Baking with Mrs Bouw: Home Made Muesli!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Earlier in the year I had gotten into the habit of making my own muesli, however, with packing up our life in Sydney and then spending two months with family in Melbourne before arriving in the US, let's just say home made muesli was not on the top of my list of priorities! ;) However, now that we are relatively settled here in Chicago, I am turning my focus back to a healthier lifestyle for all of us! The main reason I was keen to go back to home made was due to the breakfast products (and food products in general) in the supermarkets here. Without going by what is written on the side of the box and judging with your taste buds alone, the foods are either ridiculously salty (and that's coming from someone who loves salty foods... shhhh) or beyond sweet or BOTH (if that's even possible)?! And given breakfast is the most important meal of the day and can often set our 'eating' tone for the day, you can't beat home made and healthy! This recipe is, quick, super yum and so adaptable so you can tailor it to your personal taste adding or subtracting ingredients as you please, And the best part is knowing exactly what goes into it! I serve this up each morning with fresh fruit, a couple of tablespoons of greek yoghurt and just a splash of low fat milk for a little extra moisture! Oh and this recipe made two medium sized jars (picture below).
    

Mrs Bouw's Home Made Muesli

Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup mixed dried berries (I use dried blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and raisins)
1/2 cup mixed unsalted nuts, roughly chopped (I used all natural almonds, walnuts and cashews)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup honey
3 tbs milk
2 tbs coconut oil

Method

- Preheat oven to 180°c.

- Line a large baking tray with baking paper and set aside.

- Place oats, coconut, nuts, mixed berries and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.

- In a small saucepan, place honey, milk and coconut oil and stir over low heat until combined. This should only take a minute.

- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

- Spread mixture evenly onto prepared baking tray and place in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and slightly crisp (you can bake for longer if you like your muesli super crunchy).

- Set aside to cool before transferring to an airtight container or jar.

- Enjoy! :)

Get the look: Leggings, Laces and Lippy!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Earlier this year I did a post called 'Bummy Yummy Mummy' and let's just say I've upped the anti! Being a busy Mumma and wife (and currently being without a car) you will find me walking (a lot!) so most days due to comfort and practicality more than anything, I reach for the quickest and easiest option... leggings and sneakers! This is by no means the most glamourous of looks but it doesn't mean you have to leave the house feeling drab and frumpy. Some choose to match their nail polish to their handbag so who's to say we can't do the same with our lippies and sneakers?! ;) A bright lip can go a long way and leave you looking and feeling that little bit happier and more confident. AND it gives the impression that you indeed look 'together' when you may in fact have been scrambling to feed two kiddies, get them cleaned up, dressed and out the door hee hee Lipstick may not solve world peace but it does work a whole lotta magic! Smoke and mirrors my friends :)

As for the shoes, go for bold! Choose something fun and punchy to dress up an otherwise boring pair of black leggings or if you are brave enough to have the leggings be your statement piece, than invest in a neutral shoe, black, white and grey is always a safe bet!
 
Eastbay has an enormous range to choose from so I always like to browse online and once I have found a shoe I like I search for stockists that are closest to me. Can you tell I gravitate towards pink, green and orange runners?! ;)  photo Slide1_zpsdf59774c.jpg 1. Nike Free 5.0 from Eastbay 2. Free TR Connect 2 (Grey) from Renarts
3. Mizuno Wave Elixir from Finishline
4. Free TR Connect 2 (Pink) from Nordstrom
5. Nike Luna Racer +3 from Eastbay

Below are five of my absolute fave lippies, all by MAC cosmetics! Number 1, 3 & 5 really pack a punch and numbers  2 & 4 are softer and much more subtle...
     

1. 'Lady Danger' by MAC
2. 'Saint Germaine' by MAC
3. 'Candy Yum Yum' by MAC
4. 'Coral Bliss' by MAC
5. 'Morange' by MAC

And lastly, three examples of amazing leggings. I swear by the black Topshop ones (I have around 6- 8 pairs), I just adore the hydrangea print and most of you have probably already gathered that I love me some animal print :)
1. 'Hydrangea Prana' pants from The Upside
2. 'High waist Extra Long' leggings from Topshop
3. 'Blue Tiger' leggings from Brasilfit

So there you have it, leggings, laces and lippy. Simple, comfy and effortless! xxx


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