roasted butternut squash with figs + sage

Butternut Squash with Figs + Sage | theclevercarrot.com

My parents host a huge Thanksgiving feast every year.

I go up a dress size just thinking about it.

In addition to being surrounded by family and friends, what I love most, is the mass spread of traditional fare you only eat once a year (stuffing in July doesn’t sound good to you?!). To keep it fun, we do try to sneak in at least one new dish for the crowd.

But it has to be simple, and can’t add to the stress….

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alanna’s scrumptious chestnut brownies

alanna's scrumptious chestnut brownies | theclevercarrot.com

There was a point in time when I was completely obsessed with gluten free baking.

I’m not sure how it all started really, but I was inspired to do so and spent a small fortune acquiring every gluten free flour known to the universe.

My cabinets were stuffed to the brim with brown rice flour, white rice flour, millet flour, almond meal and almond flour- I could build a small sand castle out of this stuff.

Speaking of sand, initially, everything I baked tasted weird and gritty.

The culprit, as I quickly learned was the rice flour. For best results, you’re supposed to blend GF flours for best texture, say rice flour with oat flour or something like that. ┬áBut honestly, I was just so confused and put off by my failures that I gave up and inevitably went on a gluten binge.

And then, Alanna wrote a cookbook….

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a farm tour + butternut squash risotto.

a farm tour + butternut squash risotto. | theclevercarrot.coma farm tour + butternut squash risotto. | theclevercarrot.coma farm tour + butternut squash risotto. | theclevercarrot.com

So, as it turns out: I’m not super woman after all.

It’s been a month since my last blog update, and the lack of posts have been nagging at my subconscious.

But I’m not the type to post random stuff for the sake of it. I work from inspiration so that I can pass it on to you. However, sometimes, ‘other things’ take over and it can be tricky to find a balance. I’ve been caught up in a whirlwind of life stuff, work, wrangling kids, and sadly still grieving the passing of someone very close to my heart.

In addition, I’ve been working on an exciting new project (more details soon!) that has pretty much consumed my thoughts and creativity.

But for now, I’ve come up for air.

Hi!

How are you all doing?!…

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