Once in a while, I find a really good blog that sucks me in for way too long. Just one more post, I tell myself. Then that post links to another great post and there I sit, lost in someone else’s life. Why is it we are so intrigued by the lives of perfect strangers? Would we be this interested in these people if we had met face to face? There’s something so pure about reading the day-to-day ramblings of someone else’s life. No conversational interruptions. No sensory interruptions–like weird mannerisms, annoying voice tones, overpowering perfumes, intense eye contact and the like. Instead, we are left to fill in the blanks on our own–the way we imagine them to be.
I was merely searching for a vegan, gluten-free apple tart recipe when I got sucked into a vortex of gorgeous photographs, interesting life experiences, amazing style and clever, friendly writing. The blog is called A House in the Hills and its multi-talented author is named Sarah Yates. That would be Sarah Yates, the photographer, the chef, the interior designer, the style guru, the world traveler, the savvy writer, the mover, the shaker. That Sarah Yates. By now, I’ve lost you. You’ve jumped over to Sarah’s blog and you, too, have been sucked into the Bermuda Triangle, never to return.
Days go by. You leave this tab open in your browser, meaning to get back to that apple tart recipe. Oh hey, you’re back! Yay!
So. About that recipe. Of course it’s a winner. Sarah hit it out of the park. I absolutely loved it. And so will you. If you can’t bring yourself to make something this “fancy” for yourself (even though it’s really easy), then invite a friend over for coffee and together, you can relish this guiltless treat.
Is there such a thing as a vegan, gluten-free, 5-ingredient crust with a buttery, shortbread-like flavor and texture? Why yes, my friend–this is it. The filling and glaze are equally simple and impressive. The end result is a beautiful, healthy dessert with a perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors. A crowd-pleaser that will quickly disappear long before you’ve had a chance to mention it’s plant-based and free of gluten.
Thanks to Sarah of A House in the Hills for sharing her delicious, beautiful recipes with the world, along with her many other talents. I literally want to make every single recipe on her blog. This won’t be the last time you hear me rave about this gal, so get used to it.
I almost forgot to mention–if you or anyone you know has Crohn’s Disease, be sure to read Sarah’s story. If you thought steroids and a lifetime of meds was the only option, think again. Based on Sarah’s recommendation, I just ordered this book for my sister (who has CD). Definitely worth a look.