Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Cold is about over - reading a very good book

This morning it was -4° and I think that is the last of the abnormal cold! Hallelujah! All next week is going to be nice, nothing unusually warm but around 43°.

I started a highly recommended book, 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'. I am almost finished and have enjoyed it tremendously.  When I saw it was a collection of just letters between a group of people, I thought it couldn't possible hold my attention............wrong.  It is a delightful book.

I will start another hat for our KC granddaughter sometime today.  Surely I will move along much faster after doing two and won't be ripping out anything.

We managed to save all the eggs from freezing yesterday by collecting them 3 times.

I had DH  hang a suet feeder outside the kitchen window hoping to attract a few different species for enjoying and photographing.

I didn't get started on the seed spreadsheet.....see how I procrastinate; not a good quality.


I am happy to report I got all 60 of the different seeds entered on Excel....there are lots more out in the milk parlor that I will do later when it gets past 10° outside.  It went very smoothly.

Speaking of bird suet (and I was earlier) I decided I would make us a suet cake (not really, but kind of).  I got the recipe off the cereal bag several years ago.  I think I like it better than DH but I made it anyway:

Cereal Granola Bars

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup syrup
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups  Malt-O-Meal Honey & Nut Toasty  O's Cereal
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 T sesame seeds

In  a large saucepan combine sugar and syrup and bring to a full boil while stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients.  Mix well.

Press into a 9x13  ungreased pan.  Let set up some and cut into bars.

Yield 36 bars.

I didn't have sunflower seeds so chopped up some English Walnuts....any nut would do.


  1. -4 and I'm complaining because it was 30 and felt like it was 16. It is warmer now as it's 48. Still not warm enough to do anything outside though.

    Your granola bars look yummy and I think I'll make those. I will save the recipe. Did you use corn syrup or maple syrup?

    You'll do fine with this next cap.

    You got some of your seeds listed too in your excel program, that's great. I'm a big time procrastinator.

    Have a great week and keep warm.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

  2. I just use white corn syrup. I think you could use any syrup you liked. Let me warn you they are addictive. I tell myself they are healthy: oats, peanut butter, raisins, sesame seeds and coconut!I try not to think of the calories.