Posts made in January, 2017

Bready or Not: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, gluten-free, healthier | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola

Let’s start off 2017 with something delicious and healthy: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola.

Bready or Not: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola

It’s super easy to make granola at home, and wow, is it cheaper than buying the stuff at the store. If you have a nearby store that sells oats in bins, that’s the way to go–my Sprouts often puts their oats on sale, too.

Bready or Not: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola

It’s easy to customize this to your preferences. Switch out the pecans for walnuts. Use raisins or dried blueberries for the cranberries. Whatever. Make it your own.

If you need gluten-free food, that’s easy, too–just use gluten-free oats! Ta-da.

Bready or Not: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola

Eat this granola by itself, or with milk or almond milk as cereal, or as a topping for yogurt or ice cream. Heck, you could even use it in cookie or granola bar recipes.

However you eat it, know that it’s delicious–and good for you, too!

Bready or Not: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola

Bready or Not: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola

A Bready or Not Original! This healthy granola is great by the handful, mixed into milk as cereal, or as a topping for yogurt or ice cream. Use gluten-free oats to make this gluten-free. Double or quadruple this recipe to jar it for gifts.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: gluten free, granola, maple
Author: Beth Cato


  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 Tb avocado oil or olive oil
  • sprinkle salt
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries


  • Preheat oven at 325-degrees. Line a large, rimmed cookie sheet with foil and apply nonstick spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together all of the ingredients EXCEPT the cranberries. Spread the mixture on the cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, gently stir the granola, and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, until it's crisp and golden. Let set out on stove top to cool; it will continue to crisp up.
  • Once it is room temperature, gently stir in the cranberries. Store in a sealed container up to 1 month.

Bready or Not: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola


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New Publications at the Start of 2017!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in anthology:poem, anthology:story, Blog | Comments Off on New Publications at the Start of 2017!

Well, hi there. Things have been awfully busy here. I have a wee bit of breathing space between major deadlines, so I’m trying to get a thousand other things done. It looks like the next few months will stay pretty intense, too.

I sent out my newsletter today. If you’re signed up, check your spam folder! You don’t want to miss my Apple Snickerdoodle Bar recipe. If you’re not signed up, what the heck is wrong with you you can remedy that by looking at the right hand side of and putting your email address in that convenient little box. I’ll be revealing the cover of my new story collection on the Cato Log on January 12th, so sign up now so you won’t miss that!

I had several new works released in November and December. Here’s the latest:

10 Things Newly Manifested Wizards Should Never Do at Daily Science Fiction
– reprint podcast of “Overlap” at StarshipSofa

– “A Net to Snare a Unicorn” and “Preventative Measures” in Mythic Delirium 3.3
At the Very Least in Grievous Angel

Geeking Out
A Binge-Watcher’s Guide to the Great British Bake Off at B&N SFF Blog




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Goals for 2017

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Blog, goals | Comments Off on Goals for 2017

2017 is here! I did pretty well with my 2016 goals, though I am frustrated with the amount of short fiction that I wrote and kept on submission. I haven’t had so few stories in circulation since I first started writing year-round in 2008. I’ve heard magazine editors lament that this is what happens to authors once they have novel contracts. Even so, I hope to be more prolific in 2017.

Here are my goals for the new year:

calloffire_500x3321) Write a new novel in the first part of the year.

2) Complete the next two edit stages for Call of Fire (copy-edits and first pass pages).

3) Prepare comprehensive marketing plan for release of Call of Fire in August. This includes regular updates on my personal blog, scheduling interviews and blog posts for other blogs and sites, and seizing other viable opportunities.

a) Don’t have a mental breakdown.

4) Release Call of Fire in August.

a) Don’t have a mental breakdown.

5) Write a new story (fiction or nonfiction) or poem each month, if balanced with novel obligations. Aim to have at least ten works on submission at all times.

6) Read at least 100 books during 2017 and post reviews for each.

7) Attend several conventions and book festivals; at this point, that includes the Tucson Festival of Books (March 12th), Phoenix Comicon (May 25th-27th), and World Fantasy in San Antonio November (2nd-5th).

8) Develop concepts for new novels.

9) Be honest with myself about my stress and personal limits. Don’t hold it all inside. Reach out to writer friends. Let my agent know what is going on. Take time out for my husband, son, cat, and family. Read. Bake. Go thrift store shopping.

10) Don’t give up. I’ve come a long way in the past year and there’s plenty of mountain left to climb. If tired of climbing, use dynamite.

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Sunday Quote finds this very relevant

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote finds this very relevant

“In a time of destruction, create something.”

~Maxine Hong Kingston

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