Happy Mother’s Day to all. It was a beautiful day in Duluth. I got to go on a long run along the North Shore this morning and it was magical. The sun was sparkling on the water and the wind off the lake made beautiful waves. My phone decided to update about one mile in, I’m not sure how that happened. So, I ran in silence for the next six miles. (I do not normally run that far, but I’m supposed to be training for the half marathon so I figured I needed to start running more than two miles.) :)
My initial reaction was to feel quite grumpy that I did not have anything to listen to. I have been listening to The Book of Joy for awhile now. It’s taken me some time to get into it, but now I love it. They had just finished talking about gratitude and the benefit of practicing it in our lives. So, I watched the waves and practiced gratitude. It was a really lovely experience. Ok, probably every few minutes I’d check my phone to see if it was working again and grunt in annoyance, but when I settled my mind into practicing gratitude it was very peaceful. I definitely will look for more ways to practice gratitude throughout my day.
I made a batch of grain free granola last night so we could have an easy breakfast on Mother’s Day morning. It was really delicious. I probably would have used half almonds, half walnuts if I had any almonds around but all walnuts turned out great!
Grain Free Granola
2 c walnuts, coarsely chopped
3/4 c coconut flakes
1/2 c sunflower seeds*
1/2 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
4 T coconut oil, melted
1/3 c honey
- Heat oven to 400 F
- Mix all ingredients in large bowl
- Pour granola mixture into greased 9x13 pan and spread it so it is even.
- Bake for 15 min, stirring occasionally, or until granola is nicely browned
- Let it cool in the pan
I adjust this recipe all the time! I like to switch up which nuts and seeds I use. Pecans and pumpkin seeds are great additions!
*I edited this post because I initially wrote down the wrong kind of seed! Oops!