this abundant list

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  1. I am having a RED, WHITE, & BRUNCH get together this Independence Day! Thanks for the amazing brunch recipe inspiration joy & tracy!
  2. Great article about eating right. Interesting perspective!
  3. I would love to make this for our house someday!
  4. SWOON!!!
  5. I love ice cream. Don’t you? Let’s visit all 16 great American ice cream shops!
  6. Definitely looking forward to Saturday so my hubby and I can check out Coffee & Tea Collective. Check out this awesome video made by Utmost Creative!
  7. I want to go to Palm Springs so bad this summer. Hotel and breakfast spot already planned out!
  8. I wish my husband wasn’t allergic to cats, or I would get one and make it these cutsie catnip yarn toys!
  9. Looking for an awesome sunscreen this summer? Read this and get some great advice!
  10. Brighten your hair with tea? Why not?!
  11. I made this curry dish for dinner this week and it was scrumptious. Especially with a little sriracha on top!
  12. THIS salad! Yum…yum…YUM!
  13. 13 summer party ideas!!! SO cute.

ENJOY the day!

xo sarah

 

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our full life: week twenty-five

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While this week had miscommunications, lots accomplish, and a fair amount of busy-ness, I will do my part to remember the good things about this week. Beach, sun, good food, new freckles, family, and too much fun. Enjoy!

starbsEarly morning iced chai break with my co-worker. We have too much fun together. Wearing one of my favorite tanks: HE > i.

florasI hope that all of you reading can see that I will find any reason to celebrate a rejoice about the ABUNDANT life Christ has given me/us. These are the flowers my husband bought me to remember our engagement that happened 3 years ago on June 19th.

sunset 30The sun is crazy! Heading down to our normal Thursday spot. Taking it all in.

bendtec smoothieWe got a Blendtec! This was my first green smoothie in it: water, spinach, banana, pineapple, cucumber and ice. Very filling and refreshing.

the brigBest fish tacos EVER at The Brigantine. Even better that I was able to enjoy them with my amazing dad.

beach daySand. New freckles. High tide. Surfing husband. Good Friday!

beach walkNot too shabby. Hello pelicans.

bbq sandiesOven-toasted BBQ chicken swiss sandies on everything bagels.

bressi readingMy reading view Saturday afternoon. Almost done re-reading Gatsby.

treatMovie Treat!! Homemade salted popcorn with m&m’s and chocolate covered pretzels.

dwellDwelling in the Lord and finding my rest in Him.

What did you do for your week twenty-five? I’d love to hear all about it.

xo sarah

gospel monday

Gospel Monday

Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

What is your treasure? Where is your heart? These are soul-searching questions.

The fact of the matter is, there is something so precious that is worth more than all the gold, jewels and luxuries of this world. That “something” is Jesus. And Jesus gives us the glorious gospel!

I am continually praying that the Lord would help me make Jesus my treasure every single day. I ask that He would make Jesus absolutely precious to me. I can become so easily distracted by the things of this world: money, houses, cars, clothing, lifestyle. Basically, the idea that there is something bigger and better than what I have right now can negatively influence me and rob me of the joy I have found in Christ. Living in a culture of luxury and comparison, I, at times, begin to treasure those things MORE than I treasure my Jesus who has saved me from my sins. Then I begin to ponder my contentment and ask myself, “Why isn’t the grace of God enough for me right now?”

Jesus is God. He came to earth and died for our high-handed rebellious sins. He victoriously  rose from the dead and defeated sin and death. He took the wrath that we so justly deserved and He gave us His righteousness. He is coming again to make all things new and set things right. Amen!

I need to preach myself this glorious Gospel every single moment. I need to remind myself that His grace IS enough…it’s more than enough, in fact. I may not ever have a big beautiful home with all the comforts life has to offer. I may not ever be able to give my children all that I want to (financially). I may not ever be able to take all the best vacations and wear the latest fashions. The list could go on and on. However, as tempting as it may be, these things should never and can never become my treasure! By the grace of God, my treasure is and always will be JESUS.

He is more than enough.

xo sarah

our full life: week twenty-four

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A little behind, but not forgotten. Week twenty-four was all-together sweet, salty, and restful. It ended with a sigh of satisfaction and some creamy gelato. Enjoy!

IMG_4024I walk this path weekly. God made this creation called earth so so lovely.

IMG_4028How stinkin’ pretty are these wedding invitations? So excited for the future Weavers!!!

IMG_4032Helping out our dear friend with her wedding crafts. Braiding, braiding…

IMG_4030…and more braiding!!!

IMG_4057Heirlooms and shadows.

IMG_4048Homemade tiramisu from a dear friend. GOOOOD stuff.

IMG_4050This is where we got married. It’s close by our place and last Saturday, it was the perfect place to read and enjoy the sun in peace.

IMG_4051Some new reads.

IMG_4055Homemade peanut butter and vanilla granola. The house smelled fantastic.

IMG_4068A walk down Grand Ave. for some gelato on Father’s Day.

IMG_4064I loved their bookshelves with tea and spoons and cookbooks.

IMG_4070Strawberry cheesecake and chocolate. Major win.

Love you!

xo sarah

our full life: week twenty-three

OFL 23Summer is officially here in Southern California. The sun is shining and the beach is calling. I am so excited to share this week with you!

I had a stomach bug on Tuesday…but I’m SO thankful it was only a 24-hour thing because we had lots to do! Check it out:

hair ties from susie qThank you to my friend Susan for making these with love. The colors are perfect!

window shopping la jollaWindow reflections in La Jolla.

the living room 2Breakfast with my momma! She was in town from Idaho this week and she blessed me so much! Bought me a chai latte and helped me with my chores that day. So sweet.

the living room 1No editing here. Just an iPhone and great lighting. And my favorite subject (food).

living room windowAmazing amazing windows in The Living Room Cafe.

la jolla seal beachNo editing on this one either. La Jolla is breathtaking.

la jolla seal beach 1Seals! Stinking (literally) CUTE!

rubys me and momLater that night, my mom treated us all to dinner at Ruby’s on the Pier. YUM!

rubys nannie My sweet Nannie with a beautiful view out the window.

rubys bretWhat a looker, right?! xxxxxxoooooo

late night dessrtWe had a friend over for dinner on Wednesday and I went all out! He’s originally from Texas and I thought I’d give him a little taste of home cooking: Fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, a fresh salad and mini apple crisps for dessert. We ate everything else too fast so this is the only photo I got.

bible time juneMy hubby brought me an iced latte early Friday morning and I got to spend some quiet time with Jesus. So GOOD.

fridays are sweetI also made a breakfast fit for a king for us. Breakfast sandwiches…although mine was deconstructed. Usually breakfast is yogurt and fruit on-the-go so this was an extra special treat!

meal planning juneMeal planning for June. Vodka sauce pasta is happening.

sunday driveOur usual drive to church together. I am overjoyed to be at an incredible church that preaches the GOSPEL every. single. sunday!

bull tacoFirst time to Bull Taco. DELISH! Sunday lunch date success.

beach workout100 jumping jacks, 100 hiesmans, 300 knee-highs, 50 crunches, 30 push-ups, 10 sprints and a surf session. Yes I am out-of-control sore, but it felt so good!

beach relaxingI’m taking this beauty in. I’m also looking at my exercise foot trail in front of me and I feel so grateful to have a working body. I need to start using it more.

my babe the surferLastly, this is my husband. He is a California native, 27 years old, and he is finally learning to surf. I am so proud of him for trying something new and loving it! Also, for being such an encouraging teacher for me!

What did you do this week!? I hope you’re starting to take in this beautiful summer like we are. Worth it. So so worth it.

xo sarah

candied key lime margarita

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My drink of choice: lime margarita. All the flavors are amazing: salty, sour, and sweet. And paired with some fresh homemade Tacos…bliss.

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The drink is so simple! Tequila, lime juice, cointreau, and ice. But we’re taking it up a notch today: candied key limes covered in sugar and chili powder. This is happening.

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Candied Key Lime Margarita

CLICK HERE to find the candied lime recipe I used. Note: I used key limes instead of regular limes and added 1 Tbsp. of chili powder to my sugar mixture. Serves 1 margarita lover.

Ingredients:

  • Candied key limes, 3 per drink
  • wooden skewer
  • 1 key lime wedge
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar, for rim
  • 1 Tbsp. coarse salt, for rim
  • 1 oz. gold tequila
  • 1 oz. sweetened lime juice
  • 1 oz. cointreau

Directions:

  1. Wet the rim of a glass tumbler with a lime wedge. Pour salt and sugar onto a small plate. Turn glass upside down into the salt and sugar mixture to generously coat the rim. Fill glass with ice.
  2. Add Tequila, sweetened lime juice, cointreau and stir.
  3. Place 3 candied key limes onto a small wooden skewer and lay across the top of the glass. Enjoy!

NOTE: If the drink is too strong for you, just add some club soda for some bubble.

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xo sarah

martha meal

photo (31)Last month, my close friend Brittan and I collaborated for the first time with cooking, crafting and sipping yummy drinks….all for the sake of blogging. And for fun. We have A LOT of fun! We call it “Martha Meal” and it’s my favorite!

Martha Meal is inspired by Martha Stewart Living magazine: the photos, her calendar, the DIY sections, and the FOOD! Oh, the glorious food.

This was our menu/collaboration this month:

  • Cotija Corn Tacos with Lime and Mango (Brittan…coming soon)
  • Cotija Black Bean Tacos with Cumin Sweet Potatoes and Jalapeno
  • Candied Key Lime Margarita
  • Homemade Butter (Brittan…coming soon)
  • Crispy Chili-Cinnamon-Sugar Tortillas with Homemade Butter
  • DIY: Coffee Filter Water Lily Centerpiece (Brittan…coming soon)

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Our day began by dying the coffee filters in beautiful shades of red, pink and green. They looked so beautiful hanging out to dry. For the full DIY check in with Brittan soon. She is planning a GORGEOUS wedding right now, so the list of DIY’s for her is pretty much endless.

Then we were ready to eat! Here we go!

Cotija Black Bean Tacos with Cumin Sweet Potatoes and Jalapeno

photo (36)These tacos were just the right amount of spicy, sweet and hearty. I will be making these tacos again and again. This black bean and sweet potato salad would also make a great side dish to any meal. Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 Tbsp. EVOO
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup of cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tsp. lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 very small jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • Lime wedges for serving
  • 12 corn tortillas

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peel and chop your sweet potato into cubes. Toss the sweet potato cubes in olive oil, cumin, and salt and pepper and lay on to a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 25 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the beans, lime zest, lime juice, cotija cheese, jalapeno, scallions, and cilantro. Toss in the sweet potatoes when ready.
  3. Broil tortillas on a baking sheet. Dish desired amount of black bean and sweet potato salad into tortillas. Garnish with cilantro and serve with lime wedges
  4. Enjoy!

The smoky cumin on the sweet potatoes and the sharp cotija flavor cut by the zesty limes….it’s truly mouthwatering. Want to come to our place for dinner? Taco Tuesday just got a whole lot better. And with a cold margarita? Things just got better.

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And what meal would be complete without dessert? After filling up on tacos and margaritas you really feel like something simple.

Crispy Chili-Cinnamon-Sugar Tortillas with Homemade Butter

photo (38)This dessert takes cinnamon sugar toast to the next level. All the goodness of cinnamon, sugar, and melty butter with the crunch of a crispy corn tortilla and the bite of chili powder. Serve as many tortillas you can spare and as many as you can possibly fit in your belly.

Ingredients:

  • Butter (Easy Homemade Butter recipe by What She Would Have Worn soon!)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • Corn tortillas

Directions:

  1. Broil tortillas on a baking sheet.
  2. Mix together sugar, cinnamon & chili powder in a small bowl.
  3. Spread butter onto warm tortillas, sprinkle with sugar mixture, and fold into quarters.
  4. Bite into the goodness. Enjoy!

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Martha Meal strikes again! Tacos + Margaritas + Mariachi music in the background = One heck of a Tuesday Night! Much much love.

xo sarah

our full life: week twenty-two

OFL 22Yay for the last week of spring, memorial day resting, and friendly faces. Enjoy this photo tour of our life last week!

sleeping inThis is my husband, Bret. He wakes up for work every morning at 4:30am. This is a picture of him sleeping in until 9:30am on Memorial Day. He works so hard to provide for us and I was so glad to watch him rest so peacefully for once.

what's her faceThis is an iced chai latte. My co-worker picked it up for me. And yes, he got it for “what’s her face.” It made me laugh and strangely felt like a compliment.

broccoli saladThis was my busy Friday strange salad creation: broccoli, red pepper, and cashews with olive oil, apple cider vinegar and garlic salt.

flower shoppingThese are flowers from Costco. A litte sunshine amongst the crazy sea of people. Sunflowers have been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl.

chocolate cake 1This is a dark chocolate devil’s food cake. I made it from scratch and it is delectable. The frosting to cake ratio is unreal.

cake timeThis is my coffee table. It was surrounded by family on Saturday afternoon. I felt blessed to feed them and give them a place to relax for the day.

papa timeThis is my father-in-law and our adorable niece Lucy. There is some legit Papa time happening in this photo.

nana timeThis is my beautiful mother-in-law with sweet Lucy. Lucy wants to wear everyone’s sandals and walk around. Too cute, right?! And Nana time is the best.

project weaverThis is the Weaver Wedding project I’m finishing up. Braiding fabric while watching the office is never a bad thing. Having Bret help me was even better!

bathroom vandalsThis is a joke. It was written in a stall of a Jr.High School bathroom. Oh Jr. Highers…

beach walk w bretThis is Carlsbad Beach. I can’t believe I live a mile away from this. Thank you Jesus.

I hope you enjoyed your week as much as I did! What were you up to?

xo sarah