More G R A N O L A

TODAY WAS BRILLIANT. The sun was shining and warm, and the pollen was washed away by yesterday’s rain. I only had one class so I wanted to spend the rest of the day doing things I like. Of course this means taking over my brother’s kitchen and making a ton of food. I posted this recipe earlier but here it is again:

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The recipe is super simple, just mix together all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix all of the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. I usually add more cinnamon the mixture to bring down the sweetness of the maple syrup. And I just really like cinnamon. 

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Mix the ingredients and spread the granola evenly on a oiled pan. I didn’t have parchment paper and it worked fine!

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Side note: Happiness comes in a cup of tea. (Which is what I drank as I impatiently waited for the granola to cook.)

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I’ve gotten pretty consistent with this recipe - it usually turns out really well! Just be careful not to overcook it.

Spend time doing what you love; and for me, that looks like cooking, learning, and photographing. 

Happy Tuesday, friends!

| N I C A R A G U A |

What a trip. I went to Nicaragua for a mission trip over Spring Break, and I am still speechless. I am literally at loss of words. 

Our trip revolved around forming relationships with people, especially with kids. We spent most of our time with the children there and it’s amazing how much they can teach you. Their simple nature is pure inspiration. God blessed us with these tiny beings who display joy in the midst of a storm.

These kids are happy. They live simply. They have so little, yet they are so joyous and appreciative of everything they have. In fact, they’re happier than any kid I know who got an iPad or for Christmas. 

These kids are tough; they don’t pity themselves. One might fall off of the back of a truck, hit the ground, start rolling; but then they brush themselves off, and next thing you know they are running again with a smile on their face! This happened. 

These kids believe. They don’t have the mind or ability to complicate things. They don’t need solid facts to believe that God made them and loves them. We are so dependent on having knowledge to prove certain facts. They just know. 

Sometimes, all of the extensive information and resources that we have can be a burden to our mind and our faith. We need to start thinking more like kids — clearly not in every aspect of our life, but mostly in our faith and appreciation. Kids can teach you a whole lot about living. Have a childlike faith and a loving heart.  

Had a great day at home with my mama! We spent the morning drinking coffee at Barnes & Noble while looking at cookbooks and then had a veggie-filled lunch Juicy Jenny. YUM. I love hanging out with my mom because we both love being healthy and learning about nutrition, so it was fun getting to pal around with her today! When we got back to the house, we decided to make Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Favorite Granola.” We changed a few ingredients/quantities and it was soooo good! It falls apart really easily, but it tastes great. Here’s our recipe!

Seeing people treat friends poorly makes this quote stick out to me. I believe we need to love. We need to love one another unconditionally. That means following the guidelines that we have set for us:
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Love is patient
Love is kind
It does not envy
It does not boast
It is not proud
It does not dishonor others
It is not self-seeking
It is not easily angered
It keeps no records of wrongs
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth
It always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres
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When first reading this, it’s easy to not think about what each of them mean. Someone told me to replace the word “love” and “it” with your name and evaluate if you’re doing all of these things… are you? I know I haven’t been - but at least we can work towards it. 
What is done in love is done well.

Seeing people treat friends poorly makes this quote stick out to me. I believe we need to love. We need to love one another unconditionally. That means following the guidelines that we have set for us:

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Love is patient

Love is kind

It does not envy

It does not boast

It is not proud

It does not dishonor others

It is not self-seeking

It is not easily angered

It keeps no records of wrongs

Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth

It always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres

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When first reading this, it’s easy to not think about what each of them mean. Someone told me to replace the word “love” and “it” with your name and evaluate if you’re doing all of these things… are you? I know I haven’t been - but at least we can work towards it. 

What is done in love is done well.

Snow day! Snow day! Snow day!

Finally, we had our first real snow day in YEARS. And of course we took advantage and went out to play and document the experience. We walked downtown and played in the snow on UGA’s campus and then warmed ourselves up at Starbucks before we braved the cold again. My friends are actually the cutest.