Aug
15

Lately

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Exploring: This weekend we discovered Carkeek Park in Seattle. Sand, railroads, drift wood, playground, grass, hiking trails, forest and orchard. Only 15 minutes by bus from our house – the perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday!

Reading: I’m not sure how I’ve managed to read so many books lately. But I’ve just finished Eat & Run by Scott Jurek and Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman, both I would highly recommend.

Drinking: We’ve somehow been put onto hemp milk and we are addicted. I’m not sure why we hadn’t tried it before – maybe it conjured up images of green liquified marijuana, but I assure you – hemp milk is white and smooth and creamy, probably our favourite thing to pour over granola or oats.

Eating: The best granola I’ve ever made. No added oil, no added sugar, hardly any sweetener and extremely crunchy. I don’t like sweet granolas, but I do like crunchy granola and it’s pretty much impossible to find anything this good in the stores. I add a bit of chopped fruit and some hemp milk and oh man it’s good. Straight from Scott Jurek’s book:

Ingredients:

4 cups oat groats (soaked overnight and drained)
1/4 cup dried coconut flakes
1 apple, peeled and cored and sliced
2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp maple syrup or honey or agave (we used maple syrup)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped raw almonds
1/2 cup chopped raw pumpkin seeds
2/3 cup raisins

Turn oven to 250 F (120 C) and lightly grease 2 baking trays with coconut or olive oil.
In a blender, combine drained oat groats, coconut, cinnamon, apple, sweetener, vanilla and salt. Blend til combined. Transfer to a large bowl and add the almonds, seeds and raisins. Stir.
Spread onto the two baking trays and put in the oven for between 3 and 4 hours. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn! Once done, let cool and store in an airtight container.

Listening to: A million different love songs. Preparing for the wedding and trying to find the perfect mix of ‘us’, ‘romance’ and ‘awesome’.

Loving: FULL NIGHT SLEEPS! I haven’t said anything yet because I didn’t want to jinx it, but we’ve been two weeks now with full night sleeps and I still get a little bit giddy at the fact. It took me a while to settle into it – I was still waking up every 4 hours – but the last few nights I’ve had a solid 7 or 8 hours sleep and I’m praying it’s gonna get rid of these dark circles under my eyes and maybe stop these grey hairs from appearing so damn frequently.

  • Emily Malone

    I recognize Portage Bay! Such a good spot!

  • ingrid

    I’m going to try that muesli (or granola) recipe. Looks good! I’ve been into the bircher muesli lately, but always like to mix things up a bit.
    I just love Mika’s big blue eyes. She is just so adorable. I can’t wait until I get to give her lots of hugs and kisses xxx