Throwing a Pitcher at Your Head.

I am placing 1x5x4x30 on hold until further notice due to a family situation. My next few weeks will be spent mostly with family and friends at night.

I am going to need a plan of action if I am going to get through the next few weeks without gaining weight.  Spending time with family generally means eating enough food to feed a small nation for the better part of a year, and sitting on your ass long enough that if you were submerged in water, you’d grow barnacles.

Generally, my plan is to indulge some, and then cut back for a few days after that. This doesn’t work when it’s 2 weeks of heavy food. I am going to need to bring my own lighter dishes, (lighter than egg rolls isn’t hard, as they have the caloric weight of a deep fried cheesecake.) I am also going to have to bring my own beverages. I hate water, much as it pains me to say that, some healthy living blogger I am. I also refuse to drink sugar-filled soda and teas. Seltzer and salad, people; that’s where it’s at.

I swear I don’t know how it’s possible my MawMaw is southern and helped raised me. Sweet tea makes me want to puke and throw the pitcher at whomever bastardized my second favorite bevvie.(after coffee…ok, maybe 3rd fave, after wine-or gin and tonic…)

Most people scoff at the idea of bringing “your own food” to a party situation, but I always bring enough to share, and in this day and age of celiac disease, and paleo this, and “I’m allergic to anything that grows on a stem–and won’t eat anything that has eyes–and rice is out too, because it just is”; I think bringing a giant salad, made extra prettiful, and a case of fancy flavored seltzer, makes me just look like an obsessive foodie, which I am. Like the wine guy in “Sideways”, only with a better rack. (mine holds 20 bottles!)

ANY get-together meal has one or two dishes that can be made healthy and look impressive.

Dinner? Salad, or shrimp skewers, or stuffed tomatoes–something like that

Lunch? EASY! Fruit salad or goat cheese rolled in herbs with crudite, hummus, black bean salad, etc..

Brunch? YUM. Yogurt parfaits with homemade granola, fruit skewers with a tiny dark chocolate drizzle, egg cups, tostadas.

Speaking of homemade granola and parfait cups….

The parfait is simple, it’s layers…do it with a spoon, you see? dead simple. Prettier if you use cute ball or mason jars.

The granola? Granola, good granola is an art. You want a nice combo of crumbly bits and chunks, lots of flavor, and LOTS of nutrition. Otherwise, it’s just oatmeal you happened to burn.

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola.

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola

by Cat Tan

Keywords: appetizer breakfast side snack vegan vegetarian kosher gluten-free


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1.5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • dash of cinnamon


preheat oven to 350F

combine extract, syrup, oil, and almond butter.

whisk well

stir in salt and oats

spread across a silpat lined baking sheet, careful not to break up too much

cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 8-10 minutes

cook until golden brown, and the almond smell fills your kitchen.

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Do you ever bring something healthier to a family gathering?

Big plans for the weekend?

Do you like granola?

8 thoughts on “Throwing a Pitcher at Your Head.

  1. I am so tired this morning that your recipe confused me. "Almond butter?" I thought to myself. I didn't know you could make butter out of almonds. Is that like some kind of fancy foodie margarine? WTF, who have I never heard of this. Yeah. I know what almond butter is. And I have some in my pantry. I hope your family situation turns out okay.
  2. I love granola, only problem is that I burn it, 100% of the time. So if you have any left over send it my way!
  3. omg... must make this! Oh, and we try to bring actual (non deep fried) vegetables to all my husband's family get togethers. Greyson's first dance recital is this weekend. And I love granola. p.s. despite having lived in the south my entire life I do NOT like sweet tea at all! "Southern Syrup" = blech!

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