I can't believe I took this long of a hiatus from my blogging world. Life - is happening! And it has been intense to say the least. Oiy. This blog has been my outlet for a couple of years now (in addition to marathoning and triathloning) and I've missed it (and them) so much. I've been coping a lot with cake and cookies. Balance people...I'm telling you, it is all about the balance. But I'm swinging a little far to the wrong side, so let's get back on the see saw together. Maybe we can just pretend my lack of documenting and sharing my life on here was just an extended spring break. We've missed each other so very much, right? Now let's fall in love again and eat lots of food, maybe some more healthy stuff. Maybe?
Should we do that age old thing where we talk about how the weather has been? I feel like people do that a lot as they get older. Why is the weather so interesting? Well, since we are on it, its has been weird here! Spring is like that. One day its chilly and I'm kicking myself in the ass for not grabbing a jacket and next day it is warm and I find myself searching through my storage bins to find a pair of shorts. It isn't nearly as bad as Denver where it is literally snowing every other second in the Spring - I'll take the California fickleness instead please.
I've taken advantage to the good weather, though. I did some traveling a few weeks ago and scooted up to the Redwoods with my boo Jaye for a little escape into the wilderness. Going to the Redwoods has been on Jaye's bucket list for a while, so I told her to book a flight and we were checking this beast of her list once and for all. So she flew in and we made the 4 hour trip north to visit the Avenue of the Giants. We stayed in a charming old inn, called the Benbow Inn right on the South Fork Eel River. My first thought about the Benbow was...how freaking haunted is this place?! You could just tell some people had died here at some point. But, like I said...it was also charming, in its own way. We relaxed on the patio and seriously partied it up with our old fashioneds and books. I mean, can we get any crazier?! Once I had a bevy in me, I totally forgot about the haunting possibilities. (Coping skills are on point these days.)
The next day we hiked in some damn big trees, walked across a little rivers on a damn big tree, drove through a damn big tree, and saw more really big trees. We also saw some crazy weird people in Garberville that made my lock the car doors real quick like.
After we saw enough trees, we headed west to the coast to spend some time on the edge of the continent exploring a little town called Shelter Cove. The west coast always takes my breath away with its wildness and beauty.
This little town was incredibly secluded and beautiful. It had one restaurant and one little coffee shop that was about a mile walk from our Inn. The morning we left, we walked to get coffee and sat outside just watching about 30 whale spouts! No breaches, but it was absolutely stunning to watch. I happened to travel like a very efficient mom (with no kids) and I packed some snacks/impromtu meals for the trip. Luckily I packed us breakfast because there wasn't much to eat in Shelter Cove! After our whale watching we enjoyed eating this granola...watching more whales and enjoying the world and taking it all in. Wildness and all.
Savory Rosemary Granola
Makes about 10, 1/2 cup servings
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups raw cashew pieces
- 1 cup almonds, chopped
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
- 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 egg white
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, cashews, almonds, sesame seeds, rosemary, and salt. Make a well in the middle of the dry goods and add the egg white, olive oil, and maple syrup. Stir well until everything is well coated.
- Spread evenly on the baking sheet and bake for about 40 minutes. Check and stir every 10-15 minutes to ensure even cooking until granola is lightly golden. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container.
We enjoyed this with my last jar of apricot rosemary jam and greek yogurt.
Enjoy and Happy May friends!