My love for granola started... hmm well, I would say in the 70's. all the really cool people in the 70's ate granola ~smile~. Seriously, after laying dormant for 80 years, that's when it made its come back...My friends happened to be into that sort of thing and I have been mixing granola and yogart well before local food chains even thought about it.
I have a basic recipe.. but it cahnges pretty much every time according to what I ahve in the cupboard.
So here was tonights version:
10 cups of rolled oats
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup pea-cans, peechans..picans..
1/4 cup flax seed
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup almonds
mix together and then add
3/4 cup canola oil
1 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 T cinnamon
mix very well together and spread on a parchment lined cookie sheet, this might take two cookie sheets because you want a light layer on the sheet. Bake in a preheated 250 degree oven for 30 minutes, stir and rotate pans, bake 30 minutes, stir, rotate pans, bake 30 minutes and stir... allow to cool and add:
1 cup crasins
1 cup raisins
store in an air tight container...
This really is the best recipe I have come up with, and after 40 years I have tried plenty!
Gratuitous Puppy shot
Tug of War is his favorite game!
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. Psalms 28:7
Chris and I usually walk the dog every evening around the neighborhood. We enjoy it. Gives us time to talk, get fresh air and exercise. One thing this year has been bothering me... inflatables it seems like everyone these days has plastic blow up inflatable thigs in their yard...and it stands for everything I am against.
Now if you love these things, don't send me hate mail... Trust me I am not :
Now, what if everyone in the United States took the money they spent on that inflatable and chucked that amount to their mortgage, credit card or automobile payment.... Lets see, how much would it a. reduce the debt and b. save interst money in the long run .
and lets say you have all your debts paid off... how about taking that money and investing in junk silver, gold or some other metal...... at least your finger tips would be hanging on to the ledge of that fiscal cliff...
... well, what about the obvious and giving the inflatable money to charity... after all, it IS Christmas... well dears, first of all do the research, pick your favorite charity and find out how much actually goes where it needs to and how much is administrative.
..and what is it about Christmas that we feel its Ok to only give of ourselves, our time and our possessions... how about we do that every month.... commit that money for decorations and give... in meal form to the elderly couple, to the new mom, to the senior center... make an extra plate of cookies for your neighbor.... just because... grow extra things in your garden to share with the neighborhood, tutor an adult that can't read, plate of goodies to the local fire dept... the list is endless..
....and finally... what does an inflatable have to do about Jesus... not just the reason for the season... but simply...........the reason
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will
rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Chris and I eat alot of trail mix when we are at the shop, or travel, or sit...Ok, we like trial mix... and usually I must confess it comes from the dollar store. Today however, when we were doing a bimonthly shopping at Aldi's for some things, I noticed everything we love in a trail mix at low prices, even the mini breadsticks. so we stocked up on ingredients and set to work building our own.
This one was a sweet/ salty mixture...
cashews, almonds, mini breadsticks, M&ms, craisains , and coconut.. Delicious!
Next up I am thinking spicey... we are discussing the recipe.. I'll share when we try it.
...and I have a question.. I bought a few bags of cranberries when they went on sale over Thanksgiving. I LOVE dried cranberries, well, I stuck them on my food dehydrator and the things won't dry... any ideas?
the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind,
and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind:
and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:12
..and as always... have a fine day... all day long!
I really needed a bloggy break... I guess I had just lost my writing mojo or something... but I am in a much more productive mood lately and blogging is one of those things I do to keep my mind active... besides I am not sure if folks want to read about the first frost, or how the oven bit the dust or how we ate cookies and chips for dinner one night cause we were tired.... .. I'll do better...
Gratuitous shot of the Pups.
.. I suppose the most exciting thing to happen lately is I had to work the Board of Elections for a recount. There were 10 of us feeding ballots into machines all day... squestered...packed in a room like sardines... no, that wasn't the exciting part...
You see I borrowed my sons vehicle that day, you know, my son that is a deputy sheriff... well, I parked it right across from the sheriffs department... and ...
Yep, it was parked illegally ..and it got towed..... one of the worse phone calls I had to make..... Number #3 just kept saying " seriously? seriously?
The vehicle is safe and sound in his driveway, and I have been told I might never as long as I live borrow his vehicle again ( ~shessh.. just a bit extreme) I mean, I am sure everyone got a good chuckle and has moved on...
No, Thanksgiving picture this year... things were a bit topsy turvey, but some years holiday are just like that.. On to Christmas....
..and speaking of Christmas I must go watch Downton Abbey that my Sweetie got for me and crcohet a bit on some Christmas gifts...
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Sometimes its good to be reminded... have a fine day, all day long!