Homemade Cereal Bars

Homemade Cereal Bars

It has been really busy at my day job with school starting. There is always so much to do and I have come home with limited energy. I did however, make these Homemade Cereal Bars the other day for snacks. What I love about these Homemade Cereal Raisin Bars is that they are very packable for lunches, snacks and treats.




I love to use Multigrain Cheerios, but this works with other oat cereals. I also prefer to use cereal with less sugar because then I feel the bars are too sweet, but what is great is that you can experiment with your favorite cereal.



These do require a little time to cool after they are placed in the pan, but it only takes a few minutes before you can slice them up and serve.



The other great thing about making your own cereal bars is that they are a lot cheaper than buying any packaged snacks. They also taste a lot better, in my opinion and they really do not take that much time to put together.




These are a tasty and filling snack and great for an afterschool (or after work) treat.


Homemade Cereal Bars

Homemade Cereal Bars

4 cups oat cereal (I used Multi-grain Cheerios)

1 cup raisin cereal

2 cups mini marshmallows

3 tablespoons butter


Melt butter and marshmallows over medium heat in a sauce pan. Meanwhile, prepare a 9″ x 11″ baking pan by coating the bottom and sides with butter.

Remove from heat and slowly combine the oat and raisin cereal.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and press down into pan.

Let cool 15 – 20 minutes before cutting into squares. Makes about 15 small bars.


What is your favorite cereal?


Restyling my Sauder Hutch


Now that we’re back into our fall routine, I am getting ready to decorate the house for autumn. I enjoy changing up our house decor to reflect the seasons. Partially because I want to welcome the season, but also because I get bored with the same look all the time and like looking at fresh decor.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

So this past weekend I turned my wine hutch into a tea hutch. You may remember from this post a few months ago. We put together a beautiful hutch (or buffet) from Sauder for our wines and dining room accessories. I chose it from this section of the Sauder website.

It brought a nice touch of elegance and usefulness to my dining area. Here is how I initially styled it.

Now I am using it as a tea hutch. It’s a way for me to display my teapots in a fun and festive way and allowing for some great storage opportunities. While I am using it in the same location, this buffet would go great in the living room or family room area.


I love that I can display my teapots on the shelf.

It’s been too long since I have had a tea party so I’m planning to schedule some in the coming seasons.

I also have some nice storage options for tea, candles and tea towels. I keep my tea plates and creamer on the shelves below.

What do you think of my tea buffet?

But I would love your opinion on the lower right section. Would you leave the dividers and store things as it is, or would you remove the “X” storage divider and put something else there. I love that I have these options but would love to hear your suggestions.

I thought about using it in our kitchen to serve as a place to store cookbooks and serving dishes, but I am thinking I will do that in the future. There is so much storage space, that I have may options with this beautiful piece.

How would you style this Sauder hutch in your home?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

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My Fall Favorites

My Fall Favorites

Happy September! I am amazed at how quickly this summer went by. Although summer is my favorite season, I also love fall. There is something about getting back into the school routine that feels well, productive. We just came back from a great weekend in Las Vegas. Even though it is still technically summer, the switch to school mode makes it seem like fall. I am sharing my fall favorites today because the season is nearly here. A few of the things I love about fall are:


  • Cooler, crisp evenings
  • Pumpkin Beers
  • pumpkin-craft-beers
  • Casseroles, chili and stews for dinner.
  • The changing colors of trees. This photo is from our trip to Oregon, our trees in Southern California do not look like this.


  • College Football and tailgate parties – GO BRUINS!
  • Sweaters and scarves – as long as they are soft, comfortable sweaters.
  • Fantasy Football – this is only my second year being involved with one, but it is quite fun and makes football so much more interesting to watch.
  • Jeans and boots and booties and more boots – yay!
  • The Fall Fashion issues of magazines like Vogue, InStyle and Glamour. These are some seriously large magazines and I love going through them every fall for inspiration.

My Fall Favorites

What are your fall favorites?


Tips to Save Money At School

Saving Money This School Year

It is not quite back to school for us yet, but at work we are gearing up for a new school year. I know that school has already started in some areas. Having worked in a school for years, I wanted to share some tips to save money at school.

Saving Money This School Year

  • Take an assessment of school supplies from last year. Can you reuse that backpack? Just because a box of crayons is half-used, does not mean they still cannot be used.
  • For the school supplies that are needed, check out your Sunday paper for all the sales. There are some amazing sales right now and now is the time to stock up on notepads, highlighters, etc. Buy extra for other great uses.
  • Take an inventory on clothes you already have. Turn jeans that are too small into shorts or a cute bag. Check out the thrift stores for clothing. You can often find new items that have never been worn there as well.
  • Organize a clothing swap with friends. People get tired of perfectly good stuff and it is nice when someone you know can use it.
  • Organize a car pool for pick up and drop off. This saves you gas and time, plus it is less traffic at the school with less cars – win win.
  • Send your student with a refillable drink container instead of water bottles or juice boxes. This saves quite a bit over time and your are helping protect our environment too.
  • Check out the dollar stores for school supplies. There are some great selections at these stores. The items in the photo above are from a dollar store aisle.
  • Encourage your child to make there own lunch as often as possible. If they cannot make it, they can help pick the items to go into it. So many lunchables are tossed in the trash with only the cookies eaten so be sure you check to see what your child likes.
  • Package your own snacks. Individual preportioned snacks are really pricey when you do the math.
  • If your kids are in middle or high school, ask friends who have older kids if they would be interested in tutoring. College students can be also be great tutors for a lot less money.
  • Do not spend money on fundraisers for the school. Instead offer services to help with the project or if you want to contribute, just make a straight donation. Many of those programs have a large profit margin (gift wrap, greeting cards etc). While they offer prizes for the kids, there is also a good margin that stays with the fundraising company.
  • If you do drive or pick up your kids from school, incorporate errands into these trips to save on gas.

For college students

  • Purchase used books. Check for the same titles on Amazon to see if you can find a better price. Sell your book back at the end of the class, if you can.
  • Use public transportation at school. Parking and driving your car can be very expensive.


Do you have a school money saving tip to share?


Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop


It has been so much fun being a part of Wonderful Wednesday this month. I loved meeting so many new blogs and enjoying the great diversity of blog posts that have been shared. I have enjoyed being a part of this blog hop and may be back to hosting one sometime in the future.

Before I share the most viewed, I would like to highlight some of my favorites from last week.

Favorites from Last Week

First there is the 10 Fabulous French Toast Recipes from Krafy Cards Etc. Yum!!


I also loved the Fall Mason Jars from Anything and Everything DIY Blog.



Now on to the Most viewed, which I loved.  Just look at the title and you will see why! “3 Seconds to an Organized Husband” by Coconut Head Survival Guide. Were you one of the ones who clicked on it the moment you saw it? I was!!!



Very Popular
Editor’s Pick
button craft greeting card #buttons #crafts

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Danielle of Sew Much Crafting
Diane of Recipes For Our Daily Bread
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