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Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Savor [Recipes], Soul [Blog] | 2 comments

Pick Yourself + Summer Peach Crumble


I read an interesting article recently that addressed our tendency to embrace the cultural norm of waiting to be picked.  Truly, this concept is ingrained in us.

Just as we grew up waiting for our childhood playmates, the high school cool kids, an intramural volleyball team, or out-of-our league sorority to choose us as “the one”, as adults we seek the opportunity to be the next big thing.  The next successful blogger, the next promoted employee, or the next highest paid.  We’re always waiting to be the next successful ________.  We want to do something meaningful and tangible.  We have the tools we need, but we don’t use them.

We’re just waiting to be picked.


More and more, I’m drawn to the idea and to individuals who’ve let this mentality go.  How?  They pick themselves!  Call it entrepreneurialism or go-getting.  Call it creativity or passion.  Call it whatever you like.  These people are successful because they decide to be something or to do something great.

They move forward. With Little steps or giant leaps.

They’re dedicated and hard-working.  Driven.  Starting with the confidence to pick themselves to be on their own team.


So you— you quite or loud one, you risk-taker or steady worker, with right brain or left brain filled with ideas — take action.

What small steps can you take to make things happen?  What healthy habits can you form that say, “I’ve got it goin’ on! I have all the tools I need to make this happen.”?

Pick yourself.

And pick some summer peaches (or pick them up at the store).  And roast the heck out of them.  Add a sweet oat crumble.  Top with frozen yogurt.  And never look back.


(Couldn’t leave you hanging without this amazing treat we shared with friends this weekend!)

My Summer Peach Crumble a cleaner version of many fruit crumbles and crisps out there.  Peaches are so perfectly ripe in the summer and don’t need much loving to transform into a perfectly sticky sweet dessert.


Summer Peach Crumble
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A light and sweet peach crumble. So healthy you can call it breakfast! Great hot or cold.
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 4-6
  • 4 extra large ripe peaches
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch kosher or sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of kosher or sea salt
  • Vanilla frozen yogurt for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut peaches into pieces (or long slices, if you prefer a more rustic look) and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Sprinkle over brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt. Stir gently to combine.
  4. Pour into a greased 8X8 or 9X9 baking dish.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients and stir to combine.
  6. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the peaches.
  7. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, until peaches are browning and bubbly and the topping is golden.
  8. Notes and Substitutions: Coconut sugar may be substituted for the brown sugar. You can also substitute maple syrup or honey and increase cornstarch to 2 Tablespoons. The amount of sweetener needed may be adjusted based on the sweetness of your ripe peaches, so taste and adjust accordingly (Mine were very sweet). Butter may be substituted for the coconut oil.
  9. Recipe is vegan friendly as written, and can be made gluten free with the use of gluten free oats.


Want to know what I’m going to try this week?

  • Getting up an hour earlier.
  • Spending some time in the stillness to prep for the day ahead.  A few moments to put everything in perspective.
  • Write something before I read anything: before my beloved blog browsing, put a pen to paper in my journal or fingers to keys for the blog.  Even if its just a few sentences or inspiration ideas.
  • Remember every day that I’ve already been picked!  I belong to a super loving God.  And I’m already equipped with everything I need “to do everything that is good.” (1 Tim 3, Common English Bible).  How great is that? Talk about success!



  1. Abby I always choose you! Love you more than ice cream!

    • Haha! This is the perfect post for you to comment on, Kristy.

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