July 30, 2014

Gluten-Free Zucchini Walnut Bread

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We spent the week disconnected from our separate lives. In their place we shared a time of calm, reflection, laughter, wonder, mild frustration, adventure, old familiarity and comfort. We talked, we walked, we hiked, we read, we cooked, we sat together in the most comfortable of silences; the kind that comes from having known one another through and through over the years, despite the distance. We marveled at starfish, hoped for whale sightings, gave thanks for narrowly missing a run in with a black bear, climbed 2,800 some odd steep steps, watched a family sing folk songs in perfect harmony, made friends with strangers, listened to old tunes and stared off into the distance. I learned more about my dear friend and more about myself.

And maybe the best part about traveling is neither the destination nor the journey but rather the fact that you step outside yourself and your life in favor of the observation of the lives of others. It’s a glimpse into so many other forms of life on this here planet. It’s a reminder of all the things we have to be thankful for in our own lives. We bring that knowledge back with us to carry us through what we once viewed as ordinary, now viewed through a lens of gratitude. And each time we travel we learn more about this world, about each other, about the human connection and what it means to be an unmistakably powerful vessel of gratitude and understanding, a warrior of love.

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July 9, 2014

Berry Cornmeal Cake

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“Now fear is going to be a player in your life, but you get to decide how much. You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about the pathway to the future but all there will ever be is what’s happening here and the decisions we make in this moment, which are based in either love or fear. So many of us chose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying, I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it, please!… You can fail at what you don’t want to do, so you might as well take a chance doing what you love.” — Jim Carey

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July 2, 2014

Gluten-Free Berry Peach Cobbler

Gluten Free Berry Peach Cobbler - The Sunday Table www.thesundaytable.com (4 of 5)I sat at my kitchen table feeling so incredibly overwhelmed, stretched thin by all of the moving pieces in my life. Coming off a conversation with my mother about life’s recent adventures and all of the shaky parts, I could no longer concentrate on what I had been attempting to do. The clock read 9:30 but my eyes felt more like quarter to twelve. I’d woken up and gotten straight to work, coming off of a weekend full of work and found myself there looking at the clock still steadfast at work. Where had the day gone? Where had May and June gone? Where had I lost myself? Counting back in my mind the number of steps I’d taken, ounces of water I’d consumed and number of times I’d eaten with dinner still to be had. I needed a moment. I paused to read this and listen to this and to feed myself with what little food I had left in my fridge as I remembered that I still needed to make a grocery list for the week. Pause. I got to work on these pancakes because thank goodness I had just the right sparse ingredients to re-create them. Mixed the batter by hand because I needed to feel the worthiness of my hands for something true, something other than typing.

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In that moment of pause I was reminded to look for the good. How in amongst the blur that was May and June there was beauty, there was celebration, a vacation, there were beginnings, there were endings, all time worth spending. The moving pieces acting as vital forces, the challenges, the opportunities, the awakenings, the shaky parts, those made up the good stuff. I may have stretched myself thin but through it I found new strength. I opened myself up to be renewed and change came barreling through.

When the heart desires berry crisp and gluten free peach cobbler, this happens. The filling is adapted from Kimberley‘s beautiful cookbook Vibrant Food (see other lovely versions of the crisp here and here) and the biscuit topping adapted from Erin‘s Homemade Flour Cookbook (another version here).

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