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The Best (and Healthiest) Granola. Ever.

Paleo Granola via Cafe Sucre Farine | Covet Living

I ran across this recipe on the mothership (Pinterest, duh) when I was scouting healthy Whole 30 / Paleo-esque recipes a few months ago. I just made it last week and I’m tellin you what… probably best to sprint to your local Sprouts, snap up the nuts & seeds you need for this and get to makin’ some granola. Best I’ve ever had, and there’s not a tsp of brown sugar or a dash of oats in sight – it’s ALL seeds, nuts, coconut oil and a little honey. I’ve been DEVOURING the stash I made of this for breakfast with some almond milk every day, cuz anybody who’s done the Whole 30 / Paleo thing will tell you, making eggs every morning gets to be kind of a drag. The only thing I changed from the original recipe is that I cut the raisins / cranberries / dried fruit… you can add whatever you want; I bought the dried cranberries that you’re supposed to add after this comes out of the oven and cools, but after I tasted it, I didn’t feel like it needed anything else. I also added a dash more salt than it calls for. PS, I feel like the ground cloves are a revelation – anyone who walks into your house while this is baking in the oven will think they just walked into heaven. Here she blows:

Ingredients
  • 2 cups blanched, sliced almonds*
  • 1 cup pecans*
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts*
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds*
  • 1 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)*
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds*
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed or flax seed meal, you can also use almond meal in place of the flax
  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup honey
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon**
  • ½ teaspoon cloves**
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger**
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt + a dash after it comes out of the oven
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 275˚F. Lightly grease a sheet pan or, for easy clean up, line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil. If you use foil, lightly grease it.
  2. Combine all the nuts and seeds as well as the coconut in a large bowl.
  3. Over low heat, combine honey and coconut oil until heated through. (You can also heat the honey and coconut oil in the microwave on high heat for 90 seconds.) Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, cinnamon and cloves, ginger and salt.
  4. Pour over nut/seed mixture and mix well. Be sure to scrape all the good honey/oil mixture that’s left in the bowl. Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet (NOTE: I had to use 3 baking sheets).
  5. Bake for about 45- 60 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes to keep granola at the edges of the pan from burning. Watch carefully after 45 minutes as ovens vary. Once the granola is a nice golden brown, remove it from oven and allow to cool**.

xoxo!

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iPhone Dump: Favorite Things

Before I spitball in a post next week about the come-to-Jesus Karrie & I had the other night & how we’ve made a pact to shut down our iPhones & computers after 8:30pm every night, I thought I might dump some of the inspiration & goodness I screen shot while perusing the digital universe.  Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook – they’re all a blessing and a curse.  I’m still trying to figure out how to find some balance with them, but in the meantime – check out all this gloriousness:

THE BADDEST ASS PATINA’D COPPER VENTS TURNED LIGHT FIXTURES, via 1st Dibs.  This pic was from awhile ago though and they have sold.  But ode to how I want to hang something like this in my kitchen, instead of a pair that errrrrbody has seen 999 times in the Pinterest feed in a homogenized white kitchen.

Copper Vent Hanging Fixtures, via 1st Dibs | Covet Living

TABARKA TILE & every piece of anything they’ve ever made.  I keep meaning to do a full-on post on them – remind me later 🙂

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THIS CALLIGRAPHY.

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THIS PICTURE OF SOMEONE’S HUSBAND/BABY DADDY BEING AWESOME, which – if we’re being honest – is what my dream looks like.  It’s like porn for chicks.

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PREGGO JUMPING ON THE BED, which imho is a way more fun/original maternity shoot idea than the real pensive ones where pregnant ladies are half-naked & stuff.

Preggo Jumping on Bed

GOLD LASHES.

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FISH TACOS (MY FAVE).  I keep meaning to go try this place.  ALL the fish tacos in San Diego are pretty decent, but I haven’t found any I can’t live without… yet.

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NAPKINS / TEXTILES FROM SHOP MILLE, via last year’s b-day list.

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THE WAY THE SUNLIGHT HITS THAT FRONT DOOR.

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DALLAS’ NECKLACE.

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THESE PEOPLE HOLDING HANDS ACROSS THE AISLE AS MY FLIGHT HOME FROM CHRISTMAS BREAK TOOK OFF.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t tear up.

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THE TOFU BREAKFAST SCRAMBLE from some place in Santa Monica that I keep trying to recreate.  It was divine.

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JULIA’S TRAVEL GET-UP.

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LEA’S DRESS + EARRINGS.  The funniest thing Joan Rivers ever said about her was that “…she always just looks so damn pleased with herself!”  Haaaaa – and that’s true.  But she/her stylist (also one of my fave designers) Estee Stanley do her outfits proud on the red carpet.

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KATRINA’S SUNNIES.

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THESE KITCHEN SHADES.

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THESE RUGS, which Kristin & I saw at Las Vegas Market in January in the Momeni Showroom.

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THIS WET DREAM OF A CHAIR (I know, so gross but I said it) from another showroom at #lvmkt which I have since forgotten.  Whoops.

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THESE ACCENT TABLES from Madegoods we saw.  AKA the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

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COPPER + GLASS PENDANT from Four Hands.

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CHICK ON LEFT’S WAVES.

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THESE JORTS, which I plan on living in all summer.

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HAAAAAA – TOWANDA!  Which is what I think about every time I open up a can on someone, which is not often but when it does happen, it’s well deserved.  It’s basically code for “don’t put up with sh*t from anyone.”

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THE PINEAPPLE LAMPS FROM RO-SHAM-BEAUX, which we’ve all seen 1 trillion times but they just never get old.  These were at Bon Bon in Solana Beach.

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THESE FRENCH VINTAGE CRYSTAL LAMPS, also from Bon Bon, which I nearly fainted over.  I feel like I would’ve seen them in my Great-Grandmother’s house… (And then lifted them.)  j/k GG.

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VINTAGE THONET BENTWOOD CHAIRS, from Rare Bird Consignment a few months ago.  The only reason I didn’t snap them up is b/c the caning was so brittle.

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THIS SOFA.  I generally don’t like slipcovers b/c they always look messy and never seem to stay on right, but this I could get on board with.

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DALLAS’ PINK HEADBOARD.  She’s my little muse this days.  Do you guys follow her?  She’s a fashion illustrator / creative type and a great Instagrammer.  With great hair.  And always has great nail colors.

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THAT. MARBLE.  Bailey Quin is also hilarious and uber creative.  She’s the chick behind Biscuit Home.

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IRENE KUANWOOD JEWELRY.

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THE IRON CALLIGRAPHY, THE LANTERN, THE GARLAND.  All of it.  If I ever open any brick & mortar establishment, I hope it looks like this.

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OMG, MY UTERUS JUST EXPLODED.

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THIS TEAR-JERKING SCENE that I stumbled on while I was walking Gus on the beach in Malibu the day after my big birthday shenanigan.

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K.  Now imma go turn off my phone and computer and run with my red pony dog 🙂

xoxo!

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