Maple-Almond Granola with Dried Fruit

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She wanted a crunchy granola that she could break into big chunks. She finally discovered the granola recipe that she had been after for so long, and she might just eat the entire container in a couple day’s time.


⅓ cup pure maple syrup
⅓ cup light brown sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup vegetable oil
5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups whole raw almonds, coarsely chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped dried apricots


1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Whisk in the vegetable oil to combine. Add the oats and almonds and fold the mixture together with a rubber spatula until all of the oats and almonds are thoroughly coated.

3. Turn the oat mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into a thin, even layer. Using a stiff metal spatula, compress the oat mixture until very compact. 4. Bake until the top is lightly browned, 40 to 45 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through baking. Remove the granola from the oven and let cool on a wire rack to room temperature, about 1 hour. Break the cooled granola into pieces as large or as small as you like. Stir in the dried cranberries and dried apricots. The granola can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon

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This salmon tastes so good!

Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon

serves 2-4

1 1/2 pounds raw salmon

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoon soy sauce

2 garlic cloves, grated

1 tablespoons freshly grated ginger

1-2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

4 green onions, sliced

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack over top. Spray the rack with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl or baking dish, combine olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, vinegar, brown sugar and whisk well until combined. Add salmon to the dish or place everything in a ziplock bag, then refrigerate and marinate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the broiler in your oven. (Or preheat your grill, etc if you prefer to use something else.)

Remove salmon with kitchen tongs and place directly on the wire rack. Sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper, then place directly under the broiler. Cook for 10-12 minutes, depending on the salmon’s thickness (our’s was just about an inch thick), until opaque and easily flakable with a fork. You can flip the salmon halfway through cooking if desired.

Remove and serve immediately, with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds, green onions and the glaze below.

Sesame Ginger Honey Glaze

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour over salmon.

Tip of the day Spoon Rest!

You probably don’t realize it, but most of your pots come with built-in spoon rests.


Love love this idea!

This is such a cool idea to make from cheap plastic animals!

We recommend to put the plastic animals in to a boiling water for a minute or so, it makes it much easier to cut them in half.

Use a white piece of cardstock to adhere the animals to. Put the glass of the frame behind the paper and matte so that you have a hard surface to work on (and it keeps everything nice and tight once you put the frame back together. That way later when you decide gold animal taxidermy is weird you can use the frame again as intended). Simply mark out where you want the tiny friends and used a glue gun to adhere them. Done!

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DIY Sweater Refashion

So easy and so stylish.

Some scrap fabric & machine embroidered swirls, thread to match the color of the sweater, and you are ready to go.

See full tutorial her

DIY Sculpture/Object/Vase

We really love Nicole at Sketch42 she makes all kinds of awesome things!

This time she got inspired by the ceramic sculptures she saw at the Elle Decor Showhouse in Miami by Reinaldo Sanguino.

Obviously, she went in a little bit of a different direction there… but the idea of a painted orb somewhere in here house was not letting her rest.

Well she really does know how to make cool things!

See more from Nicole here

Diy Plaster Dipped Flower Votives


It's hard to believe that these votives are made out of faux flowers! They look like they were made out of porcelain

Just get some flowers and dip them into plaster. Pretty need idea and looks amazingly gorgeous!

You will need:

faux flowers
-bucket to mix – best shape is something that is more tall than wide
-wax paper or non-porous surface to lay dipped flowers on
-votive for sizing
-small rubber bands
-metal clippers
-small bit of glue – hot glue works great!
-tint* – optional

Hop on over to for instructions


Beautiful wreath with plaster dipped flowers. Via...