olive oil granola.


i love this recipe. i’ve made it the past several years around the holiday to hand out as little gifts. by this point, i know that i can’t keep it around the house because i could eat an entire jar mindlessly in 5 minutes flat. it’s so simple and so tasty.

3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup raw pepitas
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup maple syrup*
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt

*if you like your granola a little sweeter, do 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/4 cup honey instead

preheat oven to 300.

combine all ingredients and spread over a parchment lined baking sheet. bake for 35–45 minutes, tossing occasionally.

cool and enjoy!



i’ll admit, i shop on amazon, (a lot). but when it comes to just browsing, it’s not the best experience—i usually turn to canopy. with a clean interface and curated selection of goods, it’s a joy to scroll. you can heart your favorites and click to buy directly from amazon. here are a few of my recent hearts:


from the top: casa tissue box cover $7; vintage nasa tee shirt $22; roadie 20 cooler $250; personal survival first aid tin $9; alarm dock $28; creative confidence $18; ripple towel $18; swing arm natural wood desk lamp $35; rectangular modern minimalist white ceramic succulent planter $18; crinkle bag vase; everything i want to eat $28; zebra series alborg end table $160.


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iris, oh FABULOUS iris. she’s iconic in her huge round glasses and bright colors, but i didn’t know much about her before watching the documentary: iris. i love that she and her husband carl started old world weavers after she couldn’t find the textile she wanted for a client. why not just make it? from there, the company only grew. as far as her personal style goes, watching her put together pieces is pure magic. why? authenticity. she buys and wears only what she loves. it’s as simple as that.

on blogging.


the other day i mentioned to a friend that i wanted to start blogging more.

“how often do you blog?” she asked me. and then i laughed and confessed that my last blog post was in september. that’s nearly a year ago. a year!

i’ve frequently thought about blog posts, but in the chaos of everyday life i forget how simple it is to take a morsel of an idea or a glimmer of inspiration and jot it down. i look back through posts for inspiration and to find recipes. once i’m out of the habit of writing, though, it seems so laborious to keep it up. “write blog post” sits on the to-do list day after day.

then earlier today I found this quote from the inimitable bruce lee: if you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

(sit on that for a second)

that’s exactly what i was doing. i was transported back to my sophomore year of college, when my mom and i watched this woman on the today show and i promptly ordered this book.

so here i am blogging.

to get back into the swing of things, here are 4 things, in no particular order:

this song on repeat. perfect for an evening walk to zone out and rinse off the day.

i am currently sidelined from the bike, but i still swoon every time machines for freedom sends me an email newsletter.

the photo above was taken at the start of my early morning run on a ranch in ukiah, ca. i’m 10-weeks away from the new york city marathon, and running is my savior right now. expect more posts on running.

after listening to paulo coelho talk with krista tippett on her podcast, “on being,” i recently re-read the alchemist. it’s just as good now as it was when i originally read it ages ago. here’s to all of us following our personal legends.


on writing.

“writing is hard for every last one of us… coal mining is harder. do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? they do not. they simply dig.”

— cheryl strayed (via)

6 notes about my bike ride yesterday.

a dude crushed me going up hawk hill. his ponytail was more luscious than mine and he was smoking a cigarette when i got to the top. hipster or european?

a 5B car passed me and i desperately wanted to chase it down. i don’t think this feeling ever goes away.

in case you were wondering, the headlands tunnel was closed this weekend (translation: unexpected very steep climbs).

someone from twin falls stopped me at the coffee shop thanks to my elephant’s perch kit. see! money well spent!

SELFIE STICKS NEED TO BE PROHIBITED ON THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE. as if pedaling in the wind on a very narrow path isn’t hard enough.

riding to sausalito for an espresso makes up for the terrifying trip(s) across the bridge.

cream cheese chocolate chip cookies.

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i made these morsels for the first time in a LONG time yesterday and they are tastier than ever. my mom made them for us growing up and they are still one of my favorite cookie recipes. small adjustment to the ingredients (no shortening this time), so i thought i would repost for inquiring minds.

2 cups butter
8 oz. regular cream cheese
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
4 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
2 tsp salt
12 oz. chocolate chips (*i used half dark chocolate, half white chocolate for this batch)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

preheat oven to °350. beat together softened butter, cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. just until smooth. slowly mix in flour and salt. then fold in chocolate chips and nuts. spoon into 1″ balls, on an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes or until just browned around the edges.