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Friday Favorites

Welcome to another Friday Favorites!

Another week down!

Work is busy as usual. D worked from home a couple days this week, so I feel like I’m itching for some alone time. The crummy weather isn’t helping, either. All I want to do is lock myself in a room and read a book – which I might end up doing!

I am also itching to chop off all my hair again. Maybe I should add that to my “to do” list this weekend?

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been digging online this week:

    • Goop is my go-to lately for fall outfit inspiration. This turtleneck + wide-leg pants + sneakers combo has been on my mind (and shopping list) lately. I can’t wait to track down the perfect turtleneck sweater!
    • I’ve been into delicate jewelry lately, and I ordered these tiny rose gold hoops from Amazon! I can’t wait for them to arrive, and I have a feeling I’ll be wearing them everywhere!
    • I also ordered this dainty THC molecule necklace too – a cute nod to my favorite way to wind down after a long day. It’s a more grown up alternative to wearing pot leaves on everything, and I can’t wait to wear it everywhere.
    • The graphic tee in today’s blog photo is from Chic Wish List, and you can get it for 70% off + free shipping with the code SaveOnWishList! I wore it to my local coffee joint this week, and the baristas all loved it! It’s thin, slightly baggy, and absolutely perfect for a relaxed fall outfit!

I know it’s a short list this week, but I honestly haven’t spent too much time online shopping or reading blogs this week! I hope you enjoyed another week of Friday Favorites! Have a great weekend!

Friday Favorites

Friday favorites august 18

Happy Friday!

It’s been another crazy-busy week with work and blog planning. Thankfully, the weather finally cooled down around here so I can work outside! I missed sitting outside and soaking in the sunshine, but the 90+ degree temperature and smoky air made it impossible.

We don’t have any real plans for this weekend – I may end up doing some thrift shopping in Seattle, or taking a long hike. I spent last weekend sick, so I look forward to accomplishing more and finding time to relax, too!

Here are some of my favorites from the internet this past week:

  • I’m obsessed with face masks right now, and Hello Glow posted a handy guide to choose the right mud for your skin type! My next purchase will probably be some Fuller’s Earth Clay Powder to combat the hyperpigmentation I’m fighting this summer!
  • During the summer, I am lazy as shit when it comes to my hair. I usually just let it air dry, or put it up in a bun and leave it be. Camille Styles rounded up the best products to use while air drying your hair to leave it silky, beach-wavy, and smelling great!
  • It’s that time of year again when I start eyeing up new sneakers – and these from Nike are my current favorites. I am keeping a close eye on Amazon to see if they go on sale!
  • Man Repeller asked their readers for the most addicting books, and they delivered! I will need to add a few of these to my library list!

Oh, one last thing – a few people wanted to know about the large plant in this photo. It’s a Calathea Lancifolio, also known as a Rattlesnake Plant. I got it a couple weeks ago and love it – the leaves fall in the morning, and close back up by evening – you can even see time-lapse videos of them opening and closing online!

Happy weekend!

Friday Favorites

friday favorites yoga

Welcome to another weekly edition of Friday favorites!

Man, it’s been a crazy week around here!

Summer finally decided to make an appearance, with temperatures well into the 90s all week. We’re also dealing with a smoke cloud over the Seattle area, thanks to a forest fire that started in Canada. Needless to say, I spent the last week cooped up inside hiding from either the heat or smoke!

Here are some things I enjoyed this week while hiding from the heat!

  • Free People wrote a great post this week on when to toss your green beauty products. If you recently cleaned up your beauty routine, it’s worth checking out to make sure your beauty products are still safe to use!
  • I’m in the process of re-organizing my closet, and Aimee Song’s closet tour was full of so much inspiration!
  • You know I love a good DIY face spray, and Orchid Grey came up with a quartz-charged rose spray I’d love to make! I’m not sure if I buy into the whole quartz thing, but the scent sounds divine!
  • I am currently cooking my way through Veganomicon, and recently made their Southwestern Corn Pudding. I’m definitely making this one again soon!
  • My husband’s succulent has exploded, and I’ve been shopping online for some small pots to plant all the little baby succulents. I am going to do my best not to buy, like, 10 of these adorable Japanese-style painted pots:

Aren’t the adorable?

Anyway, before I go down the rabbit hole on Amazon…I hope you all have a great weekend! I’m planning to maybe go to the beach if it’s not too hot. Otherwise, I’ll be in front of the air conditioner like everyone else in Seattle!

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola BarsMy husband, D., is a huge fan of Alton Brown’s show, Good Eats. In addition to learning about the chemistry and history of food, he likes finding new recipes for me to try. I’ve made a few of Brown’s recipes in the past, most notably his Shoo Fly Pie. I can’t stand molasses, so I never eat it, but everyone else I’ve made it for loved it!

When our grocery store discontinued D.’s favorite protein bars, he asked me to make these as a work snack. He saw the recipe on the show, and said it looked healthier and probably cheaper than buying granola bars at the store.

It took me a few batches to get the hang of them, and I’ve adapted things as I go, so I added notes below to help. While I don’t eat them (I’m not a huge peanut fan), I’m sure I could add some things to this basic recipe that I would enjoy, like shredded coconut, white chocolate, and apricots. In fact, I might try that next weekend!

If you want the original recipe, you can find it here on the Food Network website. Enjoy!

Homemade Granola BarsHomemade Granola Bars

(adapted from Alton Brown’s recipe)

To begin, I gathered up the dry ingredients:

8 ounces old fashioned rolled oats (about 4 cups)
1 1/2 ounces raw, shelled sunflower seeds (about 1/2 cup)
3 ounces sliced almonds (I subbed in peanuts – about 1 cup)
1 1/2 ounces wheat germ (about 1/2 cup)

I highly recommend doing this by weight, rather than volume. The bars turn out more consistent this way. You can get pretty decent kitchen scales like this one from Amazon, many of which are under $20!

Homemade Granola BarsOnce you get your dry ingredients measured, place them on a dry baking sheet and bake them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. About half way through, give it a stir to make sure everything browns evenly. The wheat germ is prone to burning, so keep an eye on it for the last 5 minutes or so. My oven isn’t consistent, so sometimes I have to take it out a couple minutes early.

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola BarsWhile the dry ingredients are baking, gather up your wet ingredients:

6 ounces honey (about 1/2 cup)
1 3/4 ounces dark brown sugar (about 1/4 cup packed)
1 ounce unsalted butter, plus more to grease pan (1 tablespoon)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Throw all of the wet ingredients in a small saucepan, and cook over medium heat until the brown sugar is dissolved. I usually start this when the dry ingredients have about 5 minutes left, and they’re both done at the same time. You want this mixture nice and hot when you add it to the rest of the granola so it coats evenly.

Homemade Granola BarsAlso, while you’re waiting, get your dried fruit together. You’ll need 6 1/2 ounces of whatever fruit you want – apricots, raisins, cranberries, prunes, cherries, blueberries, etc. Today I’m using cranberries because they were cheap and easy to find.

Homemade Granola BarsTake your dry mix out of the oven, and put it in a large bowl. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees.

Add in the wet ingredients and toss to coat, then fold in the dried fruit. It’s really hot at this point, so be careful handling it (and don’t try to eat it straight out of the bowl, unless you like a burnt tongue!).

Homemade Granola BarsThe Alton Brown recipe says to butter a 9×9 inch glass baking dish. I tried that once, and it didn’t work at all – it took forever to get it out, and I was left with a few bars and the rest in crumbles. I suggest either heavily coating it with cooking spray, or even better, line the pan with parchment paper that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Less cleanup later, and less frustration! Press the granola into the pan really well to ensure even bars.

Bake the granola at 300 degrees for 25 minutes, then leave on a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, you can easily slice them into 16 bars, and store in an airtight container for a week (ours easily survive 2 weeks just fine).

Homemade Granola BarsIf you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to grocery store granola bars, or just want to try out something fun, I highly recommend using this recipe. It’s a great base for adding whatever you want for flavor, and once you get the hang of making them, you can easily knock out a recipe while watching your favorite Food Network shows!