Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Recipe


These delicious oatmeal breakfast bars are gluten free with cherries and almonds, but you can add other fruit of your choice to make these extra special for your family. That’s what is so wonderful about this recipe, this is only the beginning, not necessarily the end result.


  • 1/4 cup dried cherries or dried fruit of your choice
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 & 1/2 cups oats
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter or nut butter of your choice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 scoops whey vanilla protein powder


  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. Mix vanilla, peanut butter, honey and egg.
  3. Mix oats, almonds and cherries.
  4. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients.
  5. Press mixture into a foil lined pan.
  6. Bake 15 minute until golden.
  7. Cool before cutting into bars.

Now you have an easy nutritional breakfast or anytime treat for your family. This recipe makes approximately 16 servings.


Wine Glass Votive Holder

Wine Glasses as Votive Holders

This is a wonderful image compliments of http://buzzfeed.com that speaks for itself. It is a clever idea that works well for any decorating occasion. Holly is wonderful for the Christmas display, but I can imagine various flowers for other occasions and maybe a small paper craft.

I definitely love images that feed my imagination.

Geometric Paper Ornaments With Free Template

Black and White Geometric Ornaments

Image and Template Compliments of http://buzzfeed.com

There is always something special about making your own ornaments. Some you may find work well for place cards or to string together to make an impressive banner to display in windows — especially the snowflake. You may find other uses for them. I do like to have something to replace the stockings on the mantle and these work out nicely. 

Here are the templates you can print out on card stock. plain printing paper in white or a color of your choice:

Snowflake Tetrahedron

Simple Snowflake Icosahedron

Snowflake Icosahedron

Mountain Tetrahedron

Raindrop Cube

Paper Gems will give you a wide variety of templates of various shapes of gems.

Happy Crafting 🙂


Christmas Week

A Christmas Carol poem

It’s quite unbelievable that this Thursday will be Christmas Day! And Wednesday is Christmas Eve when Santa and his reindeer will pay us all a visit. Wow! We’ve been anticipating this since . . . Black Friday or the day after Thanksgiving . . . and even before.

It’s amazing to me how the days, weeks and months have passed . . . is everyone filled with good tidings of cheer and joy? Do some still hold bitterness in their hearts? There are always the old Scrooges and the Grinchs among us. Greedy old buggers they are. Thinking only of themselves . . . without a care for the teachings of the true meaning of Christmas. Well, we can’t change the hard-hearted. It did seem to work for Mr. Scrooge and also for the Grinch, but . . . those are stories . . . myths perhaps . . . but it is possible today?

Here’s a great video: Hallmark’s The Christmas Secret. It’s a bit long, but so worth it. Enjoy!

 Merry Christmas!