Monday, April 26, 2010

Week #17 Weekly Challenge!

In addition to doing a lot of working with The ScrapRoom, I also spend a LOT of time cooking for my family of 6 men (1 husband and 5 boys, ages 16, 15, 13, 11, 10). Our family is officially in the middle of our "eating years," so my mind is thinking about food preparation a good portion of every day. So, since I seem to have food on the brain, this week's challenge will feature the same theme.

THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE: Create a layout with a FOOD theme. Your layout can feature a favorite recipe and a photo. Or, you might choose to do a layout about some traditions in your family that revolve around food. Or, maybe you'll prefer to just do a layout that features your favorite foods (and drinks - I wouldn't want to leave out the well-loved latte). Upload your layout to the WEEK #17 CHALLENGE FOLDER. All layouts must be uploaded by 9:00 a.m. CST on Monday, May 3rd.

And, as a bonus, below is the recipe for one of my family's favorite homeade snacks. :) I get lots of love when I make these yummies for my boys. And, even though I always triple the recipe, I can't seem to make these treats last for longer than a few days in our house. Considering how many different snack options are available these days, this is a pretty healthy way to go.

1/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 T. honey
1 t. vanilla
1 egg
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1-1/2 cups oats
2 cups crisp rice cereal
1 cup sunflower seeds or chopped nuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, combine oil, brown sugar, honey, vanilla and egg. Add flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Mix well. With a large spoon, stir in oats, cereal, nut, fruit and chocolate chips. Spray treat a baking pan. Press the mixture evenly into bottom of pan. For chewy bars, bake at 350 degress for 20-30 minutes until lightly browned on the edges. For crunchy bars, bake at 300 degrees until the surface is golden brown all over, about 40-50 minutes. Cool completely and cut into bars.
(TIP: I use a cookie pan - longer and thinner so that the bars are not as thick - and we definitely like the crunchier version!)

THE PRIZE: This week's prize package features some Vintage papers and embellishments from Making Memories. The little 6x6 paper pad that is included in this kit would be perfect for using to create a little "Family Favorites" Recipe mini-album. :)

CHALLENGE RULES:There are only 2 rules if you want to enter a weekly challenge:
1.) Your submission has to be a new layout created for this challenge. :) You're on your honor here, but the idea of a Weekly Challenge is to finish new layouts and not simply upload old layouts. :) (Your actual layouts can be done in any size - 12x12, 8.5x11, 8x8... whichever size you scrapbook in!)
2.) Please only submit one time for each weekly challenge! (You will need to be registered on our message board to upload your layout to the Challenge Folder gallery. Registration just requires that we confirm your e-mail address so we know you're not a spammer. :) (In order to upload layouts to our gallery, you will need to be sure to resize layouts to about 350x350 pixels and 72-75 dpi. If you're file size is much larger than that, you'll get an error message when attempting to upload. :) )


  1. I am drooling over this recipe - I can't wait until I can get to the store and get the ingredients!

  2. I'll have to try this recipe out, we have a lot of sweet tooths in our house!