A super easy chewy granola recipe

We’ve never made granola from scratch, so we decided to give it a whirl. We adapted this recipe into a peanut butter & cranberry chewy granola. Like any recipe we ever attempt, it’s super easy (and tastes great!).

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Step 1: toast the dry ingredients (oats and almonds) at 350F for 5 minutes. Stir them around, then continue toasting for another 3-5 minutes. Pour into a large bowl.

Step 2: melt the butter, honey, vanilla extract, and brown sugar over low heat, stirring occasionally until fully dissolved.

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(Clearly, a spatula would have worked best to flatten the granola, but we don’t have one. So we kept it real and used our rice scooper.)

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If the granola is too crumbly as you cut it, stick it back in the fridge for another 30 minutes and try again. Otherwise, enjoy!

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PS: There are tons of other ingredients you could add instead (like chocolate chips, blueberries, dried coconut) or remove (peanut butter, etc.). This recipe is prime for improvisation.

A weekend trip // Marin County, CA

We’d never much explored Marin County and the north bay, so we decided to make a weekend of it. It’s beautiful, but so surprisingly different from the south bay/peninsula/San Francisco. So much less populated and congested. I was amazed to see that by 8pm, the bustling downtown areas of the major cities were effectively shut down. Even restaurants! (On the plus side, that meant that parking was always very easy to find.)

Some places visited:
Tiburon ~ Mill Valley ~ Larkspur ~ Fairfax ~ Sausalito ~ San Rafael
the Hummingbird Cafe // Fairfax, CA (very highly recommended!)
Fat Angel Bakery // Fairfax, CA
Fish. // Sausalito, CA
the Depot Cafe & Bookstore // Mill Valley
China Camp State Park // San Rafael, CA

Fish. // Sausalito, CA

It’s not often I say that there’s a must-see place or restaurant in a city, but I will say it here — if you’re in Sausalito, you must stop by Fish. restaurant. The prices are a bit $$$$ (don’t be fooled by Yelp’s rating of “$$”) but seriously, it’s worth it. The food was AMAZING. The seafood was so fresh and the fries, despite being unsalted and unseasoned, were somehow extremely tasty. It has its own free parking lot (huge boon, because parking can be hard to find in Sausalito). And the view! The view cannot be beat. After you finish eating, you can walk along the wharf and shoreline to admire the boats and yachts.

PS: For these pics, I had rented the Canon 6D. I was hoping for a mini, cheaper 5D mkiii (what can I say? I have lofty dreams) and while it’s not, it’s still actually pretty great. The focusing is not as good as the mkiii but definitely better than my 5D; its low-light ability is clearly superior to my 5D and on par (if not slightly better?) than the mkiii.  And I’m happy with the results it produces — so I’m thinking this might be my next camera.  We’ll see!