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Adventures in Granola

As promised, here are the results of my granola expierement….

Fan-freaking-tastic. It was tasty, crunchy and cheap. About 8 cups of granola for approximately $5. I also have the assurance of know exactly what went into the granola, and how much went in. That just always makes me feel better about what I am eating.

My recipe is a modified version of what can be found on the NYT Bitten Blog. I made two kinds, one for me and one for my fiance. The recipes for both are below. One thing I found very interesting was that while the maple syrup had a more distinct flavor, the honey made the granola clump a little better. So depending on what your preference is, that may help you decide which sweetener to use. Do note though, that none of this granola really clumps too well due to lack of added oils.

Cinnamon Apple Maple
3 cups of rolled oats
1 Apple
1/2 cup maple syrup
Dash of salt
Cinnamon to taste
Ginger to taste
Vanilla to taste

Honey Pecan Almond Berry

Honey Pecan Almond Berry

Honey Pecan Almond Berry
3 cups of rolled oats
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup mixed dried berries
Dash of salt
Cinnamon to taste
Ginger to taste
Vanilla to taste

Bake either mixture on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Mix it every 5-10 minutes.

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Introduction

Hi. My name is Nicole. I am an information addict.

Information addiction is defined by Wikipedia as “a hit of pleasure, stimulation and escape and technology affects attention span, creativity and focus.” I have been like this all my life. I remember being a child, spending hours on end at the library greedily soaking up every word I could find on whatever topic I was obesessed with at the time. While this was foreshadowing a problem, at the time it was healthy. I was increasing my vocabulary and learning to be a better communicator. I had to come up with different ways to find what I was looking for in the card catoglog which sharpened my problem solving skills. Then, when I was in about the sixth grade I finally convinced my parents to get an internet connection. This put me into overdrive, and I have never stopped.

 Since then, I have been in a constant connection to information. Constant email, text messages, news stories, etc. This also turned into an obsession with technology. Learning how I could get this data easier, quicker, and have it with me at all times. Looking at my Zune Podcasts everything is about some form of technology.

For a while, this seemed like a blessing. The entire world was open to me. Unfortunatly, this began to consume me. Any time I would wonder about something, I’d type it into Google and find the answer. Then, on an off chance, I asked on facebook if anyone had any good Podcasts I should be listening to. A friend recomended The Dirtbag Diaries. It reminded me that the world was not about the answers, but the path to those answers.

I am now in the process of relearning how to deal with information. I remember going camping with my parents as a kid and having to figure things out (how to get back when we wondered off the state park trails for example). I am relearning how to learn. In a way that is not just facts, but the journey.

This is a log of my quest.