homemade granola

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i love granola – but it has never occurred to me to try and make my own! i found this recipe on the kitchn and they raved about it, so i think i might try it.  plus granola is a great energy-boosting snack that is perfect to bring along on hikes or other outdoor activities you might be doing on a nice day like today…

ingredients:
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups raw pistachios, hulled
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, hulled
1 cup coconut chips
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
3/4 cup chopped dried apricots

fresh berries, for serving (optional).

directions:
1. preheat oven to 300 degrees. in a large bowl, combine oats, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, coconut chips, maple syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and cardamom. spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown and well toasted.

2. transfer granola to a large bowl and add apricots, tossing to combine. serve with yogurt or fresh fruit, if desired.

*makes about 9 cups.

source.

Sarah -Mar 22, 2010, 4:04PM
Please keep posting recipes! I love to cook! I made the dew drop smoothies from a few posts back (they didn't come out very well) and I'll probably try my hand at this recipe this week.
fp julia -Mar 22, 2010, 11:17AM
hey christina thanks so much for the tips!!

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couldn’t imagine a nicer first day to the season…hope it was beautiful where you are as well :)

Margaret -Mar 21, 2010, 3:33AM
Aaah - love these photos :) Sadly, AUS is getting colder. slowly :) xx
sarah -Mar 20, 2010, 9:17PM
Love the Pittsburgh shirt in the first pic!

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these sisters are so talented… i think it’s really interesting how similar their artistic styles are, yet they also have their differences. the colorful, nature-filled images feel appropriate with today being the first day of SPRING!

these are by heidi:

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these are by erika:
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and this is a collaboration by the two:
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see more on their website, here.

-Aug 27, 2014, 11:22PM
When I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I receive four emails with the same comment. There has to be a means you are able to remove me from that service? Kudos!
graines cannabis auto floraison -Aug 13, 2014, 7:23AM
Ecrire plus, c'est tout que j'ai à dire. Littéralement, il semble que vous vous êtes appuyé sur la vidéo pour faire valoir votre point. Vous clairement savez ce que vous êtes parle, pourquoi déchets votre intelligence sur des vidéos juste postant sur votre blog alors que vous pourriez nous donnez quelque chose informatif à lire ?

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have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are…

agneta -Mar 20, 2010, 8:36AM
Yes yes yes, your blog ..... it's amazing and soooo inspiring. Nice to find you! A small footprint from Agneta & Sweden

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we’re looking for a sweater design intern for this summer!

the objective of this position is to support the designers by providing basic administrative skills and entry level design skills, completing assigned tasks in an efficient and timely manner and giving them the assistance they need to create and execute product that represents the unique style of the free people customer.

for more info and to apply click here.

TMCK -Jun 05, 2012, 3:45PM
This sounds like an amazing opportunity I just got back from Studying fashion Design Abroad in Florence Italy. I am a previous Parsons School for Design student and would love to know if this position is still open! I just applied.
Sonal -Jan 22, 2012, 8:01PM
hey! I like tgis brand a lot.Im a fashion Student. I would luke to know is there a way to sign up for an internship in your COMPANY THIS SUMMER? IM LOOKING FORWARD FOR YOUR REPLY.

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spotted at sxsw…this is clementine, rocking our side by side dress!

i love how she’s wearing it with minimal accessories and boots…it also looks really cute with sandals and your wrists loaded up with bangles!

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this cute little to-do list was found on the streets of philly…

relax and dream…always a good idea.

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good morning and happy friday!

i heard from our fp girls down in austin and they’re having an amazing time already at sxsw – they told me about a couple of events taking place this weekend that they’re really excited about:

austin carniville started yesterday and runs through saturday, with a lineup of several great bands including major lazer and the walkmen – plus there will be rides, games, food and more. mmm funnel cake…

carniville is at the mexican american cultural center, 600 river st. in austin.

another event that our girls are attending is taking place tonight at the galaxy room. this showcase includes a handful of great bands such as the antlers, local natives, and the band they’re most excited about – an horse (pictured above). more info here.

so what is everyone doing this weekend? any exciting plans?

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the lovely weather this week has prompted an outdoor version of office style :)

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the results are in from last week’s patchwork poll and the winner by a longshot were the patchwork rugged cutoffs, with 44% of the vote!

this week i have the beach on my brain… the weather is getting warmer and soon i’ll be spending weekends at the shore and i can’t wait!  i also can’t wait to wear some of our comfy beach styles… we have some great new items and i want to know which one you like best:

the always easy maxi:

the weekender dress:
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the sweetheart strapless dress:
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the on the run dress:
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the who’s that girl romper:
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or the riptide jumpsuit:
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Zoe -Apr 03, 2010, 7:19PM
This is the hardest poll yet! I had to go with the who's that girl romper.... I could totally see wearing that w/ a pair of raybans and industrial-ish vintage boots! And of course, not to forget blonde, beachy waves. ahh... to be on the beach!

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one of our fpgirls just returned from vacation and shared these wonderful photos and story. take a moment and let us transport you to a place we think is pretty special…

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there’s a small island tucked to the coast of Puerto Rico where horses run wild, beaches are made of flour soft sand, and a bio bay is teaming with millions of falling stars that burst into light when ever-so-slightly touched. this place has been a well kept secret by the few who live and travel there, but i wanted to share it with you, because word is starting to get out, and it’s beautiful and magical and if the secret is revealed, i’d rather it be to you first… it’s called Vieques. if a vacation is in your budget (and it’s pretty cheap to get there), go. now. enjoy. and tell us what you think.

fp julia -Mar 25, 2010, 3:36PM
hi marian! that's awesome! if you ever want to share pictures send them to blog@freepeople.com!
Marian -Mar 25, 2010, 2:00PM
Hey FP girls!!! I just wanted to say that I'm from Puerto Rico and yes... Vieques is really beautiful there is nice warm weather all year round!! In December it can be at 89 degrees so we get beach time any time in the year. Another island in Puerto Rico as beautiful as Vieques is Culebra wich is really near from Vieques, so if you get a chance visit it as well!! oh and in Puerto Rico there are a lot of free people fans and some boutiques distribute your line which is beautiful. I'm a seamstress and I get inspire by your looks all the time!!! besos y abrazos desde la Isla del Encanto...love you all!

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hey cupcake!

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when i sat down to talk to our fpgirls heading to sxsw, one of the things they were most excited about were …the cupcakes!? i have since learned that austin is home to some delicious cupcake bakeries – two of which they highly recommend.

hey cupcake! has several locations in the city, many of which are airstream trailers – what is it with austin and airstream trailers?  apparently these cupcakes are a must-have and in addition to the standard ones with pink icing they have a red velvet and a “24 carrot” cupcake that sound to die for…check out their website here.

the other cupcake stop that can’t be missed is sugar mama’s bakeshop, located on south 1st street in austin.  this local family-owned bakery has an old-fashioned style and cute names for their cupcakes like “the pinup,” “southern belle” and “marilyn monroe” – described as “the original blond bombshell – buttery vanilla cupcake topped with luscious vanilla buttercream.”  the descriptions alone are making my mouth water! check out the website here.

import chiny -Oct 17, 2011, 11:25PM
WOW-excellent!
melora -Mar 22, 2010, 8:02PM
I do have to say - there is an AWESOME cupcake bakery in Memphis if anyone stops by. It is called Muddy's Bake Shop. I absolutely die for that place!

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