Archive for August 23rd, 2008

Easy Granola

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup pecans – coarsely chopped (you could use any kind of nut you prefer – cashews, almonds, etc. or a combination)
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/4 cup honey
dash of salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix the oil, brown sugar , honey, and salt in a large bowl. Add other ingredients and mix well. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread granola out evenly. Bake in oven for 45 minutes to one hour, stirring every 15 minutes until nicely toasted. When finished, throw a handful of chocolate chips on top and allow to melt. Let mixture cool completely, then store in an airtight container.

I have used applesauce instead of the oil.  It makes the granola a little “chewier”, but none of my family noticed the difference.  You could also use dried fruit (I love dried pineapple in this!) instead of chocolate chips if you prefer. I eat this like cereal with milk poured over the top. Everyone in our house loves it, and it doesn’t last long. I normally double the recipe – it’s that good! 🙂


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Crockpot Saucy Scalloped Potatoes

4 cups thin sliced potatoes
1 can cream of mushroom soup
12oz can Pet milk (evaporated milk)
lg onion, sliced (I use onion powder since kiddo doesn’t like onions 😛 )
2 TBSP butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Spray crockpot with non-stick spray. Combine potatoes with other ingredients and mix well – pour into crockpot. For thicker sauce, sprinkle 2 TBSP flour in between potato layers. Cook on high for one hour, then reduce to low for 4 to 5 hours until potatoes are tender.

For a one dish meal, add 1 1/2 cups chopped ham to the mixture. I also top with shredded cheddar cheese a few minutes before serving. WONDERFUL and very easy!!

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