Archive for May 7th, 2009

On Monday, I received an email from So Good Blog telling me I had won the “SO GOOD” granola give away.  Don’t you just LOVE to win things?!!!! But this was great because no sooner did JT send me an email saying I had won and to expect contact from MIX MY GRANOLA, than an email arrived from …. MIX MY GRANOLA with a promo code.

The granola was received on Wednesday.  Amazing service, don’t you think?!  It is such a novel idea and to make your own granola with your own  personal favorite ingredients.  You just have to check the site

Every ingredient option you can think of is available for your own granola mix and that comes without having to endure the mess of making it your self.  With every ingredient you add, you can see how the nutrition values change. 

This is what I received:

dscn0877A total of 8 servings at a 1/4 cup per serving.


There is a neat looking label on the canister which gives the Nutrition Facts and says “Joanne’s Mix”.  You can name your mix after you have added all your ingredients.

This is what I picked for my granola make up:

  • Low-Fat Granola, Cranberries, Organic Dates, Chia Seeds, Crystallized Ginger, Rice Crispies, Amaranth Seeds.  The folks at Mix My Granola also added….”lots of LOVE”.  How sweet! A gift:9783

The nutrition facts for my mix, based on a 2 oz serving are as follows:  Calories = 227.  Total Fat = 5 g.  Sodium = 54 mg.  Carbohydrates = 40 g.  Fiber = 7 g.  Sugar = 15 g.  Protein = 6 g.

dscn0878Take a look at their site: MIXMYGRANOLA. It ‘s a great idea.

Also, don’t forget to check out the So Good Blog. His posts are really entertaining.

Thanks MMG team and Thanks JT at SGB.

One last note… Sue, Shane and I are off to South Carolina Friday AM to celebrate …1. Mother’s Day with our Mum and 2. Our parents 61st Wedding Anniversary.   That’s a lot of years.     There may be a lull in normal daily posts since we are driving and we aren’t sure if we will stop overnight or not.  Then of course  when I get to S.C., I have to hunt for a connection.  But I will keep you updated as to the happenings in the South. So, bye for now and enjoy the rest of this week.  Ta Ta!


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This weeks selection was made by Jessica of A Singleton in the Kitchen.  The Risotto was enjoyed by 3 people at Apple Crumbles this week.  It was young Ted’s birthday (that would be Ted’s son) and we invited him to dinner to celebrate.  Ted grilled the two of them a turkey tenderloin and he grilled me some meatless Jalapeno Cheddar Sausages by “Veggie Patch”.   The Risotto was an excellent accompaniment to both dinners. 


The recipe was very easy to make. For the ingredients and instructions, please check out Jessica’s post and/or go to the FoodNetwork under Ellie Krieger’s Garden Risotto. 

The changes made at Apple Crumbles were:

  1. Instead of microwaving, I grilled the asparagus at 450 F for 10 minutes.  It was prepared by snapping at the “tender spot”, cutting the rest of the spears to match in size, placing in a foil lined baking dish, drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper. 
  2. I didn’t have any fresh Parmesan cheese. I DID have Asiago and used fresh grated Asiago in place of the Parmesan cheese.
  3. I used Vegetable Broth in place of Chicken Broth. 


The comments:

Teddy (birthday boy):  “Good Stuff“.  Joanne:  This is for the blog post so can you offer any thing more descriptive?  Teddy:  “That’s all I got“.

Ted:  “Excellent… One word… Excellent“.  

Joanne: “Very good and not buttery like other risottos I’ve had. That buttery-ness is why I don’t usually eat it.  This recipe has so much flavor with a hint of sweetness and only 4 g total fat.”


The only other comment I can add is that this was a FANTASTIC choice, Jessica. I truly hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as the three of us.  Sincere regrets that all those wonderful  intellectual descriptives so plentiful in the English language were at a loss in this post. I think Ted’s one word, “Excellent“, said it all.

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