Thanksgiving Package, and Bad Cow


You may not have been around the last time I mentioned our cow. Her name is Moolie. And sometimes she is a handful. We found her in our neighbor’s back yard again this week. We thought we’d gotten past this stage. The stage where I’d be driving the kids to school, past the neighbor’s house, and glance over to their yard to see her staring back at me. Can you picture it? I took a shot of her this morning to help you out.

moolieAnyway, we decided that our saintly neighbor, who not only hosted our cow this week but also helped us take care of a massive fallen tree, deserved a treat. And a week or two ago a friend brought us the crispiest fresh apples and caramel to dip them in. It made us all so happy, we thought we’d pass on the gesture.

There was no time to visit an orchard, so we decided we’d make up for it by making homemade caramel sauce. We picked up a bag of apples suitable for bobbing, included our caramel sauce for dipping, and added a batch of our homemade granola for crunching. Hopefully it will be something our neighbors can enjoy this weekend with their family.

Would you like to make a package of your own? I happen to have the tags here for you just in case: Bob, Dip, Crunch tags (1244)

We also made plenty extra to offer to our own family, which we’ll be taking along with some pie and rolls and cranberry sauce. It should be a good Thanksgiving.
bobbing for apples fall care packagehomemade granolahomemade caramel dip sauce

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Whitney @ Whisker Graphics November 25, 2009 at 10:06 am

Great gift idea and I love the tags!

I don’t know much about cows, but it sure seems like Moolie (perfect name!) has a defiant look in her eyes. Looks like you have yourself a rebel cow!

Happy Thanksgiving!


jessica November 25, 2009 at 10:28 am

Love those little jars with the caramel. Where did you find those? This is such a great idea!


AmberLee November 27, 2009 at 5:18 am

Hi Jessica,
I found the jars at Walmart, of all places. Just in the canning isle. I imagine a few other general stores carry them too.


Carly November 25, 2009 at 10:41 am

This is a very thoughtful gift idea. And tasty.

And that is the only time I have believed a cow to have an expression of purpose on her face. And I think she’s calling you out. I’m a little frightened for you. :-)


Sherry Cartwright November 25, 2009 at 11:45 am

Moolie is just as cute as can be!

This is such a great idea for any season. Love the tags and the packaging. Do you have a super secret recipe for the homemade granola that you could share? I would be forever grateful to you [well, I already am for all your wondramous ideas].


AmberLee November 27, 2009 at 5:28 am

Hi Sherry,
I hope you had a happy thanksgiving!
I’ve been playing around with granola recipes lately. Here is the one I used over the weekend. It’s adapted from cook’s illustrated. I like that you can really taste the honey, but I think I’ll keep sampling others.

1 cup chopped almonds
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup walnuts , broken into 1/4-1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup dried cranberries
1. Adjust oven rack to center position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Mix first 6 ingredients together in large bowl.
2. Heat maple syrup and honey together with oil in small saucepan, whisking occasionally until warm. Pour mixture over dry ingredients; stir with spatula until mixture is thoroughly coated. Turn mixture onto an 11-by-7-inch jelly roll pan, spreading mixture in an even layer.
3. Bake, stirring and respreading mixture into an even layer every 5 minutes, until granola is light golden brown, about 15 minutes (I ended up cranking the oven to 350 and cooking 20 minutes, it may just be my oven or maybe my need for crunch granola). Immediately turn granola onto another jelly roll pan to stop cooking process. Stir in cranberries, then spread granola evely in pan; set on a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Loosen dried granola with a spatula; store in airtight container.


nicole November 25, 2009 at 7:54 pm

what a terrific idea! I love the “bob”!


Elizabeth October 31, 2011 at 10:59 am

Such a cute idea. Where did you get the brown paper bags for the granola?


AmberLee October 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Hi Elizabeth! I actually just put this paper bag together myself, with my trusty scissors and cellophane. But PaperMart has some cute options you could try. Good luck!


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