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Protein Packed Granola Bars Homemade with Kashi Cereal!

My Sister-In-Law is the best when it comes to making her own things. She makes her own laundry soap, uses essential oils, and makes so much more natural stuff. I look up to her. She keeps me going to living a healthy lifestyle. She is the reason I am able to provide you with this delicious and healthy-protein packed granola bars. She gave me this recipe and I have never let go. Not only is it good for you but it is so delicious that you will not want to eat just one or two!

*Note: I always double this recipe for my family of 6. It lasts us about a week or less. We are big snackers😉.

Protein Packed Granola Bars:


  • 2 1/2 Cups Dry Kashi Cereal (I use the Go Lean kind)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Dry/Uncooked Oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup Roasted Plain Almonds (Coarsly Chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Fruit (Optional)
  • 3/4 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar


  1. Line an 11″x 9″ pan with parchment paper. (If you double the recipe like me I use an 17″x 11″ cookie sheet)
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients (Kashi cereal, oatmeal, almonds, dried fruit, and the chocolate chips) in a large bowl.
  3. In a medium microwaveable bowl, melt the peanut butter, honey, and the brown sugar for about 30-60 seconds. Microwave ovens vary so please heat in 30 second intervals.
  4. Mix the peanut butter mixture into the dry ingredients until well combined. The chocolate chips will melt because of the warm peanut butter mixture.
  5. Firmly press the mixture down in the prepared pan until well packed.
  6. Place the pan in the refrigerator until the mixture hardens. 
  7. Then you will cut the mixture into bars into your desired thickness.
  8. Store the bars in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator to keep fresh.

The picture above me is the packed-double-batch granola before headed to the fridge.

Looking delish on that plate. 😋🍴

    Top portion is for the kids, and the rest for my hubby and I.

    Enjoy the granola bars. Please feel free to comment below to let me know how it turned out for you and how you enjoyed them😊.

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      May 2016: A Weekend of Sun, Rain, Wind, and Mud Pies

      Saturday was a day of taking in the beauty of Spring. The day started out beautiful as the birds chirping on the tree tops sing a wonderful tune, the smell of fresh cut grass glazing in the air, and the sound of children playing in their yards. The Sun brightly shining and my kids laughing and playing. Giving me gifts of mud pies they had created with dirt and Princess’ water bowl. Princess is our black lab.

      Apparently they were pretending to be bakers. They mixed the “batter” with a few other ingredients like pebbles and grass that we had in our yard and gave me their special creation. Their smiles and the twinkle in their eyes just gave me the sensation of joy and pride. I simply smiled back and said, “Wow, thank you guys!” As I looked at that dirty bowl I couldn’t help but tell myself that this was “The best mud pie I’ll ever have.”

      I also received a gift of fresh cut grass by one of my daughters. She picked them out herself. She told me to put it in a glass of water so they will last. Which I did.

      As I enjoyed the gifts and kicking my feet up on the lawn chairs it soon came to an end as a storm was coming in.

      The air soon got to be cooler and the blue skies slowly turned to gray. Before dinner time it was cloudy, windy, and cold. So much for wanting to enjoy some outdoor living throughout the weekend. Outdoor plans became indoors. We had dinner inside as we saw the rain started to pour in. I was going to start washing the dinner plates when I saw lightning and without a curtain, not even blinds, I quickly decided it was not tonight that I was going to do them. I mean, it’s okay to leave dishes once in a while overnight right?

      I got the kids ready for bed. Brushed their teeth, read the Bible, and said our prayers. Before we head to bed we always give each other a hug, a kiss, and a “goodnight, I love you.”

      Sunday came along and the weather was no better. Daddy had to work, so we had our little church at home. It was a very windy day and mostly cloudy. Very dreary really. That doesn’t stop the kids from wanting to play. We ended the day with a little game of Hide n’ Go Seek.

      Moments like these are what I love the most. I love that I can write about them, so when I come back to read them in a few years or so from now I can remember, smile, laugh, and cry.  Then smile a little more. 🙂

      Memories are made here. Would you like to share your memories? Feel free to comment.

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      A Typical Saturday Morning in Southern New England

      It’s a typical Saturday morning here in Southern New England. My kids are off playing together working their imaginations pretending they are dinosaurs and keeping away from the imaginary T-Rex and the hot lava.

      Meanwhile, my windows are opened and I can hear the sound of a lawn mower buzzing in the distance, and the aroma of fresh cut grass flowing through my kitchen window as I washed our morning dishes. I just stood there knowing that along with the gentle breeze and the sunlight of a sunny morning was just begging me to come outside to sit a while and take it all in.

      I can hear the birds chirping in the distance. Up on the trees singing of a wonderful day this is becoming. I hear peace in the neighborhood. Everyone is joining in the mood. “It is finally feeling more like Spring.” They say. A “Good morning to you” we say to a neighbor walking by. They smile back with the same response.

      The sound of the neighboring children playing in their yards. Mine are now out in our backyard chasing each other. With smiles and giggles and a bit of “weee” as they slide down the slide their father had made last Summer.

      Now I’m sipping on a cup of tea taking it all in. Enjoying this morning and thanking God for the opportunity He has given me to live this life.

      I hope you were able to enjoy and live this morning with me, for this is our typical Saturday morning in Southern New England.


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      The Garden Fence

      When it comes to DIY my husband puts me to shame. This last Mother’s Day weekend we spent it at my sister-in-law’s home. She’s been wanting to have a bigger garden to grow more fruit and veggies, and wanted to keep the critters (aka rabbits) out of her garden.

      Her dear husband called mine to have him build a fence for her. They tore their old fencing out and constructed a new one.

      Starting from scratch, with new materials, and with my husband’s plans together they created a well built fence.

      I just love how it turned out. My sister-in-law was pretty happy about it of course. She does have some work to do. Can’t help but feel a bit jealous though.

      To think all weekend long they were out in the rain digging, building, and constructing. Then the sun comes the following day they were done. Poor guys. It was pretty cold out there too.

      Mind you, my husband is not a contractor nor a carpenter. I really think he missed his calling. Don’t you think?

      I can’t wait to see what my sister-in-law puts in her new garden. What kind of fruit or veggies do you grow in your garden?

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      Flowers I Got Before Mother’s Day Weekend 2016

      After a long bizarre winter and a cooler start to Spring, it is finally starting to warm up around here.

      I decided it was time to plant some flowers around my home and make it feel more Spring-y. I think they just add more life and beauty to one’s home.

      You don’t have to have a full garden to make it feel that way either. Just a little flower plant here and there and you’ve got yourself a mini garden.

      I like to add one plant in front of my home, so when I drive up my driveway I’m greeted by them.

      Another inside my home to give me the impression of life, growth, and serenity.

      Lastly, a third flower plant in the backyard, so my family and I enjoy the beauty of these beautiful flowers when we get to eat our meals on our deck.

      I am just grateful that this year we will get to enjoy a little more peace with family.

      Last year around this time was a terror when it came to our home. From a backed-up main water pipe to a flooded basement both not related. This will be a topic for another day.

      For now, let us take in all this wonderful beauty. And HEY! I finally got flowers to fill this Welcome basket.

      Name of the flowers by picture:

      First & third picture: Stock Flowers

      Second picture: Succulent Plant

      Third picture: Dianthus Flowers

      I hope you enjoyed this post and inspired you to get your own mini garden. Even if it is as little as a succulent plant. And if you already have a master garden, then that is great! Either way, I’m glad you stopped by to read my little blog:).

      Follow me on Instagram @livinginnewengland for more pictures, picture updates on these beauties, and for instant inspiration.🌸

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      Slow Down 2016!

      Is it just me? Or is this year zooming on by us?! We are almost half way through this year already.

      My husband and I were talking about our vacation this Summer. Going through how much we had saved and how much more to save. Then we realized we only have 2 months left!

      Before we know it our kids will be getting out of school for the year, we’ll be back from vacation, and then school will be starting back up again.

      I wonder if being extra busy has a lot to do with it?

      Boy, I sure hope it slows down while we vacation because we want to enjoy that time as a family.

      Well we better Gitty on up! We’ve got two months to go.

      What do you think? Is this year going by too fast for you too?

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      How to Make a Ruler Theme Picture Frame.

      Today is National Teacher’s Appreciation Day! Wohoo! Thanks to all you teachers for making a difference and for loving our children as if they were yours.

      So I made these adorable ruler themed picture frame. It was super easy and I’ll show you how I did it.

      What you will need:

      • Hot Glue and Super Glue
      • Picture Frames
      • Ruler Ribbons
      • Scissors

      Take the back side of the picture frame out.

      Use the picture mat as a base for the ribbons. Cut the ribbons to the size of the edges of the mat.

      Glue ONLY the middle part of every edge of the mat to glue the ribbons on. You want to keep the corners unglued for the next step.

      Cut the corner piece of the ribbon as it is demonstrated on the picture above to create a cornered frame look. Glue the edges down.

      For the white ribbon I used the super glue but was unable to use that same glue for the brown ribbon. It would not stick because it is made of a different material, so that is where I used the hot glue.

      Put the ribboned mat back into the picture frame and place anything in there as your heart desires. Some ideas would be pictures of your children, a pic of your kids with the teacher, a drawing your kids made for their teacher, or print out a beautiful teacher sayings you can easily find on the Internet.

      I hope you liked this tutorial and make one for your teachers in your lives. It’s the least we can do for them for loving our kids, don’t you agree?

      Feel free to share this tutorial😊.