Monday, May 18, 2015

Simple Pleasures [#1]

Hello!  As I'm in the process of finalizing some designs (digitally), I've swapped my paints for Photo Shop for a short while.  So, for today's post, I wanted to share something fresh: two simple pleasures . . .

1.) Visual: 
A beautiful butterfly on a giant Spring lilac bush that I saw over the weekend


The little beauty basking in the sunshine




It was a humid and semi-breezy day, so the smell of the lilacs really took over the yard

2.) Tasty: 
A recipe for the EASIEST snack in the world: toasted cinnamon coconut chips

I LOVE Nuts.com and buy my unsweetened coconut chips through them, along with a bunch of other items. Penzeys is my favorite spice company and their cinnamon is the best -- highly recommend their other spices, too.  Great quality and reasonably priced.  I use their "Garden Salad" spice mix on everything from salads (duh) to roasted vegetables, soups, and dips.

Super easy --- pre-heat oven to 325°, then sprinkle 1.5 cups of coconut chips on a cookie sheet and top with 1 tsp of cinnamon.  Bake for 5-7 minutes, while turning the coconut over/re-spreading it over the pan to make sure it bakes evenly.  The aroma is heavenly, and will make your home smell divine.

Happy Monday!

-OJ



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