Thursday, August 28, 2008

Favorite Summer Moment #1

Valley Junction Farmer's Market

Homemade Granola

Nate & I eat this for breakfast almost every morning. It's SO good! It's great dry, with milk, or mixed with yogurt.

4 C. regular rolled oats
1 C. unsweetened coconut
1/2 C. chopped nuts (almonds or pecans are best)
1/4 t. salt
1 C. dried blueberries, cranberries or raisins
1/2 C. olive oil
1/2 C. honey or real maple syrup

1. Toss dry ingredients
2. Stir together syrup or honey, oil and salt
3. Pour oil mixture over dry ingredients and stir
4. Spread in a jelly-roll pan
5. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through
7. Cool, and store in a jar

More than you wanted to know...

My friend Nealy sent this to me...kind of fun to do, if you have time on your hands, which I do today!

48 Questions:

1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:30 (and consequently was very late for an 8:15 appointment. Oops!)

2. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. It was me, my friend Janel, and a bunch of 12-year-olds in the theater.

4. What is your favorite TV show? Re-runs of Friends, Nate and I are addicted.

5. What do you usually have for breakfast? Homemade granola, Nate and I are also addicted to this! My friend Kaarin gave me the recipe, and it's amazing. I'll post it soon.

6. What food do you dislike? Green Peppers.

7. What is your favorite CD at the moment? I check out "The Shepherd's Dog" by Iron and Wine at the library, and have been listening to that while I drive.

8. What kind of car do you drive? Toyota Corolla (I still mourn the loss of my green Mustang convertible.)

9. Favorite sandwich? KFC Buffalo Snacker. Anything with the word "Buffalo" in the name is delicious.

10. What characteristics do you despise? People who are chronically late, or don't follow through with their commitments. (refer to question #1...I was so frustrated with myself this morning.)

11. Favorite item of clothing? Any form of pajamas.

12. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Tuscany with my husband.

13. Are you an organized person? I'm the most absentminded organized person you'll ever meet!

14. Where would you retire to? The Carribbean, with Abigail...we already have it all planned out!

15. What was your most recent memorable birthday? Hopefully the one I'll have two weeks from now!

16. What are you going to do when you finish this? Paint a door.

17. Person you expect to send it back first? Probably no one.

18. When is your birthday? September 14

.19. Morning person or a night person? Night. Waking up in the morning is my least favorite thing to do.

20. What is your shoe size? 11. Shopping for shoes is no fun when most stores don't carry your size!

21. Pets? Jake, world's most adorable terrier-mix mutt.

22. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? A month from now, I'll be on vacation in Montana.

23. What did you want to be when you were little? A marine biologist. As if that would EVER happen!

24. How are you today? Great, I've got plans with some girlfriends tonight that I'm looking forward to!

25. What is your favorite flower? Gladiolas

26. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? Tomorrow! God's promises are new every morning.

27. What are you listening to right now? The fan in my bedroom. I should really turn the radio on.

28. Do you wish on stars? Uhhhh, no. What exactly would be the point of that?

29. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Screamin' Green

30. How is the weather right now? Hot. It's August in Iowa.

31. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Nate

32. Favorite soft drink? Mt. Dew is delicious, but I try not to drink it since it's terrible for you.

33. Favorite restaurant? El Charro or Azalea

34. Hair color? Dark Brown (which is out of a bottle to cover up the gray....sad)

35. What was your favorite toy as a child? Anything involving Barbie

36. Summer or Winter? Both, I love living in Iowa because each time the season changes, I'm sure that the coming one must be my favorite.

37. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate, in large quantities.

38. Coffee or tea? Coffee, in large quantities.

39. When was the last time you cried? I don't remember, but probably not that long ago.

39. What is under your bed? Wrapping paper.

40. What did you do last night? Had a 3-hour music team practice.

41. How many years at your current job? 1 year in November.

42. Salty or sweet? Salty.

43. How many keys on your key ring? 7

.44. Favorite day of the week? Any day I get to be home vegging-out with Nate.

.45. Do you make friends easily? Typically, yes, although I can be uncharacteristically shy when I meet new people.

46. How many people will you send this to? None. I'll just post it in cyber space for all of my friends who have nothing better to do.

47. Do you like getting these? I always think they're fun to read.

48. Glass half empty or half full? Half full! I believe in a gracious and loving God, so I don't think it could be otherwise.

Friday, August 15, 2008

What next?

I've finally taken the plunge and joined a book club. My mom's been in one for years, and I've lived vicariously through her, reading books the women in her group loved and avoiding the ones they hated (and typically agreeing with their verdicts). Now, I've decided it's time to step out on my own.

So far, there are just five of us in the group, and we meet once a month at Panera to discuss. Coffee AND books...could this get any better?

We take turns picking the book, which is great because it's led me to read some great books I might not have otherwise chosen. But, stress of all stresses, we're coming upon September, the month I'm slated to choose the crowd-pleasing 'tome.' What's a girl to do?

I'm leaning toward the book "The Traveler," by Ron McLarty. Why? I randomly came across it on the internet (this is my process for making most important decisions) and thought it looked good.

Here's what we've read so far:

Belong To Me, by Marisa De Los Santos
Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer
Marley and Me, by John Grogan

We're sticking to fiction, but other than that, we're wide open. If you have any book suggestions, please share them with me!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

A Perfect Summer Day

It's official...I survived my first river kayak trip, and am now officially "outdoorsy!!" Okay, so maybe that's a little bit of a stretch, but I did spend all day Saturday in a kayak, and am now hooked.

Thanks to our good friends Tim and Janel, I decided to get over my fear of the outdoors (I love it for it's beauty, but am often distracted by bugs, dirt, snakes, etc...) and spend a day on the river. My wilderness-loving husband was thrilled. We've been married 5 years, and I've spent a total of two nights camping with him, much to his chagrin (remind me again why sleeping outside is fun??) So for him, this was pretty much the perfect day.

We were blessed with beautiful weather, and other than a painful sunburn, I couldn't have asked for a better day! If you've never tried kayaking, I highly recommend it! It's much easier than it looks :)

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