Hello! How has your August been going? We have had a rollercoaster of a month around here so far...lots of fun, lots of work, a brief illness that knocked me out for a few days, 100 degree days followed by a few days that felt like fall, happy toddler days and some oh-so-challenging toddler times...it has basically been a mixed bag. And I honestly haven't felt like I have had my feet under me for most of it. I haven't gotten to a lot of what I intended to this month. I blame work. Today I am helping to put on a conference for over 300 nonprofits and foundation folks. And tomorrow is my birthday, ah! Another year gone by.
But no complaints overall, we've been busy having fun.
I did manage to read the majority of this book, which I have heard so much about recently - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I was so surprised to find this at the library last week, right when I walked in the door, no wait list! I took it as a sign I should immediately check it out and get on the project that is the never-ending tidying of our house.
While I don't fully align with everything Marie Kondo touches on in the book, I do appreciate a lot of her insight when it comes to letting things go. Being able to thank things for their useful life, and letting them go. I have a hard time parting with anything that has sentimental value to me.
From reading the book, I was able to make a doable plan of attack for the areas of our house that have been bothering me the most - clothes, bathroom (toiletries and towels), linen closet, and "junk" drawers that have rapidly multiplied in our kitchen. I still need to figure out "papers" as she calls them - all the bills and statements stacked on my dining room table, as well as books and photos. But I can't even go there right now. I did donate about 10 bags of stuff to Goodwill! So all in all, while I can't say this book was truly "life-changing" but I will say it got me motivated to get on the sorting and organizing I had been putting off!
Speaking of life-changing, are you obsessed with peaches like I am? We are in the middle of one of the best peach seasons here in Colorado that I can remember! For some reason they are so good this year and I CAN"T STOP eating peaches. With breakfast, a mid-day snack, dessert, whatever. Any excuse will do. And so of course I had plenty laying around to make a paleo version of peach crisp, the ultimate!
This peach crisp is made from only yummy whole ingredients - pecans, almonds, shredded coconut coconut oil, vanilla and maple syrup, and cinnamon. It really lets the deliciousness of the peaches stand out. And it's a breeze to throw together. I just used our food processor to quickly pulse the pecans, almonds and shredded coconut together, and then added the rest of the ingredients to make the "crust." Top with some coconut ice cream or whipped cream, and you have one of the BEST summer paleo treats on the planet! Hope you enjoy!
Paleo Peach Crisp
- 8 large organic peaches - pitted and sliced
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 cup raw pecans (whole or pieces)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
- dash cinnamon
- dash of fine grain sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a pie or tart pan. Add sliced peaches to a medium bowl and mix in the sugar and cinnamon gently to coat. Pour peaches into pan.
- In your food processor, pulse the raw pecans and shredded coconut together until just slightly chunky. Add the almond flour next, followed by the cinnamon and salt.
- Add the wet ingredients - coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Process until just blended, it will look like wet sand.
- Using a spatula, lightly pat the crust topping on top of peaches. You should have just enough to cover evenly, but it doesn't have to be perfect!
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the peaches are bubbly and the crust is golden. If the crust gets brown too fast, you can cover loosely with foil until peaches are cooked through.
- Serve warm with your favorite coconut ice cream or whipped cream!