Anarchist Granola and/or Cookies

My husband thinks I’m staging a rebellion.
A coup of sorts.
One that will resort to a state of Anarchism. Total lack of governing bodies. The governing bodies that govern Halloween, Halloween Decor and Halloween Fright.

Real important stuff.
All because I got this FABULOUS idea, to construct this GREAT GIGANTIC THING.

But now this great big enormous Halloween thing, is lonely. And I think it’s only right that I make more GREAT BIG HUMONGOUS THINGS to go with it.  And this. . . .is the problem.  The things that should go with it,  he feels do not belong in a Halloween display.

what could i be using these for? hmmmmm?

Phoebe! Stop antagonizing our little friends.

 Mr.    Woo: Yeah, I know they’re going to be big, but. . . .what do they have to do with Halloween?

Me:    What don’t they have to do with Halloween? This holiday is about BIG, EXTREME, GHOULISH, SPOOKY, AND SINISTER. So anything that is larger than life and is creepy, crawly and possibly man eating fits. Trust me.

Mr. Woo:    I don’t know. I think it may be more appropiate for Chinese New Year.

Me:    Do we celebrate Chinese New Year?

Mr. Woo:    No.

Me:    Exactly!

Mr. Woo:    Huh?

So I haven’t really sold him on the idea of the other GINORMOUS things but I’m working on it. Today ACTUALLY. . . .in my front yard. . . .where my very appreciative Halloween-loving neighbor hollered across the street to see what I was doing.

Neighbor:     Hey Neighbor!  Oooh. Are you working on your Halloween decorations for this year?

Me:     Yup.  I’m just starting to get them out.

I stand up, off the cold concrete, and begin to walk to the curb to talk to him. He looks a little flushed. A bit clammy. Eyes shifty.

Me:    Are you feeling sick today?

Neighbor:    No. No. I’m fine. Just taking a vacation day. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year for Halloween. *he looks down at his toes, never once looking into my eyes*

I begin telling him all about my SUPER HUGE THING and I notice it’s getting drafty. He just mumbles in response. In think, Boy, the wind sure is picking up. Suddenly, a gust of wind goes straight up my shirt, and I notice, I don’t feel the waist band of my shorts. So as I’m talking I tug on my shirt to pull it down, and notice NOT ONLY ARE MY SHORTS NOT BUTTONED, ZIPPED, OR TIED, BUT THEY ARE ABOUT 4 INCHES LOWER THAN THEY SHOULD BE. About to fall to the floor. Right along with my breakfast.

My poor, poor, innocent neighbor. He wasn’t sick. Just looking sickly because I was standing semi-nude in my driveway. 

How in the world did I not know my pants were falling down?  Well. . . . because I’m crafting and building today, so I wore my extra large, comfy work shorts. They are unencumbering. Loosey. Goosey. They’re so comfortable you hardly know they’re there. Which in this case, they weren’t.

So, while I go and re-figure out how to stage a Halloween Anarchy while not alienating my neighbor and husband, why don’t you try out this recipe for Anarchist Granola. 

I’ve had it for a while, not sure who gave it to me. I think it may be named such because it’s cheap, and when your staging an Anarchy, one must pinch their pennies to save for rebellious type accoutrements.

Anyway. It’s good. Totally yummy. It’ll keep your strength up for any battles you might need to fight today:)

Anarchist Granola and/or Cookies
I’ve changed it up a little, changed to a healthier oil and used milk instead of water, but still the same basic recipe. Enjoy!


3/4 cup Canola Oil
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 cups rolled oats (oatmeal)
1 cup white flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract


1.) Preheat oven to 375. Line Baking Sheets with parchment or Silicone Baking Sheets.
2.) In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar and oil.
3.) Add oats, flour, salt, baking soda, milk, and vanilla extract. Blend well.
For Granola:
4.) If making Granola, spread the entire mixture onto the baking sheet, and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from oven, stir well, return to oven and cook for another 10 minutes turning every 5 minutes to make sure it cooks evenly and crisps well. (at the end of 15 minutes if the mixture is not crunchy enough, cook another 5 minutes longer.)
For Cookies:
5.) Drop the batter by rounded tablespoons onto the baking sheet. The mixture may not easily clump together, but don’t worry it will come together once in the oven. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Once removed from oven, they will still seem a little soft. Allow them to cool, and harden. Eat them as cookies or break them up into Granola pieces.

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