and have breakfast on the go.  This recipe is easy and doesn’t require much. Try it out on that day you sleep in and don’t have much time to get out the door.

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Blueberry Banana Smoothie
This blueberry banana smoothie only has a few ingredients and can be made in a hurry.
Serves: 2
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 medium banana, frozen
  • 1 5.3 oz container of greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 2 cups of fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 T honey, optional
  1. ) Put ingredients in a blender in the order listed.
  2. ) Blend until desired consistency.

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Red, White and Blue Layered Drink

layered drink

layered drink

Happy Fourth of July! Want to make something red, white, and blue? This layered drink is quick, fun and festive. You are probably thinking how in the heck do I make this. Well, let me let you in on a little secret for layered drinks. One word. SUGAR! Yep, the trick is the sugar content. Sugar has a high density so with drinks with different sugar amounts you can create these wonderful layers. Go ahead and try it out with your favorite drinks!

Have a safe and festive 4th of July!

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Red, White and Blue Layered Drink
A delicious festive drink
  • Ice
  • Fruit Punch (30g sugar)
  • Gatorade (21g sugar)
  • Diet 7-up (0g sugar)
  1. Fill glasses with ice.
  2. Pour a layer of Fruit Punch.
  3. Pour gatorade over the ice.
  4. Pour diet 7-up on top.
  5. Enjoy!
1.) You must fill the glass with ice.

2.) Pour the drink directly over the ice slowly.


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Deviled Eggs

deviled eggs

deviled eggs

It’s cookout season and I must say I love a cookout! Nothing like a variety of good food. It seems likedeviled eggs only make an appearance at special occasions. Why is that? I still don’t get that. Anyway, I love deviled eggs. They are so good and addictive. I don’t know about you but I have to grab two the first go round. I just can’t take a change of going back for seconds and they are gone. Nope, not going to be me. LOL Let me tell you this recipe is easy and quick. Go ahead, sign up to make these at your next event.

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Deviled Eggs
Serves: 12
  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp sweet relish
  • 1 Tbsp relish juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of sugar
  • Paprika, optional
  1. Cover eggs with cold water. Sprinkle salt in water. Bring to a rapid boil over medium heat. Once boiling, take off the heat and cover. Let sit for 10-12 minutes.
  2. Drain the water and rinse the eggs in cold water. Peel the eggs and slice the eggs . Put yolks in a bowl. Mash up the yolks with a fork. Fold in the mustard, mayonnaise, sweet relish and juice. Add salt and pepper to taste and a pinch of sugar.
  3. Pipe the yolk mixture into the center of the eggs. Sprinkle with paprika. Chill then serve.


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Macaroni Salad

macaroni salad

macaroni salad

Macaroni salad! Yummy! I just love this dish.  I do not know why, but it is so refreshing. I always look forward to gatherings that may have this dish such as cookouts or family gatherings. One thing about macaroni salad I can’t stand is when the entire dish is drenched in mayonnaise!  C’mon Man! That seems to be the common way it is sold in stores. I have tried several brands but it seems like I am eating a spoonful of mayonnaise. YUCK! Hey, if you like it that way then to each its own.  I’ll stick to the homemade way.  After speaking to my mom about macaroni salad she informed me where to gather the ingredients and how to create the dish with a perfectly balanced amount of mayonnaise.  So if you have a summer BBQ, picnic, or potluck coming up take a leap of faith and give this dish a try, you won’t regret it!

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Macaroni Salad
This macaroni salad is bound to please any quest that digs in at your next cookout, pot luck, or picnic.
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 cups macaroni, uncooked
  • ¾ cup mayo
  • ½ cup relish
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • ½ green pepper, diced
  • ½ red pepper, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  1. ) Cook macaroni, as directed on its package, until it is still slightly firm (al dente) remove from heat, drain and rinse with cool water until room temperature to stop the cooking process. Set aside in medium bowl or serving dish.
  2. ) In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, relish, salt, pepper, and sugar. Fold in onion, green pepper, and red pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper to your preference. Serve or store in the refrigerator.

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