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oh, I just made granola today! it's easy, easy, easy.

my recipe is:

8 cups old fashioned oats
2-3 cups goodies (nuts, coconut, etc. don't add the fruit here)

mix together in a large bowl
1/2 cup veg or canola oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup honey
dash o' salt
generous splash of vanilla

heat these ingredients until well blended

then add this to the oats mixture. stir to coat.

bake at 350 degrees stirring every 10 minutes or so until brown.

then I throw raisins on a pan and stick them in the oven just until they start to plump up a bit. take them out of the oven and stir with sugar. (the sugar will stick to the raisins, just like in raisin bran)

hope you don't mind me posting the entire recipe in your comments section. if you try it, let me know. :)


Wow! Thanks for nominating me for the make my day award, you just made my day! :)
And, weird, I just made my favorite granola today, its super easy and I got the recipe from the Baby Bistro cookbook.
2 C Rolled Oats
2 C of any combination of nuts, coconut, crisped rice, sunflower seeds, etc. (I like to use 1 C brown rice krispies and 1/2 each of coconut and slivered almonds.
1/2 C maple syrup
2 T oil
Stir it all up and spread out on a baking sheet, bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes.

That calzone looks great!


here's my favorite granola recipe:

my favorite part is the puffed wheat which makes it lighter and less tooth-breaking than most granolas.

your calzone looks super yummy!


Oh I saw a great granola recipe here:

Her blog is amazing and she has tons of yummy recipes!!


That calzone looks wonderful. Cheese can make just about anything taste better!


every time some dear friends of ours visit from Bermuda they bring us a pack of ginger beer. that stuff is SOOO good, we should just learn to make it from scratch. maybe you can share your perfected recipe?? also, the calzone looks AMAZING. i have to try the olive oil bread still, but i was very happy with the light whole wheat! and i'm enjoying the granola recipes being shared! i use on from Heidi's book (of 101 cookbooks) and i really like it (don't have the book with me or i would type it up for you!)


I've never had ginger beer but my friend swears by it.


I love Ginger Beer, too. I think the one that I like is by Stuart. It has a spicy kick.

That clazones look yummy.

joel hoekema

i grew up an hour from Sioux City, IA. I remember the Sioux City Sarsaparilla which is a root beer. not too familiar with the alcohol since i left when I was 18 and didn't do much drinking before age 21 (misspent youth obviously). i'll have to check on the Ginger Beer!


Hmmm, I've never had ginger beer, I must try it sometime. I'll look for the brand that you mentioned the next time I'm in the store.


Thanks for linking to my blog!

Your culinary delights look great. My husband has bought the equipment to make home brew beer, which seems like such an ordeal, but I can't complain with all my crafting stuff taking over the house.

I have been meaning to make some granola too. My mom used to make it for us as kids. Maybe I'll try some soon!


That Spinach and Ricotta Calzone looks amazing!!!! I will definitely be trying it on the weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

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