Chewy Cranberry Almond Granola Recipe + carving an eraser stamp

When I got married, I procrastinated waited an entire year before getting my thank you cards sent out. There are those who think that after 6 months it is just a lost cause, and that one should just let it go. But in my mind, all that time just compounded my thanks. The gift givers had most likely forgotten what they had given, and maybe even who I was, but when they got a thank you in the mail–a year later–I can only imagine that they were touched by the fact that I was still thinking about them and their gift. And I doubt that it drew attention to the fact that I was embarrassingly late. No way. It was totally cool.

Along those same lines, it is really quite nice to give Holiday gifts after Christmas. I’m timing it just right actually. They’ll get a nice little treat just when their about to puke from sugar overload and chocolate. My sweet but not overpowering granola will be a welcome respite. Yeah, it’s perfect. Been planning it for years…. (Sandlot anyone?)

Like I said, we’ve been sssssuper busy around here, and I just didn’t have time to make anything special before. I just didn’t. So determined to not let the entire holiday season slip away from me, I spent a few hours baking this granola last night. I don’t have time to make it for everyone I want to, and really not enough to give those I am giving it to a decent amount. They’ll be like, “uh, thanks for this lovely cup of granola! We’ll each sample it, and then then go buy a whole box at the store in order to satisfy the craving you gave us with such a  meager serving.”

You’re so welcome, I’ll graciously reply. Actually, maybe I’ll refer them here, so they can make some more; it’s super easy and so delish.

I used this fantastic recipe, but changed it enough that I’ll just list it here.

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Chewy AND Crunchy Cranberry and Almond Granola.

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup flax seeds

1/2 cup unsweetend coconut flakes

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup bread flour

2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

2 Tablespoons crisco (wish I could afford the much more wholesome coconut oil that she called for)

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

4 Tablespoons butter

1/2 cup raw agave

Preheat your oven to 275. Combine all ingredients well, and then dump on your cookie sheet. Don’t spread it out, and pop it in for 20 minutes. Then spread it out loosely, and put it in for 8-10  minutes. Mix one last time (turning it all over so it browns evenly) and then bake it for 8-10 minutes more. Then you’re golden. Or at least your granola is.

I can’t wait to experiment with this, I’m thinking peanut butter and nutella, heh hehe heh.

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I also made this cool stamp for the tags. But Mim, you say, couldn’t you have used the time it took you to carve a stamp to instead make more granola?? No, my friend. I did them simultaneously. I’m efficient like that.

Having the last name Tribe has a few perks. It goes so well with the whole arrow trend that’s so hot right now. Speaking of Tribe, I’ll tell you a little story. When I first met Allan, I heard his last name was Tribe, and I thought it was a big joke. It wasn’t. I wasn’t a big fan, and sort of mourned my new name-to-be when we were engaged. That all changed when one day a mutual friend told me that Miriam Tribe sounded like an awesome stage name. The singer/songwriter in me was sold. Ever since then I’ve loved it. And we don’t have to put an  ‘s after our name if we don’t feel like it, which I didn’t.

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I used an eraser to carve the stamp from (like I saw here), and for  fifty cents, it’s a fun little thing to have.

Did you get all your holiday gifts out on time? Would you scorn a late gift?


Miranda @ One Little Minute

Granola looks amazing. I’ve never tried my hand at it. The laundry list of ingredients (that I don’t normally stock) makes my head spin. As for coconut oil vs Crisco? Saturated fat vs Trans fat in that quantity? No biggie. Both bad for you:)

Ahora, hablemos de tu buenissimo sello. Por supuesto lo encontraste en un blog en español. Eres increíble. Te salió perfecto.



My last name already has an ‘s’ on the end so when I need to pluralize it I add two or three more, just so everyone is sure.

Now that I’m a married grown-up and I don’t live at home, I have come to expect late presents. My mom’s Christmas package should be arriving any day now. Or not. Oh, the suspense!

Jody Winters

LOVE this! You are so talented. I scanned one of the Christmas cards I won from you and printed it out on card stock and they came out beautifully. I even framed one for my parents. Everyone loved them. I was wondering if you had any ideas about DIY Welly socks? there are a lot of examples out there right now but most of the are sweater arms as leg warmers, which are cute and will work in a pinch but I’d really like to be cute…and warm. Oh and how’s Harper? I had a preemie ( and a 4 yr old) that was hospitalized for a long time and “sick” for many years so my heart goes out to you and your family. Here’s to a New Years “resolution” to Harpers medical issues.


Oh, and the coconut oil adds SO MUCH to the chewy texture. I got my hands on it for my second batch, and it sailed this recipe right out of the park. DELISH. You’ll love it.


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