Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? I’m not the best breakfast-eater out there, I tend to skip breakfast more often than not. But I do have favorite breakfast foods, among the top ten is muesli. What the heck is muesli?
Muesli is a cereal developed by the Swiss, packed full of energy, so you can swish around the Alps on skis… or something. Unlike granola, muesli is based on raw rolled oats with other ingredients including grains, fresh or dried fruits, seeds and nuts, mixed with milk or yogurt.
This recipe is my version of one that I discovered as a kid, in a fantastic tome called “Self-sufficiency for Children“. I remember purchasing this book at a used book sale when I was about nine-years-old. I had no idea what the title meant, I was baffled by the metric measurements (the book was from the UK, I came to learn), but I was super-fascinated with all the DIY instructions and recipes, plus it’s gorgeous pen and ink illustrations!
There are probably a million combinations you can come up with, but here is my favorite for a good, hearty breakfast:
Good Morning Muesli (one serving)
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats (raw)
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup chopped raw almonds
- 1/2 Granny Smith apple, diced with skin on
- 6 oz. vanilla yogurt
- 1 Tbsp. honey, or to taste
Traditionally, muesli was prepared by soaking the oats in milk or fruit juice first. This is an optional step, and not necessary. Anyway, I prefer to combine all the ingredients in a bowl and enjoy it right away! Occasionally, if I don’t have yogurt on hand, I will eat muesli with milk just like regular dry cereal.
So it’s the holiday season, and you’re either hosting this year or have been asked to contribute something to the celebration or meal, have you thought about a charcuterie and cheese plate? Get the perfect plate in just five easy steps.
#1: Select your cheeses. To make it easier, pick from these categories: soft, semi-soft, semi-hard, and hard (bonus points for something smoked). Seems simple enough– I went with Brie, Blue Cheese, Manchego, Aged Cheddar, and Smoked Gouda– sure to please any crowd.
#2: The vehicle. This is generally crackers or some crusty bread. Done.
#3: Something sweet. Fresh fruits like grapes, or apples are a no-brainer, you could also try fresh figs, or dried fruits like apricots, pears and cranberries. Honey is another great option, I love a slice of Manchego drizzled with a bit of honey– yum!
#4: Something savory. Salted nuts or olives are always a nice addition to your cheese plate. But pickles, like cornishons, are my all-time favorite.
#5: Meat. We’re talking cured meats here, like Prosciutto or Salami. How about Sopressata or Bresaola?
If you’re still having a hard time choosing, or you don’t want to go it alone, check out the selection from Sid Wainer & Son or their cheese collections available at Costco.com.
Happy yummy holidays!
Here are somethings you need to know about me: I love donuts, and recently I fulfilled two dreams in one shot…
For twenty years (eep!) I had dreams of visiting Seattle and I’ve been dreaming of the donut shop mecca Top Pot Donuts since I first saw it on a TV travel show. In February, I lived my dream and it was awesome! Confession: I did not sample all of the flavors, but I had a few… I mean, I was there for three days, how could I not stop in each morning?
Since I couldn’t take the donuts, or Top Pot, home with me I just collect donuts on Pinterest now and dream of more local donut adventures…
Follow Sage’s board donuts! donuts! donuts! on Pinterest.
As I’m struggling with what to write here and reflecting on the last twelve months, I realize that “struggle” wouldn’t be a wholly inaccurate description for the year that’s about to end. In truth, 2013 was actually pretty good, a typical year with typical highs and typical lows. This year I actually kind of accomplished what I set out to do: I had work in a total of six shows, not including open studios [unbelievable], worked on a few interesting projects, met some great new folks, and reconnected with others. I’ve certainly struggled with bigger, more serious challenges in previous years, but I feel like 2013 was a year of searching–struggling–to find my voice, direction, and looking for inspiration. I think maybe this year I finally decided to start collecting all the pieces left crumbled around me from those other, more challenging years. The struggle I felt in 2013 wasn’t from any new set of challenges, but from the task of putting those pieces back together and trying to make meaning.
Just know that if you’ve struggled at all in 2013, next year will be better. Below are a few snapshots from the past year, in the new year I’m going to try to look harder for the everyday beauty around me, and be present in each and every moment. I think I may even try do something I’ve not ever done before… be positive.
What are your hopes, wishes or resolutions for 2014?
I’m taking a moment to end this radio-silence to provide some much needed perspective (for myself). Sometimes it’s hard to look yourself in the eye and see that despite all the ups and downs, you’re really okay (especially at this time of year– for me). So, if you are reading this, here are 19 signs that you are dong better than you think :
- You are alive.
- You are able to see the sunrise and the sunset.
- You are able to hear birds sing and waves crash.
- You can walk outside and feel the breeze through your hair and the sun’s warmth on your skin.
- You have tasted the sweetness of chocolate cake.
- You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night.
- You awoke this morning with a roof over your head.
- You had a choice of what clothes to wear.
- You haven’t feared for your life today.
- You have overcome some considerable obstacles, and you have learned and survived.
- You often worry about what you’re going to do with your life – your career, your family, the next step, etc. – which means you have ambition, passion, drive, and the freedom to make your own decisions.
- You live in a country that protects your basic human rights and civil liberties.
- You are reasonably strong and healthy – if you got sick today, you could recover.
- You have a friend or relative who misses you and looks forward to your next visit.
- You have someone with whom to reminisce about ‘the good old days.’
- You have access to clean drinking water.
- You have access to medical care.
- You have access to the Internet.
- You can read.
I often don’t take enough time to be grateful for all the little things that get me through the hard times and the everyday repetition, but they are there and they are reassuring [source].
This is some of the work influencing my own right now. I’ve spent too long just thinking about work instead of doing this season, but I’ve recently been more inspired/directed with my work and am starting to actually get things going. Very thrilling. In the meantime, I’ve been studying a lot of art.
Marc Janks is a New York photographer who says he was once a shy and kid and sometimes a shy adult. [Me too.] To keep his shyness in check he started photographing complete strangers in NYC and posts them to his Tumblr Who Are You New York. I really like this concept, I’m imagining how I might put something similar into use in my own life/work. Why are strangers so much easier to photograph sometimes than the people already in our lives?
Janks also shoots on film with [my] beloved Yashicamat, and he’s pretty candid about his process (even daring us to ask him anything).