Friday, May 29, 2009

Laura's Granola

This is my favorite granola recipe courtesy of my high school friend's Mom, Laura.  You can make it crunchy or gooey:

6c rolled oats
1/2 c wheat germ
1c unsweetened coconut
1c nuts
1/2 c sunflower seeds
1/4 c sesame seeds
1 tsp. almond extract
2 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 c vegetable oil
1c honey
1c raisins or other dried fruit (chopped to raisin sized pieces)

Mix grains, nuts, and seeds.  Pour oil and honey in and mix.  Spread on oiled cookie sheet and bake at 275 for 30 mins or until golden brown.  Stir occasionally.  Put in bowl after it has cooled and add fruit.  If you like it crunchy, stop here.  For gooey granola, drizzle an extra 1/2 c honey and stir.

Store in airtight container.

I'm sure you can see that any of the nuts and seeds can be substituted or omitted, so there is a lot of room for customization.  This is a great summer snack, in fact, I think I'm going to make one for the road trip we are heading on next week!


Wednesday, May 13, 2009


ok, no pic for this one, kids were screaming, people were stressed (and by people I mean me), and all were hungry.

But they turned out just delicious!  Here's what I did:


1lb ground beef
1/2 cup steamed and pureed carrots (or carrot baby food if you are lazy like me) give or take
1 1/2 Tbsp. Shirley J all purpose seasoning

Mixy mix and form into 8-9 small patties (remember they will shrink when cooking so don't make them too small).  Grill on a skillet for about 10 mins flipping half way through.

Serve on dinner rolls with a pickle slice and ketchup and whatever else on the side.

These were great--I think the seasoning added some really good flavor, and the carrot puree adds moisture so the patties don't dry out.

resist the urge to smash the patties with your spatula while they cook--sure it makes a super fun sizzling sound, but it also squeezes out all of that succulent juice that makes your burger taste great.  I learned this from one of the Food Network shows, but I forget which :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Roast Beef

Another slow cooker meal!


Beef roast
Shirley J's slow cooker seasoning for Beef

Super easy, just follow the instructions on the Shirley J canister to mix with water right in the slow cooker, and then add your beef and veggies. Set it and forget it baby!

The flavor was delicious, and the seasoning makes a perfect gravy to go on top.