back in action

We survived our first day back on the farm! Guess who has dirt under her nails again..

Sorry for the gross hand picture, but the dirt is back which can only mean one thing, we are home.

Since it snowed about 5 inches last night we were put to work in the greenhouse.  We had Charlotte (my sister-in-law) help us out for the first part of the morning.  But then it was just me, Taylor, and the plants.

We transplanted onions and leeks.

This time of year, working in the greenhouse is sort of like a Thursday night.  It’s not quite the weekend, but you can taste it right around the corner.

I can’t wait to eat some leeks!

Working in the greenhouse from 8am to 5pm can be a bit tiring.  It’s the same thing all day long.  But once we move outside to plant everything into the ground it will be an exciting day.

Lovely lettuce.  Getting bigger everyday!

Anyway, thank you all for being patient while we drove back east.  The road trip was pretty uneventful but we had a nice time visiting friends along the way.  No sleeping in the truck this time.  Thanks to all of our friends who live all over!

Alright, I promised an awesome granola recipe and I am going to deliver.  This recipe was inspired by the cookbook Good Food, Great Medicine.  Of course Charlotte and I tweaked it a bit because that’s what we like to do.  This is time consuming but worth every minute.

5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 1/2 cup slivered almonds

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup crushed walnuts

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

dash of nutmeg

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 225 degrees

1.  In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients (except the fruit!!!)  Whisk the maple syrup, oil, and salt until well blended.  Pour over the dry ingredients and mix until its evenly spread.

2. Spread in your larges baking pan or two and bake at 225 degrees for 3 hours.  Take it out, stir add your fruit and then continue to bake for another hour.

3. Turn off your oven and let the granola sit in the oven for a couple more hours.

4.  Store in an air tight container and enjoy!

The slow cooking is what makes this really good.  I promise it’s worth it.

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14 Responses to back in action

  1. Rick says:

    Welcome back! Interesting idea with the granola – I cook a similar recipe for 25 minutes at 375°F on a silpat, but I’ll have to try the slow cooking method. Sounds good!

    • drealieberg says:

      This granola really is worth the time. The slow cooking intensifies the flavors. I have done a recipe before that didn’t take as much time but the end result wasn’t nearly as good. This is bullet proof. Just make sure your oven doesn’t run too hot. If so cut the time down a bit. I haven’t stopped munching on this since we made it! Let me know if you try it!

  2. Jean says:

    After being hit in the head with 3 clumps of slush falling off trees this morning, those dirty fingernails and greenhouse pics are a sight for sore eyes. Boy, am I looking forward to eating those leeks and onions and lettuce. Can almost close my eyes and taste them…
    Do forgive my selfishness! I know your work is hard and risky. But the results –divine.

    • drealieberg says:

      I’m sorry about the run in with the snow!!! I am SO sick of it too. These onions and leeks really will taste good. Enough winter….bring on the spring!

  3. Leslie says:

    We have joined you in getting our hands dirty. Here in North Carolina we are lucky enough to have our onions and lettuce already planted in the garden, new herbs in our big pots on the back porch and the asparagus is coming up. Although since this is only our second year, we will have to wait until the third year to reap the benefits. Did have snow again last week and might get one more before all is said and done, but spring has sprung here and everything is beginning to bloom. It should be spring by y’all soon as it is definitely on its way. Enjoy !

    • drealieberg says:

      How exciting! Nice work planting the garden. I am jealous of your asparagus. We don’t grow any!!! Once you are reaping the benefits all the hard work pays off! Stay patient!

  4. Karen Anne says:

    I really have to get seedlings started.

    Maybe you want to start a new blog page? It takes a few minutes for the current page to load, and I’m on a cable connection.

    • drealieberg says:

      hummmm….I haven’t heard of other people having trouble loading the page. I will look into whats going on.

      Good luck with the seedlings!

      • Karen Anne says:

        I think it’s just when there are enough photos accumulated on a page, it takes awhile. Numerous photos are no trouble, but after enough posts with enough photos each, it starts hitting memory or download performance issues, that’s why people tend to only post some number of posts on a page and then start another page for the next posts and link back to the previous page. Don’t leave out any photos though 🙂 Esp. wouldn’t want to miss photos of Henry 🙂

      • drealieberg says:

        I think I can figure out a way to change this! I will work on it this week!!!! Thanks for letting me know!

  5. RI Reader says:

    So sweet to see your wedding ring! Best wishes and congratulations Mr and Mrs Farmers!

  6. Sue says:

    We’re big fans of gardening but since we live in the Northeast, it isn’t time to plant them outside yet. Very nice to see the greenhouse and the onions and leek saplings! Can’t wait for spring to really arrive…

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