Last Minute Maple Salted Granola

I decided to try Chrissy Teigen’s Salted Maple Granola a few weeks back. It’s so quick and easy and makes such a beautiful gift! It’s a little sweet but a little salty. And really good on top of plain greek yogurt or with berries!

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Ingredients:

+ 3 c old-fashioned rolled oats

+ 1/2 c unsweetened finely shredded coconut

+ 1/2 c chopped pecans

+ 1/2 c sliced almonds

+ 1/4 c sunflower seeds

I omitted sunflower seeds, you could add them or any type of seeds or nuts

+ 1/2 c vegetable oil or melted coconut oil

I used coconut oil

+ 1/2 c maple syrup

+ 1/3 c packed light brown sugar

+ 2 tsp vanilla extract

+ 2 1/2 tsp kosher salt

+ 1 c chopped dried cherries

 

The result is simply beautiful and tasty granola

In a large bowl combine oats, coconut, pecans, almonds, and and seeds you may have added.

In a small bowl whisk together oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add to the oat mixture + toss together.

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the granola on the baking sheet.

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Bake at 350F for 25 to 30 minutes stirring occasionally until golden brown

Once cooled add to clean bowl + stir in dried cherries

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Put into a mason jar + wrap some ribbon around it. Would make a great Holiday gift!

Can be stored in airtight container for up to two weeks

Holiday Tablescape + Setting the Mood

So for this years theme I wanted to do something natural and with matte black flatware. And so my 2018 theme was born.

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natural with matte black, brass + gold

What you’ll need

+ Mandarin Oranges with leaves still on (find at your local market)

+ Eucalyptus Leaves if you can’t find oranges with their leaves still on

+ Cinnamon Sticks

+ Twine

+ White Linen Napkins

+ White Plates

+ Matte Black Glasses

+ Matte Black Flatware

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+ Cozy Sheepskin to throw over a chair

+ Small Gold Candle Holders

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+ Antique Brass Candle Holders

+ Matte Black Candle Holders

+ Tealights

+ Tapers

+ Natural looking place mats

+ Champagne flutes (optional – I actually thought I had more than I did.. that’s why there’s only 4 on the table)

Layer placemats with the usual place settings, add glasses leaving room in the centre for your centrepieces (matte black + vintage brass candle holders). Then scatter oranges around the settings until you figure out what looks good. Add gold candle holders outside the place settings on either end. Take your linen napkins, roll them up + place a cinnamon stick in the centre of each one as you tie twine around.

 

Tips for setting the mood

+ Turn on fireplace or holiday fireplace on tv

+ Light candles

+ Play John Legend A Legendary Christmas on Spotify

+ Use cozy throws on chairs and couches

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And of course make it your own!

I’ve linked as many products as I can here:

//White Linen Napkins //White Plates //Matte Black Wine Glasses //Matte Black Flatware //Cozy Sheepskin //Matte Black Candle Holders //Tealights //Tapers

You can find antique brass candle holders at your local thrift shop. Mine were given to me my by grandmother. The round gold candle dishes I got at Michaels.

Happy Decorating!

 

 

Holiday gifting

Ahh the Holidays are finally here. Christmas feels so close! If you’re stuck on gifts then look no further. Below is my holiday 2018 Holiday Gift Guide curated especially for you. I know I’m a little late to the game but it’s been requested so here it is.

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Gift Guide (2)
1// Saje Diffuser 2//  Barefoot Dreams Cozy + Soft Blanket 3// Rose Macaron Candle 4// Main Character Beanie  5// Ray-Ban Sunnies  6// Main Character Mitts 7// Campo Energy Roll-On 8// Hydro-Flask Water Bottle
forhim
1// Audio Technica Record Player 2// Bullet Journal 3// Bose Soundlink Micro Speaker 4// Hydro Flask Mug 5// Santal 33 6// Herschel Weekend Duffle 7// Tumi Portable Charger
forthehostess
1// CB2 Salt + Pepper Grinders 2// UJ Mini Serving Board 3// UJ Hand Dipped Serving Spoons 4// Project 62 Metal Phonograph 5// Vancouver Eats 6// Marble Salt Cellar 7// Marble + Acacia Cake Stand 8// Marble Utensil Holder

 

Happy Holiday Gifting!

2018 Holiday Housewares Haul

Tis the season for decorating your home + of course shopping for holiday decor and housewares as you are entertaining. Or maybe you are looking for that perfect gift for the host! I’ve linked my holiday picks below.

James & Katie
//1 Fladis Seagrass basket //2 Rundlig serving bowl //3 Blanda Matt serving bowl //4 Tillagd 20 piece flatware set //5 Korken bottle //6 Kalasmat serving plate //7 Gripande salad server set 8// Variera flatware tray
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//1 Rens Sheepskin //2 Glattis Tray //3 Champagne Cooler //4 Lohals Rug //5 Fulltalig Candlestick Set of 3
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//1  Velvet Ivory Pom Pom pillow //2 Ivory Faux Fur & Sequined throw //3 Matte Black Stemless Wine Glass //4 Bristol Faux Fur Ivory Pillow //5 White Buffet napkin set of 6

 

 

Guilt Free Hot Cocoa

Guilt free… almost. Now that the Holidays are nearly here… if you’re anything like me you’re probably looking for ways to enjoy some nearly guilt free indulgences as there are so many sweets happening throughout the Holidays.

This hot cocoa is a lightened up hot chocolate I would say. I can’t take full credit though as I found this recipe in a Keto book although I used vanilla almond milk instead of regular. I just had to share it with you as it is seriously delicious! It’s probably the yummiest hot chocolate I’ve had.

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Probably the yummiest hot chocolate I’ve had!

+ 1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk

+ 1 tbsp cocoa powder  + extra for dusting on top

+ 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream

+ 2 tbsp Swerve

Swerve is a replacement for icing sugar. I’ve just recently discovered it. With the whip cream I didn’t taste anything different. It’s as if I had made it with actual icing sugar. You can find it on amazon or check your local grocery store.

Whisk on stove for 2-3 mins.

For the whip

+ 2/3 c heavy whipping cream

+ 1 tbsp Swerve

+ 1 tsp vanilla extract

Beat in a cold bowl on high speed until medium to stiff peaks form

Enjoy!