Country Music, Sock-Knitting, & Granola!

I’ve been on a bit of a country-music kick this week. Mostly I’ve been listening to Miley Cyrus’ The Backyard Sessions , Kenny Rogers and Zac Brown Band. My favourite song right now? Without a doubt, it’s Miley Cyrus…

I’m, very obviously, pretty new to country music, and don’t know many artists in the genre. Luckily my best friend copied some of her country music to my computer when she was visiting, so I have a collection from which to start! Do you have a favourite country music band or artist? Share in the comments!

This week I’ve also spent time working on David’s socks. I had to re-do them a total of 6 times. And the sixth time is apparently the charm! I’m about to start the heel on the first sock of the pair.

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I’m using Malabrigo’s Sock Yarn in the Solis colourway. Love it! Looking forward to seeing them finished. I was hoping to get these finished before the strike ended at U of T, but unfortunately with all my frogging and re-starting I’ll likely finish them in the summer.

This week I’ve also made some granola! There’s something special about granola. It’s so wonderfully simple, yet so delicious. I love how it smells as it bakes in the oven! Ahh, so good.

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This recipe is an adaption of Tried and Tasty’s Honey Almond Granola, which is actually itself an adaption of Cookie + Kate’s recipe. See below for my adaption of this popular recipe.

Ingredients

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

3/4 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup walnut pieces

1/2 cup pecan pieces

1 tsp. fine-grain sea salt

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 cup coconut oil (I bought mine at Bulk Barn, extra virgin and organic!)

2/3 cup honey

3/4 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts, salt, cinnamon and ground ginger. Stir thoroughly to combine.

In a small saucepan, melt together the oil, honey and vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients & mix well. Evenly spread granola onto your prepared pan. Bake for 22 to 24 minutes, stirring halfway. The granola should be turning lightly golden.

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Let the granola cool completely before storing in a ziplock bag or airtight container.

Also, note that the granola will crisp up as it cools. The very first time I made granola I didn’t realize this and over-cooked it.

Enjoy! 🙂 Do you have a favourite granola recipe? Let me know!

 

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  1. Jeanette says:

    I haven’t listened to much country music in a long time, but when I did, I really enjoyed Carolyn Dawn Johnson. And the Dixie Chicks. Also, Jennifer Knapp is a Christian country music singer whose music was actually really good.

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