Nutty Toasted Oat Muesli

Mornings are probably my favorite time of the day, for many reasons.

Reason #1: Mornings are the mark of the beginning of a brand new day full of unending possibilities. How can you not love that?

Reason #2: Coffee. The end.

Reason #3: Breakfast foods are my absolute favorite. If I could only eat breakfast food for the rest of my days I would be set. Mornings= breakfast.

Reason #4: Those first hours of the day are so peaceful and when I get to see the sunrise I feel more awake and overall more thankful. I love spending those early morning hours with the Lord.

That being said, this recipe goes hand in hand with Reason #3. Muesli is a kind of like a granola-cereal-oatmeal hybrid. It originated in Switzerland and is basically toasted oats mixed with nuts, grains, and fruits. It is so hearty and delicious. I automatically feel healthier just by pouring it into my bowl. 

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It can be eaten immediately in the morning, like cereal, but I like it best when I mix it with yogurt or milk and let it soak overnight. It’s great not only because it is healthy, flavorful, and delicious but it is also ready to eat in the morning which means at least 5 more minutes of snoozing. Win for everyone.

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Nutty Toasted Oat Muesli

Makes about 2 cups
Adapted from HowSweetEats & JoytheBaker
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup toasted coconut
1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
2 tbsp. wheat germ
1 (heaping) tsp. of milled flax seed
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put the oats, pecans, and pistachios on a sheet pan and the coconut on another. Toast both in the oven, stirring every 4 minutes or so. The coconut should take about 5-7 minutes and should be light brown and fragrant. The oats and nuts will take closer to 10 minutes and will have a nutty, roasty smell.
Combine the brown sugar, cranberries, flax seed, and wheat germ in a bowl. Once the oats, nuts, and coconut are toasted add to the bowl and mix everything together. Put in an airtight container or divide into small jars to give as gifts. Easy and delicious!
To eat: I pour about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of muesli into a bowl and then cover with vanilla greek yogurt or milk and then cover and soak overnight. The next morning  I drizzle with a little maple syrup and pour a little bit more milk and then dig in!

 

Coffee Date: Life Stuff

Hey hey! Well, I would explain to you why I haven’t posted in so long but I’m afraid I would probably need another entire post for that. So much has happened! Holidays, an engagement (I LOVE WEDDINGS YAYAYAY), a semester of college finished, and an awesome couple of months.

I am currently sitting on my front porch in BEAUTIFUL weather after being stuck inside from the rain and cold for the last week. LOVE IT. Front porch sitting is my favorite past time. Well, it’s a tie between that and baking things that aren’t good for me.

I don’t really have huge news or anything. Just wanted to chat. That’s also one of my favorite things. Sitting with friends over a cup of coffee or on a front porch and just talking, learning what’s going on in their lives and just loving on them. So since I’m on my front porch, you should go get a cup of coffee and we can just have a virtual coffee/front porch date. I’ll wait. Ya good? Okay cool.

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So let me just start by saying.. It’s 2014. I seriously still remember last New Years Eve like it was yesterday. Man, that year flew by. But it’s also god to look back on a year and to be a little sad to see it go. To me that shows me that it did something right. I was a little sad to see 2013 go but boy am I ready for 2014. Bring it on 2014. I am ready. When the new year comes around you always see resolutions and stuff like that everywhere and honestly I don’t think I’ve ever had a resolution. They just always seem so..weird. Wow… I did a great job explaining myself there.. maybe I need to make a resolution to use words better. I’m the weird one. Anyways, instead of resolutions this year I am focusing more on goals which now that I think about it are probably the same thing as resolutions but whatever. Humor me. I haven’t really set any concrete ones yet because I want to make sure that they are goals that are really important to me and that they are achievable. One kind of new thing that I did do however is, I wrote myself a letter. Now before you blow it off becasaus eI know it sounds super cheese ball, hear me out. I first saw the idea at the beginning of the year and I kind of thought about it a couple of times and thought it was a cool idea and stuff but I never really got into it. But then last night I just decided to do it. I sat down and I wrote a letter that I will open on New Years Day 2015. It wasn’t a big, elaborate letter. It was just stuff that by New Years Day 2015, I want to/hope to achieve and overcome and it was also just encouragement. It was actually really cool. I have had some trouble knowing and discerning who I wanted to be as a person and just where and who I want to be in the Lord. (If that sounds super lame and cliche, sorry not sorry.) And so last might I just sat down and wrote without thinking and what do you know.. it all came out on paper. So anyways, it was super cool and I encourage you to do it. If you think it sounds uber lame-o and you just want to make resolutions and do them, then all the power to you. I respect you, bro. (another resolution: stop saying bro?) I’ll let you know for sure how I really like it in about.. 355 days. 

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In other news, like every other impatient human being, I’m ready for spring. Notice I didn’t say summer. No. I really don’t like summer because I really don’t like being hot. and sweaty. Especially at the same time. But it kind of makes it bearable because NO SCHOOL HOLLA. So yeah, I’m just going to keep wearing flannels and Sockos until spring arrives. 

Went on my first ever road trip over Christmas break. IT WAS AWESOME AND I AM GOING ON LOTS MORE. That’s all.

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Hmmm, what else.. Oh!! I’m training for another half marathon. First one was a success because in case you didn’t hear.. my sister got PROPOSED TO. They were on tv. They’re kind of a big deal and it’s going to be an awesome wedding. Anyways, we, also with my awesome runner mom, are running another half in April to try to PR (personal record). Also because I need to trim down a bit before all the weddings I’ll be attending this summer. A great training schedule that use very regularly is here and you can find them all over the internet to suite you. If you’ve never run one, you should try it. I know 13.1 miles sounds like a lot but if you find someone you enjoy running with and train together, it is a blast! Trust me. And when you start running all the time.. you can eat more. HOLLA.

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Well now that I have officially blabbed for half an hour.. I think thats all! I always feel so excited when January comes around. I feel so blessed to get to see another year and to know that an entire year of possibilities is ahead. I’d love nothing more that to hear your goals or resolutions or just about stuff. It’s going to be a good one my friends! Well, now my coffee is cold because I talked for so long. Your turn!  

P.S. Another resolution: (didn’t I say I wasn’t doing resolutions?) MORE COFFEE/FRONT PORCH DATES. I can definitely dig that.

Weekends Like These

You know those weekends that happen that you never want to end and you just want to do over and over again? The ones that are full of good food, people that you love, ridiculous laughter, and timeless stories? The ones that just make your heart sigh with contentment? I’ve been blessed with a few of those lately and this weekend was one of them. By the end of the weekend it was known as the The Weekend of Awesome.

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It all started on Friday as I headed down to Oklahoma City. For those of you who didn’t know, the new Thor 2 came out on Friday and if you haven’t seen the first one then I am truly sorry. Go watch this trailer ASAP. It was SO GOOD. I can’t even. We took a vote after the show and decided it was better than the first one. We saw it at the Penn Square theater and it was the best movie theater I’ve ever been to. The chairs were giant, squishy recliners. What more can you ask for in life? It was worth every $9 penny, which is cheap for a movie ticket these days. I guess they make up for that with the price of the concession stand. Not that we even bought anything from the theater because if you know me at all know that I will sneak everything and anything into a movie theater. I probably got a little out of control this time with the Oreos, Chips Ahoy, M&M’s, skittles, Chex Mix, Twizzlers, gummy worms, and water bottle but.. we had plenty of options!

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These are our We-Are-About-To-Watch-Thor-And-We-Are-Really-Excited faces

The weekend of awesome continued the next morning with a 12 mile run. Now it could be argued that this should not be categorized under awesome but it actually was, kind of. The run itself was actually miserable but also quite hilariously eventful. First: Maddy lost her hair band at mile three so she ran the rest of the way with her hair blowing in the wind like the sexy hair model that she is. Shampoo commercialers are lining up at her doorstep. Second: I made it 9 miles before my body decided that it was time for all of the enormous amount of candy from the night before to come out. I made a pathetic attempt of trying to make myself throw up (it was that bad) and then realized quickly that it was coming out the opposite end (TMI, I know. I’m sorry). So we wandered around and finally found Porta Potty which is a good thing because we were fully prepared to scale a chain link fence for a bathroom. Moral of the story: NEVER. EATING. CANDY. AGAIN. Now, lets rewind back to me gagging on a running trail. At this point Maddy is giving me encouraging tips and then we hear a meow. We look up to see a large gray cat walking toward us. So naturally we pet it and then take a picture with it.

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From top left: Us with our friend the forest cat. Our feet resting after 12 brutal miles. How we felt after 12 miles.. probably the most accurate picture ever. Right: I wanted to stay in that position all day.

Naturally.

Now this story could end here and be fine but it doesn’t. We look up to see an identical cat about 10 feet in front of us. At this point we were like,” 2 cats? that’s weird..” BUT THEN. FOUR more cats walk out of the woods toward us. Now some people would say “Awww a band of forest cats, that’s so cute!” WRONG. It was creepy. We had no problem running after that. And lastly, as we were running (read: dragging and dying) the last quarter mile of our run we run past two ladies that we had passed once before on our run and one says to the other, ” Oh look there are the twins.” We were the only other people on the trail so apparently we are twins. Who knew.

So, after our forest cat, porta potty, hair blowing in the wind, 12 miler we made a pathetic attempt to stretch and groaned and moaned our way home. Then we had the best reward ever. BRUNCH. Now let me just stop right here and say this: Brunch is by far the greatest meal ever created. We love brunch. It’s the stuff of dreams. We brunched at a lovely little diner called The Classen Grill. I kicked myself afterwards when I realized I didn’t get one picture (sorry). Needless to say, if you are in OKC and need an awesome brunch, go here. It’s delicious. I ate the most delicious French Toast (called the Memphis French Toast) of my life. It was 3 slices with peanut butter and banana in between them drowned in maple syrup with a side of bacon, of course. HEAVEN.

AND THEN, the absolute best part of the weekend and maybe my life so far: BEN RECTOR. It all began when my AWESOME sister bought us tickets to his show in Norman back when we tweeted us (!!!!). (To be fair, Maddy tweeted him first and then I had to also because we had a bet. and he likes pancakes so I know he’s cool)

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(real proof)

Let me just say this and I mean every word: That was the best concert of my life. I already loved all of his songs (Thank you Dorrie) but I can’t stop listening now. I think it was the fact that he made everyone there feel like he was our BFF and he was probably one of the most humble guys ever not to mention the best singer/songwriter EVA. I was really sad when it ended. I would have stayed there all night and listened to his sweet jams. And just when I thought it couldn’t get better.. he ended with a cover of I Wanna Dance With Somebody which is my GIRL JAM. And it was way better than when Whitney sang it. (sorry not sorry)

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Left: Ben posted this after the concert on Saturday. Sadly you can’t see us but we were there so I don’t even care.

Right: Maybe we are twins

Most of all this weekend made me realize how truly blessed I am and just showed me just how great life is. And it gave me things to think about. Just made me want to do it all over again. Praise Jesus for weekends like these.

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Molly agrees.

Fall Goodness

I’m about to say the words that you’ve probably heard every person on Earth say in the last couple of weeks and I don’t really care: I love fall.

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Let’s just all love fall together.

Reasons I love fall:

1. More delicious baked stuff. Pumpkin bread, cinnamon rolls, cookies. (My tummy is screaming yes while my cute jeans are screaming no)

2. Soup. Delicious bowl of warm potatoey, cheesy, slurpy, body warming goodness. (Again, sorry not sorry cute jeans)

3. The trees. Ugh I forgot how much I love the leaves. I’m really not used to the leaves changing so quickly because I lived farther south but let me tell you. These trees on campus make walking to class a treat.

4. Sweaters. I realized how much of a sweater problem I had until I brought all of my winter clothes up to school with me. Literally 80% of my closet is sweaters. I’m not mad. Bring on the sweaters!

5. Better running weather. If you want to see me be a serious diva, make me run in weather over about 85 degrees. NO. I just hate it with all that I am. My ideal temperatures is about 55-70 degrees so this time of year makes me and my running shoes very happy.

6. Coffee. Now don’t get me wrong I love coffee all year around but there is something magical about drinking a warm, steamy cup of coffee on a cold morning. Good for the soul and the belly. I get my proper water intake from watermelon in the summer and coffee in the fall/winter. It’s totally healthy and I will ignore you if you try to tell me otherwise.

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7. Bonfires. Last weekend we made a bonfire and just sat and enjoyed each others company and it was wonderful.

8. Knitting/Crocheting. As a typed those two words I realized that I should probably be about 70 years old. Sweaters, baking, and knitting? Go ahead and laugh. Whatever. I’ve accepted it and you won’t be laughing when you’re freezing and I have a ridiculously warm scarf that I knitted.

Fall just makes me so excited for the coming seasons of togetherness and family time. Its beauty makes me realize how blessed I am and just makes me want to hug people. So stop by and we can make some pumpkin bread, drink coffee and talk about how great life is. Because it is.

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What are your favorite things about fall?

Love, Savannah

The Feeling Of Life

Life feels a little bit stale sometimes. 20130922-192606.jpgDo you get those days when you just feel like something is nagging at you and no matter how much you clean, or rest, or eat, it still doesn’t go away? It actually gets worse the longer you try to fix it, I’ve discovered. And so you sit down and try with all your might to identify this invisible thing that is making your stomach hurt. That annoying feeling that is making you so restless.

Then it hits you.

It’s conviction. It’s you that’s making you feel like that.

It’s the monotonous, meaningless life you’ve been leading. That life that is focused around food, and clothing, and money. No wonder you feel awful.

I only know all of this because I’ve experienced it. Am experiencing it. Will experience it. I’m experiencing the huge weight of conviction that He is placing on my heart. The conviction that life is more than just what we can see. That our lives, as followers of Jesus, need to be intentional. We need to be intentionally loving others not just doing it when it’s easy and convenient. The conviction that comfort is not what life is about and that easy living may be nice at the time, but it will never, ever satisfy our longings. We will only put off that inevitable feeling of disappointment with our surroundings, with our lives.

It will always be there unless we make a conscious, scary as heck, decision to stop living with the world and believing the lies that it tells us. Once we stop going with the flow of this world and the sins that come with it we will find true satisfaction. And it is not going to be easy my friend. You will have to wake up everyday and make that decision. That decision to love others despite of how they look or your opinion of them. That decision to take risks and be vulnerable in the name of Jesus, to love others with your whole heart even if it means getting hurt.

Because get this, Jesus didn’t love us with only a little part of his heart. He loved us with the entire thing and then more.

It’s going to suck somedays. But that feeling of life and love and true meaning that comes with it will be indescribable.20130922-192649.jpg

This is an excerpt from a really cool online magazine called Venture Magazine: “Are we going to take off our shoes and run in the direction of love with courage and determination? Or are we going to sit out, letting someone else go to bat for us, as we shove another handful of peanuts into our mouth? Are we going to keep God on the bench, only pulling him in when we get uncomfortable or life gets a little bit rainy? Or are we going to run the bases with him, hair flying, and allowing him to pick us up when we trip and fall?”

That feeling is God telling you that it’s time to step out of the little shell you’ve made for yourself and be the wonderful, beautiful, awesome person He has made you to be. He made us to live exciting, meaningful lives that are full of adventure and excitement. So let’s shake this feeling and step out into the life that Jesus has for us. Let’s step out into His Love and live.

Much Love,

Savannah

P.S. It’s the first day of Fall!! YAY!

The Cowboy Life

Well the long awaited time is here ladies and gentlemen. I am officially a COLLEGE STUDENT. My mind is a little bit blown right now. I wanted to write this the first day but I decided I should wait so I could get a good perspective before I told you all. There is seriously so much to tell! Where to begin..

Well first of all, I definitely made the right decision in schools. (Not that there was ever a doubt in my mind) Oklahoma State is straight AWESOME. There is always something to do whether it be playing sand volleyball in front of my dorm, ultimate frisbee on Library Lawn, or dancing at the Tumbleweed! And if you look hard enough, you can pretty much get a free meal everyday. The best part is that everyone is so friendly and welcoming. It is perfect. Not to mention, I am counting down the days until Cowboy Football starts. (2 days!) GO POKES!20130912-173112.jpg

Campus is the prettiest in the state. (I’m not biased at all) But really.

Classes are great, I’m getting my fill of Spaghetti-O’s and PB&J’s, but it could definitely be worse! I definitely took advantage of having a fully stocked kitchen all the time (Thanks Mom!). I do miss cooking and baking but I’m just taking this time off to stockpile a ridiculous To Make list so I shouldn’t run out of recipes until I can at least get my Masters.20130912-173202.jpg

My home away from home.

With fall right around the corner I can already feel the inevitable I-Want-To-Bake-Everything spell coming around. Cinnamon rolls, pot pies, muffins, pie, and bread are just a few things at the top of the list (Help me). I am definitely ready for cool weather though. This whole sweating thing needs to go. I’m also beyond excited that fall is here because that means.. Salted Caramel Mocha. I’ve already had three. I plan to double that within the next two days. Mission accepted.

Well I better run, I’ve got lots of studying and college stuff to do (Whatever that means).

I hope you send off the last few days of summer with some porch sitting and ice cream eating. At least that’s how I’d do it.20130912-173532.jpg

Stillwater sunrises are a beautiful thing.

Lots of Love,

Savannah

 

 

 

 

Life Lately (via photos)

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Camp. The place my heart loves.

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Hammock heaven.

 

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Dollar Store date.

 

 

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Awesome sale shirts.

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Delicious dessert doom.. and chacos.

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Painting. Making things new.

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Friends. They keep me sane and smiling.

Summer has been crazy busy and I will talk to you all next week to tell you all about my Big Apple adventure :). Hope your summer days are full of friends, naps, cold drinks, new experiences, and the knowledge that we are truly free.

Much love, Savannah

P.S. “Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take a stand and do not let anyone or anything put a harness of slavery on you again.” Galatians 5:1

P.P.S. This is kind of my summer jam right now.