Anne's Honey Granola
How about starting out the day with that wonderful comfort food that stays with you all morning! I love sharing this - one of my favorite recipes! Nuts are expensive and this is one recipe that I justify the expense, but this recipe can be tweeked any which way you want to accommodate your not spending budget.
Anne's Honey Granola
6 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup ground flax seed (whole flax seeds are not digestible) or sesame seeds or both
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (I prefer roasted & salted)
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans or any choice of nut mixture, whole or chopped
2/3 cup oil
2/3 cup honey
2 Tablespoons water
1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Dried fruit, as desired added after baking.
In a large bowl combine oats, sugar, flax, coconut, sunflower seeds, nuts. Measure the oil first and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well. Warm the honey just a little in the microwave if it is very thick. Add vanilla and water to the honey and mix. Use the same measuring cup that you used for the oil and the honey will slip right out. Pour over oat mixture and stir well to coat ingredients.
Pour into a well greased shallow pan or cookie sheet. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 30-45 minutes or until lightly toasted. Stir every 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally while cooling. Crumble into pieces when cool and add dried fruit. Store in tightly sealed container. (I like to store it in quart jars..looks so pretty.) Makes about 10 cups and freezes well. Note: if you're not sure the granola is 'lightly toasted' after the initial time, just check it every 1 or 2 minutes until you see the golden color come into it. It is better to over bake just a little than to under bake. You will learn to recognize how you like it done if you make it consistently.
Who or what inspires you?
Inspiration is very close to creativity. Usually we are inspired by something or someone around us to be creative. As a stay at home parent, we have many avenues of inspiration: our precious family, our home space that we can make our own, nature, our relationships, and on and on.
The question is - do we notice the inspiring things around us? The sun rises and sets every day. Do you notice? Our children learn and grow every day. Are you too busy to see it? You are a wonder within yourself ...body and soul divinely made. Do you know that?
The job of home is much more enjoyable if one is in touch with all the inspiration around them.
Don't let the chaos take away from enjoying your life and family. There is inspiration everywhere. We have to 'stop and smell the roses' as they say. If the roses are there, they won't jump up and make us smell them, we must bow down to them. As well, we must 'bow down' to the little things in life and allow the beauty around us to be part of our life!
Read 'What You Will Learn' for more inspiration and info!