With yesterday being Memorial day, I decided to enjoy my family and not post for Mighty Mommy Monday. Instead we took a lovely bike ride in the morning, with the kiddos in the trailer. I forgot about all the potential parades and as a result, we wound up driving all over trying to get to a parking place for the bike trail! Eventually, we settled all the way out in Bellville. My bike was grinding and randomly changing gears, so we called the experience at 8 miles and headed home. It’s been a while since we took the kids out in the trailer and it seemed wiser to take a short trip and have them enjoy it instead of trying to make a certain mileage.

While we were riding back toward our car, Matt suggested heading to the Columbus zoo and for some insane reason, I agreed that it sounded fun. We pulled into the driveway only to find that all the entrances were packed and cars were parking almost to the road! We’ve been to the zoo during the height of the Zoo Lights and it’s still never been that full! Of course, the water park isn’t open in the winter… Anyway, despite the crowds and the heat, we had a lovely family trip and the kids got to see a cheetah and the giraffes. So graceful! We’re zoo members and while I agree with Gretchen on the mixed emotions seeing the animals in captivity, I do so love having the opportunity to show the kids animals we’d otherwise probably never see!

Tomorrow we begin our summer, officially. I’m awaiting a delivery of our new pool (I accidentally ripped ours last year) and we hope to have it set up tonight after the kiddos are in bed. After a big breakfast, I plan to surprise them since they think once the old pool was thrown away that was the end of the story. 😀 And for the next 10 weeks, we’ll practically live outside so I’m going to experiment with a few GF options for our old standby snacks.

It would seem that every time I make this, all that is left to photograph for the blog are crumbs… in almost 4 years of baking this particular breakfast treat, this is the only photo that exists. Taken moments before I ate it.

Which brings me to this recipe. You’ve seen this before as my Nutri-Grain Do Over, but I tweaked it to be gluten free. The addition of flax meal makes the taste a little more nutty, but nonetheless yummy. Oh. And did you know that not all oats are gluten free? So harsh. Yet another package to read…

GLUTEN FREE Breakfast Crumb Bars

    • 1 cup gluten free flour mix
    • 1/2 cup flax meal
    • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups GF oats
    • 3/4 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1 1/2 sticks butter, cut into pieces

Place all the ingredients into the bowl of your mixture and mis until the dough is in little pea-sized balls. Remove 3 cups of the mixture and press it into the bottom of a buttered 9 by 13 inch glass baking dish.  Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.  In the meantime, make the filling. {OR use about 2 cups of fruit preserves}

  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 pound of fruit
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

This batch of ingredients is dumped into a sauce pan and cooked together.  On my recipe card, the note I made was to achieve a “compote-y” consistency.  I like to have a smoothish filling, but still some of the structure of the fruit is there for contrast.  Once you are pleased with the consistency of the filling, pour it over the crust and top it with the remaining crumb mixture.  Finish by baking it for an additional 40 minutes.  Store, covered, in the fridge for up to a week… if it lasts that long.

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