Granola is the best make-ahead breakfast. It’s full of nuts and whole grains and healthy stuff, with a hint of maple and cinnamon. Pair it with some plain yogurt, milk, or a smoothie. It’s so easy to make!
Last week we decorated the house for Halloween with Charlotte for our family night. We finally took down the Valentine’s Day hearts.
Waaaaait! Come back!!
Try not to hate me. Can’t we all just give me a pat on the back for decorating for Valentine’s Day 8 months ago? Every time I see those hearts (pink and red construction paper ones, by the way, hole-punched onto twine), I think to myself, huh, I should probably take those down. But honestly, they are kind of out of sight unless you are looking up, and I just forgot.
That is, until the realtor had to take pictures of our house. Oh, did I forget to tell you that the house we rent was on the market? That’s because I was too depressed to talk about it. We love our house. But, it’s not for sale anymore, so woohoo!
So the realtor comes over a few weeks ago to take pictures, right? I totally whipped our house into shape, if I do say so myself. There were only a few awkward moments, like when the realtor tried to make my dishtowels more presentable (they are old flour sacks that my grandmother embroidered when she was in isolation for tuberculosis when she was 11…they’re sentimental, okay? And kind of ugly, if we’re being honest.)
I didn’t even think about our heart-garland until I saw the photos up online. Turns out when you stand back and take a photo of the whole living room, the hearts are the focal point. “Here, buy this house! It will fill you with love! And maybe even some Valentine confetti!”
Maybe it was enough to deter potential buyers? Hallelujah. Here’s hoping I take our window monsters down before Christmas:
Granola is so adaptable it’s ridiculous. You could literally replace almost any ingredient that you wanted. Except maybe the oats…but prove me wrong! Use any combination of nuts that you like. Hazelnuts or cashews would be delicious. If you can’t find oat bran, add a few more shakes of wheat germ, or vice versa. (I found both of those products in the grocery store right by the oats, btw.) You can use pretty much any ratio of maple and honey. Use melted coconut oil instead of olive oil. The possibilities are endless.
Just make sure you use a rimmed baking sheet or you will end up with burned granola all over the bottom of your oven from stirring. Not that I would know.
Source: adapted from Allrecipes.com
Oat bran is on the left. I found both of these by the oats on the cereal aisle of the grocery store.
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