Granola

I think, as humans, we return to what is comfortable. MyCupkeiki is comfortable to me. I know it, but I’ve struggled lately with it. The same is true for Granola. I love making granola. I know the ins and outs of working with my ingredients, because I do it over and over again. I know that if I don’t stay close, I miss the smell that says the oats are done toasting. I know that if I don’t wait long enough and let the oats, seeds and nuts cool, the dried fruit takes on a different flavor-not always for the best. I know that cinnamon and vanilla are my secret ingredients (there it is, not so secret anymore) and that the best granola comes from slow work (like half an hour really). It is a tranquil, bonding (when when my cupkeiki and I bake it together) or self reflective activity.

Granola

Every time I make granola, I do something different. Add a little more of this, a little less of that. I change it depending on my mood, taste, or what my cupkeiki wants.

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But there are some basics that never get skipped. Oats, cinnamon, agave, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cranberries, blueberries, cherries, papaya, banana. Our add ins are coconut flakes, vanilla, chia seeds, poppy seeds, ginger…

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Once it’s finished, there’s an excitement (at least between my cupkeiki and I) about getting the first taste, still warm and slightly sticky from the heated agave and oil and pungent from the warm cinnamon. We react much the same as a subject in a Pavlov experiment

My/our granola never lasts long in the house. It quickly disappears by the handful; either for breakfast in yogurt, from simple rummaging or as a quick filler before heading out. I owe my deep appreciation (really it’s a love) for granola to a dear friend and “hanai mother” from Hawaii. She started something that I’ve now passed on to my cupkeiki. I think of her every time I make it. I should send her some of our granola…

Here’s my (unoffically titled) “Not Your Granny’s-ola”

*Note: I work by the handfuls, and by personal taste. If you want to see where the base for the recipe came from, check out “Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals” : http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/homemade-granola-with-berry-compote/#uXOWUDZWbC10CCk7.97

Ingredients:

2 C. Oats

By the Handful/Preference: Raw Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Cashews pieces, Almonds, slivered or chopped

Olive Oil

Agave

Cinnamon

By the Handful/Preference: Dried Cranberries, Blueberries, Papaya, Banana, Cherries, diced up.

Chia Seeds (opt.) about 1/8C.

Coconut Flakes (opt.) about 1/8C.

Method:

Preheat oven to 350F. On a baking sheet add oats and nuts/seeds. Spread out evenly. Pour a few tablespoons olive oil over the mixture, then add agave (a few passes of the bottle over the mixture…about 1/8C.), sprinkle some cinnamon and mix everything together. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring at least once halfway through. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then add dried fruit and chia seeds and coconut flakes (if using). Stir everything together, allow to cool completely and store in an air tight container.

*if using/wanting vanilla, add a few teaspoons to the mixture with the oil and agave, before baking.

Enjoy by the handful, over yogurt or with milk.

Starting Anew

A few weeks back I mentioned an end to MyCupkeiki. I was in a rut with the blog, not sure I was making the progress I wanted to make, and thought that I needed to start over. But then, in the midst of making choices and changes, my manimal reminded me that MyCupkeiki is unique and can evolve organically, and I don’t have to jump to a new page or a new name.

So here I/we am/are, ready to change the approach without loosing/hiding what has already been done. I want to approach my food and crafts head on and a bit differently in posts. As for the motherhood side of this…well if I were some sort of wild and radical mama, I’d focus on it but I’m not. Instead I’ve received tons of helpful and motivating notes about my food and crafts and that’s where I’m taking it all.

I’m welcoming myself back and am truly glad MyCupkeiki is here to stay, because just yesterday my cupkeiki said, “mama, don’t change it, I like it the way it is.”

Expiration Dates

As almost heartbreaking as it is to read it, it is to write it. I do believe the life of MyCupkeiki has reached an end, of sorts. I’ve been going over and over this in my head, and my heart (as I’ve opened myself up on here in a way that was therapeutic, fun, and educational), and I feel like MyCupkeiki has strayed, taken a turn- that while not negative, isn’t going or doing the things I had hoped it would. This is certainly not an end to sharing the things I enjoy making; it is however an end to wanting to keep people up-to-date on my experience with motherhood, because in all honesty I find that to be a difficult topic to discuss, and perhaps a bit boring (I’m really not that exciting of a mama).

I will be starting fresh, coming up with a new name and a better focus. I will share, on here, the link to a new blog. Thank you to everyone who has followed, stuck around, enjoyed and experimented with my food/crafts over the last three–nearly four–years. It’s been a real joy and I have a feeling that I will enjoy starting over and getting more specific.

Aloha, for now.

Muddy Sunday

I recently purchased some food grade Bentonite Clay, for a remineralizing toothpaste, but after reading about reactivity with metal fillings I had to scrap that idea and come up with something else. Enter clay face masks. 

  So here I am on a beautiful Sunday morning, mudding my face and enjoying the the tingling and drying effects of clay, honey, oats and tea tree oil!

Here’s my DIY Clay Mask that’s left my face feeling tightened, soft and rejuvinated!  

 Ingredients:

 1 Tbs. Bentonite Clay (got bought mine at my local food co-op in the bulk section)

 1 Tbs. Raw honey, (my honey is Rice Brand, it’s local honey from Greeley, CO) 

 1 Tbs. Oats, ground up into powder using a mortar and pestle for a few minutes.

 4 drops Tea Tree Oil (I used the Now Brand)

 2-4 Tbs. Water (enough to make a paste)  

         

 Mix everything together, and apply to face and upper part neck in a circular motion. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, and wash off with warm water and a wash cloth.

Tea tree oil and honey have great antibacterial properties. The honey and oats moisturize and the clay helps pull out toxins and add minerals to the skin, which may help the skin become more balanced and healthy. Look for clay that has a grey-green color, not white. 

Oh and that idea I had about a remineralizing toothpaste scrapped because of my uncertainty with clay and metal fillings…well I made one up but without the clay and my cupkeiki and I love it! So check back for that recipe soon!!

Awake My Soul

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There’s a part of me that has been in a deep hibernation. I’ve not been able to stir it, to bring it up from the dark depth of my soul. Yet I can feel it, tossing and turning; reminding me of what I’d laid to rest years back. It breaths deeply, forcefully and a spark between it and my conscious has been aroused. My heart feels the collision of awareness between the two.

I’ll wait, patiently. Letting it whisper its presence coming to light. Reveling in the surges as they course through my veins…