our full life: july & august

Welcome to the last two months! Holidays, birthdays, beach bashes, family, community, and work celebrations…big months! I will be posting again this week about some other news from August, but until then – Enjoy these little snapshots. This is our (VERY) full life.

j1 Our annual Red, White, & Brunch party went off without a hitch!

j2 Four girls in red, white, & blue…and a photobomber!

j3 A Wednesday latte, crumble, and good read before dinner.

j4 We went to Disneyland with our family this July. So many good memories made!

j5 Jr. High photo scavenger hunt in The Village. This was worth a lot of points so they had to strike a pose and flex.

j6 Just a normal day at Moonlight…just kidding! The Switchfoot Bro-Am brought out crazy amounts of people. It was a good day.

j8 Bro-can at the Bro-Am.

j7 Sun, surf, and clear horizons. :sigh:

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All kinds of FUN-FETTI up in this birthday party.

j10 Sweetly reading together about spiders.

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Summer salad: romaine, blueberries, cucumbers, tomato, and goat cheese with a homamde creamy herb dressing.

j12 This cutie was in trouble. He was having silent time and looking quite adorable to me.

j13 Friend time at Tower 30 Beach Night!

j14 Breakfast is served on a late Saturday morning.

j15 Enjoying a staff dinner at Bagby’s in Oceanside. Good friends, food, and drink for the win.

j16 Gelato with the Fandeys. We were all trying to decide which is better – this place in The Village or the little Florida shop we go to every other year.

j17 My cute date at golden hour. Let me tell you…this is guy is so good to me.

j18 Youth Summer Camp never looked better.

j19 My watermelon fell apart into this heart! The kids were so amused. ❤

j20S’mores and chats and waves crashing in the background. Summer at its finest.

a4 Succulent love.

Childrens Hunger Fund 2015 - bPacked some huge pallets full of food for the hungry in our San Diego neighborhoods with my coworkers. Great day and a great cause!

a1 Enjoying a margarita and waiting for all our Family Fun Friday guests to arrive and events commence. :deep breath and exhale:

a10 Looking fancy dancy at Agave Del Mar for the annual work dinner.

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Splashing around in the Carlsbad Lagoon at PCO’s Family Fun Friday. It took ALOT of planning to pull this day together, but it was SO fun and one I won’t forget! (photo by R.Helms)

PCO FFF 15-96-bPCO volleyball! Again, SO fun! (photo by R.Helms)

a2Much needed relaxation after a crazy couple of days.

a3Better Buzz coffee drinks on a lazy Sunday. I got a honeybee latte…YUM.

a5Finishing up Bread & Wine at Pannikin in Encinitas. If you are looking for a good iced tea, the sport tea there is my favorite.

a6I had four drinks at my desk…I’m blaming it on the heat.

a7I had four drinks at my desk…I’m blaming it on the heat.

a8 Little cutie Lucy! She is so funny! I have missed her so much and her and her family is visiting from Alabama this week. Trying to soak it up where I can.

HEY – Let’s start this full month of September right! My recommendation: 100 days with Jesus. It leads up to Chirstmas time! Let’s do this together and be encouraged. Sign-Up HERE.

Until next month for more fun photos!

xo sarah

our full life: week 35, 36, & 37

Hello friends! Long time, no see (or should I say post)!

I have been avoiding posting…only because it’s been WAY TOO LONG. At the end of August we traveled to Alabama for 7 days, Idaho for 4, and then came home for 2 days before going beach camping in San Onofre for 3 nights!

First of all, I don’t want to overwhelm you with photos so I’ll try to keep it to the highlights. Second, I have procrastinated on keeping up with writing as frequently as I would like to so I feel pretty bogged down. All in all, I think it was great to have that time away and now I’m getting back into the swing of normal life. Slowly…but surely! Here we go:

ofl trip 1Pretty in Pink.

ofl trip 2 Baking with not a lot of success…but at least there’s citrus in the mix!

ofl trip 3I did some shopping before heading to Alabama. I had to prepare for the sweltering heat.

ofl trip 8 Window seat and loving every minute.

ofl trip 9 We arrived and it was as if our family never left. Back to family dinners and Lucy show!

ofl trip 10One of the many things I loved about Alabama: TEA from Piper & Leaf.

ofl trip 11 Summer thunderstorms, football, and coffee…all in an Alabama afternoon.

ofl trip 12 Ceilings at my brother and sister’s church.

ofl trip 13I loved this church! The community, the music, the meal, and the family that will soon belong to the Ladicks. ❤

ofl trip 14 Moss Rock Preserve hike. This trail was gorgeous!

ofl trip 15 Porch sittin’ outside of Cracker Barrel and suckin’ on peppermint sticks.

ofl trip 16For me, this single photo contains immeasurable beauty and grace.

ofl trip 17My favorite part of the trip was having baby Hazel fall asleep in my arms 3 different times. I love her so much.

ofl trip 18Love this photo my sister shot of us with the most beautiful nieces.

ofl trip 23Welcome to Idaho! Where the sky is always blue and the river is always rolling.

ofl trip 19 AND the cows are everywhere (not kidding)! 🙂

ofl trip 20 My mom and her Tom at the highest point in Boise County.

ofl trip 21Me and my Bret looking dusty and excited during our 30 mile ATV ride through the gorgeous Jerusalem Forest.

ofl trip 28Momma and me. Sun in our eyes couldn’t keep us from smiling. ❤

ofl trip 22 Road trip to Idaho City. This ice cream cone had a jelly bean at the bottom!

ofl trip 24 I loved the historic buildings and landmarks in this town.

ofl trip 25Getting to walk for miles and miles is one of my love languages.

ofl trip 26 This is called me hitting the jackpot with a mighty handsome-looking husband.

ofl trip 27I loved how you could see forest bordering all around you in this small Idaho town.

ofl trip 4We arrived safely at home and got right back into the swing of things with a Community Group Kick-Off BBQ. It’s amazing what calm a bonfire can create for the little ones.

ofl trip 5September work traditions going strong: Pumpkin Spice Lattes and budget planning.

ofl trip 6This lovely photo was taken by my friend Gina. We got to share a campsite with her family and that was such a blessing. I am so excited that beach camping will be a tradition for our family for years to come. We love you San Onofre!

ofl trip 7Last, but certainly not least, Wine & Cheese Night on the beach! Us and three other couples joined together for a glorious night of indulgence. Maybe this will become a tradition as well!?

PHEW! If you got through all that, thank you! I appreciate it and I am excited for normalcy to kick in here pretty soon!

Enjoy your week, everyone!

xo sarah

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

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

our full life: week six & seven

Get ready for A LOT of pictures! It was a FULL and wonderful last two weeks. The first week was filled with good friends and good food. The second included Valentine’s Day and my Birthday! Enjoy.

OSIDEDowntown Oceanside is so much prettier than I remember.

wall osideWhite as snow.

le petit bakeryTreats, almond iced coffee, and two super cute boys!

swings osideThis park is amazing: Swings, the Pacific Ocean, and the pier!

tower 1 osideFluffy white clouds on a gorgeous Monday afternoon.

set cloudsI love the sunsets and clouds I get to see when I am leaving work.

talbot nightVisiting Talbot while my hubby takes a test. I loved reading in the library and watching the sun go down.

KS dateKarl Strauss double date. I realized how much I like the Windansea Wheat. Yum!

tea partyThis was such a special day. My friend Paloma and I took a drive out to see our friend Brittan and had a tea party. Her place was so beautiful.

anthro lustI found the next books I’m buying (off amazon) at Anthro.

tea party 2There was a second tea party too! Visiting my friend Elise was such a blessing.

bakery goodsI loved this little tea/flower shop & bakery.

pj breakFresh squeezed pineapple juice break at work.

lunch time goodiesMy favorite lunch from this week: tuna salad, peppercionis, carrot sticks, potato chips, and iced green tea.

donuts valentineValentine treats for my co-workers.

blaze pizzaThis new place opened by our house – Blaze Pizza. We got the Art Lovers pizza. Pretty darn good!

la jolla seal dateValentine’s Day date to La Jolla Cove to see all the seals.

my valentineMy best friend and only Valentine.

seal shotRusted from many years of wonderful sea weather.

bliss cafeAny one ever heard of Pirch? It is a home design showcase and it’s incredible.

pirch complimentsThey serve complimentary coffee drinks. I got a caramel latte!

end of the bayThe end of the San Diego Bay…about to go see some Whales! More on that later.

SD cityDowntown San Diego. I love this city.

54 26 birthdayLast, but certainly not least, birthday lunch with my dad was a perfect end to a great Birthday weekend. He and I share the same birthday, so we always try to do something special together. He turned 54 and I turned 26. I think there will be some big things ahead for both of us this year. God is always good and works all things together so we can be transformed into the image of Jesus. I am thankful for all the years God has given to us both.

Until next week!

xo sarah

honey chai tea latte

cl 2Honey Chai Tea Latte. We all know it, love it, and want some more of it. A sweet and spicy drink with a creamy finish. Hot or cold…this drink is a comforting treat.

When I think of chai, I think of:

Lofty coffee shop, rainy days, my sweet sister, wholesome ingredients, coffee cake, great company, Savory Spice Shop, ginger, and good reads.

chai ingredients 1When making your own chai tea at home, the first thing to do is to gather all of your spices and tea together. I love when I have the time to measure everything out ahead of time and see how each ingredient plays its part. It’s a beautiful thing. Literally.

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chai ingredients 3Then you start boiling, steeping, and incorporating. Look at all that delicious milk and honey. Two of my favorite things.

chai makingAnd straining all the liquid into a pretty teapot is the last step. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a pretty teapot. It can be strained into anything you like!

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Honey Chai Tea Latte (serves 4-6)

Ingredients:

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 pieces of crystallized ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 7 green cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp. fennel seed
  • 1/2 tsp. anise seed
  • 2 Tbsp. strong black tea (I used darjeeling)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup milk (skip the milk if you don’t want it to be a latte)

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, add all the spices to 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Then cover the mixture with a lid and let it steep for 15 minutes.
  3. Uncover and then add the black tea. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the honey and stir. Then slowly stir in the milk. If you don’t want it to be a “latte” you can skip the milk, and move on to step 5.
  5. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a teapot or jar.
  6. Serve & Enjoy!

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I’ve been enjoying Honey Chai Tea Lattes all week. And you can too! By the way, the pretty cake is from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Cinnamon Swirl – a perfect pairing!

Definitely making this again. Let me know if you have any questions.

xo sarah

our full life: week three

This week was a much needed, and long awaited return to routine and living! I am so glad to be feeling better and spending time with the people I love. Here is how week three went:

chubbyThis cute pug is named Chubby. I got to spend some of my working hours this week with him.

working at the daysI spent my first day back at work at my bosses house sipping tea (and working of course). It was lovely.

Love FrameLove cares more for others than for self.

my desk Whatever you do (in this case, eating breakfast while I work) do all to the glory of God.

paris cake My very talented boss made his beautiful wife this Eiffel Tower cake! So rad!

dehydrated pineapple My husband and I dehydrated some pineapple slices for gifts. Major success!

fig orange almond scones Fig orange and almond scones with a simple vanilla icing.

baby shower 1 My beautiful sister and her baby shower prize.

baby shower 2One of the most gorgeous baby showers I have ever been to for my friend Kerri. Complete with these perfect sugar cookie party gifts.

tea party 13 Annual Tea Party.

bfffiveThese girls have been in my life for more than 13 years. I love them so much! And now we have another girl to love too.

Have a very wonderful and blessed week.

xo sarah

this abundant life: best of 2013 {instagram edition}

Here is what 2013 looked like for me as captured by instagram.

I love how I can look back and review the year. See the highlights. Remember how I felt in each season. See how often I took pictures of my food, ha!

The year starts and ends with the gospel for me. I can’t be saved with out it and I can’t live each day without it. Jesus is so good and I need to remember His truth each moment that passes. How can I love if I do not first understand His love?

2013-01-09_1357748454Gospel.

2013-02-25_1361762734Snow and Jr. High Winter Camp.

2013-04-03_1365024212Lots of working.

2013-05-04_1367627987New blogging adventures.

2013-02-01_1359755775This is my best friend, my love, my one and only.

2013-02-28_1362033585Lucy is growing up beautifully. (Can you tell I just want to squeeze her?)

2013-05-10_1368223254Bret started seminary at Talbot.

2013-02-26_1361842428I made pans and pans of these in 2013.

2013-02-10_1360486613I turned 25.

2013-04-01_1364844845We tried our best at clean eating.

2013-02-03_1359869044We played together.

2013-07-16_1373957653Replanted our pallet garden with succulents (that I can’t kill).

2013-06-04_1370316682Two visits from mom this year!

2013-06-07_1370622336Romans.

2013-06-23_1371961221New invention: treat corn.

2013-01-31_1359607297I made apple crisps for dinner guests quite a few times.

2013-05-06_1367866512We bought a Blendtec and made lots of green smoothies. I ironed weekly.

2013-07-13_1373687883Jr. High Ministry in our apartment – going strong.

2013-01-20_1358663168He is my sunny day.

2013-10-16_1381902267Gained new friends and grew in community.

2013-08-01_1375337043We experienced the loss of a dear loved one.

2013-06-22_1371872801We spent more time at the beach than ever before.

2013-07-03_1372836564We drank lots of coffee & tea.

2013-05-13_1368414862My life-long friends blessed me with their love.

2013-06-10_1370823511We learned how to surf.

2013-08-02_1375407827Surfing and beach camping in my new favorite spot.

2013-08-18_1376786366My close friend got married to her one true love.

2013-08-23_1377299725I learned more about photography and had great adventures.

2013-10-05_1381003942We picked apples and learned about fruit.

2013-12-11_1386786993Gracelyn was born. Isn’t she lovely?

2013-12-16_1387174956Christmas Under the Stars with The Fields.

2013-12-27_1388183211This is where we lived.

Instagram makes life’s memories so tangible! AND fun.

What was your favorite memory from 2013?

xo sarah

our full life: week thirty-four

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34 weeks in this year so far, and summer is practically over. I love summer so much and I can’t believe its almost gone. Time goes by so quickly, and I am very glad to have these photo-documented posts to remind me of life’s joys, challenges, and changes. I hope your week was blessed with God’s grace! Enjoy all the coffee….

cornerbakeWork meetings usually include coffee. A perk I truly appreciate.

tea with friendsTea and raw desserts with some of my besties and our moms.

raw dessertsA closer look: apple crisp, fudge brownie, and strawberry shortcake.

ceilingSometimes the ceilings fascinate me.

leesh& momSuch pretties.

shavediceGreen tea shaved ice for Joce.

IMG_4824More coffee. On an adventure with Paloma!

claytonsIced teas in Coronado.

orderingLunch order.

scrabble with nannieScrabble with Nannie.

addictionYes…more coffee.

sunday cocktailSunday Cocktail: fresh lime juice, honey whiskey, and ginger beer. Next time with fresh mint and a ton more lime juice.

pizza nightHomemade pesto garlic chicken pizza. Winning.

xo sarah

our full life: week thirty-one

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This life is ours, not mine. This life is full, not empty. This life is true life!

goldGOLD.

milkshake nightMilkshake night: chocolate, peanut butter, and banana.

pour overPour over at Kettle Coffee & Tea.

lavenderMy first Lavender Latte. Not too bad!

vineyard Home vineyard.

vine ripenedVine-ripening tomato goodness.

girls nightGirls dessert night. I brought those mini lemon tea-cakes.

family timeTrue beauties. I love you sis & Lu.

grasshopperHello office visitor. You’re welcome to fly away whenever you like.

addictionAddiction. So bad…but I can’t stop. Hubby bought me this mini pack.

roof reflectionReflection.

treat timeTreats with my sweets.

sealifeSealife in San Onofre.

surfer girlsThe sweetest little surfer girls. Beach camping with these Jr. High girls was the best part of summer by far.

firebreatherThat, there, is my husband the fire-breather.

san onofre sunsetThe highlight of the week.

Love you!

xo sarah

this abundant list

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  1. Sun tea – hibiscus style.
  2. Remember when you were in Jr. High and you would spray cucumber-melon all over yourself before school? Here that is in popsicle form….in a good way.
  3. Summer picnic essentials & inspiration for the perfect picnic meal plan!
  4. Poetry for the soul.
  5. Ever tried a S’meach? Let’s do it!
  6. These bottle stoppers remind me of mini ice cream cones.
  7. Holy cow…milk toast! Dreamy.
  8. High tea essentials & the perfect tea sandwiches to serve!
  9. 8 creative “At Home” date night ideas.
  10. Next time we are in San Francisco, I have to experience sipping tea in the city and farm dining in the country!
  11. The chandelier tree…SO pretty!!!
  12. Sunday. A sweet video that reminded me of our dating years.
  13. Daily marriage encouragement and a heartfelt prayer.
  14. Summer dinner: shrimp salsa with slow-and-low dry rub oven chicken.
  15. 25 free colorful summer fonts!

Enjoy these links, enjoy this summer, and praise God for all our JOY!

xo sarah

mini lemon tea-cakes

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This summer season calls for a little piece of lemon refreshment. These are they. And with a tart and slightly sweet glaze, you will have trouble eating just one. I suggest taking a seat outdoors, pouring yourself a generous amount of hot or iced tea, and enjoying a good book while you pop these in your mouth, one by one.

I owe the name of this dessert to my wonderful taste-testers (thanks, ladies!). This sweet treat was inspired by a cookie recipe, but they are definitely not a cookie. My taste-testers helped me determine that they’re not scones…they’re not muffin tops or biscuits…they’re not baked doughnut-holes…but they ARE mini tea-cakes! The outside is sweet and dainty while the inside is dense and perfectly chewy. Most importantly, the lemon flavor is explosive! If you love lemon, you will love these. Just don’t be surprised if your friends start calling them “Delicious Balls of Goodness.” Mine sure did. Things just got weird, I know.

First things first: making the dough. It will smell (and taste) perfectly lemony. This dough is then rolled into 24 small portions and baked until puffy!LTC 3

Next is the glaze: lemon, lavender sugar, and poppy seeds steal the show.LTC 4

LTC 5Would you look at that? Just the right amount of everything.

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Make sure you let those cookies cool down. Don’t they look tempting just sitting on that baking sheet all lemony and perfect? Yikes.LTC 7

Last we have the whole drizzling each cookie with a spoonful of glaze thing happening.LTC 8 

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! And make sure you share them…your friends will thank you kindly!

Ingredients:

Mini Lemon Tea-Cakes

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Lemon Lavender Poppy Seed Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Zest and juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 tsp. lavender vanilla sugar (I was gifted mine from Savory Spice Shop)
  • 2 tsp. poppy seeds

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the but­ter and sugar in a mix­ing bowl with a wire whisk. Add the egg and mix well. Add the ricotta cheese, sour cream, almond extract, and the lemon juice and mix well. If using an electric mixer, you can switch to using the paddle attachment. If you’re a pro and going at it the old fashioned way, you can switch to using a wooden spoon.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, lemon zest and kosher salt in a separate bowl with a wire whisk. Add to the wet mixture until well combined. Do not over mix.
  4. Use a spoon to scoop out dough and roll between your hands to make into a ball shape. You should have enough for 24 small portions.
  5. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Switch the baking sheets on the racks half-way through the baking process. The tea-cakes will be golden brown on the bottom and puffy on top. Let cookies cool completely.
  6. While your mini tea-cakes are baking, mix all the ingredients for your glaze in a small bowl. Once the mini tea-cakes are cooled, drizzle each one with the glaze. Let the glaze harden for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!!!

Finished product: DEE-licious!LTC 9

xo sarah