You may have noticed that I don't write about food very much. The first reason is that the blog isn't really about food. The other reason is that I don't consider myself blessed in the culinary area. However, I DO actually like to cook when I find the time. And recently I tried a few fall recipes that I have decided to share here.
I recently subscribed to the Kiddio blog and saw this recipe for homemade granola. Years ago I used to make homemade granola, but I hadn't made it since the boys were born. So it's been over 8 years at least. My husband doesn't remember me ever making it and we've been together for 16 years now. Anyway, I decided to try the Kiddio recipe and it was AWESOME!!!! I am thinking about making some to give as Christmas gifts all prettied up in pint-size Ball jars with cute ribbon and tags.
The first photo shows the mixture in the bowl. I used maple syrup, dried cherries, dried blueberries, and chopped pecans. After mixing everything, you spread it on cookie sheets which have been covered with foil. I was thinking the finished granola would be clumpy so you could kind of eat it with your fingers, but it was more cereal-like in consistency.
Here is a bowl of the finished granola all ready to eat. My oldest son LOVES this granola. It is good with milk and I particularly have loved eating it stirred into my Yoplait Light Thick & Creamy vanilla yogurt. Oh my YUM!
The other thing I made from scratch recently was homemade applesauce. I remember absolutely loving the chunky homemade applesauce my grandma used to make me. I have made applesauce before, but again, I think it was before I had children. I had gotten some free apples from my friend Amber's mother-in-law (Thanks, Grandma Susan!) and I knew Amber was planning to make some applesauce, so that inspired me to do it too. I googled for a recipe and ended up using this recipe from Sarah Cool Recipes. The finished applesauce was very good. However, it isn't quite like what I remember from childhood. I am now pretty sure my grandma didn't put cinnamon in hers. So next time I think I'll make mine without so I can relive my applesauce memories from years past. Still, it was really good and my oldest son is really loving it.
The first photo shows the apples before they were cooked. In the past I think I chopped up the apples into chunks before cooking. This recipe suggested slicing them then using a potato masher to mash them up when they were soft after cooking (see second photo).
In the fall I also always love to bake pumpkin bread. So, I'm thinking that will be next up on the baking list. We'll see..........
BTW: The homemade granola sprinkled over some of the warm homemade applesauce is heavenly!!