My daughter started calling me a hippie last summer…really? I asked her why and she said, “you know, you’re a yoga teacher, you buy organic stuff, you use reusable bags at the grocery store, you make everything from scratch”. OK, I guess I am by that definition. Happy to be a hippie!
When I was young back in the 70’s, to me a hippie wore patchwork pants, drove a VW bus, made daisy chains and wore them in her hair. Dang…now I really want to be a hippie! I was born just a little too late to really be involved in the hippie movement in the 70’s. In fact, it was kind of a “bad word” in our house in suburbia. So, I guess I have to experience it now…even if it is a little vicariously.
My oldest son recently went on an adventure…in a van. It’s a van we have come to love, but if I were to get into that kind of a van when I was a teenager, my Dad would have a search party out looking for me! He and his sweetie bought it for $500 and fixed it up. It was pretty rough when they brought it home, but they went to work on it and soon it was lookin mighty fine! They built a platform for their bed and lots of storage space underneath, insulated the whole interior, paint, paneling, Christmas lights and Spam. Lots of Spam. Off they went! They traveled to Banff, Smith Rock, Cannon Beach, down the coast to California, and all the way back. A couple of hiccups along the way, but they made it in one piece! More importantly, they set out to see some beautiful places, met some amazing people and found a way to make it work! Yes, living vicariously through my kiddo. I wish I would have done something like that when I was in my 20’s. Maybe now?
The reason I like to make lots of things from scratch is because I like to know what is in the food I feed my family. The other reason, of course, is because I just love to cook. I started making granola this year. It’s just such a yummy crunchy way to start the day. The recipe I am sharing with you is Chocolate Granola. It can be dessert too…or bed time snack…or afternoon snack…just sayin. I’m also including my very simple Almond Milk recipe. If you’ve only had Almond Milk in the carton from the store, try to make your own. It tastes so much better!
So, embrace your inner hippie! Make a daisy chain to put in your hair! Flash a peace sign! Buy a van and go on an adventure! Make some Chocolate Granola and Almond Milk!