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Granola Recipe- Vegan


When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"

"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"

"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said -- A.A. Milne

So I've been experimenting in the kitchen.  The stroke has changed my taste buds.  What I used to love now tastes funky.  So back to the oven I go. I am trying to lower my cholesterol, so that means oatmeal for breakfast.   My porridge experiment was awful.  The flavor was fine, but I prefer crunchy foods.  So I went back to granola.  


Set oven to 300 degrees.


6 cups old fashioned oats

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup of nuts ( almond, walnut or pecan)

1 teaspoon of hemp seed

1 crack of salt from salt grinder ( 1/4 teaspoon approx)

1 cup dark agave syrup

1" of grated fresh ginger


Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.  measure the agave syrup.  Grate the ginger into it.  Mix into syrup. Pour syrup over the dry.  Mix thoroughly.  

Spread the mixture onto a large cake roll sheet ( or cookie sheet with sides).  Bake for 10 min.  Pull out of oven and mix iit.  ( I use a spatula, to flip over the mixture for even toasting).  Bake another 10 minutes.  Repeat.  Do for a final 30 minutes.  Mixture should be a golden color.  

Agave syrup is very sweet, more so than sugar.  So if you don't have a sweet tooth, lower the amount.

Store granola in an air tight container for up to 10 days.

I love it with lowfat yogurt or almond milk.  I toss on a few berries too.  

The ceramic bowls I purchased at Lillstreet during an Empty Bowls event.


Stroke Survival: Week 11

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The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.  ~G.K. Chesterton

I'm fine.  Next week is my 3 month sruvival anniverary!  Woo hoo.  Time has flown!  In rerospect,    the lived moment was excruciatingly long, but May 1st came along and I was like Holy Crap! I have a amonth until I start teaching agin.  I am so excited to teach my hybrid course.  It's a great challenge for a teacher who is used to controlling a room with her voice.  I like to use inflection for emphaisis.  

So three months ago I woke up to  a horrid headache, and difficulty with speech and feeling a  tad woblbly on my feet. But I kept putting one foot in front of the other and soon I was walking out the hospital door (mcuh to the chagrin of my family an docotors).  Since then, my speech is back to normal.   It's funny to note what i now remember and don't.  I've totally lost my left from my right.  Detailed instructions of any kind drive me nuts! And oh yes, I'm better if I read it rather than listen to you tell me.  I've developed coping stratgies along the way which is more or less working for me.  My left hand is still a little weak, especially the ring finger.  My taste buds have changed.  Food I've always loved don't taste the same.  So I'm experiementing and seeing if foods I once hated I might now like - such a cauliflower and scrambled eggs.  I am back to some multitaksing.  Yay!  Tht was really hard a t first.  One thng I do daily at homewhich has relly helped is play brain power games on Lumosity.  I do a few games before woking on the computer.  I hink of it liked stretching before a run.  Warming up the ol' noodle.

The stroke has forced me to reevalusate my life.  I pondered the idea of a career change.  Choclatirer an brew master came to mind.  But I decieded tht I reallylike teaching best.  So I will continue teahcing part-time at Chicago State University.  I returnd to my art the other week.  That was great. I started a new bead embeoidery based on the style of my beaded landscapes from 20 years ago.  it feels right. I want to make object that are hoopefeully restuful and peacefual to view.  I only wok o it for a a few hours a day.  After making a zillion color decisions, I ten dto wear out quickly.  

I think endurance is my last real annoyance.  I get tired fast and when I do, I need to rest  imediately.  Pacing myself has never been my strong suit.  but I am doin btter, slowly but furely.  idon't know if it will improve.  Hope so.  It's  a drg to keep turning down invitations to do fun things.

All in all, I feel immensely lucky. And if a stroke was in my fate, I'm darn glad I had it when young so I could recover from it bettter and faster.