tobymac, technical devices, and lowfat granola.
August 28, 2008 § 1 Comment
I heard a song on the radio the other day that sent chills all along my arms. I know that’s corny and makes me sound like a mom in a minivan who relies on the radio for her spiritual kicks, but this song is really good, I’m telling you what.
It was so good that I wanted to buy it to listen to while i run. And I never buy music. [If more visions of minivan moms are coming into your head, push them away and keep reading.] So I bought it today. And wouldn’t you know that today would be the day that my trusty iPod mini–that I first bonded with on the way to Big Bend on a Christmas trip long, long ago–let me down and would no longer scroll. I clicked it on to my new song (I think it’s called “Lose My Soul”…but I’m having another mom moment of forgetfulness) and it wouldn’t budge from there. So I listened to the song three times. Which tells you how long my run was (not very). In my defense, the song is over six minutes long. I highly recommend it.
In another train of thought later, I started realizing that as much as I love people and love talking to them, I don’t actually like being attached to a cell phone. I wish I could dump it into the toilet. I’m basically chained to the thing, and am expected by random people I shop alongside at grocery stores to answer it. If you leave me a message on it, it says something negative about my character if I don’t call you back.
The reason I’m even telling you this is because I’m up way past the time I should be in beddie-bye, waiting on some granola that I made to finish cooking. I made it to take somewhere, but I made it the way I like it, because I figure I’ll be the main one eating it.
So obviously, I wanted to make it as healthy as I could. The only problem with that is that then it doesn’t taste as good as IT could. So I tweaked…and cajoled…and added some oil about 20 minutes ago when the oats were looking pretty thirsty.
What…you want the recipe? Really?
Okay, here it is.
Lowish Fat Spiced Orange & Cranberry Granola (but don’t blame me if you eat too much and gain three pounds)
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup orange juice concentrate
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup dried cranberries
[I also had every intention of adding 1/2 cup of the most delicious golden raisins know to man…but I ate them all.]
Preheat oven to 300. Combine first five ingredients in a 9×13 baking dish, then mix juice concentrate and vanilla, and pour over the dry mixture. Stick in the oven for 40 minutes, stirring from the bottom every 10-15 minutes. After about 30 minutes, take it out and add some maple syrup and oil if you think it looks dry. That’s what I did. I guess you could do that first, too, before it got dry-looking. At the end of the forty minutes, add in the cranberries, and put it back in for 10-15 minutes. Stir and enjoy!