Fingerprint Doodle Art

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Mini Thor has been sick again and that means I’ve been trying to keep an active little munchkin occupied indoors. Luckily we have this amazing book called “The Big Book of Things to Do”. It has science experiments, crafts, magic tricks, etc. He loves picking something out of this book. Our latest endeavor was making “Fingerprint Doodles”

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It’s simple yet can be full of imagination.

You just need an ink pad, paper, and a pen!

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After the fingerprints dry let your little one add faces and designs to create their own little world!

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Mini Thor made some cool little people, flowers, bugs, and a helicopter out of his prints.

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It was wonderful watching him use his imagination!

We hope you give this a try!
-Kate

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Cranberry Almond {No Bake!} Granola Bars!

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So I was cruising through Pinterest the other day and I kept seeing different recipes for chewy granola bars. I thought “hey awesome I can make granola bars with pronounceable ingredients!” It’s amazing (and I don’t mean in a good way) what nonsensical things are in prepackaged food! Ok ok, getting off my soapbox now. Back to the granola bars… I pulled the best parts of a few different recipes and did some ingredient swapping and I ended up with yummy yummy in my tummy easy to make granola bars! So I give you.. Cranberry Almond {no bake} Granola Bars!

What you need…
The Basics:
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup butter (4tbsp)
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 1/4 cup quick cook oats (get Gluten-Free Oats, like Bob’s Mill, if you are on a GF diet)
The Fix’ins to Mix in:
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup shredded or flake coconut
1/4 broken up pretzel sticks + a few more to press on top of the bars (we used Glutino pretzel sticks, which are super tasty and Gluten-Free!

Add the sugar, butter, almond butter, and honey to a medium pan and heat over medium heat.

Tip: for measuring things like almond butter and honey, this Pampered Chef measuring cup is my hero!
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Bring the sugar mixture to a low boil and continue to boil for 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat.

Add your oats and stir to coat. Once it’s all evenly coated let it cool for five minutes.

Now it’s time to add in your fix’ins!
Doesn’t that look like a tasty pot of heavenly goodness!!!
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Mini Thor helped me mix in the goodness
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Line a casserole dish with parchment paper and then spread your granola in the dish. Top with some extra pretzel pieces and use the bottom of a cup or bowl to press everything down really well.
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Let that goodness chill in the fridge for 2 hours and then you can cut them. You end up with about 12-14 bars depending on what size you want them to be.

What emerges are delicious, nutritious sweet, salty, chewy (insert more adjectives as needed haha) granola bars!!!

I took half the batch to Granmomma and received this text two days later…
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The great thing about this recipe is the flexibility. Use “The Basics” and you can add what ever “Fix’ins” you and your family would like. You can even substitute the almond butter with peanut butter if that’s what you have handy. These bars can be made a number of ways….although I must say they are pretty darn tasty my way 😉. I hope you whip up a tasty batch of your own to be enjoyed by the little super heroes in your life.

-Kate