I am seriously so excited to share this with you guys today. I have been wanting to write this post and share this recipe for a while now, and finally I have all the pieces together to do just that.
Back in April I read a book called Bread and Wine. It was written by the lovely Shauna Niequist. The whole premise of the book is that everyone feels connected spiritually and to people in all different ways. For some people, their soul feels most refreshed in nature. Some it’s singing a song, and others it is simply writing. For Niequist though, she feels the most connected,and the best version of herself around the table.
The beauty of this is that everyone needs to eat. Everyone wants to feel like there is room at the table for them. And also, everyone can do it. She talks about how you don’t have to be a gourmet chef in order to invite people into your home. If you order a pizza, or open a packet of Ramen Noodles, that’s good enough. Its the act, not the quality. Feeding someone, meeting a basic need for them. Feeding them spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
To her, the cooking, the opening her home, sharing the flavors, pouring the wine, communing around the table. That is where she feels like she is used to love others and enter into life with people. The gift of hosting. That is what she has, and it is such a real thing. Some people simply have this amazing way of bringing people into their home and making them feel like they’ve been there 100 times. Making them feel like they are the most important people in the world.
My in-laws share this same gift. They’ve never met a stranger, there is always enough for more, and there is always room at the table. I believe that hospitality is a gift that none can quite match. It is the beauty of creating a space where people feel nurtured. Taken care of.
I’ll be honest, I have always wished I contained that gift. I want to have the home that people want to be in. I want to create a space, a time, a table that invites everyone. I want to welcome people and make them feel like they are supposed to be there. I guess you could say that that is something I want to create myself to be. (read more about creating ourselves here). I get such a rush when people are enjoying themselves in my home. I love the whole matter of planning, prepping, and bringing people in. I love to sit around our kitchen table, eating leftovers from the side dishes and sipping on wine. I love the conversation that flows so freely after everyone is relaxed and satisfied. I definitely don’t do it as much as I wish I did, but there is never as good a time as the present to change that.
At the end of each chapter in her book, there is a recipe that has been special to her. Something that she has made memories with. The very first one in the book is her mother’s Blueberry Crisp. I made it the other night, and it lived up to its expectations. It was delicious, warm, comforting, and even healthy. It was the perfect dish to share with my family, and the perfect way to start making memories around the table.
This is a book I recommend to everyone. Not only is it applicable, but it is convicting. Also, the chapters are only about 2-3 pages each, so it is a really quick and easy read, and it has a ton of great recipes in it as well. It’s one of those books that I want to get and give to everyone as a gift!
4 cups blueberries (or any fruit, really)
1 cup old fashioned oats
½ cup pecans
½ 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)
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup olive oil
½ tsp salt
- Pour fruit into baking dish (8×8 or 9×4)
- Combine crisp ingredients into bowl
- Spread crisp topping over the fruit
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes (or until the fruit is bubbling)
- Voila! Enjoy with a scoop of French Vanilla ice-cream and enjoy on the back porch with friends.