life is a blur lately. so much to think about; my brain never stops. autumn is being wonderful to us and if you don’t mind i’ll just be absorbing as much of the crispness as i can until it leaves.
nutella pancakes with sauteed apples on top.
lunch at school.
pumpkin hanging out with herbs on our stoop.
two favorite paintings from my craft class.
horsies clip clopping and me watching with socked feet.
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Jeff got a new bike and started riding to work* (!!!) We spontaneously/accidentally went on a ten mile bike ride as soon as he got it put together. I have decided it’s my very favorite form of excercise. Makes me miss these days.
I’ve been eating a lot of yogurt and drinking a lot of iced lattes. I made some frozen yogurt pops with plain yogurt, mixed berries, and simple syrup (frozen in a mason jar with a spoon). My favorite thing for breakfast this week: yogurt topped with granola and honey, gala apple with peanut butter and honey, + iced vanilla latte.
I am helping out with a girl’s camp at church and we make lots of crafts. Some of the kids call me “Miss Chloé” which is weird to me but very cute. Anxious-excited to start art education next week!
*Do you see him in the third picture?
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I made a birthday breakfast at 5am. We ate it in the dark. It was early but I jumped out of bed at 5. I was excited for early morning birthday breakfast. We went for a walk in the evening and rented a movie. And poof! Jeff is 23!
For breakfast: berry smoothies. oj. eggs. bacon. biscuits. preserves.
For dinner: bacon pizza topped with bacon (per Jeff’s request).
bacon. pesto. goat cheese. tomatoes. white cheddar. pepper flakes. more bacon. with lots of ranch on the side.
For dessert: these cheesecakes with lots of salted caramel on the side.
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For some reason, lately I have been really into oats. I was never a fan of oatmeal growing up and I don’t think I’ve ever even tried store bought granola. Cookies were about the only form of oats I thought about making. But why would I not make something that is so simple, healthy, and delicious?
I loosely followed Alton Brown’s granola recipe, but what I love about granola is how you can really add just about whatever you think will taste good in it. I didn’t add any fruit because the granola will last longer without it and I wanted to just be able to top it with whatever fresh fruit I have around.
The recipe (my first attempt at homemade granola):
In a large bowl, combine 3 cups old fashioned oats, 1 cup chopped cashews, 1 cup chopped almonds (or you can buy them slivered) and ¼ cup light brown sugar.
In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup canola oil, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, and ¾ teaspoon kosher salt.
Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and mixed it well. Then spread it out on a baking sheet (I did it in two batches since I had quite a bit) and drizzle honey all over it (because, well, you only live once). Bake at 250 for about an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
This morning I had some with milk and fresh blueberries. I kept adding more and more blueberries because they were amazing in it. I think I have a new favorite breakfast.
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Remedies for a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week
Make oatmeal on the stove and add all of your favorite things (or what you have on hand, which may include vanilla, pecans, brown sugar, steamed milk, and nutella. Drink coffee from your new favorite thrifted mug. Keep a pretty flower on your window sill and enjoy with breakfast.
Bake fresh bread around midnight. Because you can take out any frustrations while kneading, and your kitchen will smell like heaven. The results will make you deliriously happy and satisfied. Try not to consume an entire loaf in one day (but if you do, it’ll be alright, there’s another!)
Get outside and enjoy the sunshine with iced coffee. If you happen to have salted caramel in your kitchen, just mix a teaspoon of it into fresh coffee with sugar, add milk, and pour over ice.