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August 2015

Paris

08/29/2015

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Our trip to Paris was everything we wanted it to be. We ate far too much, took romantic strolls and did a perfect mix of touristy and cool, local things. We also got engaged! Taylor said yes to my proposal in front of the Eiffel Tower on an early, cold and rainy morning when not a single person was there. The weather wasn’t ideal, but it was oddly romantic. I’m pretty stoked the proposal is over with – trying to keep it from him for the last year has been incredibly difficult. Now that we’re engaged, I’m so happy to simply enjoy the rest of the trip with my fiancé (so cool and weird to say)!

We had three non-stop days in Paris that were full of scary bathroom moments, dancing in the streets, people watching, eating pain au chocolat, running, sweating, shopping, culinary classes, landmarks, cheese, photos and a selfie-stick. I put together a pretty intense itinerary full of excursions and restaurants. Here is our recommended guide:

EAT: Merci (the place with the tiny red car. There are three different restaurants and a clothing and home store. We adored this place), Frenchie to Go, Ladurée (macarons), Boot Café (great coffee – right down the street from Merci), Le Relais d’Entrecôte (steak and frites)

DO: Louvre, Trocadero (best view of the Eiffel Tower, and where I asked Taylor to marry me), Taste Paris By Mouth Culinary Walking Tour (I can’t say enough great things about this intimate, food walking tour. Our guide, Catherine, was knowledgeable, friendly and we ate so many incredible things), Notre Dame, Montmartre (the highest point in Paris. You get a really great view of the city here), La Cuisine Paris Cooking School

SHOP: Colette (my friend saw Kim Kardashian and Kanye West here, so we obviously had to go check it out), APC Surplus, Shakespeare & Company

STAY: Mama Shelter (if we came back to Paris, we probably wouldn’t stay here. The hotel was really great, and the staff was really attentive. However, it was pretty far from many of the spots we frequented)

-C

Homemade Granola

08/02/2015

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Typically, granola is a staple on our weekly grocery list. Chris loves it in the morning with yogurt and fresh berries, where I graze on it all day at the office. This Sunday, I decided to take the homemade route instead. The recipe is easy to customize, so you can swap or add whatever you’d like. No matter what, you’ll end up with delicious clusters of granola that will make breakfast that much easier!

What:

Granola (6 cups)-

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oates
1 cup almond slivers (or any other nuts you’d like)
1 cup dried, shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup walnut or olive oil
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
3/4 tsp high-quality vanilla extract
2 egg whites
3/4 cups dried fruits, if that’s your thing

Parfait (makes 2)-

1 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup berry jam
Handful of fresh berries
Honey

How: 

Granola-

  1. Preheat oven to 300° F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix oats, nuts, coconuts, seeds, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the oil, honey or maple syrup, and vanilla. Pour into the dry mixture and stir. Add egg whites and combine thoroughly.
  4. Pour the mixture out onto a sheet pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, until it is golden brown and toasty. After 20 minutes in the oven, stir to move the crispy outer edges to the center and move the pieces from the center to the edge of the pan.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven and add the dried fruits, if you’re using them. Let the granola cool completely. It will harden during the cooling process and will keep in an airtight container for up two weeks.

Parfait- 

  1. Pour 1/4 cup jam into a each pint mason jar followed by 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup granola, berries, and a drizzle of honey.

-T