I had the sweet, sweet pleasure of finding myself driving past one of the most beautiful beaches in the province the other day with a few minutes to spare. I pulled over the car and stepped out, immediately braced by the upper notes of briny freshness in the air. Each breath of it felt like life, reaching the crevasses of my sinuses and sending a rush of airborne happiness through my system. I gulped each clear, clean lungful as though I had been living my life in a cellar with no concept of the purity of wind and water-flecked oxygen.
Twitter is a magical, star-struck place.
You see, I follow the amazing Tsh Oxenreider, author of the fabulously thought-provoking Notes from A Blue Bike and mastermind behind the Art of Simple blogs, including one of my favourites, Simple Bites, curated by the wonderful Canadian blogger Aimee Wimbush-Bourque.
So I did, and they are.
It was in this way that I found out that Serious Creatures does draw-overs of photographs, and so I sent them this granola picture to get all funky and creative with. I was kind of expecting to see a little dude relaxing in the bowl like it was a granola bath, but this is so much better. They call it “Spittin'”
Serious Creatures does some amazing cards, prints and original art…and they ship! This isn’t a sponsored post; they just did this awesome draw-over for fun, and I thought the least I could do would be to give them a little love in return!
The past two weeks have been filled with space.
Space between sets of waves, to feel the froth of micro-bubbled salt water churning up my goose-bumped legs.
To sleep well past sunrise, the machinations of an energetic toddler lulled back into slumber in my arms. Space to stretch beyond the boundaries of schedules and to-do lists.
Have you ever stood in the fridge eating buttercream with your fingers and hoping a little bit that you don’t run out of buttercream to put on your cupcakes but hoping a lot that no one catches you in such a shameful act?
Is that just me?
Or what about when you are at a potluck and you seriously, seriously want thirds of that amazing quinoa thing and even though it’s quinoa it’s THREE servings and you’re secretly wondering if everyone is going to be watching you dislodge yourself from your deck chair and guiltily saunter over to the picnic table and sneakily thrice-serve yourself because you can’t resist but you’re awfully worried about the disdain of others. (Although, you do it, and you eat the quinoa, because you’re convinced that everyone else wanted to go up for thirds too and you’re the only one who was brave enough and that your actions might empower others towards fuller tummies and greater overall satisfaction).
That’s why we have grain-free granola on the menu today. I realized that I posted three (three!) dessert recipes last week. In a move similar to the stealthy picnic table approach, laden with the potential of oncoming guilt, I want you to know – because I care that you know – that I didn’t actually eat three desserts last week. Like many bloggers with busy lives, I make food to post to this blog whenever I possibly can (and hopefully, at least when it comes to things like cupcakes, whenever I have somewhere to take them for someone else to help me indulge!) and post whenever is inspiring me from my roster on that particular day.
I eat this grain-free granola every day lately. It’s a lot healthier than all of last week’s dessert. More of an everyday indulgence, if you will. And protein-packed and hearty and all of that. Splash it with some almond milk and top it with some fresh berries and you have the kind of breakfast that you will want to eat before everyone in the house wakes up, so that you can slowly – ever so slowly – crunch, and taste and (sip your tea) and chew and (slurp) and savour (without a small, lime green plastic spoon attached to a granola-loving toddler worming its’ way into your bowl).
It’s that good.
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cup dried fruit of your choice (I usually end up with raisins or dried cranberries)
- Preheat your oven to 300F.
- Mix all the ingredients except the dried fruit in a bowl, ensuring that you coat all of the dry ingredients with the coconut oil and honey.
- Spread the mixture out on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until it has browned. (Remember to stir it every so often to ensure even browning and to prevent burning).
- Cool the mixture, stir in the raisins and serve! This granola can be stored in an air-tight container for at least a week.