amanda's yummy granola bites

1tsp vanilla
1/2 C peanut butter (i used sunflower seed butter- surely any nut/seed butter would be fine)
1/4 C molasses
1/4 C dk brown sugar
1/2 C honey
1/2 C nuts (i used chopped cashews)
1/2 C almonds (grind to meal for smoother texture) (i used chopped pecans)
1/2 C dried cranberries (use any dried fruit)
2 C oats (using quick cook works a little better, texture wise...)
2 C toasted rice cereal
1/4 C wheat germ (i use a little wheat germ and some flax seeds) 
a little nutmeg & cinnamon

heat top five ingredients in a large saucepan until well mixed
mix dry ingredients in bowl and add to hot mixture (turn off heat)
stir until mixed
spoon into mini muffin tins and press down (butter the bottom of a small glass to press the granola down)
let stand an hour or so...

emily's fabulous and simple granola

 3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup veg oil
pinch of sea salt
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (at earth fare in bulk section)
2/3 cup grade B maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon


mix everything in a bowl until well-coated; spread on a lightly oiled or
foil-lined cookie sheet; bake at 325 for approx. 30 minutes, turning half way
allow to cool and store in tightly sealed container (keeps 1 week if
left out or several if refrigerated, and it freezes well).

coffee can icecream


 1lb coffee can
2-3lb coffee cans*
*(the cans need to be metal for the cold factor, but plastic lids are great! i was able to find  kroger brand still does metal! everyone else has gone plastic...)
1 pint half and half
1/3 c sugar
vanilla bean
rock salt 
duct tape
any other toppings or fun might be fun to crush up ginger snaps or cookies or add fresh fruit!


pour cream and sugar into smaller can, seal, and duct tape...
place in the larger metal can, fill with ice and rock salt alternatively, seal, and duct tape...
kick or roll the can for 10 minutes!
open the larger can and pour out water
open the smaller can and scrape ice cream off of sides and give a good stir. now is a good time to add any flavors like vanilla bean, fruit, or crushed cookies...
replace lid on smaller and seal again with duct tape. place inside large can, add more ice and salt, and reseal with lid and duct tape.
roll another 10 minutes...
unwrap everything and enjoy!