Sunday, December 13, 2015


     With winter settling in we find ourselves learning to be content in front of the fire, the kitties, Sweetface and I, on chilly early-dark evenings.  I had forgotten how cozy and wonderful it is to have the TV turned off, sitting in the silence except for hearing the sound of flames flickering and the cats purring while he works contentedly at his laptop while I hand knot a new necklace.  This is the time of year one makes things for friends and family, and while I am never satisfied with how much I created, I have at least made some jewelry, a Japanese cat fabric handbag with sterling silver cat charm on the zipper, and several jars of healthy Amish granola.  Here is the recipe if you would like to make some yourself, either for snacking, for cereal, or for sprinkling on top of ice cream...


In a large bowl mix together the following ingredients:

1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter

Then add in and mix well:

6 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup flaked coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)

Spread out evenly on the bottom of two jellyroll pans. Line with parchment paper for easy clean up.  Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes, then switch racks and bake for 15 minutes more.  Cool on pans.

If you like, here are a few extra things you can add once the granola has cooled and is in a large bowl:

1 cup raisings
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup nuts (any kind, the same or a mixture)

Place in pretty jars with a fabric circle tied around the top, tied with twine.
Attach a stamped shipping tag.


  1. all look so cozy. Especially Callie. Also, I really like your sweater.


  2. You have a beautiful life! I really really love the necklace you made!

    1. Glad you like the necklace. :-) I love hand knotting the beads and adding vintage pendants.

  3. Linda,
    When will the audible version of your book release?
    I am trying to hold out ~ I cannot wait!!

    1. Sweetface is trying to get me to hurry and finish narrating it--so far I've only gotten the first 3 chapters finished. I will try to go faster, I promise!

  4. I forgot to mention, for those asking for a personalized autographed copy of "Home for Good", please send me a comment including your full name, mailing address and a Paypal email address and I will send you an invoice at the same price as Amazon. If you don't have Paypal just let me know and we can work that out. Thanks.