Homemade Granola

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All measurements are approximate. If you don’t like a certain ingrediant, don’t add it.
In a large bowl mix together:
6 cups of Old Fashioned Oats.
1 cup of sunflower seeds (out of the shell)
3/4 of a cup almonds  (slivered or sliced, just not whole)
3/4 of a cup chopped pecans
Add any nuts you like or have on hand. I have also added ground flax seed and wheat germ. Just be careful not to add too much.

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Spread onto a sheet pan and toast for 30minutes at 325 degrees stirring occasionally to toast the oats.

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In a small sauce pan melt:
1 stick of butter

Once that is melted add:
2 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 cup of honey
3/4 cup of brown sugar
Stir until mixed well and smooth. Does not take long and be careful it will burn.

Remove the oats and nuts from the oven and return to large bowl add coconut:
14oz bag of sweetened coconut



Pour honey mixture over the oats and stir well. I use my hands to get the oats well covered.
Return oats to the cookie sheets, split between two sheets for quicker toasting. Place in oven for 10 minutes making sure the edges don’t burn.

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Remove from oven and let cool. This is the important part. If the mixture is not cool and you add the craisins, dates and raisins they will get hard.

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Once cooled stir in:
3/4 cup of craisins
1 cup raisins
8oz box of chopped dates

Place in an airtight container. This should keep for about 1 month.
Wonderful on yogurt!

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Happy New Year and a few other things..

Happy New Year!

I was so excited to have gotten the Christmas cards finished, unfortunatly I did not get them in the mail until Tuesday. Oh well, better late than never. Right?

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My youngest was chosen to bring home the classroom gerbil named Theodore. This was a big event for Carter but an even bigger one for Ozzy the cat.  The poor cat has been about to crawl out of his skin trying to get his teeth into this little critter. Fortunately Theodore is used to being around  dozens of little kids and is not the least bit bothered by the cat.

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So close yet so far away……good bye!

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My husband and I went out for a while and when we can home we saw this. 
MOM:  “Carter, uh, what are you doing?”
Carter: “Cleaning the microwave mom, duh! Can you get me a spray bottle?”
Mom: “Whhhhyyyyy?
Carter: Looking at me like I have a 3rd head…”Because it is on the top of the microwave and I cannot get it clean.”
 Imagine my confusion…they are cleaning up after themselves.

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