Recipe: Chia Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars

Chia Coconut Granola Bars

Chia Coconut Granola Bars

So I decided a while ago that I wanted to start making my own heathy snacks to replace packaged foods.  This is one of my endeavors to get rid of foods with preservatives and incorporate more whole grains and seeds into mine and my kiddos diets.   I have been loving granola bars lately and there is a homemade one at a coffee shop that I go to that is SO good so I was inspired to find my own recipe.  I stumbled upon the blog Well Plated and found some great recipes, particularly a healthy Chia Granola Bar recipe that I modified.  I love that these are a no bake recipe that can be kept in the freezer.  Also, they were very easy to make as well as modify.  I doubled the recipe because I’ve been super busy lately and want to have some snacks on hand, but here is a breakdown of what I included in mine:

1 1/3 cup creamy organic peanut butter

2/3 cup raw honey

3 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup organic black chia seeds

1/2 cup organic millet

1/2 cup organic dried coconut

1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup raw organic chopped walnuts

To make, just mix all of the ingredients together and then spread the mixture into a pan and pop in the freezer.   I cut mine into small 1″x 1″ squares  so they are more like bar cookies.

The recipe is DELICIOUS and I love the combination that I made, however the possibilities are endless.  Maybe next time I’ll try almond butter or some dried fruit for a different variety.  The millet was the only ingredient that was completely new to me but I love it.  It gives a great much needed crunch.  These are definitely kiddo friendly and will give me lots of energy when I need something to snack on to keep up with these TWO kiddos :)

July / August Knitting Update: Getting Ready for Baby Boy

These past few months have been busy, but now I suddenly have tons of time on my hands after finishing classes for my Masters degree in mid July.  At this point, I’m just getting ready for baby boy who could be due any time this month!  I’m currently 35 weeks and Lex came right at 37 weeks so I could be getting really close.  I’m doing some project planning for the fall and I think I’m going to try and finish my fair isle jacket that I started last year.  It’s a Debbie Bliss pattern and it’s coming out beautifully so far.  I’m hoping to have it done around Christmas this year.  Another long term project that I’m planning is something that I’ve never attempted before: a shawl.  I always see beautiful shawl patterns and I’ve only dabbled in lace knitting a little bit so I think this would be a fun challenge for me when I’m staying home with baby boy this fall (we’ll see how much time I have to knit lol).  I’m going to make the shawl for my sister and she started this pinterest page to get some inspiration.

As far as baby knitting goes, I’ve finished all of the projects that I really wanted to have done and am currently working on Pepita, by Martina Behm,  using a beautiful hand painted merino from Knitpicks.  I’m very excited about it so far and am about halfway through the project.  I made a hat for the little guy using some scrap sock yarn from a previous project.  I did the baby sheep hat colorwork by Melissa Burt and I love the result!  It seems like it will be a very warm hat which will be perfect for the winter!

It has become a tradition for me to knit a little stuffed animal for every new baby in our family.  I unofficially started it, but I really like the idea of making a special stuffed animal just for new little ones.  A few months ago I was brainstorming what to make for little guy and I decided what could be more perfect than an Alpaca!  Fortunately, I found an adorable pattern by Rebecca Danger and it came out beautifully.  I tied some jingle bells together and stuffed them inside it so that it will sound a little bit like a rattle.  He doesn’t look much like an alpaca, but I think he’ll make a great companion for baby boy.

Pepita so far, Knitpicks Herbal Wreath

Pepita so far, Knitpicks Herbal Wreath

Baby Sheep Hat, made with Scrap Sock yarn

Baby Sheep Hat, made with Scrap Sock yarn

Zeke the aloof alpaca, by Rebecca Danger

Zeke the aloof alpaca, by Rebecca Danger

Events in the Bay Area this Summer

I just found this article in the San Jose Mercury News that has LOTS of great events for the summer.  I need to make a point of getting out to more community events and festivals and this article had so much information about local events.  I’m thinking Artichoke Festival, Kite Festival and maybe Boogie on the Bayou?  All of them look like so much fun!!

San Jose Mercury News Summer Events Calendar

March Crafting: Baby Carrier for Toddler Girl

So I really need to get better about updating this more often.  Despite being super busy in Graduate School, I have had some limited time to sew some fun stuff.  Also, with baby boy on the way, I’m getting inspired to start knitting again.  I’ve taken a little bit of a knitting break because I’ve been so busy and tired (growing a person is EXHAUSTING!!).  In my queue I have a pair of Overalls for baby boy.  The pattern is called Pepita and I just added it to my projects on Ravelry.  I’m also getting a little bit more excited about expecting baby boy and I joined the “Due in September 2015” group on Ravelry.

I found this baby carrier a few months ago on Ginger Snap Crafts and it is originally from The Crazy Tailor.  I finally had the time to make one.  I’m pretty sure that baby boy is going to live in the TULA carrier that I recently got at Granola Babies in Southern California, so I’m sure Lex will want join in the baby-wearing fun by carrying around some of her own little “babies”.  She’s truly at that age where imaginative play is really emerging and she loves to take care of things and be a helper.

Baby Carrier 2 Baby Carrier

DIY Yo Gabba Gabba Christmas Decorations

Yep, we have 2 toddlers in the house who are STILL talking about Yo Gabba Gabba Live which they went to go see at the end of the month in November.  So, I decided it was time to make some Yo Gabba Gabba ornaments to add some Gabba cheer to our HUGE Christmas tree.  At first I thought I’s make them as a craft that the kids could help with, but I soon realized that they were a little too complicated for the little ones due to all of the little details and tiny eyes.  I decided to make all of the characters plus DJ Lance and Leslie Hall (Lex ha been OBSESSED with her since Gabba Live).  Here’s the materials that I used in case anyone is interested in making some of their own.  Overall the project was pretty easy and straightforward :)

You will need:

Tacky glue

large popsicle sticks

various colors of tempera paint

clear packaging tape

colored markers

some googly eyes (one large and 4 small)

Glitter to mix with the paint (if you want to make Leslie Hall….we did)

Brown yarn (for Leslie’s hair)

Fine point sharpie

White Sharpie paint pen

String to cut and make the hooks

Hot glue gun+hot glue (to glue to hooks)

The directions are pretty self explanatory.  I basically painted the sticks first, glued on the eyes and then added the final details using a sharpie.  For certain details, I had some white paper and sketched them out.  I then laminated them using the clear tape and glued them onto the characters.  The items I “laminated” were: Foofa, Toodee, Plex and Brobee’s eyes; Brobees mouth and spikes; Foofa’s flower; Leslie’s lips; Plex’s antenae; and Toodee’s ears.  I also glued the googly eyes and hair onto Muno, DJ Lance and Leslie Hall.  After glueing all of these parts on, I went in with the fine point sharpie and drew mouths and other details.  I drew the eyelashes onto Foofa and Toodee as well.  Finally, I went in with the white Sharpie paintpen and touched up the teeth on Muno and Toodee, Leslie Hall’s belt and some of the details on DJ Lance.  The last step when everything is dry is to hot glue some hooks on the back.  I made mine out of yarn.  This was a fun project that yielded some fun results!  The kids LOVE them :)

If anyone has suggestions for making some glasses for Leslie that would be great!

Yo Gabba Gabba Christmas Ornaments GabbaXmasontree GabbaXmas DJLance&leslie

Yo Gabba Gabba Live with the Kiddos

I’m on Thanksgiving vacation from graduate school and it was so fun to spend some time with the family on Friday night at the San Jose Civic Auditorium to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live!  Lex has been a huge fan of Gabba since day one and she had a great time dancing the night away!  The highlight of the night was when DJ Lance walked through the crowd and stopped at her and held her hand and said “hi, how are you?”  She keeps saying “DJ Lance hold my hand” like a little groupie!!   Check out the video I made….the pictures and video are kinda dark but I did my best :)

Stuffed Animal Hammock DIY Project

I’ve been looking to make something to store all of the stuffed animals that aren’t in bed with the kiddos all the time and I finally had the time and the drive to do it! I found this tutorial from Lemon Squeezy Home. I had to modify a little bit because I didn’t have enough bias tape on hand so I ended up making my own from some scrap fabric. It was definitely a good use of some materials I already had on hand. I made a superman one for baby boy and a pink one with ribbons for baby girl! They came out great and the kids seem to like them!

DIY AnimalHammock