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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

HOMEMADE IS ALWAYS BETTER - HOLIDAY HOMEMADE GRANOLA

Money can be tight this time of year; Bills like property taxes! life etc... BUT, I have some fairly inexpensive ideas.... 

Homemade is Always Better - here are some ideas....

MY favorite gift to give is Granola and the feature of this Blog. - My recipe came from Alton Brown, from the Food Network..... I just 'perfected' it... add what I have on hand and it is SO very good by itself, with ice cream or yogurt.


Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown:
Ingredients

    • 3 cups rolled oats
    • 1 cup slivered almonds
    • 1 cup cashews
    • 3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut
    • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup raisins


Directions

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.
  • Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.

MY UPDATES ARE:
zest from one orange 
pinch of nutmeg 
vanilla powder 
quality honey (I use in place of brown sugar) 
quality maple syrup 
plus I omit raisins - why? many people don't like raisins.
Fresh warm Granola Hooterville Homestead 2018
Makes a Large Pan






Small jars of homemade jams, jellies, pickles are always a hit with me... I love getting them as well as giving them.... (pic's courtesy of the internet) - these are the easiest of all canning.


Fresh Garden Fruit Jam/Jellies - "IF" you can beat the rabbits to them!
Homemade Garden Pickles - Yummy

Ideas for Packaging!

I go after the holiday season and buy food gift bags!  so cheap!

25 Cents - all these cost - after holiday sale
I did this with Homemade Vanilla Cupcake mix

I do make my own Candles - Love his idea

Great idea for Jam/Jellies

Love the Family you have, give the gift of giving! 

Wishing all a beautiful, warm, thankful, blessed Christ filled Holiday!  All my love sent to you!

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