Every Morning Granola

Demand was high after I posted that rainy-day instagram of me and my (as of late), every-morning granola!! :)

So though I freely admit that the recipe genius is my lovely sister-in-law, I will gladly pass along the tips so that you too can have the best-ever breakfast, snack, parfait, and dessert experiences~ all from ONE canister of granola in your kitchen! :) But beware! Your family will scarf it AND you’ll be tempted to give it away by the jars-full . . . because you just want to share the love. So stock up your pantry now with extra ingredients because you’ll be making granola for dazzzzz!!

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The Recipe!

7 cups rolled oats
2 cups Rice Krispies
2 cups coconut
2 cups slivered almonds
1.5 cups Turbinado raw sugar
1 cup almond meal
1 cup flax seeds, ground
1 cup wheat germ or bran
1 tsp. salt
**Mix dry ingredients together.**

1 cup olive oil
(or sub some coconut oil)
1 cup water
1 T. Vanilla
dash of maple flavoring
1 large squirt honey
**Mix well and pour over dry ingredients.**

Spread onto 2-3 sheet pans and bake @ 300 degrees for 20 minutes,
then 225 for an hour or two.

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The clusters . . . oh the glorious clusters!! <3

TIPS:
Shaved coconut or Maple Madagascar vanilla coconut is preferred ~ causing more “chunks” to form!
Pecan halves instead of almonds are great!
“Dark roast” granola brings out the flavors beautifully and is our favorite!!

Enjoy immensely!!
Eat it plain as a snack.
Granola & Milk
Yogurt & Granola & Fruit Parfaits
Yogurt on top of ice cream ~ oh yum.
Bake, Eat, Repeat.
Like I said . . . granola for dazzzz!!!

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Morning bedheads sneaking fresh granola off the trays…

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The ones who gather at my kitchen island . . .

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Happy Thursday to All!!
Looks like it’s going to be a glorious Spring weekend ahead!!
xoxo

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A Quick “Hello!”

It’s awkward coming back to say “hi” from the blog.
But, Hello, anyway!

We haven’t exactly been connecting regularly here. And I miss that! I miss you!
Frequently I talk to people who tell me . . .
or I think back to when I first met some of the wonderful people in my life . . .
and we remember that our first meetings, so many of those first introductions,
happened through either my blog or theirs! It’s been a true gift!

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Sharing bits of our lives in words and pictures allows us a place to learn to know each other in a small part.
And I love that this then often translates into REAL LIFE friendships somewhere down the road . . .
it’s like a postcard view of someone’s life and home before you actually get there!

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The need and love to compile words never leaves me though~even when I don’t write much here.
That need just gets satisfied in quick little blurbs on my Instagram, most of all,
which isn’t completely terrible . . . because with a business and as a mother of four,
it feels that my mind and my time only has room for little bits of writing here and there.

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And, did you know!? One of my FAVORITE things I discovered about Instagram
is that all those sweet little pictures and journaled words can be printed in the cutest,
best, most beautiful little book at the end of the year, and ta-da! . . .
at least parts of our life are documented and “scrapbooked” without any extra time or effort on my part!

So if you’re an “instagrammer” too, you may want to check out this chatbooks link! :)

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As much as I feel the need to compile my thoughts and share words in writing,
I just as desperately (and more so!) feel that continual hunger and need to read!
Winter has always been such a great time for extra reading, and this year is no exception.
Phil & I have been reading these books to the children this week:
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Rush Revere and the American Revolution
Anne of Green Gables

and more…

I am personally loving Sally Clarkson’s new book,
The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming
as well as the companion workbook,
The Lifegiving Home Experience: A 12-Month Guided Journey
I’m currently using these as my sort of Bible-study as I look up the Scriptures,
journal, and pray over how I can incorporate and be a wise woman
who builds up my household during this season of our lives!

And speaking of this season:
school books, potty training, hundreds of meals,
pencils, messy paints, dolls, legos,
flashcards, missing shoes, laundry through the roof,
two-year-old flooding a basement (yes, this happened)
spats and fights, endless hugs & kisses . . .
it all gets a little, shall we say, overwhelming at times!?!? Ha!
It’s mentors like Sally and their encouraging words
who breath aged wisdom and life back into my bones
and point me to God’s grace for yet another day . . .
another day to impress and love young souls for eternity and love them well.
This blog post, Cultivating Wonder in the Heart of a Child & Mama,
was one of those breaths of fresh air!
I need the reminders that it’s ok to let go of all the “should be done’s” now and then!!
Sometimes you just need to drop “all of that” and go on an adventure! :)

OH! And this. Exactly this on why I won’t limit my household to just 30 books~gasp-out-loud at the thought! :),
and why, in this digital age, I still love and will encourage my children to read real books!!
We are people of words and THE WORD! Just absolutely loved Edie’s post about all of this!
3 Reasons You Should Still Build a Family Library.

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IMG_9130 2{You can imagine the delight of these girlies and their mother
when the Man in our lives took us on a Valentines Day “adventure” for Lily’s Sushi
and then just next door to Talula’s Table for steamers and sweet treats!!}

Happy Wednesday and let’s stay in touch! 😉

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Orange & Chocolate Biscotti Bites at Home

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Our whole family has been smitten by these amazing little bites of goodness once again! And for our whole family to like them so much means they are definitely winners~at least for us! Husband has certain criteria for baked goods, I have my dreams of something that tastes great, has good texture, and isn’t too detrimental to the health or waistlines of my clan! At the rate the cookies jar is emptying, I know that all six of us are enjoying them!

1 1/4 cups flour {can use white, almond, einkorn …or a mixture of two or three flours for best results}
1 1/4 cups organic corn meal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon course salt
3/4 stick butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar {raw, turbinado or coconut sugar gets used in my house}
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut {I use unsweetened}
2 Tablespoons finely grated orange zest {from 2 or 3 oranges}
11 ounces bittersweet chocolate, drops or finely chopped
Sanding sugar {optional}

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Whisk together flours, cornmeal, baking power, and salt.

2. Beat butter with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add sugar, and beat until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until well combined. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined. Then beat in coconut and orange zest, and 5 ounces of the chocolate until evenly distributed.

3. Drop heaping teaspoons {I use my Pampered Chef Tablespoon scoop}, spaced one inch apart, on parchment-lined baking sheets. Sprinkle tops with sanding sugar if desired. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

4. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden, 18-20 minutes. Let cool completely on baking sheets on wire racks.

5. Melt remaining chocolate, dip bottoms of cooled cookies i melted chocolate ,scrape off excess against rim of bowl, and set on parchment-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate till chocolate is set. About 30 minutes.

*TIPS* When experimenting with flours besides regular white flour, I find that it’s best to err on the side of a little less. You want the biscotti dough to be a little sticky~not too dry~ as it effects the chewy texture in the end! In past years, we have definitely done the chocolate dipping, but this week, we left them plain (just added a little more of the stevia sweetened chocolate chips right into the dough and skipped the dipping). This happened by “accident” because I ran out of chocolate, but husband prefers them like this for dipping with his morning coffee AND it’s less messy for kiddos. But the chocolate dipped are definitely pretty and extra special!! Enjoy!!

Oh, and what do you know. Seems that we really *do* love these. I blogged about them once before HERE ! :) biscotti-bites-225x300

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