subtly sweet iced green tea with mint

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HELLO! It’s Springtime in California and I think I have thoroughly enjoyed the season so far.

There has been a few days of rain: listening to the drops coming down on the roof, baking to warm the house and our tummies, and still wearing my boots to keep my feet cozy.

There has also been a few days of hot sun: walking by the beach gaining more freckles, lunch in shorts and a tank top, and iced coffee because its too warm for hot.

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Because it is going to start getting warmer before we know it, I wanted to share an iced tea recipe with you! In honor of this beautiful springtime season, this iced tea has some of my most favorite refreshing flavors going on: green tea, blueberry, lemon, mint, and a hint of sweetness from the agave!

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Ingredients

  • 7 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups cool water
  • 12 ice cubes (plus more for serving)
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup
  • 8-10 green teabags, depending on how strong you like your tea (I used blueberry green tea, but you could even use an herbal or black tea)
  • 1 lemon, cut into thin slices
  • 1-3 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 1 large heat-resistant pitcher or container

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Directions:

  1. Pour the agave syrup in the bottom of a large heat-resistant pitcher or container.
  2. Place tea bags in a large tea ball and hang it into your pitcher so it is suspended. Pour the 7 cups of boiling water over the tea ball and let it steep for 5-7 minutes (the longer you steep the tea, the stronger it will get).
  3. Remove the tea ball from the hot water. Let the tea sit and cool for 10-15 minutes. Then add the 3 cups of cool water and ice cubes.
  4. Stir the tea well then add the lemon slices. Let the tea cool overnight, covered in the fridge. Remove lemons before serving.
  5. Serve iced tea cold with springs of fresh mint, lots of ice, and in TALL glasses. ENJOY!

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I think I’ll go have a glass now. Read my books. Journal my thoughts. Plan my work. And drink it all in!

xo sarah

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gospel wednesday

GW

Dear friends,

This week I was honored to share the Gospel with someone new. I met her a couple of days ago and we instantly clicked. We both felt so comfortable opening up with one another and sharing our stories.

She is in her twenties and is beautiful. She has a 5 year old son. She has a tattoo with deep meaning and significance. She is separated from the father of her child. She lives with her parents. She has a successful and enjoyable career. More importantly, she is compassionate, sensitive, and searching for goodness. More importantly, she needs a Jesus – who has every bit of the goodness she’s trying to see.

We had a great time talking about family, friends, life, and eventually…God. I got to share a little bit of my story with her. I told her that my parents didn’t have the intention to raise me to become a Christian, but, by God’s grace, that is what happened.

I told her that I was not looking for God, but I can see now that He always had plans for me. I told her how I was invited to church by a friend out of the blue and it changed my life forever. God found me, saved me, and I simply believed. Then I got to tell her what that meant, to be saved.

Being saved is all about Jesus. Jesus opens our eyes to the rebellion and sin in our lives. The sin in our hearts, minds, past, and present. Jesus lived a perfect life and never sinned, which we can never do. Jesus reveals to us the wages of our sin – death. Jesus died on the cross, in our place, for ALL of our sins. Jesus loves us, forgives us, purifies us, sets us free, and gives us new and eternal life. Jesus rose from the dead and conquered all sin and death forevermore. Jesus will return and set all things new. Jesus is our Lord, protector, and friend.

Romans 6:23 says: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

In every humans search for goodness and grace, we do not have to look any further than the cross of Christ. That is GOOD news.

I hope that this young woman sees God in a new light through our conversation. I pray that she would believe the Gospel and put all of her hope and trust in Jesus. All glory goes to God above!

Like I said earlier, it was an honor to share the gospel with someone new this week. It was an honor to spend time with her, get to know her heart, and care for her soul. God is always good and I pray her eyes will be opened to that truth.

xo sarah

 

 

 

our full life: week twelve

Welcome to OUR FULL LIFE! This is week twelve.

lu & granny.jpgWe threw a little birthday dinner at our place for our sweet Granny. And of course Lucy is way too cute for words!

beach view workout.jpgI just really like working out by the beach.

breakfast of champions.jpgBreakfast of Champions! Bran flakes and freshly squeezed tangerine juice.

bday lunch.jpgBrian and Willie turned 38 this week! We celebrated together at Tin Leaf.

sleepy baby.jpgBaby Eden.

cloudy evening.jpgCloudy evening with a silver lining.

treetops.jpgJr. High Photo Scavenger Hunt!!! Our teams were Girls vs. Boys.

pyramids.jpgPyramid in the sand…I don’t know why they thought me on top would be the better option! HAHA.

iced tea time.jpgBrewing.

balance.jpgBalance, right?

moiola girls.jpgElise is having a BABY! Over 13 years of friendship in this picture.

iced tea 1.jpgIced Tea recipe coming at you THIS week! 🙂

What were your picture-worthy moments from the week? It’s always fun to look back and remember them. I’d love to hear!

xo sarah

this abundant list

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  1. My friend Stephanie has been there for me time and time again. She is filled with so much of what makes life really beautiful. Stephanie started a blog this week and shares about the biggest trial she has faced. Please go check it out, be inspired, and make the cheesecake…its way too good to be true.
  2. Good read for all you mamas out there who desire friendship.
  3. I don’t think I have ever has a slice of banana cream pie, but this one looks good!
  4. Are you a real Wonder Woman?
  5. I love the U.S. and one place I’d really like to explore is Seattle, WA.
  6. The Forest Feast is a blog I come back to often. It’s beautiful.
  7. Ohhhh, raspberry jam!
  8. What a cute DIY for party balloons.
  9. My friend Susan wants us to be Fearless Forever.
  10. White jeans never looked so tempting.
  11. Can’t you just imagine a tea party with your closest buds and this tea set?
  12. Bring it on Springtime!

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

xo sarah

our full life: week eleven

Week eleven was too good to me.

I had a some real struggles at work…but I can’t get too bent out of shape about it when I remember I had fresh baked macarons on two separate occasions. But seriously, this week was filled with joyful time spent with good friends and my (too good to me) husband. beach babes .jpgLavender Tea Lounge with two beach babes.

luanna lunchtime.jpgMy beautiful friend Luanna enjoying the view from Ellie’s in San Clemente. God is so good in bringing this awesome woman into my life.

sunny treatsFour macarons gone in less than four minutes.

san clemente palms.jpgPalms, sun, and the ocean brings much joy to my soul.

sparkles and coffee.jpgSparkles, freckles, & iced coffee.

shrimps & soda.jpgLA Farmers Market tradition.

bouchon bakery.jpgBret and I went to LA for an overnighter to celebrate our 3-year Wedding Anniversary. Bouchon Bakery for macarons and iced tea had to happen.

sportsmen lodge 1.jpgOur hotel was super fun and modern. I really liked these white deer.

sportsmen lodge 2.jpgThe Sportsmen Lodge is known for being the “Old Hollywood” spot back in the day. And we, no joke, ran into Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) in the elevator! Creepy.

fonuts.jpgFonuts. All baked or steamed. All delicious.

fonuts 2.jpgWhat a cutie! Eating a strawberry buttermilk fonut.

calle olvera.jpg We visited Olvera Street and picked up a leather Mexican purse.

me and him.jpgI forgot my make-up bag at home during our get-away…but it humbled me and directed my thoughts toward Christ. It was really good.

my hottie.jpgI like his legs. Like, alot.

abbot kinney blvd.jpgAbbot Kinney Blvd.

abbot lemonade.jpgI have to recreate this at home: Blueberry Mint Lemonade.

cacti wall.jpgAmazing cactus wall.

cacti wall 2.jpgMore cactus walls next to white wash.

abbots alleys.jpgAbbot’s Alleyways. irvine ferris.jpgFerris Wheels make me so happy. A great way to end our great get-away. I am more in love with Bret today than I could have ever imagined.

What are your favorite spots in Los Angeles?

Blessings in the week to come, friends!

xo sarah

this abundant list

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  1. My best friend is Korean…and I wish she had introduced this dish to me!
  2. Interesting food mash-up: Carrot Lemonade!
  3. This is a necessity for every office!
  4. Remembering how all other (non-southern California) people experience seasons.
  5. THIS Salad…THIS week! Done.
  6. Great read and resource for many people facing unemployment or job dissatisfaction.
  7. If you don’t follow Nicole’s blog, please do!! So good.
  8. What should I drink this week? Thai Tea!
  9. An unexpectedly great movie I can’t stop thinking about.
  10. Feeling under the weather? Try garlic soup from Food 52.

Well, we’re off to LA for the weekend! Enjoy yourselves.

xo sarah

gospel wednesday

GW

It’s what I don’t deserve.

It’s what I can never have too much of.

It’s what is always there no matter how far I wander.

It’s AMAZING GRACE.

O THOU GIVING GOD,

My heart is drawn out in thankfulness to thee,

for thy amazing grace and condescension to me

            in influences and assistances of thy Spirit,

for special help in prayer,

for the sweetness of Christian service,

for the thoughts of arriving in heaven,

for always sending me needful supplies,

for raising me to new life when I am like the one dead.

I want not the favour of man to lean upon

            for thy favour is infinitely better.

Thou art eternal wisdom in dispensations toward me;

            and it matters not when, nor where, nor how I serve thee,

            nor what trials I am exercised with,

            if I might but be prepared for thy work and will.

No poor creature stands in divine grace more than I do,

            and yet none abuses it more than I have done, and still do.

How heartless and dull I am!

Humble me in the dust for not loving thee more.

Every time I exercise any grace renewedly

            I am renewedly indebted to thee,

                        the God of all grace, for special assistance.

I cannot boast when I think how dependent I am upon thee

            for the being and every aspect of grace;

I never do anything else but depart from thee,

            and if I ever get to heaven it will be because thou willest it,

                        and for no reason beside.

I love as a feeble, afflicted, despised creature,

            to cast myself on thy infinite grace and goodness,

                        hoping for no happiness but from thee;

Give me special grace to fit me for special services,

            and keep me calm and resigned at all times,

                        humble,

                        solemn,

                        mortified, and

                        conformed to thy will.

– A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

This  prayer came from a book called Valley of Vision. My family likes to read it before we go to bed. Maybe you could do the same!?

I just loved this prayer because it reminded me of where grace comes from. How grace should make me feel. What grace does is my life. Why I am even given grace to begin with.

It’s ALL because of Jesus. Jesus died on the cross to forgive my sins and He rose again to give me new life. I feel humbled to know that Jesus would take on all the wrath that sin produces and put it to shame and death. This amazing grace means I will see Him someday; I will meet Him and rejoice! He is so good!

How have you seen God’s amazing grace in your life?

xo sarah

our full life: week eight, nine, and ten!

Hello again friends,

I took a pretty big break there…and now I’m three weeks behind. I’ve really missed posting, writing, keeping up with this creative part of my life.

As you will see below, we have been pretty busy. I hope you enjoy these pictures from a life lived fully!

brunch viewThe view from our work brunch. We said so-long to a truly awesome member of our team.

beach walk nightWalking never felt so good than during a sunset like this.

new shoesBrand new boots from my sweet love.

drying in the kitchenDishes and citrus hanging out to dry.

neighborhood flowerA delicate pink flower I found on the ground in my neighborhood.

sushi treatMy boss treated me to sushi for my birthday. SUCH a treat!

new favorite cheeseMy new favorite cheese from Trader Joe’s. So yummy with salami, peppercioni’s, and cherry tomatoes.

hot cocoa nightPioneer Woman got me craving Hot Cocoa!

sledding in arrowheadCrazy fun weekend with some Jr. High and High School student up in Arrowhead!

snow loveLook at that green-eyed hottie! How did I get so lucky?

winter warmthKeeping warm in the cabin.

sticky cactiPretty sticky cactus.

rainy day gamesHanging out with my babysitting buddies, playing in the storm.

babysitting buddiesCalifornia storms with two sweethearts.

God's promiseRainbow!

Peets morning My regular spot with some good friends. Enjoying coffee & pastries.

UNION Lunch Union Kitchen & Tap : Butternut Squash Pancetta Flatbread with Arugula.

UNION BDAY We ran into a professional photographer and she got a great shot of us five.

window sceneThrough the screen and into the storm.

rainy day treatsAlmond Butter Jelly Bars + Blue Bottle Tea. Perfect pairing on a rainy day.

sunday rainfallIt was POURING outside during our Sunday service.

new treatMy latest grocery store splurge! I had a coupon and thought I’d give it a shot.

waitingWaiting…enjoying the day.

How have YOU all been? I’ll post again next week!

xo sarah