HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY MISS O!
My beautiful baby sister Olivia (aka Miss O) is celebrating her 18th birthday today! Gosh, the time is FLYING! I remember the day she was born quite well. I was with my friend Kaitlin in 4th grade at Otho Elementary School. It was March 13th (obviously!), and I remember being in music room with Kaitlin and her telling me that my mom was going to have her baby that day. I wasn’t convinced, but sure enough, Kaitlin was right! We got off the bus that afternoon after school and was greeted by my Aunt JoAnn. She informed us we had a new SISTER and I was especially ecstatic!
Olivia rounds out the J,K,L,M,N,O Mitchell bunch. She has grown into an incredible young lady with beauty on the outside and equally so on the inside! She lights up any room with her radiant smile and friendly personality. Beyond that, Miss O amazes me with her compassion for everyone, incredible work ethic, and heart full of love. I know I am bragging, but Olivia is a cool cat in every way and even has an ornery side, which I believe she inherited from our grandpa Poppy Joe. Did I mention she’s also a skilled baker and photographer?! Miss O has a bright future indeed! See more lovely photos of this girl below!
Though this recipe has previously been posted, it has to be shared again because it is one of Olivia’s favorites. Granola clusters are sweet, a tiny bit salty, crunchy, and simply addictive. It is hands-down the best type of granola I have ever eaten. Once you have these homemade clusters, you will never want store-bought again.
3 cups old-fashioned oats
¼ cup flour
½ cup sliced almonds
½ cup chopped pecans
½ cup coconut
1/3 vegetable oil
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup honey or maple syrup
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 300° F, and line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, flour, almonds, pecans, and coconut. Set aside. In a microwavable bowl, heat the vegetable oil, brown sugar, honey, and salt for about 45 seconds, stirring after 15-second intervals, or until the sugar is dissolved. Do not boil. Once smooth, add the vanilla. Pour the sugar mixture over the oat mixture and stir until all oats are moistened.
Gently press the oat mixture into prepared pan and flatten slightly so the top is flat. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for about 20 minutes in the pan. Once cooled slightly, lift the granola clusters from the pan and cut with a sharp knife into pieces. Let cool completely before placing in an airtight container.