Terrain Garden Cafe: One of My Favorite Places

Hey, guys, happy Wednesday! We're getting prettty close to the weekend :) 

Today's post is for my local readers. I wanted to share a bit about one of my favorite places with you!

One of my most favorite places is Terrain, which is in Glen Mills, PA.

Terrain is a garden center, gift store, cafe, and restaurant all in one. I love going there to just to look around! If you're like me and love things that are festive, you would love Terrain. They have tons of pumpkins, mums, and gourds outside. They also now have Christmas displays inside complete with trees, lights, and ornaments. I know, I know, it seems too early, but honestly I love anything holiday related, so I'm not complaining. 

Their food is also amazing, always. They serve organic dishes that are original and downright delicious! They're BYO which is also a nice touch.

Yesterday I went just to grab a hot drink to cozy up with and browse their gift store. I got my favorite drink - the apple cider chai. I still haven't gotten around with making one at home, but I'll keep ya posted when I do. Until then, if you live nearby the Glen Mills/Garnet Valley area head to Terrain to get yourself one - your tastebuds will not be disappointed!

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I also walked around outside and enjoyed all the Fall feelings that I got from the never-ending mums, pumpkins, and gourds,

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And then headed inside to the gift shop to see all of the Christmas decorations which made me want to start playing Christmas music and baking cookies ASAP...

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These hot cider candles smell AMAZING and so cute that they come in a mug! It took all of my willpower not to buy one :P

As silly as it may sound, I think it's important to have a few "happy" places, like Terrain.

You know those places that just make you happier by being there? That's Terrain. It's one of those simple things that makes me happy by just going and looking around. Maybe it's because I love their love for the Holidays, or maybe it's how good the food is, or maybe it's a combination of a little bit of each! Either way, I think it's nice to have a few favorite places to go when you just need a little pick-me-up. So, if you're local to the area, head to Terrain this weekend. I promise you'll leave with a smile on your face, but I can't promise you that you'll leave with a full wallet - that place is dangerous, friends! 

What's one of your "happy places"? I'd love to know! Also, if you're a local reader let me know if you've been to Terrain before! Or if you haven't been and go this week, let me know how you like it. 

Pumpkin Pecan Granola Recipe

Hey there, friends! How's your Wednesday going so far? I'm typing this up on Tuesday night around 7:30 - I know, I'm cutting it pretty close to The Voice. Who else out there is a fan of The Voice? I always start off watching Dancing With The Stars and then totally cheat on it with The Voice and never turn back. Sorry, DWTS. Maybe if the mean TV people didn't put DWTS and The Voice on the same nights and times... ;P

Pumpkin Pecan Granola Recipe

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I'm stopping by to share the most delicious granola recipe that is perfect for Fall. Anyone out there wanting to eat all of the pumpkin things now that Fall has rolled around? Yeah, me too. This granola literally tastes like pumpkin pie, which means you technically can eat pumpkin pie for breakfast... need I say more? 

Oh, and did I mention that this granola is extremely easy and quick? Annnnd I bet you that it's a lot healthier than the granola you can buy pre-made at the store, with only 6 grams of sugar per serving (1 serving = 1/4 cup). Yes, friends, I'm pretty much giving you the all-star granola recipe. I found this gem of a recipe over at the Minimalist Baker's blog and just modified it a bit. Make sure to check her out! Alright, friends, let's dive into this recipe!

The ingredients you'll need are: 

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  • 3 cups rolled oats (gluten free for GF eaters)

  • 1 1/4 cups raw pecans 

  • 3 tbsp sugar 
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
  • A dash of cinnamon 
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (olive oil will also work) 
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup 
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree 

Once you've rounded up all of your ingredients...

The steps you'll need to take are:

1. Preheat your oven to 340 degrees.

2. Mix the oats, pecans, spices, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl. 

3. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the coconut oil, maple syrup, and pumpkin puree and whisk for about 2-3 minutes, or until well-combined. 

4. Pour over the dry ingredients and quickly mix with a wooden spoon (spoiler alert: this is an arm workout, haha).

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5. Spread the mixture evenly onto two baking sheets (put parchment paper down for easy clean up). and bake for 25 minutes, stirring a bit near the halfway point. If you prefer chunkier granola like me, don't stir as it breaks up the clusters. You'll just want to rotate the pan at the halfway point. 

6. Once the granola is golden brown, remove from the oven and let it cool completely. It'll crisp up as it cools. 

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7. Once it's cooled, transfer it to an airtight container. It should keep for a few weeks. 

Guys, fair warning: your family, friends, and probably even strangers are going to want to steal this granola from you (am I being dramatic?). Yep, it's that good - my family loves it! It's great on top of yogurt, with a bit of milk, or even by itself as a snack. I'm tellin' ya, any way you eat it, it's going to be yummy! It might even be good on top of some vanilla ice cream...

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This granola would also make a great gift. Package it up in a mason jar or another cute storage container and bring it as a gift for the hostess at the next Fall party you go to, or give it to your kids' teachers as a Halloween treat! You could also just package some up and give some to one of your friends just because. Sometimes it's nice to do some gift giving for no reason, right? Right. :)

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Alrighty, guys, it's time for me to sign off. Thank you so much for reading today's post, it means so much. If you try out this recipe I'd love to hear how you like it! Reach out to me in the comments, over on Instagram, or on Facebook. You can also email me at joyfullyjennablog@gmail.com. You can click the little mail button to the right of your screen to easily email me if you're on your laptop, or it'll be located at the bottom on your mobile browser. 

Catch ya on Friday! 

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Friday Favorites #109

Hello, hello, friends! It's Friday, that happiest day of the week! I hope that your upcoming weekend is the perfect combination of fun and relaxing. I have some work to do on my research study, but on Saturday my mom, sister, my sister's future mother-in-law, and I are all going to look at rehearsal dinner venues. It should be a fun time! Other than that, my weekend plans are up in the air. 

Before I sign off for the weekend I wanted to check in with my favorites of the week! Feel free the chime in with what you're loving this week in the comments. I'd love to hear from ya!

1. Parenthood

Guys, this is bad. I cannot, CANNOT stop watching this show. One day I was innocently perusing Netflix searching for a show to just watch an episode of. Fast forward and now I'm on season 3 of the series. Who else loves this show? I mean, I literally want to be a Braverman. Can't stop, won't stop. I'll definitely be sneaking in an episode or two this weekend.

2. Banana Oat Muffins

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Remember those banana oat muffins that showed up on the blog not too long ago? I'm realllly craving some of those right about...now. Did you miss this absolutely awesome, delicious, fantastic recipe? Fear not, click HERE. I think I may play around in the kitchen this weekend and experiment with this recipe a bit to make it more fall-like. Stay tuned!  

3. Pumpkins 

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My mom and I went to Milburn Orchards a week or so ago, and there's just something about seeing a field full of pumpkins that just makes me happy. Anybody else with me on this one? Fall is really one of the best seasons in my opinion, and pumpkins symbolize what's to come: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and just a lot of quality time spent with my family, which I love! You rock, Fall, don't change.

4. The Ninja Coffee Bar

image via coolthings.com

image via coolthings.com

My parent's anniversary was this past weekend, and my dad gifted my mom the Ninja Coffee Bar. Guys, this coffee maker (excuse me, coffee bar) is pretty sweet. It can brew a rich cup of coffee, make speciality drinks (hello, pumpkin spice latte recipe comin' at ya soon), make a mean cup of iced coffee, and it comes with a handy-dandy little milk frother. It's awesome, to say the least. So, if you're a coffee lover you need to put this at the tip-top of your wish list!

Alright, friends, that's what I've been loving this week! Don't forget to let me know what you've been loving by leaving me a comment :) 

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Happy Weekend!

Weekend Recap: A Wedding, Lola, Fall Decorating, & An Engagement Party

Hellllo, hello and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Today I'm stopping by to give you a peak into my weekend. So, I hope you'll grab your morning coffee or tea and stay a little while :) 

Friday: Wedding Fun

On Friday night my family headed to my cousin Kristina's wedding. The ceremony itself took place in a local church. I love going to weddings, I mean, who doesn't though? It's so nice to see two people come together and vow to spend their lives together (I know, I'm a real sap over here). The ceremony was nice, and the newlyweds looked so happy walking out together.

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Not the best quality of picture, but how cute do they look walking out of the ceremony together?! As we walked out of the ceremony we were handed bubbles...

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I loved this idea! I always love the exit pictures of the bride and groom, whether it's throwing rice, confetti, etc. It's one of my favorite parts. 

After we left the ceremony, we headed over to the country club where the reception was being held. Cocktail hour was in full swing when we got there, so my parents, Alie, Mike, and I grabbed drinks and some yummy appetizers. We also took some time during cocktail hour to snap some pictures outside.

My sister, Alie, and Mike (her fiancé )

My sister, Alie, and Mike (her fiancé)

My mom, me, Alie, and my dad

My mom, me, Alie, and my dad

The backdrop of the golf course was absolutely beautiful, and I loved the outside patio. After cocktail hour we headed into the reception for the bride and groom's entrance, the wedding toasts, dinner, dancing, some photo booth action, and of course, wedding cake!

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We had a lot of fun at the wedding, and we're so happy for the new Mr. and Mrs. Borsello! 

Saturday: Lola, Fall Decorating, & Lisa's Engagement Party

On Saturday we had a check-up at the eye doctor for Miss Lola. Thankfully the ulcer in her right eye has healed, and we're getting closer to booking surgery so we can get those cataracts taken care of and get her vision back. The next appointment she has is in early October, which is for some pre-surgery testing. The tests are pretty much to see a more in depth view of the health of Lo's eyes and to allow the doctor to see what she would be faced with during surgery. 

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She's pretty cute, isn't she? :) 

After we got back from Lola's eye appointment, my mom and I started some Fall decorating. I think decorating for Fall is one of our favorite things to do each year! We love piecing together pumpkins, mums, and other decorations to make the front door look as festive as possible ;P We're not quite done yet, but I'll have to snap a picture once we are so I can show you all! For now, here's a little preview...

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Pretty cute, huh? My mom put the little scarecrow holding the pumpkin, which I think is kind of adorable :) I just love fall, don't you?

So, after spending some time picking out pumpkins from the local farm and decorating, it was time to get ready for one of my good friend Lisa's engagement party. Lisa got engaged to Eric this summer and as I've mentioned before (I think) they're getting married next July. I'm one of Lisa's bridesmaids and I'm so excited to be able to be a part of her special day and all of the fun leading up to it! She's the first one out of my close friends to get married so it's really exciting but kind of weird too - are we really old enough to be getting married?! Time, please slow down :)

I unfortunately didn't get any pictures at the party, but it was a fun night filled with friends, food, and wine (of course). My other good friend Taylor and her boyfriend came home for Lisa and Eric's engagement party as well (they live in NYC) so it was really nice to get to see them and spend some time with them. 

As I write this it's Sunday morning. I'm planning on whipping up a yummy recipe today that'll show up on the blog later this week. My parents and I are also going to meet up with my sister at some point today and probably doing some grocery shopping as well - a very standard, kind of lazy Sunday, which is quite alright with me! 

I'll chat with you all on Wednesday! I hope that your Monday is a good one :) Thanks for reading today's blog post, it means a whole lot! 

Question of the Day: What was the best part of your weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Jenna

Crockpot Chex Mix Recipe

Hello, hello, party people and happy Hump Day! You're halfway through the week, woohoo! I hope that your week has gone well so far. Mine has been spent looking for more jobs to apply for, spending time on applications, and prepping for my guest lecture on Thursday. My research advisor asked me to lecture his two classes since he'll be away on business on Thursday, so I've been tweaking the presentation and practicing that a good amount! Wish me luck :)

In Monday's post I had told you that I was heading to hang with my sister and Mike to watch some football, and guys, for me football means one thing: snacks. To be honest, I'm not a huge football girl, but I do love the food that surrounds Football Sundays. Anyone else with me on this?? So, naturally I had to whip up some type of snack to bring along on Sunday! I was craving something salty and that's when Chex Mix came to mind. 

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I made this Chex Mix recipe one other time during a snow storm last year, and it's extremely easy! If you've never made homemade Chex Mix before, you're missing out. It's much better than the store bought stuff flavor wise, and you can pick and choose what you put in it, which means if you leave all of the dark wheat chex in the Chex Mix bag usually (hi, that's me), you can choose not to put those in or include less of them!

I followed Gimme Some Oven's crockpot Chex Mix recipe as my general guideline, and made some tweaks here and there. Here are the ingredients you'll need:

  • 9 cups Chex cereal (I used 3 1/2 cups corn, 3 1/2 cups rice, and 2 cups wheat) 
  • 2 - 3 cups pretzels (I erred on the side of 3 cups)
  • 1 cup cheerios 
  • 1 - 2 cups peanuts (again, I was closer to 2 cups, the more the better, right?)
  • 1/3 cup (6 tablespoons) butter, melted and hot
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt 
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce (can we talk about how I can never say that right?)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)

You can really be creative with your ingredients - only have honey nut cheerios on hand, use 'em up! Want to add in some bagel chips instead of pretzels? Sub out almonds for peanuts? Be my guest! You can even add in some chocolate chips or festive m&ms (halloween colors, woo!) once the Chex Mix is done and cooled for a nice salty and sweet snack. Let's not get ahead ourselves thought - first things first, you'll want to pull out your trusty crockpot. We have THIS crockpot and really like it, so, if you're in the market for a crockpot you may want to check it out.

Alright, so don't turn your crockpot on yet. You'll just be dumping ingredients in for now. Start by throwing in your Chex, pretzels, cheerios, and peanuts. 

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Then, you'll want to melt your 6 tablespoons of butter in a bowl. Once it's melted you can add in your seasoned salt, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Whisk the ingredients together. 

Once you have it well mixed, you can pour the liquid over the your dry ingredients. Use a spatula (or your hands, just avoid hard wooden spoons since they could crush some of the ingredients) to mix up the ingredients to ensure the liquid has coated most of the cereals, nuts, and pretzels. After that go ahead and put the crockpot lid on, and set the it on low for 3 hours. You'll want to stir the Chex Mix once during the first two hours and then in the last hour you'll want to stir it two to three times to prevent burning. 

Once three hours have passed, you'll go ahead and dump your Chex Mix onto baking sheets or parchment paper to dry out (and maybe you'll snack on a handful in the process - I won't tell anyone!). 

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After it's dried out, dig right in! Bring this recipe to your next get together with your friends, a football party, or pack it in your kid's school lunch. This also would make a great little teacher's gift, or a gift for anyone in your life. Like I said before, put some festive candies in their like orange and black m&ms for halloween, pour some into a mason jar, screw on the lid, and tie some ribbon. Voila, a cute, thoughtful, and homemade gift!

I hope you guys will try out this easy and yummy recipe! I think it's the perfect snack for Fall, and it doesn't hurt that it makes your house smell pretty delicious while it cooks in the crockpot :) 

Question of The Day: What's your go-to salty snack?

See ya guys next time!