Bread & Wine // Blueberries & Yogurt

How’s that for a post title?

I started reading Bread & Wine a little over a week ago and I’m almost half way through it. Record breaking reading for me these days {and … this will make book #4 of summer reads}!! With all the buzz and “hype” around the web, I’ll be honest, I was skeptical … I figured at best I’d get a few good recipes justifying my $2.99 download.

Well, this is one of those times when it’s so wonderful to be wrong about something. I judged the book by its cover {I mean, I don’t even like wine} and couldn’t have been further off from what is was about or what it would do to my heart.

Let’s start with the fact that Shauna, the author, loves food. Not just loves to cook or loves to create recipes, but really loves food. Mmmm-Hmmmm, me too!

This quote should be framed in my kitchen:
“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh, ” said Piglet at last, 
what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
“It’s the same thing,” he said.

– A.A. MILNE, Winne-the-Pooh {as shared in Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist}

We were off to a good start.

And then I begin to read through the struggles with secondary infertility. Oh my heart. The chapter titled ‘enough’ had me in tears as she worked through the ugliness of infertility and how it can suck the good out every part of your life. The truth of having to come to a point of complete brokeness before you can remember how much good you still have in life. How God has given you enough for today.

“I want to cultivate a deep sense of gratitude, of groundedness, of enough, even while I’m longing for something more.” 

– Shauna Niequist

I was thinking we were a pretty good match … and then …

Running!! What? Yes, a chapter on running.

I’m sorry Shauna, like it or not, we are now kindred spirits!!

Seriously, regardless of whether you have struggled to have a baby or the thought of running a mile makes you nauseous … if you like to eat … get this book …

Because everything else aside, once you make THE Blueberry Crisp, you will thank me and then you’ll go on and sing Shauna’s praises along with the rest of us! It is quite possibly the easiest, most delicious crisp I’ve ever tasted and dare I say it’s HEALTHY! Paired with greek yogurt for breakfast {as suggested}, delicious. Paired with Ben & Jerry’s Frozen Greek Yogurt {Blueberry Vanilla Graham is my recommendation} for dessert, amazing. Add in some banana or peach, how could that be bad for you?

Speaking of, have you had the new frozen greek yogurt by Ben & Jerry’s? I thought Liz Lemon was my favorite until I tired the Blueberry Vanilla Graham. I am a die hard ice cream fan and all summer I’ve picked frozen yogurt over the full fat creamy counter part.

I’m also hooked on almond milk.

I don’t know what’s happening to me … but I do know you should add Bread & Wine to your reading list/library/cookbook collection!

{This is NOT a sponsored post, although Shauna, if you want to pay my in blueberry crisp, I’ll take it! I did however use an Amazon affiliate link so maybe I can buy myself the hard copy!}


  1. I’m usually skeptical of book that are trendy (I blame The Purpose Driven Life for that) but you may have convinced me to read this one :) Ben & Jerry’s Blueberry Vanilla Graham is my FAVORITE! I was so excited when they finally started selling it at grocery stores!

  2. I haven’t read Bread & Wine yet, but it’s on my list as I’ve read her other two books which are awesome as well. You should read those too! You’ll be even more in love w/ her. :)

  3. Oh, I am so looking forward to reading that! I’m reading Cold Tangerines right now – and I’m pretty sure Shauna and I are kindred spirits, too – so that makes us kinrits!

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