Maple Blueberry Coconut Oil Scones Made with Einkorn Flour (Dairy-Free, Refined-Sugar-Free)

blueberry maple scones made with einkorn flour and coconut oil

I had a meltdown this weekend, full and total, lots of crying, the way pregnant women (or maybe especially this pregnant woman) are prone to do. Being pregnant has been weirdly easy for me physically---today at Trader Joe's, the sweet cashier asked me how far along I am, "37 weeks!" I said, and she gave a sympathetic nod with her sarcastic "oh, man, I bet you're feeling great." Then I had to say, actually, I am! Falling asleep is different than it used to be, I have this whole pillow arrangement I'm pretty married to now, and I've noticed I'm getting slower when I walk, but overall I feel good, just big, in most ways. The one way I do feel super pregnant, however, is when I have one of these meltdowns, man, these meltdowns, and hear myself venting out all these doubts and emotions that I really don't need to let have a voice in my heart. Tim's pretty good about handling these outbursts, which thankfully come less often than they did in early pregnancy, and this past weekend, he said … [Read more...]

Einkorn Rye Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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I woke up this morning wanting chocolate chip pancakes, so after Tim and I split an apple (fruit in the morning every morning!), these einkorn rye beauties, studded with melted chocolate throughout, were side by side with us at our computer screens. I went with rye because of the bag of rye flour in our freezer, which came in my first Thrive Market order last week. (Short sales pitch: Have you heard of Thrive Market yet? They say they're Costco meets Whole Foods. And while they're not paying me to tell you this, we did sign up to be affiliates after joining the service, because, you guys, last week I got two jars of organic peanut butter + two boxes of maple buckwheat cereal + a bag of Purely Elizabeth granola + five boxes (!!) of One Degree cereal + two bags of [rye and buckwheat] flour for a whopping total of $41, including the free shipping and handling. OK, commercial over. You can go learn more here if you like.) Back to the pancakes. So should you wake up tomorrow morning … [Read more...]

Orange Ginger Sunshine Smoothie

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When I first met the man who would become my husband, back in 2010, he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and had kind eyes and I decided within a few short hours that I liked him very much. He drank raw milk and talked openly about the mom he'd lost and never seemed like he was trying to sell himself to me, not once. As soon as I knew I liked him, I wanted him to like me, obviously, since that's the way we humans work (although honestly I have fought years of wanting even the people I don't like to like me, because that's how the little gods of approval and affirmation keep you in their hooks). Getting him to like me meant, subconsciously, not revealing too much about how I liked him and testing him out and being careful how much I shared, always thinking about how he was seeing me and why. Looking back, I guess I was crafting a version of myself, at least on some level, the way blogs and Facebook profiles and short interactions can let us craft versions of ourselves for all the people … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Heart Cakes with Homemade Chocolate Shell

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You dislike gimmicks. Gimmicks are not your thing. The first Valentine's Day we spent together, we argued about this, because while most of the world knows that February 14 is just another day, to the woman you ended up marrying, it could potentially be an indicator of whether or not the two of us were in love. So here you are, four years later, having spent your past several Valentine's Days doing things like surprising me with chocolate-covered strawberries and helping me sew felt hearts on our outfits and baking heart-shaped pizzas late at night. Last year, you cooked me a homemade dinner of coq au riesling you found on my Pinterest board, alongside salads topped with heart-shaped beets and our first-ever einkorn cream puffs. You are good to me. Tonight, at a time when finances feel tight and my pregnant personality makes me break down crying when I am either happy or sad, you told me you cashed some random savings bonds to take me on a road trip, yet another thing I don't deserve. … [Read more...]

Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Special thanks to Yahoo! for sponsoring this post! Happy December! Today is the day The Einkorn Cookbook officially releases, so if you haven't ordered your copy yet, now would be a great time to do so---go ahead, I'll wait---and once you've got a copy in your hands this winter season, why not cuddle up with it alongside a glass of homemade hot chocolate? It's a myth that making homemade hot chocolate has to take longer and/or be more involved than making the packaged kind that comes in a box. Have you believed this? Don't. To put together your own, real-foods, deliciously rich and creamy hot chocolate, here are the pantry staples that you need: milk (raw milk or coconut milk are our favorites), cocoa powder and a sweetener (honey or maple syrup work great). You mix the three of them together, proportions according to your tastes, and have a hot, chocolatey beverage ready in 10 minutes or less. In today's version, I added a bit of cayenne pepper and a dash of salt, but those … [Read more...]

4-Ingredient Strawberry Gelatin Mold

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"She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbour: 'Winter is dead.'" - A.A. Milne Spring in Tennessee is not like spring of my childhood. It is 88-degree days and laying in the sun baking like a batch of cookies and making homemade popsicles that drip down your hands. It is afternoon drives in the country, it is walks through 10 shades of green at the park, it is every day, again and again, saying, "I love the daylight!" "I love this time of year!" "I love where we live!" (of course, this last week, it has also been 20-degree dips in temperature and days of thunderstorms, and that has been beautiful in another way.) And so it was that on a Saturday in May, not June or later, a group of us went to a local strawberry farm and picked for ourselves gallons and gallons (and gallons) of strawberries. There have been smoothies and chocolate-covered strawberries and tarts and, also, this jello, a shining star of a side dish---made of … [Read more...]

Rooibos Maple Honeybush Affogato

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I am writing this post from our bedroom, sitting cross-legged on the white bedspread, the white noise of our air-conditioning loud enough on this warm April Monday to have me wondering why it’s belting out so fiercely and also if I’ve missed the sound of the oven timer going off. I just got up to check—both the air-conditioning and the oven—and turned the air-conditioning off and pulled a tray of near-burned oatmeal cookies from the oven. This activity is sort of a microcosm of my entire life, maybe yours too, this making of messes and then cleaning them up. I mean, from the moment I get up (make the bed!) to the projects throughout the day (Workout; pile sweaty clothes that smell like elephants into the hamper. Do laundry; dump it onto the bed to fold. Prepare dinner; now wash the dishes. Get an assignment; untangle the documents and instructions into something that makes sense). Chaos, order, chaos, order. When Tim’s family was in town visiting a few weeks ago, I told my … [Read more...]