Burnt Granola

Making granola reminds me of living in Clarksville, TN.  My mom owned "The Rose Garden Tearoom" pictured here, and we all lived upstairs.  Every week I would go down to the kitchen when all the employees had left for the day.  I would gather all the ingredients to make granola (my grandfather's recipe).  Oats, cashews, honey, raisins, etc. would go into a big pot on the stove.  I would stir and stir and always wondered why the granola never looked like granola?  It never really tasted like granola either, more like uncooked oats with honey poured on them.  A couple of days ago, I looked up a recipe for granola and realized, you have to bake it in the oven.  Oh!
It turned out pretty good except, I accidentally burned it.  But that's okay... 
Remember that squirrel who likes Barnie Bread?  He loves burnt granola too.  I threw some out the window for him so that he would stop digging in our garden.  


  1. Hah! I love your stories. What a happy squirrel too. I wish I could try some of your leftovers!

  2. I'm wondering about the history of the Rose Garden Tea Room and when it became a tea room. My great grandmother & her brother were raised by her aunt & uncle, Edna & Alexander S. Wood, in Clarksville after their mother died at a young age. I have a postcard that was sent to Mrs. A.S. Wood at 512 Madison St in the early 1900s. I don't know if that was the Wood's house or if Aunt Edna was just staying there. She moved to NJ between 1900 and 1910. Do you have any info.? I love your photos!

  3. She must have been visiting. The Woods were living on Madison St in 1900, but it wasn't 512. The Northington's were living there. Edna Wood's mother was a Carr. Maybe she was related to Michael Carr Northington.

  4. Hi Mary Ellen, I was unable to reply to your comment, so I hope this gets to you. At the time the house was a home for nurses. Was Edna Wood a nurse? Other than that, the house was built and lived in by Mayor Northington, then in the war, housed nurses with the hospital next door, then owned by Oscar Beach ( my great grandfather) until 1987. It was then bought by my mother and grandmother in an auction and turned into a tea room. Thank you for your comment.

  5. I think she was just staying there on a trip from her new home in N.J. from what the post card says. Her husband probably passed away around that time so I imagine she was still getting things in order. I'm trying to figure out a way to send a copy of the post card to you. my email is:


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