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Monday, January 24, 2011

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Welcome to my very first post!  I hope you find at home with ann entertaining, amusing, and occasionally informative.

It was under 10 degrees all day today.  It made me long for tropical vacations, or just a time when it isn't necessary to wear three shirts and a sweater inside.

I have come to realize that I act more and more like an old lady every day.  Today I had to will myself not to eat dinner at 5 on the dot.  Only because I had moved a comforter onto the couch and was reading a new book did I make it until 6.  Needless to say, this has left several evening hours for me to ponder my next snack.  In an attempt to eat something healthier than a bowl of chocolate chips, I decided on granola.  It smells delicious, and I'm about to dig into a bowl topped with milk.

Coconut Almond Cranberry Granola
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a medium saucepan, heat honey until thin.  Add oil, sugar and vanilla, stir to combine.
Stir in oats, coconut, almonds and cranberries.
Spread on a lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Stir, bake an additional 5 minutes.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

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