Wednesday, August 18, 2010

When Life Gives You Raisin Bran...

you make granola bars! On one of my more recent (though short-lived) health kicks, I bought a box of Raisin Bran. After being passed over for Honey Nut Cheerios, Honey Bunch of Oats and other sugary goodness, the box was nearing the end of its useful life. Being my mother's daughter, I didn't want to waste it, and at this point it was obvious that I didn't want to eat it. So, I added some sugar and honey, and called them granola bars. They are actually rather delicious!

Raisin Bran Granola Bars

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6 cups crushed Raisin Bran
2 beaten eggs
2/3 cup honey
2/3 vegetable oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar

Line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, honey, oil and brown sugar. Pour in Raisin Bran and mix until coated. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool, remove from foil and cut into squares.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Crabbiness, Chocolate, Crafts and Cooking

Last week I took my car in for what I thought was a quick maintenance visit, and I ended up leaving with a $1,000 repair bill. Needless to say, I was crabby. Thankfully, I have awesome friends, and when I drove up to my house, there was a box sitting on my doorstep from a chocolate company. My friend Katie had sent me chocolate covered fruit to congratulate me on my new job, and her timing could not have been better!

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I decided to ride the good-mood-tide and scrapped my to-do list for some crafting and cooking instead. I found Martha Stewart's recipe for Frozen Melon-Margarita Pops earlier in the week and thought it was the perfect treat for the extremely hot weather. However, I didn't have Grand Marnier, so I had to improvise and mine ended up more like Frozen Melon Sex-on-the-Beach Pops.

Frozen Melon Pops
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3/4 cups tequila
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup grenadine
1/2 cup lime juice
18 watermelon slices

Stir together the first four ingredients, then let the melon soak in the mixture for 15 minutes. Place sticks in the melon wedges and freeze.

When I finished up with that, I made a washer necklace. I still have to take pictures, so I'll post that later this week!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New Job, New Necklace

First, some great news. In late July, Mayo Clinic offered me a job. And, what communicator would not be thrilled to get paid to write about the miracles happening at Mayo and to work with a brilliant communications staff? As icing on the cake, this job brings me one step closer to living near my family and Blake. While I'll definitely miss my current job and am grateful for all of the guidance and support from my current co-workers, I'm very excited to start my new adventure at the end of the month!

Moving on to the necklace
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Blake and I have a wedding coming up in a few weeks, and I was looking for some new accessories to go with my wore-it-a-million-times black dress. I found this great necklace tutorial from Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM. It was easy to make and cheap! For only $6 I'm adding a little something different to standard wedding attire.

Here's a close-up of my necklace, and make sure you stop by Kelli's blog to check out her creations (she did a bracelet too) as well as a great step-by-step tutorial!

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Four Fabulous Bathroom Organizers

Here are some non-traditional bathroom organizers that I absolutely love!

1. Picnic supply organizer - It works great for storing all of my frequently used supplies - hairspray, combs, contact solution. Best of all, it makes it all look good enough to leave it out on my vanity to make it easy to access and put away when I'm rushing to get ready in the morning.

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2. Quilt rack - I've shared this on my blog before, but it works so well I wanted to share it again. I simply added a few hooks to a shelf designed to display a quilt. It works great for towels and robes, and as a bonus the shelf provides extra storage.

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3. Old candle jar - I cleaned up an old candle jar, filled it with rocks and it works fabulously for holding make-up brushes. This idea also works great for toothbrushes!

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4. Coat rack - In college, I actually used my coat rack to hide coats behind my bedroom door. Now, it's reappeared in my linen closet and works great for keeping my hair tools organized and easy to access!

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