The Rest of My Life and Nutty Granola

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It only took me two days to finish The Rest of My Life by Sheryl Browne

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You can’t run away from commitment forever …

Adam Hamilton-Shaw has more reason than most to avoid commitment. Living on a houseboat in the Severn Valley, his dream is to sail into the sunset preferably with a woman waiting in every port. But lately, his life looks more like a road to destruction than an idyllic boat ride…

Would-be screenplay writer Sienna Meadows realises that everything about Adam spells trouble but she can’t ignore the feeling that there is more to him than just his bad reputation. Nor can she ignore the intense physical attraction that exists between them.

And it just so happens that Adam sees Sienna as the kind of woman he could commit to. But can he change his damaging behaviour or is the road to destruction a one-way street?

Well, I was gripped right at the beginning with this one….even though nobody likes infidelity, we all know so many people who have cheated or who have been cheated on….it’s almost just because we are only really human…but, can people change…and there is always a story behind the scenes should we want to take the time to find out….

Adam (in my head, Ian Somerhalder),  even though doing it all wrong, still has endearing qualities, the obvious ones aside…Sienna (obviously in my head this is me…because of the whole Ian and me fantasy) , a writer,  needs help to rewrite some of her less than steamy scenes and Adam is indeed her man….(I mean, who wouldn’t)…

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A shameless excuse to cast your eyes over Mr Somerhalder…..

The story takes us through communication problems, misunderstandings, near drownings,  broken hearts, assaults, alcohol misuse, family issues and much more…it is the very things our lives consist of…..the things we all seem to struggle to get right, after all, not one of us is perfect…..

I also have a little thing for Nate (oh it’s the Vampire Diaries thing all over again….without the Vampires….and any Diaries….) Sheryl can you continue this story with Nate as the main character….I think there is so much more in this character to explore….

I don’t usually read a book in two days but this was one of those stories that sits in your head and keeps you going back for more….when you really should be cooking or cleaning or sleeping…you just want to finish it…but when you do…you wish you hadn’t yet….

And now I am left with no books for a day or two until my next delivery….

Today was also a day for creating some Nutty Granola….like you do on a Sunday….

This was so easy, makes loads and tastes great….and you know exactly what’s in it….

I used about 340g of runny honey

300g crunchy peanut butter….I like Whole Earth Crunchy Peanut Butter, 454g

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750g rolled (porridge) oats

45g sultanas or currants

100g macadamia nuts

150g cashew nuts

60g mixed pumpkin and sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 170C/Fan 150/325F

Line two baking trays with baking paper.

In a saucepan gently heat the peanut butter and honey until melted together then pour it into a bowl with the oats and mix together until coated.

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You need to spread it thinner than this in your trays, I had to keep taking it out and mixing it so as not to burn the top bit and have no crunchy bits on the bottom….

Bake it for 12-16 minutes but keep checking it to see when it becomes golden….then let it cool….it gets crunchier as it cools….in this time you can scrape out the saucepan because it tastes like soft toffee…we all need a little treat now and again….

When cooled just stir in the rest of the ingredients…get creative there are so many different things you can put in there, what about chocolate chips and chopped dried apricots??  Then keep in an airtight container and try to not eat it all at once….it’s also great with ice cream and with yogurt….Easy peasy and so much better and cheaper than buying it already made in a box…..

And on that note, tired and granola stuffed we find ourselves at Sunday night again….

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cup of tea and bedtime for me…

Geri xxx

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