Thursday, August 28, 2014

Moving On.

We have put our home up for sale.  We are planning to move back to Colorado.  And I am so very glad.
These last years have been incredibly hard.  Because I haven't wanted to write complaining and whining, I've not written much at all in so very long.  I take that idea, "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all!" probably too close to heart.
Yes, there are a few things I will miss about this place.  Like today, when we had to leave for our first showing we went up to the woods just a mile away.  We threw rocks in the water, crossed the (little) river on a board bridge, and picked wild apples we ate right off the tree.  That was nice.
But this town?  There is so little for us.  We'll miss the incredibly kind people at our little church and the (very) few friends we've made.  But I won't miss much.
It's not the hard work, though there has been plenty.  It's that every little thing here is a struggle.
And I've fought against the prevailing negativity of this place until I simple cannot anymore.  It's sunk me more than once.  It's such a pit I have clawed my way out of too many times, my heart dying a bit more with each fall.  I don't want to live like this anymore.
So, here we are four long years since we sold our last home.  We've learned a lot.  Shoot, I'll always know how to milk a goat or a cow.  I had to put down another hen the other day and just didn't even think twice about it.  Quite a change from the first time.
We followed a dream that was often a bit more of a nightmare.  At least we won't look back at the end and wonder what might have been.  We gave it our all and it is simply time to move on.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

These Days

I know I've been quiet lately.
All is well.  I'm having a sense of deja vu about life and this.
I'll have more to write when things settle down a bit. 
Miss you all.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Granola Goodness

I was mixing up a batch of granola this morning when Sweetheart came in with the camera.  So...we're set for breakfasts for awhile I think!  I ended up with three gallons of granola when I was done making a triple batch.  Good thing Sweetheart got me this big bowl!  It's really handy and huge.
I've made a lot of granola over the years and while I think the recipe from the Garland's Lodge Cookbook is the best tasting, this is an easy and quick recipe that comes together fast and without a lot of mess.

Granola 

Blend together in a big bowl:
8 cups oats
4 cups nuts/coconut/seeds (Fill in with extra oats if you don't have enough nuts.)
2-3 TBL cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves

In another bowl/pan heat & blend:
1/2 mild tasting oil
3/4 cup honey or syrup

1-2 TBL vanilla

Pour half the liquids slowly over dry ingredients and mix well.  Add the rest and stir, stir stir! (As you can tell from the picture, I gave up with the spoon and mixed by hand because I was making so much.)
Spread out on cookie sheets.  I use parchment in my pans to keep it from sticking.  This amount of granola fills three huge cookie sheets.  Bake at 300* for 30 minutes.  You may want to stir the granola and rotate the pans as you bake, if you wish.  It should turn golden and smell yummy when it's done. 
I then poured all the baked granola back into a bowl to cool.  When it's cooled, I like to add a variety of dried fruit like cranberries, raisins and banana chips.  You could even do chocolate chips when it's cool if you like, but since we eat it for breakfast I don't.  Store in airtight jars.
Canning jars of granola also make nice gifts. 

Enjoy!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

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