Our Sunday Best

October 25th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast

Per usual, I was up before the rest of the crew this morning. I fired up the oven first thing and put together another batch of Toasted Apple Cinnamon Cereal a la Brendan Brazier and Thrive.

When I made this cereal earlier this week I was sort of surprised at how perfectly chewy the apples turned out. I sliced up a second apple and baked it right along with the cereal, both for an hour at 250.

Apples with Cereal this Morning

I’m pretty sure I saw Mama Pea do this a while ago.

Homemade Dried Apples

I think I can safely stop spending $3.50 a bag on my favorite Woodstock Farms dried apples. These turned out better than I could have ever expected! They’ve only turned out so-so in the food dehydrator. I don’t know why I didn’t try is sooner – Mama is always right!

I moved most of the cereal to a container to be stored in the fridge. (For up to two weeks according to Brendan, but there’s no way it’s going to last that long here.)

Ready for Fridge

Today’s cereal was made with a diced apple, a half cup or so each of sliced almonds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, ground flax with a couple dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg. I used a 1/4 c of Grade A real maple syrup today instead agave nectar like last time, as well as a 1/4 c of canola oil.

What didn’t fit in the storage container got moved to my bowl:

Sunday Cereal

I ate my homemade cereal with sliced bananas and got back to work on the Operation: Clean Out the Filing Cabinet project I started while my cereal was baking this morning. Gotta make it a little bit lighter for whichever big, strong, handsome, strapping man I ask to pick up and move to the moving truck in just a few short weeks here. (Note to self: start reminding all the men in my life how big, strong, handsome, strapping they are.)

Operation Get Organized

Once the gang was up and I’d sufficiently spread huge piles of paper all over, we headed out for a Sunday walk/ride on this beautiful fall morning.

A Sunday Walk

Even Ping came along today. (Hissy didn’t fit in the trike trunk.)

With Ping

Goose has recently been renamed Ping and is now a regular tag-along thanks to the latest book I’ve read approximately 100 times over the past couple of weeks here.

The Story About Ping

It was a beautiful morning to make our way slowly and surely to the coffee shop about a mile from home.

Blue Skies

A few weeks since my last cup of coffee, I felt like one today and got a tall pumpkin spice coffee with milk.

Jitters on a Sunday Morning

We admired the fall decorations.

Pumpkin Light Take a Peek

We also noticed that a certain 3 year old is now tall enough to reach the water jug and serve herself.

Tall Enough

Interestingly enough said 3 year old who claims to be “so big!” also claims to be “too little!” to peddle the mile back home.

Carry Tot

Good thing Daddy isn’t too little to carry that big girl, and Mama isn’t too little to carry the big bike.

Carry Trike

This morning’s walk, in combination with a short half mile run to home and back to fetch a coat for Ms. Ava about 5 minutes into our walk – who, let the record show that upon leaving, swore she didn’t need a coat and had to sign a contract stating “I will never argue with mom about needing a coat again” before I agreed to run back and get it – as well as resistance training in the form of tricycle carrying has sufficiently taken care of today’s work out.

Zak Attack had to go in to work for a few hours today so the girlies and I are holding down the fort. Now it’s time to get started on my next Operation; Donate or Toss.

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15 Responses

  • tra says:

    Cool cereal! yummers.

  • LOVE the looks of that cereal and apple. I have never tried the oven method, only the dehydrator method. Yours looks awesome, may have to give er a whirl. I dont think I will ever get around to reading Your Boyfriend’s Book. I have wanted to crack Thrive so many times but get sidetracked. If only for his recipes, I need to. And of course the granola looks awesome.

    For our move to AZ, I sold things I could sell on Craigslist. It took many weeekends of waiting around for losers and flakes. I donated the rest. And we moved with only about 20% of what we owned. That’s right, 80% of our stuff was donated or sold. And I dont miss it one iota. I bought some new, but the clutter, crap, and non essentials that I may need “someday” are long gone and I love it. I hope your destashing goes well!!!

    Glad I gave you an idea for HBH too :)

  • Liz says:

    What a beautiful fall day! I wish the leaves changed like that in CA. Also, what a fun way to workout…it’s like an un-workout!

  • Cindy says:

    It’s THAT beautiful here…but I am SO STINKING tired that so far we’ve made it outside in our PJ’s …eating our version of your cereal and watching JJ pop wheelies in his car.

    Love the walk with the girls for coffee! SO SWEET.

    maybe later we’ll go to the park .. That would be nice. But Kyle still needs a hair cut, my CAR NEEDS a bath and laundy is no where close to being done!

    MAN…what happened to the long weekend!


  • Erin says:

    Ooo you’re making me want to make that cereal! And I LOVE cleaning out filing cabinets. You feel so productive afterwards. I’m very excited for Donate or Toss. I am also a giant, giant nerd.

  • Mama Pea says:

    Yup, been there, done that. Now if I could just teach the girls to core and slice the apples, I’d be all set.

    I think your workout is more than sufficient. :)

  • Jennifer says:

    That cereal looks so good!!! I had to laugh about the carrying the tricycle home. (haha) We’ve been there.

    Today was a beautiful fall day here, too.

  • Lizzy says:

    what a wonderful fall day. it looked exactly like that here too! I wanted to be outside all day!!!

    Who would have thought to bake the apples like that, i gotta try that, i love dried apples!

  • maria says:

    LOVE cleaning out and getting rid of junk I don’t need or want anymore. Totally cathartic for me.

  • Erika says:

    Donate or Toss is a weekly thing in my house. I get anxious with too much stuff! And the pics of your new house are gorgeous. I love the laundry chute and there looks like so much character!

  • Holly says:

    it was gorgeous fall weather here too – glad you enjoyed :)

  • Ah, more real cereal I see! I did that to my filing cabinet recently. Should have done the whole thing myself, I let my bf have a “misc file” I don’t think anything got thrown out at all in his piles.

  • i’ve got a similar filing cabinet project too going on in my house – except it’s not getting done!

  • Rebecca says:

    I love that you make your own cereal. I had some apple chips in a Panera salad today and they were wonderful! I’ll have to try making my own.

    I totally missed the post about your last cup of coffee. That’s so awesome. I need coffee on a daily basis. :-)

    Sorry I haven’t been commenting lately. I’ve been so busy but I AM reading. Yours is one of the few blogs I read even when my life is crazy! <3

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