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15-Minute Healthy (and Tasty) Granola Recipe

Surprisingly (with all of the baking and cooking I like to do), one thing I’ve never made is my own granola. Yet I eat it alll the time. Well, that changes today friends. Brittany of Life, Set, Sail has me convinced I need to be making my own from now on. And bonus? It only takes about 15 minutes. That’s my kind of homemade granola. Once you’re done drooling over the images captured by Justine Milton, get the recipe below!

From Brittany Messner of Life, Set, SailFor all you like minded people that enjoy making healthy food at home (without sacrificing taste), you are going to love this granola recipe! As someone who’s eaten a lot of oats in her lifetime (seriously my dad thought that I had serious issues as a teenager), I am a (self-proclaimed) expert when it comes to ingredient combinations, cook times, and pretty much anything oat related…should I put this on my resumé or what? The best part about this recipe, aside from it being absolutely delicious, is that it only takes 15 minutes to make from start to finish. Now if you’ve ever made granola before you will know that most recipes call for at least an hour cook time with a watchful eye and stirring or turning multiple times though out the whole process…it’s enough for me to never want to make granola again. So let’s just cut to the chase shall we?

15-Minute Granola
prep time
10 Minute/s
cook time
5 Minute/s
total time
15 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 1 cup crushed almonds
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. At this time I like to pop my coconut oil into the oven to melt (I don’t own a microwave).
  2. Crush your almonds with a food processor or, if you want to have a lot of noisy fun, bash them while still in the bag with a solid object (I use the back of an ice-cream scoop, it’s a great stress reliever).
  3. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Once your coconut oil is melted, add in the maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  5. When your liquids are properly combined, add to dry ingredients, mixing until the oats are throughly coated.
  6. Spread out mixture onto two baking sheets and pop into oven for 5 minutes.
  7. Take out, give them a toss and stick back in the oven for another 5 minutes. You can transfer your granola to some wax paper (in an even layer) to cool, but I just leave it on the baking sheets because I’m lazy like that and it seems to work fine.
  8. When the granola is cooled, store in an airtight container or jar.

This recipe is so easy to make your own… replace coconut oil, sweetener, and toppings to whatever alternative you prefer (vegetable oil, agave syrup or honey etc.), it’s so versatile! I like my granola on top of a good plain greek yogurt (none of this non-fat nonsense). It’s a great quick and healthy breakfast or snack that will leave you feeling full and satisfied. What more could you want?

For those days you don’t feel like eating healthy…

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Photography: Justine Milton | Recipe: Brittany Messner

Throw a Mini Bohemian Festival in Your Own Backyard

Turning your little one’s next birthday bash into a whimsical backyard festival is as easy as low tables, loads of pillows and flower crowns, go. Lexi of Glitter Inc. wanted to give her daughter’s birthday a bohemian infusion while incorporating a fairytale like ambiance. From macrame photo booths to peach cobbler shooters and a line-up of the cutest cakes photographed by Annie Watts and Jeremy Timmons, see why little girls and big girls alike are going bananas for this party.

Being new-ish to North Carolina, we’re fairly smitten with the weather here. We grew up in Miami, where it’s 90° and humid most of the year. In North Carolina, we take advantage of the gorgeous weather every chance we get, and Scarlett’s 2nd birthday party was no exception. As a blogger, I’m constantly surrounded by on-trend party and décor ideas, and one of the trends I can’t get enough of: parties with bohemian vibes. I knew for Scarlett’s party that I wanted to borrow from that bohemian feel, giving it a more feminine, fairytale-like twist, and weaving in a bit of the South (in honor of our new home.)

The first thing I dreamed up were the low tables, rugs and floor cushions, and the brilliant ladies behind Greenhouse Picker Sisters helped me bring the idea to life. Those low-tables were actually built by Holy and Amanda and their awesome husbands. There was also a VIP lounge and plenty of chic places to eat, gather, and have a good time. Using macramé curtains that I already had and a backdrop made out of industrial pipes (created by GHPS), along with a whole lot of green garland and fresh flowers from Fifty Flowers, we built the photo booth/backdrop. Who doesn’t want an excuse to take an adorable photo?

And speaking of flowers: Fifty Flowers is a company that sells wholesale flowers at amazing prices; perfect for parties. I will forever be a fan. I had this idea for a simpler flower crown – one that kids would love as much as us grownups, and thus the flower crown headband came to be. Wide plastic headbands held the fresh flowers beautifully (with a little bit of glue and flower wire), but the animal ear headbands were just the cutest and felt so whimsical and fun.

The kids went crazy for face (and arm) painting and the metallic tattoos were a huge hit with the adults too. All of the incredible hand-lettered signs were created by Sarah of Bella Joviality. The menu was chock full of Southern favorites: homemade macaroni and cheese (my Mama’s recipe), fried chicken, shrimp, artichoke dip, plenty of veggies and fruit, and a huge dessert bar complete with strawberry shortcake, vegan chocolate cake, classic trail mix, cherry handpies and strawberry cake and peach cobbler shooters. We even had a “lemonade stand” for all of the drinks (juice boxes for the kids, sodas and craft beer for the rest of us.)

Because we had so many gorgeous flowers leftover, we decided to set up a make-and-take bouquet station as guests left the party. We set out craft paper, scissors, twine, and buckets of flower stems for guests to pull together their own bouquet to take home. It was almost sad to take apart our backyard fairytale festival grounds at the end of the day. I’m pretty sure I’ll be pulling cushions and our coffee table out into our backyard for many months to come.

Photography: Annie Watts and Jeremy Timmons | Flowers: Fifty Flowers | Birthday Cake Bunting Topper: Ginger Ray | Boots: Justin Boots | Cake Stands: Martha Stewart Collection | DIY Cereal Charms Marshmallow Cake: Glitter Inc. | Face Painting: Flutterby Faces | Ferris Wheel Cupcake Holder: Home Essentials | French Market Basket: Traders & Company | Furniture Rental: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Gold Glitter Cutlery: Creative Converting | Light Box: Cotton On | Macramé Curtains: Urban Outfitters | Naked Cake, Strawberry Shortcake and Peach Cobbler Shooters: Sugar Euphoria | Plate Holders: Fox Run | Recycled Wood Wall-Mount Coat Rack: Kalalou | Scarlett's Outfit: 3Claps | Signs: Bella Joviality | Styling + Party Planning: Glitter Inc. | Table Flower Arrangements: Serendipity Designs | Temporary Metallic Tattoos: Flash Tattoos

Go Glam this Halloween with Copper Foil Pumpkins

While some early birds have already dusted off the Halloween decor, others are just about ready to dive in to the pumpkin patch and decorate accordingly. From fruit inspired to calligraphy, options run a-plenty but this version just might be our new fave. See how Rachel Shingleton gave these painted pumpkins a pretty pop of glam. And for more Halloween inspo, click here!

Inspired by a foil Easter egg project I created a few years ago, this year I decided to try my hand at applying foil to pumpkins. The result was a fun, if imperfect, DIY featuring real pumpkins painted in chalky nontraditional hues and then copper foiled. Perfect for fall tablescapes, holiday decorating, dinner parties, weddings, etc.


acrylic paint
chalk paint
mod podge
copper foil sheets
paint brush


Paint each pumpkin with acrylic paint, and then apply a layer of chalk paint to give it a matte quality.

Apply a water based adhesive (mod podge) and allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes. Don’t let it get too dry, but make sure it’s still tacky to the touch.

From there, apply sheets of foil in the color of your choosing. Copper is hot for fall 2016, and makes a beautiful warm sheen.

Carefully brush away the excess — but remember, the look here is purposefully imperfect. The more brushstrokes the better!

No Carve, No Mess Pumpkins
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No Carve, No Mess Pumpkins
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photographer: Rachel Shingleton | designer: Rachel Shingleton