Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Shenandoah Valley Views

Although my boys might like the animals they can see along the route to the cabin, I love the scenary.

March in the Shenandoah Valley is beautiful.

Shendandoah Cows

Whenever we go to the cabin, my boys love to have "cow sightings" from the moment we leave the main highway. Of course, there are also lots of horses and even some goats who enjoy sitting in the bucket of their owner's back-hoe, but the cows are my boys' current favorite. The boys are lucky -- there are lots of cows in the area to look at!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Breakfast of Champions!

We've made my own bread for years but had never tackled cereal, until now. We don't think there's any going back -- it's good & easy!

Here's a very flexible recipe, adapted from the Nutty Granola Recipe from Ellie Krieger, Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger:

Cooking Spray
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped raw, unsalted walnuts (We don't measure, but use between 1/2 and 1 cup)
1/2 cup chopped unsalted pecans (again, something under 1 cup)
1/2 cup maple syrup (We've made it once w/ only maple syrup and another time with some syrup and some brown sugar after we ran out of syrup -- it worked fine both ways)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 good handful of sweetened coconut (left over from holiday baking -- it's not in the original recipe)
1/2 cup raisins (or craisins, or both)

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray. In a medium bowl combine everything. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Transfer the sheet to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

My family especially loves it served with yogurt (which we have yet to make ourselves).

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!