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Right now I feel like every week is a week of huge change and transition. It seems like each day I discover something new about our home, my job, our new neighborhood. Heck, I even have fun watching Nutmeg discover her new home. The process of moving has a way of making you appreciate all the little details about the every day routine. Here is the most recent news from the House de Hofmeyer.

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In the first two weeks of living in our new house I’ve:

*Found my favorite spot to drink my morning cup of coffee. At the kitchen table in the corner chair next to the radiator where it’s super warm and cozy.

*Gotten over my fear of living in a house that was much bigger than our previous place. We only had one large room in our loft-style apartment. Now we have multiple rooms (aka places for scary people to camp out in) and it took a while to adjust. Now I’m sleeping just fine.

*Discovered that if you take a shower upstairs with the door open, the steam will set off the fire alarm since it detects “smoke.” Happens every. single. morning.

*Had friends over for dinner for the first time. We had my go-to recipe for easy entertaining, cornbread, a big salad and chocolate chip cookies and then watched a movie. It was lovely and a great way to make Wednesday night feel more like the weekend. Note to self: Entertain on weekdays more often.

*Learned how to install a dryer duct, operate a power drill, assemble and install closet organization systems and split a box spring and put it back together.

*Discovered a new favorite candle. It’s Caldera brand from Target in the Lemon-Vanilla scent. Heavenly!

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*And made super-tasty granola. I’ve never been a huge granola eater, but this recipe from the February issue of Bon Appetit was calling my name. I made a big batch for the week and we’ve been enjoying it any number of ways. It’s just sweet enough, though I think you could easily cut down the honey if you wanted something a little less sweet and more on the healthy side. Additionally, feel free to mix in other goodies, like dried fruit or dark chocolate chips. Just make sure you do that after the granola bakes and cools.

Captain Crunch Granola
Recipe slightly adapted from Bon Appetit February 2013
Ingredients
*1 large egg white, beaten
*1/2 cup honey
*1/4 cup oil or warmed coconut oil
*2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
*1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
*1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*3 cups old fashioned oats
*1 1/2 cups chopped mixed nuts (such as almonds, pecans, sesame seeds or walnuts)
*1/2 cup sesame seeds

Instructions
*Preheat oven to 300°F. Combine the egg white, honey, oil, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon and stir until well combined. Add in the oats, mixed nuts and sesame seeds and stir until evenly coated. Spread into an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet and store in an airtight container. Serve with milk, atop yogurt or by the handful.

Happy Baking!
Madison

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  • http://twitter.com/gabb_b Gabby Bladdick

    First of all, trying this granola as soon as we get settled in our home. Looks delish!

    Secondly, I love your point about being able to sleep in a bigger house. We’ve always lived in super tiny one-bedroom apartments and our new house is HUGE compared to that! I was turning off all the lights in the house last night after finishing up painting and had to call out to my fiance to walk out with me because I was being a little chicken. :)

  • http://twitter.com/stephmwise Stephanie Wise

    I’ve totally discovered the midweek dinner get-together, too, and I love it! Makes the week go by a little bit faster. :)

    Also, I want this granola in my life. ASAP.

    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

  • Cindy Germann

    I love that you’re settling in and I really love the sneak peaks of your house! The candle sounds heavenly. I have been wanting a new scent for this inbetween season. I will need to check that one out!

  • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com/ Urban Wife

    So happy you’re starting to settle in! Like your weeknight friends’ dinner, one reason I love small group is for that reason – it makes the rest of the week go by quickly. :)

    p.s. The granola sounds delicious! Pinning.

  • http://fritesandfries.com/ Annie Wang

    Popping in to say hey! I found your blog! I can’t have granola around the house because it would be gone in seconds — breakfast is my big meal of the day. xoxo Annie

    • MadisonMayberry

      Annie! I actually just blog stalked you the other day. :) I agree about not having the granola around the house. It’s super dangerous. I just put some of it in the freezer so we’ll see if it works to store that way.

  • http://www.keepitsweetdesserts.com/ Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I’m not usually a bit granola eater but I love the sound of this! Love hearing about your settling into the new house. SO exciting:-)

    • MadisonMayberry

      Thanks, Lauren! It’s finally starting to come together. And Joe just said the other day that he is bummed our fridge doesn’t have any KIS Desserts anymore. I think I’ll have to re-stock soon!

  • Jessica Scheuer

    Glad you’re settling into your new home. I felt the same way in our bigger place; I think I’ve seen too many episodes of SVU. p.s. granola will happen soon!

  • Cara Robles

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who gets scared and imagines people hiding in empty rooms!

    • Madison Mayberry

      Ha! Not at all. I still have the “little kid scared of the dark” syndrome in a major way. :)

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