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I largely refrain from posting recipes and pictures of food because quite frankly what I cook and eat on a day to day basis I doubt is of much interest to anyone.

However a few weeks ago I was introduced to the BEST granola recipe by food blogger "Orangette" Molly Wizenberg via my cousins girlfriend Rachael. I gobbled up more than my share when I was visiting Greg and Rachael, and then tried my hand at the recipe this weekend.

My favorite thing about this recipe is you can modify to taste any number of ways; from adding in various nuts, seeds, and dried fruits, to altering the proportions of sugar and maple syrup. Not only is it simple and affordable, but it tastes better than any store bought granola I have ever had, making it totally worth the time and energy to make!

You can view the recipe here. I have also copied it below. Happy baking!

Maple Olive Oil Granola

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw hulled pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw hulled sunflower seeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
1 ¼ cup raw pecans, whole or chopped
½ cup light brown sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
¾ cup maple syrup, preferably Grade B
½ cup olive oil
Dried cherries, optional

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut chips, pecans, light brown sugar, and salt. Stir to mix. Add the olive oil and maple syrup, and stir until well combined. Spread the mixture in an even layer on the prepared sheet pan. Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until the granola is golden brown and toasted, about 45 minutes. Remove the granola from the oven, and season with more salt to taste. Cool completely on a wire rack. If you’d like, stir in some dried cherries. Store in an airtight container.

Note: Will keep at room temperature for up to a month.

Yield: about 7 cups




A haiku from the article: Freedom’s Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose

mobile monday

two apps that make my favorite actives, eating & drinking, simple and social:

Tab: the simple way to split the check! Simply take a picture of the tab, tap the items that are yours, and voila! Math made easy.

Hello Vino: wine label scanner that lets you snap a photo of a wine bottle and instantly pull up reviews and food pairings and a library of recommendations.



Love—real love— is invariably the story of two troubled people who understand and accept each other’s troubles, but choose to face them together.
Please Don’t Thank Me for Loving My Wife – absolutely beautiful and brave meditation by Genevra Reid, and a wonderful addition to history’s most timeless definitions of love. (via explore-blog)




Remember my name: Joking Bad.

Breaking Bad is my latest obsession and this parody (for anyone else who watches) is HYSTERICAL and spot on. Spoiler Alert: my favorite moment is the chalkboard equation: Anthony Weiner + One Direction = One Erection
(consider that my coverage of the NYC mayoral primary) ENJOY!



Digital Cocoons

Our increasing attachment to mobile devices has been both widely lauded and criticized, as an undeniably powerful tool for information gathering and an impossible distraction in social situations. 

In a New York Times OpEd, titled “Traveling without Seeing” Frank Bruni addresses the emotional reliance on the media comforts (TV, books, movies, and music) our mobile devices provide, particularly in unfamiliar situations. He illustrates this point by confessing while traveling in China, he had a compulsion to hole up in his hotel room and watch his favorite TV show, before coming to his senses, putting down the tablet, and taking to the streets.

We are all guilty of it- walking with headphones, reading at lunch, and otherwise making ourselves more comfortable and less vulnerable by closing ourselves off to the world around us. While it is natural to seek out comfort and familiarity in uncomfortable situations and unfamiliar places, Bruni confidently asserts, trading serendipity for safety is a raw deal in the end.”

His larger concern lies not in isolated instances of compulsive media consumption, but how technology allows us to cherry pick the context for our interactions in the world. From our Facebook friends to the “favorites” tab on our web browser, it is easier than ever to customize the content you want to see, and shield yourself from unknowns. Politco’s Jonathan Martin  wrote about how this narrow vision irrevocably changed the course of the Romney campaign in the 2012. “It’s the great irony of the Internet era: people have more access than ever to an array of viewpoints, but also the technological ability to screen out anything that doesn’t reinforce their views.”

None of us are immune to the impulse or convenience of technology, but we should remain vigilant to ensure our creature comforts aren’t letting the world pass us by.




Twelve Things Successful Women Do Differently

Begin with passion, banish thoughts of perfection, believe in yourself, build solid relationships, and be thankful for the people around you…

… And thats only five….



I guess that’s the irony of it all. If you want to feel better about yourself and your life, stop focusing on yourself. It is so simple, but so hard for us to understand.
How one man changed his life and impacted thousands of others with 52 ways to make every Monday matter (via fastcompany)



The Trauma of Being Alive

In this poignant Op Ed for The New York Times, Mark Epstein offers comfort for the victims of everyday tragedy, reminding us that the phrase “everyday tragedy” is, sadly, not oxymoron…

"Trauma is not just the result of major disasters. It does not happen to only some people. An undercurrent of trauma runs through ordinary life, shot through as it is with the poignancy of impermanence. I like to say that if we are not suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, we are suffering from pre-traumatic stress disorder… When disasters strike we may have an immediate empathic response, but underneath we are often conditioned to believe that “normal” is where we all should be… trauma never goes away completely."




Meaning is Healthier Than Happiness

People who are happy but have little-to-no sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity.
Read more. [Image: priyaswtc/Flickr]


Meaning is Healthier Than Happiness

People who are happy but have little-to-no sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity.

Read more. [Image: priyaswtc/Flickr]