blizzard days call for homemade granola parfaits

I know that everyone around me is hating this weather but I am really inspired by days like today. Standing outside this afternoon, with the wind hitting my skin; each snowflake quickly making its impression before melting away, carved out a type of happiness I didn’t know existed. Yes, it is cold but does anything else make you feel more alive? There are so many tantalizing components in winter; so many ways for our senses to be awakened. The sound of snow crunching beneath our feet, the glow of our skin as the cold creates a rosy exterior, the way it feels to step into a warm house–these are gifts given to make up for the harsh environment we often experience from November-February (and sometimes March). I also quite enjoy that on days like today, we are forced, no matter how much we kick and scream, to give up the hustle. Stay inside. Stay together. If you allow yourself to love it; today can become a coveted part of life.

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Josh and I did have to venture into work for a little while today but everything felt so relaxed. Today’s weather halts work in the construction industry so there is little for us to manage. It creates an air of anything goes and gives us a little time to play catch up. While the kids don’t always enjoy a trip to the office, we love that working for ourselves means they can come along. Before we left, I made myself some homemade granola, something I have been craving for quite some time. The brands sold in the store have so much sugar that I really can’t bear to purchase them. 1/4 cup can easily have up to 20g and at that point it’s like, why bother trying to behave? You also have to watch for ingredients like brown rice syrup and other creepy ingredients that can side track healthy habits. This took 5 minutes to whip up and was delicious on my favorite Icelandic yogurt with a side of strawberries and lots of honey from the fall harvest.

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Josh bought me a new camera for our anniversary and I’ve been tinkering with it all weekend. We were supposed to go away but an unexpected health issue caused us to cut the trip way early. None the less, it allowed for some extra time with the kids, yummy food, a calmer than usual anniversary and lovely snow days.

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Granola

Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cut almonds, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
3 teaspoons cinnamon (this really comes down to taste)
3 teaspoons vanilla
1/2-3/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup chia seeds
Optional ingredients: sunflower seeds, raisins, cranberries, flax seeds

Method:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix everything in a bowl until well coated. Place in a thin layer on a baking sheet. Cook until golden brown, checking often and stirring every 2-3 minutes. Allow to cool and enjoy.

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