Except for the unseasonably warm weather we've been having in October...(try 80 degrees and above for the last week!) I've been feeling like it finally is Fall.
And every time Fall hits, like it or not, I feel the urge to start cooking.
It's not like I don't usually cook quite a bit, but the urge to fill the freezer with Christmas cookies or pumpkin bread or just anything overtakes me.
Last night I was in the kitchen till late. I was cleaning up from supper, and then made our supper for tonight last night knowing after school today the kids and I were going to my grandparent's to rake their leaves for them.
It's the least we can do.
And they gave us frozen fresh hamburger as payment. (I'll take that as payment anytime!)
So, while I was in the kitchen, I decided I'd make some granola as well. It's good as cereal in the morning, or on top of yogurt.
It's the easiest recipe I've ever used, and it is really good.
6 c rolled oats (old fashioned oats)
1c wheat germ
1/2 c flaxseed
1 c coconut, shredded (optional)
1c vegetable oil
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c honey
1 t vanilla
1/2 t salt
Combine oil, sugar, honey, vanilla, and salt and microwave about 50 seconds till slightly warm. Add all dry ingredients and mix well. Bake on parchment paper on jelly roll pan at 275 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool, and break up, and store in airtight container.
I've also added things like almonds, etc. You can add whatever you like to this.
It makes the kitchen smell "homey" and makes me feel like I made something good for my family.
I store mine in this old pickle jar I found at a garage sale, and then painted the lid my favorite aqua color.
I can't wait to eat more tomorrow.
Just try it, you'll like it. (Hey, wasn't that an old Life cereal slogan?)