Homemade Granola

I’ve been looking for different recipes for quick, healthy snacks to eat throughout the day. After being diagnosed with acid reflux, I was told by my doctor that I needed to eat more often throughout the day. So, I decided to try to make my attempts at eating more often healthy.  To date, I’ve made a few variations of granola to mix in with my yogurt daily. Here is the recipe:
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1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup oil (canola or vegetable)

4 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
2. Combine brown sugar, honey and oil in a small pan over heat.
3. Cook, stirring often until the sugar is dissolved.
4. In a bowl, pour mixture over oats then add cinnamon, salt and vanilla extract. Stir until oats are evenly coated.
5. Spread granola mixture over cookie sheet (sprayed with Pam) and press mixture down flat.
6. Place in oven and bake for 1 hour, flipping every 20 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
8. Store in zip-lock bags to be easily accessible.


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Training Wheels

My boyfriends daughter asked for a bike for her birthday and never actually learned how ride the first bike he purchased for her. So, on Sunday, we went to take her to learn to ride her new bike (that doesn’t have the training wheels she so desperately thinks she needs). She cried because she felt that she needed them and wouldn’t be able to ride without them.

Since we live in an apartment community, we decided to use the soccer court since it was a low traffic area and it would be useful to not have cars going through the area that we were trying to use. Three hours later, she still doesn’t know how to ride the bike but she wasn’t trying to give up. She was just mad and frustrated. I stopped both her and her Dad and decided we would take a break and go inside and watch TV to let both of them cool down and get over their frustrations.

While sitting and watching the two of them I had a good laugh. The six-year-old little girl that didn’t want to ride her bike without a helmet because she was afraid resonated with me because I’m just that little girl advanced 20 years. Not because of the helmet situation but because I was have had a security blanket of saying “I don’t” be it time, money or whatever the actual thing is that I lacked to make it to the end goal that I was looking for. Money has been my training wheels for quite some time and that little girl made me realize that I can’t say what I do not have but yet fall down and get back up so that I don’t need the training wheels and move forward.

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