One Year Anniversary of Our Nourishing Roots!

Can you believe it?  I have been writing on Our Nourishing Roots for one year.  It’s official! They say that the first year of writing a blog is the hardest.  You have to build your readership, write excellent content, and learn everything for the first time.  You find your voice, you work crazy hours, and you have fun with it.

What a year!  I wrote my first e-book.  I did the GAPS diet, and then reintroduced carbs while attempting to repair my metabolism.  I realized a few things about stress and sleep.  I read Diet Recovery and fell in love.  Reject dieting.  Embrace who you are.  Live in the moment.  Work with your body.  A lot of life lessons there, and they all ring true to me.

I also made a lot of amazing desserts during the first year of ONR, if I do say so myself.  I have a philosophy that you should enjoy your food.  And that desserts are not “bad” or “indulgent”.  They are simply another food to eat, savor, enjoy, and let nourish your cells and your body.  If forced to choose, my top five favorite desserts around my house are:

  1. Yellow Butter Cake: even though my yellow coconut cake is more popular, this yellow butter cake is my favorite.  It’s soaked in buttermilk, and each slice delivers a gorgeous, buttery flavor that practically melts in your mouth.  Try it warm with cream and berries, or simply let it cool and frost traditionally for a birthday or anniversary.  You will not be sorry!  (And you’ll get all that good vitamin K2 from the grass-fed butter, too, because vitamin K2 isn’t destroyed by heat.  Good news for bakers everywhere!)
  2. Strawberry Shortcake with Mint-Infused Honey and Whipped Cream: I have always been a sucker for strawberries.  Maybe it’s because I grew up in California where flats of strawberries seemed to materialize on the kitchen counter often.  Maybe it’s because I seem to be chronically craving vitamin C.  But whatever the reason, this strawberry shortcake is real foodified and the perfect balance of flavors and textures.
  3. Chocolate Peppermint and Citrus Orange Fudge: Okay, maybe I’m cheating with this one, because it’s really two recipes in one.  But seriously, these “fudges” are amazing.  I love that they use coconut oil as the base, since it can sometimes be difficult to make sure that you get enough coconut oil in your diet.  Grab one little square every day, and you’re golden.  Plus, these are GAPS-legal and GAPS-friendly (in the case of the chocolate one).  I make the peppermint fudge during the holidays, and everyone always freaks out.  Yum!
  4. Heart Tarts: These are the cutest little hand pies you have ever seen.  And there is no canned cherry pie filling in sight, or pie dough from a grocery store freezer.  Even my husband approves, and he has a, um, discerning palate when it comes to real food.  But every year on Valentine’s Day for the last 3-4 years as I have been immersed in my Nourishing Traditions ways, I make him these heart tarts and he happily gives them a thumbs up.  You could even add a little almond extract to the pie dough for a cherry-almond twist.
  5. Irish Apple and Potato Cake: Finally, I have to go with my Irish gut and pick this festive cake that I made earlier this year.  The flavors of the carmelicious whole cane sugar with the nutmeg and cinnamon translate into a truly fantastic coffee cake to eat for breakfast, or anytime.

But I had thought about writing a real food blog for a few years before I ever launched Our Nourishing Roots.  It took me that long to take the leap, and when I did I kept thinking “Why didn’t I do this sooner?!  I love it!”  So let that be a lesson to you.  Follow your passion!

Over the last year, I have been fascinated by which of my posts become the most popular.  Just for fun, here are the Top 5 posts from the first year of Our Nourishing Roots:

  1. Crispy Hash Browns: These crispy hash browns have a secret to their success.  And it’s simple, too!  We make these practically every weekend, sometimes in bulk for the week ahead, and sometimes just to be consumed in massive quantities.  There’s nothing better than a plate piled high with hash browns, eggs, toast, and pancakes.  (Or waffles!  Sorry, I had to go there.)
  2. Handmade Honey-Sweetened Chocolate (and GAPS Chocolate Chips!): Can’t have sugar?  On GAPS and you feel deprived of chocolate chip goodness?  Tired of seeing soy lecithin in practically every chocolate at the store, even the fair trade, organic brands?  You’d be surprised how nice it is to make your own chocolate chips, especially when you use cocoa butter instead of coconut or palm oil, which tend to melt too easily.
  3. Make Ahead Muffins: Bacon, Egg, and Cheese “Muffins”: One of the quickest breakfasts I know are these handy “muffins”.  They don’t have any flour so they aren’t proper muffins; they’re just shaped like them!  I love to make a single or double batch early in the week and then keep them in the fridge to grab and go.  They reheat easily, and you can hold them in hand as you make good time dashing to work or school.
  4. Yellow Coconut Cake with Cocoa Buttercream Frosting: I think this was the first cake I ever posted on the blog.  I made it for my son’s birthday, and it was when I was still on GAPS and experimented a lot with coconut flour.  But honestly, the best part is the cocoa buttercream.  I sometimes make a batch just for a scoop-of-frosting snack, or for sandwiching between graham crackers.  It has such good flavor!
  5. 8 Ways to Get Enough Carbs on GAPS: When I transitioned out of the GAPS diet and back to grains, it got me thinking.  Does everyone eat enough carbs on the GAPS diet?  I know that during the intro diet phase, and at the beginning of a GAPS journey, it can be a little easier to get enough carbs.
    At the beginning, you tend to really follow the rules, and if you do then you are getting plenty of carbs in the form of vegetables, nuts, and honey.  But as time goes on, it can be difficult to get enough carbs.  Having lived through that difficulty, I wrote this post and find that it can help a lot!

So there you go.  My top 5 desserts, and my top 5 popular posts.  Thank you for being a part of my growth this year, and here’s to many more as we all grow and learn together!

This post is a part of Real Food Wednesday, The Mommy Club, Pennywise Platter, Simple Lives Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Fight Back Friday, Monday Mania, Fat Tuesday, Simply Indulgent Tuesday.

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  1. Happy One Year!

    And yes, you make some AMAZING dessert. Wowzer, woman.

    So glad you decided to make the leap. It’s been fun seeing what’s been going on in your kitchen and life. 🙂

  2. What an accomplishment! Congratulations!!

  3. Congratulations! (or happy bloggiversary?) Yours is one of my favorite real food recipe blogs – because your recipes are guilt free and always delicious! Seriously, it’s surprising how hard that is to find.
    It was a pleasure to be involved in the making your first e-Book, and I look forward to seeing where you take this blog!

  4. Happy One Year Anniversary! You have a great blog that I really enjoy. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipes with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. K,
    I am proud of you. I love ONR. You inspire me and make real food approachable. I am not yet (and possibly not ever) ready to completely commit to being a real foodie, but that does not mean I don’t want to be aware of the garbage I choose to consume (and allow for my kiddos to consume). I love that you do my homework for me and I can pick and choose as I desire. XO–forever.


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