Food Friday – Whole Wheat Oatmeal Berry Crumb Bars

Todays recipe come to us from Nature Box. These oatmeal bars are both delicious and nutritious!

Serves: 9
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 3/4 cup blackberries
  • 3/4 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8 x 8 baking dish with nonstick spray.

2. In a small bowl, combine berries, sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Add egg, vanilla and cold butter, using your fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs.

4. Spread 2/3 of the batter into the prepared baking dish. Spread berry mixture evenly over the bottom layer. Sprinkle with remaining 1/3 of the batter and turbinado sugar.

5. Place into oven and bake until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. Let cool slightly before cutting into bars.

Find this recipe at:

http://blog.naturebox.com/post/48381729467/whole-wheat-oatmeal-berry-crumb-bars

Or follow Nature Box on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/NatureBox?fref=ts

 

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Thrifty Throw Pillows

Adding a few new decorative pieces to your home is a great way to spruce up your living space. Fresh paint and some throw pillows can make a whole new room. But wait, when did throw pillows become so expensive??? They can run from $10 (if your lucky), to $50+ dollars.  Purchase 3 or 4 pillows and you can run into the hundreds! We found this great DIY blog that made pillows for cents on the dollar. Check out these great porch pillows. Would you believe that is spray paint. See how its done at:  http://thisthriftyhouse.blogspot.com/2010/07/spray-painted-pillows.html

 

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Words of Wisdom – Ellen DeGeneres

Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that. - Ellen DeGeneres

 

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Tip Tuesday – Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me!

Todays tip comes from a bizzy babee follower and couldn’t come at a better time.  With summer around the corner, everyone is getting their patios and yards ready for outdoor entertaining. A wonderful summer meal isn’t complete without pesky bugs flying around right? Well shoo the fly’s away without expensive sprays or candles. Did you know that fly’s hate pine-sol? Fill up a bottle with half pine-sol and half water and use it to wipe down your outdoor table, chairs and furniture.  You can get you cleaning done and repel bugs at the same time!

Have a great fly-free summer!

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Food Friday – Slender Kitchen

We love healthy recipes which is why we love the Slender Kitchen! If you haven’t discovered this site yet, head over and build your menu ASAP.  The recipes are delicious and they provide you with all the nutritional information you need such as fat, calories and even point value! There are dozens of recipes that we call favors but today we are featuring their Crock Pot Korean Beef Tacos. Here are the instructions:

 

 

 

Weight Watchers Korean Beef Tacos

Points: 5 weight watchers pointsplus for just the beef, 6 points for 2 tacos
Servings: 10
Serving Size: 1/2 cup beef or 2 tacos with slaw
Nutritional Information: 207.9 calories, 6.5 g of fat, 2.7 g of carbohydrates, 3.1 g of fiber, 17.4 g of protein

Ingredients
2 pounds beef roast, trimmed of fat
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup soy sauce
10 cloves of intact garlic
1/2 red onion, diced
2 jalapenos, diced
1 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
2 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp sesame seeds

Instructions
1. Combine the sugar, soy sauce, red onion, jalapenos, ginger, rice vinegar, sesame seeds in a small bowl.

2. Add the beef and garlic to the crock pot and cover with the sauce.

3. Cook for 8-10 hours on low. When it has 30 minutes left to cook and the beef can be easily shredded with a fork, break it into larger pieces. Continue cooking without the lid on so the sauce thickens up.

4. Finish shredded the beef and serve over warm corn tortillas with jicama slaw.

To make the jicama slaw
1. Combine half a bag cole slaw mix, 1/2 diced jicama, 1/4 chopped cilantro, 1/4 cup diced red onion, 2 tbsp peanut dressing, 1 tsp Asian hot sauce, and the juice of two limes. Mix together and serve on the side or on top of the taco itself.

For full instructions with pictures visit:

http://www.slenderkitchen.com/crock-pot-korean-beef-tacos/

 

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Thrifty Thursday – Classy Glass

Colored glass is all the rage! They make great home and garden accents, but boy are they costly. They can run $10, $20, and $30 for just one piece at the local hobby or craft store. We are going to show you how to make your own. Save all of your used glass pieces and follow these instructions.

MATERIALS

1. Empty glass bottle/s (make sure it’s clean and free from grease/oil)

2. Vitrail glass paint (P99 in National Bookstore; available in several colors)

3. Acetone or nail polish remover (used as a thinner for the paint) – If you use nail polish remover it must contain acetone.

DIRECTIONS

1. Combine glass paint with a small amount of acetone (just enough to partially thin down the paint’s consistency) in the bottle.

2. Mix them together. Slowly swirl the paint mixture until the entire interior of the glass is coated with paint.

3. Don’t worry if the paint looks cloudy. It will eventually become translucent with a glass-like finish as it dries. Let the paint dry completely for a couple of days before you put water in it and use as a flower vase.

For step by step instructions visit:  http://mydesignfolder.com/design-blog/d-i-y-stained-bottles/

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Tip Tuesday – Fluffy Eggs

Have you ever wondered why some eggs are light and fluffy and others aren’t? IHOP is known for their fluffy eggs and there is a reason why.  Just add a little of your pancake or waffle mix to your eggs and beat! Just a table spoon or two will whip those eggs into a fluffy scramble or omelet.

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Food Friday – Lunch on the Run

We all remember those “Salad Shakers” that McDonald’s was offering a few years back. High priced and a lot less healthy than they claimed.  Well this new homemade twist wins two thumbs up for us! Grab a mason jar from the cupboard and start stacking.

Directions:

1. Pre-chop lettuce, veggies, meats etc…

2. Place dressing on bottom of jar

3. Stack on heavier veggies and cheese

4. Drop in lighter veggies and fruits

5. Top with lettuce

6. Store a weeks worth in refrigerator

7. When it’s lunch time, shake and eat!

 

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Thrifty Thursday- Book Lovers

This thrifty tip is for all of our avid readers out there. After countless dollars being spent on books, we have a new way for you to save some money and still keep the books you want.  Paperback swap is a great way to read that next popular book with out having to dish out $10, $20, even $30 dollars for it. The service is free and easy! Start off by signing up at paperbackswap.com. After you have registered, you can list any books you are willing to part with.  If you list at least 10, they will give you 2 credits to start with.  1 credit = 1 book. It’s that easy. You earn credits by mailing your books to people that request them.  Then you use those credits to request books from other people. You are responsible for paying the shipping but remember, this is media and media mail is much cheaper (Usually about $2). Search for our blog on sending media mail in 2012 for more info. Once your book arrives, it’s yours to keep. You do not have to relist it if you love it.  If you don’t think you will read it again and want to swap it, just add it to your list for trade.

This service is becoming very popular and may not be free for long. So jump on and sign up today!

Happy reading!

For full instruction on how it works, click here: http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/how_to_swap_books.php

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