Happy Sunday everyone! This has been a great weekend so far, and I’m just sad that it’s going to be over at the end of today 🙁 I love that all of you are so interested in a review of French Women Don’t Get Fat and the “rules” that I’ve garnered from it, but this morning I’m in a bit of a hurry and I want to be able to spend some quality time on that one. My plan is to do that tonight and post it tomorrow morning!
Let’s backtrack a bit to Friday night. Nate was playing poker with a bunch of friends, so I took that opportunity to start cleaning the house. I don’t know why, but it’s just been a wreck lately! As soon as I cleaned the kitchen I decided on making some homemade granola using this jar of deliciousness that Tropical Traditions was so kind to send to me:
This was my first go-round with coconut oil, and it was definitely different, but fun! It solidifies at room temperature, so I had to kind of melt it like butter before using it. The granola recipe is SUPER simple and so good!
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/8 cup molasses
- 1/8 cup brown sugar
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolls oats
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
- 1/4 cup milled flax seed
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries
Combine the melted coconut oil, molasses, and brown sugar in a pot over low heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, then add the oats, pecans, and flax seed. Stir to coat and pour onto a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake at 300 for 30-45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so to ensure even baking. Make sure you watch it towards the end so it doesn’t burn. Cool completely, then add the coconut flakes, chia seeds, and cranberries. This makes quite a bit of granola, but if you’re anything like us it’ll be gone in a couple of days!
The creamy-crunchy combo just can’t be beat! The rest of the morning I finished cleaning the house (which looks amazing now I might add) and read some blogs to catch up. We were inspired by Ashley’s frisbee date at Wash Park in Denver, so rather than hiking (we just didn’t have enough time once I was done cleaning) we decided to play frisbee with the dogs at a local park instead! First we had lunch at Fazoli’s, where I had a small plate of spaghetti with meatballs:
AND GUESS WHAT?!?! My car, Rolly (she’s a Corolla) hit 100,000 miles!!! I’m so weird, I kind of teared up when this happened…don’t ask. It’s probably hormones. But still, I’ve had this car since I was a senior in high school and it’s just crazy that it happened!
We were at the park for about an hour, where Nate and I played frisbee and the dogs ran around like banshees under the sun. They were pretty exhausted when we got home! I decided to do a muscle endurance workout that I taped on FitTV and some yoga. Good news is I still have the ability to do strength training on my legs, but the bad news is that even though I’ve been practicing yoga frequently and stretching all the time, I’ve lost a lot of flexibility in the injured knee. Not cool. I’m definitely making that doctor’s appointment on Monday!
They had some races with the kids that have already started the program in Boulder, two guys from RipStoke who performed some amazing tricks on their bikes, and LOTS of food! We did all of the photography and then they welcomed us to eat with everyone else 🙂 We had spring rolls with peanut sauce:
A fruit and cheese tray:
Nate stuck around a little longer to shoot the raffle they were holding while I went down the street to Barnes & Noble to stalk the Pioneer Woman cookbook. I’m constantly amazed at how fabulous this woman is! When we got home I basically went straight to bed…it was a long, action-packed day! So far this morning I haven’t had any breakfast. Just not hungry yet, and I don’t really feel the need to eat if I’m not hungry! I’m sure it’ll happen soon though 🙂
Have you ever had a car that hit 100K miles? Did you react at all like I did? ALSO, out of those three decadent desserts, which one would you have picked? My first car was a 1986 Toyota Camry that already had over 100K miles when I started driving it. It was SO much fun to drive, and I would still rock that car today if I could! And I think my answer to the second question is pretty obvious 🙂