'/> Sharing My Joy: March 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Shoe Roundup

Happy official spring! I find it very ironic that as I write this, there are 3 inches of snow on the ground. Welcome to spring in the Midwest, I guess! The weather did warm up for a little bit and it felt great to change out of the snow boots for once. It got me very excited for spring shoes and I am definitely ready to do some shopping! I'm happy to see lots of sneakers and cute flat sandals out there, because comfort has become more important to me :) Some top trends on my wish list:

 - D'Orsay flats
 - Slip on sneakers
 - Simple sandals
 - Open toe booties
 - Gladiator sandals
 - Fun New Balance sneakers

Tell me what you're loving! And which trends you are excited to try!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Recipe: Maple Cinnamon Granola

I never really thought to make my own granola at home, but after seeing a couple of recipes online, I realized I had all the ingredients already on hand. It's super simple, and totally beats store bought. I didn't have any almonds, but next time I would definitely add in some extras to mix it up (there are lots of great possible combinations)!  This was great on top of yogurt, but also great alone mixed in with blueberries and almond milk. Give it a try :)

Maple Cinnamon Granola

3 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
2 T brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (vegatable oil is ok too)
2 tsp vanilla extract

Optional Add-Ins

1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds
1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit (mix in after granola has cooled)
1/2 cup coconut flakes (mix in after granola has cooled)
1/2 cup chocolate chip (mix in after granola has cooled)

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or spray with baking spray.
2. In large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
3. In medium bowl, whisk together syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
4. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir to combine.
5. Spread out in even layer on baking sheet.
6. Bake for about 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.