Saturday, July 31, 2010

Stay at Home Saturday: A Tip and a Recipe!

TNT Tip:

If you have dry, cracked heels from barefoot summer days, try this tip that I got from my friend, Elizabeth (who got it from Dr. Oz. If you don’t know who Dr. Oz is, don’t worry. My sinus doctor didn’t know who he is either.). Buy a container of Stridex pads (yes, the acne medication) and rub your heels nightly. Follow with a slather of rich cream or Vaseline and wear socks to bed. The salicylic acid goes to work on the dry skin and the cream rehydrates. You should have new feet in a week!


Recently I bought a box of Cascadian Farms granola and fell in love with it. I love the sweet, crunchy oats with cold milk! However, it cost $4.55 a box at my local store – ouch! (Super Wal-Mart carries it for $3.00 a box, but they don’t have my favorite flavor.) I wanted to recreate it at home, using an old granola recipe from my mom. I thought about it and realized one thing that made it different from many granola recipes: the Cascadian Farms brand has crispy rice cereal in it! Brilliant! Here is a basic granola recipe that you can tweak a million ways. Let me know what you like to add in!

- 4 cups old fashioned oats

- 2 cups rice cereal

- 1/2 cup slivered almonds

- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (optional nutritional boost)

Mix together in a large bowl and set aside.

In a pot over medium heat combine:

- 3/4 c. vegetable oil

- 1/4 c. honey

- 1/4 c. brown sugar

After brown sugar has melted, whisk together and pour over oats mixture. Combine carefully and spread out into a greased roasting pan (I line mine with parchment paper for easy clean up). Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes (more or less), stirring every few minutes. Watch carefully at the end because can burn in a minute! You’re looking for a golden brown color.

Cool and store at room temperature.

Stir-in in ideas:

- chocolate chips, yogurt chips or carob chips

- dried fruit such as blueberries, cranberries, raisins, etc.

- dried coconut (this is actually very nice cooked into the granola, not just added at the end)




The Barbee Family said...

My children are going to LOVE that granola recipe, and I am going to LOVE the other tip, I wear flip flips year round, so I need a good treatment for my heels. Thanks for sharing!

AmyA said...

Oh, terrific! I'm so glad these tips are helpful. You'll have to let me know if you stir anything new into your granola that your kids like - I'm always looking for new ideas.

Happy Four said...

Great tips..I NEED to try the food treatment and my hubby loves Granola...can't wait to incorporate these ideas.

green bean said...

thanks Amy... for both! :)

We just fell in love with Cascadian Farms granola, too! Everyone likes the crunch factor that I couldn't get from my homemade version. But once I have more energy/time, it will be great to have a new recipe to replicate it.

AmyA said...

Well, I'll be the first to admit that my granola isn't as fabulous as Cascadian Farms. However, the crisp rice cereal definitely adds that crunch factor that was missing from my earlier granola tries. Hope you like it!

Liz said...

Yummo!! New follower here, your blog is great!! Can't wait to read more!