Hi! Did you think this blog was forgotten? Life has been busy this month! Pregnancy really made me feel exhausted this time around, and now that I am feeling a lot better I am trying to get the house organized and ready for school. We have also had family visiting, 4H events and vacation to prepare for! The next few weeks should slow down a lot and I am looking forward to posting regularly again!
I suddenly realized this afternoon that it has been ages since I made granola. I don’t buy cereal (too expensive), but I don’t like to start my day out by spending all morning cooking breakfast. I had a bit of quiet time this afternoon, so I made a couple of big batches of granola. Here is my real life recipe. 🙂
- Look in the cabinet. Great – no honey, no vanilla. Hmm.
- Make yourself a very large glass of iced coffee while you consider what to do about the ingredient shortage.
- Dump some oats in a bowl. How about the whole can – we don’t want to do this again tomorrow.
- Find a partially empty jar of coconut in the cabinet. Stir that in to the oats.
- Check the cabinet for any partial bags of nuts, seeds or other granola accessories. Stir those in, as well.
- Melt 2 sticks of butter in the microwave in a glass measuring cup. Better for you than vegetable oil and so much better tasting! (We love butter. It’s hereditary from both sides of the family!)
- Add 2 cups of brown sugar and 2 Tbsp. cinnamon to the melted butter.
- Extract. Um…. now what? Root beer, cheesecake, lemon? Gross. Maple! Pour somewhere around 1 Tbsp in to the butter mixture.
- Mix the butter in to the oats. Pour onto 2 greased cookie sheets and bake at a 325 degree oven, stirring occasionally, until you can’t stand the smell any longer.
- Remove granola from the oven. Realize that you were busy making granola and never got a chance to eat lunch. Pour yourself a big bowl.
- Get out a spoon. Two kids wander in to the kitchen and ask, “Mom, what’s that? I’m hungry!”
- Give your bowl to one child, pour second bowl for the other.
- Pour yourself another bowl.
- Realize that between the 3 of you, one pan is already half way gone. Maybe you will have to do this again tomorrow….