My husband really likes granola and I found a few recipes and came up with this concoction. It - is - good! I like it because it's simple and tasty. For the more seasoned granola maker this would be a nice base for all sorts of possibilities. For instance, I added flax seed to one recipe but my husband said that they stick in his teeth so we opted out of that nutritional addition.

Our favorite way of eating it is over vanilla yogurt topped with my strawberry freezer jam. And a dear, dear friend introduced us to a hot oatmeal topping as well. Thanks, LA!!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine in a large bowl:
6 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup almonds - chopped
1 cup each of raisins and craisins
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt

In a saucepan melt together:
1 1/2 sticks of butter
1/2 cup honey

Pour mixture over dry ingredients and coat well.

Put some parchment paper on two cookie sheets and then spread the mixture between the two pans. Bake for 30 minutes stirring each pan every ten minutes. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.
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I just hate throwing away scraps of fabric. I can't seem to determine what is savable and what is tossable? This project helped me distinguish the difference and in the end I was pleased to have created something useful!
  • Cut two (2) pieces of fabric into 2 by 7 inch strips. I used two different, coordinating fabrics together.
  • Cut two (2) pieces of light weight fusible interfacing into 2 by 7 inche strips.
  • Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of both pieces of fabric according to the manufacturer's directions.
  • Sew wrong sides together at 1/4 inch along both long sides and one short side. (We're going to leave the one end open for the ribbon - that step will follow...)
  • Get out your pinking sheers and trim along all four edges.
  • Now pick out some cool ribbon or whatever you have and insert it into that opening you left. Give it a stitch across the top to secure the ribbon (or whatever cool, creative thing you found in your scrap pile).

There you have it!

It was inevitable.

If anyone would have seen the long list of blogs that I follow on a daily basis they would, indeed, know that I was destined to wind up here. Of course, blogging has been around for a while so all the really cool names were taken ("Oops, I Craft My Pants" being about one of the funniest and inspiring). I am behind the proverbial power curve but hope to catch up even slightly to the ones who have paved the way.

So, welcome to PCNP, anyone out there in the world wide interweb... I may seem a little "all over the place" when it comes to my crafts so either I will drive some away with my lack of focus or hit a lot of people due to my willingness to try a lot of things.