Dinner

Amber Waves of Grain

Wow, it’s been a busy day and it’s nowhere near being over! I spent the whole day doing errands and housework and met Almanzo for a greasy egg white omelet in between. However, I did produce this masterpiece:

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I do not know why I insisted upon making eleven cups of homemade granola on an already busy day when I had tons of looming deadlines and errands to run. All I knew was that I couldn’t go another day living without Miraval’s swiss muesli so it just had to be done.
Warning: to those that go through the effort of making the homemade granola to produce the bircher muesli, I found that I needed WAY more than 1/4 cup milk (as the original recipe called for). I needed more like…..two cups milk? I used soy milk, too. I wanted it pretty runny so it could thicken up overnight…that oat bran really does just suck the liquid right up! Now I have a week’s worth of swiss muesli sitting in tupperware in my fridge and about ten cups of extra homemade granola that I’m shipping off to friends tomorrow. I’ll let you know how the final outcome turns out!
Because I was already a hot sweaty mess from standing in front of the stove stirring granola all day, I decided to just keep things simple with a green salad (topped with shredded carrots, Athenos feta and Annie’s raspberry vinegarette) and a bowl of TJ’s tomato soup.

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And I used the stove as a table while I stood and ate my dinner. Ahhhh back to reality!
I’m rushing out the door to bible study then have a late night of writing to do to meet an early morning deadline. Pray for my sanityyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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42 Comments

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    Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    July 26, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I don’t know if I could return back to reality and leave behind all that amazing food!

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    Angela (ohsheglows)
    July 26, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    That granola looks awesome…nice job!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite
    July 26, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I don’t blame you for making that mueseli! It looks delicious! I can’t wait to try the recipe!

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    Dorry
    July 26, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Good luck getting everything done! I often pick my busiest days to do something necessary so I feel ya. My fiance just sits by and watches as I freak out about my to-do list while I’m baking cupcakes. πŸ™‚

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    Courtney (Delightful Devours)
    July 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Wow two more cups? I’ll keep that in mind when trying this out myself!
    On a plus side, it looks like we were dinner buddies! Salad and soup is always a winner πŸ™‚

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    katie
    July 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    The title of this post reminds me of the westing game. Maybe you need a young adult lit book nerd club? πŸ™‚

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    Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    July 26, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Ahhhh I’ve been thinking about making granola for the past 6 hours or so!! Making/eating granola cannot be a live-vicariously-through-you activity!

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    Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    July 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    masterpiece, indeed! homemade granola in unmatchable, though!

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    Suzanne de Cornelia
    July 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I made organic spinach, chopped garlic, feta cheese, & cherry tomato salad w/ Annie’s Tuscan dressing. Really healthy, delish, simple, one large glass bowl to wash.

    Good luck with all your projects! A blogger/writer’s work is endless!!

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    Krystina
    July 26, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Mmm, I want to make homemade granola now!

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    Jenny
    July 26, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I totally undestand your back to reality mindset!

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    Mae
    July 26, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks to you my first priority at Trader Joe’s 3 hours away is tomato soup. LOTS of tomato soup. You’ve got me hooked!!
    Have a great night!

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    MMiller
    July 26, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I think everyone is getting home made granola this year for Christmas! I can’t wait to make it! It looks great! Good luck with your deadline! I’m sure you will have no trouble with it!

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    Chelsey
    July 26, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    mmm yummy granola!!! I totally find things to cook/bake when I’m busy – it’s my way of procrastinating!!! πŸ™‚

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    July 26, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    i think i would probably die if i got to eat such great stuff and then had to cook for myself! you’re a brave woman!

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    Caryn
    July 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Looks deelish!
    And next year, around this time, if you have extra money and time (because doesn’t everyone?!) you should come to WI and check out a neat little thing we have called Laura Ingalls Wilder Days! (http://www.heritagehillgb.org/calendar/special/laura-ingalls-wilder-days/10) Lol, every time you mention Almanzo I think of how you might like to come see this.

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    DespuesIDo
    July 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Good luck getting your work done!

    BTW – Sarah’s Key DEVASTATED me!

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    Tara @ FoodforFuel
    July 26, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Can’t wait to see how the muesli turns out! Definitely want to try it!

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    Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    July 26, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I’m loving the look of that field of granola.

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    Lindsay
    July 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Are you using a book for you bible study? I’m thinking about starting one and didn’t know if you had any book suggestions!?

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    kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com
    July 26, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    i always find most recipes need more liquids in them, and always end up adding more and more and more to even it out. its crazy isnt it!

    have a great night, hopefully ur able to wind down a bit from ur busy busy day <3

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    Camille
    July 26, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    You can never… and I mean never… have too much homemade granola!

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    Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    July 26, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    haha I wasn’t sure if you were going to make that whole batch. That is A LOT of granola. You have some very lucky friends. πŸ™‚ It looks amazing!!

    I hope tomorrow involves a little more relax time!!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    July 27, 2010 at 3:30 am

    The granola looks incredible!

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    Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    July 27, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Welcome back to life, isn’t it fun. πŸ™‚

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    eatmovelove
    July 27, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Standing at the kitchen counter is the story of my life…unfortunately it’s not as healthy eating as what you have…Granola is GOOD!

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    Rosey Rebecca
    July 27, 2010 at 5:07 am

    I’ve always wanted to make my own granola. Yours sounds so good.
    I do things like that all the time. I’ll be so busy, but then I’ll stop to work on a recipe that takes three hours to make. It’s therapeutic and a good de-stresser, I feel.

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    July 27, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Ah, yes. The worst thing about vacation: Reality follows.

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    July 27, 2010 at 6:02 am

    That granola looks wonderful! I’ve always wanted to make my own, but it seems so time consuming!

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    sarah k. @ the pajama chef
    July 27, 2010 at 6:05 am

    mmm that granola looks great!

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    Maria
    July 27, 2010 at 6:05 am

    You should have a giveaway for your granola!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    July 27, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Mmmm I love homemade granola!! It seems like a lot of effort at first but I think it always tastes better than the store-bought kinds (well, Miraval may be an exception – I’m sure nothing beats theirs!)
    Your granola looks great… and if you find you have too much, there’s a very willing recipient right here!

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    Anne P
    July 27, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Please tell me I’m one of the friends receiving homemade granola shipments from heaven.

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    Sami
    July 27, 2010 at 6:58 am

    well done on the granola, my dear! πŸ™‚

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    Kristina @goodnweird
    July 27, 2010 at 6:59 am

    i’ve been totally craving homemade granola. definitely hitting the store after my run tonight to make this.

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    katie anne
    July 27, 2010 at 7:36 am

    hey just a suggestion!…im reading β€œcharlie st cloud” and highly reccommend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it should be ur next one for ur cook club!!:-)

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    Annie@stronghealthyfit
    July 27, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Good luck with everything, Jenna. Take some time to breathe πŸ™‚

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    Ashley
    July 27, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Is your boyfriend’s real name almonzo?

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      jenna
      July 27, 2010 at 10:29 am

      Hah! No, that’s just my pet name for him because he reminds me of Almanzo in the Little House on the Prairie Books.

      We are just really weird.

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    Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    July 27, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Prayin!! Lovin the granola action – I’ve attempted to make my own before but it just didn’t turn out right.

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    Hilary@coffeeismycarrot
    July 27, 2010 at 10:27 am

    LOVE homemade granola! The muesli sounds delish. Gotta try this

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