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moissanite palladium ring
 Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 950 palladium ring
moissanite engagement rings
 Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 14k yellow gold ring
ethical engagement rings
Moissanite, recycled 18k palladium, and recycled 14k rose gold ring
vegan wedding rings
Forever Brilliant moissanite, recycled 18k palladium white gold, and recycled 14k yellow gold engagement/wedding ring set
forever brilliant moissanite
 Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 18k palladium white gold ring
handmade wedding rings
Left: Moissanite, recycled 14k rose gold, and recycled sterling silver ring
Right: Recycled 14k green gold and recycled sterling silver wedding band
palladium wedding set
Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 950 palladium engagement/wedding ring set
moissanite gold ring
Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 14k yellow gold ring
sapphire engagement ring
Fair trade sapphire and recycled 950 palladium ring
three stone ring
Moissanite and recycled 14k rose gold three-stone engagement ring
stackable wedding rings
Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 14k yellow gold stacking engagement and wedding ring set
fair trade rings
Moissanite and recycled 950 palladium engagement and wedding ring set
fairtrade wedding ring
Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 14k rose gold engagement ring
hand made engagement rings
Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 18k palladium white gold engagement ring with recycled 14k rose gold wedding band
rose cut moissanite
Rose cut moissanite, recycled 950 palladium, and recycled 14k yellow gold ring
ethical turquoise necklace
Ethically sourced turquoise and recycled sterling silver pendant/necklace

I haven't posted any recipes in ages! So here's what I made today to take camping with the family...

My son, much to my chagrin, has a love affair with anything wrapped and packaged. I love to make things from scratch, and he turns his nose up at most of the food I slave to prepare for him. Frustrating! This is the latest in an ongoing attempt to create a bar that mimics the pre-packaged version he loves. If I was cooking for myself, I'd go with something a little healthier, but if these get him off the store bought stuff, I'm okay with them being a little sweet. :-)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars
1 cup rolled oats
1 ½ cups crispy brown rice cereal
¼ cup lightly salted peanuts, roughly chopped
a pinch of salt
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil                 
Line an 8” x 8” baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Pour oats, cereal, peanuts, and salt into a bowl and mix together.
In a small saucepan over very low heat, combine peanut butter and brown rice syrup. Remove from the stove and mix in vanilla.
Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir with a rubber spatula. Press mixture into prepared pan and allow bars to set in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
Remove from refrigerator and cut into 12 bars.
Heat chocolate chips and coconut oil in microwave for 30 seconds (stir and add 15 second increments if needed), then drizzle over bars and refrigerate until set again.
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And next, a slightly modified version of a cookie from one of Dreena Burton's cookbooks... 
(I don't care what kind of photo staging/editing expert you may be; I challenge you to make oatmeal cookies look photogenic.)

The Very Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
1 ½ cups + 2 T. spelt flour
2 t. baking powder
½ t. baking soda
1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup unrefined sugar
½ cup raisins
1 t. cinnamon
a generous pinch of allspice
½ t. salt
½ cup maple syrup
1-2 t. blackstrap molasses
1 T. vanilla
½ cup canola oil (or substitute half applesauce)
Mix dry ingredients; add wet ingredients; bake on parchment lined cookie sheet for 11 minutes at 350 degrees.

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