Breezes off the water cool us on hot July days. Rushing air flies over vast lawns and wraps around us. We lean into it and stretch arms up to the branches above in a park near our abode. We greet creatures of all sizes, play under the shady canopy of old beauties, and delight, at teatime, in our packed inventions and fresh fruit slices, inspired by the summer’s fresh garden harvests. Walks before bed are even more fun with a pocket full of wild strawberries and blueberries, a feast for the faeries, chipmunks, and doves. An afternoon off to breathe in nature, balance, restore, and release is always on the menu for the week. How sweet is a little one’s smile and awe when taking in the joys of plants! Simple, yet exquisite, wonders of the garden are the essence of our lives. Every morning, we boot up, ready to splash in puddles. We walk up to meet the bees in the wild roses, for smiles, wisdom, and inspiration.
Apricot Cherry Teacakes
Little, sweet voices call out for “teacakes” in the quiet of the morning. We invented these to use up some deliciously juicy ripe fruit in a fun, new way. The cake is mostly made up of fruit with a batter to hold it all together. Naturally sweet to eat and so is the aroma while baking.
Non-GMO, organic, fresh, local, vegan ingredients:
1 C Spelt Flour
2 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Anise Seed
0-2 tsp Agave Amber Nectar (Optional)
2 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 C Coconut Milk (Unsweetened, add more if needed to make a pourable batter.)
1 C Cherries, (Fresh & Remove Pits)
4 Apricots (Fresh & Chopped)
A very small pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt
Flaxseed Meal & Water (Read directions for mixture, vegan egg-substitute, research it if you have trouble digesting or other health issues.)
Combine ingredients and pour into a pie dish. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until the cake part is cooked (when knife comes out clean.) We serve it with some fresh sliced strawberries.
(We’ve tried it with plums too, but unless you eat it all with a group of friends, it doesn’t keep well in the refrigerator. The plums do taste very well with a gingerbread spice mixture of ginger, nutmeg, raisins, etc. Other fruit such as apricots, cherries, berries, apples, etc. work very well at keeping moisture without getting soggy when stored and reheated. Delicious fresh summer fruit is well appreciated in this naturally sweet dish.)
We’ve designed and built our own home with our own hands. (Not easy or painless, but most things are not, for us, so far. We keep “living in the light” no matter what.) We made each choice with material sustainability, health, and lasting design in mind. We designed our home for us, how we live, what we love, and to help us live more how we love to be.
Our design studio will be adding more new services, too, so check back for these as well as a plethora of new products and books in the upcoming seasons. Visit our new design page often where we will share more of our designs for interiors, exteriors, and design tips here. I will be setting up my new office soon, and I’ll share storage tips and designs. I’ll be releasing all of the new series of products, films, books, artwork, stationery, custom items, organic gardening and recipes, and more here. We thank all of the kind souls who send us warm words of thanks for orders, posts, books, and new friendships. We’re very excited to share all of our new products with you! A happy & delicious season to you all, ~Amor
Once upon a time, I strolled under the trees…
Music of the Moment: Waltz (Better than Fine), Fiona Apple