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Another Great Gift Idea!

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Last year this time we were preparing for our much-anticipated family holiday in Japan.  It was difficult to decide on an easy gift idea to give here and in Japan.  Here is last year’s gift idea blog, Easy Gift Idea in case you missed it.

This year our holiday travel takes on an entirely different focus. We are visiting our newest family member (and his parents) in Santa Monica-our cute, adorable grandson, Jackson.  Here is Jackson’s latest picture.


For this season’s easy gift idea, here is a recipe for a wonderful nut and fruit granola.This recipe was published by Nicole Hunn of “Gluten Free on a Shoestring”.  Every time I have shared this granola with family and friends the very next question is “Can I have the recipe?” I just sent a care package of granola to keep the new parents energized for “Jackson” duty.

Here is the link to Nicole’s blog that explains the recipe in detail.  Forget the Paleo or the gluten-free labels if you are not interested in these dietary aspects.  It is a delicious treat for anyone who is not nut sensitive.  The recipe was prepared per her instructions but I increased the cinnamon to 1.5 tsp. Don’t worry about beating the egg until frothy.  It does not change the outcome.  A slightly beaten egg works fine.  Also, the granola doesn’t clump (for me) but the flavor is so incredible it doesn’t matter.  One word of caution.  DO NOT place the craisins or dried fruit in the mix before baking.  They become very hard nuggets. Trust me, I learned from experience.  One more tip…the bigger the baking sheet the quicker it browns.  Here is my favorite simple baking sheet, 15″ x 21″, given to me by BFF, Patsy Cuthrell!  Thanks, Patsy!  Even if you don’t make this for gift giving and are not a huge granola fan, try it and you will be surprised. My favor way of eating it is with a sliced banana and almond milk.  Pick your pleasure.  Nichole’s post shows several ways to enjoy.

 If you decide to add granola to your gift giving list, a simple way to package it is in a standard mason jar tied with ribbon and an ornament.  This is how I plan to package mine using our handmade fused glass Christmas tree ornament from our Art Glass website.


Happy holiday prep!  Embrace your hygge – a Danish concept that means enjoying life’s simple pleasures (like granola) with family and friends in a warm and cozy atmosphere Read more about how to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season by Kate Scarlata.

Peace to all this holiday season!



There is still time to purchase this fused glass 2017 Christmas ornament and other gifts at www.marysherwoodartglass.




Be Thankful-We are!

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With this Thanksgiving holiday, we are so thankful for our new grandson, Jackson Volkan Sherwood!  There is no greater gift from God.  I never really understood how very special it is to become a grandparent.  A grandchild is an extension of you through your child.  There is a deep connection from the very beginning. 

Meet Jackson:

Jackson Volkan Sherwood
November 12, 2017
8 pounds, 15 oz, 22″ long

Three Generations of Sherwood Men
Paul, Jake and Jackson

A future rockstar is born!

Cozy as a bug in a rug!

I would like to especially thank our son Jake and his wife Elif for bringing Jackson into our family.  To see them work together every step of the way to prepare and bring Jackson into the world has been amazing.  Their strength and commitment to each other was undeniable during the stress of a very long labor and birth.  They are going to be the best parents ever.  You make your mom and dad so proud! 

We hope everyone will take time to remember to be thankful for their blessings this Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderful holiday!

Love to all!

Mary and Paul


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