spelt belgian waffles

A few days after I came back from Oregon, one night while Tim and I were working side by side, I told him I didn’t know if I wanted to blog anymore.

It was weird—not just because we’re in the midst of working and talking about wedding plans but because I love blogging. I’d be the first to tell you there’s nothing like the feeling of sitting down to write precisely what you want to say, organizing the chaos of life into cohesive sentences and paragraphs, feeling that satisfaction of yes! that is what I mean! when you hit publish and receiving feedback in the form of comments from people who have become your friends.

But I’d wrestled with these thoughts while I was in Oregon, surrounded by big bloggers with book deals, international press trips, specified knowledge so out of my world that they’d literally left me speechless when they talked, and really, I’d been thinking about it before then. I find new blogs I like every week. I’m so impressed by the talent—by bloggers who put hours and hours into crafting original, interesting, beautiful material on the Internet for the rest of us to enjoy—and when there’s so much out there already, I wonder sometimes why I want to add more.

We’ve talked about it a few times the last couple weeks, in between drafting seating charts and making homemade ravioli for dinner and pinning table decorations and beginning to move Tim from his three-year bachelor pad to our future home. When he brought his waffle iron sometime last week, we ate spelt Belgian waffles topped with sorghum for breakfast and liked them so much, we made them again, with strawberries, for Sunday night dinner with friends. We’re doing the everyday things of life even as we prepare for the great event of ours, with my giant white dress hanging in my house, our honeymoon booked, plans for me to fly home tonight.

And thinking about that right now makes me glad to have this blog to remember it. Because while I expected, ten days before our wedding, to be telling you about the pumpkin cake my mom’s making or the cookie table our friends are contributing to or how excited I am that it’s all really happening, the thing I most want to say now is this: I am thankful to be marrying someone who, in the midst of it, set aside time to talk about issues as in-the-grand-scheme-of-things-unimportant as blogging, who helped me decide to keep doing it and, thanks to his WordPress genius, showed me how to give it a facelift that makes me excited to come back here next month.

Anytime I start to wonder if blogging is worthwhile, I’ll just remind myself: it brought me Tim.

See you soon.


**QUICK WEDDING UPDATE! Tim and I will be heading to Kauai (!!!) for a little over a week after our wedding, sans Internet and all ties to responsibilities, so that means you can expect me back here in November. But while I’m gone, I have a special guest post set up for you, from one of my favorite bloggers—you’re in for a treat—so stay tuned!

***ONE MORE THING! Special thanks to Danielle of Beyond the Plate, for her blogging inspiration, both design and otherwise.

Spelt Belgian Waffles
Adapted from AllRecipes
Makes five waffles.

Ingredients
2 eggs, yolks separated from whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk (or, in a pinch, yogurt mixed with water)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup whole grain spelt flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon sugar (I used palm sugar)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 heaping pinch ground cinnamon

Directions
Preheat your waffle iron.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, vanilla, buttermilk and butter until they’re well blended.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt and cinnamon; add this dry mixture into the buttermilk mixture.

In a large glass bowl, whip the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff. (BIG TIP: if you tilt the bowl on its side while you whip on the highest speed, this literally takes two minutes flat.) Fold egg whites into the batter.

Spoon about a half a cup of batter onto the hot waffle iron, close, and cook until golden brown.

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Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

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    1. Shannalee

      Definitely, Nicole. It’s easy to lose sight of that and start thinking it’s about numbers or comments or company offers—but none of those things are what makes blogging fun or enjoyable, and I need to remember that!

  1. Maria

    I love your new blog design. It is clean and beautiful. You know, I think we all go through the “blog funk” especially after we see other blogs. I have to tell you though, that although I like looking at the “big bloggers’ blogs”, I love the blogs that are more about the content and the stories of the posts. Which is why I love yours, plus your beautiful photos are a bonus. Keep up the good work, and good luck with all the wedding prep. I’ll be in that mode come December.

    1. Shannalee

      Thank you, Maria! Clean was exactly what I wanted. : ) And you know, you’re right: the blogs I look forward to the most are the ones with meaningful stories and content. Best wishes with YOUR wedding in December!

  2. Jacqui

    1. I’m glad you’re sticking around this crazy blog world. It wouldn’t be the same without you, and I really mean that.
    2. I’m so excited to see you NEXT WEEK!!!
    3. I love the new look! I changed mine, too, except it was a total accident and I was too lazy to figure out how to change it back. Oops!
    4. HAWAII?!?! Jealous.
    5. Tim rocks.
    6. xo

    1. Shannalee

      1. I love your blog comments. And your blog. And knowing you.
      2. I KNOW! Is this really happening?
      3. Thank you! and Ha! I love your laid-back attitude about it. : ) THat is so the right perspective.
      4. Ah! I Know!!
      5. He really does.
      6. back at you. : )

  3. hootenannie

    Your blog is completely unique to me. I mean, you talk about food to talk about everything else – genius. I hope you never stop sharing yourself, in whatever way makes sense at the time, because you draw people in.

    Your blog brought you Tim. And your blog brought me you. Keep it up, sister – and long live the internet. :)

    1. Shannalee

      Well that was super nice. And you’re right: blogging also brought me you, and I wish so much you were my real-life friend more regularly! What would our Internet friendship be without blogging!

  4. Tammy @ The Sweet Tomato

    Well, let’s hope you continue blogging. The blogging world (I know mine anyway) wouldn’t be the same without you! Your new blog design is beautiful – I love the simplicity and it seems to just let us know a little bit more who “you” are. Thanks for keepin on!

  5. Joanna

    I know exactly what you mean on the blogging front. Sometimes I stare at the screen and think “What could I possibly have to add to this already huge pool of amazing talents?” (and I put you in that field of amazing talents). But I’m glad you do blog, because otherwise you and Tim and Terry and Carrie would never have entered into our lives.

    God uses you and He uses your blog–so as long as you feel like this place is giving you life and giving it to others, keep on writing! I’ll stick around for whatever evolution is in store for it.

    Big hugs and see you soon!

    1. Shannalee

      I told you this already on Twitter, but Joanna, you are always bringing tears to my eyes—good ones. I’m so glad to know you and Brad and am looking forward to seeing you guys at the wedding! : )

  6. MaryAnn

    I’m so glad you intend to keep blogging. I’ve always considered your blog one of those ‘big blogs.’ :-) I get that discouraged feeling now & again but for now, I’m like you & I plan to keep up with it. We’ll see what the future holds but if you ever sign off for good I will miss you! I have learned so much about food from your posts & you have such a unique style of relating food to life & life to food. It’s lovely.
    Happy, happy wedding to you! I pray that all the details & travel will go smoothly. I have been to Kauai. You are in for a beautiful treat. Be sure to rent a jeep & seek out the deserted beaches – they are well worth the ride on the long pothole ridden roads. You’re going to come back all tan & happy :-)

  7. Rachel

    I love the new look! And I love this post! Super excited for you. So many life changes. :) I hope everything goes splendidly. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

    P.S. I’m pinning this post on Pinterest cause I need to make these waffles. I need them in my life.

    1. Shannalee

      Rachel, Pinterest is seriously like the best Internet organizer ever, I know! You definitely do need these waffles, so pin away! And looking forward to seeing you again and hearing about all YOUR life possibilities and changes, too.

  8. Bobbi

    I am new to reading your blog, but have been delighted by it. I stumbled upon it because of your couple year old soaked wheat bread recipe (AMAZING) and im buying more flower to make it again! ALSO blessings on your wedding. I am almost 2 years in to a God ordained marriage. I hope you can enjoy the process!
    I DO enjoy your blog, and i am so happy your planning to continue!

  9. Heidi

    What keeps me going is the sheer joy it brings me to write, to bake, to cook, to be. I don’t anticipate that my sometimes musings, uncreative photos, and cookie cutter recipes are shaking up the blogging world. Heck, I don’t even anticipate that people are reading it most days, but that’s okay. Do this as long as the process brings you joy.

  10. Jolynn

    Oh, but your perspective is so fresh and inspiring! Please do keep blogging. I only read 2-3 blogs regularly, and yours is one of them. The blogging world would be missing something valuable if you stopped — you! (Oh, and the recipes are great, too!) :)

  11. Valeria

    First, I want to say I love your new layout. Good job!
    Second, I am with you. I understand exactly your feelings because this is what I have been going though in the last months. I feel descouraged and obsolete, I look at my blog and then I go through my list of feeds and think “What am I doing, there are so many people with better skills than I have”. Thank God, I have an amazing fiancé that reminds me to follow my passions and what makes me happy, and encourage me to keep doing it. My blog is nothing better than anyone else, but it is mine, and as I am reading your story and finding a piece of myself in your words, I hope other people would do the same with mine. I am not even an English native speaker, I am Italian, and I am struggling findind my voice in another language, but maybe this would be what makes me different, who knows.
    I just got engaged and I have my head full of dreams. J. is my biggest support and together we can find the courage to go on with our passions. Happiness is staying with the one you love and in a place you love doing what you love. I am trying to achieve these things.
    I still don’t know when my wedding is going to be because we are young and insicure, poor and full of dreams. But we know it will happen, we know we are going to be together, and we know we will keep reminding each other who we are and what we like.
    All the best for your wedding and please, keep writing. You are a big inspiration for me. We even have a similar blog title :)

  12. Ashley

    I can not tell you how many times I’ve had those very thoughts (actually went through a spell very recently in fact). What draws me back is my excitement for food and the joy of being able to share it. It’s when I loose site of my passion and love of the subject that things start to spin out of control.
    My prayers are with you in this time. Such a wonderful season of life.
    P.S. Love the new look.

  13. Jen

    I have had similar sentiments, especially when I think about my children and what it means for them. I don’t think my five readers would miss me too much ;)

    Love this recipe, love your blog. Happy wedding and honeymoon!

  14. sarah kate branine

    Girl, you ARE a big blogger in my book and I am so thankful for your beautiful spot on the internet. I echo many of your thoughts and find that when I put together Steve’s scrapbook ( I don’t really scrapbook, but can’t think of a better word! ) for our anniversary each year, I am so thankful for our blog. There are many times when I think, “shoot, I’m so done with this!” and then come June 25 each year, I’m super thankful I stuck with it–I love reading over what God has done for us each year, when, otherwise, I would so easily forget His goodness to us through so many forms–our life in general, my relationship to Steve, our Graeme, our little Job who is due in less than 3 weeks!, and just all of the fun parts of life thrown in-between!

    Happy wedding to you! I’m thrilled for you!

  15. Alicia Howe

    Wow. I don’t know what I would do without your blog. You and this blog, more than anything, were my inspiration for venturing down the road of healthy eating. I’m so glad you’re sticking with it!

  16. Lainey Seyler

    I feel the same way sometimes about blogging. I love it, but I’ll never big this big ol’ blogger with a book contract, even though that’s not why I do it. But yeah, why does anyone need to hear what I have to say. That being said–I’m so glad you posted about spelt waffles!!!!! I have spelt flour in my cupboard probably about to sprout from a sourdough bread I made for school six months ago. I need to use it! Thanks. I wouldn’t have ever thought to make waffles if not for your post. So good thing you blog.

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