Isaiah 9:2The people walking in darknesshave seen a great light;on those living in the land of deep darknessa light has dawned.
Boy, where has February gone? When I shared my last blog post it was Valentine’s day and now I basically have to go buy Jameson, Bailey’s, and Guinness for St. Patrick’s Day.
I just returned from a week long trip to San Francisco for work and this time, my husband was able to join me for part of the trip. We’re lucky to have flexible jobs that allow us to work when – and importantly – where we want.
Over the years we’ve traveled together a great deal and there have been moments when I thought two’s a crowd. Traveling together is different because the two of us are on the same schedule. Same schedule for waking up, getting ready, eating, sleeping – almost always a guaranteed for a head bump or two during a trip!
Planning an trip with your SO? I’ve gathered some tips to help get you through the trip without stepping on each other’s toes.
- Start the trip on the right note by deciding what time to leave the house. If both you understand that 9am you’re stepping foot out of the front door, then it’ll prevent one person anxiously waiting on the other.
- Organize your morning bathroom schedule the night before. Decide who’s waking up first by who needs more time.
- Get lost together. You’re bound to get lost in some form or another so don’t put the blame on the other person but instead enjoy the journey of getting to your destination. A pleasant surprise may be around the corner from the wrong turn.
- Have down time by planning a couple hours or so a day to do nothing. It’ll give your feet a rest as well as let you recharge for the next activity.
- Manage to get alone time. Traveling with another person at your side for days on end can wear patience thin so plan a few minutes to get away, like offering to go on a coffee run or picking up the take-out food.
If a screaming match does happen, take a breath and grab a drink (or two!) together. You’re on vacation so drink it all away!
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
Valentine’s day is upon us once again! It’s one of two holidays in our country with an emphasis on giving candy and chocolate, and I for one, see nothing wrong with this. The hubs and I are doing a low-key dinner on Valentine’s day then I am taking him to San Diego for a weekend getaway. He’s been loaded with work for a few months now so this weekend getaway will be a nice break from that pressure.
I recently saw a post on Kinfolk on the perfect menu for two and it was so sweet and cute! If you’re like me and love to celebrate every holiday but don’t like to buy into the commercialization and marketing of it all, then give this a try this year. You can try to mix it up by serving this for brunch on the weekend after Valentine’s day and eating it on the patio if weather permits.
It’s a great menu to show the one you love a small token of your appreciation for all that they do.
On the menu:
- a darn good sandwich: Grilled bread, egg, thick bacon, frisée, Overnight Tomatoes, Manchego cheese, Crème Fraîche Vinaigrette
- best berry salad: Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries in a vanilla simple syrup
- cocoa nib shortbread rounds: Butter, vanilla bean and cocoa nib cookies
- freshly squeezed grapefruit juice: Made sparkling
- good coffee
I haven’t made this for the hubs yet but it’s on my to-make-happen list. So if you try it before me, let me know how this turns out for you!
I love making cornbread and chili! Chili is one of my all-time favorite to make in the slow cooker. There’s a secret to making chili by the way, you let it cook for 18-24 hours in the slow cooker on low. The flavors that develop from that is unbelievable.
Although cheddar cheese and onions make wonderful toppings for a hot bowl of chili, nothing beats sweet cornbread for me to pair with it. I’ve tried numerous cornbread recipes and this one from Allrecipes is still my go-to (with modifications of course!).
Golden Sweet Cornbread
modified from Allrecipes.com
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- teaspoon salt
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray or lightly grease a 8 inch square pan.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
For the sake of His kingdom, I will never ever regret having chosen the latter … To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.
Ever since I watched a health documentary call “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” on Netflix, I’ve been sold on the healing affects of juicing. Now, juicing is not for everyone and you should consult your nutritionist before starting any extreme, new diets. But I can tell you, that it changed my life.
It’s hard to do a 5-day juice cleanse. It’s rough all around. It takes time and work to juice for hours every day and the desire to eat solid foods is always there. I miss chewing most of all. There’s no satisfaction that comes from a glass of green juice. However the benefits far outweigh any desire to not do it. The best way to take care of your body, this one body that you’re given to last you for decades, is to monitor what you put inside of it. We are a nation that’s fixated on the new drug, the wonder pill to cure any and all illness – but never do we look at what we’re eating. Every cell in your body is a living organism. It has its own system and the way that your cells get their fuel is through the foods you consume.
I’m not telling you to do a full on juice cleanse right now. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Change in the right direction happens in baby steps over the course of time. So the next time you’re feeling for a snack, pick up a banana instead of that bag of chips. That’s all it really takes – small, conscious decisions in the healthy direction.
Here’s one of my favorite juice recipe in case you want to give this a go!
- 1 cucumber
- 4 celery stalks
- 2 green apples
- 6-8 leaves kale
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 tbsp ginger