Anyway, I stuck to my plan and didn't do any projects this past weekend. Doesn't mean I did nothing nothing, but I undertook no projects, so how's that? Truthfully, I don't find it relaxing at all to lounge around watching tv all weekend so instead I did some much needed cleaning and a bit of cooking. Chris also did some baking and made some bread.
Is there any doubt as to why he's been my valentine for the last 8 years?
I made lasagna and some homemade granola. Granola is one of the easiest things to make and it makes the house smell so good. One of the other reasons I love to make it is because you there are so many variations: you can add cinnamon and nutmeg, omit the nuts, or substitute the raisins for cranberries, dried apricots or dried cherries. I used some hazelnuts instead of cashews and chose to omit the coconut (mainly because I was out and was too lazy to drive to the store) and used raisins and dried cherries. Yum.
Here's the recipe:
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
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. I had some for breakfast yesterday with blackberries. YUM.
In other news, Grizabella had a rough weekend. Clearly:
What??? It'd been a few weeks AT LEAST since I posted a picture of her. Right???? Right?