our full life: week seven

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Puzzle time. We are going to finish this soon. Right Bret?!IMG_2973

Feast night. Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Pickles and zucchini. Simple.IMG_2977

Valentine’s Night Dessert at VG’s. YUM!!!!VGnight

Some incredible views from the rooftop garden at Cardiff-by-the-Sea Lodge. Absolutely Gorgeous.CBS1

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Bret and I celebrated my 25th birthday with breakfast at Claire’s on Cedros. The Tuscan Eggs Benedict is totally UHH-MAZING. And my Cafe au’lait was suuuuper yummy. Worth every penny.Claires breakfast

We also spent a good portion of the day on Coronado Island. I had no idea the Hotel Del had a full-blown garden! Cauliflower, purple sage, basil, pepper, tomatoes and more!Coronado herb Collage

Coronado Island is so so SO beautiful. Living here would be a dream.Coronado

Of course…I’m drawn to the giftshops for their cookbooks. I want them all.cookbooks

We had lunch at Island Pasta. The first time we came here was the day we got engaged, almost 3 years ago. We sat at the same table.Island pasta

Garlic Cheesy Bread is a MUST! And I HIGHLY recommend the wild mushroom ravioli.cheese bread

We enjoyed Moo Time Creamery ice cream while we walked around the island. Strawberry for Bret and Caramel for me. And, of course, I had to have some of his too.icecream

I really loved this store display. It reminded me of my friend Brittan’s educational Mood Lighting post.store

San Diego in the evening is really pretty. Especially when you can get a drink at Starlite. Needless to say, we slept really well that night after such an incredible day of delicious food and drink!San diego

Last, but certainly not least, I share my birthday with my dad. We spent a wonderful day together talking, laughing, sharing, giving gifts, and watching Die Hard (his choice). I love you so much dad. You have always been a provider, protector, and leader in my life. Thank you for blessing me so richly and for always being the best birthday present a girl could ask for. I’m so glad we always get to share a cake together!birthday

What a FULL week we had. It was wonderful. The perfect way to ring in 25!

xo sarah

i love blogging!

Only blog if you LOVE it.  Only make it if you want to eat it.  Only photograph it if you think it looks pretty, sparkly, or otherwise awesome.  Only write about it if you’re really into it.  Only wear it if you think it’s major.  When it comes to blogging… only do it if you love it. – Joy the Baker

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Confession: I LOVE blogging. It’s my new thing. Not only is it super fun, but it is also a really cool outlet for creativity. A new found and fast developing passion. Jesus, life, food, sun, love, freckles, lists, tea – these are just a few of things I love to write about.

This week was a bit of a whirlwind. In a good way. I made grilled cheese and tomato soup two nights in a row…there was no need to write out a recipe on here because it was Campbell’s and sourdough with cheddar. Dill pickles on the side. Simple. As I thought about what to write about today, I was at a loss for words. Life was neither too boring nor too overwhelming. There just wasn’t much to say. Except that…I really love blogging!

I read a couple of posts from one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Joy the Baker. She is always super inspiring and encouraging for me in my pursuit of this whole blogging thing. Even if you are not a blogger, you will get a kick out of her witty point of view. Here is Part I and Part II on 10-Real Talk Blog Tips.

Another confession: I am still figuring out editing (words and photos). I am still developing my personal style. I am still trying to make time. I am still making it a priority to learn from and be taught by those further along in this whole sphere. So, bear with me. And while I am still figuring all of this stuff out, I am going to enjoy the heck out of it!

My biggest inspiration will always be my God. He has given me absolute freedom and grace and says, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17. He also says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31. So let’s eat, drink and be merry – and I’ll blog about it – ALL to the glory of God!

Happy Valentines Day!!! ❤

xo sarah

our full life: week six

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Weekly team meeting. SO blessed to do work meetings at Peet’s and drink lattes.IMG_2876

Reading magazines is one of my favorite leisure activities. Getting new recipe inspiration makes meal planning fun.IMG_2880

Rain outside our window. Hail too.IMG_2884

Sent a sweet package to our this abundant list giveaway winner, Janice.IMG_2893

An early Valentine’s gift came in the mail from my sweet man. What a treat! ❤vday gift

Enjoyed a refreshing lunch on Friday. I just love salads.salad

Loved getting to spend some time in the word this week. Romans is legit.romans

Saturday night sushi. Celebrated my birthday a little early this year with some of my best girlfriends. Umai is the best.bdaysushi

We also went to Extaordinary Desserts for some amazing treats and Birthday Tea!extdes

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Thank you for giving me a fantastic 25th birthday celebration, girls. Love you so much!bdaygirls

Lastly, I thought I’d show you all what an easy and delicious Sunday dinner we had. Potato and ham hash with thyme and dino kale. Yum!hash

That’s all friends! Enjoy this upcoming week with the grace and peace of God!

xo sarah

this abundant list {valentine’s day}

I LOVE Valentine’s Day! It could be for a few reasons, in fact. Maybe it is because I didn’t have a boy to celebrate with until I was 20, so I longed for the day that I could. Maybe it is because it comes 2 days before my birthday, which means lots of celebrating all in one week! Maybe it is because I love red and pink and hearts. Or maybe it is because I love sweets and flowers. Oh! I know. It’s because of LOVE!

Whether you love or hate this holiday, we can all admit that celebrating love is a wonderful thing. Looking for some fun ways to celebrate? I created a list just for you of all the things I recommend trying out this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!

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  1. Looking for that perfect DIY hipster valentine’s date night? Here you go!
  2. My beautiful friend Brittan, of What She Would Have Worn, created the most delectable Valentines Day Dessert. MMM. And she has a sweet LOVE story.
  3. OBSESSED!!!!! Okay…beyond obsessed. I have to make these Valentine Tea Bags for my besties! Swoon.
  4. I really want to make these cream filled heart sandwich cookies. As always…thank you Martha for inspiration to all us bakers out there.
  5. Share a night-cap with the hubby! This pomegranate raspberry champagne cocktail looks deeelish! Or maybe get a little crazy and try a “Frenchy“?
  6. I never thought a rock could be used as a such meaningful love offering! Can someone please get me one of those rocks? I’ll be your Valentine.
  7. Chocolate and espresso! What could be better in a brownie? And they’re healthy?!
  8. Love this idea! Find a map of the place you and your special someone met, got married, or lived life together. Then, cut it into a heart and frame it. So sweet.
  9. I hope to have kids someday. If I do, I would really like to make these adorable diy neon valentines for them and their classmates.
  10. When being disciplined, we are strictly paleo. Maybe I should go for these paleo valentine’s treats instead of all the amounts of chocolate chips I want to devour?
  11. Salad lovers, rejoice! Try these beet dyed goat cheese hearts on your next salad. Perfect for February. Perfect for me.
  12. Bon Appetit sure knows their stuff when it comes to Valentine’s Day! Menus, parties, and gift ideas galore.
  13. Heart milk cubes. Done.
  14. Last, click here and here and here to read and SEE some of the LOVE stories I share with my sweet man.

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!!! Celebrate through the most amazing example of true love we could ever know (Romans 5:8).

xoxoxoxoxoxo sarah

valentine’s day goodies

These two Valentine’s Day projects are easy as ABC, 123, and even easier than pie!

The first one is sweet. Le’s just be honest: the more yummy treats I have to gobble up, the more likely I am to work on other cute Valentine’s Day projects. And I don’t know about you…but rice krispy treats can be the death of me. They are so addicting, light and subtle, and I feel like I could eat 10 at a time. So, yeah. Watch out.

Rice Krispy Sweet Hearts

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Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of Rice Krispy cereal
  • 4 – 5 cups of mini marshmallows
  • 3 Tablespoons of butter
  • Red food coloring
  • 9×13 pan
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter. Any size works.

Directions: 

  1. Grease a 9×13 pan with butter. MMMM butter.
  2. In a large pan, melt your butter and mini marshmallows over medium heat until smooth.
  3. Add red food coloring to desired color. If you like pink, add 1-3 drops. If you like red, add 4-6 drops.
  4. Add your rice krispy cereal bit by bit stirring consistently. When the mixture is combined well, take it off the heat.
  5. Transfer your mixture to the 9×13 pan. Spread and press it in well. Let it cool for a couple of minutes.
  6. Flip the pan upside down onto a cutting board.
  7. Begin cutting out your hearts!  I used the random leftover scraps and pressed them together again to get one or two more hearts out of the batch.
  8. Let them cool just a bit longer and then ENJOY!!!

I was inspired by this sweet blog.

The second Valentine’s Day project is one inspired by my love to create cute things and my husband’s love for playing cards. His collection is unreal. So I thought…why not make something cute with one of our “whatever” decks we had laying around. Wa-la! Cute Card of Hearts Valentine Garland! Make this for the lovely holiday and bring cheer to your home.

Card of Hearts Valentine Garland

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Things you need:

  • a pack of red playing cards
  • hole punch (mine is a HEART hole punch!)
  • scissors
  • ~5-6 feet of string, twine, or ribbon

Directions:

  1. Pull all of the heart and diamond suited cards out of the deck. Separate into two piles: one for hearts one for diamonds.
  2. Punch two holes at the top of each heart suited card (see picture above)
  3. Cut each diamond suited card into a heart shape. I free-handed this, but a scrapbook heart paper cutter would be great too.
  4. Punch two holes at the top of each heart. See picture above.
  5. Assemble the garland: String the cards through the hole punches you made alternating the heart shapes and the heart suited cards. Spread out evenly.
  6. Wa-la! Cute garland just for you! Hang it up for all to see! Mine is up in our kitchen.

Check back in tomorrow for all my abundant list of Valentine’s Day ideas!

xo sarah