RE Friday Round-Up: Out-of-Town Guests & Blackberry Spelt Bread

This Blackberry Spelt Bread recipe is scrumptious to serve warm, right out of the oven!

Having overnight guests can be stressful or fun, depending on your perspective. I’ve found the more I prepare, especially when it comes to cooking, the more I enjoy my guests.

Last year I wrote about keeping our guests’ dietary needs in mind, which can be tricky, but it also feels good to pamper and to make our guests feel special!

On a personal note, I’m really looking forward to this weekend with our guests from out of town. I’m going to try to set aside my “to do” list and revel in God’s creational rhythms that nourish and restore our bodies, souls and relationships. Sometimes setting our agendas aside, simply relaxing and being present with others, especially in the “busy” days that we live in, is a true gift.

Being with people, loving them, getting to know them more, is really a beautiful thing and is what we are created for. The gift of enjoying one another.

So keeping our guests’ needs in mind (wheat-free diet) this weekend, I whipped up a blackberry loaf of bread with Spelt flour, baked and cooled it, then wrapped and froze so it would stay fresh before our friends arrived.

Earlier this week I spotted a patch of blackberries when I was out for a run, so I drove back and picked a bucket full. I love summer delights like warm blackberries on the vine. I did eat as I picked, but that’s when they taste the best. :) And even though they were hanging over the fence, I went around onto our neighbors’ property, reaching up high and picking the “big ones,” and their front door opened. Caught! But it all turned out okay.

Depending on how long our guests stay, it’s always good to be prepared.

Do you worry about dietary needs when you have guests into your home?

Now for the delicious taste of when applesauce (mine was home-canned) and blackberries come together …


Now to highlight some other fabulous blackberry recipes … ENJOY!

Two Peas and Their Pod: Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins

Steamy Kitchen: Salmon with Blackberry Brandy Sauce

Add a Pinch: Blackberry Tartlets

How Sweet It Is: Blackberry Cobbler Waffles

Happy Yolks: Blackberry Brownies

Luna Cafe: Summer Tomato, Sweet Onion, & Blackberry Salad with Basil Mint Crema

Give Me Some Oven: Spinach Berry Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette

And, if you didn’t see my post earlier this week: Berry Nutella Bruschetta


  1. Baking with spelt flour is really the only flour I have experimented with. This bread looks delicious! And thank you for sharing my waffles. :)

  2. I love blackberries. They are my all time favorite. They grew wild by our house growing up. I miss the days when they were free..ha! Great bread recipe! Thanks for featuring our muffins! xoxo

  3. That bread recipe looks yummy!!!!! I think I will make some this weekend.

    Question: Where did you buy that big loaf pan?

    Lynn G.

  4. Loved this post….we are enjoying blackberries almost daily. I’ll be coming back for all the recipes shared here today…thank you!

  5. W.O.W.

    Everything looks so good that I accidentally drooled all down the front of my shirt and now I have to change because I look insane.


  6. I’ve never cooked with Spelt flour. Yes, I do take into consideration friends’ dietary needs/preferences and I have plenty that have them. It’s caused me to really dig and find new yummy recipes to try. Many end up being ones my family likes to have on a somewhat regular basis even though we don’t have certain needs. Blackberry bread sounds yumm!

  7. Love the speckle the blackberries give that loaf — lovely!

  8. Sandy, Thank you! I am always looking for recipes using spelt flour as we are trying to eat in a healthy way cutting out as much white and processed ingredients as possible. This will be perfect with the blackberries and also as a base recipe to change up. Thank you again

  9. That bread looks scrumptious. I’ve not made a blackberry bread before, I bet it is just heavenly. Thank you so much for sharing my Blackberry Tartlets.

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