I’m so grateful for this 3 day weekend. In the wedding rush this past month, I didn’t realize how much I was exhausting myself. After the big day, heading back to work and then to a conference in central Illinois, I reached my limit. 12 hour sleeps, a nasty cold, and a need to just stay in an relax.
Of course, relaxing to me means getting some things done. I can be lazy sometimes, but mostly I am very productive. There’s so much to be done, so much to be learned, so much to enjoy. For some reason, the seven deadly sins come to mind – even if you’re not religious, there’s definitely a lot to be said about these. Sloth is one that scares me, one that could easily sneak up on you and steal your life away. Right?! Yes, we all need time to relax, but to waste one’s life away in television shows, in social media… to waste your talents and gifts through these distractions is tragically easy. It’s really in the last couple years that I have really come into my work, and pushed myself to materialize my gifts and talents. And this work is rewarding in and of itself!
“Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” – Sigmund Freud
So, today, think of your goals, your own unique talents and passions. What can you do today to, simply put, advance?
For my always on-the-go breakfasts, homemade granola is a staple. Store bought granolas are full of hidden sugars and preservatives, and it’s so easy to make at home. Because I saved and dried the seeds from the stuffed pumpkin made the other day, I knew this week’s granola had to be pumpkin themed. I pulled out some pantry items and voila! Happy breakfast!
I eat yogurt and fruit every morning, which is a great routine to help me get my calcium and probiotics on the daily. However, I bet you didn’t know (i.e. I just found this out) that there’s a lot more to consider than just grabbing a yogurt from the grocery. First, many yogurts have A LOT of added sugars (you should avoid products that have “sugar” as the first ingredient). Also, some companies “heat treat” their yogurt for a longer shelf life, which kills off those good bacteria cultures we benefit from! Levels of calcium vary between yogurts, and some added fruit is FAKE. Crazy. This article is awesome if you’d like to do more reading, and this list of the best yogurts at the store is also a great read. As for me, it looks like my Fage greek yogurt (with honey) has been an unknowingly good choice for the past couple years! Nailed it.
If you don’t have pumpkin spice seasoning in your pantry and don’t want to buy it, a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and a pinch of cloves would be wonderful.
Pumpkin Spice GranolaPrint Recipe
- 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup raw cashews, chopped
- 1 cup dried pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup dried organic cranberries
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice seasoning
Preheat oven to 325F. In a small sauce pan, combine the oil and syrup. Heat over medium heat until melted. swirl to combine. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt.
Grease a baking sheet, and combine the rest of the ingredients. Spread in an even layer over the baking sheet. Drizzle the syrup mixture over the sheet, mix to thoroughly coat ingredients. Spread again into an even layer.
Bake in oven for 20 - 25 minutes, rotating pan half way though. Do not stir granola. Remove from heat when nicely browned, once again not stirring, and allow to cool completely. Can be stored at room temperature for 1 week in an airtight container.