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Sweet Tea Social Link Party

Welcome to our Sweet Tea Social. A weekly Link Party for Texas Women Bloggers.

Imagine yourself on the front porch drinking sweet tea with your best friends and talking about your week. What would you share with them? Which post would you tell them about? We want you to share your favorite post from the past week by linking up or write up a new post specifically for Sweet Tea Social and link up.

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Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday as seen around Texas…

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Ferris Wheel in Downtown McKinney, Texas

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Tech Tuesday: Evergreen Content

Evergreen Content. Do you know what it is? Do you know why you need it? What the heck is “evergreen content”?

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Evergreen content is SEO content that stays “fresh” for readers and is continually relevant.

The term “evergreen” sounds familiar even to the un-experienced blogger ear. Evergreen trees are a symbol of perpetual life because they retain their leaves throughout the seasons, rather than shedding. Like the trees, evergreen content is considered long lasting and sustainable.

Maybe you are thinking, “Hey, wait a minute. All content online is sustainable; the articles and blog posts don’t ever disappear.” Well you’re right… but that’s not what we’re talking about here. When we talk about a piece of content being “evergreen,” we mean that evergreen content is content that is relevant long past its publication date.

Chances are that long before you knew what Evergreen Content was, you were  already creating it on your blog.  I’ve always done how-to/tips posts, recipes, and printables, because I wanted to offer content that was helpful to my audience.  I know the main goal of many bloggers, including myself, is to help and be a resource to others. With Evergreen content you want to keep it simple, don’t get overly technical or sophisticated with you’re language.  Make it so that its in lay’s terms and so that anyone could understand it easily.  There’s nothing worst than overcomplicated directions or instructions for something.  Evergreen Content should be easy to read and follow.

Evergreen content is great for re-sharing year round too!

Do you have evergreen content on your blog? Do you share your evergreen content days, weeks and months later?

No Bake Granola Bar Bites

This 5-ingredient, no-bake granola bar recipe can be made into a great snack by using a mini muffin or muffin tin.

Do you ever get frustrated in the grocery store? I find myself wandering through the aisles, scoffing at prices and shaking my head at long lists of unpronounceable ingredient lists. ESPECIALLY when it comes to snacks. My kids love fruit, but outside of that they ask for granola bars and crackers and snack mixes—all of which cost too much, have too many sugars, and include unsavory ingredients. I find myself in the same boat when I need something to munch on between meals. But who has time (or the cash) to make healthy, homemade snacks? Recently I tried a new granola bar recipe and adapted it into granola bar bites. These were simple, fast, and a huge hit with the kids. They have only 5 ingredients and require NO BAKING.

Try these no-bake granola bar bites for an easy grab-and-go snack.

4-Ingredient Granola Bar Bites
 
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An easy granola bar recipe adapted into bite-sized snacks.
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Recipe type: snack
Ingredients
  • 3 cups oats (I used the generic easy oats)
  • 3 cups mixed dried fruits & nuts
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup peanut butter (I used the natural, all-peanut kind)
  • non-stick spray
Instructions
  1. Prep: Coarsely chop your nuts and mix them with the dried fruits. Spray your muffin pans with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, fruit & nut mix, honey, and peanut butter. Stir until well-combined. It should be thick and stick together. If there are too many loose oats and nuts not being incorporated, add a little more peanut butter.
  3. Press into the muffin pans and chill for 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container either in the fridge (makes them a little harder/drier) or in the pantry.

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Using a mini muffin (or muffin) pan for this granola bar recipe means smaller, grab-and-eat snacks. The recipe is very basic, which means super adaptable. My husband keeps a big container of mixed almonds, pecans, and walnuts with dried cranberries, so I chopped those for this recipe. One of my sons couldn’t stand the dried cranberries, so next time I may omit dried fruits. A handful of mini-chocolate chips would be a great addition for a little sweet without going overboard. Stick with peanut butter that has only peanuts in it. You can grind your own in the store (if there is that option) or Kroger has a great option on the shelf for about the same price as the brand-name peanut butters with all the extra sugars and oils.

An easy, 5-ingredient, no-bake granola bar recipe. Press into muffin tins for an easy snack size!

I sent these in school lunches, had them as after-school snacks, and mid-morning snacks, since my boys want to eat something every hour. I even packed some to eat during the half-time of my roller derby bout. They weren’t too heavy, but gave me a great boost of energy for the rest of the game. This recipe is definitely going into our weekly rotation!

Homemade granola bar bites. No bake and only 5 ingredients!

What’s your family’s go-to snack?

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