This morning, as Jeremy was leaving for work, he noticed something very exciting. A bird had finally come to our bird feeder! I got a bird feeder for the 3 men of the house for Christmas. It is the see-through sort that attaches to a window and we filled it with black sunflower seeds which claimed to attract the most varieties of birds and we scattered some seed on the snow according to the directions. And then we waited exactly 2 months and a bird arrived!
Not just any old bird either. A titmouse. Or as my father-in-law would say, a TM. He also would ask me every time I saw him when the kids were little(r) whether I was still "BFing." Apparently, a man who can swear with impunity in front of my children cannot use the words "tit" or "breast" without embarrassing himself.
Anyway, in honor of our first winged guest, Dorian and I made granola for the first time. If you'd like to try it, it's very simple, so here's what we did:
Mix 3 cups rolled oats, 1/2 cup sliced almonds, 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts (we did pecans), 1/4 cup sesame seeds, and 1/4 cup flax seeds in a big bowl. While preheating the oven to 325 degrees, warm 1/3 cup canola oil and 1/2 cup maple syrup (or honey, or a combo) in a small pan over low heat. Pour syrup over oat mixture and toss until well coated. Spread in an even layer on baking sheet(s) and bake for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Let cool and store in an airtight container.
Pretty easy and pretty tasty.