{GF, Vegan} Cranberry Flax Muffins

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You always miss your first job, amirite? Mine was lifeguarding, and it was pretty sweet. Working on my tan, absentmindedly skimming the pool for leaves…it was glorious.

Come to think of it, I had a lot of what you would categorize as “first jobs”: teaching swim lessons, selling vegetables, working at a fabric store, washing sheets and scrambling eggs for tourists. But at the top of the list is always Starbucks. Continue reading…

Five Ingredient Tahini Cookies

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Moving is tiresome. Not the cleaning and packing and evaluating your possessions part. We’re good at that part. I’m talking about the “almost but not yet” aspect, where you’ve mentally vacated your current digs but it’s not quite time to go yet. The part where every conversation begins with, “So when is your last day again?” (short answer: under two weeks, eek!). We’re tired of talking about it and ready to get going. Or not. Just no more limbo, please!

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{Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free} Orange Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

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My best efforts at a posting schedule have been wishful thinking so far this year. By now you know that the updates ebb and flow with the particular tides of each season.

News time, though: we’re moving! Cross-country! Again! As we step into a new chapter, I can’t help but re-thread the narrative of our journey in search of some purpose and guidance for the road ahead. Continue reading…

{Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free} Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins

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Ahh, January is coming. Diet season. Despite a deep aversion to cleanses, Whole30™, smoothie bowls, and paleo anything, I had some really healthy intentions for these double chocolate cherry muffins.

Today’s recipe was intended to be vegan: made with a flax egg…whole-grain teff flour…dark unrefined coconut sugar. The first batch was edible, as long as you focused on the virtue they represented rather than the taste. In other words, no thank you.

I threw in the towel, added eggs and good ol’ white sugar, and the result was exactly what I wanted: basically a naked breakfast cupcake. Remember this in a month or so: giving up is delicious.  Continue reading…

#Thanksgiving Recipes Roundup 2015

 

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I’m supposed to be packing but, shhh!, I’m making a recipe roundup post for you, just in time for Thanksgiving. It turns out that half the recipes on this site are muffins and humble cakes, and the other half are perfectly fallish, with a Venn diagram effect on quite a few that check both boxes. (Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Apples and Cranberries, anyone?).

Instead of trying to hammer out some hastily photographed, poorly made pretense at anything Thanksgiving-y, here’s something better: a comprehensive guide to gems from the archives that should grace your table this fall… Continue reading…

{Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free} Muscadine Tea Cake

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“Ach. They’re blurry.” 

I plugged in the camera to upload these photos and was instantly frustrated. I thought there would be some good shots, but no. Poor exposure, insufficient light, hands anxious. Editing suddenly became a lot easier: delete, delete, delete, maybe, no, no, delete, finally! a good one, delete, delete…

“You should take a photography class,” J suggested unhelpfully as he watched me metaphorically bang my head against the table. “With what time?” I snapped, incredulous. “Well, yeah. Maybe eventually,” he admitted. Continue reading…

{Vegan} No-Churn Apricot Sorbet and Pale Ale Floats

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Last Friday the humidity broke. Simultaneously, the thrum of a hundred thousand air conditioners ceased. The cicadas hushed: was that a breeze? People walked out their front doors and stood stock still to take in the air. Is it really fall? Did we really make it through another summer? Like survivors of a long war, we skipped off to work, ecstatic about open window sleeping and Starbucks cups marked ‘PSL.’ Maybe my sweaters can come out of their box! It’s time to bake with apples and pumpkin! Everything is wonderful!

Now to most, we are experiencing what sounds an awful lot like summer: high 70s, cool evenings serenaded by a million tiny frogs, people dashing after frisbees and picnicking in the park. It’s fleeting and we know it. Three weeks, and we’ll be shuttering those big Victorian windows and turning on the heat. But for now it’s perfect, and we’re going to soak it up. Continue reading…