Goldilocks and the Three Granolas

Goldilocks was high maintenance.

She was intrusive, finicky, and hard to please.

And she committed B & E without batting an eye.

Maybe instead of complaining about the subtle sensory differences between chairs, porridge, and mattresses, she could have been grateful that she didn’t get eaten by a bear.

Listen up, locks.

Gratitude journals are powerful things.

As I read back through a month of gratitude,

I noticed some themes.

1. Family

2. Friends

3. Nature

Nothing novel there.

I love my friends and family.

And I love the feeling of crisp mornings and warm, sunny afternoons.

As a nature lover, I feel its my obligation to love granola.

Homemade granola.

Naturally.

Except it has to be juuuuuuussssst right.

The first batch was too salty.

The second batch was to spicy.

The third batch was just right.

Rolled oats, puffed rice cereal, and flax seed are toasted with applesauce, molasses and cinnamon to make clusters of crunchy granola.

Baked Apple Granola

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup puffed rice cereal

1/2 cup natural applesauce

1/4 cup ground flax seed

2 tablespoons molasses

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees

Combine oats, rice cereal, and flax seed in a large bowl.

Add cinnamon and salt.

Add applesauce and molasses.

Stir.

Spread mixture on a foil-lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 35-45 minutes or until toasted and crisp.

The moral of the story is:

Life’s a bear.

Enjoy the moments that are just right.

Set goals.

Challenge yourself.

Speaking of challenges, it’s time for September’s challenge.

I have one goal for September:

Complete the Amish Country Bike Tour September 8th.

Maybe if I get too tired, I can hitch a ride on a buggy.

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