If you think your Mistress went and had an afternoon delight and is going to spill sordid details, then you might as well leave now. Heavens knows, I would love to be able to tell you I ripped the clothes off of and had hot sex with my lumbersexual neighbor, or the Lad popped in to surprise me and we tore the bedroom up, but alas... it isn't. No , this has to do with Bouvier, my ever faithful squirrel who I think might be even having more sex then me!!! It sure looked that way when I happened upon the kitchen windows today. Doesn't he know he'll spoil the food? And has the nerve to flaunt his antics right in my face yet. Or they could be just cuddling, or it could be Bouvier and one of it youngsters, which I doubt. Whatever it was it was so cute to see.
Later in the afternoon when I came home from the market, I peered out and he was sunning on the pavement. I took pity and thought maybe he deserved a second round of nuts. Hell, at least someone is having sex.
When I went back out to take him a almond or two, I must have interrupted his dirt bath. I always think it's funny to watch them do this. Squirrels and the like will often enjoy dirt baths where they find a soft spot of dirt, lay down in it, and roll around in it, kicking their legs, pulling themselves in circles , and finishes with a leap and shake. This process helps them to remove parasites.
But my extent of an afternoon delight was making a big double batch of my homemade granola. And when it's roasting in the oven ,by damned does it smell good! It's great to eat with milk, but also wonderful on ice cream and in yogurt.
The Casa Granola
In a tin foil roasting pan:
2lbs Rolled oats
1C Powder milk
2C Wheat germ
1/2 C Brown Sugar
1Lb Bag of coconut
1Lb Sliced Almonds
Mix these ingredients well. Then mix in 3/4C canola oil, 1/4 C honey, 1/2C maple syrup, 1/2 C water, 2TSP vanilla
Oven should be set at 300 degrees. Place in oven for 3 to 4 hours. Stir every half hour. Once the granola mixture is golden brown take out and cool. Once cool, mix in some raisins or dried cranberries. If I'm giving some out, I will put it in mason jars, and add around the neck of the jar some twine to tie a bow and gift tag. Makes an excellent gift for neighbors, friends and family. but if I'm greedy, I place in a large air tight container, and enjoy. And I didn't share any with Bouvier!