The mornings are cold and blustery…warm coffee or tea along with homemade Apple Pie Granola fills the kitchen with warm fragrance.
The House was Quiet and the World Was Calm
The house was quiet and the world was calm
The reader became the book; and summer night
Was like the conscious being of the book.
The house was quiet and the world was calm.
The words were spoken as if there was no book,
Except that the reader leaned above the page,
Wanted to lean, wanted much most to be
The scholar to whom his book is true, to whom
The summer night is like a perfection of thought.
The house was quiet because it had to be.
The quiet was part of the meaning, part of the mind:
The access of perfection to the page.
And the world was calm. The truth in a calm world,
In which there is no other meaning, itself
Is calm, itself is summer and night, itself
Is the reader leaning late and reading there.
love the quiet of the house in the mornings and to begin my day reading preparing my heart and mind for what’s ahead. We can plan our days, fill it with activities, but at times we may face people and events that can challenge our day.
I was pleasantly pleased to have some Apple Pie Granola left over from my ‘Left~Right’ game gift making. I shared earlier that I’d also made Homemade Bath Salts…each gift had a theme – ‘A Good Morning’ and ‘Pampering’.
Apple Pie Granola
3 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups wheat germ or Flax seed
2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon clove
1/2 teaspoon allspice
3/4 cup raw sugar
3/4 cup apple butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup diced dried apple
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup dried cranberries
In a large bowl mix the rolled oats, wheat germ or flax seed, cinnamon, clove, allspice and raw sugar. Add apple butter, maple syrup and mix well. Incorporate the dried apples, pecans and cranberries. Place on a cookie sheet prepared with parchment paper (you may need to divide this to two baking sheets for crispness) and bake for 25 minutes at 350° stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and thoroughly stir. Return to the oven to continue to cook until lightly browned. Allow to completely cool and store in an airtight container.
adapted from this recipe
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