Peanut Butter Granola

What’s up! Welcome to Little Things and Sunshine. I have been in such a granola mood recently. I mean granola cereal, granola on my yogurt, granola by itself, you get the picture. There’s granola everywhere. Homemade granola is one of my favorite things to make and it is so simple. With basic ingredients and maybe a few new ones (I like to be adventurous sometimes;) you can create a healthy and delicious snack that also adds nutrition to any meal. My most recent project was a peanut butter granola. This particular one is great because it is packed with protein and amazing flavor.

To start, mix 1 cup of old-fashioned oats, 1 tbs. of hemp hearts, 2 tbs. of raisins, 1 tsp. of peanut butter powder, 1/4 of a cup of dry roasted peanuts, and 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder in a large mixing bowl. Set this aside to work on your wet ingredients.



For your wet ingredients, add 3 tbs. of all-natural creamy peanut butter, 1 tbs. of honey, and 1 tbs. of rice syrup to a small, microwave safe bowl.


Microwave the ingredients for 30 seconds. It should look like this grossness lol.


Pour your wet ingredients into your dry mix and mix together. Then add a splash of milk and 1 tsp. of melted coconut oil into the mixture. All together, it should be damp but not super wet.


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with coconut oil. Pour your mixture onto the baking sheet and put in the oven at 350.


Bake until it has browned and dried.

When it is just barely warm, drizzle 1 tbs. of honey of the top and mix together.


Simply store your granola in an airtight container (I put mine in the fridge) and enjoy! Make sure to experiment with some of your favorite ingredients and make this granola your own.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe and have a great day!

Hint: Come back later this week for a delicious way to eat your granola;)






May Favorites {2017} 

Hey y’all! This past month, I’ve had several things make a big impact in my everyday life. I thought I’d share some of these things with with my first favorites post!

1. Red Sea Road- Ellie Holcomb.

This album has been going through my head phones all the time. All of the songs have a fantastic message about the love of Christ and I simply can’t get enough of it.

2. Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat tea.

Oh my goodness. This tea has been a staple in my routine all winter and I just can’t get away from it. It’s such a great, all-natural way to nip a cold in the bud. It works like a charm to add a little warmth to a rainy day:) While the tea is available at most grocery stores, you can also purchase it online here.

3. Glorious in the Mundane podcast.

This podcast by Christian worship leader, Christy Nockles, has been such a blessing this month. My mom recommended it and I’ve been listening while walking in the evenings. She does interviews with other artists and talks about simple,everyday life.

4. Woman’s Boyfriend Shirt- Mossimo Supply Co.

I was given this shirt about a month ago and it has become one of my top wardrobe staples. It’s simple style can be worn in soooo many ways and is just a great item to have in your closet. The fabric is also very lite weight which makes it great for wearing all year long. You can find it at Target here.

5. Dani Austin- YouTube
Dani Austin is a lifestyle/fashion youtuber who also happens to have a great blog. She has such a great personality and an amazing sense of style. Go check her out here!

Well thanks for stopping by Little Things and Sunshine! Let me know what you think of my May favorites and what you’ve been enjoying. Have a great day and don’t forget to enjoy the simple things.


I Live in a Camper.

Hey there! It’s Emerald with Little Things and Sunshine:)

I must say, life has been a bit crazy these past few weeks. With school finals, recitals, trying to keep up with blog posts, and being on week 18 of living in a camper, I feel unorganized and chaotic. I am one of three daughters and my family of five has been on the crazy journey of remodeling our 1940’s home. We first moved into our fixer-upper 10 years ago when it was just me, my mom, and my dad. Since then, our family has grown with the addition of my little sisters and, needless to say, our two bedroom, one bath home was becoming a bit tight. So this past winter we started down the road of completely ripping our house apart and starting over. Has it been crazy? Yes. Is living in a camper with 4 other people for nearly 5 months always fun? No. But through all of the insanity, I have been reminded over and over again of how great God is. My family has grown closer to many friends. We’ve had people open up their homes as places to wash clothes, get out of bad weather, and to simply fellowship. God has used our situation to bring us closer to people in so many ways. I’ve also seen humility and patience become a growing theme in our house hold. Needless to say we’ll definitely appreciate our new house so much more after living in tight quarters.

Though it’s not over yet, I’ve already learned a great deal about myself and my family. Some of these include patience, humility, thankfulness, and the ability to just go with the flow. I’ve also learned how to turn the other cheek (I have a hard time with this). Because I’m a fairly headstrong person, it’s very hard to just bite my tong and let someone else have their way. When someone’s frustrated and giving everyone else heck, I’ve had to learn to just back down and let them cool off. Sometimes it’s necessary to take a step back before addressing an issue. After all, a heated argument between five people in a camper is basically a recipe for disaster.

Living in a camper has definitely made me appreciate the things that we take for granted in America. Hot showers, easy access to pots and pans, an organized wardrobe? Those don’t really exist at the moment. But can I tell you how truly blessed we are! There are people all over the world and just a few streets away, who live in terrible living conditions. Sometimes I’ll catch myself complaining and have to remind myself, “Hey you. There are people living in huts, with no food or water, and you’re sitting in a nicely air-conditioned camper, watching your brand new house being built.” When I put it that way, it makes all of my “trials” a lot less dramatic.

So today I challenge you to be forgiving, be humble, and be patient. Always remember to thank God for His abundance AND for what he doesn’t give immediately. Let’s dwell on the One who came to die for impatient sinners. Let Him change you and incorporate His blessings into your life, in the time that agrees with His Will.

I hope you have a blessed day!


Southern Peach Cobbler



Blackberries and Cream


Hello there! I love this simple snack and it’s so easy to prepare. Just place frozen blackberries in the bodom of your jar, pour whole milk over the top, and sprinkle slivered almonds on top. It’s healthy, filling, and a delicious frozen treat. Serving it in an old jelly jar is a great way to recycle+ It makes transportation super easy:)

Thanks for stopping by!

P. S. Let me know in the comments what your fav summer/spring dessert is!





A fresh, vegetarian cob salad topped with cherrie tomatoes, carrots, sugar snap peas, radishes, boiled potatoes, and boiled eggs; on a bed of iceberg/spring mix, and dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette.

“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” – Robert Urich