books + food: the irresistible blueberry bakeshop & cafe

Hi friends!

I recently finished a cute little love story and I think it’s a great “lay by the pool” + “soak up some sun” + “drink some iced coffee” kind of book.  It’s not award-winning and it’s totally predictable, but I just really enjoyed it! It’s called The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe.

It also had a long list of DELICIOUS foods! It made me hungry and I was longing to travel out to Maine for all the goodness. I am currently in a book club that meets every few months or so and I always put together the food list for our meeting. Then we split up the list and enjoy the foods of the book while we discuss the story and our favorite characters.

Even though this wasn’t a book for the book club, the food was just too good not to list somewhere. So, I hope you enjoy the list and make the blueberry muffin recipe at the end.

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  • Blueberries
  • Melon
  • Bananas
  • Cinnamon Buns
  • Coffee
  • Apple Cider Doughnuts
  • Tuna Salad: albacore, celery, onion, capers, mayo on mixed greens
  • Sandwiches: Rare roast beef & brie with sliced tomato on toasted french baguette; Chicken salad with baby greens, tomato, sprouts, grapes and crumbled gorgonzola; Oven-roasted turkey breast, savory stuffing, and fresh cranberry sauce on whole wheat
  • Desserts: lemon pound cake, carrot cake, double chunk brownies, walnut fig bars, chocolate croissant bread pudding, blueberry pie, strawberry-rhubarb pie
  • Margaritas
  • Shrimp with Rice & Green Beans
  • Twin Lobsters with drawn butter
  • Meatloaf with mushrooms
  • Mashed potatoes with butter
  • Clam Chowder
  • Higgins Root Beer
  • Fresh Corn and Tomatoes
  • Salad: spring greens, cranberries, walnuts, and goat cheese topped with raspberry vinaigrette
  • Half a succulent free range chicken roasted in butter and fresh herbs with mashed potatoes and garden fresh carrots
  • Iced Tea
  • Fried Clams
  • Grouper Sandwich
  • Chateau Beychevelle 2000 Saint-Julien
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Vision of the Bakery: Turnovers, cakes, croissants (maybe blueberry ones!), lemon pound cake, peach cobbler, pomegranate-ginger muffins, chocolate chip cookies
  • Tea Sandwiches: Cucumber arugula, curried chicken, bacon & egg
  • Chilled Carrot Ginger Soup
  • Apple Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich
  • French Baguette with Smoked Ham and Brie topped with field greens and finished with dijon mustard

I hope you enjoyed reading about all these foods!! Now go enjoy them and the book. Also, I wouldn’t lie to you – here is that blueberry muffin recipe I found online:

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xo sarah

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our full life: march, april, may

Hello again!

I’ve missed this. It’s been a while since I have posted and I am looking forward to writing and sharing some things here! Finding time to keep up with blogging is difficult, but I recently had a surgery that has forced me to rest. So, silver lining, folks!

In March we enjoyed lots of celebrations:

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  • A beach birthday party for one of our favorite 12 year olds
  • Started two very different, but very good novels: Landline and The Nightingale
  • Went to dinner and a Jose Gonzales concert with one of our favorite couples ever
  • Celebrated 5 years of marriage with my sweet, handsome, enthusiastic, funny, strong, kind husband
  • Spent a weekend away in Las Vegas on the lake, enjoyed a Gordon Ramsey burger, and the best breakfast I’ve ever had at Bouchon Bakery
  • Bret treated me to some shopping and I ravaged the Anthropologie sale rack
  • Date day at VGs, Zumbar, SD Zoo, and El Indio
  • Celebrated EASTER SUNDAY at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad
  • Celebrated my husband turning 30 years old! Whoa…good thing he has the best baby face I’ve ever seen.

In April we enjoyed:

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  • Co-Birthday 30th Birthday Party for Bret and Steve
  • Beach walks and runs
  • 2 Fountain Valley girlfriend dates
  • Fun celebration work dinner
  • Guy and Girl hang outs with our Jr. High kids
  • Candle making class at Mr. B’s Necessities shop
  • A beach birthday party for one of our favorite sweet 16 year olds
  • Broke my pinky toe playing beach soccer
  • Spanish themed Cooking Club – I made olive tapenade toast and mushrooms sautéed in garlic and white wine
  • Spike ball Sunday
  • My mom came to visit from Idaho! We had a beach day, watercolor night, Community Group, and dinner together at Benihana (her first time hehe).

In May we enjoyed:

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  • Bret traveled with one of our Pastors to Reno for an Acts 29 Conference
  • Primos tacos and gelato with our Community Group
  • Date Night at Target and The Flying Pig
  • Mother’s Day dinner at my oldest and best girlfriend’s house
  • Book Club meeting for The Nightingale with the best french food spread ever
  • Said goodbye to the palm tree outside our front door…I loved that thing
  • 8th Grade Graduation party with our Jr. High kids – SO fun!
  • Lofty Coffee with Jocey
  • In home massages (late Christmas present for Bret)
  • Memorial Day appreciation and BBQ with friends

Something else that happened in March and is just now beginning to wrap up is an unexpected health update. My GP looked at my neck back in March and she thought my thyroid gland looked enlarged. She ordered an ultrasound which revealed that my thyroid was normal size but they could see there was a mass growing on the right side. I was then sent to a specialist. He did a biopsy and recommended I get it removed due to its large size. The biopsy came back a few weeks later as negative – PRAISE THE LORD! But I still had to consider surgery. I felt the most peace with moving forward with surgery and I am sure glad God directed me that way. Just this last week, they removed the mass and the Doctors laughed to each other when my husband asked how big it was. They said, “That thing was impressive!” So the mass is gone, it’s not cancerous, and I still have most of my thyroid intact. Recovery isn’t fun, but I am so grateful for God putting good doctors around me and for helping me to get healthy. I’m also so grateful for all the people who have prayed for me – God heard all of those prayers. And for those who have brought me flowers and food and cards and blessed me with your company. THANK YOU SO MUCH. My body is in pain but my heart is full.

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Until next month…I hope you enjoyed hearing about “our full life” over the last few months.

xo sarah

i love lists: 3 things i’m loving

I’ve posted about this before, but I am currently pretty hooked on The Happy Hour podcast with Jamie Ivey. It’s fun, encouraging, inspiring, and a bright spot in my week. The podcast is hosted by Jamie Ivey and she has a new girlfriend on each week to talk about life: the good, the bad, and everything in between. It will make you laugh, cry, and nod along. I’ve binge-listened up through 55 of the episodes and I’ve been listening week to week ever since. I’ve already listed today’s newly posted episode and it was so good! One of my favorites, I think. So…yeah, I’m hooked.

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One of the questions that Jamie asks each of her guests is to tell her three things they’re loving right now. I love that question because it’s simple and it can be as serious or as silly as you want – a book, a relationship, an accessory, a TV show, anything! So that is what my list is going to be today – the three things I’m loving.

  1. I’m loving my new throw pillows. They’re really comfy and cute. They lightened up my dark couch and gave it a mini makeover. I think Bret was hesitant about the colors being too feminine, but once I set it all up, he loved it too.
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  2. I’m loving my new Community Group. I wrote about community yesterday, but for real, this group is so awesome. It’s such a wonderful hodge-podge of different people that all live close to Carlsbad Village. We eat together, pray together, laugh together, sometimes cry together, and enjoy getting to know each other more. It was such a hard decision to leave our old Community Group this fall, but I can already see the plans God has in mind for us.
  3. I’m loving reading. This past year has been a big milestone for me as far as reading goes. I used to like reading in High School, but by the time I got to college, there was no joy in it. My brain was downloading too much info, textbooks were piling up, and I just stopped enjoying reading for fun. This year, all that has changed. I am reading as many books as I can, as fast as I can (I read really slowly). Reading actually has given me much rest and calm during this busy and stressful season of life…it’s a bit of an escape, I think. Also, I joined a book club that meets 4 times a year. All that to say, reading: two thumbs up! Here are 3 noteworthy books I really enjoyed in this last year:
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What are 3 things you are loving, friends?!

#write31days #31daysofwriting

our full life: september

Hey Friends!

Here’s what the month of September looked like for the Theis Family. Enjoy!

s1Baby Levi snuggles! He is so cute and chubby. ❤

s2Challenged myself in reading The Martian. Sorry to say I only got 60 pages in and it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I want to go see the movie though! Speaking of tea… ^^^ 🙂

s3Timeshare views. Thanks for the fun night of swimming Ladicks! Miss you. ❤

s4Cruisin’ Grand with our Dad. Escondido has a special place in my heart.

s5Sleeping in and enjoying lattes…mmmm.

IMG_9176Ruby loves my thumb! such a sweetie baby. ❤

s6Sitting in the drive-thru waiting for fries.

s7Beach camping done right with our Fields family. Sitting in the shade reading What Alice Forgot and loving every minute.

s8Picked my mom up from the airport this month for a visit and we loved the sailboats that day.

s9Loving my wooden Luna watch. Thanks husband.

s10I think I spent a lot of Septmeber looking up at the sky. Gorgeous days in California.

s11Alone time at Con Pane in San Diego. I’ll be back for sure.

s12That middle paragraph hits it on the head. I immediately thought of Bret and how he has loved me so well, so deeply, and so selflessly.

s13More baby Levi snuggles. Swoon!!

s14Date night at Bagby. Fries, beer, and a stud? Check!

s15Reflections at Blue Ocean. Awsome time and delicious food!

Also! I have lots to share…and I will…it’s just been craziness.

But I plan to do a lot of writing starting TONIGHT with Write 31 days! #write31days

Stay tuned.

xo sarah