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Southwest Baked Stuffed Squash Recipe

Baked stuffed zucchini and yellow squash topped with sour cream, cherry tomatoes and salsa verde

This past weekend I accomplished my 1st solo road trip with Squishy and Bean! The Mr was heading into the city to go to Pitchfork with his brother, so the rest of us took a mini vacation! Saturday morning Squishy, Bean and I loaded up the car, dropped of the Mr at the train station and drove to my parents house. It’s a nice 2 hour drive across northern Illinois through countless corn and bean fields. We spent the weekend hanging out in mom & dad’s back yard and deck, celebrating my nephews’ 13th birthday(!) at my sisters’ house and investigating mom’s garden. Squishy even got to take a swing at a piƱata for the 1st time!

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Honey Almond Granola

Good afternoon! We’re having one of those ‘getting odds and ends done’ type of days around here. Laundry is getting caught up (again), the car is in for service, floors are getting swept and I’m baking granola. I’ve been making our granola for a few years. It’s so easy to throw together and I love knowing exactly what is in it. The Mr eats granola almost daily on his yogurt while Squishy and I love sprinkling it over out shredded wheats and milk.

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I’ve made several variations on this recipe, but this one tends to be our favorite. Okay, it’s my favorite and since I’m the one making it I get to make the one I prefer, right?

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~ Honey Almond Granola ~
2 C. Old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 C. Wheatgerm
1/4 C. Flax meal
1/2 C. Sliced almonds
1/4 C. Broken pecan pieces
1 C. Shredded coconut
2Tbs. Dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 C. Honey
1/2 tsp. Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste
1/4 tsp. Nielsen-Massey Almond extract
3Tbs. Coconut oil
1/3 C. Water
Preheat oven to 325.

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Combine wheat germ, flax meal, nuts and coconut and spread on a dry baking sheet. Put the sheet into the oven and toast these ingredients for about 7 minutes. Check them half way through and stir. If your oven is like mine, your ingredients will brown faster near the edges of the pan.
Mix oats, salt and brown sugar together in a large bowl. Stir in your toasted ingredients and set aside. Combine honey, coconut oil, vanilla bean paste, almond extract and water in a separate small bowl.

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Mix into dry. If mixture is still a bit dry add a little more water. Bake for 20-22 mins stirring after 10 minutes with a large spatula until it reaches the golden brown of your preference. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

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After your granola is cool you can add dried fruits and other optional goodies you might like. I prefer to add a 1/2 C. of dried cranberries and a 1/2 C. mini chocolate chips.

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Enjoy!
I hope you’re trying out some of my recipes. If you do, please let me know! I’d love to hear how they worked for you.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Cremesicles Recipe

Sometimes you’re in the kitchen looking at what you’ve just mixed up and you say to yourself “what was I thinking?!”. Then you taste it and think “why haven’t I done this before?!” Today was one of those times.

Homemade strawberry yogurt cremesicle

~Ingredients
2 Cups rhubarb cut into 1/2 in slices
1/2 Cup raw sugar

1 Cup rough chopped strawberries

1 Cup yogurt
3/4 Cup heavy creme
1tsp vanilla
Pinch salt

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Grilled Stuffed Squash Blossom Recipe

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I hope you’re all having a great Monday and enjoying your summer! It’s hard to believe that it’s already July.
We’ve been busy around here…keeping up with our garden, chasing Squishy and going for bike rides on the Fox River Trail.
This weekend we had zucchini and summer squash blossoms popping up all over the garden. The female blossoms have a small bulb at their base that a squash with grow from. The male blossoms are often on longer stems and once they close up they’re perfect for stuffing! Pictured below are a couple make blossoms that were growing in a planter on our deck.

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies with Flaxseed

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What else would we be doing on a snow day? Baking, of course!
I used 1/4 c raw sugar and 1/4c white sugar with the 1/2 c brown sugar this time, mainly because I was getting low on raw sugar. I like the crunch that raw or turbinado sugar gives to cookies, but you could certainly use what you have or prefer. These would also be really fantastic with a 1/2 c chopped pecans and a 1/2 c dried cranberries…I just didn’t gave any today.
Snow day cookies or Peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

3/4 c softened butter
1/2 c peanutbutter
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c old fashioned oats
1/4 c flax meal
3/4 c semi sweet chocolate chips

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