I’ve been talking about summer leaving lately. I don’t want it to go. It is slipping through my fingers and I am almost like a 6 year old stomping my food in protest: “Don’t leave, summer, I am begging you!”
I will miss these trails and scary cliffs. This summer I discovered my fear of heights. Let me rephrase that, my fear of conditional heights. I say conditional because obviously, there are conditions.
I can ride a rollercoaster and stop at the very top of a ferris wheel, no problem. When it comes to the breathtakingly beautiful Hudson Valley views on top of these large rocks – well, that is when I am frightened. I can’t get near the ledge and seeing someone else get close to the edge, like Joe, makes me cry out. A part of me loves it, though; the walk to the top of the mountain, the view, the smells and sounds of nature. It is perfection, especially with the guy above.
The amount of bug bites I have on my legs is proof that I have been outside this summer. My tan lines do not lie.
Last year I was filled with so much happiness when summer was ending. I was excited for a new chapter in my life to begin and I was excited for the sights and smells of fall. The Hudson Valley is a beautiful place to be when the leaves change from green to orange, yellow and red. It is a sight to see!
Now that I think of it, the Hudson Valley is beautiful all year round. It is a wonderful area to live. You get all of the seasons and are surrounded by farmland that provides you with fresh dairy and more nutritious and good for you produce. I love this place! When I was younger I couldn’t wait to leave. Sometimes I am glad I never did and other times I channel my inner 16 year old and want out.
This granola recipe is perfect for the last days of summer. Dried berries and cherries come together in this oat and nut filled, good for you snack. Bring it with you on the go, like we did when we went hiking! The impending storm cut our time on the cliffs short. We usually like to sit up there for a while and I brought this granola to enjoy. Sadly, we didn’t eat any. I brought it to work and shared with my coworkers who love to eat it in their yogurt. I also poured milk over it one morning and it was lovely.
A granola recipe perfect for an on the go breakfast, mixed in your granola, eaten as cereal or even on a hike!
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 20
Total Time: 35
6 cups rolled oats
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup whole flax seeds
1 1/2 cup dried fruit mix (cherries, blueberries and strawberries)
1 cup canola oil
1 cup honey
Preheat the oven to 350 °F
In a large bowl, stir together the rolled oats, walnuts, pecans and flax seeds. Set aside.
In a small pan over medium heat, stir together the oil and honey. Cook and stir until blended.
Pour over the oat mixture, and stir to coat evenly. Spread out in an even layer on two cookie sheets.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the oats and nuts are toasted.
Immediately after it comes out of the oven, stir in the dried fruit mix of cherries, blueberries and strawberries.
Let stand until cooled, and stir again to break up any large clusters. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.