Little haul and holiday granola recipe

On Saturday I did some shopping with my mum and I picked up a few things that made me stupidly happy!

TKMAXX is quite literally my absolute favorite shop EVER. Our local one has a great homeware section so I picked up a huge glass jar inspired by Ina Garten for £14.99. The candy cane bauble lights are currently what I have in there and these were also £14.99, a bit pricey but I loved them! Lastly I picked up a mercury glass effect candle holder for £5.99 and a glass preserve bottle, £1.99, for the chai latte syrup i'm going to make. Mum is still refusing to entertain me buying a glittery wooden nutcracker man but i'll crack her! See what I did there! Did you! Oh dear...

Next I stopped in good old Poundland and picked up some paper doilies for a craft project and they were selling magic snow powder so naturally, it would be criminal to leave without picking some up!

I also popped into a couple of charity shops as I end up getting a lot of cookbooks from there and picked up the M&S Gastropub cookbook for a bargain £2.50! The little vintage christmas market glass was totally useless but I had to have it! It cost a whopping 35p!

My last stop was Holland & Barrett as they were having a buy one, get one half price sale on their dried fruit and nuts. I was watching Barefoot Contessa make a cherry, almond and cinnamon granola so I thought I would have a go but adapt it slightly. It turned out perfectly and is REALLY tasty! I don't think this is going to last long in my house so I'll be making more shortly! Again, also a nice idea to jar up and give as a Christmas gift! Here's how you make it...

Holiday Granola

You'll need:

4 cups of rolled oats
1 cups of sweetened shredded coconut, chopped
1 cups of sliced almonds
1 cup of dried cranberries, chopped
1 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1tsp ground cinnamon

1) Preheat your oven to 160° or gas mark 3

2) In a large bowl combine all your ingredients apart from the coconut and mix well.

3) Spread mixture onto a large baking tray

4) Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, stir every 5 minutes and add in the shredded coconut in the last 5 minutes of baking. You will need to keep an eye on your granola to ensure it doesn't burn.

5) Remove from the oven, allow to cool and store in an airtight container!


  1. What an amazing shopping haul. The barefoot contessa is one of my favourite chefs. I love American style food and I love the way they celebrate holidays. I'm getting my Christmas decorations up this week. I can't wait any longer! Xx

  2. They really go all out over there! Love it!! The Food Network is my most viewed channel! I love that they are starting to show all the Christmas shows now, doesn't matter how many times I've watched Nigella 'do' Christmas I still watch it again!! I put my decorations up on the 27th of November last year but I also can't wait!!!!!! x

  3. Ahh, your posts are so inspiring! I just want to whip out my crafting bag and make something!
    I'm definitely going to have a look in TK Maxx next time I'm in town and I completely agree about Poundland, sometimes you can find some real gems!
    Also, sorry to keep you waiting with the questions for our interview, I'll send them asap!

  4. No worries chick! As and when your ready send them across! :-) TK Maxx is the best, I feel like i'm always in there! We have a Homesense near us too which is their homeware store and its epically amazing!
    I always want to bake and cook at this time of year but i'm going to be making some more craft tutorials as well as some new videos when I get my arse in gear! :-) Xxx

  5. Lisa, this granola sounds wonderful. This is my first visit to your blog so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  6. Hi Mary, thanks so much for your comment and I'm glad you like my blog :-) The granola is going down a treat at home so I would recommend it! I've just followed your blog, it's going to be my bedtime browsing, you have some seriously good looking food on there! Glad to meet a fellow foodie! X