Saturday, December 18, 2010

Random Blog from My Random Life

Beautiful quiet snowflakes are falling in the still of the night. Only the second snow of the year! I get to wake up tomorrow morning and see if God's creation is covered with whiteness. Cheery Christmas music is playing  in my house despite the Grinch stealing my Christmas tree! Ok,,, so,,, I didn't get it up this year. I'm the Grinch right? Luckily some decorations are up and the presents will be wrapped tonight.

And! I'm going to do a 90 day challenge to read through the Bible. I found this link through a blogger friend and it's being hosted by blog site Meditations of His Love. MOHL Bible Blast! It goes from Jan 1 to March 31. It will be a challenge but it will be worth it. Are there any other brave souls out there that want to join me?

Also, I want to share some more recipes, since I've missed my second Food Friday in a row!!

 Crunchy Granola
3 c. Old fashion rolled oats
1/2 c. Sliced almonds
1/2 c. Wheat germ
1/4 c. Oat bran
1/4 c. Wheat flour
2 tsp Ground cinnamon
4 Tbsp. Brown sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 c. Unsweetened apple juice
4 Tbsp. Honey, warmed
1 Tbsp. Vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. Canola or almond oil

Preheat oven to 300. Butter a baking sheet. Mix the first 8 ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk the apple juice, honey, vanilla and oil together in a small bowl. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and toss well to mix. Spread granola on prepared baking sheet and bake about 45 minutes, stirring well every 15 minutes until it's a shade browner than it started and dry to the touch. (Make sure the oats are crispy) cool on the baking sheet. Mix in your choice of dried fruit after it cools. Raisins, currants, or dried cranberries are good. Cut larger fruit into small bits before adding. Store in an air tight container. Makes 6 cups.

Dog Treats
2 c. whole wheat flour
1/4 c. corn meal
1/4 c. wheat germ
1/8 c. milk
1/8 c. water
1 egg
1/4 c. broth
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp parsley flakes
1 Tbsp. soft margarine

Heat oven to 375. In a medium size bowl combine dry ingredients. In small bowl whisk wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir and add garlic, parsley and softened margarine.
Flour countertop and roll to approximately 1/4 inch. Sprinkle cinnamon over top if desired.
 Either use a bone shaped cookie cutter or use plastic knife to cut into squares. Mine measure approx. 1/2".
 Spread out on cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes or until golden brown, and crispy.
This yielded 100 squares for me and the dogs love them!

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