Monthly Archives: April 2015

Homemade Trail Mix

One of my absolute favorite snacks is trail mix! This past Sunday my husband and I went on a short hike and took some trail mix with us to enjoy. I usually don’t measure out what I put into these mixes because it depends on what I want to be the heavier flavor of that particular mix, so feel free to change the ratio of ingredients as shown in the picture. There are many other combinations that can be made with these ingredients and more! The blueberries and cranberries could be mixed together for a patriotic trail mix, or the blueberries and banana chips would make a yummy combination. The possibilities are endless!
The mix on the left consists of: peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, and dried blueberries.

The mix on the right consists of: cashews, dried raspberries, banana chips, and dried cranberries.

Lego Construction CVC Word Sort

I’m about to finish my second semester in the Elementary Education program, and this is something I created for my Literacy Methods class. After giving a student a phonics survey, I was required to write a personalized lesson with games and activities to help teach the concept the student needed more work on, and in this case it was CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant words with a short vowel sound). Since the student loved Legos, I decided to turn the typically boring word sort into a more fun game by attaching the words to be sorted onto Legos and having them sorted into containers labeled by construction cones. It turned out to be a success because the student went from scoring a 7 out of 15 on CVC words to a 14 out of 15. The Lego vehicle was from my husband’s collection, the white containers were from the dollar section at Target, and the construction cones were from the Silhouette store (found here).  It was time consuming taping all the words onto the Legos, but well worth it.

Almond Blueberry Granola Bars

Granola Bars are one of my favorite snacks…they’re easy to make, easy to grab in a hurry, and of course very delicious! For these granola bars, I decided to give a healthier update to a favorite made with chocolate chips. Although I used almonds and dried blueberries, there are many combinations that could be made (cashews and raspberries, banana chips and blueberries, peaches and almonds…endless combinations!).

Almond Blueberry Granola Bars
adapted from Brown Eyed Baker’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Yield: 10 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
1/3 cup light brown sugar
¼ cup honey
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
handful of dried blueberries
handful of crunched almonds
1. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, stir the oats and rice cereal together; set aside. In a small saucepan, melt the brown sugar, honey, and butter together over medium-high heat until it begins to bubble. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
3. Pour the melted mixture over hte dry ingredients and mix well to moisten all ingredients. Pout the oat mixture into the prepared pan and press down to ensure that the ingredients are tightly compacted in the pan. Sprinkle the top evenly with the bluerries and almonds and press down on the top lightly with the back of a spoon.
4. Cool at room temperature for at least 2 hours, or until the bluerries and almonds are set before cutting into bars. Wrap in plastic wrap or keep in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 5 days.

General Conference 2015 Printable

It’s been a while since I’ve posted! School has been very busy this semester, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel with it officially being spring break. Anyway, this weekend has been an especially wonderful one. Not only is it Easter today, but it has been filled with messages from the prophet and other church leaders in a biannual event my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, calls, General Conference. (You can watch it here.) Over two days, members listen to speakers talk about Christ, families, temples, and other parts of the gospel. It’s uplifting and a joyous occasion! I chose this quote because it inspires me in my life right now…as long as I am living the gospel I’m not going backward, I am always going upward, though upward isn’t a walk in the park. I hope you enjoy this quote as much as me!General Conference 2015General Conference 2015