Slow Cooker / Crockpot

Slow Cooker Granola

Nothing frustrates me more than computer/technical issues. I know it’s because I can’t solve them easily, and (usually) end up doing more harm than good.

Take, for example, the Apple Time Machine I purchased last March. “It’s so simple!” everyone said.

Simple for them, perhaps, but not me. After hours of trying, and failing miserably each time (complete with freezing Sabrina’s and my phone in the process), I gave up.

And drank several glasses of wine to make myself feel better.

And by the way, don’t ask about the phone freezing issue. The oh-so-helpful Mac people just looked at me, mouths agape, when I described what was happening……

Anyhoo, I gave up on the Time Machine. It sat, next to the router, for 6 months. Collecting dust, I might add. Oh, every time I passed by to dust it, I would give it the evil eye and contemplate returning it, trying one more time, or walking away.

You can guess which route I chose.

Needless to say, it took professional help to unravel the root of the problem.

Oh, and a new router too….


Slow Cooker Granola – adapted from a year of slow cooking

5 cups oats
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Spray a 4 qt. crockpot with nonstick spray. Melt the butter in the microwave in a large bowl, and add the honey and cinnamon. Mix well. Add the oats, stir to combine, then pour into the crockpot. Place the lid over the crockpot but leave it vented so steam can escape. Cook on high for 4-5 hours, stirring every so often so the bottom doesn’t burn. Let cool, then store in a covered container.


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