minion cookies

i've always bought the boy's valentines for their classes, but we wanted to do something special this year. these minion cookies look hard to make, but they're not!  i made 50 in under an hour, and when they were dry we just put them in little self-sealing plastic envelopes (from walmart) and stapled a yellow card to each one with cute messages like "you're one in a minion" and "be my despicable me". (the boys came up with that one.)

pepperidge farm milano cookies
store bought blue and black cookie icing (in the tubes)
candy eyes (on baking aisle) 

they were fun to make, and a big hit!


granola 101

if i had to choose one food to eat for the rest of my life, it would have to be granola.  it's sweet, satisfying, and i could quite easily eat it 3 meals a day.  i like my granola heavy on the oats.  i don't like it when there are big sugary clumps, so the first time i made this homemade granola, i knew i would never be without the perfect granola ever again. :)

i took a screenshot of the recipe from a blog over 6 months ago, and i have NO IDEA which blog i was reading. i wish i could give them credit because i have enjoyed making many batches of this granola.  i'm sure you could make all kinds of variations, but i'm hooked on the original:

3 cups rolled oats
1 TBL. ground flax seeds
1 TBL. cinnamon
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
3/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 tsp. salt
2 TBL. unsalted butter, melted

preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

combine all ingredients in large bowl.  spread onto baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes (or browned to your liking) stirring every 15 minutes or so.

let cool and store in air tight container.  i have no idea what the shelf like would be, because it never makes it more than a week around here.  we eat it every day on greek yogurt and i use it in my homemade granola bars...recipe coming soon!