Last Sunday I went out to celebrate a friend’s birthday and remembered just how awesome it is not to cook on Sunday. I never truly appreciated the act of “brunching” until I moved to Boston and was presented with a million restaurants offering their own variations of it. Whether I’m making it myself or eating out at some random eatery, I can’t imagine a Sunday without brunch.

sunday brunch


WIAW | Laziest of Days


Even though this is supposed to be a “What I Ate Wednesday“, I’m going to post about Tuesday (yesterday), because that was the day I remembered to document my food intake, haha.

So, here’s my eats for Tuesday, August 18th!

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Simple Homemade Granola

I’ve been meaning to make homemade granola for weeks now, and I finally managed to get it done this past Sunday.

Granola is one of those foods that seems a lot more complicated to make than it actually is.  Once you find a recipe you like, you can easily customize it however you want, and you’ll always love your own granola more than any store-bought brand because it will always have everything you love in it.

I’ve eaten my granola with yogurt and raspberries for breakfast and dessert almost every day this week, so I’m already almost out of it. I’m going to have to make a bigger batch next time. With the holidays just around the corner, I’m also thinking of making some special holiday versions for my friends and family.

yogurt dessert

The general ingredients and directions for granola usually run along them same lines, but here’s the recipe that I used and adapted.

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#MotivationMonday Even Lazy Days Can Be Productive

Today has been a lazy day.  I woke up around 7 like I usually do, had a simple breakfast of eggs, toast, and tea, and made sure everything was in order for the first day of school tomorrow.  I have a pretty long to-do list to get through, but since today is a holiday (Labor Day), most places and offices are closed, and thus I have to just wait until tomorrow to get working on it.

Breakfast for today

Breakfast for today

A lot of my friends have said that they’re dreading the start of school, and for once, I feel the opposite.  I can’t wait to get started on working on my goals.  This week is supposed to also start my return to working out, which I’m more than ready for.  I feel like my body is deteriorating right before my eyes!  I’m sure it’ll feel much more satisfying to be sore, and feel like I’m actually doing something with my free time instead of just watching Hulu. 

Anyway, my Monday has been spent in perpetual anticipation and a heightened sense of motivation.  I’ll let you know how things go later in the week.

Until next time,

❤ Gemma