making granola

As promised to Louise, here is my almost-well-developed homemade granola recipe.  I make a batch every week or so, and eat it all up quite quickly.

Ingredients:

4 cups rolled oats (I like to use a variety of regular, barley & whatever else)

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup pumpkin seeds

1-1.5 cups chopped almonds (roughly chopped is fine)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 cup canola oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 cup raisins

1 cup dried coconut flakes

Set oven to 350.  Mix ingredients oats–>cinnamon in a large metal (oven-safe) mixing bowl.  Combine canola oil and maple syrup and then pour over dry mixture.  Stir until all oats/seeds are thoroughly wetted (you can start off with a little less oil/syrup if you don’t want so much, but make sure that nothing in the mixing bowl is dry–I’ve just found that this amount wets everything enough to keep it from burning too easily).  Put your bowl in the oven and set the timer to 1 hour.  Pull out every 10 minutes and stir the granola around so it doesn’t only bake on the top.  After 45-60 minutes depending on how dry the granola has become I’ll turn down the oven temperature to 275 and let bake for another 20 minutes or so.  The key is to get it mostly dried without burning.  You’ll easily smell if any part starts to burn.  Pull it out immediately if it does.

   Let the granola cool down for a while and then add the raisins and coconut flakes.  Then you have yourself a yummy breakfast, snack, or topping for your yogurt.

Enjoy, and if you try it out and learn something different let me know!

Also, do take to heart the fact that I live at an elevation of 6000 feet, so your oven temperatures may be different (or maybe that only applies to cookies and baked items? I’m not sure).

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where I live…

is beautiful even when it rains.  A local guy took this picture last week and it was featured in a weekly Sun Valley e-newsletter that I get at work.  And truly, it has a tendency to be this dramatic in Ketchum, and it’s especially nice if you hike up a little hill for such a view:

whew…part II

Well, I finally have internet back in my apartment, so there are officially no more excuses for going two weeks between blog posts.

Since my last update I’ve been to Memphis to visit lots of family and celebrate the birthday of my dear sweet namesake, Mema Martha.  It was a festive, fun, and blistering hot weekend, but above all it was wonderful to see so much family.  Living so far away from everyone has been more difficult than I’d first imagined, so the weekend was a good refresher (and not in the sense that I needed to be refreshed on why I live so far away…my family is truly wonderful).

Back in Ketchum things have started to get a little crazy.  What we call the “slack” or non-tourist season is drawing to a close, which means that business is picking up and the days are becoming fuller.  Fortunately, this coincides with nicer and warmer weather.  Today Matt and I went on a bike ride down our very own local rails-to-trails path.  I believe that we went about 11 miles or so, which is more than enough for my allergies and lack of summer sport strength.  But it was a gorgeous day.  I don’t think that the temperature rose above 60, it was mostly sunny with a constant breeze, and all the hills surrounding us were bright green.  It felt wonderful to rush along by the river with the smell of the cottonwoods and other fresh blooms engulfing us.

On another note, I’m finally reading a book called Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn, which a friend thrust into my hands several months ago.  I have a terrible tendency to not start reading books if they don’t have a due date stamped inside (or hypothetically so since libraries just scan everything now), but I picked up this book the other day and have been rushing my way through it.  That’s all I’ll say for now and I’ll attempt a review in my next post instead of blathering incoherently.