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It’s Been All Go

Hey everyone hope you all had a relaxing bank holiday weekend.  It feels like summer is finally on its way.

Apologies for the odd post on Thursday, I was trying something different and it went a bit wrong.  As I’ve said before I am not the least bit ‘techy’ so it’s not surprising really and it’s partly why I didn’t manage to post on Friday.

Anyway we had a lovely bank holiday weekend, busy doing all sorts, from dinners with friends, birthday parties, golf (Mr H obviously), breakfast out, to having a major tidy yesterday which felt really good!  We chucked out all sorts of things that have been piling up around the house that we just don’t need.  There’s something so therapeutic about chucking things out isn’t there?  Its very rare that I just throw things away though, I can’t stand the thought of waste if I think there is any chance that someone could use what I don’t need anymore.

We gave most of it to charity and some we put on a site we have through our church called stuff swap.  Its such a great idea, basically  you post a picture of the item with a few details and whoever wants it comments on the post, first come first served.  Quite often if someone pips you to the post you can express an interest and if it’s no good for the first person they will pass it on.  It can be anything, uniforms, pieces of furniture, games, clothes, I’ve had a couple of really brilliant clothe bits, its a fantastic recycling tool.  We put our ‘spare’ fridge freezer on and a friend of mine is having it, their one is on its last legs (which I didn’t know) so it’s great to know it’s helping someone out.

Now we have had a good sort out it feels like we can move forward and do a few bits to the house, nothing major but the first thing on the list is the utility room. Its a really small space and we are having a bit of a rejig and organise to make it the best use of space it can be, hence getting rid of the fridge freezer.  We have an ample one in the kitchen and it only really gets used if we have a party and thats only maybe once or twice a year. Will be posting on that once its done.

With the sun making more of an appearance lately it has inspired me to do lots of the things I just keep thinking about such as the Almond and vanilla granola I made yesterday.  Once I got in the swing I just couldn’t sit still, I might add that Mr H had the bug too and was doing lots of the jobs I’ve been hinting at for ages and then went on to make me an amazing gluten free banana bread!  Impressive huh?  I might see if he fancies doing a guest blog one week and sharing his recipe, what do you reckon?

If you fancy making the delicious Almond and vanilla granola here’s the recipe.

2 1\2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1 tsp ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

1 tbsp vanilla extract (it is a tablespoon)

1/4 cup coconut oil melted

1 – 2 cups of chopped almonds depending on how nutty you want it to be

Method

1. Preheat oven to 150c and prepare a large baking sheet with baking paper

2. Put oats, almonds, cinnamon and salt into a bowl and mix

3. Mix the melted coconut oil and maple syrup together then add the vanilla extract

4. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir until all covered

5. Spread mixture onto baking sheet evenly and put in oven for 45 mins, stirring every 15.  Let the granola cool completely.

In an airtight container you can keep this for up to 3 weeks, but I have to say there is no chance of this sticking around for anything like that amount of time, maybe 3 days!  So simple, so tasty and healthy too.

Let me know if you give this recipe a go and what you think.  Also are you more of a ‘chucker’ or a ‘hoarder’?

 

Take care lovelies.

 

Much love

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply Nicky May 4, 2016 at 9:41 am

    The granola looks nice and I also like the sound of the banana bread. Save me a slice next time.

    • Reply Kate May 4, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Are you going to try the granola Nicky? x

  • Reply Hannah May 4, 2016 at 9:44 am

    chucker!

    • Reply Kate May 4, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      xx

  • Reply Shell May 5, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Hi Kate thanks for blog. We had a lovely bank hols weekend in Bonny Scotland, and could have done with longer. Know what you mean about the clearout. I love chucking things out and seeing who needs what. Don’t have the room to keep “stuff”. Mind you, you wouldnt think that if you saw the garage!! That is next, but not this weekend as hubby HAS to play golf. He doesn’t play as much now to be fair. I am hoping that when I get more mobile that I can get down to Andy in Sheerness for a knock around with my mate Lindsay. Got to get fit again. Anyway lovely to chat but got to go as house to clean, places to go, people to see! Back to Scotland I think, less chaos!! Love to allxx. Shell xx

    • Reply Kate May 5, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Its so satisfying isn’t it?! pleased you had a great time in Scotland. Take care Shell x

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