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Chewy Chunky Granola

5 Jan

nola2Homemade Chewy Chunky Granola

I’ve been obsessed with this granola that I buy from Whole Foods market– it’s so chewy and chunky and full of flavor.  I decided to take a look at the ingredients label and realized it was very straight forward.  Then I searched the internet to find recipes for chewy granola that included similar ingredients so I could get my measurements right.  After a little playing around I got what I was looking for.  I made around 10 batches of this a few weeks ago and packaged it up to pass out for a Christmas treat.  In the process I made a couple of batches for our house.  I’ve been surprised with how well it has kept fresh sealed up in an airtight container.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 3 cups oats
  • 2 cups slivered almonds
  • 2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 flaxseed
  • dash of salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 TBSP canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of salt

What To Do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line a large baking pan with parchment paper
  • Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Combine wet ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat until thoroughly heated and begins foaming.  Keep on heat for 15-20 seconds after foaming starts
  • Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and stir until well combined
  • Pour granola onto baking sheet and press to about 1/2 inch thick
  • Bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown
  • Must cool completely before breaking it up into chunks
  • Store in an airtight container






Spicy Chickpea Snack

18 Sep

They are little. They are spicy. They are healthy. They are cheap.

T H E Y  A R E  C H I C K P E A S !

These spicy chickpeas make a great healthy satisfying snack.  They are super easy to make.  My recipe is just for one small batch, but I recommend doubling or even tripling  it so you’ll have plenty to last you a few days.

Spicy Chickpea Snack

  • 1 – 16oz can organic chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Tony Chachere’s Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • dash of black pepper

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and thoroughly spray with a non-stick spray.  Drain and rinse your chickpeas.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl then evenly spread on the baking sheet.  Bake for 40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes.  Enjoy!

Seriously, I guesstimated the measurements of the seasonings.  Feel free to adjust according to your preference.  Obviously if you like hot, hot spicy then add more Tony’s seasoning.  Also, most recipes for these baked chickpeas call for olive oil.  I found no need to fatten these guys up.  Mine turned out great without using any oil.  Yay!

note to self:  Add chickpeas to the grocery list



Watermelon Slush

3 Sep

A good, sweet, cold, cubed, seedless watermelon is absolutely one of my favorite treats on a hot summer day.  It’s so refreshing!

I have been making a lot of different fruit smoothies lately and the other day I decided to give some watermelon in the blender a try.  And boy, I am glad I did!  This time instead of a smoothie consistency I went for a more icy, slush consistency– even better!



W a t e r m e l o n  S l u s h  R e c i p e

  • 3 cups cubed watermelon, chilled for 25 minutes in freezer
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2  juice of choice (I used pomegranate juice)
  • ice

Put all ingredients in a high power blender and let it do it’s magic!


Don’t Be A Hound Dog

29 Aug

Hey y’all! I’m here to tell you about a few new Elvis Presley art prints that I have available.  The profits go to support my beloved dog rescue group, PAWS!






jilldentonART Etsy Shop

Influence (Includes Misty Collins Pottery GIVEAWAY)

9 Mar

In my early elementary years at school my handwriting was a mess.  Somewhere around my preteen years I got interested in improving my penmanship.  I can still remember studying my older sister’s flawless handwriting and wanting so badly to be able to write like her.  I practiced a lot and in all that practicing my handwriting greatly improved and it got positive attention from my teachers.  All this to say, my sister’s artistic influence in my life started at a very early age.

When my sister, Misty was in high school she decided to take an art class.  Before that class her art experience went no farther than doodles on the front of her school folders and paint pen decorations on her clipboard.  That all changed in high school– a new discovery unleashed as she soon learned that she had the ability to draw pretty much anything.  After high school she went on to study art education in college.

Misty was the first person I ever knew to be bold with color.  She challenged me to think outside the box.  She introduced me to the idea of seeing shapes, colors, texture, light and beauty in everyday life.  She was the first person that encouraged me to put drawings on paper and paint on a canvas.  I’m pretty sure if it had not been for Misty I would have never started trying this thing called art and I would still be living in a world with muddy colors.  To this day my sister is one of my biggest fans and a huge source of inspiration and encouragement to me.  Thank you, Misty (RH)!

In honor of my sister, I am hosting a giveaway for some of her hand painted ceramics!  Yay!  If you didn’t say yay you should have because her work is amazing, fun, one-of-a-kind and functional.

My cabinets are fully stocked of lots of Misty Collins Pottery pieces and among them are these little dipping bowls.  I LOVE THEM!

I love these little dipping bowls because they are so cute, each one is different, we’re always dipping things around here and they are hand painted by my sister!

Enter To Win These:

These two little Misty Collins Pottery dipping bowls could be yours if you enter!  All you have to do is enter by commenting on this blog post!  See rules and guidelines below.

Rules & Guidelines:

You can enter up to FOUR times:  Be sure to make four separate comments!

  • Entry One:  comment on this post and tell me what you think will be the first thing you use these for.  In my house it is salsa!
  • Entry Two:  ‘LIKE’ Misty Collins Pottery on Facebook and then come back here and comment and let me know that you liked her!
  • Entry Three:  If you’re on Etsy, ‘FAVORITE’ Misty Collins Pottery shop and then come back here and comment and let me know you favorited her!
  • Entry Four:  Share this giveaway by Tweeting it, posting it to Facebook, E-mailing it to friends or any other share method.  Then come back here and let me know you shared it!
  • Be sure to include contact information when commenting.
  • On Friday, March 16 at 8am/CST  a winner will be drawn at random using the random number generator from and then will be announced on here.

Misty Collins Pottery on Facebook

Misty Collins Pottery on Etsy

Art 40% Off

5 Mar

Hey Friends!  I’ve moved a lot of art into my SALE section in my Etsy shop.  I’ve marked several things 40% off in hopes to clear some space for new items to sell.  Visit now to get a deal!

Word On

27 Feb

Six years ago David gave me some art supplies for Christmas– which included a couple of large blank canvases.  The largest canvas has been begging for my attention.  For several years now I have thought about and thought about what I wanted on that canvas.  One of the things I kept going back to was a white textured canvas with large wording in my handwriting in black paint.  So now all I need were the right words to paint.  After much contemplating, I finally got the inspiration I was waiting for.





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