Friday Favorites #13

Happy Friday! I hope that you all have some great plans lined up for this weekend. My good friend Taylor is in town this weekend with her new puppy so I'm going to meet up with her on Saturday night. I can't wait to catch up with her and also meet her cute puppy named Kona! On Sunday I'll be headed to the JDRF walk that I blogged about a few weeks ago. If you haven't gotten a chance to donate to Marco's team Beat the Beetus and would like to, click HERE. Your donation goes towards research for Type 1 Diabetes and is greatly appreciated. No amount is too small!

As usual, I'm sharing my favorites of the week. I'd love to hear what you've been loving this week, too! Share your favorites in the comments :)

1. The Dog House

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As I mentioned on Wednesday, Lola had some testing to get done at the eye doctor to see if she is a candidate for surgery. The testing takes about an hour, so we were told to drop her off around 11:30AM and then come back to get her. My dad and I decided to grab some lunch during that time, and it just so happens that Lola's eye doctor is right by The Dog House. My mom's dad and his brothers opened up a few restaurants around the local area, one of them being The Dog House. If you live in Delaware and you aren't familiar with The Dog House, I'm sure you know The Charcoal Pit, which my grandfather and his brothers also opened. My grandfather passed before I was born, and his brothers have also passed, so they no longer own the restaurants, but we still love to go now and then. I've been to The Charcoal Pit more times than I can count, but I hadn't been to The Dog House since I was little. It was really cool to be inside the restaurant that my grandfather worked so hard to build! The Dog House is known for their footlong hotdogs so I treated myself to one with everything on it (per my mom's recommendation), and it was really good. Yes, I did eat the whole thing and all of the fries. No regrets.

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2. Pumpkin Pecan Granola

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I posted the recipe for pumpkin pecan granola a few weeks ago, and by now the batch I made is long gone. I love this granola (a little too much probably) because it's a sweet treat that tastes like pumpkin pie, without all of the extra calories. If you haven't tried out this recipe yet and want to, click here. It's perfect to make on a Sunday to have around for breakfast or a snack for the upcoming week!

3. Real Techniques Complexion Sponge

picture via target.com

picture via target.com

Who else uses Beauty Blenders? Yeah, I did too, and then I found Real Techniques Complexion Sponges. You can get TWO of these sponges for about $10. No more spending close to $20 on ONE Beauty Blender sponge. Don't you love finding something just as great as a more expensive product for a fraction of the cost? Me too. 

4. Fall Desktop Background

image via galmeetsglam.com

image via galmeetsglam.com

I don't know if it's just me, but I get really excited to change my computer desktop wallpaper to match the season. Nerdy, right? I think I like it because I spend so much time on my computer. I like being able to sneak a glance at in now and then while I'm working and it makes me get excited about the season and the holidays coming up. I got my current background from one of my favorites bloggers, Gal Meets Glam. She's a fashion blogger and it's safe to say I wish I could steal her closet. Her husband is a photographer and he takes gorgeous photos, including the one above! 

5. My Current Breakfast on Repeat

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Do you guys have a breakfast that just seems to be on repeat these days? As soon as the colder weather hit I wasn't really in the mood for a smoothie in the morning, so I turned to oatmeal. A good tip with oatmeal is to buy plain oatmeal, not the pre-packaged flavored ones (like maple and brown sugar). I'll add cinnamon, a little bit of maple syrup, and banana slices to my plain oatmeal to add just enough sweetness. You'll save yourself a good amount of sugar by starting with plain oatmeal instead of the flavored packets!

That's what I've been loving this week! Don't forget to let me know your favorites of the week in the comments. 

Happy Weekend!

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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