Brownie Granola + Whip It Up Cookbook Giveaway

in Breakfast, Chocolate

Brownie Granola from #WhipItUpCookbook

Today is the day that we get to talk about one of my favorite’s new book, Whip It Up. Billy is a good friend of mine, Amelia’s uncle, reality TV enthusiast and all around cool human.

He’s also the creator of #PopsicleWeek which is my favorite week in the summer. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s when every blogger on the planet spams your feed with their popsicle recipes—it’s a great week!

Today is all about his new cookbook, Whip It Up. The tag line says it all: Good food for fun people. Are you fun?! Of course you’re fun! This book is all about having fun.

Brownie Granola from #WhipItUpCookbook

I love this book because it’s really, really different and unique and funny and full of food that I want to make right away. Aesthetically…it’s cool. Like, the photos are shot with strobe on pop-y, colorful backgrounds. The voice throughout is exactly like Billy: funny, silly, sweet and clever.

The recipe that kept calling my name was the Brownie Granola because who doesn’t want to have brownies for breakfast. That’s, like, my dream every single day.

Brownie Granola from #WhipItUpCookbook

Brownie Granola from #WhipItUpCookbook

Brownie Granola from #WhipItUpCookbook

Brownie Granola from #WhipItUpCookbook

To my delightful surprise, it’s not nearly as sweet as one would think, which is actually really nice. The texture is slightly chewy and mostly chewy—it’s glorious. The salt adds another wonderful salty sweet dimension that I just love. I put it all over yogurt and paired it with a few slices of persimmon and a heavy drizzle of honey. Hello breakfast every day of my life!

Billy’s blog is Wit and Vinegar
Billy’s book is Whip It Up

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment here answering the question: What is your favorite way to have fun?!?! It can be simple, like, going for a walk with my dog. Or other stuff like that.

Giveaway is open to U.S. and International readers and will end on Saturday at noon PST.

Thank you!

Brownie Granola from #WhipItUpCookbook

Brownie Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 cups granola

Serving Size: 4 to 6

Brownie Granola

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate chips (I used cocoa nibs)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the rolled oats and walnuts. In a small saucepan, set over medium heat, mix together the honey, brown sugar, coconut oil, cocoa powder and salt, about 3 to 5 minutes until heated through and it starts to boil.
  3. Pour the sticky cocoa mixture over the rolled oats and toss thoroughly thoroughly coated. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet evenly. Transfer to the oven to bake for 10 minutes. At the 10 minute mark, give the granola a toss and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and toss the chocolate on top—it’ll begin to melt immediately. Let granola cool completely before breaking it up with your hands. Keep in an airtight container for 1 week.
http://acozykitchen.com/brownie-granola/

{ 105 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristina October 12, 2015 at 1:21 am

Dessert for breakfast, I’m in! Love home made granola, it’s always nice to get new flavour combination ideas.

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Tori October 12, 2015 at 2:52 am

This sounds so delicious and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Sarah’s book!

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Tori October 12, 2015 at 2:55 am

I meant “Billy” not Sarah. Don’t know where my head is today, but this granola is definitely going to happen asap!

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Erica October 12, 2015 at 7:13 am

Just listened to both of you guys on Jessica Murnane’s podcast! Boyfriend bought your book and surprised me earlier last week, and now I’m eyeing this book!! His recipes look awesome. This brownie granola is happening in my apartment later this week.

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Sydney | Modern Granola October 12, 2015 at 9:50 am

Brownies for breakfast is a dream come true! Sounds like one killer granola recipe! Must try!
xx Sydney

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Nicole October 12, 2015 at 9:54 am

Going to the beach with my family! And cooking!!! .. Ps. Cant wait to make the granola!

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Beth October 12, 2015 at 9:57 am

I love picnics. More than that, I love cooking and preparing fun snacks and treats for picnics with my family. Ok, sometimes picnics might be called tailgates but it’s all the same to me. Spending time with family and friends outdoors, especially in the fall, with great food is my absolute favorite.

Brownie granola sounds fantastic and will be happening this week! Thanks!!!

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Adrianna Adarme October 12, 2015 at 10:05 am

Hahahhaa!

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Shelly October 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

Watching my boys play hockey.

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Gali M. October 12, 2015 at 10:04 am

Baking is my quiet fun time!

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Bonnie Sanders October 12, 2015 at 10:06 am

Spending the day with my 2 favorite men, my Husband and my son.

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Catherine l. October 12, 2015 at 10:13 am

My favorite way to have fun is watching a funny tv show or movie with my boys. Hearing them laugh makes me happy and when I’m happy that’s always fun.

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Allison from Baking: a Love Story October 12, 2015 at 10:13 am

Seriously dreamy recipe here. I mean, you had me at brownie. Adding the granola sealed the deal.

This book looks amazing!

How do I have fun? Running my dog, baking up tons of cookies, making parties for my kid, wine with girlfriends, shopping for bathing suits (NOT trying them on, just looking at them). I’m a Leo. I love fun. And I really, really like the looks of Billy’s book!

xox,

A.

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mary October 12, 2015 at 10:18 am

My fave way to have fun is baking and sharing goodies with friends. After an autumn walk having tea and enjoying homemade desserts.

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Holley October 12, 2015 at 10:20 am

lying in bed reading a book!

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Camille October 12, 2015 at 10:28 am

Hi, thanks for this giveaway. My favorite way to have fun is cooking crepes and flipping them in the pan, taking turns with all of my family and watching the successes and failures, laughing all the time! So many great memories every time :).

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Abby October 12, 2015 at 10:30 am

Dinner dates with my hubs. With wine… lots of wine.

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Darla October 12, 2015 at 10:49 am

Fun for me:
Baking with my grandkids, watching movies with my grandkids, reading stories with my grandkids, cuddling and smelling their sweet heads…OK, maybe just my grandkids!

PS- love your new book and I make granola weekly and will be adding this one to the rotation, Thanks for posting

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Rochelle October 12, 2015 at 11:03 am

Sitting on the couch with some chocolate and a good book- while the kids are sleeping!
That granola looks good!

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Sharyl Wolter October 12, 2015 at 11:10 am

Hang with my family at the lake house!

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Emma October 12, 2015 at 11:27 am

Love the pics from this book! My fav way to have fun is to go to my local brewery’s tap room on Saturday afternoon and drink a few pints in the parking lot with my boyfriend & the pup.

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Jessica October 12, 2015 at 11:34 am

I have fun doing all sorts of things — spending time with friends and family, netflix binges, hiking…but eating pie usually takes it to the next level.

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Janice October 12, 2015 at 12:06 pm

I can’t think of a better way of having fun than to be sharing some drinks and conversation with good friends!

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alex October 12, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Cooking dinner for friends, or indoor bouldering with friends

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Laurel October 12, 2015 at 1:01 pm

There are so many ways to have fun!! I love to bring fun to my office by blasting music for a 5min dance party. Get’s everyone to lighten up and get the blood flowing. :)

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nicole October 12, 2015 at 1:14 pm

hiking, going to the beach, or going to Central Park for a picnic, baking… too many to name :)

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Jen October 12, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Current favorite way to have fun is taking my toddler to the park. Watching him and the other kids run around is a hoot!

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Kelsea October 12, 2015 at 1:41 pm

I love baking and traveling so anytime I get to do either I’m a happy girl :)

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Shasta October 12, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Baking with my kids is my favorite way to have fun.

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Alanna October 12, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Roadtrippin to see friends!! Going to Portland this weekend with my sister. Love trying new restaurants and seeing new sights with the people I love =)

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Kari M October 12, 2015 at 1:45 pm

In my backyard with my family – beer in hand and ribs on the smoker.

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Alison H. October 12, 2015 at 1:53 pm

With my husband and our dogs…playing, walking or just hanging out!

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Sara October 12, 2015 at 1:59 pm

I love to play with my kids. They keep me young.

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MollyDHall October 12, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Cooking/baking with my two best friends! (Ok I mostly do the baking part but they rock the cooking!)

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Megan October 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

So this looks amazing, you can’t go wrong with chocolate for breakfast. My idea of having fun is good beer, good food and good friends. :)

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Kim Henrichs October 12, 2015 at 2:48 pm

So fun!!

My favorite thing is to head to the movies!

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Joey October 12, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Going to the grocery store and just looking at all the new things I can find.

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Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous) October 12, 2015 at 2:56 pm

i love going on adventures- could be checking out part of my neighborhood i never go to, or a new restaurant, or doing a massive foodcrawl!

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Abbie October 12, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Reading Pinterest in the bathtub after my two toddlers are (finally) in bed! It’s my favorite alone time/relax fun.

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Jennifer Cornejo October 12, 2015 at 3:03 pm

I love to see new places for fun. There’s so many wonderful places to visit in my area, I love exploring and getting out of the house. When I’m at home, I like experimenting with new recipes. Hope to win this book and try some of these!! 😀

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Karen Beaven October 12, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Spending the day baking with my sister and niece, it may get messy but that’s all part of the fun : )

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Joanie October 12, 2015 at 3:39 pm

I love to rent a movie…get under a quilt…have some homemade popcorn with peanut butter m & m’s with my husband! Now that’s a fun, perfect night!

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Cynthia Bliss October 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Having dinner with family and friends.

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Emily October 12, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Recently one of my favorite ways to have fun is rock climbing (out of the Greenbelt in Austin, TX).
I also love to read, swim, and spend time creating yummy treats in the kitchen!

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Llietz October 12, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Looks Yummy!!! Want to give it a try soon!!

My favorite way to have fun is spending the day in the kitchen cooking up a storm!!
Love Saturdays like that!!

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Spring B. October 12, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Ooh, I want this cookbook! Already enjoying A Year of Cozy. :) My favorite way to have fun is sunset at the beach. Sun going down, a cozy quilt, munchies, and the people I love watching a southern California sunset… best time ever.

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Mackenzie October 12, 2015 at 6:44 pm

Ahhh this book, and your book are two I’m lusting after!! The most fun? Baking with 90s pop-y music on in the background, daydreaming out the window xx

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Mary Ann October 12, 2015 at 6:50 pm

I’ve read some of Billy’s blog postings when you remind me to and I always smile. For fun in the kitchen, I love to cook with my very best friend! She is a marvelous cook and girl time in the kitchen never fails to leave both of us happy. And then there is her delicious food!

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Alison October 12, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Happy hour with a friend

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Brittany October 12, 2015 at 7:55 pm

I love baking. I love watching Korean dramas. The best way I have fun is eating baked goods while watching Korean dramas 😉

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jessica October 12, 2015 at 8:41 pm

I like to get espresso with my husband! It’s the little things. :)

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Samina @ The Cupcake Confession October 13, 2015 at 12:39 am

Now I can legit eat brownies for breakfast, in granola form! This is so much fun and looks absolutely delicious!

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Zoe October 13, 2015 at 2:27 am

Baking waffles in the morning hours before everyone gets up!

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Anna October 13, 2015 at 3:50 am

sounds super easy and delicious 😀

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June @ How to Philosophize with Cake October 13, 2015 at 4:02 am

Ah the book looks so good! I can’t wait to check it out 😀 Love this granola, too–a bowl of chocolatey oats sounds like my kind of breakfast :)

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Bee October 13, 2015 at 6:15 am

Spending time with good friends.

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Suzi S. October 13, 2015 at 6:23 am

I love reading…and not anything deep…trashy beach reads…that I read under the covers at home. It’s so magical when I make time for that.

Also, I’m totes hoping there are at least 2 popsicle recipes in this book. I LOVE popsicle week!

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Katherine October 13, 2015 at 6:51 am

I like doing crafts and cooking with my three sons. It’s fun to see their creativity emerge and it’s an easy way to get them to settle down and chat with me for a while between their grand adventures!

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Liora (Allthingsloveli) October 13, 2015 at 7:32 am

I just found your blog from Jessica Murnane’s podcast- such a great episode! My favorite way to have fun is to bake something fun (like this granola!) and have it turn out delicious… and then watch my family and friends enjoy what I have made as well. So happy to have found your blog and book :)

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Zoë October 13, 2015 at 8:23 am

My favorite way to have fun is making a boyfriend plus cat pile on the couch and snuggling ang laughing and maybe eating some cake

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Nicole October 13, 2015 at 8:49 am

Brownie. GRANOLA!? What the whaaaat!? Dessert for breakfast. I am always down for that.

As for fun things….sounds weird, but I enjoy cleaning my apartment. HA! Something about having freshly laundered sheets and a clean rug and a clean kitchen makes me feel accomplished. And cleaning I guess reminds me of my grandma when she’d put on oldies music and clean in her robe while also making fresh tortillas. Mmm…now I want tortillas. lol

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Lily | Kale & Caramel October 13, 2015 at 9:23 am

I NEED BROWNIE GRANOLA! So, so happy for you and Billy both! What an exciting month. Brownie granola is clearly the correct response to all things this thrilling :).

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Angela DeCoux October 13, 2015 at 9:30 am

My favorite way to have fun? Sipping tea and perusing lovely magazines, books, cookbooks and blogs! I just discovered YOUR blog for the first time last week, and I am loving it. Anxiously awaiting your new book to show up on my doorstep from Amazon!

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Sarah October 13, 2015 at 9:59 am

I love going ona hike with my camera and baking on my days off!

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Erin October 13, 2015 at 10:38 am

I like hiking and taking pictures or doing both at the same time. This granola looks so good!

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Afton October 13, 2015 at 11:06 am

hanging with friends outside on warm days!

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Allison October 13, 2015 at 11:11 am

My favorite way to have fun is play Cards Against Humanity with a rowdy group of friends that have very specific criteria to fill if you want them to pick your card…libations are usually also involved.

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Emily K October 13, 2015 at 1:07 pm

This looks incredible. But do 3 c. oats and 1 c. walnuts really only yield 1 c. granola?

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Adrianna Adarme October 13, 2015 at 1:24 pm

That’s my bad. It’s 4 cups! It’s also correct in the book, I just wrote 1 cup because I’m asleep at the wheel. :/ It’s all fixed now!

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Libby October 13, 2015 at 1:55 pm

I know that granola is generally easy but there are always so many ingredients that I get intimidated. But this looks TOTALLY do-able.
One of my favorite ways to have fun is to go out and explore with my husband. This past weekend we just got in a car and drooooooove and stopped at every single small town that we passed through. It was a day of making happy memories.

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Stephanie Y October 13, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Chocolate granola is my favorite- it allows me to eat plain yogurt without the addition of any sweeteners. I know this sounds boring but my idea of fun is trying a new recipe. I don’t get a lot of time off so I love being able to spend the day in the kitchen hopefully making something to enjoy later that day.

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Rachel October 13, 2015 at 5:52 pm

My favourite way to have fun – meeting up with girlfriends to gossip and drink coffee!

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Nikita October 13, 2015 at 6:34 pm

My favorite way to have fun is spending time with my husband and my kids. Simple things like eating meals together, watching movie or going for a walk.

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Kara October 13, 2015 at 6:48 pm

I have a lot of fun in Vegas. More than the gambling, I enjoy the food, the shows, the shopping, and the museums. There is so much adventure to be had in only a few short days.

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Bianca @ sweet dreaming October 13, 2015 at 7:10 pm

my favorite way to have fun is to cook dinner and dessert, and then have it with wine with some good friends!

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Rachel October 13, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Ooh- Whip it Up looks like a great addition to anyone’s kitchen! My favorite way to have fun is to go get milk tea then walk to this one amaze pizza place that raises their own chickens and is wind powered! This is a monthly routine for my best girls and I!

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Veronica E October 13, 2015 at 9:12 pm

Baking and reading are my favorite! I just read “Yes my accent is real and some other things I haven’t told you” it was great!

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Liz October 14, 2015 at 8:37 am

Going on a fall bike ride in a national park…followed by a warm shower and a cold beer.

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Heather October 14, 2015 at 11:09 am

My favourite way to have fun is to go out for a delicious meal with my husband or friends. What can I say, I’m food obsessed! This book looks like a riot and I’d love to check it out!

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Anne October 14, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Thanks for letting me know about another great cookbook for my wish list, and for the brownie granola recipe. As for what I do for fun, I’d have to say just watching the world. I get a great deal of pleasure from observing and learning from the natural world around me, from insects to clouds to flora and fauna to shooting stars.

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Adrienne October 14, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Fun for me is a big bowl of stovetop popcorn for dinner (with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and too much salt). It doesn’t take much!

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TAMARA October 14, 2015 at 4:56 pm

MY FAVORITE WAY TO HAVE FUN IS SQUAREDANCING AND POTLUCKS.

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Sam October 14, 2015 at 6:03 pm

My favorite way to have fun is to travel!

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Jess October 14, 2015 at 6:41 pm

My favorite way to have fun is making plans with friends and family…even just the act of making future plans puts me in a good mood! Oh, and especially if we add margaritas. If we’re being honest.

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Justine Navarro October 14, 2015 at 8:21 pm

These last few weeks, when pregnancy has left me stranded on the couch in the evenings (due date tomorrow!), my favorite way to have fun is to watch my husband and two-year-old son wrestle. It is bust-a-gut hilarious, and I love seeing them bond like that!

That granola looks perfect.

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Donna October 14, 2015 at 10:15 pm

My idea of fun is buying a new book at the bookstore.

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Sarah October 14, 2015 at 10:55 pm

I love to play tennis!

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Jennai October 15, 2015 at 12:11 am

Oh, there are LOTS of ways to have fun. Staying home with the fam and eating popcorn and watching Netflix is one way I have fun!

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Nadine October 15, 2015 at 5:39 am

It’s playing with my son and reading.
This book looks great.

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Julia October 15, 2015 at 6:44 am

I love spending the day playing in the kitchen with my mom. We have a blast!

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Mo @LuckyRhino October 15, 2015 at 7:14 am

I like family board game night and Wii Pictionary with the kids (now that they can read)!
Granola looks delicious.

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Mareike October 15, 2015 at 10:15 am

I love to go for hikes with my boyfriend and then to settle down with a few cold beers and to watch sports all evening long!

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Grace October 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Spending time with my husband always brightens my day and talking with my sister always gets me laughing :) They both make me very happy!

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Anna October 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Congrats on your book!
So many ways to have fun. I love to just relax at home on the couch with a good meal or snack and watch a show together with the boyfriend. Even better if he cooks 😛

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Helen October 15, 2015 at 5:03 pm

I ride my mountain bike for fun! (And then I eat a snickers bar. Or two.)

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Jenny October 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm

I love going out to a good meal.

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Alison M. October 16, 2015 at 4:20 am

Vacation is my favorite way to have fun!

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Beth C. October 16, 2015 at 5:17 am

My idea of fun is spending time with my two best guys – my wonderful husband, and my horse whom I’ve had the honor of sharing 25 years with….

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 16, 2015 at 7:59 am

Cooking is my favorite way to have fun! Always!

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Danielle October 16, 2015 at 9:25 am

This looks amazing! My favorite ways to have fun are baking and hiking with my dog.

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Amelia Hart October 16, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Eating ice cream is the most fun!

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Alex October 16, 2015 at 11:28 pm

I’m boring. My idea of fun right now is playing Cooking Dash on my phone. It’s so addicting.

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Emily October 17, 2015 at 7:24 am

I love going out salsa dancing! My sister and I have been dancing for about 5 years now and we just can’t get enough. The granola looks awesome! I’m sure it’d be great sprinkled on some coffee ice cream

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Matea October 19, 2015 at 12:37 pm

I didn’t even know brownie granola was a thing, but I’m so glad I know now! What a delicious idea!
And my favorite way to have fun is traveling (wish I could do it more often!) :)

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Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship February 27, 2016 at 8:56 am

There’s such thing as popsicle week? How come no one told me before?

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