Angels All Around

We finally had Christmas with my mom, sister and her kids – better late than never, right?  So while I collect snowmen, my mom collects angels.   I like that they are all so different – there really isn’t a theme to her collection:






And then I had to take a picture of this: 

This is a painting that my Dad made of me and my twin sister when we were probably 4 or 6 months old?  Don't know which one I am though!

This is a painting that my Dad made of me and my twin sister when we were probably 4 or 6 months old? Don't know which one I am though!

For those of you who may be new readers to my blog, check out this post about my Dad.  Okay, my Mom clarified and told me that I am on the left!

So my mom made my pork tenderloin recipe and scalloped potatoes, green beans and fresh rolls.

Thanks Mom!  Everything was great!

Thanks Mom! Everything was great!

And I got more loot!  Some of my favorites:

You can never have too much hot sauce, right??!!

You can never have too much hot sauce, right??!! Thanks Aunt Martha!

And my Mom got us two things from her trip to Florence, Italy:

an olive oil dipping bowl

an olive oil dipping bowl

an olive oil pitcher

an olive oil pitcher

We had a really nice time – glad we finally were able to get together before its Easter!

Last night I was flipping through my Eating Well cookbook, and saw a recipe for Cranberry-Almond Granola.  It called for rolled oats (not quick oats) but quick oats were all I had.  So this is our modified version:

Cranberry-Almond Granola

  • 2/3 cup frozen unsweetened apple juice concentrate (had some leftover from my pork marinade)
  • 1/2 cup sugar free syrup
  • 1/4 cup packed Splenda brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 5 cups quick oats
  • 3.5 ounces sliced honey almonds (a bag of almonds found by the salads in the grocery store)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 325.  Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray. 
  2. Whisk apple juice concenrate, syrup, and brown sugar in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occassionally.  Remove from heat; stir in cinammon and salt.
  3. Mix oats, almonds and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl.  Stir in the juice mixture; toss to coat.  Spread the granola evenly on the prepared baking sheets. 
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, stir, and continue baking for another 15 minutes, making sure it doesn’t get too brown – stir often the second 15 minutes. 
  5. Once cooled, add the 1 cup dried cranberries and mix well.

Our recipe made 11 1/2  cup servings.

  • 227 calories
  • 7.6 fat
  • 33 carbs
  • 5.2 fiber
  • 8.2 protein
Hannah had some with yogurt earlier today - yum!

Hannah had some with yogurt earlier today - yum!

I haven’t gone grocery shopping yet, but I think I have enough stuff to pull something together for dinner – keep your fingers crossed!

See you later!


17 thoughts on “Angels All Around

  1. Cute little angels! What a great dinner and time with family….and hey- you have hot sauce, so basically anything can work for dinner right?? ;D

  2. Wow, you dad is amazing with his painting skills.
    And love the angels!

  3. What a precious painting. Cherish it forever. I bet you are the one smiling. How proud your Dad must of been. Some day I would love to see it.
    Beautiful pieces from Italy. And quite an angle collection.
    Glad you got home safe.

  4. Pretty angels and your dad is a fantastic painter!

    CUTE bowl 🙂

  5. love the picture of you and your twin sis 🙂 and that granola sounds fab!

  6. BEAUTIFUL angels, bowls, pitcher; and delish granola!!

  7. I love angels — have a few of them myself. The painting of you and sis is the best.

  8. Completely unrelated comment – but do you know what’s going on with the BSI? Last was carrots and she still hasn’t posted a winner yet. Are we all waiting on that – or has it continued on some other blog with new ingredients?? I’m confused because it’s been 3 weeks!

    • Christina – I have no idea. I was thinking of just starting another one to keep it going! I know it was the holidays and all, but its been a while! I’ll give her to next week, and if she hasn’t announced the carrot winner, I am just going to start another BSI!

  9. strongandhealthy

    I collect snowmen too! Love your mom’s angels! I’m obsessed with hot sauce…it totally makes a meal! Great granola! Have a wonderful night!

  10. gorgeous pictures! Your dad is so talented, too!

    Kelly Turner

  11. I’m glad you finally got to have Christmas with your Mom!

    I remember reading the post about your Dad’s birthday. It made me cry because I lost my Grampa 10 years ago. He was my stand-in Dad because my Mom and I lived with her parents for many years. What a precious piece of art he created.

  12. Hey girl 😉 Yes, Granola is so easy to make- I rarely ever buy it any more!! Plus, no preservatives!! I love that painting your dad did- too sweet. Love the gifts from Italy- beautiful! Have a wonderful night

  13. Wow, you have such pretty angels! And that granola sounds delicious, I love cranberry in recipes! 🙂

  14. yummo, that granola looks fantastic,
    those angels are so…angelic (lol, my best description!)

  15. So sorry to read about your dad. He seems like an amazing man. The photo of him and your daughter is precious. Your mom’s angel collection is lovely 🙂

  16. The post about your dad made me cry. Life goes so fast and we forget to appreciate what we have when we have it. I will have to call my dad today. Your Dad sounds like a great Dad, present tense on purpose.

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