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Granola gift

I was tired of doing homework one night last week, so I decided to bake a little gift for Jimmy–no particular reason. Just because I love him and he mentioned that he wanted to try chocolate granola recently.

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Here’s the recipe!

Chocolate Granola
Ingredients:
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs creamy peanut butter
3 Tbs honey
2 Tbs butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, chopped
1/4 cup raisins

Directions:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
2. Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, honey, butter, and vanilla in a small bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until all ingredients are melted. Stir until smooth.
3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, and cinnamon. Add the wet mixture to the dry, and stir until combined.
4. Bake for 15 minutes, and then “stir” or “flip” the granola with a spatula. Bake 3-5 more minutes, or until browned.
5. Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool completely. Add chocolate chips and raisins to granola and enjoy!

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After the granola cooled, I put some in a mason jar. I made a little “I love you” note, attached it to a ribbon, and tied the ribbon around the jar. I think I enjoyed this girly touch more than Jimmy.

He loved the granola, though!

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I know I say this constantly, but I love baking! It’s just so relaxing, and makes me genuinely happy. Plus, I love showing my love for others by creating baked goods they enjoy. It’s a win-win situation!

Do you bake? What do you like to bake?
I really enjoy baking cookies and quick breads.

Recent Eats

Howdy there. Here are some recent eats:

Bob Evan’s pumpkin bread. Jimmy and I have spent the past 3 or 4 Friday night’s eating dinner at Bob Evans. I pretty much go just for the pumpkin bread. Just kidding, the food there is pretty good. But the pumpkin bread is really good.

Eat n Park sticky bun + dinner roll. This comes with every entree. YES.

Peanut butter + spoon = my favorite way to consume peanut butter.

Fresh figs from my grandma. I never had a fig until that moment. They were good!

Marshmallow treats. In the car. Random.

Homemade peanut butter. I took this as I was stirring the honey in.

Iced pumpkin coffee in a mason jar. I didn’t know what is so cool about mason jars because drinking this made my hand cold!

A KIND bar, consumed whilst studying.

I got an edible arrangement from Jimmy today for our 4 year anniversary <3. Jimmy did this for our 2 year anniversary and this past V-Day. He knows me so well ;). If you’re reading this Jimmy, thank you & I love you!

That’s all I have for recent eats. Today was a pretty warm day for Pittsburgh–I think the high was 75* and I loved it! It’s going to cool down this weekend, with temperatures dropping to the 40’s and 50’s, so I better stock up on hot coffee!! I’m off to finish some homework and then I’m going to text Jimmy to brainstorm what we’re going to do to celebrate four years together. Any suggestions?! 

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Bible verse of the day: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3