Thursday, March 16, 2017

Favourite "Glamping" Breaky

Last Spring when we glamped our way westward,
stopping to visit some dear friends in Iowa,
they generously gifted us a huge bag of homemade granola for the road.
It must have been several batches.

Trese and Dale

This recipe has become a favourite and a must have when we 
go on the road with our little RV.

Trese’s Granola

4 cups old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup coconut
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla or almond extract, as desired
¾ cup raisins
¾ cup dried cranberries

Set the oven for 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 1 jellyroll pan, (with sides).  Mix the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. Whisk the corn syrup and vegetable oil and the vanilla or almond extract well. Add this to the oatmeal mixture and stir thoroughly with a large spoon.
Pour mixture onto greased jelly roll pan and even out the mixture on the pan.
Bake for 15 minutes for 4 cycles, stirring well between each 15 minute cycle. The granola is done when it has a medium brown color throughout. Place into a large bowl to cool. Stir in the raisins/cranberries and enjoy.
Trese says:
* I make 3 of these at a time, so I always have an extra gallon sized bag of granola to share with those I love.

So glad we received this love gift.
Strawberries are in season where we are right now and this,
with a dollop of delicious organic yogurt
is the perfect way to start every day ...

Till next time ..... hope strawberries will be in season soon where you are too!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Museum Quilts

A recent visit to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates
in Ft. Myers Florida
was a chance to look back into history
about the time that my mom and dad were born - 1916

These beautiful estates with wide porches and immaculate gardens
felt like an oasis from the busy city streets all around them.

We peeked into the windows and listened to the walking audio tutorial
as we wondered around the grounds and gardens.

That's us peeking into the Ford family's Dining Room! Cuppa tea anyone?
The farmer was intrigued by the brilliant inventions of these two men
and stopped to read all the information boards and watch the videos and studies.

I was more interested, it seemed, peeking into the bedrooms with the quilts and antique furnishings.

My favourite one, "Tree of Life"
So beautiful in the red and white fabrics!

Another favourite - Red and White Four Hearts Quilt!!!

It was such a lovely day to stroll through some amazing history.
So glad we went.

Me and Mina Miller Edison - she hailed from Akron, Ohio (Menno roots perhaps lol?)

If you ever get the chance, you should see this great museum.

Until next time ....... enjoying some sun and fun.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Rocks and Loaves

On the weekend our curling club held it's annual
Valentine Bonspiel.
The roads were horrid but that didn't stop us ...

It was a fun day and the food, as always, was delicious and
beautifully presented by some of the club member's spouses and families.

This is a day we all look forward to each winter.

Today the weather has turned to icy rain - ugh!

So what's a gal to do on a rainy, icy February day?
Perfect timing to bake some bread ... right!?

Two loaves of our forever favourite "Miriam Bread"
(I looked back in my blog recipes and couldn't believe
that I had never posted this delicious bread)

My cousin Miriam makes this bread recipe all the time
and generously shares it with our church family and friends
at potlucks, family reunions, and such.
She even bakes many, many loaves to distribute to her neighbours
and friends on Hallowe'en along with the children's treats!
Can I say, she is almost famous for this yummy bread.

And why not make a savoury kringle bread as well!
You will see a past post on this bread if you click the above link.

This time I changed up the filling a tad (since I didn't have any fresh herbs on hand to use this time).

2 Tbsp. Ground Flax Seed
1 Tbsp. Poppy Seeds
1 large garlic clove - minced
1 Tbsp. chopped sun dried tomatoes
1 Tbsp. parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
Before baking I sprinkled the dough with some coarse salt and sesame seeds.

Some baking to warm the hearth and home.

Now I might bake a carrot cake - just because I've been craving it.

Till next time ... stay safe where you are - so many storms passing through these past few days!