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DW-Rose-All boxed up with nowhere to go

Is your brain leaking?

Yikes, it's cold tonight. Actually, it's been chilly all day today. My mom made soup. Yum.

The bad news for the day is that we didn't get our keys. I was kinda hoping that we'd be able to start moving our stuff this weekend. I knew I shouldn't get my hopes up, but at the same time ... I really want to move into my new house.

Here's the lowdown for my day ... I got my hair done. I had my lady cut it a little differently. Longish layers that I hope will be fairly easy to take care of. I also made another batch of granola. I omitted the almonds and pistachios this time and cooked it for about 5 minutes less. It tastes delicious. I also bought most of the ingredients for my homemade laundry detergent. It shocks me how little that particular project is costing me. Seriously, I've spent around $8 and it looks like I'll be able to make at least 4 batches of the detergent out of it. I'm keeping all my receipts so I can break down how much it costs overall, but I'm feeling very optimistic about this project.

Have I mentioned that I'm also thinking about making my own shampoo. I found the base soap that used in that, so that's a very real possibility now.

I can hear what some people *coughmalkovich03cough* are saying. Yes, it's true. I'm becoming very crafty this vacation.

I'm done. :)

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Do you have a recipe for the granola you make? My mum's been telling me i should make my own, but i don't know where to begin!

Here's the website I used.

Here's the recipe if you want to cut and paste it. :)

Homemade Granola

3 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut flakes, unsweeteend *
3 tablespoons flax seeds
3 tablespoons sesame seeds *
1/4 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup toasted mixed nuts, chopped (I used pistachios and almonds here)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups mixed dried fruit (I used raisins and dried cherries and cranberries here)

Preheat the oven to 375. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the dried fruit. Stir well to incorporate.

Spread the mixture on the prepared baking sheet, spreading it out into an even layer. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes ** (depending on the depth of goldenness you’re looking for), stirring every 10 minutes.

Remove the granola from the oven and cool completely, in its pan, on a wire wrack. Once the granola is cool, mix in the dried fruit.

*I didn't add the coconut or sesame seeds
**20 minutes worked for me. 25 was slightly too long and the nuts tasted almost burned.

The second batch I made was far, far better than the first. Mostly because I didn't cook it as long and it didn't have that borderline burned taste. I also didn't add nuts in the second batch because I wanted my sis (allergic to almonds) and the kids to try it. My mom LOVED the second batch!

Thank you!! I'm trying to get my healthy on. This will definitely help :)

That is pretty impressive stuff making your own granola and laundry detergent! Kudos!

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