After ten years of having long hair I decided I needed a new hair style*.
*the rain got to my hair so it’s a bit undone, but styled looks super cute.
I’ve been debating cutting my hair for a few weeks now but wasn’t sure how much I wanted to cut off. With warm weather right around the corner(maybe) drying my hair will be one of my dreaded chores so I took the plunge and chopped it off. A total of nine inches was what I ended up losing and I love it. A short ponytail will take some time to get used to, but I can always buy some bobby pins.
Usually rainy weather makes me want to sit around and do nothing, but instead I stocked up the fridge and baked a few breakfast items for quick grab and go meals. Ok, so maybe we did sit around a watch a few episodes of Boardwalk Empire(so good), but after that we were productive.
It started with a trip to the farmer’s market where we did our normal divide and conquer to make the trip faster and more efficient. I always break down the shopping list per section so we each have a section to go by and don’t have to go back and forth. Sundays are a mad house usually so I take all the shortcuts I can.
We ate dinner before scouring the aisles and bins of fruits and veggies or we would have done a lot more damage. I’ve gotten better about making a meal plan to go with our shopping list too so I don’t get flustered and grab random food. So often I’ve grabbed cans of soup or ended up with a ton of food that doesn’t really go together and end up back at the store later in the week. Very annoying and such a waste of time and money.
Once we got home I started making breakfast quinoa bars and granola for the week. I was so excited about the quinoa bars because they were chocolate and when they were in the oven smelled just like brownies.
I had huge expectations of them being brownie-like with all the benefits of quinoa, but sadly they taste nothing like a brownie. And you can’t taste the chocolate all that well. I’m not giving up yet and will tweak the recipe until it’s both chocolatey and healthy without being sugary.
Luckily my granola turned out great so my night of breakfast baking wasn’t a complete loss.
It was so simple and you can add any kind of dried berry to make it your own. I like the tart of the cranberry myself.
Do you have expectations of your baked good based on smell or do you wait until you try them first?
Almond Cranberry Granola ( serves 4 1/2 cups)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2/3 cup sliced almonds
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together honey, oil, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir in oats and almonds until evenly coated. Spread on prepared baking sheet. Bake about 30 minutes or until golden. Stir in cranberries and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.