Frizzy Hair, Cheesy Chips and Berry Granola Crisp

by Sara on July 6, 2012

Happy Friday!

I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July festivities Wednesday! The best part about a mid-week holiday is that the weekend comes sooner, right? Tuesday night felt like Friday night, we celebrated Wednesday, and now Friday is once again here. 😉 No complaints!

I’ve had a really busy week, and this weekend is going to be even more fast-paced. When you’re running around in 100-degree heat, that means drinking gallons of water, or in my case, SoBe Lifewater. I’m pretty sure that I’m one of the only people in the world who doesn’t like the taste of water. Thank goodness there are flavored options; if there weren’t, I’d be one dyhdrated prune! 😉

Since I haven’t popped in since Monday, let’s catch up  a bit!

On Wednesday, the 4th of July, I started the day by baking this beauty.

Even though the Raspberry-Blackberry Granola Crisp was supposed to be for dessert, I couldn’t help but sneak a helping before everyone arrived.

My justification: It needed to be photographed in good light! There was no way I was going to let the crisp go to waste, so I gobbled it up.

This was actually a super easy,  relatively clean recipe, which I modified from Real Simple.

*Blackberry-Raspberry Granola Crisp*

2 cups granola (I used my favorite, Udi’s Vanilla)

5 cups berries

4 T. brown sugar (you could substitute stevia)

2 T. oat flour (or all purpose flour)

4 T. coconut oil (or butter), softened

1. Combine berries with sugar and flour in a bowl; pour into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish.

2. Mix the granola with coconut oil or butter; spoon over the berries

3. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

See? Easy as pie! 😉

After baking the berry crisp, I hit the gym  for a back workout. Usually I workout in the early afternoon, while everyone is still at work, but since Elaina and Charlotte had the day off, they were able to join me!

Charlotte just started a new program with my trainer, Tara, so I helped walk her through a few of the exercises she was unfamiliar with. We couldn’t help but ham it up for the phone cam in between sets. 😉

After the gym, I quickly showered and then began prepping dinner. My housemates and I had each invited a few friends over, so we were a pretty large group. Since our grill ran out of propane, we had to “grill” inside on the stove, which meant eating in rounds.

While I was waiting, I snacked on my favorite cheesy tortilla chips

I loved neon orange Cheetos and Nacho Cheesier Doritos when I was young, so these are a fantastic healthy girl natural and non-finger-staining alternative.-

I also snuck a small piece of sopapilla cheesecake. 😉

sinfully delicious, sinfully unhealthy, and perfect for a holiday treat ;)

My “real meal” consisted of a turkey burger topped with provolone cheese, salad with strawberries and goat cheese, and a few more corn chips.

After we ate, we headed to the Georgetown waterfront for fireworks!

Charlotte, Elaina and I intentionally snapped pictures immediately upon arriving because we knew the humidity was going to make our hair go cray-cray.

Happy 4th of July! :)

After arriving home hot, sticky and frizzy-haired, we snacked on more cobbler and ice cream, and began working on a Bachelor nomination form for my housemate, Zach.

What a great catch, yeah? 😉

Last week I enticed Zach into joining our Monday night Bachelorette-viewing party with the aforementioned sopapilla cheesecake–a southwestern treat made in honor of Arie and Sean, both of whom are from southwestern states (Arizona and Texas).

thanks for taking the picture, Zach!

I also made strawberry jello, in honor Jef’s state, Utah.

Fun fact: Did you know Utah consumes more jello than any other state in the country?

We all took a few bites and decided that a few bites was more than enough. 😉

Anyways, Zach may have come for the cheesecake, but he left with a desire to try his luck at love on television. Or at least that’s what we’re telling him. 😉

I’ll keep you updated on his Bachelor-becoming progress!


On a completely unrelated note, guess what I saw on Instagram yesterday!

Who else is super excited for 2% Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Chobani?!

I hope you have a beautiful weekend! <3

Questions for you:

What food is your state famous for?

California: oranges, garlic, wine, hamburgers (the birthplace of McDonald’s), artichokes…oh, and did I mention wine? 😉  Idaho: potatoes, potatoes, potatoes!

Jello? Yay or nay? 

Would you ever go on a show like the Bachelorette?

Favorite Chobani flavor?

I already love Chobani Champions version of Vanilla Chocolate Chunk, so I know I’m going to looove the adut version!

  • Alexandra

    GAAAHHH thanks for making me drool like a fiend this morning with that granola crisp picture– talk about food porn haha! 😀
    I love jello too…I may have to move to Utah so I can have more of an excuse to nosh on it 24/7 😉 And it’d be pretty nice to be in the midst of such beautiful scenery too!
    OMG vanilla chocolate chunk chobani?!?! THAT SOUNDS AMAZING! I can’t wait to try it! The blood orange is my favorite right now, but I have a feeling this may take its place!
    Enjoy your weekend m’dear, hope it’s fantabulous!! <3

    • Sara Stewart

      I’m secretly a jello-lover too! I OD’d on the sugar free stuff years ago, but it’s now been awhile since I’ve had it, and I’m kinda loving it again!

      I know, vanilla chocolate chunk sounds amazing, doesn’t it?! I love the Champions version, so I KNOW the big kid’s stuff is going to be just as good, if not better!

  • Min @ savortherainbow

    So I’m sitting in front of the computer at 6 am, and I just busted out laughing when I read “we knew the humidity was going to make our hair go cray-cray.” I can totally relate. Puhaha. Gotta be quick with the camera! And my dog is looking at me like I’ve finally lost it. What great friends you have!! And the food..that sopapilla cheesecake…drool..I just love saying that work too, sopapilla! Sounds so fancy :).

    Foods Texas is famous for: Tex-Mex, bbq, chili…I can’t think of anything else at the moment. But I’m sure there’s plenty more.

    And how crazy would it be if Zach became the next bachelor?!? Keep us updated :). Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Sara!

    • Sara Stewart

      Hehe, I’m so glad you can relate about the humidity! A good picture day turns bad after 2 minutes outside! So sad. 😉 I tried a keratin treatment last year, but it just made my hair look greasy all the time! So I’m rolling with the frizz this year!

      Have a great weekend, Min! xoxo

      • Min @ savortherainbow

        Have you tried Pequi oil by Couture Colour from Sephora? I think it’s wonderful! It tames frizz, adds shine, helps with my split ends! It’s amazing stuff! You should check it out ;).

        • Sara Stewart

          I haven’t tried Pequi oil, but thanks so much for the recommendation!! I might make a special trip to Sephora this week to check it out. My hair has been out of control over the past few days! <3

  • Gothextramileblog

    Girl, look at your muscles! A gym pic is totally necessary 😉 My hair is AWFUL. Living in Florida does not help at all. It gets frizzy within like .0006 seconds of walking outside haha. Good luck to your friend with the Bachelor! How cool! Florida is known for oranges. And I neeed that chocolate chunk chobani!

    • Sara Stewart

      I greatly envy people who have naturally straight humidity-resistant hair!! And yeah, I have a feeling chocolate chunk Cho is going to be life-changing. Happy weekend! xoxo

  • claire @ live and love to eat

    LOVE the look of that crisp – I like crisps and crumbles way more than pies! The sopapilla cheesecake looks dangerous, too. Wishing you a happy weekend! :)

    • Sara Stewart

      Thanks, girl! I agree with you about crisps and crumbles–MUCH better than pie! Happy weekend!

  • Danielle

    um vanilla chunk chobani sounds amazing!!! I cannot wait for that :) Looks like you had a fabulous week. That blackberry crisp looks amazing! I love your bachelorette viewing party! I need to get one of those started! Good luck to your housemate with the nomination! I’d be so curious to know how the show actually works behind the scenes but don’t think I could ever do it! I’d be such a nervous wreck on camera! I might make an exception though if Sean is the next bachelor 😉 I have zero luck when it comes to dating!

    • Sara Stewart

      Well maybe you’re the perfect candidate for the Bachelorette!! 😉 I have zero luck too; I say we go on the show together–we can emotionally support each other! And I agree about Sean–he seems like the perfect man…almost too perfect!

  • Meg Doll

    Hehehehehe! My little prune <3 if you were a prune from dehydration I would still love you sis 😉

    Goodness me! Would you look at those ARMS!? Babe!!!! You are rockin'! <3 WOWZA!

    I totally want to see Zach on TV! I would actually watch the Bachelor with HIM on it 😉 Mmmm <3 heehehehehe! Although, I don't think I would go on a show like that hahaha

    Saskatchewan is "famous" for Saskatoon berries :) They look like a blueberry, but more purple and they taste marvelous! Mmmmm

    I HATE jello. I have never been jello person!

    I have never ever tried flavour Greek yogurt before! I always flavour it myself :) So I guess my favourite is plain 😉

    • Sara Stewart

      Thanks for your unconditional love, sister! ;-p Hehe. How about you come to DC and hang out with me…and Zach!! 😉 Mmm…Saskatoon berries sound delicious; maybe someday I’ll make it to Saskatchewan to try them! HUGS! xoxo

  • Meg Doll

    Oh p.s. sis! Fruit crisp (a berry fruit crisp) is definitely the best ever. I am not much of a sweets person, but that is something that I think is very good

  • Caroline

    That crisp looks so delicious! Also, I know the before humidity pics all too well :) And I hope you have success with your nomination! I know that Julie of PBFingers said she nominated her friend and they actually got a call back! I think it might be easier than you think if you submit a good looking well-rounded friend!

    • Sara Stewart

      Oh really?! The nomination form is so generic, which makes me think they must narrow the pool solely based on the picture! Did Julie nominate her friend for this upcoming season?

  • Ashley

    wowee that berry crisp looks to die for!!! it looks like you had such a fun 4th of july girl! and yes, utah is most definitely famous for their intake of jello! when i moved here, i had never seen so much jello in my life!

    • Sara Stewart

      Hehe, I’ve heard the green jello is the most famous! Have you conformed? Are you now a jello devotee too? 😉

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    I LOVE jello! Haha and I hope he makes on the show! I don’t know if I’d do that, the idea of seriously dating a guy who’s also dating other women just doesn’t sound like the best situation…

    • Sara Stewart

      Haha, I agree! I think most people go on the show for a shot at fame. I feel bad for the few who seriously think they’re going to find true love!

  • Whitney

    I expect to see that application ready when I’m back on the 16th!!!

    • Sara Stewart

      Oh, the application will be ready! However, I think maybe you should pen the final draft. You are the most intuitive when it comes to all things Bachelor/Bachelorette, after all. 😉 xoxo

  • Meg B

    You need to make that berry crisp when you get here! It looks so yummy! You need to get your hands on that sopapilla cheesecake recipe, that sounds amazing! Real sopapillas are something I definitely miss from NM.

    I totally love jello, especially black cherry!

    My favorite Chobani flavor is DEFINITELY pineapple.

    Since we’re both Idahoans, I’m adding in New Mexico! They are well known for green chiles! But did you know Idaho exports more onions than potatoes? 😉

    • Sara Stewart

      Get out! Idaho exports more onions than potatoes? I didn’t even know onions grew in Idaho. Haha. I’ve also heard that more beef is exported than potatoes. Anyone who drives through southern Idaho would agree. (!) 😉

      How about I make the berry crisp AND the sopapilla cheesecake? One is healthy and one is totally not. They’ll balance each other out nicely. :) xoxoxo

  • Stefanie

    YAY! I love the chobani champions vanilla chocolate chunk! Can’t wait to try the 2%! :)

    • Sara Stewart

      I can’t wait to try it either! Let me know if you find it, and what you think! I’m officially on the hunt… 😉

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    That granola crisp looks awesome – and so easy! I love making classic crisps for summer desserts, but now I really want to give this version with granola and coconut oil a try. It’s much healthier than my normal recipe too!

    Haha that’s so awesome that you’re entering Zach for The Bachelor! If he doesn’t make it, you can always send him up to Canada to me. 😉

    We don’t have the Chobani chocolate flavour in Canada! We only have 4 flavours + plain here. :( I’ll have to try to track down that flavour when we’re in Boston. My favourite one that I’ve tried is definitely the Black Cherry Chobani!

    • Sara Stewart

      After Boston, I think you should fly back to DC with me and I’ll set you up with Zach! Sound like a plan? 😉

      We’ll be sure to go Chobani hunting at HLS–have you tried pineapple? It’s another one of my favorites! xoxo

  • Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    Omigosh that berry crisp looks to-die for!! Is it bad that I think having it for breakfast seems totally normal?? Haha now that is a breakfast that I would happily wake up for! And sounds like you had a great 4th of July with your friends! I love how your house hosts these great parties! And I used to think I would go on the bachelorette, but I would really hate to deal with the judgy opinions that people ultimately have! But your housemate is very cute so I’m sure he’ll do well 😉 And yay for the new Chobani flavor! I’m kind of boring though and generally just go for the 0% plain– but it’s anything but plain after I’m done doctoring it up! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

  • Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    So proud of you girls!! I don’t know how all you bloggers take photos of yourself in the gym…. I don’t think I would ever live it down if I did – there’s no way to be subtle about it at my gym! Haha looks like you had a great weekend xo

  • Sally

    No thanks on the jello. Favorite Chobani flavor is Passion Fruit…hands down!!! You already named what my 2 states’ foods are (CA and ID). :) Glad your sopapilla cheesecake turned out better than mine…somehow the onion flavor didn’t cut it! Even Alec passed!

    • Sara Stewart

      I wish I could have tried the onion-flavored sopapilla cheesecake! As I told you, I like sweet and savory together! 😉

  • StoriesAndSweetPotatoes

    Oh yes I would date him :)
    Tara just trains everyone huh?? Looks like you’re doing awesome!

    • Sara Stewart

      Come to DC and I’ll set you up on a personal date with Zach! 😉

  • Yaara Leve

    That’s such a good idea to nominate your friend for the bachelor. Actually–this is so embarrassing–but I was thinking of applying for the next Bachelorette or to be a cast member on the next Bachelor–lol :) I don’t know though–I’m a petite– 4 foot–11 in. girl–and most of the girls they pick are tall blondes–I mean look at Emily!! But–Jello–yes–I also OD’d on the sugar-free stuff and also Jello fat-free sugar-free pudding–I’d eat an entire package too. And Chobani?–I’m a Total Fage girl–and my fave flavor is actually plain. For fro-yo I need chocolate or peanut-butter or something desserty–but when it comes to straight up yogurt for B-fast or a meal—it’s plain–tart, sour goodness!!
    PS: You are looking so fab!! Your arms looks so strong and toned–all that hard work is paying off!

    • Sara Stewart

      Thank you so much, Yaara! I think you should totally apply for the Bachelorette! They like some diversity, and shorter people count as diverse! 😉 I’ve actually thought about applying too–just for kicks. I would go into it with absolutely no expectations! How fun would it be if we ended up on the show together? 😉

      I agree with you about frozen yogurt–desserty/indulgent flavors are best! And I usually stick with plain Greek yogurt too, but sometimes I jazz things up with a fun flavor.

      Hope you had a great weekend!! <3

  • Yaara Leve

    pps: I’m with you I totally hate the taste of water–it doesn’t quench my thirst at all. I’ve been ODing lately on water plus lemon juice plus stevia–or Diet lipton iced tea.

  • Mary Legare Whaley

    Ugh. Our state (South Carolina) is famous for anything fried. But I’ll say we’re famous for our shrimp ‘n grits! At least, here on the coast, seafood is king. I like Jello…shots. I would go on the Bachelor and be the random girl on the sidelines who makes it through like the first 3 episodes and plays the mediator. I would not cry and hate myself as I rode away in the Ford Expedition Limo. I tried the Chobani Apple Cinnamon for the first time the other day…though I love plain for its versatility, Apple Cinnamon might be my new favorite flavor. Happy weekend!

    • Sara Stewart

      I agree with you about Apple Cinnamon Chobani–definitely one of the best flavors! (I also love Pineapple).

      If I visit SC, can we meet up for some life-changing shrimp and grits? Even though grew up in California, my mom made out-of-this-world-good cheese grits. They still hold a special place in my heart.

  • Jillian @ sprinkle massacre

    I can’t wait to get me some choco chunk chobani! Who ever thought that was only for kids was nuts!

  • Chelsa

    The berry granola crisp looks so good! I would never want to be on a TV show because I’d embarrass myself most likely. I bet DC fireworks are great. I hope you have a good weekend :-)

  • Kailey

    Can I just say that I love your obsession with berry type meals!! Perfect for the summer! Your arm muscles = to. die. for! Looks like all that hard work is paying off girlie :)

    Vanilla Chocolate Chobani!? say what!?

  • Lisa

    Yum! That crisp looks incredible!
    Your friend is a cutie, he could for sure be the next Bachelor or you could even send him my way;)
    I am so proud for you and the progress you are making in the gym, you seriously look amazing!!
    I’ve never even seen Chobani here where I live. Boo. Apparently they are coming though! I can not wait. Its probably sad how excited I am hah.
    Did you ever get my return e-mail by the way, I’m pretty sure I sent it to you haha.
    Have a great weekend love!!!xo

  • julieee

    what a fun holiday weekend! that berry crisp looks ULTRA delicious :) what a great idea to use coconut oil as well! i bet it added an extra oomph of flavor.

    i hope your friend gets on the next bachelorette! that would be SO COOL! i’ve always dreamed of being on that show and then i realize i would get kicked off in the first 5 minutes because i wouldn’t be able to hack kissing the guys ass hahaha

    jello = YAYY! i’m going to be such a fantastic old person

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