Saturday, February 23, 2013

Homemade Granola Recipe ~

Hello, lovely friends!

I found this delicious granola recipe on one of my very favorite blogs ~ Keeping it Cozy. You have to check out this blog. It's simply beautiful! I know you'll fall in love with it like I did. You can find Andrea's post here. Also the link to the original granola recipe here.

Granola Recipe ~

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. fine grain sea salt
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
1/3 cup 100% maple syrup
1/4 cup raw honey
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
In a large bowl stir together the oats, cinnamon, salt, raisins, and almonds.
In a small bowl whisk together the melted butter, maple syrup, raw honey, and vanilla
Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture. Stir to coat well.
Transfer the oat mixture to the prepared pan.
Bake for 25 - 35 minutes. Stirring occasionally. 

* Store for up to two weeks in an airtight container or freeze

Dry ingredients

Make sure to stir the liquid ingredients really well so that the syrups don't burn

I stirred the mixture quite a few times to make sure it was mixed really well

Before baking

After baking ~ golden brown delicious homemade granola!

I baked the granola for a little over 25 minutes. I think about 22 minutes would have been perfect for my oven. Next time I'll be sure to stir the sides a little better as they got a little dark.

I have been enjoying this granola every morning for breakfast! I can't get enough of it. My husband has been snacking on it a lot too. I'm going to try and make granola clusters next time for more snacking.

I hope you check out Andrea's blog and that you enjoy this recipe as well!


Saturday, February 16, 2013

We're Having A...

Hello, lovely friends!

 We're having a girl!!!

Let the fancy Beatrix Potter nursery decorating commence! 

I will be going all out now that we know it's a girl! 
For a boy I was going to be a bit more restrained and not girl up the nursery too much. 
At first we were both sure that it was a girl. I really started wondering in the last four weeks if it was a boy with all my dreams I'd been having about it. Turns out my dreams don't mean anything after all. 
We would have been so happy either way. 
Nate knew that he was right all along though.

Just a little peak at what I have in mind for Miss Olivia's room... 
We're having trouble coming up with a middle name. I'll even take suggestions on here! Please leave a note in the comments section if you have any ideas. I would just love that!!


Friday, February 15, 2013

Boy or Girl?

Hello, lovely friends!

Today is the big day we find out if we're having a boy or a girl!

We're pretty excited to finally find out. We both think it's a girl but I've been having lots of dreams lately that it's a boy...We shall see in a few short hours!!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day ~

Happy Valentine's Day, lovely friends!

A sweet little something for my hubby

My sister-in-law made these this Summer and my husband really liked them. They're delicious! 
(She saw the idea on Pinterest of course)


A nice big present he's not expecting!

Tonight we'll celebrate at a wonderful Italian restaurant. 

Ah, Amore!

I hope you're enjoying a wonderful Valentine's day as well!