C’mon in. We’re glad you’re here!
One the things, maybe the thing, that our family loves best is having friends, family, and sometimes even strangers around our table. Be it a full blown meal, a piece of pie or even just a cup of coffee, there is just something magical that happens when people come together around a table. Don’t believe me? I dare you to try it and see for yourself.
So, as we live this out, discovering what works and what flops, we thought we would invite you along for the journey…and share some of the magic.
We hope to make some new friends, try some new recipes, build a more connected neighborhood and a better, stronger community. And we hope to inspire you to make some new friends, get to know your neighbors, to build deeper relationships and to make lots of memories with the people you love.
Let’s start with a recipe!
Mr. Bodenbach’s Granola
4 Cups Old Fashion Oats
1 1/2 Cups Nuts or Seeds (We like sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, and/or pecans)
1/2 teaspoon salt (We use pink Himalayan salt. It seems to taste saltier but it only has about half the sodium of regular table salt.)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 – 1 Cup Coconut (We use unsweetened.)
1/2 – 1 Cup Dried Fruit (We like cranberries, dates, and figs. But you can use anything you like or none at all.)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the oats, nuts, seeds, salt and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, mix together olive oil, honey and vanilla.
After mixing well, pour the honey mixture into the oat mixture and stir well to coat the dry ingredients.
On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (NOT wax paper!) spread the granola mixture out evenly and press down so it sticks together.
Bake mixture for 12 minutes then remove from oven. Add coconut to cookie sheet and mix into the granola. Spread the mixture out on the cookie sheet again and press it down with a spatula. Return to oven for 10-12 more minutes until the oats are toasted well.
Pull your granola out of the oven, let it cool and then add your dried fruit. Store it in a air tight container.
This makes a great snack or breakfast cereal. It’s also a great thing for guests to munch on.
Pull up a chair and let’s get to know each other. Tell us about you…