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a healthy new year

I had a few too many balls in the air this year come Christmas, so a couple of things had to get bumped to the week after Christmas. The Christmas cards became New Years cards, the gifts for the teachers were delivered after the holiday break instead of before it, etc. It was actually a nice change of pace since that week between Christmas and New Years is usually a pretty quiet one around my home: the kids are happily playing with their new gifts from Santa, there's nothing on the calendar besides visiting with family and taking down the Christmas tree.

I'm new to having kids in school, and I'm still figuring out what makes a nice teacher gift, but I did see what the other kids were bringing before the break: lots of candy and sweets. Now I enjoy those things too, but I get a little overloaded with sugar during the holidays, and by January..  I'm ready for something nice and healthy.

Which brings me to this delicious recipe for Granola. A few years back, my friend Katie hosted a brunch at her home and made this granola. Even though her table was filled with delicious breakfast treats, I kept going back for more granola. It's that delicious! And now we make it all the time. This recipe makes a big batch, so we share some with our friends and keep the rest in the fridge. Topped with a few big spoonfuls of  Greek yogurt, a splash of milk, and a big pile of berries, it is the perfect breakfast.

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I just stumbled upon your wonderful blog. It's definitely going on my list of favorites.

Darling idea about the granola! I love the serif font you used on the labels ... so clean and classy. Would you mind telling me what font you used?

01.22.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori

I'm a teacher & have yogurt almost every morning for breakfast, so I would've loved to get this!

01.31.2010 | Unregistered Commentertj

I love this idea - I've been giving away things that I can from the summer for holidays. However, I haven't gotten the label down yet. What label did you use? I had bought circle labels from Onlinelabels.com but I can't get them to fit my mason jars well or print right. Any suggestions? Thanks! Love the blog!

02.23.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

Hi Danielle,
I just printed my own labels on full sheet sticker paper and then cut them out by hand so I could make the circle any size I wanted. Works well if you're doing just a handful, but it might be too much work if you're passing out a lot of jars!

02.24.2010 | Registered CommenterBrooke

I know this is way late to the game, but I just wanted to say that as a teacher for 8 years(in middle school, which equals about 20 normal years), the best "gifts" I receive are cards that have something personal written in them, from parents and/or students. Food gets eaten (happily!..but eaten), trinkets get lost, and gift cards get used...but I keep all my favorite cards in a "happy folder" on my desk (along with pictures kids draw for me, letters from former students, e-mail from parents, etc). When I'm having a particularly rough day, I pull out my happy folder and remind myself why I do this job. With your design skills, you could make the loveliest cards...just a thought!

03.11.2010 | Unregistered Commenterkris

I just made my first granola this morning, inspired by your post! It's delicious. I ate it with milk and have been going strong all morning.

Love the idea. Where did you get the lids?

12.31.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarlene

Thank you so much for sharing this great idea! I love your blog! When I download the granola labels, am I able to computer print the names onto the labels before I print them? Thank you!

04.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

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