Building H O M E

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“A man travels the  W O R L D  over in search of what he  N E E D S  and returns  H O M E  to find it.” -George A. Moore

When I think of what I want my life to look like when I’m 80, I keep coming back to a picture of the home I want to have. It’s filled with unique treasures, every piece holding a story and a tale of some  W I L D  and  H O L D  adventure God led me on.

It’s a colorful collaboration of temporal and eternal.

It’s a place where the turquoise front door swings open in warm welcome to anyone who passes by, a place where I want you to stop and sit on the porch swing—

and drink lemonade and share what adventures you’ve been on when I’m too old to travel the world. 

It’s a place of sustainability and greenery and growth, a place of art and worship and praise. Because when I’m 80, I hope to have realized- while God takes us all over the world, He always brings us back to the places and people who mattered.

H O M E the first place we learned to love people. 

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Cinnamon Pecan Granola

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They say  G O O D   T H I N G S  stand the test of  T I M E.

So do family recipes. 

I don’t know about you, but breakfast is a hard meal for me. I don’t often have a lot of time to fix something special. While reaching for a box of cereal may be convenient, it doesn’t always fit into my lifestyle of  W E L L N E S S  and pursuing good eating habits.

Enter in mom’s  R E C I P E  book, containing a recipe printed off via email from  1 9 9 9.

I didn’t even know they had email back then. 

But my aunt was always ahead of the times, and apparently she was one of the first to jump on the email bandwagon. She actually emailed this recipe to my dad’s business account because my family didn’t have email.

Seriously, did this life really  E X I S T ?

Regardless, her easy peasy  G R A N O L A  recipe is one I go to again and again. It’s quick to make and serves several days…but this time, I  S P I C E D  it up.

My aunt’s original recipe calls for cinnamon powder, but I used  C I N N A M O N   B A R K   O I L  instead. Because it’s concentrated, a couple drops go a long way—and the health benefits are numerous. You can look it up, but particularly for my family, it helps support decreased  I N F L A M M A T I O N  and boosts  C I R C U L A T I O N, as well as supports your immune system in fighting viruses.

Hello, perfect flu-season breakfast that helps me fight the germs before I step out of my house. 

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C I N N A M O N   P E C A N   G R A N O L A 

I N G R E D I E N T S 1/2 butter, 1/2 cup oil, 1 cup honey, 1/2 cup raw sugar, 4 drops Cinnamon Bark oil, dash of salt, 8 cups oats, 2/3 cups chopped pecans, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

D I R E C T I O N S:  Using a roasting pan on the top of the stove, melt butter with the oil. Mix in the sugar and honey, stirring until dissolved. Add Cinnamon Bark oil and dash of salt, then pour in oats. Stir until well blended. Put pan in oven uncovered at 300 degrees. Remove and stir every 15 minutes, cook for a total of 30-45 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like it. After cooking, immediately pour into a baking dish to cool; add in nuts/seeds. Store in an airtight container.