Monday’s Happenings

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Happy Monday everyone!! It’s a gloomy rainy day today and will be for a couple of days here in New England, so I’ll be focusing on household cleaning and organizing as well as getting some much needed rest and book reading in. My go-to books are usually anything by Sarah Addison Allen.

Before the rain started (I was up early), I was able to get out to the garden and turn the compost, weed a little bit, and get some other chores in. When I stepped back in the house, the rain began, thunder and lightning started and I was relieved to have just missed it! It’s lovely to see all of the gardens maturing and the next set of flowers blooming! Up on the hill part of our garden, we’ve had this vining, aggressive weed growing that sticks to everything it attaches to, and leaves little seeds. I took in quite a few seeds with me, they were hitching on! 😮 I’m going to investigate what it may be. If anyone has an idea, I’d love to know what it could be. The sky was beginning to darken, so I hadn’t taken any pictures, but I will soon. Any help in identifying it, would be appreciated!

This weekend: my husband, Paul and I had moved and rebuilt our firepit. We love it now! Can’t wait to try it out! We also netted our blueberries in the backyard with PVC piping and netting. It’s not very aesthetically pleasing, but it keeps the birds from eating the berries. The birds have been feasting on them already and they’re not even completely ripened yet! Our raspberries don’t seem to be flourishing this year, but they look healthy enough. A bit late this year, maybe? There was a ton of weeding, as we have a lot of garden to cover. We have also been slowly working on the trail on our hill and clearing a ton. Even despite all of the work this weekend, my husband & I enjoyed a beautiful couple of mornings on the front patio in the early morning together, catching up on things and talking about life. I am very lucky to have a husband who is my best friend. He makes me laugh all of the time. I still get “butterflies” when he comes home from work everyday! You may see a comment on every post I make from “cheapdad”. That’s my husband. He’s very supportive and always has my back. We’re a great team! He started a blog himself, but only has a couple of posts as he’s a busy guy! I keep him busy with projects! Thank you to my husband, Paul for always being there! I’m looking forward to a fun and relaxing weekend for him on Father’s day weekend this weekend.

Hoping you had a wonderful weekend and have a Fabulous week ahead!

Here’s a recipe for granola that I made towards the end of the week and we’ve been enjoying it. I make it every now and then. We also had some blueberry muffins that will be in my new cookbook, coming soon!

Granola Ingredients:

4 cups gluten free quick oats

1 cup pecans

1/4 cup pepitas

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1 tsp pink Himalayan salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 organic coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup real maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Optional: organic raisins, dried cranberries, cacao chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir in oats, pecans, pepitas, coconut flakes, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a saucepan, melt coconut oil. Pour into bowl with oats mixture.
  4. Pour in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir all together until completely combined.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, pour contents of bowl onto baking sheet and spread and flatten out onto sheet.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Stir after 12 minutes.
  7. Place on cooling rack for 45 minutes. It will get crispy after that time and as it cools. If putting in optional cacao chips, raisins, etc. This is the time to do so as it cools. Break up with hands and place in a covered container for up to a week.

This granola is delicious alone as a snack, mixed in with gluten free/ sugar free plain coconut yogurt, or as a cereal.

Early morning (no filters 🤪)

2 Comments Add yours

  1. cheapdad says:

    Great pics!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Gina says:

      Thank you! ❤️

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