Appetizers Eat Snacks

Baked Goat Milk Brie Wrapped in Phyllo Dough

There is a certain attitude that comes along with summertime. A laid back, relaxed, let’s embrace the moment kind of mindset that I adore relishing in. The golden, sunshine filled days cool into lazy firefly evenings that can spontaneously turn into impromptu entertaining. I love it when these last minute gatherings materialize out of thin air and I especially love it when I’ve got a delicious savory appetizer on hand that can go from fridge to table in minutes. This goat milk brie and phyllo was born out of one of those delicious impromptu evenings spent with friends and has now become a favorite crowd pleaser! Some evenings I just pop a few of these in the oven for the family and skip dinner all together!

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Eat Snacks

Homemade Cranberry Almond Granola

Autumn is in the air!

And with that comes busy schedules, meals on the go and even more of a good reason to eat healthy.

It’s very challenging to find healthy, quick and easy options that satisfy all of the members of my family! Let’s just say that each of us have individual opinions about what we like and dislike and leave it at that. However, we can all agree on granola as a healthy snack option! And it’s perfect for breakfast, a quick midday pick-me-up or it can satisfy a sweet tooth any time of day!

This wholesome, sweet treat has endless possibilities! You can create any combination of ingredients you wish. We like (and agree) on dried cranberry with slivered almonds, but you can switch it up with whatever dried fruit, nut or seed that tickles your fancy in any combination you like.

Just a few simple ingredients are needed to make this granola – whole oats, slivered almonds, dried cranberries and cinnamon.

Ahhhh, cinnamon. I just love cinnamon. Nutmeg would be good too.

Honey. Sweet, thick golden gooey honey…

and canola oil.

Mix the oil and honey together and pop it into the microwave for 1 minute. This will help marry the two and they will  live happily ever after among the oats and other ingredients.

Note: Feel free to play around with the amount of oil you use, this recipe makes for a softer granola, if you’d like yours to be crunchy, cut down on the amount of oil.

Next, spread the oats onto a baking sheet with sides

Add the oil & honey, almonds and cinnamon and give a big stir. (Set the cranberries aside, they’ll be added in after the baking.)

Bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes, give the granola a stir half way through.

Can you smell that? Heaven. Pure heaven.

Add the dried cranberries and give another stir until all incorporated.

And…Ta Dah!

Wasn’t that easy?

Enjoy your granola by the hand full or try it my favorite way, sprinkled over a big dollop of Greek yogurt!

Happy Autumn!


Cranberry Almond Granola


  • 6 cups whole oats
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or less if you like a crunchier granola)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Stir the canola oil and honey together and pop into microwave for 1 minute.

While the oil and honey are heating, place oats, almonds and cinnamon onto a baking sheet with sides.

Once oil and honey are heated, pour onto oat mixture and stir all ingredients until incorporated.

Bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes and give the granola a stir half way through.

After granola has cooled add the cranberries.