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Cranberry almond granola


In my head I am one of those people who gets up early and makes a great breakfast, even before work.  Sadly the reality is I am not.  I grab a granola bar or a bagel and eat it at work.  In the 45 minutes or so before anyone gets there, that quiet calm before the storm.  As I was eating a granola bar, I thought how easy this is to make, have it as a bar or just as a handy snack.  So I made cranberry almond, because that is what I had in the house. Quick, easy, not too bad for you, and really great on the go.  So until I am a cool person who gets up early and makes an awesome breakfast, a baggie of this will do



Cranberry almond granola

1 stick unsalted butter

2 T light corn syrup

½ cup brown sugar

2 ¾ cups rolled oats

¾ cup sliced almonds (can use hazelnuts or any nut that can be easily sliced)

1 cup dried cranberries

6 T all purpose flour


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a greased 9×9 pan with parchment or foil (bottom only)

Heat butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar on stove over low heat until combined

Mix oats, almonds, cranberries and flour into a bowl, adding butter mixture, stirring until combined

Place in greased pan, smooth top and bake for 25 minutes or until firm/golden brown


Let cool to room temp and cut into squares or crumble for over yogurt, or as a handheld snack 



Roasted pecan pie bars

After a holiday, we always seem to have leftover something.  This time it was two bags of pecans, some mashed potatoes, and rolls. So I ate two and baked with one, making roasted pecan pie bars. Always roast nuts when baking, it brings out the flavor, and really enhances anything you use them in.  These bars are quick to make, and will go fast.  Make them for an upcoming holiday function, or give them as a gift to a friend or neighbor.  Roasted pecan pie bars-because you can.


Roasted pecan pie bars


12 T unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks) cold

1 1/2 cups flour

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp kosher salt

2 T cold water


2 1/2 cups chopped roasted pecans (350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, then cool and chop)

Stick of room temp unsalted butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup light corn syrup 

1/4 cup flour

Keep oven at 350 degrees after roasting pecans

Line a 9×9 square baking pan with foil or parchment, spray with cooking spray or butter

With a paddle attachment, add all ingredients for crust until it resembles small crumbs, then add 2 T cold water until dough comes together (should be fairly quickly)

Press into bottom of baking dish, bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool for ten minutes before filling


While crust is baking, mix butter, brown sugar, and salt until fluffy, 5-7 minutes.  Add flour and corn syrup.  Once mixed add pecans until just combined.  Spread into baked crust (will be thick, use a spatula to spread evenly) and bake for 35 minutes, or until bubbly and brown.  

Allow bars to cool and cut.

Can be kept at room temperature for up to four days. Wrap tightly with foil. 





This might be how Mariah Carey feels every day

So let’s talk shop shall we? Or more let’s talk about the thin line between confidence and cockiness. Now I know I am good at some things-baking, sarcasm, shoe shopping, saying no (to people’s fashion choices) and starting to get really good at photography. Now I say all this with confidence, with just a small bit of cockiness for good measure. As I have blogged about before, you have to have some ego and belief that you are good at something to write, take pictures, bake, cook, sew, be president, etc. You wouldn’t be where you are or where you are headed without it. Taking chances, being better than others is why we do what we do. But it makes people uncomfortable to talk about, or it makes people feel bad that they deep down feel this way. I am becoming more of the type of person who isn’t feeling so bad about myself, my talents, my ability to do well in certain areas. I feel like I deserve the self pat on the back. I didn’t sit and let these things come to me, I have worked hard, continue to work hard, selling myself and talents to those who will listen, and even those who won’t. I make them. Be brave, it’s hard, and it hurts sometimes, but it’s worth it when it works. 

Now Mariah Carey-this lady is a megastar and can do what she wants when she wants. And it was because of luck, talent, knowing the right people, and the ego to keep going. So I am going to be a mini, mini version of her and say “Yep, I am pretty good”

Here are some lemonade bars, pink lemonade bars that you can find on smitten kitchen’s blog.