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:
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.
And I got more loot! Some of my favorites:
And my Mom got us two things from her trip to Florence, Italy:
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:
- 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
- Preheat oven to 325. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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!