shows by example how easily you can eliminate stress, become more independent, raise your children in a safer environment (while spending more time with them, instilling values not based on the mighty dollar) and avoid the traps of commercialism. Because we live and sail simply, we have been wandering for 11 years with no intention of stopping. This is not a trip for us; it is our life, and I hope to share our success with stories of laughter and tears, as well as how-to tips and DIY projects for preparing, sailing and making a boat a home, so that others can join us.

Homemade Granola

November 12, 2012

Cool the oats after browning

As we get older, the list of ingredients that we try to avoid in our store-bought food gets longer. It started with high fructose corn syrup which was quickly followed by MSG. Then Dave had a health-conscious customer (who was in his 60's and looked 40) who said he never buys any food with more than four ingredients. Talk about limiting your options! But his advice, as difficult as it is to follow (and honestly, as poorly as we are able to follow it) did convince us to make more of our own food.

Chop the craisins

I have always baked breakfast goodies and treats, and the lack of kids in the house has only slightly reduced the size of each batch but has changed the frequency not at all. And Dave bakes bread and cooks healthful meals. So there were few items in our diet that we needed to change. Once the kids moved out and we could eat for a week on a box of cereal instead of the kids devouring the entire box and still being hungry, we started buying cereal again. Finding tasty cereal with ingredients you can pronounce (and not more than four of them) proved to be more work than we had anticipated. So Dave decided to add granola to the list of things he makes. The recipe has had several incarnations, but I think we've finally perfected it. When you've got 15 minutes to spare and want a tasty treat that you can make yourself, give it a try. Let us know how you like it.

Roast the sunflower seeds


3-4 TBSP Olive oil
5 C oats
1/3 C butter
2 TBSP honey
1/3 C packed brown sugar
1 C craisins
1/2 C roasted sunflower seeds


Brown oats in oil for 5 minutes over medium-high heat.
Remove from pan. Cool.
(Dave usually browns the oats in two batches because our pan is too small to brown them all at the same time. We let them cool in a large mixing bowl.)
Melt butter. Add honey and sugar. Stir constantly until bubbly.
Add oats and cook for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat. Cool.
Roast sunflower seeds if you are using them.
Add chopped craisins, sunflower seeds or any combination of dried fruit and nuts.


Monday we'll share a clothing storage idea, since many of us (especially boaters) have more clothes than we have room to store them.

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