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Pet Hair, Don’t Care

Cleaning up after your furry friend just got a whole lot easier thanks to the Bissell Crosswave
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No this is not another vacuum.  A vacuum is way too limited of a description for what this beautiful, purple machine is.  This my friends is BISSELL’s Crosswave Pet Pro.  Vacuum, mop, magical-pet-hair-removing-machine all in one.

When BISSELL reached out about working together they asked me one simple question. “Do you find it easy to clean up after Addison?” I answered honestly, “No.” To which they replied, “well you will now.” I was intrigued.

As I alluded to above CrossWave Pet Pro is not just a vacuum. It’s a multi-faceted, multi-service machine designed to tackle a variety of pet and non-pet messes on sealed hard surfaces and area rugs, which is what I have in my home. The Multi-Surface Pet Brush Roll makes pet hair cleanup fast and easy, while the solution inside freshens and removes pet odors as it cleans.

When I began using my CrossWave Pet Pro I was shocked at how light it was, and easy to use. Plus its self cleaning mode was a game changer.  After I had to clean up a rather large mess all I had to do was place the CrossWave in its tray and let it clean itself. Yes, it can clean itself.  I mean does it get any easier than that?

And before you ask, yes the solution is safe for BOTH pets and kids alike. The cleaning solution is Earth Friendly, contains no heavy metals, phosphates or dyes, and only uses biodegradable detergents. Which means we can clean with a clear conscience.

Speaking of clear conscience.  Something I didn’t know about and fell in love with is BISSELL is committed to not only cleaning up after our furry friends but also helping pets in need.  That’s why they created BISSELL Pet Foundation, which works with animal welfare organizations all over the country, helping to reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues, and finding permanent homes for pets. The foundation promotes adoption, spaying/neutering, microchipping, foster care, educational training programs and more. For each BISSELL pet product purchased, and then activated on Bissell.com, they’ll make a donation (up to $1,000,000 per year) to help pets in need. I love a company that gives back, don’t you?

All I can say is since BISSELL’s Crosswave Pet Pro has come into our life, cleaning up after my favorite human…I mean dog…has become 100% easier.  So much so I’m thinking of adding another cavalier to the mix.  I mean cleaning up after two dogs can’t be much more work than one. Right? Truly, MKR

Photography, Kathryn McCrary. This post is sponsored by Bissell, a brand I love and adore. All opinions and images are 100% my own.

Yeah That Greenville

A Trip To South Carolina with Garden & Gun Magazine
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Recently I had the opportunity to head back to one of my favorite cities, Greenville, with one of my favorite magazines, Garden and Gun. On our agenda; eat, drink, and see my way through the city in two short days.  Which proved to be harder than I had anticipated.

If you’ve never been to Greenville, South Carolina you’re missing out.  Located a short drive from Atlanta; Greenville is a small but mighty city.  Mighty in the sense of activities, culture, shopping, food and drinks.  While Greenville is a place I escape to a few times each year I’m always shocked by how it’s constantly changing and evolving.  I swear I was just there a few months ago and half of the restaurants that I went to this go-round weren’t even there last time.  Case in point, Husk.

I’d been to Husk in Charleston and loved it, so I couldn’t wait to see what spin Husk brought to Greenville. And Husk did not disappoint. Led by James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock, Husk’s Greenville location reinterprets the bounty of the surrounding area, exploring an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to cook and eat in Greenville. The menu was completely unique and true to it’s location and I foresee it having a long life in this highly food-driven city.

I also had an opportunity to hit up other parts of town that I hadn’t seen last time. I spent an entire day in West Greenville where I checked out The Village Grind, Anchorage, GBD, and Kuka.  All three are places I highly recommend next time you’re in town.  At the Village Grind try a Methodical coffee with lavender. At GB&D you must get the flat iron steak and mac and cheese. The entire menu is order worthy at Anchorage. And definitely pick up a few juices at Kuka. I loved the Cocoa Loca and the Green with Envy. 

I also spent some time over in Traveler’s Rest where I devoured crepes for breakfast at Tandem Creperie & Coffeehouse and pizza from Sidewall Pizza for lunch.

Lastly, I spent some quality time downtown taking advantage of the views with drinks at Up On The Roof, and grabbed a great cheese plate, salad and a few bottles of wine at Caviar & Bananas.

All in all, Greenville did not disappoint, as it never does. And I’m already planning a trip back there this summer.  Make sure to check out the story over on Garden & Gun Magazine, and let me know in the comments what you love about Greenville!  Truly, MKR

Photography, Kathryn McCrary | This post is sponsored by Garden & Gun Magazine and the city of Greenville.  Opinions and images are 100% my own.

Easy Homemade Granola Crunch Recipe

easy, homemade granola filled with almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, cranberries, & cinnamon
Filed Under > Breakfast & Brunch

easy homemade granola with coconut, cranberry, almonds, pumpkin seeds & honey An easy homemade granola recipe full of almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut, and cranberry.

Recently I’ve been on a homemade granola kick.  If you’ve never tried making homemade granola you should!  Honestly, granola the easiest thing I’ve ever baked, if you can even call it baking.  Besides being beyond easy to make, homemade granola is one of those things that you can really customize to your tastes.  My easy homemade granola crunch is filled with almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, and maple syrup.

After testing out a few different ways to make easy homemade granola, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s basically fool proof as long as you stick to three main notes. 

One, bake it low and slow.  Don’t rush homemade granola, as that’s when it can burn.  Bake it as 300 degrees for approximately 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  I burnt this recipe the first time as it didn’t feel like it was crisping up. Come to learn, it won’t crisp up in the oven. Granola only crisps up when you take it out and let it cool.

Two, make sure you have a large enough baking dish to allow for stirring.  I bake homemade granola in my turkey roasting pan, and treat it very similarly to my homemade Chex Mix recipe.

Third, add your soft items like cranberries during the last 10 minutes of baking.  Otherwise they become hard as a rock and can possibly break a tooth when biting into! Yikes!

While not a deal breaker, I also think it’s very important to use the highest quality of organic honey and maple syrup.  By using the best of the best you’ll need to add less because the flavor will be so much more vibrant.   Honey and maple syrup are not items you want to skimp on.  You can truly taste the difference when comparing quality.

And homemade granola is not just a snack to munch on. My favorite way to enjoy this easy homemade granola crunch recipe is in a breakfast bowl.   I love filing a shallow bowl with my homemade granola crunch, adding in seasonal fruits, and a bit of almond milk.  This easy homemade granola recipe is also great as a yogurt and smoothie topping.  The possibilities are truly endless.

Plus, you can make this granola recipe in larger batches, to enjoy throughout the week.  And as long as you’re cognizant of how much honey and maple syrup your adding, my easy homemade granola recipe is an overall healthy recipe. Click through (below) to snag the recipe and whip up a batch for yourself this week!  Truly, MKR
 


 

Easy Homemade Granola Crunch
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 container of organic rolled oats, thick would be best (32-42 oz.)
  2. 1 small bag of organic cranberries
  3. 2 cups almonds; whole or slivered
  4. 2 cups pumpkin seeds
  5. 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  6. 2 tabelspoons cinnamon
  7. 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  9. 1/4 cup organic honey
  10. 1/4 cup quality maple syrup
  11. 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300
  2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients except cranberries. Add to a large baking or roasting dish and cook about 30 minutes stirring every 10-15 minutes.
  3. During the last 10 minutes of baking add cranberries and stir. Bake 10 more minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and dump on parchment paper to cool.
  5. Once completely cooled store in an airtight container for about 1 week.
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