Author Archive: Lydia Claire

Einkorn Blueberry Muffins

einkorn blueberry muffinsOne of our household’s favorite fruits is blueberries.  My youngest little boy LOVES them!  I decided to try out a batch of blueberry muffins using einkorn flour.  I followed Carla Bartolucci’s recipe in her book Einkorn.  The muffins turned out great!  They are a little denser then muffins made with modern wheat flour- but their flavor is richer and nuttier.  I would gladly trade a little bit of fluffiness for the flavor of einkorn muffins (not to mention the lack of feeling sick!).  I used blueberries from Plant City, Florida- which is pretty much Florida’s berry capital!  The berries were perfect- juicy and flavorful- and the best part- they popped in the oven spreading their juicy goodness all of the tops of the muffins!

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Curl Up With Christie (Agatha that is!)

Agatha ChristieThe weather forecast for this evening calls for thunderstorms.  I love a cozy evening inside with the wind howling and the rain pounding on the roof.  It’s one of my favorite things!  Reading a cozy mystery while drinking a cup of herbal tea completes the picture!  For me, the title of” The Ultimate Cozy Mystery Writer” goes to Dame Agatha Christie.  One of her books will certainly make the perfect reading material for a dark and stormy night!

English author Agatha Christie is probably the most famous detective story writer in the world.  She wrote 66 detective novels, 150 short stories, and 19 plays.  I had the privilege to see one of those plays “The Mouse Trap” in London in 2002 at the time it was the longest running play in the West End, now it’s the longest running play in the world!  She created the famous detectives Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy and Tuppence who all reoccur in her novels.  My personal favorite is Poirot!  Her books and stories are set in the time that she lived in- they were modern then, but now they are like reading historical fiction.  They span the decades from the first World War all the way up into the 1950’s- so reading them is like going back in time to the early 20th century.  Her stories have been turned into TV shows as well, often part of PBS’ “Mystery” program and many are now available to stream on Netflix.

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Einkorn Pizza Dough

Easy Make From Scratch Einkorn Pizza DoughMy absolute FAVORITE food is PIZZA- it’s been my love since girlhood and I’ve never outgrown it (I don’t plan on it either)!  The recipe that I make for my pizza dough uses einkorn wheat flour.  If you don’t know what einkorn is click HERE to read my einkorn post.  Working with einkorn is slightly different than regular flour- it’s a little stickier and it takes longer to absorb liquid.  “Einkorn: Recipes For  Nature’s Original Wheat” by Carla Bartolucci is my go to einkorn cook book.  It’s pretty much the must have guide to baking with einkorn- if you plan on getting serious with einkorn buy her book!

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Einkorn- The World’s First Wheat

Fertile Crescent Map

Map of the Fertile Crescent

About 12,000 years ago in a place known today as The Fertile Crescent agriculture was born.  We know from the archaeological record that the (likely) first grain to be domesticated and farmed was wheat.  The Fertile Crescent includes parts of the following modern day countries: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt.  It’s is shaped a little like a crescent moon- hence the name.

A particular type of wheat grows wild in the region of the world- it’s einkorn.  Einkorn was the wheat that was first picked from the wild and domesticated all those thousands of years ago.  Over the centuries that have since passed humans have modified and cross bred with other grasses; einkorn and other early forms of wheat (emmer and spelt).  What we are left with today is modern wheat- which is actually very different from ancient einkorn.

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5 Easy Diffuser Recipes

Spring in Florida is the perfect time to open the doors and windows and let the fresh air in!  The Summer is just too hot!  So, I thoroughly enjoy this time of year and the constant fresh breeze I have in my home.  It’s also the perfect time to use my essential oil diffuser.  The combination of  fresh air and essential oils is one that cannot be beat!  It is relaxing, reviving, and energizing all at the same time!

If you are new to oils (or not) here are 5 easy diffuser recipes.  They use only 6 oils!  These 6 oils are all must haves in one’s essential oil cabinet and they are all more moderately priced oils.  You will need Peppermint, Lavender, Rosemary, Melaleuca (Tea Tree Oil), Lemon, and Eucalyptus.

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How to Wear Double Denim

Denim Jeans- The FactsThanks to Levi Strauss (the inventor of blue jeans) we Americans and now the whole world love love love our denim jeans!  They’ve been around for about 150 years- and they are not showing any signs of slowing down in popularity!  In fact these days its totally acceptable to wear a denim bottom and top together.  We’ve come a long way from waist overalls- the original name of jeans!

Spring is a great season to jump on the double denim train because it is often chilly in the morning and a jean jacket is easy to throw on before leaving the house.

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Cashmere Couture: Cashmere in Western Culture

A vibrant red colored cashmere or pashmina wrap.
A map showing the regional boundaries of the Cashmere (Kashmir) region.

A map showing the regional boundaries of the Cashmere (Kashmir) region.

Cashmere- synonyms with luxury, soft and warm, beautiful and sophisticated; more than just a material- it’s a lifestyle.  A cashmere garment grants the wearer the power to feel unique- surrounded by warmth, beauty, and rarity; it always stands out in a crowd.  Cashmere is also a place; a land in India- tucked away in far north.  For centuries it was a place of mystery to Westerners; a place of exotic people, things, and practices.  The fabric first began to grace the bodies of rich Westerners in the 19th century- beginning in the Napoleonic era and gaining even more popularity during the Victorian age.

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Victorian Inspired OOTD

I have been so inspired by my Victorian Month that I decided to write my first ever style/ Outfit of the day (OOTD) post!

First, a few things you should know, 1- I am NOT a stylist (nor do I claim to have any sort of super styling talent) I enjoy putting different pieces together and playing around in my closet.  2. – I am not a millennial (although I think I might be borderline) so taking selfies is not second nature to me.  Back in the day we used to take selfies with our yellow disposable kodak cameras (you know what I’m talking about) and then wait until we got the film developed to see how they turned out.  More often then not half of your face was missing.  Please be kind to my selfie efforts- cut me some slack- this is an art form not easily conquered overnight 😉

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