As we were flying out of Denver on Christmas afternoon, over the snowy peaks of the rockies, and dreaming of the white blanket of snow that is suppose to fall over our home in just a few short hours, I was thinking, WHAT ARE WE DOING. I have always dreamt of a white Christmas, and after years in cities absent of snow, we were finally getting the chance to experience it – and were flying away. Flying away to the desert of Phoenix, Arizona.
Then I started to picture the open stretch of road on the way to my parents home. It runs alongside an indian reservation where you can see for a hundred miles. The beautiful sierra mountains wrapping around the northern and eastern sides of my favorite little Phoenix town, ‘tukee (Ahwatukee Foothills) that I called home for twelve years. The big skies, the clouds that stretch forever, the desert sunsets (which have yet to be beat), fresh air, wide open spaces, this beautiful city. This city which holds my favorite people. My best friend (my mom), and the person I look up to the most (my dad). The most generous and loving in-laws a girl could ask for, plus a rad sister-in-law, more extended fam, and my BROTHER WAS IN TOWN from the far off magical city of San Francisco.
All of a sudden WHAT ARE WE DOING turned into CAN THIS PLANE GO ANY FASTER. An overall feeling of thankfulness is overwhelming me this weekend as I’m surrounded by these amazing people I’m lucky enough to be stuck with as my family for the rest of my life. I could not have asked for a better bunch. The snow will still be there when we return to our mile high home, but for now I’m going to soak up these wonderful people I get to spend this Christmas weekend with! Time to go dunk some more crunchy peanut butter balls in chocolate and whip up waffle parfaits for my fam on this rare occasion I get the chance to! I hope all of your Christmases are filled with those people you’re knit together with for life. The people that stick. Who you love the most and would trade even the whitest of Christmases for. Merry weekend, folks!
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This loaf is one of Scott and I’s favorites. It’s full of flavor, fluffy, moist, and perfectly sweet. Pair with your coffee, or serve warm with a cold glass of almond milk for an afternoon snack. Have a nice thick slice and have plenty left to share with company this weekend!
Makes one 9×5 loaf.
1 cup mashed overripe banana
1/4 cup coconut oil melted
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup plain almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup whole spelt flour
1/3 cup oat flour
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
Preheat the oven to 400F. In a mixing bowl combine all of the wet ingredients, salt, and cinnamon. Sprinkle in the dry ingredients and mix well. Using a spatula, fold in the shredded coconut and blueberries. Transfer to a parchment lines 9×5 loaf pan. Bake for 40 minutes (or until the top is golden brown, and when you stick a toothpick in the center it comes out clean). Let the loaf cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove and transfer to a wire rack to fully cool before slicing and serving. Wrap in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container at room temperature. Best if eaten within 4 days.
Inspo links from this past week!
I cannot wait to get my hands on this film pack for Lightroom.
This guy seriously blows my mind with his Illustrator savvy. Major skills envy.
Listening to this song on repeat. Anything Justin Vernon touches is gold.
Wishing this beautiful mortar and pestle would surprise me on my doorstep.
Bryanna, you are amazing for coming up with this homemade, palm oil-free vegan butter!
She is BRILLIANT. Homemade coconut butter chips!