Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Shannon's Tips

Aldi has just released their generic version of Fiber One bars (We love how filling they are compared to other bars of this type). I just tried the generic version today and they taste almost exactly like Fiber One. They were $1.89 for 5 bars, which I think is quite a bit cheaper than I can get them at Sam's.

If your children like granola bars, you might try the homemade fruit and cereal bars I made last week. They were a bit hit (My DH said last night that I needed to make them again!). Here's the recipe:

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 T lemon juice
2 1/2 cups whole grain cereal (corn flakes, bran flakes, etc.)
6 oz. dried fruit

-Line 8" square dish with foil & spray with nonstick.
-Heat PB, honey, milk powder & lemon juice in a microwave safe bowl for 4 minutes or until bubbly.
-Remove & stir in cereal and fruit until well mixed
-Scrape into prepared dish and press into even layer
-Cool completely, then cut into squares & wrap in plastic wrap
-Will keep for up to one week (but they may not last that long!)

A few notes from me: These went quickly in my house - I think I will increase the quantities this time and put in a 9 X 13 pan, so that we can have enough for breakfast one day and lunch box treats two days. When I made them before I used about 2 cups corn flakes, 1/2 cup frosted flakes. This time, I have bran flakes and plan to also use some golden grahams. The recipe called for dried tropical fruit, but I had dried berries, so that's what I used before. As I increase the recipe, I'll probably use one bag of mixed dried fruit and supplement with a raisins. I also plan to experiment by adding some whole oats. Finally, I am trying crunchy PB next time because I thought they needed a bit of nuts. You could also mix in a few nuts, but I thought the crunchy PB would do that for me.

Let me know if you vary the recipe with success. I think this is a recipe that can be manipulated in lots of different ways, which is always something I like!



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Blogger Chris and Tiana said...

I'm going to try this recipe with soy butter instead of peanut butter, since my daughter is allergic to nuts. I bet it'll work, and I'll try anything to get her to eat something! I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks Shannon and Ann!


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