3 cups oats-old fashioned or quick cooking, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/3 cup veg. oil, 1/4 cup honey, 1 tbsp. vanilla extract, 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, 1/3 shredded coconut, 1/3 cup raisins.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients except raisins in a mixing bowl. Spread mixture on a cookie sheet. Bake mixture for 15 min. stirring once in the middle of cooking. Remove granola from oven, stir. Let cool for a few min. Add raisins and stir to combine. When cooled moved to an airtight container.
I got the original recipe for this from theprudenthomemaker.com. I have changed it some to suit our tastes.
I thought I would show you all a picture of mullein. The girls and I went gathering it this morning. We got quite a lot.
I then looked it (I think this might be a mountain term) and removed any that did not look good. I have the first batch in the dehydrator now. As I said yesterday, this is the first time I have tried drying it. I will show you all pictures of it after it is dryed. I usually just gather the leaves and make a tea from them, add sugar or honey and use it as a cold tea. It is very good cold with a minty taste. The problem with this is there are no leaves to gather in the winter. I have never tried this as a hot tea but according to what I have read on line, you use 1 tbsp. dried mullein to a cup of hot water. Let it steep for about 10 minutes and strain the liguid through a coffee filter or cheesecloth. You will need to add honey to this, as it is bitter without a sweetener. This is good for coughs and respiratory ailments.
I have finished drying the mullein and I thought I would just add the picture of it here on this post.
I will store this in an airtight container to enjoy over the winter. It actually yielded much more than I thought it would. Enjoy your day and God bless.
Another picture of Stripes. Maybe she wants a shower. Grace took this picture of Stripes in one of her strange places. She lays in the sink quite frequently. She also loves to get a drink from the faucet. I think the word “spoiled” might come to mind. Yesterday was lots of fun. I went to my friend Vicki’s and we made our own hot cocoa mix. It is really good. Much better than the powdered mix bought from the store and I’m sure much healthier. We read the ingredients of the store bought instant mix and it contained lots of things we couldn’t pronounce. In case anyone is interested in making their own here is the recipe. 16 cups powdered dry milk, 1 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 5 cups sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt. In a large bowl mix all ingredients well and store in an airtight container or zip lock bags. To use measure 1/3 cup of mix into a cup and add hot water, stir. This will make about 1 gal. of mix, perhaps a little over. Vicki and I halved this recipe. The powdered milk will be your biggest expense, so shop around for the best price. I hope you enjoy this as much as we have. God Bless.