Monday, March 18, 2013
Yesterday was a slow Sunday.....
It was about 2 years ago that during one of his spring burns the fire got away from him and blew up an old car on his property. The explosion and billowing black smoke did make us a bit nervous that he could burn down the woods between us and him. We thought it might be best to go over and check the smoke out.
While Mark was walking over to check on the smoke he walked right up on these deer antlers.
It is so rare to find these in a pair that we think they were dropped the night before or even early that same morning.In all the years we have lived here this was the first ones we have seen.
Antlers are a source of good calcium for the critters and are usually carried away or chewed on by the time you do find them.
Mark cleaned them up and now the conversation is what to do with them?
I am voting hat rack while he tried to talk me into a chandler. Uh, I don't think so.
I always buy bulk almonds and when using them in granola and some other dishes they need to be blanched. All you do is get some water to boil and throw them in for about a minute or two.
Then put cold water on them to cool.
When cooled you just pinch the skins and out pops the almond.
It has been awhile since we were on the granola kick but we are back at it.
It is so easy and taste much better than any store bought I have ever had. The store bought is just too sweet.
I start with 4 cups of good old fashion oats. Then I add about 1 TBS. cinnamon and a hit of allspice.
Then I add 2 cups of any variety of nuts.
This round had walnuts, pecans, almonds and sunflower seeds.
After you have at least 6 cups of dry you will need at least 1 cup of wet.
I use 1/4 cup of oil and then I add honey, molasses and maple syrup to measure 3/4 to 1 cup.
Honey, I use good local, is my base with about 1 TBS. good vanilla, about 2 TBS molasses and then top with good maple syrup.
Beat it well and then pour on top of oats and stir like crazy to coat the dry.
Put the whole mess on a large cookie sheet and toast 15 minutes, stir, 10 minutes, stir, 10 more minutes stir and then add dried fruit. I use a combo of raisins and dried cranberries. You want to put the fruit in for only about 10 minutes or it will burn. ( don't like fruit don't use it, don't like raisins use what you do like, this is not rocket science.)
Let the granola cool about 2 hours before you put it in a glass jar or something that will keep it air tight.
Then just enjoy.
Late Sunday afternoon I spotted this Osprey feasting on a fish while sitting in a tree close to the pond.
I thought for sure he would be gone before I could find Mark and tell him but he was there for about 30 minutes eating away.
This was the best picture we could get from a distance. A minute after this was taken he/she was gone.
We will be loading tomorrow after a few delays. I will get some pictures as we load.
Soon new pots will be on the shelf.