NOW it’s summer

Today was hot. Hot and humid. As much as I love Chicago, the weather is slightly insane – this year it decided to skip warm spring weather. Normally I can deal with the heat by not spending long periods of time in the sun, drinking plenty of water, and resting occasionally to recover a little.  Today, I was working the booth all day. Hot, sweaty, gross.

Goodbye, TOC!

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As my day today did not really lend itself to very good blogging material, I’m jumping back to yesterday.  Starting with..

Gourmet breakfast, from your home kitchen!  We had some family come over for breakfast yesterday, originally wanting to go out to eat.  Mom and I, however, wanted a healthier, more reasonably sized home-cooked breakfast.  The night before, we came across this recipe, and decided to recreate it in the morning.  The result was delicious – on the list of ‘best-breakfast-evers’.

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It was dark out, and the lighting in the kitchen was funky, so this photo does not nearly do it justice.

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Savory with a side of sweet – fresh green city market strawberries topped with some home-made granola.  All of this can be thrown together in about 30 minutes.

Easy Toasty ‘Pumpkinut’ Granola

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3 Tbsp honey (or maple syrup, to make it vegan)
  • 1/3 cup chopped pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

Directions: pre-heat the oven (I used the toaster oven, so time and temp may vary a bit) to 375.  mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined. line a baking pan with aluminum foil and grease the foil (butter, earth balance, coconut oil, anything. I forgot to do this, so my granola stuck!).  Spread the mixture in a thin layer on the pan.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until just golden brown. You may want to stir the mixture once to make sure that everything gets toasted.  When finished, remove from the oven and let sit about 5 minutes to harden.  Crumble and serve, any way you like.

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toasty granola, slightly overdone.

I’m now blogging from our family’s summer house in Michigan City, Indiana, where we typically spend every weekend in the summer.  I took the train out here, straight from work today.

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I grabbed an iced green tea on the way – and my cup made me smile a little (thanks, train station starbucks!). I also snacked on a few of these.

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Home-made, loaded energy bars.  I’m not one hundred percent happy with the recipe, so I’m not going to post it.  Hopefully the next batch will turn out closer to what I wanted.

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A view from the train.

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Again, the photos don’t compare to the actual scenery.  Surprisingly gorgeous train ride.

Tomorrow I’m going for a long bike ride through the area, going to the beach, and enjoying the time away from the city for a weekend.  Followed by food, family and 4th of July celebrations, of course.

What are your 4th of July weekend traditions?


7 thoughts on “NOW it’s summer

  1. I don’t have many traditions, but I always love watching the fire works! I love the pics on your blog by the way and that cookie looks good!! (:
    I’m a fairly new blogger so I’d love if you come check out my blog sometime! I’d love to hear from you (:

  2. Oooh I love the granola recipe! I also love slightly burnt granola. I really just like slightly burnt food in general though. I really hope you tweak the energy bar recipe because they look good to me! I’ve always had major failures when it comes to homemade energy bars so I need a decent recipe to follow.

  3. St. Louis does the whole bipolar weather thing too. It’s crazy how fast the weather changes.
    Your 4th of July celebrations sounds like fun! To be honest, it’s so hot out, I may not even want to see fireworks. Then again, how could I not see fireworks on July 4th? So we’ll have to see. 🙂

  4. Since high school we (my nerds) have a “mead hall” (what we call a party at my friend “Thor’s” house). We all eat outside and play apples to apples, play with sparklers and stay up all night. Sometimes we’d walk to the baseball stadium or the park to watch fireworks. They’re doing that without me this year *pout* but I think my flat mate and I are going to have a small picnic tonight (I’m told they’re not real big on the fourth of july here ;-P )

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