Good Ole Granola

May 24, 2016

Hey!!! Long(very long, like over a year) time no blog!

I’ve been a little busy lately being pregnant and raising a baby which turns out is a touch time-consuming. Imogen was born on December 17th and she is the best(obvi). I’ll share more about her and life as a new mom later, but lets talk granola shall we.

Good ole granola

It may sound a little blah that granola is my first post back, but this is what I’ve been making lately and LOVE it so I had to share. I’m not a huge fan of store-bought granola because it’s really sugary and I can never really find combos I like. Plus, is it just me or can store-bought granola get really pricey? I can make my own using all the same organic ingredients for half the price. Plus, I’m not fond of all the extra sugars, and when I make it myself(as I’ve done here and here) I know exactly what’s in it.

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It’s easier to make than you think and, for me, a staple in the house for a quick snack by the handful when I’m in between changing diapers, singing “the itsy bitsy spider” on loop, laundry, trying to survive the first year of being a mom, etc. My biggest recommendation in making it perfect is Parchment paper.

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If you’re like me you don’t see the point in buying kitchen supplies you’ll only need once, but believe me it’s worth the $4. I actually used it when I made biscuits the other day and they turned out so much better than before. Parchment paper really helps to keep everything cooking evenly and avoids getting burned.

I hope you find this as good and as easy as I do!

ENJOY!

What do you prefer making yourself vs. store-bought?

 

 

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Like everyone else I’m trying to better myself in the new year so after work I took Harper on a run that I thought would be miserably cold but turned out not so bad.

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I broke out the light I spent ten dollars on when getting our numbers for the Thanksgiving half(yes that was two months ago and I’m just now using it) and we covered 3.5 miles. Even with the light I tried to go a route that was well-lit which turned out to be every hill in the neighborhood. It was tougher than I had planned but Harper didn’t seem phased at all. I don’t even think she was winded. She was just glad to be outside so she would’ve gone for a few more miles probably but I was getting hungry and that always takes precedence! We’ll go on a longer run later in the week. Too bad Ella isn’t a runner!!

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This year I’ve vowed to be more conscious about the good habits I already practice like exercise, eating well, taking my vitamins, etc. The only thing I’m going to add to the mix is focusing on my mental health as well. By that I don’t mean that I’ll pick up meditating necessarily but be nicer to myself. I need to do what is best for me and what I want rather than do what I think others want of me. This will be a doosey since I’m such a people pleaser but I can do it!! I tend to commit to things I don’t really want to do out of obligation and I’m done with all that. Here’s to ME!!!

In other news, Travis got me an iPad for Christmas and it’s not left my side. Her name is “Patti” and I am obsessed love her! I swore I would never read a book on an electronic device because I love a physical book but that didn’t last. I’m reading The Andy Cohen Diaries(which is amazing) and have The Goldfinch downloaded when I’m done. The first few days of playing were watching cat videos and Travis was worried I wouldn’t use it for anything else. Luckily I’ve used her for tons more like stalking golden retriever fostering opportunities and recipes plus updating my calendar. It’s been a very busy time for Patti and me!

What are some good habits or new obsessions you have?

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