Granola Time!

E & D Granola (Easy & Delicious)

imageBest breakfast ever… this amazing granola over the top of  vanilla Greek yogurt. No matter what has happened in the morning, this little dish of deliciousness always gets me back on track and ready to face the day.   You just can’t beat the wholesome combination of savory and sweet.  I also love it at the end of the day with a little milk or over the top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream.   

I encourage you to do some experimenting as well! This recipe is a good starting point for any additional dried fruits, nuts, or flavors you’d like to add.   Yum, yum, yum… hope you enjoy!!!
Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats (do NOT use instant oats, they will not taste as hearty)
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup cashew pieces
¾ cup shredded sweet coconut
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons DARK brown sugar

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil
¾ tsp salt

1 cup raisins or other dried fruit (optional)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In one bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.  Toss well to evenly disperse ingredients.

In separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Mix until fully incorporated into a syrup.

Pour syrup mixture over oat & nut mixture and mix until syrup is fully distributed throughout the oats and nuts.  I don’t mind leaving “clumps” here and there – those clusters become a doubly delicious bonus after baking.

Split mixture between two cookie sheets.  Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring and turning every 15 minutes to achieve even golden brown color.  Remove from oven, cool a bit, and then combine with dried fruit if desired.

**You can use any variety of favorite nuts.  All you need to do is keep the measured amounts of nuts the about the same and you should be all set.

 

Jen McMorran, Realtor

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Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Perfect addition to any snack or dinner or table this hot summer weekend!!

corn and black bean salsa Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Ingredients:
2 cans black beans, rinsed
1 bag sweet corn, thawed
1/2 cup fresh cilantro,chopped
1 large red pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion or sweet Vidalia onion

Dressing:
3 T red wine vinegar
2 T olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Lime Juice to taste (I used two fresh squeezed limes)

Serve with tortilla chips, over scrambled eggs, with grilled/baced chicken, cod/tilapia/haddock, or just eat it as a salad. Sooo… good!

**Other possible add ins: 2 large ripe tomatoes seeded and chopped, 1 avacodo diced (avacodo can get mushy, so I would add it as you serve), 2 seeded, chopped jalapenos, 1 cup chopped celery, 1 green pepper

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Love a Good Rub?

If you like pulled pork (or ribs, or pork tenderloin), this dry rub is for you!  So simple with just 6 ingredients, yet great flavor that you can enjoy as is or with any of your favorite BBQ or Asian sauces.  Perfect the big game this Sunday – go Pats!

patriot helmetMix together…
1/3 cup paprika
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup sugar
2 T salt
2 tsp. dry mustard
2 tsp. cayenne
…and that’s it. I store it in a plastic container in my refrigerator so it is ready to go whenever.

For pulled pork:
Pork Butt (one that will fit in your crock pot)
One large sweet onion, sliced into 1/2 inch slices

Cover all four sides of the pork butt with the Rub and “rub it in” a bit. Place onion slices in bottom of crock pot. Lay “rubbed” meat on the onions (fat side “up”) then place remaining onions on top. Let sit in fridge over night. I then cook the pork on low all day until meat easily “pulls apart” by gently using a fork. You really should not have to work too hard to pull the meat apart… if you do, cook longer 🙂  I usually have mine in for 6-8 hours depending how busy my day is!

This pork is delicious over rice or on your favorite a roll. (I’ve even made “nachos” by putting it over tortilla chips with some cheddar cheese – melt in the oven for a few minutes.  Or great for sliders while watching the Patriots play their way into the Super Bowl).  Enjoy!

Pretty (and simple) Tablescape

So I am a little late for Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year holidays… but just saw this tablescape and thought it was pretty neat. 

By the way, we did make the roses out of fall leaves, however I forgot to account for them drying out. Ours definitely get crunchy after about 24 hours. Putting stems in water would have been a good idea 🙂 (But, who has time for using their brains and common sense when we have the holidays to prepare for?? Oh well, there is always next year!)

Since the holidays are now over and our household only has science fair projects to think about this weekend – woo hoo! – I can fully access my brain and share the following common sense suggestions on the candle and wine glass décor:

-Drip some melted wax onto the base of the wine glass then place the candle on it which will help to affix the candle to the glass bottom.

-Remember:
The wider the wine glass, the steadier the base of the support.
Try different types of glasses as well.
The height and width of the candle, will affect it’s stability.

Get creative and try other variations under the dome of the glasses- candy hearts for Valentine’s Day, fortune cookies for Chinese New Year,  little shamrock plants for St Patrick’s day, jelly beans or colored eggs for Easter, colored Hershey kisses,  gum balls, figurines, rubber balls … have fun!

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
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508-930-5259
First Time Home Buyers
Existing Home Sales
New Construction
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Stamping It Up with Potatoes!


potato stamp

With so much going on in my kids’ teenage lives these days, simple “throw back” but creative ideas just seem so right.  Click on the photos to get step by step directions on the HGTV website. (Coincidentally their Art Classes at M. Walker Studio are now focusing on print making. Love seeing how their brains work in selecting images and colors to layer together!)

Then…

 

…combine your artwork with a little technology for quick and easy printing to create sets of cards. I just take photos with my phone, upload them to Vistaprint (waiting for a sale of course!) then have cards printed. Order 10 cards for each design you have created then mix them up into sets and give as gifts. Or, have a calendar made using one print per month. Or have them printed on mugs. The possibilities are endless! And how nice to receive a handcrafted item that is also useful!

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
508-930-5259
First Time Home Buyers
Existing Home Sales
New Construction
Antique Homes

Kensington Real Estate Brokerage – Servicing clients from Boston to Providence! North Attleboro, Attleboro, Plainville, Wrentham, Mansfield, Norton, Foxboro, Sharon, Seekonk, Cumberland, North Smithfield, Providence, Lincoln

E&D Granola (easy & delicious granola that is!)

imageBest breakfast ever… granola and vanilla greek yogurt. No matter what has happened in the morning, this little dish of delciousness always gets me back on track and ready to face the day. You can’t beat the combination of savory and sweet. I encourage you to do some experimenting as well! This recipe is a good starting point for any additional fruits, nuts, or any other flavors you’d like to add.

Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats (NOT instant)
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup cashew pieces
¾ cup shredded sweet coconut
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons DARK brown sugar

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil
¾ tsp salt

1 cup raisons or other dried fruit (optional)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In one bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.  In separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Mix until fully incorporated into a syrup.  Pour syrup mixture over oat & nut mixture and mix until syrup is fully distributed.  Split mixture between two cookie sheets. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring and turning every 15 minutes to achieve even golden brown color. Remove from oven, cool a bit, and then combine with dried fruit if desired.

**You can use a variety of favorite nuts, just keep measured amounts of nuts the same and you should be all set. Enjoy!