Gingered Pear Einkorn Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

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Dear Mama Madison, I can't believe we're actually here, I'm actually writing this post, your belly is swelling bigger with every Instagram photo and every day ticks us one closer to the day little he or she arrives. I can't believe it because I'm so I'm terrible at hoping, so eager to protect myself, so always shocked by every sweetness, every joy, every pure delight God gives us. I have felt guilt about this before, about my weak faith and great fear, and I have looked ahead to parenthood counting all the ways I'll mess up because of it and because of other things I wish I didn't do. I won't believe enough. I won't say the right thing. I'll hurt my kid in a way that he never forgets and I'll regret it and it will be horrible. But then this thought comes to me that I hope comes to you: I will never be a perfect parent; you will never be a perfect parent; there is only One Perfect Parent and He not only parents us, but He'll parent our little ones, too. We don't have to get it all … [Read more...]

Light and Buttery Nut Flour Crepes with Roasted Fruit

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I can't remember the last time I was as excited about a cookbook as I have been about The Homemade Flour Cookbook, written by Erin Alderson of Naturally Ella, just published a few weeks ago. (And you know I get excited about a lot of cookbooks.) It's not only because it's by one of my favorite bloggers, someone who is at once wildly talented and also the opposite of self-important. When you sit down with Erin, like we got to last year, you find out she's funny and honest about her own shortcomings and, only after quite a bit of talking do you realize, also one of the most hard-working people you know. When we met her, she was a teacher and a blogger and planning her wedding and getting ready to move and writing a cookbook. You know, no big deal. She has since turned in a second manuscript for what will be her second cookbook, but if you're reading this and thinking she's Superwoman, all you have to do is read posts like this one or this one to hear her pop all bubbles of pretension, … [Read more...]

everybody wants a piece of the pie / pear crisp

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Everybody wants a piece of the pie, everybody wants a "How high you fly!" We're all looking for something, something to say that we count. We meet and we're asked, "What's your something?" We meet and we're asked, "Who are you?" "I'm my family," "my beauty," "my job skills," "My companion," "my food blog," "my work." But deep down, there's somewhere a gnawing, Deep down, there's somewhere an ache. We can mask it and hide it and hope that Our efforts to cover will work. "I've got it!" "I've won it!" "I've made it!" "Look at me!" "Now, at last, I'm complete!" But deep down, there's still somewhere a gnawing, Deep down, unmasked, still that ache. When we know this, when we see this, when we are this, Why don't we respond to the root? Instead of ever reaching and striving, Instead of just joining the race, Why don't we step back, slow, and realize What's driving our envy, snubbing and spite: We're, all of us, everywhere, hungry, Hungry for wholeness, hungry for … [Read more...]

Pear Custard Pie in Spelt Pie Crust

Once upon a time, a girl decided to surprise her boyfriend for the weekend. It’s a classic story: she booked a plane ticket, got his friends involved and, hardest of all, fought to keep from spilling the beans beforehand. There were two months of wait time from idea to fruition, which meant lots of vague conversations and deceptive communication meant to throw him off along the way. But finally, early November came. She made phone plans with him for the day she was to arrive—or really, and maybe she should have seen this as a clue or as the thing we’d call foreshadowing in English class, he made phone plans with her, to cook something at the same time, from their separate cities. When she’d talked about her blog and how she’d been lacking inspiration for it (as those of you on Facebook know all about), he’d suggested this idea, and she’d said, Something with pears! Because they’ll be on sale! And she’d laughed to herself the whole time thinking, aha! he has no idea I’m … [Read more...]