Killing Time

The crickets cease their abrasive symphony
The clocks hesitate, as if out of courtesy
The plane of the earth collapse, monuments
Topple quietly, just the sound of our breath

A drop of water, suspended

Seconds, like raindrops
Over the ocean

- Eviler Yank

Blake’s Gnarly Granola

the STUFF:

4 Cups old fashioned oats
1 Cup slivered (or chopped) raw almonds
3/4 Cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
2 Teaspoons nutmeg
1/2 Teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons butter
1/4 Cup honey
1/4 Cup vegetable oil
1/2 Cup dark brown sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 Cup dried fruit  (cranberries + cherries)

what TO DO:
in a large bowl . . .
mix oats, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt

in a small saucepan . . .
melt butter on low heat, until nutty in aroma
add honey, stirring
add vegetable oil, stirring
add brown sugar, stirring
remove from heat
add vanilla
pour into large bowl on top of oat mixture
(add gradually, stirring)
mix well, fully incorporate the wet mixture into the dry mixture

in the oven . . .
preheat to 375 F
line a baking sheet with parchment paper
dump the granola mixture onto the sheet, spreading thin & evenly
bake for approximately 45 minutes
(mix the granola every 15 minutes)
add the dried fruit after 30 minutes
once crisp, remove from oven & let cool

enjoy plain, with milk, over yogurt, atop ice cream, with fresh fruit
store in an airtight container for up to one week (if it lasts that long)

- Coco

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