Homemade Vanilla Maple Granola

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I LOVE granola. What I don't love is how expensive it can be so I don't buy it often. Making it from scratch is way less expensive and have enough for everyone to dig in. I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to make my own but I'm never going back!!! This recipe is perfect for letting the kiddos in on the fun! It's a great opportunity to teach them the benefits of each ingredient. Feel free to add in different dried fruits or nuts. You can also add honey if you do not have maple syrup. Get creative! :)

homemade vanilla maple granola

Honey & Fig Buckwheat Pancakes

Yesterday would have been my Grams 68th birthday. She passed away a few days after Olivia was born after a 40 year battle with cancer. You would have never known it by the smile on her face and the joy she carried around with her. Grams was the closest thing to a second mom and one of my best friends.

Today I made these pancakes for her, using her beautiful tarnished silverware and lace napkin in my pictures. She loved figs and honey. She loved making every little meal special whether it was letting me use a fancy napkin from her collection or garnishing a simple bowl of fruit with mint. She was an extraordinary person and an even better hostess. Maybe a little bit of this hobby of mine has a little bit to do with how much I loved her making every thing so beautiful. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do and always remember to make sure to add something a little extra to it so that you make someone feel extra special. :)

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honey & fig buckwheat pancakes

Gluten Free Banana Date Bread

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Slow rainy week but we are just that much closer to selling our house in Baton Rouge! We should close on the 9th and I couldn't be more excited! Even if I do bawl my eyes out in front of the new owners. It was our first home we bought together. It was where we brought home our sweet Olivia in between her chemotherapy treatments. There was a lot of good and some bad but I'll always have a special place in my heart for that house. For now I think I'll go curl up on the couch with my realtor app and look for new houses. I thought sharing my favorite gluten free banana bread recipe would be perfect with this post since it's better served warm on a rainy day, preferably cuddled up on the couch with a warm blanket. I hope every one of you is having a great week no matter the weather! 

P.S. In my SHOP tab I have linked most of the ingredients that I used for this recipe so that you can find them easily!

Gluten Free Banana Date Bread

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