Iliad House

Every afternoon, when I was a kid, I would turn on the radio at 3pm (sometimes earlier, depending on what novel was being read aloud on the 2:30 program) and spend the afternoon listening to stories. Some of them were books read aloud or dramatized (Sugar Creek Gang, some program  that started “If I could paint a picture”) others were original. I also loved listening to Adventures in Odyssey, an original show produced by Focus on the Family. I generally preferred stories to music–though I love music, too, now, I still love a good story.

It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that I jumped at an opportunity to work with one of the creators of Adventures in Odyssey on a new original audio drama, and it has now been released! It’s called Iliad House, and it’s about a boy who lives with his uncle on an island off the coast of VA. Oh. And time travel.

Believe it or not, audio dramas are great for kids. Audio dramas engage the imagination–even today’s kids, who are accustomed to video. You can listen while you color, play with blocks, or fold laundry (you know, depending on who you are) and you don’t have to worry about keeping one eye on the screen. Plus, all those articles about screens being bad for you? Not a factor here.  Car ride bonus: No car sickness from watching a video in the car (or is that just me?).

Anyway, give it a try! You  can listen to the first episode for free on our site  and if you like it, you can purchase the rest of the series on itunes, Amazon, or our site.

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Homemade Granola

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Mom started making homemade granola right around the time I started college. At the time, I wasn’t into yogurt and granola. But a few years of school and the realization that I really really need sustenance in the morning (dangit) and yogurt and granola became a routine part of the breakfast rotation. When I graduated I needed the recipe, and learned that granola is really flexible. Start with oats, oil, and flour or sugar of some kind to make it all stick, then add whatever you think you might like. I’ve taken to adding dried cherries after its cooked. All part of this complete breakfast!

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The Homemade Granola Recipe

Mix in large bowl (8qt)

14 cups old fashioned oats

1/4 c sesame seeds

1/4 c sunflower seeds

1/4 c chopped almonds/walnuts/pecans

1 c powdered milk

1/2 flour or nut flour (I use the almond flour from my almond milk sometimes)

2 tsp salt

1-2 cups dark brown sugar/honey/maple syrup

Add 1 c water

1 c oil (I use olive oil, typically, but you could use coconut oil [melted] or grapeseed)

3T vanilla extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Mix thoroughly, spread in two large jelly roll pans and bake for 2 hours at 250 degrees. Add 1/2 c dried fruit if desired. Enjoy!