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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Fun without wine!

So sometimes it's not about the wine. - Angel on right shoulder
Wait, no. It is always about the wine! - Devil on left shoulder
Noooo (insert magnificent eye roll here), sometimes it is about having fun with your kids. - Angel on right
Can't there be wine too? - Devil on left
Of course there can! - Charlie

(but this time there wasn't...)

The Goose's Granola
2 cups rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp plus 1 tsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional add-ins:
almonds, pecans, chocolate chips, craisins, dried apples, cherries, raisins and whatever else suits your fancy! (Karen Ray used semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and craisins)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl toss the oats with the cinnamon.

In a medium bowl combine the vegetable oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until completely combined.

Pour the honey mixture over the oats mixture and use your hands to combine them. (that's right, I said use your hands!) Gather up some of the mixture in each hand and make a fist. Repeat until all the oats are coated with the honey mixture.

Pour the mixture onto the prepared cookie sheet, and spread evenly. Leave a few clumps here and there for texture.
Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola. If you are using nuts sprinkle them over the top and return the pan to the oven.

Bake for 5 minutes and then remove from the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola. Return to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes. (this timing is tentative. Please keep an eye on your granola, because nothing is worst than burnt granola. blech.)

Let cool completely and then sprinkle your remaining toppings over the top of the granola. Use your hands to transfer to an airtight container.


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