DIY stamped coasters.

Remember that list of 10 Projects that I wanted to complete before Christmas? Here is #1. Checked off!

It is simple and super cheap since I already had stamps and Staz-On ink. I only had to buy coasters so this entire little project cost maybe $3. That I can live with.IMG_7843I love monograms. Everywhere. On everything. I was going to paint them with blocked out shapes, and then I was going to stamp them with S monograms.  But I packed my alphabet stamps. Fail. So the arrows it was. And I am glad because I love them. People do not appreciate the power of simplicity sometimes.
IMG_7841I just stamped the arrow straight onto the cork and let it settle for about 5 seconds. The key was getting enough ink onto the stamp so that it soaked into the cork enough to leave a strong image when the stamp was lifted.  If my ink pad had been brand new, I wouldn’t have had to put as much effort into that part.
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Now they are ready for new end tables….

granola obsession.

I have been on a Pinterest kick. And a health kick. And a we-could-totally-make-this-better kick.

And on almost all three, I am right.
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If I had known how easy it was to make granola, I would have started long ago, before the recipes flooded my Pinterest yummy board. I tend to eat mine in a bowl with almond milk (also something that is new to me, and totally delicious). Or on top of my plain vanilla greek yogurt. Even with the weight gain challenge still happening for me (I don’t think that will ever change), I want to be healthy about it. I don’t want to overindulge on salts and fats and bad things.  Okay, wait, yes I want to, but I won’t. There is a difference.

This is the basic recipe I go from for each batch, with some tweaks to fruits/nuts, depending on my mood that day. If you all have other recipes, send them my way. I am always up for a change. Go for it!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (I usually leave this out)
  • 3 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup assorted dried fruit

PREP

  • Preheat oven to 300°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Mix first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Stir honey and oil in saucepan over medium-low heat until smooth. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture; toss. Spread on prepared sheet. Bake until golden, stirring every 10 minutes, about 40 minutes. Place sheet on rack. Stir granola; cool. Mix in fruit. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight.