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Winter In Cape Cod/ Door County

The winters vary in severity. One winter you will get 3 snowstorms and in-between it will be 40, 50, dare I say 60 degrees? Other winters it is bitter cold with tons of snow, no snow, and any other combination you can possibly think of. What is the deal? Well they say that the warmer than usual  Northern Pacific Ocean this winter will cause a cold snowy winter in the Northeastern U.S. That means I am in trouble. I live in Rhode Island now.

Door County has already seen its first snow of the season and with the wind off of Green Bay All of Door County is down right bone chilling even in 40 degree weather with all that moisture in the air.

I took a few chilly photos in down town Sister Bay.
You won't be sailing today.

 Sunrise is pretty!

 Sometime you need get started on your snow fort early. A dusting of snow won't stop us from having some fun.

Action shot here to the right with my shovel trying really hard to get enough snow for a sweet fort for my three year olds.

Homemade Granola and Apple Crisp

I made a great apple crisp out of homemade granola and a variety of apples and a few small home grown pears.

The granola I made is easy:

Pre- heat oven to 300 degrees

6 cups of old fashioned oats.
1/2 cup of crushed walnuts
1/2 cup of crushed pecans
1/2 cup of sliced almonds
4 table spoons of ground cinnamon
4 table spoons of vanilla
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup of honey or agave

Stir the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Get a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil. Put the mixture on it and place in oven.

Stir the mixture with a spoon every 5- 10 mins while its in oven. (don't burn your hand)

When the mixture appears golden brown / dry its ready to take out. Can take 35-45 mins

Place the cooled granola in a plastic bag and eat.

The apple crisp is easy also:

Find a mix of apples and a few small pears: Crab Apples, Green Apples, Red Apples, Pears

Peal the apples and slice thin, cube the pears into small pieces.

Mix the sliced fruit with some honey, maple syrup, and or agave. (Use as much or as little as you like)

Take 1 cup of the homemade granola and blend into a flour

Add a dash of brown sugar (use your judgement)

Add a quarter cup of coconut oil that is warmed to liquid state. Stir the granola flour and oil together .

Place granola flour mixture in a glass baking dish.

Add the apples and mix

Spread the mixture evenly.

Sprinkle regular granola mix on top

Add some dried cranberries

Bake about 30-35 mins at 300 degrees


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