Friends are defined by many things. They’re who you joke around with. They’ll be there for you to vent to for your problem du jour. They’ll be there to cheer you up in your most down times.

Great friends surprise you with not how well they know you, but also with how well they can sense what you need. Whether it’s space or a hug, good friends are like mind readers.

I am lucky enough to at 19 years old, have friends that I’ve known for the past 13 years, including one who, after each of us lived in California for a year and after going to different high schools, our friendship is stronger than it ever has or could have been. I got a mysterious package from her the other day. After racing back to my apartment, heavy bag over my shoulder and awkward, large box in both arms, I went straight for the scissors to open up the tape. Until that day, I never knew that a great friend could be defined by the ones who send you the ingredients to their homemade granola when you need something special the most.

Recipe courtesy of Steph (who will one day have an Oscar, I’m sure of it.)

Homemade Granola (makes a LOT but it’s great to keep in a container and snack on all week!)
4 cups oats
2 cups sweetened coconut
2 cups sliced almonds
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
About 1 cup of chocolate chips, give or take

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Mix all of the ingredients together and spread out onto two sheet pans lined with parchment paper.

Cook for about 10 minutes. Take out and add the chocolate chips evenly, stirring them in gently. Continue to cook for about 15 minutes or until the oats are toasty brown. Let it cool completely. Bon appetit!