Over the 4th of July I took a little trip . . . to Boston and the North Shore.
It is so New Englad and a great place to be in the summer. (notice I haven't posted a single photo of a winter- time trip)
One day we took a boat ride to the tip of Cape Cod. Look at these great shots of the light house off of the Plymoth harbor. . .
The ride over on the ferry was Beautiful ~ we even saw a whale.
The harbor at Provincetown was full of ReaLLy Nice boats . . . Maybe Caitlin Jenner was on one of them?
We headed back after a fun day of lobster rolls and a shandy or two.
On the ride back, we went past the same light house . . . you can see how the tide has swallowed up the land around it.
The PhotoHunt for today is 'Elegant' . . .
That doesn't describe me.
But, it did make me think of this Elegant hotel in Positano. If I had the $$$, this is where I'd stay. (It would probably cost my entire Italy budget)
The Hotel Palazzo Murat is the Perfect location on the entire Amalfi Coast. The pool appears to be flowing right into the church, and the beach below that.The entrance to the gardens is off the covered walkway into town.
Beautiful sculptures that are found in the garden are by the local artist Paolo Sandulli. He is known for these terra cotta busts . . . these hold a variety of plants and flowers.
His work is all very clever, with a whimsical look.
Of course in the gardens of the Palazzo they are simply Elegant.
I love a really good granola . . . and now that I am Gluten Free, Really Good Granola is not easy to find. So, I searched the internet for grain free granola.
You know what the secret is?
Lots of nuts.
I use a mix of Almonds, Pecans, Pumpkin seeds, and Sunflower seeds. If you are using roasted or salted nuts, you might want to cut out the salt in the recipe
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup dried cranberries
5 cups assorted nuts
2 egg whites
2 Tbs water
3 Tbs coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
Chop the nuts. They need to be a mix of choppedness. I did some in the processor, and some with my big knife. Combine the nuts with the coconut and about half the cranberries. ( I like my cranberries to be more fresh and moist, so had the other half later)
In a separate bowl, mix the oil, honey and spices. Whisk in the egg white. Add all of this to the nutty mess.
When it is well combined. . . spoon onto a baking sheet.
Bake at 300 for 30 minutes. Take out after 20 minutes, stir and add the remaining cranberries.
When it is looking browned, remove from the oven.
Important . . . Allow to SIT till it is cooled.
This is when it forms those nutty clumpy clusters
I love it on yogurt, but it would also be great on oatmeal or just by the nutty handfuls.