Monday, April 25, 2011

Breakfast With My Dad

Hello friends...It's Tutorial Tuesday time! I'm joining up with Jennifer over at Hope Studios.
Ok...let's begin at the beginning. I'm a huge Shredded Wheat fan and the other morning I grabbed a fresh box from my pantry for some breakfast.
Upon opening the box, I noticed I had purchased the wrong type.
Snap!
I had picked up the old fashioned large biscuits by mistake instead of the small mini ones.
Then I remembered  one of my Dad's favorite snacks. He would love to have a bowl of Shredded Wheat with milk and sugar. He always enjoyed this with a slice of bread slathered with peanut butter. 
So many great memories came flooding back. Good times with my Dad. 
I really miss that man.
So I made the best of it and added some frozen blueberries and unsweetened chocolate almond milk.
The frozen berries chill the milk and it all gets frosty and slushy...YUM!
I love this stuff...no sugar, lot's of protein, vitamins and it tastes wonderful.
It makes fabulous smoothies.
As I'm enjoying my breakfast, I happen to look at the side of the cereal box. Are my memories of my Dad affecting my vision or is someone trying to tell me something?
The recipe on the box is for Grab n Go Peanut Butter Bars!!!!!
Peanut Butter Bars!!
A coincidence ...I don't think so.
I swear I could feel my Dad in the kitchen with me.
You know I just HAD to make these bars.

Ingredients

1. 1/2 cups brown sugar
2. 1/2 cups honey
3. 1/2 fat free peanut butter (I used crunchy)
4. 3 cups crushed shredded wheat
5. 3/4 cups raisins (I used dried cherries)
I also added sliced almonds
Put all but the cereal in a medium pot and cook until bubbly. Stirring occasionally. 
Stir in the cereal,  nuts and craisins.
I lined a square glass baking dish with waxed paper. Pat the mixture firmly in the pan.
Let this cool completely.
Slice these in the shape of granola bars and enjoy!
I must say, this recipe was so easy and quick. Next time I make them, I am adding some dark chocolate chips and maybe some coconut.
 
Wrap them in plastic and put them in lunch boxes. They make great energy snacks.
If your kids like chewy granola bars, they will love these!
Enjoy

See this Salvation Macy thrifty find. The next time you see her, she will be transformed.
Stay tuned for a beautiful reveal.
Until next time...be kind and stay creative.

17 comments:

MamaMonki said...

I think I may have to try that recipe. Looks like a great snack.

The LadyBugs Garden said...

Looks very yummy Janet...I can't wait to see the new treasure you are making with the dress!
xo
Stephanie

moreofhim said...

Those bars look so yummy!! I'm definitely going to have to make those for my family.

Your Dad sounds a lot like mine. His favorite snack has always been a bowl of cereal or a bowl of soup. Plus, bread with peanut butter was an absolute must in the house for those snack times. :) Good memories.

God bless you - Julie

Wipso said...

My Dad liked shredded wheat too but he would have had his with warm milk and sugar....happy memories.
Really look forward to seeing what you're going to do with the dress :-)
A x

Gretel said...

What an interesting recipe! We don't have cereal, Andy has a big box of unsweetened meusli, but that's it. I did used to enjoy shredded wheat with cold milk and sugar, quite fancy some now as it's just after 8 in the morning over here.

That dress would be perfect for you to wear to my teaparty...if only...

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

We used to eat shredded wheat when I was a child. We'd pour over boiling water to soften and heat the biscuits, then sprinkle on brown sugar and pour on the milk. Yummy!

Jennifer Juniper said...

Wow, does that bring back memories! Oh, how I hated those giant bricks of Shredded Wheat as a child! Even I could eat that concoction you made with it, though :)

BumbleVee said...

hey.....I'm gonna make some of those to take along in my golf bag. It's always annoying to try to eat most things as well as trying to hurry along.... so... the perfect answer for snacks on the go!

the treat girl said...

I love that you had breakfast with your dad....I always have a beer on my Grandma's birthday :) She loved to split one with me! Can't wait for the big reveal.....

Hines-Sight said...

What a great story today. My dad passed passed away six years ago this week. I know how you feel.

Aprons and More said...

Isn't it funny how little things can bring back memories. My dad died 27 years ago and every now and then I hear a phrase or see something he loved and its like he is still here!

Love the dress...I would wear it!! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Katy :)
Thanks for remembering daddys we miss ♥

Lydia said...

Had one of these for breakfast the other day! Delish!

janet said...

@Lydia...so happy Billy shared ;->

Amy W. said...

You are so keeping me in a great suspense with this chair and dress!! Hmmm, I can't wait to see the outcome!!
The cereal pic. and recipe are so wonderfully pictured!! Never gave it a thought to make my own healthy-snack bars!
Summer is a coming..and these will be perfect to have on hand!
Thanks for the divine inspiration!!!

Julia Guthrie said...

Oh my... I could eat one of those bars now! I've made flapjacks before, but I don't think they ever looked as tasty! :)

Looking forward to seeing the dress makeover!
xxx

Annette said...

Isn't it interesting the things that will spark a memory. Maybe if I used chocolate milk on cereal I would like cereal more! The bars look yummy and can't wait to see what the dress becomes!

tammylovesdishes said...

Those bars look yummy!
My grandmother used to run hot water over the large Shredded Wheat to soften them and then eat with milk and sugar. Sounds gross, I know, but I still eat it like this sometimes. I always think of Grandma when I do.
Tammy