this abundant list

TAL 39

  1. If you can’t be around a campfire, these smokey s’more squares can be made right in your oven.
  2. What a beautiful way to decorate for a special event or shower. I love color!
  3. Make it on your own: super simple cold brew ice coffee.
  4. Mac & Cheese + Sriracha…I’m drooling over this combo.
  5. Ever wondered how to properly throw a mexican fiesta at home? Real Simple makes it really simple. See what I did there?
  6. Is your artistry an idol? Good read.
  7. Getting ready for the fall TV premieres never sounded so awesome, until now!
  8. Looking for a great coffee and tea spot? Best shortbread I’ve ever had, to date.
  9. The coolest 18 features about iOS7 that you probably didn’t know.
  10. Don’t throw away all those leftover pumpkin seeds. Bake them!
  11. THIS MONKEY BREAD. It’s bonkers good.
  12. I need this shirt. It will match my California birthmark!

Enjoy the links, friends! HAPPY FRIDAY!

xo sarah


i want dessert

So far, this week has been crazy.

My friend from work went into anaphylactic shock and I rushed him to the E.R. (prayers appreciated), I’m planning 3 youth weekend trips for this weekend (2 of which are camping trips), I worked out like a lunatic to blow off steam, and now I am just feeling totally brain-dead.

As far as tonight goes, I definitely still have a sink full of dishes to do, major details to plan/nail down, and lunch-packing to do (and why am i writing a blog at 9:30 at night?). BUT…dessert will be happening. It just has to. In 3, 2, 1….

I think I am going to have some homemade lemon froyo. What about you?

I hope you enjoy something delicious tonight. Whether it’s chocolate chips straight out of the bag, a piece of fresh fruit, or something decadent that would make me extremely jealous – like homemade tiramisu! Just enjoy!

Once life calms down a little, I am inspired to FINALLY try homemade ice cream. And when it comes to ice cream, I trust my friend Nicole.

Maybe I’ll try her Spiced Apple Ice Cream just in time for the fall! How cute is her handwriting!?nicoles ice cream 2

But I can never turn away a scoop of Chocolate. So…BOTH it is! nicoles ice cream

As always, dessert is a sweet treat that brings happiness with every bite, but the Lord and Savior Jesus is my true comfort. He is the incredible source of grace that sustains me through weeks like this one…and each and every day for that matter. Praise Him – the One whom I adore.

xo sarah

our full life: week thirty-eight

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This week was a good week…and it’s mostly because I got to be at the beach more than once. There were also a few clouds here and there which got me in the mood for tea and reading.

fall mealHere’s our dinner from the beginning of the week: paleo meatloaf, baked sweet potatoes, and green beans sauteed in butter with onions and peppers. Very fall-esque.

white toys shadowsThese shadows amused me. I was really into the zebra.

babysitters clubBabysitters Club: Community Group Edition.

beach day saturdayNo editing here. Just God’s beautiful glory! I just love Carlsbad beaches.

cloudy sunsetA mostly cloudy sunset. I enjoyed watching this with my hubby, a good latte, and holding his hand.

scripture in bedScripture reading in bed. Also…I started the book: A Puritan Theology, and I’m loving it so much!

rooftop weddingThis was from the rooftop of a condo in Seal Beach. It was the reception spot for my friends moms wedding. It was such a beautiful day!

grilled veggie saladGrilled veggie salad. Delightfully filling.

Enjoy week 39, friends!

xo sarah

gospel monday

Gospel Monday

I can’t get this new song, Made Alive by Citizens out of my head. It is packed with so much truth and reminds me of God’s deep love. Jesus BOUGHT us with His blood and SAVED us by His grace. We must believe and trust Him in this as our only hope. Please go listen to the song HERE.

I once was dead in sin
Alone and hopeless,
A child of wrath I walked
Condemned in darkness,
But your mercy brought new life
And in your love and kindness,
Raised me up with Christ
And made me righteous.

You have bought me back
With the riches of,
Your amazing grace
And relentless love.
I’m made alive forever,
With you, life forever
By your grace I’m saved,
By your grace I’m saved.

Lord, you are the light,
That broke the darkness.
You satisfy my soul,
When I am heartless.
If ever I forget
My true identity,
Show me who I am,
And help me to believe.

You have bought me back,
With the riches of,
Your amazing grace
And relentless love.
I’m made alive forever,
With you, life forever,
By your grace I’m saved,
By your grace I’m saved.

My sin has been erased,
I’ll never be the same.
My sin has been erased,
I’ll never be the same.

So good!!! Enjoy this week and trust in the Lord with all your heart.

xo sarah

our full life: week thirty-seven

I think I am safe to say that fall is officially here. I had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season. I tried a maple latte too. I went to bed with the covers on this week. And I am craving THIS sandwich like crazy.

I wanted to change-up the look of the “Our Full Life” series as well, to something more fall-like. This photo was taken at our engagement shoot just about 3 years ago at this time by the beautiful and talented, Jessica Hannon/McDevins.

And if you are not ready for fall just yet, then maybe this will help. Hang it up and feel the inspiration flow.OFL - 37

Now for our week. It was relaxing and life-giving. Busy…but the good kind. I love weeks like these. They’re a good reminder during the hard ones. Here we go!

Painting nails and homemade marinara.tomato monday

Maple latte from Peets. And MINION the cutest doxie ever.minion

Thinking about starting this book devo

Mini Jellyfish at the Aquarium of the Pacific.more jellies

More jellies.jellies

Bigger jellies. Pretty!more jellies 2

I love love love the black and white stripey ones.aop1

I don’t know what this is, but its pretty!aop

Beach camping and reading. Relaxing!campingreading

I loved or campsite group. camp group

Beach Church.beach church

Iced Tea stop in San Clemente.iced tea stop

Palm trees for days.san clem

Have a great week!

xo sarah

this abundant list

TAL 37

  1. I have to make these as soon as  humanly possible. Iced tea popsicles with honey.
  2. Relaxing at home with a DIY spa pedicure.
  3. THIS ROBE. It looks easy enough!
  4. Breakfast time can’t come sooner with these!
  5. This couple shows us that there is never too little space for a special little one.
  6. Looks like a good dish for a cool night.
  7. Loving all the pastels and these chairs!
  8. Easy-peasy croissant loaf that looks like it would melt in your mouth.
  9. If we have a guest-room someday, I would love to provide a hospitality cart.
  10. This dessert looks too good to be true.

Enjoy the sun while we still have it!

xo sarah

candied almond biscotti

We are right in the middle of summer changing to fall here in Southern California and the weather is still a bit unpredictable. However, here is one thing about your mornings that don’t have to be that way: Candied Almond Biscotti. This week, I have a recipe to make your morning coffee routine hit a new level of awesome. Grab your travel mug, a couple of these biscotti, and hit the road! You are set.

Candied Almond Biscotti

What inspired this scrumptious breakfast treat? This recipe in particular was inspired by our friend Leilani. She had a birthday last week and I was so excited to bake for her. She is a lovely woman with all the makings of sugar, spice, and everything nice. What better to give her than a big batch of Candied Almond Biscotti! They’re light, toasty, and they feel like you’re eating something super fancy-pants. I have always been a fan of giving and receiving food for gifts. It’s something people can delight in for days and they will think of you when they enjoy each bite. So fun!

CAB process 2You get to spice and candy the almonds! This was my favorite part of the recipe. And the cayenne pepper? Genius. Thanks Joy.

CAB process 3Creaming butter, sugar, eggs, and all that good stuff in my beloved KitchenAid.

CAB process 4I didn’t get a good picture of the two portions of dough before they initially went in the oven, but here they are all cut and ready to baked one more time!

Candied Almond Biscotti 2These are UHHH-mazing. Make them. Do it now. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…do it now! GO.

Candied Almond Biscotti

Makes about 2 dozen biscotti


For the Candied Almonds

  • 1 1/3 cup of raw almonds
  • 1 large  egg white (do not discard the yolk – it will be used in the biscotti dough)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

For the Biscotti

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 stick of butter (6 Tbsp.) at room temp.
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg and 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon sugar mixture: 2 Tbsp. sugar & 2 tsp. cinnamon


For the Candied Almonds

  1. Begin by making the candied almonds. Place rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Separate your egg white into a medium bowl and whisk vigorously until it foams and white bubbles begin to form. Whisk in the sugar and then the spices and salt until the glaze is opaque.
  3. Toss the almonds in the glaze until well-coated, then spoon coated almonds onto prepared baking sheet. Save any extra glaze to add to the biscotti dough later on.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes until the almonds are golden brown and smell toasty. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cool, chop into small pieces.

For the Biscotti

  1. Keep the oven at 325 degrees F and place racks in the upper portion of the oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl (I used my stand mixer with the paddle attachment), cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the egg, egg yolk, and then the vanilla extract. If you did have extra glaze leftover from the almonds, add that to the mixture as well.
  4. Add the flour mixture all at once to the wet mixture. Mix until a stiff dough is formed. Fold in the chopped almonds.
  5. Divide the dough in half. Place each portion onto a prepared baking sheet and form each portion into a 9-inch long log shape. Bake the two logs on two different racks in the oven for 20 minutes.  Rotate the cookie sheets for even baking and bake for another 25 minutes until firm and golden brown.
  6. Remove logs from oven but keep the oven on.  Let biscotti cool until able to handle.  Using a large serrated knife, cut logs into 1/2-inch wide diagonal slices.  Place biscotti on their sides on 1 of the baking sheets and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Bake once more for 10-15 minutes until golden and delicious.
  7. Enjoy and remember to eat these up quickly! They will last up to 1 week in an air-tight container.

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Candied Almond Biscotti + A cup of sweet and creamy coffee = Heavenly. Excuse me while I go enjoy a piece!

xo sarah

gospel monday

Gospel Monday

This is what Romans says about humans: Romans 3: 10-12, “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.

This is what the Psalms says about humans: Psalm 32: 1-2Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”

So, if none of us are good  –  not even one of us  –  how will this sin of ours be covered? How will we be blessed in the Lord finding no iniquity in us?

The answer is so simple and so profound.

Jesus Christ.

Romans 8: 6-11 says this, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Reconciliation! Is HAS been accomplished. For those who trust in the truth of the Gospel and exalt Christ as Savior and King, there is fulfillment and satisfaction in God’s promise of true reconciliation. We have God’s: stamp of approval, righteousness, and protective covering. ALL because of Jesus.

This is good. We are not good, but Jesus is. And He is enough. Always enough.

Prayer: What a relief to have a clean slate before you, God. I am well aware of my sinful flesh and my disobedience to you. But because of your grace and mercy, my sin does not have the last word in my life. You do, Jesus. And you spoke words of hope over your children: IT IS FINISHED.


xo sarah

our full life: week thirty-five & thirty-six

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Double time! Not much to report or post, but here are some of my random thoughts:

I am amazed at all the beautiful skies there has been lately. I’m also amazed that I can watch The Office a thousand times and never get sick of it. Summer has been lingering with this crazy heat, but I’m okay with that.  It just means I don’t have to bring a sweater with me everywhere I go. Caffeine has been giving me the jitters lately, but I really want to try Peet’s maple latte. Is it too soon for that? Anyway, enjoy these photos and I hope you have a great week ahead of you. Blessings!

carlsbad night walkNight run by the beach.

veggie juiceVeggie Juice: carrots, tomatoes, cantaloupe, pineapple.

target parkingDon’t let the target parking lot distract you from the awesome sky!

froyo Bret: tart & gummy bears. Me: tart, shredded coconut, blueberries, and raspberries. Both of us opted for the waffle cone bowl.

palmsPalms. One of my favorite things.

editing dayEditing a post and lunch time at Paloma’s pad.

watermelon iced teaUnsweetened watermelon iced tea. Pure goodness.

cake cuttingGranny is cutting Grandpa’s Birthday ice cream cake!

biscotti shotCandied almond biscotti. Recipe coming later this week!

That’s all friends. Much Love!

xo sarah