Picture below is my mom from last Saturday - in bed with her basket of goodies (books, crossword puzzles, Dove chocolate, Kindle). I think she looks dang good - you wouldn't believe she was just a week post op there!
So while I was gone, Jeff was also out of town for a week. Our neighbor, Ginger's mom (Paco's best friend), not only took care of Paco and the cats for us, she moved Paco in with them! I was a little worried when I heard of her plan, because she has two backyard dogs, and Paco only gets along with Ginger. No other dogs. He has the "charge/bark/snarl first, wag tail second" mentality, which, as you can imagine, does not make him very popular with other dogs (or their owners). It's so embarrassing - he has done this since we first got him, and even puppy kindergarten didn't cure him of this (we were relegated to a far corner in the classroom - shameful, I know). Anyway, guess what? He got along with the other dogs! That's right - Paco played well with others!!! We were so proud (and astounded)! He also slept in the youngest daughter's room (in his crate, which is his sanctuary) - she loved it, as it was like having her own dog, and apparently he was a very.good.boy. Who knew he had it in him?!?
"Yes, Mom - I had it in me...I just didn't want you to know. Now go away, I want to be one with my pillow."
Jeff gave me the super cool Runner's World Training Journal for Christmas, and I got all of two weeks into it before I hurt my ankle. It was just one more thing lying around, mocking me for not running (yes, my inanimate objects are pretty cruel) - but I resurrected it this week - ok, it's walking miles instead of running miles, but hey, it makes me feel good to finally be writing something in it:
And now, the hippie part of today's post - specifically, granola. I made granola, people, and it was good! Now if I could just find my Birkenstock sandals and love beads, I'd be set. Where was I? Oh yeah. My mom had a recipe for granola that she said was really good, while being pretty low in calories. So I
First, gather your ingredients:
Then, follow recipe:
3 cups oats
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3 tbsp packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp (generous) salt
1/3 cup honey
2 tbsp vegetable (canola?) oil
1 cup assorted dried fruit
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line rimmed jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Mix first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Stir honey and oil in saucepan over medium-low heat until smooth. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, toss. Spread on prepared sheet. Bake until golden, stirring every 10 minutes, about 40 minutes. (cook’s note: it took my batch a total of 55 minutes to become the right shade of brown) Place sheet on rack, stir granola, cool. Mix in fruit. Store in airtight container.
Makes about 6 ½ cups; serving size ½ cup – 247 calories.
Lay in parchment paper-lined jelly-roll pan:
Bake, turning every 10 - 20 minutes or so until golden brown:
Cool, then pour into bowl and add in dried fruit:
(sorry, no picture - I forgot!)
Then do math (ugh! so hard!) and figure out calories for entire batch, measure out batch into a ziploc bag to see how much you've come up with, do more math (I hope everyone appreciates all the effort I put into this - my brain hurt afterward!):
Then reward yourself with a delicious snack while humming California Dreamin' by the Mamas and the Papas.
It's like, soooo organic. And crunchy. Peace, man.
I really like this granola. It tastes almost buttery, which is amazing since there is no butter in it at all - just a mere 2 tablespoons of canola oil. I think next time I make it, I'll add in more of the coconut flakes and skip the dried fruit - that way, I can throw in dried or fresh fruit, depending on what I'm eating this with. Right now, it's been a tasty breakfast mixed with Fage, my favorite nonfat Greek yogurt.
Have a good weekend!