Friday, August 25, 2006

That Time Again

Some things have definite times and seasons. You can tell spring is around the corner when the crocuses peek from the snow. When the sound of the lawnmower engine revs up you look forward to the aroma of freshly cut grass, and just when you get all the clean laundry hung on the line, you can almost count on a sudden downpour of rain.

And for our family, we can tell it is time for another trip when Elizabeth rounds the corner of the pantry carrying our big 5-gallon pail of oatmeal. The granola process begins!

Because this has become a predictable family tradition, we thought you might enjoy a glimpse into our 'pre-trip' preparations. Yesterday we spotted Elizabeth again at her post with some little helpers getting ready for departure today -- our last big trip before taking some time off for 'baby month'! [smile]

Elizabeth's Granola Recipe
In a large (note: large) bowl, combine the following --

22 cups oatmeal (we use both quick and old-fashioned)

In a large saucepan, heat the following, then add to oatmeal mixture. Blend thoroughly --

3 cups shortning (olive oil, cocunut oil, butter, ect)
2 cups honey
1/2 cup molasses
2.5 TBSP vanilla

Add cinnamon, raisins, nuts, dates, assorted dried fruit, sunflower seeds, your liking.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Let cool.
Note: This makes approx. 2 gallons of granola, so for longer trips we find you may need to make mulitple batches.



Sara Campbell said...

Hello Wissmanns! That sure looks like a yummy treat! I wanted you to know how greatly we are looking forward to your visit for Old Threshers this week. For many, including me, it has become a special time to look forward to as we are blessed to see and "hear" your family. I continue to pray for each one of you, especially for safe travels on the road. Take care and may the Lord bless you with a safe trip! :)

The Ulmer Family said...

YUMMY!!!!!! We'll have to try out your recipe!!!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Campers are coming to town, steam engines are being pulled out, and tents are going up (including a big blue and white one). It is definitely the time for the Wissmanns to come to town! We are looking forward to seeing ya'll soon!
The Conners

Anonymous said...

Hey, Elizabeth, and all your helper's!

Looks like you were busy making some delicious granola!! What a great, and fun post to do.

Keep up the good work 'Granola Bakers'!

Prayers, hugs, love, and safe travels to each of you. Can't wait until your home!:)

PS--Now we'll have to TRY your recipe!

Hannah Michelle said...

Looks like quite a job! But with yummy results! :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey, Wissmanns!
We were in Mt. Pleasant this afternoon for the O.T. Log Village picnic! Our whole family was in costume and then we went to Wal-Mart afterwards and you can imagine how that was... I'm sure many people thought we stepped out of a time machine, with dresses to the floor, aprons, long sleeves, and suspenders! *smile*
We are volunteering for sure all day Thursday, so come say hi! Can't wait to listen to ya'll again and have some old-fashion fun and fellowship!
See you soon! Nicole Chmelar

Monica said...

That looks so good! Where are you all heading this time?

Rachel said...

Hello to all our 'Old Threshers friends'!!! Thanks for signing in -- I'm sure the town is already swelling with excitment around there. We plan to be pulling in late on Wednesday and looking forward to seeing ya'll. Can't wait for all those wonderful sights, sounds, and smells that can only be found at Mt. Pleasant! [smile] See you soon!