Mary Beth Johnson is a wife and mum to four schooners, as she's dubbed her children. On a normal afternoon, you would find her in moccasins, skinny jeans and a comfortable tee, camera in hand. Recently moving to the suburbs of Atlanta, Mary Beth spends her days homeschooling, sneaking away to the bookstore, trying to act the part of a southerner, and sifting through recipes in The Vegetarian Times. Food is her love language.
When I am in a creative rut, or simply feel like our days are turning into an endless drag of monotony, I will cook something aroma-filled just so the house will smell like home. It's amazing what a little garlic sizzling in olive oil or apples roasting in the oven can do to a person's mood.
It's funny how you can trace many things in your adult life to way back when you were a child. I have vivid memories of the afternoons my mother had chili bubbling on the stove or a roast simmering in the crockpot. I had an idealist view of life (it still haunts me!) and my idea of a perfect day then is not too far off from what I picture a perfect day being like now.
I made this granola yesterday to fill our house up with idealistic memories of fall. I hope my kids remember and that they, too, never stop trying to create a life they love living in. Some days we have to try harder than others and some days come naturally like breathing air, but I pray I live it well and fill it up with all the good and simple things.
//MAPLE APPLE GRANOLA
3 jazz apples, cored and chopped
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw almonds, chopped
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 tsp cinnamon
A couple drops of YL Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup Grade A maple syrup
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325F. Place chopped apples, oats, almonds, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, and YL cinnamon essential oil in a large baking sheet and mix together. Cut in the butter with your hands, until only small pieces remain.
Pour maple syrup and vanilla into the baking sheet, and use your hands to thoroughly mix together all the ingredients.
Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, then toss with a spatula to break up large clumps. Place back in the oven and bake for 20 more minutes, until granola is mostly dry.
Toss the granola once more with the spatula and let it cool completely on the baking sheet before storing or serving.
Source: A Cup of Jo
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