Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Prepping for Winter...

Tonight I'm making granola (recipe below) and compiling a list of things we need to do in order to be ready for winter.

Note:  This is not 'my recipe.'  I've had it a long time and used it multiple times.  I do not know where I got the recipe, I know that it was online, but regretfully, I am not able to give the original source of this recipe.

 Mix together....4 cups rolled oats
 1 cup sliced coconut
 1 cup chopped pecans
 1/2 tsp. salt
 then combine..........1/2 cup coconut oil
 1/4 cup honey
 1/4 cup REAL maple syrup
 1 tsp. vanilla
 Mix well and pour over oat mixture
 Spread on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 300 for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally remove from oven and stir in 1 cup dried fruits.  Let cool completely and store in an air tight container.

Now, about those winter preps ... are you thinking about winter preps yet?   If so, what's on your list to get done?

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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  1. Hi Patsy! (I started by calling you Annabel!)

    Living Down Under, and not having deep winters, anyway, I can say that we are preparing more for summer. For us, our work is about clearing weeds before it is so warm that snakes can move at dangerous speed. Also, especially with all this good rain, we have pests to combat. We have just bought diatomaceous earth as another anti-flea treatment for areas of ground. I hope to soon be making my own fruit fly traps for fruit trees. I have citrus to turn into lovely preserves for summer. Other projects continue - so that, hopefully, I can be up to dyeing and spinning wool in the heat, too! Yes, I am working towards our next winter, too!! I am trialling various plants in the garden. Some crops may make it through for next winter, and others coy

    1. Annabel is such a sweet person, it would be an honor to be mistakenly referred to as her! There is much to do to prepare for both winter and summer and the key is to think ahead and prepare ... which you are doing! Way to go!!!!

  2. We live in an area where each storm brings a power outage - lately they haven't been too long but winter is particularly prone so one of the things I'm doing is dehydrating and canning food, not (yet) from our garden but from our CSA farmer [but I did grow hot peppers this year which were/are fantastic]. Love your blog - you seem like a real person not a diva (or a Martha Stewart wannabe). Not sure of your age but at 67 I certainly don't seem to have the energy you do. Way to go. Thanks for all that you do.

    1. Miriam, thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. No, I am not a Martha Stewart wannabe ... I'm happy with who I am and have no desire to be anyone else and I wouldn't know how to be a diva if even I wanted to!!!! I'm not that far behind you in age, I just work and take lots of rest breaks until I get my project done then I start on another.


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