Easy Homemade Granola

I love yogurt parfaits and snacking on granola so when my sister shared with me this super easy recipe, I jumped at the chance to try it. Here are some suggestions when making this…

  • Add pecans and walnuts on top of the peanuts (the more nuts, the better!).
  • When adding wet ingredients, add oil first and use same measuring spoon to add honey so the honey doesn’t stick to the spoon.
  • After it’s all cooked and cooled, add dried raisins and cranberries.
  • You can omit the wheatgerm if you don’t have it on hand.
  • You can control the amount of sugar that goes in to make it less fattening (you won’t be able to tell the difference!).

Buy a big tub of yogurt (so much cheaper), add some fruit and voila! Delicious, nutritious, and filling breakfast! Oh and NEVER skip breakfast…you’ll end up overeating the rest of the day!!

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Green Tea Shortbread Cookies

picture by Amai Tea & Bake House

Comedian and recent relationship guru Steve Harvey refers to sex as “the cookie” because according to him, “Everybody likes cookies. That’s the thing about a cookie. I like oatmeal raisin…but if you’ve got vanilla cream, I’ll eat that too.”

I couldn’t agree with him more. Cookies are my sweet indulgence of choice and I can never eat just one. Another weakness of mine is anything with green tea, which explains the title of this blog. So when my sister told me about this Green Tea Shortbread Cookie recipe, I just knew it would be perfection!

Get the recipe here:
Green Tea Sweets Recipe by Amai Tea & Bake House

I love how the cookies look with the leaf cookie cutter but if you don’t own one, here’s what I did. Take an empty aluminum foil box and line it with parchment paper (so the dough doesn’t stick) and then press the dough into the box. Carefully pull out the long rectangular dough with the parchment paper and refrigerate it. After it hardens a bit, cut the dough into slices so they are little squares. It’s actually a lot faster/easier than rolling it out and cutting each cookie out of the dough separately.

Here are mine prior to baking…

I had a lot of extra cookies so I packaged some to give away to friends. I always have clear glassine bags and tons of pretty ribbon on hand. Really, that’s all you need to make an attractive packaging for your sweet treats! And it feels so much more special than cookies dumped in a ziploc bag or tupperware. Happy Baking!

Lovely Obsessions…

Welcome!!!

“Lovely Obsessions” was one of the titles I originally wanted for this blog before I came to the crashing realization that any title I could think of was already claimed. Anywhoo, this site will be about my obsession with all things lovely! Pearls and green tea are definitely up there in my “I die” (a la Rachel Zoe) list!

Lovely fashions? Check!
Lovely decor? Present!
Lovely bites? Absolutely!
and let’s throw in a little bit of lovely travel for good measure!

I hope you all enjoy browsing/wearing/drinking pearls and green tea with me!