Sunday, March 27, 2011

crazy'n for raisin bran

These are my two favorite recipes at the moment - I'm trying to get off all the weight I packed on before the pregnancy and these are tasty and weight watcher friendly.

Raisin Bran Cookies
(from the side of the box)

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup oil
2 Tbsp. water
2 egg whites, slightly beaten
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 salt
1 - 1/2 cups raisin bran
1 cup wheat flour
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup dried fruit chopped up
(they suggested apricots, but I'm sure you could use raisins, craisins, mango's, peaches, etc.)

mix: sugar, oil, water, egg whites, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add raisin bran and flour until well blended. Add walnuts and fruit, mix well.

Drop rounded teaspoons of dough 2 inches apart on greased cookies sheets (or use parchment paper and skip the grease), I lightly sprinkled them with raw sugar to add some sweet and texture.

Bake 350' for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. (I baked mine for 8 minutes because they were teaspoon sized)/ makes 3 - 1/2 dozen. 
weight watchers point value: 1 pt. per cookie

Raisin Bran Breakfast Muffin

1-1/2 cups raisin bran cereal
1 cup milk, warmed
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup raisins
1 egg
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup canola oil
2 Tbs. turbinado (raw sugar)

preheat 400' - line a muffin pan with 8-12 muffin cups. Put the cereal with the warm milk in a bowl and allow to sit for 5 minutes to soften up. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and raisins in a large bowl. Beat together eggs, brown sugar, and oil and add tot he flour mixture, along with the soaked cereal and milk in the bowl. mix.
Spoon batter into the muffin cases. Crush a small handful of cereal to sprinkle on top along with the raw sugar. Bake 20-25 min.
weight watchers points: 4pts. per muffin (if making a batch of 12)

* Let me know what you think if you try them... I found them yummers and I don't feel bad letting my kids snack on healthy cookies.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Matching Skirts

I spotted this purple fabric at Goodwill one day, but was not going to pay $7 for it (even it was over 3 yds). So I waited until their super Saturday 50% off day, which is every other Saturday or something like that. I decided to do matching skirts for Maddie and I.

For me, I used this Party Skirt tutorial from Creative Spaces.

For Maddie, I used the Edith Twirl pattern.

I still have quite a bit left of the purple fabric. I asked Casey if he wanted a bowtie, but he kindly declined.

Monday, March 14, 2011


Found this video and thought it would appropriate for our blog and for all of you. What a beautiful and universal message. Its only 2 minutes long, please enjoy!

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