Archive | October, 2012

Healthy? Chyea Right.

26 Oct

In an attempt to eat more healthy and spend less money, I made homemade granola.  Granola is one of those things that’s expensive to buy and misleadingly unhealthy.  There’s always tons of sugar in it and the price is ridiculously marked up.

I love eating granola with my greek yogurt every morning, so I came up with the recipe below and toasted up some oats.  I got the general granola guidelines from here.  I doubled the recipe because I knew that Normalicious would eat a lot since he likes granola as well.  He doesn’t like raisins so I omitted fruit.  Granola with only toasted oats just didn’t sound appealing to me so I added slivered almonds.

Kitchen Mischiefs’s Homemade Kind of Healthy Granola (this is a doubled recipe)

Ingredients:
4 cups old-fashioned oats
4 tbs dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cup slivered almonds (optional)
1/2 cup honey (you can use maple syrup)
6 tbs vegetable
2 tsp vanilla (I added the vanilla because you can never go wrong with vanilla!)
1 tb. water
 
Directions: 
1)  Preheat oven to 275 degrees and coat a 9-by-13-inch pan or Pyrex with cooking spray.
2)  Mix oats, brown sugar, salt and almonds together in a bowl.
3)  Bring honey, oil, vanilla, and water and any other flavoring you use to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat. Drizzle over oat mixture and stir.
4)  Pour the stirred oats onto prepared pan. Working a handful at a time, squeeze oats to form small clumps.
5)  Bake for 30 minutes.  Check on the granola.  If it’s not golden brown, bake for 15 more minutes.
Let cool.
6)  The guidelines I got in that link above says “Granola can be stored in an airtight tin for up to two weeks.”   I found this to be untrue.  It’ll last for about one week in an airtight container.  Afterwards, the taste and quality isn’t quite the same.  Best eaten when fresh.

The reason you see cookies in this picture, hahaah, is because, as I mentioned in the previous post, I have a weakness for cookies.  Even though we were trying to be healthy, I still caved and ended up making chocolate chip cookies.  I LOVE me some good chocolate chip cookies.  This is one of my favorite recipes from Bakerella.  Funny thing, I ran out of regular sugar so I ended up using about 1/4 cup of sugar instead of half a cup, and added an extra 1/4 cup of brown sugar to the mix.  I think it made it even better since the brown sugar carmelizes better and makes cookies crispy!  I love crispy cookies!

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Once Upon a Dream…..

17 Oct

Continuing on with the Disney theme….

In June, I went to Disneyland with two friends.  One friend was getting married the following month and to memorialize our awesome Disney trip and to give her something completely original as a wedding gift, I decided to make her a Disney themed shadow box where she can store her pins.

I wanted to make the shadow box in the shape of Sleeping Beauty’s castle since it’s an iconic image in both Disney parks and Disney films, and Sleeping Beauty is my favorite classic Disney movie.

Here’s how it came out.

Here’s how I made it.

  1. First, I scoured the internet and found an image of the castle that I liked that didn’t have too many details to make it easy to cut out.
  2. I enlarged the image and printed it out.  I used paring knives and a cutting board (hahaha, I know, ghetto right) to cut out the image because I don’t own an exacto knife and cutting mat.
  3. Using a pencil, I then, lightly traced the image I cut out onto the back of a cardstock piece of scrapbook paper.  I used painters tape to hold down the cutout to keep the paper from shifting.
  4. I cut out the image I traced on the scrapbook paper (again using a paring knife and cutting board) and turned the scrapbook paper over to see if the image looked liked it was cut out neatly.
  5. On the back of the cardstock scrapbook paper, I placed small sticky magnets on all four corners.
  6. On a separate sheet of scrapbook paper (in a different color or pattern), with the paper facing up, I placed the mates to the magnets on each corner to match with the magnets on the cardstock paper.
  7. Then I put the two pieces of paper together and let the magnets magnetize (I guess that’s what you call it) and placed the two layered sheets of scrapbook paper into a frame the same size.  And voila!  There you have it!  you’re very own homemade shadow box!

Disney Moments – Part II

10 Oct

I wanted to share another fond Disney memory of mine.  A few years ago, I went on a road trip to Disneyland with my brother and a few friends and we had an amazingly fantastic time!  Around this time, my brother and I grew close, and this trip brought us even closer.  I love my brother deeply.  He’s a pretty awesome sibling : )  He’s always looking out for me even though he doesn’t always show it. And, I’m lucky that we share the same group of friends.  We can all hang out together and shoot the shit, so to speak.  To this day, even though he’s thousands of miles away, I still feel like we’re very close.

Here we are on Splash Mountain and in front of the main entrance.

Getting back to my first Disney post, on the most recent trip I took with my two friends, we also visited California Adventure’s new Carsland.  I was completely awestricken walking around Radiator Springs.  The imagineers did an amazing job building the Carsland to look and feel like it was straight out of the movie!  Something that really caught my eye in California Adventures, was a new store imagineered to look like an old-school gas station named after Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt’s first animated character.

The best part of the trip was eating at the newly opened Carthay Circle Restaurant, inspired after the Carthay Circle Theatre, where many movies were premiered during Hollywood’s Golden Age.  There, I had a Hemingway Daiquiri, which was phenomenal!  We also each ordered a lamb dish which was cooked perfectly and was extremely tender.  I definitely want to go back with Normakins!  I think he would love the food and cocktails.

In addition to all of this awesomeness, my other friend, who is a HUGE Disney-fanatic, got me into pin-trading, my new addiction.  hahahaha, I got two lanyard because I had waaaaay too many pins, and next time we go, Normakins can take one and pin-trade too!

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