Sunday, September 24

Spiced Apple Pumpkin Bread - Sunday Bread 01

gluten free bread recipes

So I decided on a thing. I have been wanting to learn how to make really great bread for a long time now. It started with a desire for me to get better at making things from scratch in general. Then it turned into bread specifically as I got frustrated with the lack of fresh gluten free baked goods. There's only one place in my area that makes gluten free donuts, for example, and they are an hour drive away. Anyway, I thought it would be a fun project, and a good thing to do on Sundays as family time. So each Sunday I've resolved to pick a bread to make! They'll all be gluten free recipes since I have to be gluten free because I have Hashimotos. But you could easily sub in regular flour I'm sure if you wanna make it the old fashioned way.

gluten free kids

I decided on a festive fall quick bread to start with because it sounded more delicious than sandwhich bread and also because it's the first week of fall! I didn't want to make banana bread or plain pumpkin bread because those felt too easy so I decided to create my own new hybrid bread! So this bread is both pumpkin and apple with all the favorite fall spices in there too! It turned out so good. It was husband and five year old approved. It's especially delicious warmed up with some butter on it for breakfast too!

gluten free baking

Basically in this bread, you make your own applesauce using a granny smith apple, cinnamon, and salted butter. Then you puree it and that takes the place of a fat (like oil or melted butter) in the bread itself. It's an old trick my mom taught me as a kid. You can sub applesauce for oil or butter in most box kits like cupcakes or cakes and it makes them slightly healthier. I figured it would work great for this bread too because the original recipe called for canola oil but I wanted this bread to taste like apple cider anyway! If you want to do more apples in the skillet, go for it. They are delicious to eat in a bowl on their own or scooped over some vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Spiced Apple Pumpkin Bread 

1 1/2 cup gluten free all purpose flour
1/3 cup gluten free old-fashioned oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon + more for apples
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 Tbsp salted butter
Optional: 2 Tbsp cinnamon sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C)
2. Prepare loaf pan by lightly greasing or lining with parchment paper.
3. Wisk egg in a large bowl and set aside.
4. Saute apples in a skillet with  butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon until soft. Set aside.
5. Wisk pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, almond milk, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla extract into the egg.
6. Carefully place flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a sifter and sift over wet ingredients and stir.
7. In a blender, pure the cooked apples until applesauce consistency
8. Add 3 Tbs. of your new applesauce and the oats to the bowl and stir again lightly until just combined.
9. Spoon into pan evenly
10. (Optional: sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top and pull through mixture with a knife to create swirls in the dough)
11. Bake for 40 minutes or until deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
12. Remove from oven and let set in pan for at least 20 minutes and then gently transfer to a plate to cool.
13. Let cool completely before slicing, preferably several hours. Otherwise, it can be a bit crumbly.
14. Also, slice gently, as it’s rather tender.
15. Once cooled, store in a covered container or cover with plastic wrap at room temperature to keep fresh.

*recipe adapted from The Minimalist Baker's recipe here.



Thursday, September 21

New Moon Manifesting Ritual

new moon ritual if you feel stuck

Happy New Moon friends! New moons are all about letting go of the old and making space for the new. It's a time to plant seeds for the future that will grow as the light grows. It's a time to energetically pull what you want toward you by setting intentions. And the cool thing is, we get to do it every 2 weeks!

I know that moon cycles and mindfulness and energy can feel overwhelming and be hard to wrap your head around. I'm not expert, but I've been on a spiritual journey for a while and this little ritual is one I read about and had been wanting to try so I figured what better time than now, with this new moon to try it myself and share it with you to try too!

new moon planting seeds of growth

So we all have heard that THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS and that what we think about expands and that we should focus on the positive so that we attract more of it into our life. We've heard that there's an invisible force out there (call it God, call it the source, call it the Universe, call it the Force if you want, haha) and that it is limitless and that we can connect and tap into it. But how?

The moon pulls on us. It's strong enough that it pulls the oceans so strongly that it creates tides. Why wouldn't it pull on us as well? New moons are a time to set intentions and focus for the next part of the cycle. If manifesting is real, then this is when we decide what the next things we want to manifest is. And we have to trust that that invisible force is going to be working things out behind the scenes for us while we go about taking action toward our goals in our day to day life.

So here's the ritual... 

You'll need:

1 small pot
Seeds for whatever you want to plant (I chose lavender)
Potting soil
Gold sharpie (if you wanna draw on your pot like I did)
Possibly a journey to write out your intentions that you want to manifest and grow

The idea of this ritual is to take something that can feel so abstract and make it visual and tangible for us to see and experience. As you plant the seeds of your intentions that you want to manifest into your life in the next two weeks, you also plant physical seeds as a physical representation of those things you are planting in the universe. Then, you care for them, just as you have to take action on your desires. (You can't just sit around thinking about them.) You water the seeds, you make sure they get light and are the right temperature. And just as the invisible force of the universe is working on your intentions and manifesting them into your life, that same invisible force is working to bring the seeds to life!

Here's a MANTRA to go along with it. As you set your intentions, you plant the seeds. Maybe you journal your intentions, the seeds of the big things you want to bring into your life. Write or repeat this mantra as you do:

I am unapologetic about what I desire 
and I trust that what I focus on will grow! 

If you liked this, let me know! And if you want more talk about mindfulness let me know too! I'm happy to share more about my journey if it helps someone else!

rituals for joy


Thursday, September 7

Happy 3 Weeks Wren Bird...

Happy 3 weeks little Percy Wren!
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