For your Sunday! Granola sampling for the perfect mix of grains, nuts, minimal fruit, and not too sweet that everyone likes has been an expensive challenge of mine. A small bag can cost a small fortune and be gobbled up in an instant. The grocery store has shelves filled with every type of granola imaginable. Every yummy bakery in town is offering their speciality. Granola is a funny one because it can be totally healthy but with no flavor or it can be like a bag of candy. You have to pay attention to the ingredients. Sugar is super sneaky. You can get distracted by the healthiness of the whole grain oats.
Finally after all this time and yet to find that perfect combination of ingredients, homemade granola it is. I worked with two recipes and found my sweet spot. First of all granola (now that I have made it) is ridiculously easy. I mean embarrassingly easy. The easiest breakfast cereal to whip up and customize to your liking. Be fussy, be basic, be elaborate with your ingredients. It is up to you. Load up at the market with your granola basics for a well stocked pantry.
This is the recipe I am using. Do more or less with spices. Nuts are personal preference as well as fruit. If adding fruit, be sure to add the dried fruit after the granola has cooked!!
4 cups of old fashion Rolled Oats ( I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1 cup of maple syrup (you can play with this if you would like it less sweet but I thought it was right amount)
1/2 cup virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt (optional)
2 tablespoons of cinnamon (I love cinnamon but others in my house prefer less)
sprinkle of cardamom (again optional)
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup raw organic sunflower seeds
Heat oven to 325. Toss all ingredients together in a bowl. Mix till everything is coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out granola evenly on to the tray. Pop into oven and bake for about 40 minutes till golden brown. Stir it every 10 minutes or so. When done, let it sit out till cool. Add your dried fruits at this stage if you so wish.
isostilo is about all good things. It is not always about fashion. Sometimes it is the small things that can put a smile on your face. I really enjoy being in the kitchen. With the transition into fall, I find it to be a welcoming time to explore new recipes. Granola is one of those! After you make it you will feel like a baking goddess and your home will smell lovely:)
Make room for some reasonably priced cords. Preferably a loose mid rise, wide leg, in a deep color will do for me. Looks like H&M wins. Alternate them with your denim. Pair them with a turtleneck and hoody or an over sized blazer but keep the turtleneck (big fan of the neck hugger). Cords look stylish, polished, and remain a classic. Keep it chic for fall and winter. So easy to wear for any age. Love them!
top to bottom H&M navy cord, Everlane‘s brown straight leg, COS’s sage and navy wide leg cropped (images from Pinterest, COS, Everlane, H&M)
No need to introduce these two players. This collaboration is worth marking your calendars. Get ready for it online November 8th and in stores on the 9th. The always cool Alexander Wang has partnered up with Uniqlo for an intimates line that is aesthetically eye-catching, functional, and sure to be the workhorse of your winter layering. It couldn’t come at a better time. The weather is turning and we know what lies ahead. Uniqlo’s HEATTECH line has just become a bit hotter! Check it out for yourselves. I am eyeing the turtleneck bodysuit along with the leggings and tanks. Pretty much the whole flipping line! And YES, this special capsule is still affordable with prices ranging from $9.00 to $40.00. Knowing how to dress in the winter is critical to getting through those brutally cold days. These pieces are also beautiful enough to have them peeking out through the layers! (All images from Uniqlo)
Jewelry maker turned tapestry artist is weaving the most stunning works of art. Her pieces are bright, bold, and one of a kind. Each piece is more beautiful than the next which seems impossible when you experience your first piece of Tammy Kanat’s work. I discovered Tammy Kanat, like many other fab finds, on Instagram. I instantly fell in love with this Australian fibre artist’s work. She is the creator of all things lovely. I absolutely would love to hang a piece of Tammy’s tapestry but till then I will keep admiring from Insta. Tammy Kanat . I also appreciate her laid back vibe in the 1st image.
Apple picking season is a true sign of Fall. What’s not to love about enjoying a couple of hours in the country to hand-pick apples? It is simply fun. You get to sample the variety of apples as you go along, climb ladders to pick your apples, indulge in cider donuts, sip apple cider, and perhaps take in a hay ride. You also end up bring home way more apples than you need. Then you worry about what to do with all those apples besides proudly displaying them in a pretty bowl. Check out Food52 for some inspiration that will get you peeling.
This year I have an apple goal, nailing the Dutch Apple Cake. It is all about nostalgia. This dessert connects me to a place and time. A true Dutch Apple Cake has more of a cake like crust rather than a traditional pie crust. It is the best piece of goodness to be accompanied by a latte that you will ever taste!
Take time to enjoy the season. Happy Fall and break out your favorite sweater to embrace the crisp clean air! xo isostilo
Oh Yeah, it is a fall Sunday and it’s a sweats kinda of day. isostilo is thinking about this new release from Teva. A cozy pull on and maybe just the hippest slipper like shoe armed with a sole for your next trip anywhere. A women’s and men’s mocs/ slipper called the Ember Moc. They come in a selection of fun fall colors that will having you contemplating a purchase for yourself or better yet to gift. A sleeping bag for your foot, say no more.
The Embers are one of those items that you may not feel you need till you own them. Stepping out on a crisp morning or running out to grab something from your car, then you have that moment of I LOVE THESE. They seem like a perfect lounge shoe and I think I want them or are they too campy? But they are certainly an alternative to other slippers out there. Add these to isostilo’s previous post, Weekend Ready. Teva
Claire Foy just kicks ass! Her style from head to toe is so on point. She is rebellious in her look and unconventional in the best way. The hair, the eyes, the fresh face, the triple earrings are delivered with confidence. She is far from boring or ordinary in the latest issue of Vogue. If there is one hair style that could get me back to the salon, it would be this one. I would cop her style in an instant! But I just chopped and bleached my hair blonde (poor timing). She is stunning in her Vogue shoot. Claire’s style is edgy, chic, raw, and feminine. It’s in a league of its own.
We all know Claire from the The Crown (simply brilliant!). I cannot wait to see her upcoming movie, The Girl In The Spider’s Web, but in the mean time I will head to see her in First Man. Read about Claire Foy in Vogue’s latest issue. It is a nice read to enjoy while sipping something warm. (images from Vogue)