by Denise Albert
This past weekend my mother in law flew in to pick up my kids to take them back to her home in Florida. My kids are not yet old enough to fly alone and both have camp opportunities close to my in-law's home. When I was their age, I don’t recall such amazing camp experiences existing for children. Times are ever changing. The American experience is also ever changing.
My mother-in-law and I tend to strike up interesting conversations when we are together. She is a retired teacher and we usually like to discuss teaching methods. In the mist of our conversation she said, “I should write a book about my life experiences.” She was a teenager growing up in upstate New York when it was affordable to dress to impress. She remembers fondly friends and debutant balls.
"Did I ever tell you I went to Woodstock?," she says. My husband and I have been married for 14 years and in all this time she has never once told me she attended Woodstock. "Oh my gosh, no!" I exclaimed. She and a girlfriend drove by themselves on a whim. The traffic was so thick they came to a standstill and no one was moving. They left their car and started walking to find the venue. "No cell phone navigation back then," she said. "We walked for what seemed like forever and then came upon this sea of people. The weather was miserable. Mud everywhere. We stayed with a friend's family that lived right across from the main stage. There was so much going on and so many people. I can’t even tell you who was playing or what bands I saw. I just remember it being an amazing experience."
This summer is a great time to give your little ones an authentic American experience. Make my Woodstock Granola and go hiking, camping, or to a concert.
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (I like the Bob’s Red Mill Brand)
½ cup shredded coconut unsweetened
¼ cup raw sunflower seeds shelled
¼ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup raw slivered almonds
1 cup rice cereal
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup honey
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray oil to keep ingredients from sticking.
Spread oats, coconut, and all the nuts evenly on the lined baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes and stir every 2-3 minutes until coconut is a nice brown color and nuts are slightly browned as well.
In a large bowl combine all ingredients and toss it around to distribute honey well.
For a Woodstock experience serve it in a paper cup and distribute to your neighbors and friends. Store leftovers if there is any in an airtight container.