Another Great Day

Luke and I have a phrase we like to say to each other at the beginning of the day. It was born one sunny morning in Rochester when he was spending the weekend with my roommates and I in our house on North Landing Road. Luke and I had gotten up and were sitting at the dining room table with our coffee, looking out the window at the world. Across the street was a lush park where we watched people walk their big dogs and enjoy the day. We were engaged at the time, living in separate cities, and at that moment felt the relief of just being together, relaxing on a Saturday morning, imagining if this was what our lives would be like after we got married. We sat there like two elderly folks, saying nothing, chairs facing the window, when Luke said:

 

"Well...

It's another great day."

 

It made me laugh. He sounded old, weathered maybe, but expressed a genuine attitude of hopefulness towards what we knew would be, for us, a great day.

That simple phrase is now often repeated during our mornings together. It's a reminder that, thought we don't know what opportunities or challenges lie ahead each day, we can know that it will definitely be a GREAT day.

 

Homemade Granola

The first person I ever heard of making her own granola is the dear mother of dear friends, Stella Novack. What a sweet woman she is! There's much to learn from her other than you should learn to make your own granola. This particular recipe comes from Luke's Aunt Becky, though. Through the grapevine I've learned that nothing bad can ever come out of her kitchen! So thanks, Becky, for this recipe!

 

 

Earlier today I read this article from the NY Times and I really appreciated it. It's true, granola is little more than some oats mixed with a little oil & water and honey to sweeten it up. You know the Bear Naked granola that looks so appealing in the health food aisle? And it's five bucks at least? No more falling prey to it! Homemade granola all the way! I actually woke up this morning wanting to eat granola for breakfast and it's so easy that I whipped it up in time to do just that. Granted it was a lazy morning (do you think I would do this before work one day? not a chance), but really, you could do it too. I will be honest and tell you this is probably the fourth batch I've made and something seems to go wrong every time. I tried to be all Pioneer Woman and make it for my in-laws last week, and completely burnt half of it. If I can say one thing I think made a difference this time, it was to use sea salt. Well, and watch the timer. But mostly use sea salt! I keep a container in the cupboard to use for special things, like salted caramel once a year, and homemade granola.

 

 

Also: eat your homemade granola with Stonyfield blueberry yogurt for the best possible results. Mmm.

 

 

I hope everyone had a good Sunday. This afternoon Luke and I hiked Hook Mountain and saw this stunning view from the summit, and didn't take one photo. Not even a phone pic! Main because there was an army of dive-bombing beetle creatures buzzing around up there, and also because we don't own a camera at the moment. It's so tricky to be a blogger when you don't own a camera. Soon, soon this problem will be remedied. It's also tricky to be a blogger when you're not comfortable taking lots of photos of yourself and posting them. Hmm...maybe I should find a new hobby? But wouldn't you guys rather look at pictures of my beautiful stainless steel bowl full of grains than my mug?!

 

 

Click below for the recipe!