I haven't posted in this blog recently, but I decided I'd better get to it today. I wanted to let you know that I have not given up nor been done in by the concept of living more simply. In fact, I find myself more and more in tune with it. I am, at heart, an anxious person (aren't we all?) but I'm finding that feeling I have a grasp on how much money I have, what bills I need to pay and how I'll use any money coming in is giving me a sense of comfort and control. Control is an illusion, of course, but illusions are helpful from time to time.
One thing I've been doing which I find is better for my wallet and my diet is making my own granola. I found the recipe on one of the blogs I read. It's super tasty -- oats, wheat germ, whole wheat flour, coconut, honey and almonds. [Aside: I can't help but note that I ate only coconut and honey out of that list until 3 or 4 years ago.] The recipe I have is for a gargantuan amount -- like, 20 cups worth, which I could never, ever eat before it goes stale, or before I turn into granola. So I make about a 1/4 of a recipe. I had to buy a lot of the ingredients, not having them on hand, and I was sort of saying to myself that it was too expensive (almonds=not cheap), it was cheaper to continue on eating what I ate for breakfast, etc. etc. But now I realize that I've made about 5 batches from the ingredients I bought and only now need to replentish them.
I'm seriously in love with this granola. It's got fiber and keeps me full for 4+ hours, and it's sweet enough to jumpstart the day (I'm hypoglycemic, and I need sugar like you might need coffee in the morning). In fact, I love it so much, I bought it its own container:
It wasn't an expensive container! And that ties in nicely with what I'm trying to express above. I knew I had the money to afford the container when I found it at a reasonable price. I didn't have to panic and worry that I'd not be able to afford groceries, or have to put my next plane ticket on my credit card. It's a good feeling.