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Date Nut Granola Bars & Crumble (Raw/Grain Free)

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Everytime I make a batch of granola I feel at home.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

There’s something about the homemade version you can’t find in a package.

Love? Maybe.

Soul? Maybe.

Blood, sweat and tears? Hopefully not.

Whatever it is, it’s just so darn good.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

This particular batch of granola isn’t my normal approach, either. No, this one’s a bit different. Sticky. Soft and crumbly. Sweetened only with dates. Oh, it’s raw and grain free, too.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Normally, I make a crunchy, dry roasted granola with chopped nuts, whole seeds, oats and honey (like this one and this one). Closer to the standard granola we’re all used to.

Obviously, there are pros and cons to each. The dry roasted version will store at room temperature in an airtight container for quite some time, while this one’s best stored in the fridge or freezer. The crunchy version is, well, crunchy, and this one’s got more of a crumbly, soft texture.  The roasted version also requires some baking and stirring time, while this version only needs to rest in the fridge or freezer for a little bit to set.

Now I know I said this recipe makes bars and a crumble type version of granola, but I must warn you, the bars are best stored in the freezer and eaten promptly after you take them out of the freezer. That’s because as they warm, they’ll crumble pretty easily. That being said, these might not be your best bet as a granola bar on the go, but you could most definitely crumble it up into a to-go container and pack a spoon.

It really doesn’t matter how you eat it, it’s delicious, so just eat it however you want to. Deal?

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

DATE NUT GRANOLA BARS & CRUMBLE

Ingredients
3 cups nuts (I used 1 cup each of pecans, almonds, walnuts)
1 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut
1 cup pitted medjool dates
1 1/2 cups seeds (I used 1/2 cup each sesame, ground flax, chia) 

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preparation

Pulse nuts and coconut in a food processor (fits nicely in my 11-cup food processor) just until mixed a bit, then add the dates and let it run until the mixture is crumbly and just starts to come together, about 30 seconds. Next, add the seeds and vanilla extract, and pulse until combined, about 15-30 seconds.

If you want the whole batch more of a crumble, you’re pretty much done at this point. Simply transfer into an airtight container and store in the fridge. For bars, firmly press into a lined baking sheet or dish and freeze until ready to serve. Serve the bars promptly after taking them out of the freezer.

I’d love to know what you think! Leave a comment below letting me you how you like to eat granola.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

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DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

I love that this project is so easy and versatile. Grab a picture frame, revamp it or not, add some fabric or paper for the “photo” as a background, and write on the glass with dry erase marker.

Not that I don’t adore this photo of my brother and me from way back when…

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

…I just needed an old frame to give a nice makeover to.

So I gathered my supplies to freshen it up a bit. Frame, check. Paint, check. Paint brush, check. Cardboard, check.

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

Gave it a couple of coats of paint and some time to dry…

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

…then I wrote away.

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

Great for food and drink party menus or love notes to your family at home, you can do so much with this idea. You can change out the background for whatever mood you’re in, too!

The most simple thing you could do with this idea would be to draw silly things on your pictures at home, no frame revamping necessary! Mustaches, party hats, funny notes. This could get dangerous…

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Clothespin Crafts

Clothespins.  They’re practical and cute, and have taken the crafting world by storm.  There are so many ways to use them and dress ’em up. Here are some of my favs from the web:

paper bunting with clothespins_oh craftsPaper Bunting with Clothespins via Oh Crafts

clothespin banner _ pure joy eventsClothespin Banner via Pure Joy Events

diy-clothespin-planter_shelternessClothespin Planter via Shelterness

stamped clothespins_ellenenohStamped Clothespins via Ellemenoh

clothespin frame _ morning creativityClothespin Frame via Morning Creativity

WHAT YOU THINK MATTERS: What other clothespin craft ideas do you love?

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DIY: Tissue Paper Tassel Banner

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Over the weekend I got the urge to craft and decided to pick something from my favorites I posted about last week. Special thanks to Going Home to Roost for her tutorial.

This project is inexpensive, quick, easy and I’ll even bet you have everything you need on hand already. My favorite part? The finished product serves double duty, spicing up your next party, then adding a delightful and playful twist on home decor. The possibilities are endless!

Materials
tissue paper
scissors
clothespins, paperclips or similar

ribbon or twine

What To Do
Lay out your tissue paper flat. Now you can either layer with the same or different color sheets, or just use one sheet.  I used three sheets, one each of white, light blue and blue.  I don’t suggest using more than three sheets as your tassels may end up too large.
 
Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane
 
Fold the tissue paper in half width-wise (left to right as pictured). Do this now for all of your tassels so you can combine them for the next step, which will make it quicker.
 

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Take two or three sets of your folded papers and place directly on top of one another, then clip together with clothespins, paper clips or whatever you have on hand.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Using scissors, cut your paper into strips, thick or thin, leaving about an inch and a half at the top.  Don’t worry, they don’t have to be perfect.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Cut until you reach the other end.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Unfold your paper, one set at a time, to lay flat.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Gently roll the paper, starting at one end to the other. The tassels may get a little tangled, but I don’t mind since the ones in the middle add volume, and the ones on the outside are easily detangled.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

You’ll end up with what looks like a handle in the middle with tassels on each end. Twist the “handle” to make it tight…

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

…then fold the “handle” in half.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Loosen the fold enough to wrap ribbon around one side and tie a knot, leaving at least one inch of ribbon hanging from the knot.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Wrap the both sides with ribbon a few times, then use the one inch from the original knot to tie a second knot. After this second knot, leave enough ribbon to tie the tassel to whatever you string them on. I used a thicker matching white ribbon to the ribbon I tied my tassels with. Attach the tassels however far apart you wish (mine are 9 inches apart), and wah-lah!

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

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Craft Project Favorites

To start off March National Craft Month, I figured I’d give you the low down on some of my favorite craft projects I’ve pinned (and here’s a shameless plug to follow me on Pinterest!).

tie die tissue paper mobile_going home to roostTie Died Tissue Paper Tassel Mobile via Going Home to Roost

diy hammock_going home to roostDIY Hammock via Going Home to Roost

repurposed antique lawn mower_knick of timeRepurposed Baking Pans and Lawn Mower Handle via Knick of Time

repurposed-crate-storage-side-table_infarrantly creativeRepurposed Crate into Side Table via Infarrantly Creative

painted bottles DIY_la chica de la casa de caramelojpgPainted Bottles DIY via La Chica de la Casa de Caramelo

postcard calendar journal_design spongePostcard Calendar Journal via Design Sponge

READER FEEDBACK: share links to your favorite craft projects in the comments!

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Homemade Gift Guide: Body Care

Wow, can you believe it’s almost Christmas again already? I’m feeling a little behind in the gift department this year, mostly for my lack of planning ahead. Serious shocker for a seasoned planner! But never fear my friends, I’m getting it together finally, making lists and crossing off to-dos.

One of my must do favorites every year is homemade gifts and this year I happen to be keen on body care. Today I’m sharing two simple, inexpensive, and quick recipes: sea salt body scrub and salt bath soak.

ORANGE BASIL SEA SALT BODY SCRUB

Orange Basil Body Scrub | Tiffany Lane

Orange Basil Body Scrub | Tiffany Lane

Orange Basil Body Scrub | Tiffany Lane

Ingredients
2 cups sea salt
1 cup oil (sweet almond oil* or olive)
2-4 tablespoons orange essential oil

2-4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

The basic ratio is 2 parts salt to 1 part oil, plus essential oils of your choosing for scent. For this recipe, I used orange essential oil and chopped, fresh basil. As always, feel free to adjust ratios to your tastes. You could always use basil essential oil instead of fresh basil. I happened to have fresh basil on hand and I also think it looks pretty.

Salt is a natural preservative so no need to worry about the oils or basil going rancid.  I know some of you may be into substituting recipes for what you have on hand, I am a huge advocate for that.  But in this case, please do not use sugar in place of the salt or you may need to refrigerate it (because of the fresh basil) which just isn’t very convenient for something you’re going to use in the bathroom.

PEPPERMINT SALT BATH SOAK

Peppermint Bath Soak | Tiffany Lane

Peppermint Bath Soak | Tiffany Lane

Peppermint Bath Soak | Tiffany Lane

Ingredients
2 cups salt

2-4 tablespoons peppermint essential oil

This is probably one of the easiest homemade gifts I’ve ever made.  Two ingredients and stir or shake to coat. It doesn’t get much better than that. I used both rock salts and fine salt for a lovely combination, then added in a bit of peppermint oil until fragrant. Endless possibilities for scents, use whatever you have on hand.

Need some more homemade gift ideas?

Candles are another great homemade gift that would go along nicely with these.  I can see myself now soaking in my salt bath, hands and face scrubbed smooth, and a refreshing candle glowing away. Check out my recent post for the full candle making DIY.

And don’t forget about the lip balm to round it out. This one is definitely on my gift list. As a matter of fact, I already ordered my containers and labels, just waiting for them to arrive so I can begin the preparations!

If you’re looking for a bigger ticket item, most women love massages and they make great gifts.  Go for a gift card to a local spa and add on a homemade body care gift or two for a cute package.

READER FEEDBACK: What are your favorite homemade gifts to give and receive?

P.S. This post can be found at Holistic Home Link Party!

*Tiffany Lane Handmade is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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Recipe: Whole Wheat Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

whole wheat vegan oatmeal cookies - tiffany lane

I’m no vegan, but I do appreciate plant based foods.  And not only are these babies vegan, they’re packed full of healthier whole foods like coconut oil, honey, coconut palm sugar, applesauce, whole wheat flour and oats.

You might be wondering why I’m posting a recipe with whole wheat when I’m trying to avoid it. Well, I made these cookies before my whole wheat detox and didn’t get a chance to share them with you. I’m sure I’ll make them again, wheat free, but in the mean time, those of you not avoiding wheat can try something yummy.

I originally made them over the holidays while visiting some vegan friends and again recently for game night.  Boy do they deliver! Trust me, these cookies are delicious and even approved by non-vegan folks!  If you don’t believe me and want to try your hand at a more traditional recipe, you can substitute equal parts butter for coconut oil and one egg for the applesauce.  But seriously, these are so good no one will bat an eye about what’s inside!

whole wheat vegan oatmeal cookies - tiffany lane

Whole Wheat Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Adapted from Williams Sonoma, Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup honey
1 cup coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

3 cups rolled oats

Optional Add-Ins

1 cup: chopped dried fruit (pictured with raisins), coconut flakes, chocolate chips (vegan if necessary), nuts

Preparation

In a saucepan, melt the coconut oil, then remove from heat.  Whisk in the honey and coconut palm sugar until blended, then add the applesauce and vanilla extract.

Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together into a small bowl, then slowly stir this mixture into the wet ingredients until blended.  Add the rolled oats and mix again.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or baking mats.  Drop batter by the tablespoon  onto the prepared pans, spacing the cookies at least 2 inches apart.

Bake the cookies until golden brown, 12-15 minutes.  Once removed from the oven, allow to set for a couple of minutes, then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

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