Friday, December 28, 2018

Weekly Link Love—Edition 9

2018 Christmas Recap

At the beginning of the holiday season, a stranger told me that 4.5 years old is the BEST age for Christmas, and he was definitely right. I can’t even begin to explain just how much Quinn enjoyed the “Christmas holiday.” In fact, I’m still smiling just thinking about the wonderful memories we made together!

Above, Quinn is sprinkling reindeer food on our lawn before heading out for our Christmas Eve festivities.

Christmas Eve started at Funny Farm where we met Greg (Mal’s step-brother), Jen (his wife), and cousin Coraline to open presents and catch up.

Then, we were off to my Grammie’s house for her annual Christmas Eve party. Quinn was so excited to spend some quality time with cousin Matthew and Karli. The three of them were so cute together – they’re finally at the age when they can play together!

Quinn participated in his first Yankee Swap and scored a beautiful blanket for Mumma! 🙂

Grandma’s Christmas cookies!

Christmas morning started bright and early with stocking stuffers…

And COZMO!!! Quinn was PSYCHED about the mini robot that Santa gave him. It’s easily his favorite toy!

Other favorites: Remote control snake

PicassoTiles (set #2)

Mal’s favorite toy: Retro Mini Nintendo, which is actually really cool. It came with a zillion old school games!

My favorite gifts: This fuzzy sweatshirt from Quinn! (I wore it to the Harlem Globetrotters the other day.)

I also loved this Christmas pug shirt (below) and an overnight bag from Mal.

Christmas Day also included brunch with my family, Papi, and Lori!

And more presents!

And, finally, I’m sharing some photos of our Christmas decorations, so I can Google them and easily reference them for next year! 🙂

The end.

Question of the Day

What was the best part about your Christmas holiday?

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Delicious, Crunchy, Caramelized Granola

If you are home for the holidays and are looking for an easy recipe to enjoy, this crunchy, caramelized granola will be your new go-to!

I promised you guys I’d share this recipe for the most delicious granola I’ve ever had. My neighbors brought me a tupperware of it the week Birch was born. I immediately asked for the recipe! My neighbor said it was from a magazine a decade ago and she’s been making it ever since. I made just a few changes to simplify the recipe and call it my own. It’s so easy you can make it with a sleeping baby on your shoulder!

I would not consider this granola “health food” because it does have a lot of sugar, but that is what contributes to the caramelized taste that makes it soooo good! But it’s made from real food and other nutritious ingredients so I consider it healthy nonetheless.

Like whole grain oats, pecans, and coconut flakes! I love these toasted ones by Dang, but you can use regular coconut too or sub in something else.

The sweetness comes from maple syrup and brown sugar. This granola mixture is very wet, which means every single oat has so much flavor and that big clumps form!

The directions couldn’t be easier – mix everything in a bowl and bake for 45 minutes.

You do need to stir it every 15 or so and allow to cool so that the clumps form.

Crunchy Caramelized Granola

The best granola with a caramelized brown sugar flavor, simple ingredients, and clumpy texture!

  • 3 cups Quaker Rolled Oats
  • 1.5 cups of dry mix-ins (pecans, walnuts, almonds, coconut chips, seeds)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1.5 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, apricots, dates, cranberries, etc)
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  3. Combine oil, brown sugar, and maple syrup in a large bowl and stir well to combine.
  4. Add all dry ingredients, minus any dried fruit.
  5. Mix well to combine and spread onto baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  7. Cool completely, allowing granola to clump.
  8. Add dried fruit and store in an air tight container.

Store in a container for a week or so.

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