Wednesday, February 8

Wilco

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Last night we saw Wilco at the Paramount. It was incredible. We heard some rumor that they were banning smart phones, so we wimped out and left both our phones at home (we need to toughen up). I had to swipe a picture from the Wilco website to show you the awesome stage - those white swatches of fabric turned into an giant screen that gave a Jackson Pollock effect to everything they projected. Amazing!

No drugs, no swearing, no brawls, nothing. Taylor was baffled. As we made our way back to the car, he couldn't believe how slick the evening was. Cheap parking, showed up as they were just feeding people in, got great seats (everything was GA), and no weird drunk people.

His words: "I feel like I just went to an awesome rock concert with a venue full of laid-back REI customers."

They opened with "One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)" - absolutely beautiful.

Thursday, February 2

Make and eat this. You'll thank us.

Our new favorite homemade granola (it's different, but give it a chance!). We have another granola recipe we love, but this one is a lot healthier, takes half the time, and we like it better, too! I don't usually carry flaxseed or spelt flour in my pantry, but it cost maybe 85 cents to buy both in the bulk aisle at the grocery store.

3 c. rolled oats (not instant)
1 c. oat or spelt flour (I used spelt)
1 c. walnuts, chopped (or any other nut)
1/2 c. flaxseed
1/2 t. sea salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. cardamom
3/4 c. grapeseed oil
1/2-3/4 c. REAL maple syrup or agave nectar (I did some of each)
1 t. vanilla (I might try almond extract next time)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine dry ingredients and mix well.
In a small bowl, combine the oil, syrup (or agave), and extract. Whisk until combined.
Combine the wet and dry mixtures.
Spread evenly on the baking sheet, and bake until golden (ours took like 40 minutes).
Let the granola cool for a few minutes to get crisp, and then break into chunks.

You're welcome.

And a random picture, because I feel weird putting only words out there.
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Blossoms outside the school this afternoon. In February?!