emily o'neal

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mama Cavie's Flax Seed Focaccia Bread

Well, here we are!  Mid-September, the beginning of my favorite time of year.  I am fall and winter girl, through and through.  And although it's unlikely central Ohio is done with warm weather for good, I am enjoying the cool days while I can.  Last night for dinner I made my mom's Flax Seed Focaccia Bread and the White Chicken Chili from Annie's Eats (with a few modifications - it seems I can't make anything without modifications. I get it from my mom).

This bread is super simple, easy to whip up at the last minute, and all the "frees", if you're into that sort of thing.  Gluten free, grain free, dairy free, etc, etc.  It's great alongside a hearty soup, or in the morning with some cream cheese and jam.

One disclaimer before the recipe:  This bread is simple, and plain (but still delish).  Great if you're not used to eating bread often (like us), and want something with very few carbs and no grain and no gluten.  But white-flour focaccia, this is not.  Just know that going in. :)

Mama Cavie's Flax Seed Focaccia Bread
(gluten free, grain free, dairy free)

2 cups ground GOLDEN flax seed meal
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup oil (I use olive, but it's up to you)
5 eggs
poppy seeds and/or sesame seeds (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350º F.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, oil the parchment liberally.

3. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients, set aside.  In a medium bowl combine wet ingredients and mix very well.  Combine wet & dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.

4. Spread the bread mixture on the greased parchment, about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick.  Try to get it as even as possible.  Sprinkle the poppy seeds or sesame seeds if you're using them.

5. Bake for 20 minutes at 350º F.

If you don't eat this all within a few days, it's best to cut into squares and freeze.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Happy Summer to you!

Well, here we are.  It's mid-August and I can hardly believe it!  This summer has been so nice, really more like fall than summer.  Cool mornings and evenings, and just the right amount of sun and heat during the day.  We've spent as much time as possible outside.  Esther loves it, and would spend the entire day outside if she could.
My hope is to get back to blogging once our days slow down and we're spending more time inside again (but really, who am I kidding...how many times have I said that?), we'll see.  For now, here are some photos from the past few weeks.
// can you tell which movie we just watched? //

// breakfast! loving my slow mornings with my girl lately //

// she still loves flowers just as much now as she did when she was little. and constantly asks to have "her bare feets" when we go outside //

// new "coffee bar" on our buffet //

// morning coffee //
// new favorite photo. I'm just going to sit and stare at it all day //
// necklace from The Jones Market, one of my faves //
// 9 month follow up on the thyroid nodule in my neck - still benign, praise the Lord! //

// going through a MAJOR Toy Story phase right now. She just about died from happiness when she found these old McDonalds toys in my mom and dad's basement //
// cake for breakfast, because, why not? //

// BLT time! //

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Happy Birthday Esther!

How can this be?  My little girl is now a 2 year old?  It's pretty unbelievable when I stop and think about it.  I mourn a little for the baby days, wishing she could be tiny and chubby again and I could hold her all day long, but then again, this is such a fun age.  Seriously, forget terrible twos, can we call it terriffic twos?  Esther is developing such a little personality and is just a seriously fun person to be around.    

I'm so glad that we got to have a celebration this year (remember last year? we were in the throes of the worst sickness ever).  The Cavies came over and we celebrated with some of Esther's favorite foods - homemade carnitas & rice - gifts, and lots of playing with balloons and bubbles.  In lieu of cake we had berries and whipped coconut cream (she is still allergic to dairy and eggs, and berries are her favorite thing ever).  This two year old is easily pleased, I am thankful.  

Esther, you are so loved!  We are so thankful to the Lord for giving you another year with us here on earth.  

mom, please, just give me my berries


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Make This

This is not much of a blog post, I will admit.  But I've got to ease back into blogging somehow, right?

I just had to share one of my new favorite (EASY) recipes.  And I mean easy.  Like throw the ingredients in the dish, mix it together and pop it in the oven.  The secret to what makes this so good (I think) is the balsamic vinegar drizzle which turns the juice from the tomatoes and the drippings from the sausages into a delectable sauce (rich, acidic, just a little sweet, and maybe spicy, depending on the sausages you use).  

This recipe from the beautiful Jamie at Home cookbook, but can also be found here on Jamie Oliver's website.