Thoughts By Natalie » shauna niequist honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:26:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blueberry Crisp Fri, 17 May 2013 16:01:00 +0000 Last night, as a special surprise for Brian, I put on my domestic hat and made a blueberry crisp. I can honestly say I’d never done that before…ever. It was a proud moment for me as a wife and a human being. And you know what? It wasn’t as scary or difficult as I thought it would be (just wait until you see the recipe, and you’ll laugh at the fact that I had any qualms about it in the first place). Below is a recipe from Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist, which we’re reading for this month’s book club. It’s gluten-free, vegan, and plays well with coconut milk vanilla ice cream… Bread & Wine Blueberry CrispRecipe by Shauna Niequist, featured in Bread & Wine 4 cups blueberries (or any fruit, really) Crisp topping: 1 cup old fashioned oats 1/2 cup pecans 1/2 cup almond meal (available at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, health food stores, or made by putting almonds in food processor until fine, but before they turn to almond butter) 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 tsp salt Pour four cups fruit into 8×8 pan. Spread crisp topping over the fruit. Bake at 350 ...]]> 0 Non-Fiction Book Club: May Pick Wed, 01 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 0 Book Review: Bread & Wine Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 The following is a guest post by my dear friend Rachel Johnson, featuring a thoughtful review of Shauna Niequist’s newest book, Bread & Wine. Enjoy!! “My prayer is that you’ll read these pages first curled up on your couch or in bed or in the bathtub, and then after that you’ll bring it to the kitchen with you, turning corners of pages, breaking the spine, spilling red wine on it and splashing vinegar across the pages, that it will become battered and stained as you cook and chop and play, music loud and kitchen messy. And more than anything, I hope that when you put this book down, you’ll gather the people you love around your table to eat and drink, to tell stories, to be heard and fed and nourished on every level.” Shauna NiequistBread & Wine Shauna Niequist’s newest book, Bread & Wine, was released on April 9th and I was among the first to snatch up copies—I love her books so much that I just couldn’t help myself. Shauna seems to have perfected the art of writing in vignettes—each of her books (previous works include Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet) is comprised of a variety of chapters that ...]]> 0 Bread & Wine Giveaway Winner Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:59:00 +0000 0 {Giveaway} Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist Wed, 03 Apr 2013 15:46:00 +0000 > This week’s giveaway is extra special for so many reasons. First of all, I’ve been anticipating the release of Bread & Wine ever since I read Bittersweet, which was life-changing. Secondly, this book is going my book club pick for next month! Read on to learn more about the book, and how you can win your very own copy… From Shauna’s website: Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. This mix of Anne Lamott and Barefoot Contessa is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread & Wine is a celebration of food shared, reminding readers of the joy found in a life around the table. It’s about the ways God teaches and nourishes people as they nourish the people around them. It’s about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two. With wonderful recipes included, from Bacon-Wrapped Dates to Mango Chicken Curry to Blueberry Crisp, readers will be able to recreate the comforting and satisfying meals that come to life in Bread & Wine. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling ...]]> 2