24 November 2014

Hello Monday, Hello Thanksgiving Week

Hi friends!  Hope you had a great weekend!

Hello Monday is where I share what we've been doing and greet the new week with a fresh perspective.  It's Thanksgiving week and it doesn't matter how many years I've lived away from America, I'm still celebrating!  Even though we're not with family, we miss them greatly, and I may get a twinge of homesickness, I am thankful for friends to share in the occasion.  It helps alot!

Hello cute house circa 1615.  

We have this beautiful street in our town that is lined with sweet houses similar to this one above.

Hello 4 dark 30!  This is our 4:30 pm these days.  Ugh! 

You'd think I'd be use to this having grown up in Alaska!!

Hello Reigate castle ruins.  The county of Surrey is full of beauty!

Hello my sweet kitty.

It's been so dreary that there have been many days like this!

Hello Sunday morning from under my umbrella!

See!  Rainy and dreary!!  But it won't stop us from a breakfast date!  Each Sunday we take turns taking one of the kids out for a little one on one time.  Such a special time!

Hello I AM THEY!  "From the Day" has become a fav song and I can't wait to see how your music takes off!  Love it!

Hello Thanksgiving with friends!!
Hello Christmas movies!
Hello Christmas decorations!  We'll be pulling them all out this week!!

What are you saying Hello to?

For my American friends and family, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

17 November 2014

Hello Pumpkin Pie Spice Granola

Hello Monday, Hello pumpkin granola!!  

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This is a little different Hello Monday than the last few.  I can't say we've done much this week, other than a little Thanksgiving goodness at Jerry's office!

The excitement of the week?  Pumpkin Granola!  Really exciting, right?

Have you ever made your own granola?  I highly recommend trying it, if you haven't!  It is so much tastier than from the box and very easy.  Plus, you can play around with a base recipe and perfect it to your liking.

I wanted to use up some pumpkin I had and decided on granola.  I had no intention of changing the recipe, but I did make quite a few tweaks.  What I love about this recipe is that it not only has the pumpkin pie spice, but actual pumpkin in it!  I wanted to share, in case anyone was interested.

5 cups rolled oats
1 cup crushed pecans (or any nut you like)

1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup)

4 Tablespoons pumpkin puree

4 Tablespoons coconut oil (any oil will work)

2 Tablespoon *pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon salt

*You can easily make your own pumpkin pie spice by mixing 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ginger and 3/4 teaspoon allspice

Preheat oven to 350 (176 C).  In a large bowl mix together the oats, pecans, pumpkin pie spice and salt.  In a microwaveable bowl, melt the honey and oil and add the pumpkin.  Pour the liquid over the oat mixture.  Spread over a cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through.  If you like a crunchier granola, bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.  You can add dried fruit or chocolate chips to make your preferred granola.

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There you have it, pumpkin pie spice granola!

Do you like making granola?  If so, what's your favorite recipe?

And what are you saying hello to this week?  Happy Monday!