Hello, everyone! I’m posting late today because my husband commandeered the computer for nearly the entire day, which forced me to spend the entire day curled up in front of the fire with a book. (sigh) Life is hard, right?
Anyway, I spoke to Ruby this afternoon by phone and she’s supposed to get some news about her computer tonight. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that she’s back online soon. She also gave me this awesome-sounding granola recipe, which I have reproduced for you below. I know granola has nothing to do with Mardi Gras, and Mardi Gras was supposed to be the theme for the week, but she said it’s so AMAZINGLY TASTY that she wants to “put it in jars and hand it out to strangers.” So how could I possibly deny you all, our beloved readers, another day without something that darn delicious? Besides, if you plan to be eating healthy for Lent, then you might consider this recipe. And that makes it semi-Mardi Gras-related.Also, it gave me a reason to put a picture of a squirrel on the blog. You know, since squirrels like granola. And I like squirrels.
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Ruby’s Granola Fantastica
3 c. rolled barley flakes (rolled oats would be a fine sub, as long as they aren’t the quick-cook kind)
1 c. nuts (pecans, walnuts, whatever)
1/2 c. shredded coconut
1/4 salted sunflower seeds (if using unsalted, you’ll have to add salt for flavor)
1/2 c. sesame seeds
1/8 c. flax seeds
1/3 c. coconut oil (or other vegetable oil)
1/4 c. honey
1 T. vanilla
1 T. molasses
dash of cinnamon
Your choice of dried fruit (raisins, Craisins, banana chips, apricots, whatever. Ruby used Craisins.)
Mix the dry ingredients (except fruit) together in a bowl. In a saucepan, heat the oil, honey, molasses, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spread onto a baking sheet and bake at 325° for 20-25 minute. Remove and cool in pan. When cool, break apart and stir in fruit. Viola!
Ruby said she ate it over some yogurt, drizzled with honey and added some sliced strawberries. “When you eat that, you just wanna die,” she said. In a good way, she means.
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We make cool stuff. We give it away. That’s how we roll, folks.