Monday, June 29, 2009

Granola...It's what's for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

So far this pregnancy I've had a love affair with fruit smoothies, Trader Joe's frozen macaroni and cheese, and now home made granola. I got this recipe from Sarah's mother Fran. Fran is a do-it-your-selfer in every possible way. She is a wealth of the kind of knowledge I'd like to have. So whenever she is in town I try to learn something new from her.

I find this granola to be delectable. It's crunchy, golden goodness has no equal. I find myself eating at least two bowls a day lately. The original recipe didn't call for flax or pumkin seeds but I think they add that little something extra plus they're very good for you.

The recipe is as follows:
6 cups rolled oats
2 cups shredded coconut
2 cups chopped nuts( I use half almonds and half pecans)
1/2 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
3/4 to 1 cup honey(to taste)
3/4 to 1 cup melted butter(to taste)
1 T cinnamon
1 t salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine oats, coconut, nuts, and seeds in a large bowl. In a separate bowl combine melted butter, honey, cinnamon, and salt. Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Spread onto cookie trays and place on top rack of oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 5 minutes.

This recipe makes a lot so if you're not feeding an army you could cut in half.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

The Obsession Continues

So you might recall from earlier posts Ephraim's love of jam. I guess after a hard day of playing in the dirt there's nothing quite as comforting as a jar of jam to snuggle with while napping.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Dash Point!

Last Friday was a beautiful, warm, sunshiny day and Thomas was home from work. It was just one of those perfect family fun days. First, we all ventured to the mall and everyone got their own new pair of flip flops from Old Navy. You can't beat 2 for $5 when buying shoes.
Then we headed to Dash Point. We were especially lucky because the tide was WAY out. So many cool things to discover. Among our finds were a sea snail, a geoduck, sand dollars,clam shells, a sea cucumber, jellyfish, and a bunch of crabs(unfortunately the crabs were all dead). Marley and Townsend were so excited about all their discoveries. Aislyn was content to just dig in the sand the whole time. Ephraim LOVED throwing the sand but didn't love having to get cleaned up when he was done. Jairus was happy to be by my side most of the time. But even he ventured off for a little while and threw some sand with his little brother.
Happy Ephraim.
Digging Aislyn.
Marley and Townsend whilst finding a jellyfish.
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