Saturday, January 23, 2016

Crunchy Granola and.......the Winner is........

Before we announce the winner of the free pattern from Prairie Cottage Corner, I want to share my Crunchy Granola recipe with you. I used to make this all the time....but then we were having lots of eggs and meat for breakfast......until that became a burdensome process, when I added some extra client work and more pattern challenges. So, thinks me, I should go back to a quickie meal in order to jump-start the day. 

So here it is: Crunchy Granola. I love this recipe because it makes a tender, crunchy granola that stands up to the milk or yogurt extrememly well. The recipe is below, right above the ....shhhhhhhhh....winner of the free pattern.

Put your oats and Rice Krispies in a huge bowl and mix well.  Add the liquid ingredients and mix very well.

Chop some dried apricots and combine with raisin and craisins.

Add a teaspoon of while flour to them so they don't stick together. Some of the raisins are rather stubborn about that.

Set the fruit aside until later.

Spread the oats out into a 1/2" to 1" layer in as many containers as needed. Bake them for 10 minutes, stir, and bake another 10 minutes and stir. Bake a final 10 minutes and stir well. Turn off oven and let granola stand 10 minutes. Remove and return to the mixing bowl. 

See how golden brown it all is and how each kernel is coated with sweetness?

Add the fruit all at once....

and mix well, again.

You can add pre-roasted nuts now, if you like. I do. I avoid roasting them with the oats because they get too brown.....often, they burn. Keep the granola in the freezer or fridge to keep if fresh. Granola goes bad (rancid) very quickly at room temperature.

I serve 1/2 c. granola with added cinnamon and 3 Tablespoons of Yogurt. That's breakfast (with something hot like cocoa, or Pero Mocha Hot Drink (recipe below).

Recipe for Crunchy Granola 
(you can halve these amounts for a smaller batch)
Fills two 1-gallon ziplock bags

2/3 c. Stevia + 1 T. Molasses or 2/3 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. Vegetable Oil (NOT Olive Oil)
1 c. Honey
4 t. Vanilla
6 c. Rice Krispies Cereal or puffed rice
8 c. Old-fashioned Rolled Oats
2 t. Ground Cinnamon
3 c. cut dried apricots, raisin and craisins, tossed in 1 t. AP Flour
3 c. roasted, chopped nuts of choice (salted nuts are okay)

Mix Oats, Cinnamon and Rice Krispies together well. Place Oil, Honey and Brown Sugar in a 1 quart bowl and microwave until hot, at 1 minute itervals, mixing each time. DO NOT BOIL! When hot and well combined, pour over the Oats mixture and combine well.  Spread 1" deep in pans and bake 30 Minutes at 350 degrees F; stirring every 10 minutes and rotating pans, once. Stir the third time and let stand 10 minutes in the oven with the heat OFF. Remove from oven and pour back into the mixing bowl. Let cool until barely warm and add Fruit and Nuts. Combine well. Place in 2 1-gallon Ziplock bags and freeze until ready to use. Serve with milk or yogurt.

And on another note.......

Cats on the Shelf. 

What is there about a basket they cannot resist? This is how I TRY to keep them off my lap and out of my hair in the office. They are separated by a stack of scratch appropriate!

And, now, the winner of one of these patterns IS........



!!!!!Gran Chris!!!!!!

You can write to me at prairiestitcher at centurytel dot net and tell me which pattern you would like to have. Congratulations!

Pero Mocha Hot Drink
(Use a 16oz. Cup)

2 t. Pero (coffee substitute) or Instant Coffee
1 t. unsweetened powdered cocoa
2 or more t. Sugar or Stevia
1/4 t. Cinnamon
2 drops Rum Flavoring
1/4 t. Vanilla
Fill 1/2 full with very hot water.
Fill to within 1/2" of the top with milk, cream or egg nog

Microwave about 1 minute on high. Froth with a frother, small whisk, or stir well with a spoon. Dust with a smidgeon of ground Nutmeg.

Yum! Makes a great hot party drink, too.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hearts and Flowers and a Give-Away!

We've been out in the shops selling patterns this week. You can win your choice of any of the following patterns. See the instructions below.

Trending for us are several patterns:

Valentine details with precious heart buttons.....

Details of  Marketday Sue - See the tiny prints? And the easy Ribbon Embroidery roses?


Wait for it......

  • Have you ever tried a Sunbonnet Sue pattern?
  • Do you have Sunbonnet Sue on your Bucket List?
  • Do you have a Sunbonnet Sue in your quilting past, either as a gift or a quilt you made?
  • Have you discovered how easy Fusible Web applique' is?

If you answered NO to all of the above, then, these (simply) Sue banners are for you.

To have a chance to win, please Follow Me on Google and leave a Message on this Post answering the question: Is there a Sunbonnet Sue quilt in your past, present or  future?  

The Winner  will be announced on 
Thursday, January 21, 2016.

(I'll send the winner's choice out as either a PDF (instant download format) or a physical pattern.)

Be sure to visit Joan at Moose Stash Quilting. She has been the stitcher of our pattern samples for the last little while and made most of the above samples. She does beautiful work....prize-winning work.

Sunbonnet Sue Tip of the Day: when obtaining print fabrics for Sue's dresses, choose small prints. They will look more authentic than large prints, especially since Sue, likes calico very much for everyday wear.