away for a good while

Blogging is fun.
I get so excited to write out pieces of my life and share them with you.

It’s been a while since my last post and I’ve been bummed about that. Then I started to think about why it’s been so long…well, it’s because LIFE is happening!

Here’s what I’ve been up to for the past few weeks:

  • I made an heirloom tomato quiche, courtesy of The Forest Feast. I could live on this dish.

  • My husband and I had our youth group over to our apartment for a “Movie & Theology Night.” We made lots of pizza, watched WALL-E, and talked about how the Gospel can be seen in everything; even a Pixar movie!

  • My brother and I have been talking a lot more. He lives out-of-state for work. Some people say we look like twins.

  • I had a wonderful IKEA and El Indio date with the hubs. It’s the simple things.

  • We started P90X. Enough said.
  • We saw Florence & The Machine in concert. She blew my mind. Holy freaking moley, her voice is incredible.

  • Our family celebrated my sister’s and my niece’s birthday. God is so good to me. I admire my sister beyond words…and don’t even get me started on my baby niece. ❤

  • I made Apple Pie for the first time with my sister and my bestie. Apple Brownies were made as well. Thank you for the recipe, Martha.

  • Fall began and the rain came! We also picked out some pumpkins at Bates Nut Farm with our Jr. High students. These kids are gems.

  • I met a few of my girlfriends for lunch in Irvine. CUCINA Enoteca is my new favorite place. Seriously, YUM.

Well…have I proven to you there has been absolutely no time for blogging? Now, I just hope I can start where I left off! Thanks for reading, friends!

xo sarah

sugar, spice & everything nice {housewarming party}

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of throwing one of my close friends a special housewarming party.

My friend’s name is Paloma; although some might know her as D.N.L, Palerma, or P-Town. But I like to call her Palomes.

We have known each other for about 4 years now. We met through our church and served in youth ministry together. We graciously got paired up to co-lead a group of 7th grade girls in bible study and discipleship, and from the very start I knew Paloma was a true friend.

Paloma is an amazing woman filled with love, compassion and grace. I can always come to Paloma for a good laugh, girl-talk, prayer and encouragement. She is also one incredible photographer with so much creativity and pure talent.

Paloma recently moved into her own place and I wanted her to have all the best ingredients a girl might need for life! So naturally, that meant: Sugar (white, brown, honey, agave, etc.), Spice (chili, basil, salt, garlic, ginger, etc.), and/or Everything Nice (giftcards, general housewares, cleaners, knick-knacks, etc.). Thinking of this theme was one of my better ideas, and it came together just beautifully!

Paloma’s lovely guests all brought a dessert or appetizer to share. We had lots of yummy treats to snack on, like these deep dark chocolate cookies brought by our sweet friend, Nathalie. The day was filled with great conversation, fun drinks, and lots of love poured out onto this very special girl, Paloma.

I can confidently speak on behalf of everyone who came: Paloma, we love you, we admire you, and we are so blessed God has brought you into our lives! Thank you for hosting us and being a Light into our lives and this world.

Here are some photos Paloma took at her party:

Good Friends + Good Food + Cutsie Theme = The Recipe for a Perfect Housewarming Party! I hope your new abode is now filled with lots of wonderful goodies and memories, my friend! Love you Palomes!

xo sarah

P.S. Thank you to The Wedding Chicks for the cute Mason Jar Invitation Template. And thank you to my hubby for being a Photoshop genius working so hard to make them just perfect!