These days the word “granola” seems to be slightly vague. When you go to the grocery store there are so many versions. It can be made with oats. It can be made with nuts. There can be cinnamon, or vanilla – even chocolate. You get the point. Basically, to be granola it has to have crunch, and it has to be delicious. When you make it at home, however, there are even more versions to experiment with. The options are endless, so I wanted to share some of the interesting granola recipes that have been catching my eye lately. I love the idea of making your own granola, and really controlling what goes into it. I’m still deciding which I should throw together, but if any of you try one, let me know how it is!
Crunchy Quinoa Granola
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup dry quinoa
1/4 cup flaxseeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons agave syrup
2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
Preheat oven to 300F.
Combine all dry ingredients (oats, quinoa, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds) in a large bowl. Mix well.
In a small bowl stir together all wet ingredients (applesauce, cinnamon, vanilla, agave, molasses).
Pour over the dry ingredients and stir until well coated.
Spread the granola on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Turn it over every 10 minutes or so to provide even toasting.
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Dash of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 350F
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt.
Stir in the brown sugar and maple syrup until smooth.
Add the oats, dried cranberries, raisins, almonds, coconut, and pumpkin seeds, stirring until granola is evenly coated. It will be moist.
Spread out evenly on prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes and stir the granola around. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before storing in an air-tight container. Granola will crisp up once it has cooled down.
Everyone is someone, and everything has a story. I love stories. Stories fuel the imagination and fill the soul with emotion. We read books and watch movies, falling in love with the tales of other’s lives, but the real world never seems to have the same luster. Maybe, if we pay attention, it can.
Look around, and pay attention. It’s amazing the stories you’ll find. People falling in love, friends overcoming challenges together, world changing events, it’s all going on around you. Look at it in the context of a story. By doing so you give lives and events a path – a start, ups and downs, and a future. It is a way to understand the world with emotion and recognize the beauty in everyday life instead of simply floating along.
What is everybody doing this weekend? It’s First Friday in Philly, it’s Fall – meaning fun stuff like apple picking and pumpkin carving – and Monday is a holiday (for some)!
We just launched this shoe lookbook on our website and I can’t stop looking at it. I love all the little scenarios they created, depicting pretty much everything I want to be doing this weekend – zipping around the city on a scooter or bike, chilling in the park with a book and a puppy, picking up groceries for a dinner party, hitting up a concert, or having brunch with a best friend or loved one.
Where will your feet take you this weekend??
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Another fun Free People store event going on this weekend! Our Farmington store is celebrating Columbus Day Weekend with a Fall Fashion event. Spend $150 or more and get a beautiful limited edition Shibori dyed Free People bag – And, register your bag number on the facebook page after the event for a chance to win a gift card!
Lately I’ve been getting the urge to just stay indoors and lounge around all day. This doesn’t happen to me in spring and summer…I guess because I’m a sun child and want to spend every possible second outdoors. But now it’s fall I just want to wear comfy clothes and wrap myself in a blanket and curl up on the couch with my cat. It’s the perfect timing with the launch of our fp body shop.
Song is “A Dedication” by Washed Out.
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There’s something so hot about denim. The laid back approach to style has always been a favorite of mine. It’s never over or under dressed, you look casual and cool, but fashionable and chic at the same time. Denim just never looks bad…
Check out how we’re styling it here at the home offices this week.
It might be fall, but I don’t know that we’re completely ready to fully cover up those legs. Tights are a great way to bring shorts and other summer items into the cooler weather. They’re also really fun to wear with all the different statements they can make. Will your legs be sexy, loud, fun, or warm – what kind of tight are you wearing for fall?
Free People Suburban Square is hosting a Fall Festival this weekend! Starting Friday at 3pm and ending Sunday at 5pm, they will have fun stuff going on all three days so if you’re in the area make sure you stop by!
Cape Wrath will be performing Friday Night, and Phil Hunt’s Photo Booth will be around Saturday with a custom-built Free People Photo Booth!
All weekend long, make your own friendship bracelets and dream catchers at their DIY Stations and enjoy yummy cupcakes from Cupcakes Gourmet!
And, don’t forget to enter their raffle for a chance to win one of the beautiful rope swirl tapestries from our store displays :)
Sometimes I love going through our Free People stores’ Facebook pages. I like to see what they’re posting about in different parts of the country, and I always find so much inspiration! Here are some of the photos they’ve posted that caught my eye…