#itsallgood Tales and Tips from Roe Chlala at Festivities April 2018
It’s here.. I think.. Spring is springing up as I write this and it’s about time!
This month is a wonderful opportunity to take off the mantle of winter – with our huddled bodies trying to keep warm and open ourselves up to taking deep breaths and smiling back at the universe.
It’s a great time to start a family tradition – the family garden. The garden can take the form of planters on the porch or a patch of land that gets lots of sun. Start small, introducing your family to the joys of growing and nurturing the vegetables and fruits… and they, in turn will nurture us back! It’s full circle.
And as we open ourselves up to the joys of warmer weather, it’s also a reminder that we are connected to each other – you will see others biking, walking, kayaking and being part of the world around us. And so, another suggestion! It’s also a great time to think about random acts of kindness.
* Once that garden gets going- share the bounty!
*cleaning out clothes and toys and getting ready for summer activities – a perfect time to select items to donate- everyone can take part and donating them to a local shelter where our families can witness the rewards of giving.
*spring yard clean up- identify someone who needs help with a few outdoor chores and volunteer as a family – a couple of hours of cleanup could mean the world to someone who is unable to do it themselves. The reward – as a family you have made a difference in someone’s life.
*sports and games – how about making a special snack and sharing it at the field!
Gluten Free Chewy Granola Bars (10 minute prep and 20 minutes in the oven)
This is a recipe from King Arthur Flour. My grandmother who baked bread at 4:00am would ONLY use King Arthur Flour.. so I’m sticking with that!
1 and 2/3 cup quick rolled oats// ½ cup oat flour// 1/3 cup sugar// ½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon, optional// 2 to 3 cups dried fruits and nuts (optional for the nuts)//
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup// 1 tsp vanilla// 6 TBS melted butter // 1 TBS water
1. Preheat oven to 350’/ lightly grease 9”x13” pan
2/ Stir together all dry ingredients, including dried fruits
3/ In separate bowl, whisk vanilla butter, honey or syrup and water
4/Toss wet ingredients with dry until mixture evenly moistened
5/spread in prepared pan and pat down gently
6/ Bake bars for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown around edges
7/ remove from oven, loosen edges and let cool for 5 minutes
8/Use a knife to cut the bars while still warm in pan and cool on rack
9/ wrap bars individually to store. In humid weather, best to store in fridge.
For longer storage, wrap bars individually and store in freezer.
And for the grown-ups! Let’s bring the flowers inside.
Frozen Vodka with Ice Cube Florals
Directions: place vodka in empty milk carton that you have cut off the top from.
Fill carton with water
Add flowers of choice or as I did, I included the stems as well.
When ready to serve, put under hot water to release carton and cut carton out.
Ice cold vodka – what could be better!!
In oversized ice cube tray, place flowers or herbs
Fill with water //Freeze on flat surface in freezer.
Put bottom of ice tray under hot water to release ice cubes.
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Love sharing with you all! Until next month – May…Can you believe it??
Xo – Roe