On Children.

 

I love, love, love children. I really do. However, I have absolutely no freaking tolerance for parent’s who let their kids run wild. Especially in grocery stores where delinquent children (or is it delinquent parents who let their children run around like chicken with their heads cut off?) can crash into breakables and hurt themselves or others.

They can also walk up to food demonstrators (demonstrating said energy bars), and wipe their runny little noses and then proceed to carry handfuls of each of the 5 energy bars off of the table! All the while, their parents are completely oblivious, focusing on what to purchase from the freezer section to pump their children full of hormones rather than pay attention to the havoc their children are wreaking. But I love kids, I really do. I feel that I could spend all day in a kitchen making cupcakes with them and teaching them how to eat chocolate chips from the cookie dough batter.

I know that I am pretty much going to be a disciplinarian with my children one day…certainly not letting them run a wild muck in the store. Otherwise, I will get on the intercom and call them out so as to embarrass them in front of the entire world. O yes…I have learned things from my parents :)

But I want to have fun with my future children too.

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I want to teach them how to ride bikes, and fall and scrape their knee, and let them ride in my lap and steer the car as we drive down old dirt roads in their grandfather’s old pick-up.

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I want to teach my kids how to appreciate simplicity…the quiet weekend mornings spent staying in pajamas and watching cartoons until noon.

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Most of all…I want to feed them good food.

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While there will be room for chocolate, peanut butter, sour patch kids, and m&m’s ( i mean it’s me we are talking about)…I want to feed my children food with wholesome ingredients.

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Yes, I will be the mother who will spend late nights prepping homemade granola rather than buying processed granola bars at the store.

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Then I will probably make them homemade pop-tarts.

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Only because you need balance in life: granola + pop-tarts…are you seeing the balance?

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I sure hope so :)

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Paleo Maple Cashew Granola (GF/V/P):

Ingredients:

2/3 c. cashew pulp (reserved from this recipe)
1/2 c. raw, unsalted chopped pecans
1 T. chia seeds
3 T. unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. fine sea salt
3 T. pure maple syrup
2 T. melted coconut oil
1/2 t. pure Mexican vanilla extract
1/2 c. dried cranberries

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Spread the cashew pulp out evenly over the prepared baking sheet.
4. Bake for 18-20 minutes to dry out.
5. Let the cashew pulp cool completely.
6. Reset the oven to 325 degrees F.
7. Combine the cooled cashew pulp with the pecans, chia seeds, coconut, cinnamon and salt.
8. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
9. Pour the maple syrup mixture over the dry mixture and toss to combine.
10. Spread the granola out evenly on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20-22 minutes, stirring the granola every 5 minutes to prevent burning.
11. Let the granola cool completely.
12. Toss in the dried cranberries and serve.

 

Makes about 3 c. granola.

 

MANGIA!!!

 

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