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Roasted Bitter Greens

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…


Note:  This is shared from another day, on another blog that I will no longer have the time to keep up once we are settled into our small RV home. I did not want to delete that blog without keeping a few of the better pieces of creative writing. Yes, I do realize that better is also subject to having a skill! With all that, creative writing is something I enjoy and hope to do more of while building additional skills. Thank you for indulging me... 


When you cook from what you grow, you do tend to be fixed with what is coming off the garden. For us right now, it is radishes. That coupled that with my new favorite way of cooking vegetables, results in lots of roasted vegetables on our table at mealtime.


Roasted radishes and greens are delicious, and I ended up eating the whole pan. Keep in mind that the greens of the radish plant are rather dry to start with, so the roasting doesn't take long. The first time I made roasted radishes with greens, they ended up so very ugly that sharing a photo of them here was not a possibility. They started out gorgeous.....


and ended up so ugly that no one was allowed to view them. Also because I devoured the whole mess they tasted that good! What starts out as a fair amount of food, ends up reduced down to about 1/4 of what was originally in the roasting pan. If you plan on serving roasted radishes and greens, you will need one bunch each, per person.

And what about the flavor? Well let me tell you, the radish sweetens and the greens are a pleasant bitter. A winning combination in my opinion. Bitter is a taste element that we don't often turn to in this country, except for beer. Which is a shame, because bitter is cleansing to the palate and good for the digestion. The flavor of roasted radish greens reminds me of broccoli rabe, which is hard to find in our produce market. 

Having a really big bowl of radish greens was the perfect opportunity to sock some away for future meals. Since I had over roasted the greens my first time making them, I had a fair idea of what I needed to do this time, and it worked very well. 

Roasted Radish Greens
by the seat of my pants
450 degree oven

Radish Greens
olive oil
salt
minced garlic, if desired


Toss the greens in a small amount of olive oil. 


Distribute the greens in an even layer (no deeper than 1 inch) on one or more baking sheets. 


Sprinkle with salt and garlic if using.


When oven has reached temperature, place pan(s) on racks, set timer for 5 minutes. Rotate pans and turn oven off, reset timer for 5 minutes, remove from oven, let cool slightly. 



You may serve the greens as a delicious side dish or snip them with scissors to freeze. 


I packaged in 1/2 cup (packed) portions, in sandwich bags, then placed in a freezer bag for long term storage. I hope to add more as the season continues. These will be added to cooked brown rice, biscuits or muffins along with some cheese, or stirred into scrambled eggs. 

Enjoy!

How about your family, do you enjoy a bitter taste element to your foods?

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A new use for that 5 Gallon Bucket Toolbox, re-purposed for kitting and sewing.

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe frugal idea, from our kitchen home. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Over half of our furnishing that will not be going on this adventure, have been sold. Our too small to live in, but really nice Motorhome, is now sold. Our second car, sold. Our little utility trailer, sold. And while I have kept the house in "show ready" condition, it is much less furnished.

We have had two, 2-day yard sales along with individual appointments for larger items that were easier to sell outside of a garage sale environment. Plus that way we only had to carry them once! I am culling out cookbooks that won't be needed, oh boy is that hard.....

My dear husband has about 1500 books (yes, really that many) to go through and decide to pack it or purge it to the next garage sale. I might have to nudge him a bit to get this going....
All of the food that was stored on a pantry shelf in the garage has been moved into the house. This way I can keep better track of what we have and not purchase it again before needed, plus I want that big wooden shelf to be up for sale at the next garage sale.


Our weather is turning to a bit of rain, it is a good thing that we have a double car garage to hold these sales in. Tomorrow we are driving north to take a look at a one-ton truck, priced right in our bracket that we will use to pull our 5th wheel when we take off, once the house sells. And speaking of the house, we have decided to list. This is a very small market and doing it ourselves we have come to believe is not in our best interest at this time.

Which brings me to the idea I came up with to store knitting and sewing supplies, once we do take off. I had remembered this purple bucket and tool belt, way up on the shelf a couple of days ago, while taking yet another look around for things to add to the next garage sale. Thinking that I needed to get a step stool or my dear husband to get it down. Which did not happen until today, due to yet another sleepless night.

Awake it came to me that while I never did use it much as a toolbox, it is still in great shape so why not turn it into a carryall for knitting and sewing supplies? It will not take up much room, it will not break, and everything will be in one place. I can even store it in a closet out of the way. So that is what I did. I also used a collapsible salad bowl from my old lunch kit, and a freezer container, both items I found in the cupboard.

Take a look...

Re-purposed 5 gallon bucket toolbox, to hold sewing and knitting supplies.

Re-purposed 5 Gallon Craft Bucket
Inspired by another sleepless night!




Re-purposed 5 gallon bucket toolbox, to hold sewing and knitting supplies.

The largest loom ring fits perfect around the top edge. Plus there are plenty of open pockets to store other items I might find I need later on for quick mending.

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Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Granola

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

The one treat I remember from my childhood was Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts, I loved them! They were not a regular visitor at our table, but when they came home from the grocery store, I enjoyed them, toasted and buttered. In the beginning, Pop Tarts did not come with frosting (which were too sweet for me), but buttered right from the toaster they could not be beaten.

I have never forgotten that combination of brown sugar, cinnamon and the toasted crust of the Pop Tart. Even though I have not purchased (or even eaten!) a Pop Tart in over 30 years. But, I think this granola comes close in flavor, and who doesn't enjoy reminiscing about their childhood?

We were busy with our second garage sale during the making of this granola, frequently I could hear my husband out in the garage replying to the inquiry about what smelled so good, "my wife is making granola". And I must say, when I opened the oven for the last stir, it smelled just like Pop Tarts in the toaster!

I also thought I would share this from Wikipedia,

"Originally not frosted when first introduced in 1964, it was later determined that frosting could withstand the toaster, and the first frosted Pop Tarts were officially released in 1967. "

The four original flavors were strawberry, blueberry, brown sugar cinnamon, and apple currant.

But let's get back to granola, now introducing Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Granola.

Easy and delicious Brown Sugar Cinnamon Granola, inspired by the Pop Tarts of my youth!
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Granola

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Granola
inspired by: Pop Tarts!

6 c old fashioned oats
2 c walnut pieces
3/4 c wheat germ or 1/4 c whole wheat flour (note WW flour will provide a firm crunch)
11/4 c brown sugar
1 T cinnamon

1/2 c coconut oil, melted
1/2 c water

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well. Drizzle the wet ingredients over the top, then combine well, making sure all the ingredients evenly are coated, and no lumps of brown sugar remain.



Divide between two large baking trays (jelly roll pans work well). Bake 25 minutes, stir well. Rotate baking pans, bake 20-25 minutes longer.

You may also use a large lasagna pan, stirring every 15 minutes, which is usually what I do. I also like to bake my granola until it is a rich deep golden brown.

You can also use the slow cooker method found here.

We like having a variety of granola to choose from, you may want to try our Coconut Almond, or the Maple Pecan.

Enjoy!

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Transitioning to a 5th Wheel Home, life is a crazy busy process...

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe an update in our transition process. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

We have been very busy with sales of excess furniture, housewares, and appliances. But I can tell you this, don't stock up at Costco in the normal fashion, and then sell the extra fridge in the garage. Which is what we did.....

True, we have had some hits (found great acrylic canisters to take the place of the glass ones that I love) and some misses (our Motorhome had damage we were unaware of, yikes!). But through it all, we are a solid team. And we will trudge forward. We might most likely have to rearrange our plans or schedules for the realities we will find in all we have to get done, but we are looking forward to this large project being completed and our first road trip.


We have sold our second car, our utility trailer and have now set a fair price on the Motorhome after a consultation with an RV specialist, regarding the work needing to be done. From that conversation, we lowered the price an additional $1,000.00 so the buyer can walk into some equity.



I have been busy working on our food recipes that we enjoy eating on regular rotation. like granola. I have successfully tweaked the amounts to make a half batch, which will most likely fit better in the oven if there is no room for the large crockpot.

As soon as our small Motorhome sells, we plan on purchasing a truck to pull the 5thwheel that will become home. Getting close to that point now. Our home at the peninsula is for sale, about 1/3 of our excess household goods have been rehomed through tag sales and we are gearing up for the second round of garage sale weekend!

Annnd, last but not least, the email service for posts by email will be changing. If you receive your updates in this manner, please use the new gadget that I will soon post.

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Zucchini and Turmeric Sweet Pickle Slices

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I have been working on making our own condiments and pickles using either a fermenting process or a quick pickle vinegar brine. So far, we are very pleased with the quick pickle recipes, but I have to be honest, the naturally fermented foods are too salty for me. I will keep trying, but I am glad these quick pickled recipes have worked so well. I have made these Zucchini and Tumeric Pickle Slices more than once, and I will make them again. I hope you give them a try.

I had read that any cucumber quick pickle recipe could also be used with zucchini. It is certainly true for sweet pickle slices, with one small change, cucumbers are a bit watery while zucchini is not. You might have read about my Simple Sweet Pickle Slices when I originally posted it. If so, you might now notice that there has been a small adjustment made in the recipe. The water needed to be reduced to allow for the cucumber taking in the brine and giving off a bit of water.

Zucchini and Turmeric Sweet Pickle Slices, quick and easy, no canning.

With zucchini, you do not need to make that adjustment, and I have found the perfect sweet and sour mix the ratio that I learned back in Junior High home economics works just as well today as it did 50 (yikes!!) ago when I was in class. That ratio is equal parts sweet, sour and other. In the case of these pickles, other is water. When I make a sweet and sour dish, the other is pineapple juice or even broth.

1 1/2 quarts of sliced zucchini, will yield a quart of pickled slices.

I have also observed that it is best to cut the vegetables and fit them in a jar before making up a recipe for the brine. Vegetables tend to be too independent to conform to uniform sizes! The recipe below will fill a quart jar filled with sliced zucchini.


I have also observed that it is frugal to place you sliced vegetables into the hot brine after you have removed it from the heat, stirring from the bottom to bring those slices up, 2 or 3 times.

Zucchini and Turmeric Sweet Pickle Slices, quick and easy, no canning.

Then let the mixture sit, and jar it when it has cooled to room temp. If you pour the brine over the vegetables in the jar, you will need approximately double the amounts of brine. And we all know, that I am if nothing else, frugal!
Pack the slices into the jar, pour the brine over to cover, it works much better...

Zucchini and Tumeric Sweet Pickle Slices
by the seat of my pants!

1 medium/large zucchini, washed, cut in half lengthwise if needed and sliced 1/4 inch thick

1/2 c sugar
1/2 c water
1 t turmeric
1/4 t salt (try garlic salt, also)
1/2 c vinegar

Bring the sugar, water, turmeric, and salt to a boil.

Remove from heat, stir well, add vinegar, then sliced zucchini. Carefully stir or toss from the bottom of the pan upwards, 2 or 3 times. Set aside to cool to room temp.

Place Zucchini slices into a quart jar, cover with brine to cover and a cap lid, let rest at room temperature for up to 24 hours (you won't need to worry, the vinegar will prevent any spoilage).

If needed, push the slices below the brine, cover and refrigerate.

Enjoy!

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Roasted Radishes!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

If someone had told me that I would love roasted radishes, I would have said, "are you kidding?" Actually, I have never and I do mean never been a fan of, the radish. They get hot or spicy with size and often overpower any salad or sandwich they are put into.

But this is the second recipe I have made that has the cook, roast those little red guys. The first recipe was a roasted radish and carrot salad. It was wonderful! I plan on making that salad again. Vegetable salads, especially roasted vegetable salads are on my radar right now.

In my traipse through Pinterest looking for radish recipes, I also came across this one for a simple roasted radish side dish. Not only delicious, it is easy and uses those large radishes that do have a bit of a bite to them.

Roasted Radishes, easy and delicious! Perfect for those radishes that were found in the garden and a bit too spicy for fresh eating.
Roasted Radishes.
We shared dinner with friends last night and these were on the table. Everyone loved them and the preparation is very simple. Unfortunately, while I was fairly busy with the whole process of having friends over for dinner, I did not snap any photos of the preparation at part of the recipe, but it is simple and I know you can do!

Roasted Radishes
adapted from:  the kitchn
450 deg450-degree
2 large bunches of radishes or about 1 pound of radishes from your garden
olive oil
salt
pepper

Trim radishes, and cut in half.

In a large bowl, toss radish halves with 2 T olive oil.

Place radish pieces cut side down on a large baking sheet.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, roast 10-12 minutes for golden brown and a slight crunch. Roast 16-20 minutes for a deeper brown flavor and softer interior.

Enjoy!


Once dinner was done, and the clean up almost completed, it started to rain. Summer evenings will keep you guessing.

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Don't forget to enjoy the last week of the year...

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen a bit of creative writing. We hope you enjoy it as much as we I did when I wrote it.....

Note:  This is shared from another day, on another blog that I will no longer have the time to keep up once we are settled into our small RV home. I did not want to delete that blog without keeping a few of the better pieces of creative writing. Yes, I do realize that better is also subject to having a skill! With all that, creative writing is something I enjoy and hope to do more of while building additional skills. Thank you for indulging me... 



I love the hush that takes over the neighborhood and my small town the day after Christmas. All the frenzy is put to rest and the celebration we all enjoyed is now a warm memory to enjoy time and time again. But then we come to that last week in the year, you know the one, where it is difficult to know what to do with yourself. Because...

You're a bit tired from the wonderful Christmas you just enjoyed with family and friends and possibly a little too much of the those holiday foods that you don't routinely eat, except for special occasions, like Christmas.

And.

You're pretty sure you want to take a vacation in a warm climate, but that old bank account is saying no, no, no...

And.

You're growing a bit tired of the decor that spilled out and all over the house in this wonderful celebration we just enjoy. But you're not ready to invest the energy to put it all away, as you clearly remember how much work it was to put it all up!


And.

You're missing the cookies that have already been eaten. And wishing the ones you don't enjoy quite as much, had been baked in a smaller batch or possibly not at all. Unfortunately, there is still too much food for anything to be baked...

And.

It is the middle of the week, and there is no football to watch, or shopping to do, or chores that are calling your name (well not loudly enough, anyway!). So you feel a bit off kilter.

But then...

All of a sudden someone gives you a big hug and a heartfelt Thank you, and you truly know that Christmas and all the work involved is so worth it and you really can't wait for next year!

But for now, you have decided that any New Year's resolutions, will just have to wait because right now it is the perfect time to do nothing and enjoy the memories of this year. Because this is the last week of the year, and this moment will never happen again, for you to enjoy!


Cheers!

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Then new year always starts with my Mom's birthday...

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen a bit of creative writing. We hope you enjoy it as much as we I did when I wrote it.....

Note:  This is shared from another day, on another blog that I will no longer have the time to keep up once we are settled into our small RV home. I did not want to delete that blog without keeping a few of the better pieces of creative writing. Yes, I do realize that better is also subject to having a skill! With all that, creative writing is something I enjoy and hope to do more of while building additional skills. Thank you for indulging me... 


You better, 
was her favorite saying...

I am standing here tapping out this memory of my Mother because I just took laundry from the dryer. Laundry that was warm to the touch this winter's day, which is very cold. As I unloaded the clothes from the dryer I spied my favorite long sleeved sweatshirt and immediately put it on. Ahhh, just like I remembered from so many years ago, warm and comforting.

I was immediately taken back to the cold winter days of my childhood, where (I should say our Mother, she wasn't just mine) mother would be trying to herd us out of the bathtub and into bed. But of course given the choice of a warm bath or a cold room to dry off in, which would you choose? Yeah, I thought so.... No one wanted to budge from the warm water, and yet time was tight and kids needed to be put to bed for the evening.

So my mother had a trick, she would put a towel for each child in the dryer and get them warm and inviting, and sure enough, before you knew it, we were out, dried and into bed.....As the years go by, these memories are very important and become more so. I quietly treasure them, Mom would have been 86 today. Born during the great depression, into a large family of 13 children, she was the only girl.

She always began celebrating her birthday on New Year's Eve, because, January 1st was her birthday, and the world celebrated with her! Or that is what it seemed like when I was very small and my folks left the house for an evening out, to ring in the new year. The next morning there would be party hats and whistles for us kids to make noise with, so we did.


The morning would ensue with my father reminding us to "keep it down, your mother is sleeping" and we would try, but 5 kids do make a lot of noise.....Dad would cook us his famous fried cornmeal mush, which was golden and crunchy and a bit greasy in all the right ways. I loved the salty taste, but some of my brothers and sisters topped theirs with maple pancake syrup. Dad ate his with eggs.

This is how we started out each new year, and to this day, I still think of New Year's Eve as the start of my mom's birthday.

Happy Birthday Mom, love you and miss you!

3 generations, my mother, myself and my daughter, 1995

Cheers!

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As it turns out, retirement is not what you think....

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen a few paragraphs of written words that I am referring to as creative writing. Thank you for indulging me! We hope you enjoy it as much as we I did…


Note:  This is shared from another day, on another blog that I will no longer have the time to keep up once we are settled into our small RV home. I did not want to delete that blog without keeping a few of the better pieces of creative writing. Yes, I do realize that better is also subject to having a skill! With all that, creative writing is something I enjoy and hope to do more of while building additional skills. Thank you for indulging me... 




I missed the Monday deadline to write and use some creativity that does not involve my kitchen. Granted it is a goal that I had set for myself, but Monday is still gone, much like the Super Moon. The next few months will be a transition, going from full-time work to retirement. And I can already see that I am having some challenges.

Being off the clock can lead to nothingness if one is not careful. Which means I must be careful. There is much to get done enjoy, in this life of mine. So many things I have not yet done because I had to go to work the next day. So many things I put off until I did not have to go to work the next day. Which brings us to today...

I will tell you right now, it can be a difficult task transitioning from job ready to self-ready
Job ready was easy, you were expected to arrive at a specific time, work hard to accomplish a specific standard or production quotient, then go home. The details of your fatigue and what might be possible for your own self later that day were not the concern of any supervisor or manager. They were not responsible for that part of the program...

Where as, self-ready means you are not only the supervisor, but also the employee. With that responsibility, you must organize what needs to be done, along with all the things that you want to get done. Plus you must manage your own self, you know that same self that might have already started down the path to nothingness. The truth is, to self manage is to have a clear understanding of the important things in one's own life, and get them done.


When you think about all of that, and understand the job description now before you, you begin to realize that essentially retirement is a full time upper management job.....Wait, did I see a pay increase as part of the deal?

Cheers!

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Blogging, Traveling and Future plans!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen, a glimpse into our future. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did will…

Almost 10 years ago, I began this journey into blogging. Actually blogging was an offshoot of my Sunday Dinners for the family. Cooking a large dinner offering many different choices for the main dish, side dishes, and dessert requires one to try lots of new recipes. It seemed only natural to share it all in an effort to bring back Sunday dinner for all.

Blogging, Traveling and Future Plans!
In the beginning, we were called "Mom's Sunday Cafe".

It is pretty safe to say I hold Sunday dinner deep in my heart, it was the meal that always took place in my childhood family home and often at my dear Grandmothers. Through the years I had noticed that rarely did folks have Sunday dinners and I had hoped a little hope to be able to possibly bring about a change.

Blogging, Traveling and Future Plans!

Fast forward those almost 10 years and we have just the two of us at our Sunday dinner. Children grow up, change jobs, get married, move away and the dynamics are dealt with, at each new turn. This is life and anything less would not be, how it is meant to be. I can be melancholy all I want about the changes in our family, but they are natural and to be expected. We love our kids and want the happiest life for them, possible!

Blogging, Traveling and Future Plans!

Which brings us here, to today, and this decision.

Blogging, Traveling and Future Plans!

There will be changes to this blog, I cannot guarantee how often I will post a new recipe (or possibly a new adventure!) but I will continue to blog as a hobby. The advertising will disappear shortly and it will depend upon the cost of renewing the subscription service, but emailed posts may change to another process.

Blogging, Traveling and Future Plans!

Of course, I hope you continue to visit, I do plan on continuing on in my journey to cook with whole grains and organic food. Because it is just the two of us, I will also begin to specialize in small batch recipes.  We love leftovers, but only once....

Blogging, Traveling and Future Plans!

We have also made the decision to travel more, and that means scaling back on many things, as we will be living in our RV. Just large enough for the two of us, our cat (that will definitely be a new adventure!) a couple of bikes and kayaks.

Blogging, Traveling and Future Plans!

I have made some great friends blogging, and I hope that these ties and friendships do not fade away. Thank you all for your visits, comments and being a part of this wonderful journey. I hope you do continue to visit from time to time.

Blogging, Traveling and Future Plans!

Cheers!

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Maple Pecan Granola, traditional oven baked or easy slow cooker directions!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

We are on a granola kick here, with 2 batches made in one day. At this point, we have stopped purchasing ready to eat cereals from the market. Instead, we enjoy granola. I now make these 2 flavors and they seem to be as much variety as we need. But we love walnuts, so I have been pondering a Walnut Honey Date granola....

I should say however that, we do not eat cold cereal every day. Instead, we rotate whole grain pancakes, eggs, and whole grain toast, as well as a variety of hot cereals.

I also enjoy overnight oats, but, my husband not so much. That's OK, no matter what we have for breakfast, our meals always start with a selection from the fruit bowl. Most mornings we share an avocado or grapefruit, as part of our breakfast.

This granola is maple and pecan, and it is delicious! If you prefer fruit with your granola, dried cherries would be a wonderful addition to your cereal bowl.

Maple Pecan Granola. Traditional oven baked or easy slow cooker directions.
Maple Pecan Granola
Maple Pecan Granola
by the seat of my pants!
350-degree oven

6 c old fashioned oats
2 c pecan halves, broken in half
3/4 c wheat germ or 1/4 c whole wheat flour (note WW flour will provide a firm crunch)
1/2 c sugar

1/2 c real maple syrup
1/2 c coconut oil, melted
1/3 c water
2 t vanilla

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well. Drizzle the wet ingredients over the top, then combine well, making sure all the ingredients evenly are coated.

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add vanilla to the water and drizzle over dry ingredients. Next drizzle the coconut oil. Combine all ingredients until well mixed.

Divide between two large baking trays (jelly roll pans work well). Bake 25 minutes, stir well. Rotate baking pans, bake 20-25 minutes longer.

You may also use a large lasagna pan, stirring every 15 minutes, which is usually what I do. I also like to bake my granola until it is a rich deep golden brown.

Maple Pecan Granola. Traditional oven baked or easy slow cooker directions.

Let cool, then store in a covered container. Makes approximately 12 cups granola.

Note:  You will find directions for slow cooker granola here!

Enjoy!

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Coconut Almond Granola, traditional baked or slow cooker directions!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Granola is so easy to make, and personalize for your family. Today we made Coconut Almond Granola. Generally, we choose not to put dried fruit in our granola, simply because we prefer to add it to the top of the granola in our bowl.

Coconut Almond Granola. Traditional oven method or slow cooker update!
Coconut Almond Granola 
Coconut Almond Granola 
adapted from: my little black book, author unknown, yet thanked many times over!
325 - 350 oven

6 c oats
1 c brown sugar
1 1/2 c coconut
3/4 c wheat germ or 1/4 c whole wheat flour (note WW flour will provide a firm crunch)
1 1/2 c sliced or slivered or chopped whole almonds

1/2 c water
2 t vanilla
1/2 c coconut oil - melted

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add vanilla to the water and drizzle over dry ingredients. Next drizzle the coconut oil. Combine all ingredients until well mixed.

Divide between two large baking trays (jelly roll pans work well). Bake 25 minutes, stir well. Rotate baking pans, bake 20-25 minutes longer.

Important:  if you oven bakes "hot" you might choose to stir the granola at the half way point, this will prevent over browning of the oats on the bottom of the pan.

Coconut Almond Granola. Traditional oven method or slow cooker update!

Note:  I like to turn the oven off on the last 10 minutes and leave the granola in the oven until cool, this makes very crispy granola!

Coconut Almond Granola.

Makes approximately 11-12 cups

UPDATE:  you may also make this granola in the slow cooker!

Enjoy!

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Roasted Delicata and Onions.

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Roasted Delicata Squash, with onions.
Easy Oven Roasted Delicata Squash and Onions

I did not like Delicata squash the first time I cooked it because quite honestly I cooked it with the wrong method. I view this delicate vegetable in the same light as other winter squash. I cut it in half, scraped out the seeds and gave it a roast in the oven. Only to be disappointed, and vowing to not bother with it again.

But I was wrong! For the record, being wrong is completely OK, as long as you correct any errors that were your part. So I did.

Delicata squash is delicious. Mild in flavor, easy to cook (ahem, if you do it correctly...) and completely adaptable. One change I began making many years ago was "Let's eat more vegetables.". And I was serious, serious enough to give my goal a tag on this very blog. And I have spent the time since then trying and enjoying recipes for vegetables of all kinds.

This method will work with just about any other food you are baking in your oven, for the easiest dinner available, giving you time to relax or if need be, get other chores completed while dinner cooks. I baked this along side our main course at 350 degrees, putting it in the oven before the main course so it could take on a caramelized flavor.

Caramelized Squash and Onions, made easy in your oven.
Caramelized Delicata and Squash and Onions

Roasting vegetables is very adaptable, with no hard and fast rules. If you are oven sharing once the main dish is cooked, feel free to turn up the oven to 425-degrees and get the caramel action going, so everyone can enjoy dinner together.

Roasted Delicata and Onions
by the seat of my pants
350-degree oven

2 Delicata
1 large Onion
2-3 T oil, olive or avocado
Salt and Pepper
2-3 T sugar
1-2 T Balsamic Vinegar

Cut squash in half, scrape out the seeds, and slice crosswise into 1/4 inch slices.

Cut onion lengthwise into slices, separate.

Drizzle with the oil, and season with salt and pepper. (For me this worked best in a large bowl).

Spread out onto a large baking sheet, sprinkle with the sugar. Bake until tender 1-1/2 hours.

To serve, drizzle with the Balsamic vinegar.

Enjoy!

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