granola cookies

adapted from recipe on about.com

Granola Cookies

1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 egg
2 T. water
1 1/2 c. granola
1 c. dried fruit (dates, etc.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheet.

Combine flour, baking soda and slat.
Cream butter and sugar.
Add egg and combine.
Add water and combine.
Mix in flour mixture.
Stir in granola and dried fruit.

Bake for 11-14 minutes.

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knitting

I found this container of yarn for $1 and have been knitting things.
Got to give them to the homeless and poor this weekend – twas a blessing.
They loved it all. Gave out tons of clothes, but there are never enough socks, blankets and coats to go around.

I’m getting rid of 10 things a day now for 30 days. Here is my first day – today. The clothes will go for the poor and homeless. Those 3 pairs of pants are too large – I’ve gradually decreased in size – yay : ) The other things will go to a thrift store.

getting rid of things

hmmmmm – I wonder if I can get rid of 10 things per day for 30 days like the person in this blog. It’s worth a try anyway.

Lots of good tips here.

My goals this fall season before Thanksgiving.

Paint the rest of the living room (2 walls left : )
Finish painting our bedroom
Empty out kitchen cabinets, clean then and put back only what I will use or need to keep
Shampoo all rugs and carpets with Kirby shampooer
Rearrange rec room for winter
Get rid of 10 things a day for 30 days
Plant daffodil and tulip bulbs
Plant garlic
Make a few more raised beds
Clean up garden and put in more compost in the raised beds
Use up extra material for homeless bags and sleeping bags/blankets

pictures i’ve been taking

yesterday i found the cord that plugs my camera into the computer so now i can take bunches of pictures again, which i really enjoy to the mostest.

How much is that kitty in the window ? ? ?

The one with the swish-swishy tail ?

bought a papaya – now what to do with it ? ? ? (p.s. I peeled, scooped out seeds, and cut it in chunks and froze it, adding some water over it first)

took a nice walk at happy rock park

then picked up dear daughter at college – then she cleaned out her room – tossing out all her old journals – she turned 19 two days ago. life moves on – it will be good

gourds, garlic chive and FB

I am doing without facebook the whole month of September. It isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. Facebook is like my garlic chive in the picture below.

I read that garlic chive needs to be thinned out. This has been growing here at least 5 years and has not been thinned out. I’m thinking I will dig about a foot of it all the way across and put in some other things like coneflowers and plant some marigolds in the spring. Facebook is like these garlic chives. They are crowding out everything else. FB needs to be somewhere near the bottom of the list but it keeps climbing to the top, demanding more and more attention. It has been good to be off these days. My eyes are less strained, my mind is more calm and I have more time and mental energy for other things needing to get done : ) ! ! !

I thinned them out and found a couple coneflowers and chive to plant. Looking forward to next spring and lots of coneflowers hopefully and some lovely chive plants. I took a picture of it, but can’t find it now : (

My husband took a few pictures today of animals and a hawk right in the middle of the city.

Last but not least, some pictures of my gourds which, with the cooler weather and rain are beginning to grow. I saw the two little fuzzy gourds and told my daughter they are like little fuzzy koala bears. She told that to her friend and her friend says she loves me. Anyway, here are the gourds.

almonds

history of almonds

Almonds are yummy. I recently made almond milk by soaking 1 cup of almonds 6 or more hours in 4 cups water. Then I put it all in the blender until well blended. I separated out the liquid from the solids and refrigerated the liquid in a quart jar for use in smoothies, baking or just drinking. The solids can be added to almost anything – baked goods, nut butter sandwiches, etc.

Almonds were originally from the dry middle eastern countries, such as Israel.

California grows bunches of almond trees and exports them also.

I learned about Jordan almonds from here. They can be used as wedding favors, 5 for each guest accompanied by this poem:

Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat
To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet.
Five wishes for the new husband and wife —
Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life!

They are called Jordan almonds because they were grown along the Jordan River.

more history here

a recipe for the brave

Interesting to find out what the word “almond” is in other languages:

mandlove – Czech
Mandeltrae – Danish
amandel – Dutch
Mandula – Hungarian
mandel – Swedish, German, Norwegian
Migdalowiec – Polish
mandorlo – Italian
Ametlla – Catalan
badem – Turkish
Migdale – Romanian
amande – French
almendra – Spanish
amendoa – Portuguese