this abundant list

tal oct 31

 

  1. Every good list should start with a bit of prayer.
  2. Hey, all you bloggers – how cute is this print?
  3. Every fall party needs a couple good antipasti // cheese platters.
  4. My husband told me that this is my spirit animal. I was too tickled to be offended.
  5. Thank you Shutterbean. Thank you. I will be enjoying these tonight in the hot tub.
  6. I would love to put together a list like this one for all my readers. It was a goal of mine to do more recipes this year. It didn’t really happen, but it’s not too late to try.
  7. I think this pillow would be super cute with opposite fabrics!
  8. Why must you cost so much Anthropologie?
  9. So excited for next April! Florida here we come.
  10. Inspiring words and great thoughts on being chosen.
  11. Jealous of my husband’s visit here last week. At least he brought me home jam!
  12. Can’t stop. Won’t stop. Seriously, though!

Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo sarah

 

our full life: week 21, 22, & 23

Hi again, friends!

Here is what the past (VERY busy/overwhelming/sad/happy/blessed) three weeks looked like:

monday chores.jpgMonday = chores & 5 loads of laundry day. Little did I know that this one of my last Mondays at home for a while. I was asked to pick up more hours at work and while it keeps me away from what I love doing most (home-making), I am earning a little extra money for the future. 🙂

restraunt dinner at home.jpgThe picture doesn’t really do it justice, but this dinner was, in the words of my husband, “restaurant quality.” White wine braised chicken thighs, savory wild rice, and steamed asparagus with olive oil and garlic.

new starbucks.jpgStarbucks has been tempting me lately.

tues dinner.jpgDinner when Bret is gone: Eggs. Every. Single. Time.

neighborhood.jpgThe neighborhood.

dessert night.jpgI work within two (now three) separate youth ministries. Sometimes the same type of events fall at the same exact times. This time it happened with a Parent Dessert Night that I helped put on. Costco run to the max!

peets deal.jpgPeet’s always gets me with their coupons. Free vanilla macchiato? Don’t mind if I do!

mussels .jpgMussels in the Harbor. It was great to have lunch with our sweet Nannie.

nannie date.jpgChula Vista Harbor boat life.

peony season.jpgPink Peonies, take me away.

kettle date.jpgMy sister in Christ, walking pal, thrifting buddy, and beautiful friend Luanna.

taco tues.jpgTACO TUESDAY!!

granny's view.jpgI will miss this view. Not nearly as much as the people leaving it.

GBD2.jpgBaking Day with The Fields youth girlies! ❤

GBD.jpgThe “fruit” of our labor: chocolate pecan banana bread, chocolate oatmeal cookies, mint fudgey brownies. I just wish we had used more chocolate…

AND WE’RE (I’m) BACK!

xo sarah

this abundant list

TAL 45

  1. These fresh Cranberry orange breakfast buns sound like the perfect Sunday morning breakfast.
  2. I’ve been wanting an easy chicken stock recipe!
  3. Make your home smell like fall goodness this Thanksgiving.
  4. Bret would love this homemade pepper & sausage pizza.
  5. Five germ-collecting places to clean with care in your home.
  6. Captured feelings. I love the Spilled Milk blog.
  7. Innovative and fun tea cup. I want one for my desk at work.
  8. Let’s do 100 lunges and then eat this delicious dip.
  9. Who wants to go to Culver City with me!?
  10. Fall-inspired pancakes you can feel great about eating everyday!

Enjoy your saturday!

xo sarah

this abundant list

TAL 44

  1. Another cute bar cart idea. Such a lovely look for parties.
  2. Breakfast is served! What a fun and yummy idea.
  3. I want these dishes. They remind me of childhood.
  4. My next homemade pizza will have potato and thyme.
  5. I’m thinking of asking my dad to make me this fun planter box.
  6. Free desktop & iPhone Scripture wallpapers from my friend’s Hand Lettering Company. I like the pink coffee mug one!
  7. How good does pumpkin coffee cake sound? Yeah…it’s going to happen.
  8. Recommended reading from my friend Nicole: A Homemade Life & Orangette.
  9. Scones made with three delicious flavors: almond, orange, and fig. YUM.
  10. This post has not only 2 yummy recipes I want to try, but a whole week worth of clean eating meal plans laid out. Pretty cool!
  11. My consistent reference guide to LA. Someday I will be able to hit all of these places.
  12. Seriously, EVERYTHING you need to know for Thanksgiving.

Do you have any links you would recommend or like to share? Have a happy Saturday!

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

the perfect artisan bread

artisan breadThis bread was a surprising and positively wonderful kitchen success.

A beautiful loaf of homemade Artisan Bread and there’s NO-KNEADING? It’s crusty on the outside and fluffy on the inside and there’s NO-KNEADING? It will impress every human soul with a heart for carbs and there’s…..NO-KNEADING? Yup. Truth.

This bread will change your life for so many reasons. The possibilities of deliciousness are endless: simply slather a toasted slice with lots of salted butter. Dip it in a big bowl hearty vegetable soup. Use it as the perfect side to your eggs-any-style. Make it the perfect slate for your avocado toast. Try it sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar or covered in copious amounts of peanut butter, honey, and bananas!

Okay…I’m getting up now to take my flour canister out of the cupboard. This bread is happening. Thank you to Frugal Living NW for this amazing recipe. I, and my carb-loving husband, are forever grateful.

Here’s a couple of facts/tips from hers truly:

  1. This bread is consistently good. It’s a staple for the home.
  2. This bread comes out to roughly 0.74 cents/loaf!
  3. Don’t be afraid of all the steps. The steps are there to help and this bread is possible for bakers of all skill levels.
  4. This bread requires a significant rising time…12-18 hours to be truthful. This allows for more fermentation which yields more flavor (yay for flavor). Start your rising the night before and you’re set to go for the next day! No problem.

Amazing Artisan Bread
slightly adapted from Frugal Living NW

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of bread flour (recommended) or all-purpose flour (which I used and it worked great), plus more for work surface
  • 1/2 tsp. of instant or active-dry yeast
  • 4 tsp. of kosher salt
  • 2 2/3 cups of cool water

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, and kosher salt. Add the water and stir until all the ingredients are well incorporated. The dough should be wet and sticky. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest 12-18 hours on the counter at room temperature. When the dough has: risen, color has darkened slightly, smells yeasty, and bubbles…it is ready! Suggestion: Start this first step the night before and then you are set to go the next day!artisan bread dough
  2. Flour your hands and your work surface. Place dough on work surface and sprinkle with more flour. Fold the dough over on itself once or twice to form a ball.
  3. Take a clean cotton or linen (not terry cloth) tea towel and sprinkle its surface with flour, cornmeal, or wheat germ to prevent the dough from sticking to the towel as it rises. You can also use a floured piece of parchment paper on the towel to make the dough ball easier to handle. Place the dough ball, seam side down, in the middle and dust with more flour. Cover the dough with the (parchment paper and) towel and let it rise for 1-2 hours at room temperature, until it has doubled in size.artisan bread 3artisan dough rising
  4. After about 1 1/2 hours, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place a 6-8 quart heavy covered pot, such as a cast-iron Dutch oven, in the oven as it heats (Martha Stewart makes a great one for those of us who can’t afford Le Cruset). When the dough has fully risen, carefully remove pot from oven. Remove top towel from dough and slide your hand under the bottom towel; flip the dough over into pot, seam side up. Shake pan once or twice if dough looks unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Suggestion: For that little something extra, drizzle the dough with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sprinkle with more kosher salt.
  5. Cover and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for 10-15 more minutes, until the crust is a cracked and golden. The internal temperature of the bread should be around 200 degrees. You can check this with a meat thermometer, if desired.
  6. Remove the bread from the pot and let it cool completely on a wire rack or cutting board before slicing.

artisan bread 4

More Suggestions: It would be an amazing addition to add rosemary or roasted garlic to the dough before baking. Adding honey and oats might be an option as well. Or try drizzling the top of the dough with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a sprinkle of your favorite spice or seeds before it goes into the oven!

Please enjoy this recipe for years to come. Let the carb-scarfing begin!

xo sarah

our full life: week eleven

OFL 11This week was so very wonderful. I kept thinking about the fact that exactly two years ago it was the week before my wedding day. I reminisced over the way I felt those last few days as an engaged woman and the beautiful spring weather. I will now and always have a certain kind of sweet anticipation in March.

I began the week with my friend Brittan of What She Would Have Worn. We thrifted all around Escondido. Isn’t she just lovely!?!?Brit and me

I had breakfast at my desk on Tuesday: a granola bar and Peet’s cafe au’lait. breakfast 11

I absolutely love the fog. This was the view outside my office door.foggy

Trader Joe’s knows how to do delicious. Speculoos cookies and peppermint patties.CG treats

Tea time at community group. From top clockwise: Ginger, blackberry vanilla, red thai.tea time at CG

There were three whole loads of laundry this week. Thankfully, I had some extra muscle (aka Bret) helping me lug them to the laundry building.laundry day

I had a shopping day with my sweet grandma on Saturday. I got this lovely red dress for a great price! Yup…those are our yummy lattes in the background.shopping

Let’s be real: every mall trip deserves a Hot Dog on a Stick, right? I’ll answer for you… yes. Yes it does. I ate the whole thing before I remembered to take a photo!hot dog on a stick lunch

Impromptu date night with this hottie. Sushi and Batman…it was perfect.IMG_3345

Some sweet “leprechaun” shamrocked my door this morning and left me a St. Patrick’s Day surprise. Thanks for the delicious gold coins Jocelynshamrocked

DELICIOUS St. Patrick’s Day dinner! Thank you dad! I LOVE corn beef and cabbage.st pattys

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed your week as much as I did. I pray it was filled with the abundant love that Christ offers!

xo sarah

DIY pallet planter

This post is a long time coming, but I am finally writing about our fabulous pallet planter! I was inspired by Kelly Moore via Pinterest, of course, and couldn’t be more happy with how it turned out.
pallet 1
Apartment life has its perks: a cozy place just big enough for two, right by the beach, no water bill and low maintenance. However, I really started wanting a garden to tend to, flowers to pick, and fresh herbs to cook with. However, the soil at our place is rock hard and not useful for the things I would like to plant. I believe I found the perfect solution!
This DIY pallet planter is simple yet elegant, relatively easy to care for, and so fun to work on year-around! I suggest that everyone make one of these for themselves and see why I’m so excited about it.This project is also relatively inexpensive, and, thankfully, I had some help from my husband with the power drill!  As always, feel free to make it your own: add some paint, glitter, interesting florals, bunting, or whatever…just have fun! Well, enough talk from me. Go DIY!
Supplies:
  • 1 pallet (We have a friend in construction so ours was free. Try to avoid buying them if at all possible and ask around.)
  • 8 small terra-cotta pots
  • 8 small plumbing hose clamps
  • 8 screws
  • 1 power drill
  • 1 small bag organic soil
  • 8 small plants/herbs/cacti/flowers
Directions:
  1. Lay pallet planter flat on the ground for steps 2-4.
  2. Decide where you would like your terra cotta pots to hang on the pallet. Lightly make a mark or dot on the pallet with a pen or pencil so you know where to drill in the screw for the hose clamp.
  3. Using a 1/8” (or slightly larger, to your liking) drill bit, drill one hole completely through each hose clamp. (You’ll want to do this on top of a thick piece of cardboard or wood, so you don’t cut through the hose and into your carpet/tile/etc.)
  4. Place a hose clamp on the pallet with the holes touching the wood. Then hold screw in place where you had previously made your mark.
  5. Now use your drill to firmly screw each hose clamp to the pallet!
  6. Continue step 4-5 until all 8 hose clamps are tightly secured to the pallet. PICTURE PROGRESS:PlanterCollage2
  7. Depending on what you chose, plant your seeds, cacti, florals, or herbs in the terra cotta pots according to the instructions given by the package, florist or info found online.
  8. Stand pallet upright and lean it against the wall you are going to keep your planter on.
  9. Place terra cotta pots one-by-one in the circle of a hose clamp. Arrange to your liking.
  10. You did it! Look at the beautiful work you’ve just done. You’re awesome. Enjoy!
palletCollage
I hope you make this planter for yourself. It’s been so enjoyable growing a little potted garden. Just remember to water the plants every day, give them enough sunlight, pruning and shoo away those pesky snails and other little critters! Let me know if you have any questions.
xo sarah

my abundant list

Below is a list that describes why I believe my life is truly abundant:

1. My Lord, Jesus – He is God and my salvation. My hope and my King. He carries my burdens and gives me my joy through His undeserved grace! Ask me about Him sometime!

2. My Husband – Bret is my best friend ever. He is strong in character, tender in heart, a true leader and protector of my heart. Did I mention handsome? HUBBA HUBBA

3. My Home – We live in a little 1 bedroom apartment in South Carlsbad California and it has become more of a home to me than anywhere else I have lived. I take pride in my home, I keep it tidy, and I make it safe. I love that God has given me a heart for my home…I didn’t know I had it in me. {blog/photo-shoot “Our First Place” coming soon!}

4. My Church – We are a part of a church called The Fields. I love my church family so much! My husband leads worship some weekends and the Jr. High Ministry which I help with too. Being able to serve is a huge privilege and honor for us both.

5. My Family – I have been blessed with a truly wonderful family. Yes, every family has it’s imperfections, but I love them all so deeply and wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I also married into an amazing second family…baby niece included (she melts my heart)!

6. My Friends – I have been blessed with many friendships, but not many girls can say they’ve held strong to the same group of friends they made in middle school! I love you girls. Here’s a picture of my best friend Jocelyn and me blowing out our birthday candles:

7. My Kitchen – Getting creative in the kitchen, whether that be cooking or baking, has been such a joy and pleasure for me. I love putting a meal or dessert down in front of my husband and hearing him go “MMMMM!” But trust me…I’ve heard my fair share of “hmm…well, you’ll do better next time.” He’s sweet, but to the point. Needless to say, I’m still learning!

8. My Health – I love eating right and making healthy choices; so finding fresh local produce and natural ingredients is a must! Exercising is very important to me as well. I am not an expert or professional in either area, but I try my best to honor my body.

What makes YOUR life so abundant? I would LOVE to see and hear all about it!

xo sarah