A couple weeks ago I made a batch of granola from a recipe I have had forever.  It is SO ADDICTIVE.  Tonight I made our third batch.  



Let me share the recipe so you can share in our addiction:

Butch's Granola

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In a large bowl put:
4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
2 cups bran buds
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 to 2 cups of your favorite dried fruit, chopped so pieces are bite sized

In a microwave safe measuring cup, combine:
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup canola oil
2 tsp vanilla

Heat in microwave for 1 minute, stir until mixed, then pour over dry ingredients and mix well. Cover two cookie sheets with parchment paper, and divide mixture between the two sheets, spreading evenly.  Bake for 20-30 minutes, until mixture is a medium brown.  Let cool, and then break into pieces to store in an air tight container.  If you leave the container on the kitchen counter, it won't last long :-)




It has been a very very long time since I've made beads.  Finally I turned on the kiln and lit the torch to see what would happen.  My son had given me these cool new bead rollers for Christmas (with my husband's help), and I finally ordered and received in the mail a new kind of bead release.


And here are the results!  The new shapes are a little wonky - need more practice with those.  The new bead release is the bomb dot com - it's called K.R.A.G Mudd. The bottle actually came with directions that were very helpful :-)  Notice anything odd - like the bent Dremel bit?  No idea how I did that.  The bead flew off at high speed and pinged around the sink - but didn't break.  I guess that means the annealing worked :-)



I decided that my work outfit tomorrow needed something, and when you have a bazillion beads, it's was easy to cook up something...


It's not very complicated - but the blazer is a lot of look!  Something to jazz up the shirt is just what I needed.

On my table was the necklace on the right...


I fell in love with the stone chain, but the length and how the stone pendant hung wasn't quite right.  I was loath to cut it, because I lost links every time I did.  But cut it I must.  I thought the small pieces would make earrings, but I like where they ended up.





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