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Saturday, September 24, 2011

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  A lovely sunny Saturday!  Slow to start the day and soon things speeded up.  Nice to be a little lazy in the early morning, though.  A treat to be enjoyed.

Out and about in my little Echo, shopping here and there, errands to be run.  Traffic kind of light in the late morning. 

The Cedar Hill Library is holding its September book sale .. from last night (Friday) and all day today and tomorrow.  The special $5 all you can carry happens tomorrow afternoon.  Wah ..  I’ll have to miss it .. other happenings.

Well, as DH reminds me, I still have a “few” books to read from the last sale.  But, still, I just miss having more books to read.  Maybe I can sneak out tomorrow morning for some books ..just to stock up for the winter!

Invited my neighbour over to have a look at the garden in progress and we chat about the challenges of growing various vegetables.   Talk about plans for next year .. lessons learned from this year and all that!  Quite fun!

Then I went to the kitchen and spent some time in the food department.  Prepared some chicken for tonight’s supper .. marinated in lemon juice (freshly squeezed) and finely chopped garlic (treasures from my garden!).  

All done, neatly put away in the fridge to marinate away and time to go on to the next chores.

Assembled my capsule equipment and Turmeric and soon had 100 capsules filled and capped, to top up our supply.  These work so well as anti-inflammatories and much more cost-effective, compared to the cost of $25 to $20 a bottle, for something that costs only a dollar or so to make.   There is money to be made in the natural medicines!

okee dokee .. now I can play.   We are running low on homemade granola .. so I assemble all the materials from the pantry and soon have the mixture prepared and in the oven.  This is from the recipe we received from Cedar Lodge in Port Alberni, as follows:

– 7 cups of large oats

– 1/4 cup wheat germ

– 1/4 cup oat bran

– 1/4 cup wheat germ

– 1/2 cup whole almonds

– 1/2 cup raw or roasted unsalted sunflower seeds

Mix together in roasting pan.  Add: 1/2 cup oil (safflower) and 1/2 cup liquid honey.  Mix really well and bake @ 350-365, for 15, 20 minutes.

Add:  1/2 cup pecan halves (broken in pieces) and 1/2 cup sliced almonds.

Return to oven, remove every 15 minutes.  Stir & check for doneness.

The whole process takes 45-60 minutes.  It is done when everything is golden brown and toasty.   Can be doubled.

Constantly checking, stirring .. there is a fine line between golden and burnt!

Finally .. all is well and I remove the pans from the oven and cool in a measuring cup.  Enough for the next month.  This mixture, I added some dried cranberries and they are nice and crunchy, as are the lovely almonds!

Next batch, I’ll add some figs and apricots .. these should add a delicious taste.  I’m free and easy with measurements and added more almonds … everything ended up delicious.

When this was done .. the weather was sunny … and DH says .. let’s go flying.

So we did.  A lovely flight on a sunny afternoon.   On our taxiing out we saw a hawk flying low, to the right of the runway … alongside a 172 that was landing.  flap … flap .. flap .. soar .. and he continued along the way.  That was the hawk, by the way.  The plane just landed as per normal and taxied away.

It’s been a great day.

Back home … supper started .. then skyped my sister.  We had a nice visit, it’s been a long time.

Joked about canning the fall veggies, relishes .. oh, the fun that we’d have if we were in the same kitchen, organizing the preparation of canning .. along with a glass of wine  .. or two???  Lots of fun.  Just have to figure out an easy way to conquer the 3 hour time difference.

We had a great talk .. this Skype is just so much fun!

Anyway … time to call it a day, hey?

🙂

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