Handmade Holiday

by domonique on December 17, 2014 · 1 comment

in food and drink, parties and holidays

A Bowl Full of Simple | Handmade Holiday

Each year at Christmas I like to make a handmade gift.  I have made candles, notecards, decadent chocolate truffles, soap, potted paper whites among the favorites over the years.  For more ideas on handmade gifts, you can check out this post about Getting Organized for the Holidays.  I love the creative process of brainstorming what this year’s item will be and how it will be packaged.  It is thoughtful, from the heart, and always one of a kind.  This year I decided on Cranberry Walnut Granola.  It’s a version of my Simple Granola recipe only spiced up for the holidays.  I hope this inspires you to create a little handmade gift to share with those you love this holiday season.

A Bowl Full of Simple | Handmade Holiday

A Bowl Full of Simple | Handmade Holiday

A Bowl Full of Simple | Handmade Holiday

The pieces to this gift are quite simple.  I bought 10 oz. Weck jars (similar), striped spoons, and the ingredients for the granola.  My good friend Alexis Murphy made the adorable gift stickers and I assembled it all with red and white baker’s twine.  What made this recipe special was the addition of unsweetened dehydrated cranberries.  They stay whole and aren’t doused in tons of added sugar.  Clean and simple.  The recipe below makes enough for five 10 oz. jars.  I easily quadrupled the recipe to make 20 gifts.

A Bowl Full of Simple | Handmade Holiday

A Bowl Full of Simple | Handmade Holiday

A Bowl Full of Simple | Handmade Holiday

A Bowl Full of Simple | Handmade Holiday

Cranberry Walnut Granola

3 cups old fashioned oats (gluten-free are good too)

3/4 c. almond flour

1/3 c. coconut oil, melted

1 c. raw walnuts, chopped

2/3 c. pure maple syrup

2 tbsp. chia seeds

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. vanilla

a pinch of sea salt

1 c. whole dehydrated cranberries, unsweetened

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Spray a large sheet pan with coconut oil to coat.  Combine the first 9 ingredients on the sheet pan and toss well until the mixture is well coated.  Evenly distribute on the sheet pan in one layer. Bake for 28-30 minutes, turning once halfway.  It is very important not to overcook.  Remove front the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.  When completely cooled, toss in the cranberries and mix.  Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Tree Hunting

December 5, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple |  Christmas Tree Hunting

Quite possibly my favorite day of the year.  It rivals swimming in the ocean and snuggling my littles at bedtime. Hunting for our Christmas tree feels that good.  We load everyone up, bring along hot cocoa and often a picnic and head for the hills.  My husband and I have been doing this ever since […]

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Random Acts of Christmas Kindness and Advent

November 28, 2014
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With the first Sunday of Advent this weekend, I wanted to share a few of our most treasured family traditions.  I look forward to this part of the holiday season most and try desperately to be as organized as possible for the December frenzy that ensues so that I can focus on my family and what […]

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Fall Table Simplified

November 24, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple | Fall Table Simplified

I always love setting the table for dinner parties. Whether it’s a big traditional family meal like Thanksgiving or a smaller casual dinner, setting the table gets me in the mood and sets the stage for your gathering.  I like to keep a table clean and simple.  I tend to use seasonal items like fruits, […]

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Autumn in New York

November 20, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple | Autumn in New York

How I love this city!  Sharing a few of my favorite things to do in NYC in Autumn from my recent trip.  I have to admit that I spent more time than I care to admit humming the tune Danke Schoen over the 4 beautiful fall days I was there.  You know the line, I recall […]

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Weekend Links – November

November 14, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple // Weekend Links | November

  Whoa, I’m back from a week of really fun travel and down with a cold, ick!  But between spending 4 days in NYC last week and the weather in California finally turning a little cooler, it’s beginning to feel like fall.  So I made a pot of one of my favorite easy soups and […]

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The Anderson Collection

October 20, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple | The Anderson Collection at Stanford University

I’ve been anxiously anticipating the newly opened Anderson Collection at Stanford University.  The collection is a gift from Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence.  They have been collecting these pieces for more than 50 years.  Stanford built a magnificent building to permanently house this private collection for the public to enjoy. […]

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Travelogue | Venice

October 15, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple | Venice Travelogue

Aahhh, Venice.  Long awaited Venice, Italy.  This was definitely more of a bucket list item for me than anything. I had always wanted to see the canals, people, architecture of Venice and am so glad I had the chance.  Worth the wait for sure!  I will say though, it wasn’t the best spot for the […]

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Weekend Round-UP

October 10, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple | Weekend Roundup

Another beautiful fall weekend in California.  We are going to soak it all in as much as we can!  Lately, I’ve been reading all kinds of interesting articles.  It was so timely to come across this fun idea of a take on the Book Club with an “articles club.”  Wouldn’t that be a great way […]

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Taco Tuesday

October 7, 2014
A Bowl Full of Simple | Fish Tacos

I’ve been making my way through the gorgeous new cookbook Yummy Supperby Erin Scott.  If I didn’t convince you to take a look at it before, you may want to now.  I mean how could you not be inspired by the cover shot of these gorgeous and oh so simple fish tacos.  What I’ve been enjoying […]

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