OH, and I totally forgot to tell you that the whole family hiked up the trail (minus me because someone had to tend to the birds) and cut down the Christmas tree on Thanksgiving Day…yes, we are crazy. Heat the maple syrup, coconut oil, espresso powder and salt together until the espresso is mostly dissolved and the coconut oil has melted.

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I used their Organic All Purpose Flour, Organic Rolled Oats and other goodies to make these EASY and fun holiday gifts!! Brendan brought his girlfriend, Lyndsie, whom I had never meet before. Creighton, my oldest brother, did a lot of football watching and of course my dad did a whole lot of dish washing. Use your hands to really squeeze the dough into a ball. Whisk the browned bits off of the bottom of the pan. Pour the warm maple mixture over the dry oat mixture and stir to fully combine. Spread the granola out on a parchment lined baking sheet with sides and drizzle with 2 tablespoons honey.

} Sooo, are we all still recovering from Thursday?? Redmond rode around the kitchen on a skateboard and I yelled at him a good five times before he stopped…typical. Add 1 cup canola oil, 2 eggs and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Using your hands clump together a tablespoon of dough at a time. The butter will melt, foam and froth, then begin to brown along the bottom.

My brother Kai…ahhh well, he made chocolate martinis, but just his presence made everything all that much better (I love when he is home! There were also appearances by all the other brothers. Dump the contents of the jar out into a mixing bowl. Dump the contents of the jar out into a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or use a hand held mixer). In a large bowl combine the oats, coconut, hazelnuts, cashews, pecans and cranberries. In a skillet or small sauce pot melt the butter over medium heat until just browned.

Obviously, Thursday was spent cooking…cooking all day long. I had tons of help from my mom (she made the pies), my cousin Abby and her roommate Sarah (they where on tater duty). Festive, sweet and perfect for topping pretty much any cookie, brownie or truffle. In the following order, layer the milk chocolate, Reese's and dark chocolate. Attach a notecard with the ingredients in the jar listed, plus the extra ingredients needed, and the directions on how to make the brownies. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish and line with parchment paper. Add 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) melted butter, 2 tablespoons Kahlua (optional), 1 tablespoon vanilla and 4 eggs. Allow to cool completely before cutting, about 2 hours. In the following order, layer the flour mix, oatmeals, Christmas M&M's, turbinado sugar, granulated sugar and chocolate chips. Attach a notecard with the ingredients in the jar listed, plus the extra ingredients needed, and directions on how to make the cookies. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.

I can be pretty tough when it comes to liking the brother’s girlfriends, but I think she’s awesome. It was a long day that ended with Kai getting a new laptop for his birthday (he was PUMPED and very surprised! Friday and Saturday were spent with Kai, working on new videos for you guys. If the mixture is not holding add another tablespoon more of oil. If your balls are a little crumbly don't worry, they will come together while baking. Once the butter is browned quickly remove from the heat and slowly stir in the maple syrup and coconut oil. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes stirring every 15 minutes so the granola will get evenly toasted. Use your hands to mix everything together until all is combined and red (or pink if you did not use the food coloring).

) Mom also surprising me with the CUTEST Christmas duvet and shams, because apparently I am eight years old still. We’ve put in some serious time together these last couple days. Not sure what today holds, but I’m sure it will be packed. Cause chocolate for breakfast is TOTALLY acceptable at Christmas time. The last time you stir the granola, drizzle it with the remaining 2 tablespoons honey. After 5 minutes spray the bottom of a flat 1 cup measuring cup or a flat bottomed glass with cooking spray. Process until the hazelnuts form a paste, scraping down the sides if needed. To the food processor, add all the remaining ingredients. Spread the mixture out evenly on the cookie sheet and let dry at room temperature for 2-3 hours. It’s everyone’s last day here but they will be back for Christmas in about three weeks. As you can see, I’ve fully entered into Christmas mode and I am SO excited to start sharing with you all the cool things I have planned for this month. I know that edible gifts in jars aren’t really a new concept, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite versions. …first – homemade fudge brownie mix with um, Reese’s. …second – Christmas oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Press the granola into the pan using the bottom of the measuring cup so that you have a flat slab of granola that looks like it could be cut into bars. Process until completely smooth, scraping down the sides 2-3 times for about 10 minutes. Store at room temperature for 1 week or in the fridge for longer. Geez, I am kind of tired just writing all that out. These gifts are so fun and so easy, AND everyone always appreciates a homemade gift that can simply be prepared and eaten. They’re perfect for everything from hostess gifts, to gifts for the in-laws, to gifts for your best girlfriends. Let the granola sit for one hour to cool and harden. Stir in the chocolate chip and add to your glass jars. The Nutella will seem runny, but it will firm up as it cools. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Bake for 10 minutes, toss with a spatula and bake for another 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Stock Car Racing History (SCR) is a website devoted to preserving the entire Statistical History of NASCAR Racing.Back in 1993, I was surfing the internet on my Acer 486SX computer, via "Prodigy" at the blazing speed of 2400 BPS, looking for information on NASCAR.