Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday Round Up


Congrats to Lil' Cousin on her first place! I feel like your first apartment is such a big deal. We learned so much that year about living on our own... and living with one another. Throw in a pool and it really is perfection. We were livin' the life!

You can't go wrong with any of those gifts. I wish I could have registered at both Fishs Eddy and Anthropologie for our wedding. I think having an assortment of those bowls would be amazing. I love the colors. And how have I never seen the approval matrix before! It's genius!

The thing that brought me great pleasure this week was the home-made granola that Jeff and I baked on Tuesday night. We got the recipe from Ms. Maguire and it's wicked yummy and easy to make. I've been eating it as cereal the past few mornings, but I can't wait to try it on yogurt too. Delish. If you make your own granola, do you get a guaranteed pass into hippie heaven?

Olive Oil Granola
Melissa Clark, New York Times, July 15, 2009

Faith Durand
 *Ms. Maguire's notes in italics*

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups raw pistachios, hulled (or pecans)
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, hulled (or sunflower seeds)
1 cup coconut chips (or sweetened shredded cocunut)
3/4 cup pure maple syrup (1/4 cup is plenty)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (1/3 cup is plenty)
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (1/4 cup is plenty)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (or 1tsp vanilla)
3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
Fresh ricotta, for serving (optional)
Fresh berries, for serving (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oats, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, coconut chips, maple syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and cardamom. Spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown and well toasted.

2. Transfer granola to a large bowl and add apricots, tossing to combine. Serve with ricotta and fruit, if desired.

Yield: About 9 cups.

A few other things I've been thinking about this week:

This weekend I think we're finally going to see The Fighter. Saturday night we're joining the Englandottles for some french cuisine. Yummy! I'm determined to clean out our office, which looks more like a basement right now. On Sunday, I'm having lunch with a former co-worker before the Supah Bowl where I'll be splitting my time between two parties. I'm just. that. popular.


P.S... Please remind me how much I love this color when I begin to talk about repainting our living room. I die. It's called Stormy Weather from Colortrend.