Grand Dad’s Granola

For our anniversary last month,
my husband ignored
our many budget restrictions
and spoiled me sick.
There were cards
and packages
and bow-tied gifts
to open.
Dinner and
a full afternoon
filled with a lounging lunch.

I got him a pack of 8 measuring tapes.
The durned thing only cost 8 bucks.
And, we are on a budget.
AND, after all, he always finds it wickedly bothersome
when the kids play with his measuring tape in the tool shed.

That celebration
has given me to hosting
a guilty gratitude
for the fresh gift-giving start
Father’s Day offers me this year.
You best believe
my good hubby
(and dad, stepdad, and father-in-law)
will be getting more than measuring tapes.
Even if it does break the budget.

Grand Dad’s Granola
Looking for a baked good that can be custom-created to your dear old dad’s palate, while still offering a tasty, healthful treat? This granola is quick, simple and supremely fun to play around with. I’ve offered several flavor options below, but truly the combinatons are endless. Add whatever you think your papa will love, pop it all in a paint tin (those pictured were purchased from Jo-Ann), then pass it onto him with a kiss and a hug.
1/2 c. pure maple syrup
3/4 c. honey
1 tsp. molasses
1/4 c. granulated splenda or sugar
1/4 c. oil
In a large saucepan, combine above ingredients together and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 1/2 minutes, then remove from heat.
1 tsp. flavoring
Try vanilla, orange, butter, nut & butter, or cinnamon flavors.
I added almond flavoring and was afraid it would be overpowering.
Indeed, it was delicious.
1-3 tsp. spices
Cinnamon, Cloves, Lemon or Orange Rind, Allspice, Ginger
Seeing as how my obsession with nutmeg rages on, I dabbed in 1 tsp of nutmeg & a pinch of cinnamon and didn’t regret it at all.
Pour glaze slowly over a LARGE bowl filled with following mixed ingredients.
(While pouring the glaze, don’t forget to stir obsessively to ensure even glazing.)
13 oz. box of bran flakes or Wheaties
4 c. old-fashioned oats
2 c. additional dry ingredients
Add in wheat germ or flax, chopped walnuts, pecans, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds or pepitas.
2 c. additional sweet ingredients (optional)
I’ve recently rediscovered the joy of chopped dates. In the oven, they melt and combine with the granola to create lovely sweet bunches. Consider adding dried banana’s, mangoe’s or pineapple. If you would like to add dried cranberries, blueberries, or golden raisins, don’t include them in the mix. Just toss them in when the granola is pulled from the oven to keep them from hardening.
Spread coated granola mixture evenly across two cookie sheets. In an oven preheated to 225 degrees for 50 minutes. Stir every 10-15 minutes to make sure granola is evenly cooked. Just before removing from oven, turn heat up to 300 degrees and allow to cook for 5-7 minutes, or until mixture sizzles (but keep your sniffer on. You don’t want it to burn). Remove from heat (mixture will still be soft), allow to cool before sealing in bags (the granola should harden & crisp as it cools). Stores up to 2 weeks.
CwaC Reader, Melissa, emailed a question last week about snail-mailing baked goods.
If you live away from your dad, and are interested in delivering him a box full of oven loving, this granola is a good, sturdy option. Here are a few other tips to keep in mind:
Food with a higher fat/oil content have a longer shelf life. Sending lowfat treats isn’t nearly as successful as sending pure-oil or full-butter ones.
Look for a sturdy cookie or cookie bar. Cake & Cupcakes are a DELIGHT to recieve, but just aren’t study enough to be mailed (unless you purchase them through a company that specializes in delivery). I’d stay away from crumbly cookies like meringues and send some nice, fat basic cookies or bars. Or, something chewy like macaroons would hold up well to shipping.
Wrap. Wrap. And wrap again. You can’t have the food too air tight, or too well padded. It’s worth the money to get them professionally packaged before shipping.
Ship them fast. Though overnight shipping is quite expensive, the faster you can get your goods to their intended location, the better. I would definitely pay for 2-day service to ensure they arrive fresh & delectably edible.
Here’s a few CwaC recipes that should hold up well to shipping:
Tiger Butter Bars
CwaC Signature Stamped Chocolate Chip Cookies
Olde-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies
Splediferous S’mores Cookies
Marbled Chocolate Fortune Cookies with Candy Cane Crust
Just wait ‘til
your father gets home…