Make Your Own Granola

Hey Embarquers!

I hope you all had a beautiful Easter weekend! I’m sorry it has been a while since my last post, I’ve been traveling for work as well as visiting my family back home.

Let’s talk granola… I know there are so many different types of granola out there. Many of the options out there are pretty bad for you and or relatively healthy and very expensive. This is a recipe that’s not only tasty, but relatively healthy.

Ready? Let’s get started!


  • 1/4 C butter
  • 1 C walnuts
  • 1 C almonds
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C 100% maple syrup (not the fake junk, check the ingredients label)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 C old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 C large coconut flakes
  • 1/2 C sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 C Craisins



1.) Preheat your oven to 325 degree F and line your baking sheet with parchment paper

2.) In a saucepan, melt the butter, add in the walnuts and almonds and mix together


3.) Add brown sugar and syrup and mix together until the nets are covered in a glaze. Add in the vanilla and coat.


4.) In a separate large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients


5.) Place the glazed nuts in the mixing bowl, and toss the ingredients together until thoroughly mixed.


6.) Spread the mixture onto your baking sheet with the parchment paper, and press down with the back of a fork or spatula


7.) Bake for 15 minutes, pull out of the oven, flip over and mix around the ingredients using your spatula. Put back in the oven and bake for 10 more minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

My favorite way to enjoy the homemade granola is with a cup of vanilla greek yogurt, strawberries and raspberries. Yummy!

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With Love,



5 Minute Breakfast to go- Protein Smoothie

Hey Ya’ll,

The morning can be a very stressful time in the morning trying to get out the door. I received awesome feedback on the Bacon, Egg, Onion and Avocado in a Cup post and wanted to give you another option for those who don’t necessarily like eggs. This smoothie is a great option to give your the vitamins from the fruit, but also the protein your body needs in the morning from the protein powder and milk.

Ready? Let’s get to it!


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  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Power (make sure it’s NSF approved)
  • ~4 Strawberries
  • Raspberries (palm full)
  • 1/2 Banana
  • Skim Milk


1.) Take your blender (I use my NutriBullet), fill it with a cup of ice and your scoop of protein powder


2.) Clean and slice up your strawberries, raspberries and banana and place in the blender

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3.) Add in your milk, screw on the cover, and blend for 10 seconds (or until fully mixed and crushed)

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4.) Pour into a glass, add a straw, and start off your day with a lovely breakfast!

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With Love,




Delicious and Moist Banana Bread

Hey Ya’ll,

I hope your week is off to a lovely start thus far. I know there are hundreds of banana bread recipes out there, but this one is a little bit different, and I think you’ll like it.

Ready? Let’s get to it!



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-2 C of flour, 1 cup white all purpose flour and 1 cup (I do this for all recipes that require flour because it doesn’t noticeably change the texture but makes it healthier)

-1 tsp baking soda

-1/2 tsp cinnamon

-1/4 tsp salt

-1/2 C butter (I use Land O Lakes)

-2/3 C brown sugar

-5 over ripe bananas, mashed

-2 eggs

-1/2 tsp vanilla extract



1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2.) In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt

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3.) In a medium size bowl, cream brown sugar and butter

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4.) Add eggs, bananas and vanilla and combine

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5.) Combine the wet mixture to the dry mixture

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6.) Pour the mixture into a greased 3″x 9″ pan

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7.) Bake for 1 hour (make sure you can poke a knife in the middle and slowly lift out without batter sticking to the knife)

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With Love,



Home Decor · Home Projects

Spring in Subtle Floral Decor

Happy Tuesday, Ya’ll!

Winter is almost over, and Spring is on its way. It’s time to spruce up your home with a little floral decor. This doesn’t need to be overly done. I’m not a huge faux floral person when it comes to home decor, but a little sprinkle of it never hurt anyone 😉

For the base wreath, I am going to use the one I created for Thanks-mas. Click HERE for the tutorial.

Here’s what you need:

  • Magnolia wreath
  • Small dainty white faux flowers ($2 at Hobby Lobby)
  • 1 faux magnolia flower ($6 at Hobby Lobby)
  • Wreath ties


1.) Remove the red berries and excess decor to give the wreath a neutral look

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2.) Cut the stem so that there’s only ~2.5″ of stem connected to the flower, insert the flower at the 10 o’clock position, and secure with the tie

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3.) Add in dainty flowers and secure with the ties

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4.) Hang and admire your work

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With Love,




A Guide to New Orleans

Happy Wednesday, Ya’ll!


I have to travel for work, and thought it would great to have a little guide for things to do in New Orleans. This is by no means the end all be all guide, but maybe it’ll give you some fun new ideas on your next trip to NOLA.

Let’s get to it!

  • Magazine Street-

This is the “go to” location for shopping in New Orleans. This place has galleries, antiques, boutiques, wine shops, etc…



  • The Camellia Grill: 626 S. Carrolton Ave

This has an old school diner atmosphere. I got the veggie omelet and enjoyed it immensely. This diner can also be seen on American Horror Story.



  • Fritzel’s: 733 Bourbon Street-

This place is a great option if you looking for  some real New Orleans jazz music any night of the week. I stumbled upon this place as I was walking down Bourbon Street one night and this instantly became my New Orleans staple



  • Lafitte’s Blacksmith Bar: 941 Bourbon Street-

If you’re looking for an intimate, dimly lit bar to go grab a drink, this bar is the oldest bar in New Orleans. The structure was estimated to have been built around 1722 and became part of a smuggling operation in 1772. I will admit, this structure looks like a creepy decrepit witch’s house, but it’s a fun place to unwind.

Elk283-2050 Louisiana, New Orleans, French Quarter, Vieux Carre, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. Image shot 2010. Exact date unknown.


  • St. Charles Avenue-

This street is known for it’s hundred-year-old trees dusting the sidewalks of this historic street adorned with historic mansions



  • Jazz Brunch @ Cafe Adelaide- 300 Poydras Street

There are dozens of places to grab brunch in NOLa; however one place that consistently tops the list, Cafe Adelaide. It’s a great place to grab anything from a bloody mary or a brunch feast on a Sunday morning.



  • Streetcar Rides 

This is a little bit of a touristy thing to do, but honestly, who cares? You should be able to admire the city without being worried about running into the back of the car in front of you. Below is a link on the schedule for the streetcars



Just remember that it’s most important to let your hair down and have fun!


With Love,