A good Sunday!

Hello Peeps, Pups, and Kitties!

We have slacked off a bit this week as far as posts are concerned, but its been a busy time for  us.  We wanted to show you what our world looks like, and has looked like for the last three or four days.

Our trees, fences and everything has been covered with hoarfrost, and while its pretty, and sort of winter wonderland looking, we'd all like a little sunshine, which would eat it up.
Here is me on the back porch waiting to come inside.  I just went out for my morning call, then had to go say hello to the Bulldogs who live next door.  They have a pen they stay in when they go out so they don't get to run around like I do.  They have very short hair, so they get too cold to stay out long.

My Mom found a recipe she thought she would like for granola.  Do you like granola?  Sometimes I get a little taste of it but not much.  Its usually tasty!  Here is the new recipe she is trying.

Olive Oil and Maple Granola
Adapted from Nekisia Davis, Early Bird Foods, and Food 52

Nuts and seeds can add up, but I buy mine at Trader Joe's or in the bulk section of my local grocery store, and that helps keep the cost down. I also was able to find coconut chips in bulk. (And if you're wondering exactly what coconut chips are, here's a picture.)

The next time I make this, I might cut back a little on the brown sugar, but I recommend trying it as written first.

300 grams (3 cups) rolled oats
125 grams (1 cup) raw hulled pumpkin seeds
130 grams (1 cup) raw hulled sunflower seeds
50 grams (1 cup) unsweetened coconut chips
135 grams (1 ¼ cup) raw pecans, whole or chopped
85 grams (packed ½ cup) light brown sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
175 ml (¾ cup) maple syrup, preferably Grade B
120 ml (½ cup) olive oil
Dried cherries, optional
Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut chips, pecans, light brown sugar, and salt. Stir to mix. Add the olive oil and maple syrup, and stir until well combined. Spread the mixture in an even layer on the prepared sheet pan. Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until the granola is golden brown and toasted, about 45 minutes. Remove the granola from the oven, and season with more salt to taste. Cool completely on a wire rack. If you'd like, stir in some dried cherries. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 7 cups and will keep at room temperature for up to a month.  About a fourth cup is a serving, so my Mom finds it perfect to sprinkle over yogurt.

This is from my Mom's favorite food blog, Orangette who is really Molly Wizenberg writer of the book A Homemade Life.  My Mom says she is cutting back on the sugar AND the maple syrup.  I bet thats the best part.

Zkhat is sleeping  upstairs.  She was sleeping on my Mom's bed, but I got up there too and that makes her mad, so she goes upstairs.  She just takes care of herself, and she hates for me to bother her.  Can't be friends!

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Happy Sunday everyone,

 Stella, Jo and Zkhat


  1. It looks so pretty at your house. It's just gray and damp here, a good day to stay inside. Mom is making soup for our dinner today and that's a good thing. Too bad Zkhat won't curl up with you. We think that would be nice and warm.
    Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

  2. Hoarfrost is so beautiful. We've never seen it in real life! We've got clear, sunny skies and temps in the 70's which is beautiful, but we also need rain! No more fires!! Mom loves granola and she says she's going to try your recipe :-)

    Sending you sunshine,

    -Bart and Ruby

  3. mum loves Granola but has never made it so we will try your recipe.
    your frost do look very pretty but sunshine always be nicer so i hopes you get some.
    ~Lickies, Ludo

  4. I love to see it as pretty but oh so cold. We have snow here and that is so cold too.. Stay warm everyone... Hugs GJ xx

  5. That hoar frost is so pretty. We are wondering what the temperature is out of doors.
    It has never occurred to Gail to try home cooked granola. Maybe time for a first attempt? But it seems that maple syrup is much more expensive here in Scotland than in the US.
    Toodle pip!

  6. That Hoarfrost looks sooooooo cold. SHIVER

  7. Your winter wonderland is very beautiful but it looks so cold! Perfect weather for hot oatmeal with cream sprinkled with that delicious granola...and chai! You would think our sunny 45 degrees summery, eh?

  8. the snow looks beautiful, we have hardly had any here.

    The recipe sounds tasty too!

  9. Your world is BEAUTIFUL with all that hoar frost. But I do understand wanting some sun. I hope that it's arrived by now!

  10. You have snow!! Oh, you are so lucky. We don't have any! Can you believe it?

    Your pal, Pip

  11. Oh everything look s SO beautiful. Here it is un-naturally warm. Mom said the jonquils (daffodils) are bloomed as are the huacinths. That's sad. They will die when it does finally freeze.

  12. Hey, Jo,

    When did you move your blog?! I saw your comment on Sue's site and was wondering why you weren't popping up in my feed!

    Happy New Year to you and looking forward to following Stella's adventures again...

    Sam and MargeDog

  13. Howdy Stella Up Over, I don't know why but your new blogs aren't coming up on our blog to let us know. We will join up as a friend again and see what happens. We love your snow photos. Looks pretty darn cold though! See ya soon. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  14. I have heard of hoarfrost. Is it crunchy?
    Stella, your coat is beautiful - and functional, eh?

    Sounds like Zkhat rules the roost?