Thursday, May 17, 2018

The new BCC

Playdates in former years were always accompanied by drinks and fat slices of banana chocolate chip bread. While I love to put out an offering of something warm from the oven, I don't always have time for it. But today, when a good friend came by for tea this morning, I decided this rainy day called for something homemade.

I don't make banana chocolate chip bread often anymore (not sure why, but I do love having surplus bananas in the freezer for smoothies!). A new found favorite is this:

Coconut chocolate bread 

(inspired by King Arthur Flour's Coconut Flour recipe)

1/2 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar (reduced from 3/4--I forgot to reduce today, and it was REALLY sweet)
1/2 teaspoon salt
a happy splash of vanilla
6 large eggs
a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 350. Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt with a whisk.

Stir cocoa powder into melted and slightly cooled butter.

Add eggs and vanilla to flour. Mix well. Pour buttery cocoa mixture into the batter and mix well. Line a bread pan with parchment paper. Pour batter into prepared pan and let rest ten minutes.

Top with  mini chips to your heart's desire.

Bake 35-45 minutes (40 is our winning time). Let cool 30 minutes, or if you have better self-restraint, enjoy completely cooled at the end of the day. It slices like a dream. The chocolate flavor is wonderful and the loaf is moist. It almost seems too good to be good for you, which I am telling myself it is good for me.

As with most sweet things from the oven, it goes best served with a good friend at the table and a hot mugga something in the hand. (Today, I enjoyed a double mug of Republic of Tea's orange ginger mint herbal tea with a fat blob of Trader Joe's raw honey. I may have wondered if I was dreaming, because this stuff takes my heart to lovely places!)

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Today we're celebrating Shane with Half-Baked Harvest's Sunday Meatballs. Oh. My. Goodness. My kitchen smells amazing. Did I mention that's my new favorite cookbook?

It. Is.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Day story

May


Outside my window, it is green and gray and wet. A week's glance of daily thunderstorms. Humidity and heaviness. My coral running shoes glow in the gray. I cut the grass yesterday before the thunderstorms came. Hello, green season. All the vines growing, and as I ran back down the driveway, I smiled to enter the hidden hollow of home. Thankful for this wonderland.

Giving thanks! This past weekend the girls performed in their piano recital. Lanie got three awards--including a merit scholarship for next year. An entire year's lessons paid. This was a great reward for her. She practices diligently and I am so delighted for her. She worked so hard. (But there's something else, and it's God's provision--and I am moved to the core. Thank you, God.)

In the school room we're in the mix of ending and beginning. Heading toward the finish of one school year, and jumping earnestly into the next with biology and geometry for Lanie. A home focus feels good.

From the kitchen, a green smoothie. We have these a few times a week: spinach, coconut milk, flax seed, collagen, bananas and mango (or other frozen fruit). So good. Also cooking up recipes from a new favorite cookbook: Half-Baked Harvest Cookbook by Tieghan Gerard (not compensated to mention). I have made recipes from her blog before. Visually stunning and delightfully flavorful.

I am working hard on the dailies--the May daily goals for health and home. 

I don't want to forget to be here. I love homeschooling my kids. I love cutting the grass. I love having friends over. I love pulling the weeds. I love doing laundry. I love planning the meals and making the meals and getting ready for summer. I love it all. I don't want to live distracted by (the) attempt to pull me in the muck of stress and (her) hatred. I don't want to lose another moment here. I already lost more than a year.

Around the house, after reading a book by Emily Ley, I took on steps to simplify my life. Shane said to me yesterday, "I don't want to alarm you, but I think somebody broke into the house and stole that stuff you had in the middle of the sitting room." I laughed. Purging, consolidating, tidying. The school room shelves purged of books we've outgrown or finished using for the year, and shelves of Middle Ages eagerly waiting on the mark. I love the cleared look of the school table. I love the tidiness of shelves, once spilling over, now orderly. Clean and order are so inviting. How nice to relax.

I am hearing quiet in the pause of the morning. Learning how to quiet my thoughts--taking longer breaks from other social media outlets to be present and less distracted here. And it is good.

A view of my favorite things:

this was earlier in the month--it's all filled in now

carpet of purple down the field

I snagged a photo of these lovelies before I cut the grass
My lock-screen image. Where did my puppy go?

This was a lunch last week. Focus on health and nutrition.

Recital day!

At the table, Anita is stopping by today for a visit and I'm so glad to have her here. She's in the area and wants to stop by and I am thankful she does. Treasuring this truly in my heart.

Monday, May 14, 2018

And still counting (11,893-11,920)

a Friday field cut
blue skies
good podcasts

a good report
the pink flowers of the last dogwood
Ruth
and how she makes us laugh
her sweet devotion

school days with Lanie and Erin
pretty spring dresses
music in the house
morning smoothie breaks
coral running shoes

and daily runs
Ruth and her indecision between a stick and the orange squeaky ball (she took both!)
the piano recital
a long talk with Tracey
azaleas in bloom

the decluttering of home and mind
a sunny piano recital
Lanie's scholarship
celebratory popsicles
a weekend with my family

games around the table
laughter
the warmth of blankets
chamomile tea
a visit with Lori