Christmas Gift Giving Galore

 

We don’t normally post back to back, but as Carmi mentioned in our last post, this month we are sharing some great recipes for gift giving and we wanted to share these with you as early as possible.  If you missed Carmi’s contribution, here is the link to her Vanilla Bourbon Pear Butter Truffles.  I will confess that I may have gone overboard with my contribution to this month’s posts.  I just couldn’t decide on giving you one recipe, so I’m sharing FOUR with you!  By sharing these recipes, I’m also able to share with you a new product line I was recently introduced to.  Luigi Bormioli is a glassware company that makes high quality yet affordable items.

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3 Grain Breakfast Bars

School starts back here tomorrow, and breakfast truly becomes the most important meal of the day to me.  Mostly because my daughter views eating during social situations as an inconvenience and will come home starving because “we made up a new game and my super powers were needed.”  In her mind, lunchtime is definitely not for eating, but for saving make-believe worlds or having a monkey bar competition.  So I try to fuel up my super hero with something nutritious and filling before her school day starts.  I am a big fan of oatmeal for this reason, but she is a fickle friend of hot cereals.  Enter a new twist: forgo stovetop cooking and unappetizing-looking bowls of mush your kids cry bitter tears into and mix your whole grains with a couple tasty ingredients to pop in the oven for an updated and kid approved version of oatmeal.

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Dark Rye and Oat Bread

 

August has arrived and with it comes the promise of cooler days and nights.  If you’ve ever lived in Georgia, you know that August can be downright miserable.  With temps in the 90’s and the humidity at record breaking percentages, it’s not really my favorite place to be.  But, the kids have started back to school here and that means that cooler temperatures are right around the corner.  This is the time of year when I start dreaming of new soup and stew recipes I want to try.  Rustic breads which will transform into gooey grilled cheese sandwiches and all the many things I plan to do with apples this Fall.  We are certainly entering into my favorite time of year in North Georgia.  Because our featured Ankarsrum attachment this month is the Flake Mill, I wanted to go ahead and share a special bread recipe with you.  This is a bread that we served at my wedding a little over 18 years ago and it was a huge hit.  This Dark Rye and Oat Bread is the perfect yeast bread to usher in the cooler temps.

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