I’ve been feeling guilty, but with the help of Lady Gaga and lots of red wine, I am finally getting over it. Maybe.
A couple of days ago, I made a very difficult decision, which might have destroyed a friendship. It felt like both a break up and a resignation letter, even though it was neither.
I made this decision out of self-respect. It is typical for young architects to be taken advantage of by other, older, and sometimes “important”, professionals and professors. They offer us an opportunity, which might help us advance in our careers, but require sacrificing self worth and mental peace. With big bright, naïve eyes, we say yes! We are confident that it is a necessary evil: all in the name of progress! I now think differently, as they will keep living their lives when you are gone, and you will keep struggling to find yourself, by yourself.
While mulling over this, guilt free granola gave me the strength and energy to cope.
This recipe is perfect, as it easy to make, healthy, satisfying, and delicious. Different from the store bought kind, which is typically high in calories, this granola contains no artificial sweeteners, oil, or preservatives. It is pure, and energizing.
The ingredients I am including are just suggestions. You can add, remove, and substitute any of them. The only thing you have to know is that it need to sweetened and moistened for it to cook and become crispy. All other additives are up to you! If you don’t almond extract, just use cinnamon and vanilla. Any nut, seed, or dried fruit will pair perfectly. It just takes a little of imagination, and confidence in that it will work.
2 ½ cups of old fashioned rolled oats (I used gluten-free Bob’d Red Mill)
½ cup all natural orange juice
½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup almonds
Other nuts or seeds
Mix oats, juice and maple syrup in a clean bowl. Add extracts and spices, then almonds. Spread on a baking sheet and bake in a 250-degree oven for 45-60 minutes, or until crisp. If adding dried fruits, such as cranberries, cherries etc, incorporate into granola after cooked, and put in oven for 5 more minutes. Enjoy!