Oatmeal and Babies

oatmeal!!! 002 My son and daughter in law are expecting another son in October.

I love being a grandmother- it is one joy after another- without most of the hard work and decisions that come into play as a parent.

I am here to engage in play and enjoyment.  I get to receive lots of hugs and kisses and happy to see you smiles.  And I have the distinct joy of spending time in the lives of my children and the next generation just through babysitting and skyping.

And I have Allyson’s foster children to love as well.  Aiden is headed to becoming her son.  And now, she has another foster baby to love.  And that means I get to hold the baby and enjoy.  And believe me- I AM enjoying!

oatmeal!!! 003 So is Cynthia!

So, I am getting in some serious practice for October!

And now onto the oatmeal portion of this post.

I like oatmeal.

As a cereal, certainly, but even more as an ingredient.

Today I made oatmeal cookies and granola.

They both turned out great- and not a slice of bacon in the recipes!

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Here’s the approximate recipe for the granola.


6-8 cups of  old-fashioned oatmeal

1 cup pecans

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup cashews

1 cup walnuts

1cup raw sunflower seeds

1 cup coconut

1 pinch sea salt

1 cup honey

1 cup canola oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

Preheat oven to 250 F degrees.

Stir together dry ingredients.

Stir together wet ingredients.

Stir together ALL ingredients, place in oven and stir every 30 minutes for about oatmeal!!! 008oatmeal!!! 009

2 1/2 hours or until golden brown.

Take out of oven and continue to stir until cooled down.

Place in air tight container.

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I ended up with about 5 1/2 quarts of granola.

You can use your favorite nuts in this mix-  add a little more of this – a little less of that and make the kind of granola you like the best.  I like mine really nutty and not too sweet.

4 thoughts on “Oatmeal and Babies

  1. I love granola but I’ve never made it, I keep reading about it everywhere, crunch crunch, slurp, I think I would go for really nutty too 🙂

  2. I love it on top of a really thick yogurt in the morning- but can eat it by the handful as well.
    Making it is much cheaper and I like to choose the ingredients.
    I’m not fond of chocolate chips mixed in or dried fruit and so many of the bars or mixes out there have these added to them.

  3. Heidi, I love your granola! Yours is the best I’ve ever had. Also love the little ones. Both Aidan and Aiden are a joy to be around. I’ll be over to pick you up for class tomorrow.

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