Niall Horan ft. Gavin James

Dreams came true for my best friend and I . We fangirled like we never have before, no shame.

4 years ago I saved all my money so I could travel 6 hours by car to El Paso (of all places) so I could Niall. The other 4 boys were a bonus.

From 1Direction to solo career, you age like fine cheese. Thank you Niall for engaging with the crowd and making others appreciate music as an art like you do. 11/10 would recommend seeing this 1D Alum live. What a sweet treasure I️t was.

My Flicker recommendations:

1. Paper Houses

2. Fire Away

3. On My Own

Gavin James:

1. Bitter Pill

2. Hearts on Fire

3. Tired

Iceland 

Six days, one rental car, 5 loud family members and a whole island to explore.


Day 1: We landed in Reykjavik about 4am and waited “patiently” for our rental car so our journey could begin. It was 5:47 local time and 5 hangry Americans waited for our breakfast. We ate at the local Viking museum on the water. You can enjoy a typical Icelandic breakfast under a Viking boat!

Up next: a day exploring and mindless wandering downtown Reykjavik. Please go to Cafe Balou and order the vegan carrot cake with a coffee. The atmosphere will remind you of your crazy aunt’s house, but since it’s a coffee shop it’s cute. 

Day 1 Continue: The Golden Circle. Beware of the sheep that wander aimlessly into the road. God’s beauty is incredible. Also, don’t drink anything Birch.

Day 2: To start the day off, hotdogs of course followed by Boli beer and puffin. To end the day, pub crawling downtown Reykjavik. We literally we went coo coo for Coco Puffs. The Labowski bar serves up over 15 types of White Russians. Get the Cocaucasian.





Day 3: Gullfoss. Road tripping to our next Air BnB in Selfoss. Along the way, we stopped in Gullfoss to see the geysír and waterfall.


Day 4: The Blue Lagoon. A must do. Drink and be merry in the hot natural spring. Tip, do the comfort package which includes a drink of your choice and an extra seaweed mask.


Day 5: Glacier beach and many more waterfalls. Prepare yourselves, it’s a 4 hour drive to Glacier beach but totally worth it!! While we all slept from the second waterfall, mom counted 72 waterfalls.




Day 6: The end of a spectacular family vacation.  We ended with a northern lights show only God the Creator can create (so many greens, pinks and purples dancing in the night sky) , fish n chips at Icelandic and shopping.

Mom and dad, you literally give us the world. Thank you for experiences we can never recreate. Y’all work so hard throughout the year to give to us so selflessly. Love you the the moon and back!!

YTG: Young the Giant Ft. Cold War Kids 

Hard Rock Live: Orlando, home of Young the Giant the night of September 21, 2017.

The energy, the moves, the vocals, the stage presence, and the instruments all made for one of the best. concerts. ever.

5 things you feel during a YTG tour:

1. Pure excitement: because you have been waiting for this moment. It’s okay if you showed up late because you still got to hear ‘Cough Syrup’ live.

2. Curiosity: because you aren’t quite sure what songs they will play and if you will know them all. Turns out, you will know them.

3. Mesmerized: By the lights, the dance moves, and of course how amazing Sameer Gadhia’s voice is. He sounds even better live vs. Spotify. Like a sweet rock N roll angel.

4. Inspiration: Sameer Gadhia put school on hold to purse his dreams of music. If you have a drive and passion that God has given you, pursue it with all your heart. Way to go Sameer, I am grateful for your passion in music.

5. Awe: Need I say more? It’s YTG.

Alaska, pure bliss.

Alaska: A serene getaway filled with breath-taking views, marine life everywhere, endless kayaking, yummy halibut and salmon, blissful times with Lord the Creator, and creation all around singing His praises. Glory to him!

Thankful for my wonderful parents that love me so well and share with me such fun adventures.

First stop: Always Stumptown Coffee in Portland while waiting for your last flight.

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Orca Island, the best little remote getaway. No cell service, no internet, no work. This little island is filled with so many little creatures, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, hiking and relaxing. This yurt loving “galamping” experience is well worth the two hour long scenic drive from Anchorage and the 45 minute boat ride on the vast ocean blue surrounded by mountains.

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Grace & blessings,

Meghan.

My Grandma’s Coconut Cream Pie

I am here sharing my grandmother’s famous, and yes, blue ribbon pie recipe with you. What makes this pie so special is that it’s a great base pie filling with endless combinations. From coconut, lemon, banana or chocolate you can achieve it with the basics. Just make the appropriate substitutes, for example, for chocolate add 4 tablespoons of coco instead of coconut.

I hope this pie brings you smiles and laughter as it did me when I was learning to make it with the one who created it.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

Filling:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 C or 4 tablespoons of Cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks  (separate from whites into 2 bowls, tip take out the embryo)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of butter (not margarine)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 Pillsbury pre made pie crust (old-fashioned recipe coming soon) at room temperature

Merginue:

  •  1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup of coconut or desired amount for topping

 

  1. Sprinkle a little bit of flour on a counter and roll our your pie crust to be bigger than your pie pan. 
  2. Fold the pie crust in 4ths and move to your pan. Unfold the crust and tuck the trimmings under the edges. Poke holes all throughout the edges and bottom for air pockets. 
  3.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cook your crust for about 13-15 minutes until desired golden brown.
  4. Pour your milk in to a pot and place on the stove. Tip, don’t turn on the heat until you have your dry ingredients ready. 
  5. Mix your sugar and cornstarch in a medium bowl.
  6. Beat your three egg yolks
  7. Turn your milk on low heat and stir continually until warm.
  8. Pour a little milk into your bowl with the yolks and stir.
  9. Pour your egg yolks and milk back into your pot. Continue stirring on low heat. (This trick helps with curdling)
  10. Slowly pour your liquids into the dry ingredients and mix. Pour back into the pot and continuing stirring until boil and it thickens.
  11. Add your butter, vanilla and coconut (very last).

Now, you’re ready to pour the filling into your pie crust.


Merginue:

  1. Beat your three egg whites until solid pecks.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar at the end to desired taste.
  3. Pour merginue onto your pie and use a spoon to spread to the outsides.
  4. Sprinkle desired amount of coconut. 
  5. Bake for about 5 minutes or until desired golden brown.

Enjoy!! Thank you Grandmother for a receipt that will live on.

Dear Mom, 

Dear Mom,
Happiest of Mother’s Day. As I sit here and try to put into words my feelings towards you and trying to comprehend all that you have done for me and my sisters,  I am in awe of the women you are. 
So mom, thank you for;

  • Baring through hours of pain and labor to bring me into this world. 
  • Pointing me back to Jesus.
  • Embracing me when I fell and scraped my knee. 
  • Taking me on my first womanhood adventure, buying tampons. And then buying me Cookies and Creme ice cream to ease the “transition”.
  •  Speaking truth to me about friends that were no good for me. 
  • Always having my best interest at heart.
  • Pushing me to my potential. 
  • Being my #1 fan at all of my games and competitions.
  • Crying with me during a breakup.
  • The long lectures that I now appreciate. 
  • Teaching me about makeup.
  • Sharing your passions and dreams with me.
  • Loving me even when I’m a brat.
  • Never giving up on me.
  • Not letting my fears be bigger than my dreams.
  • The long distant phone call rants. 
  • Being right, you were always right. 
  • For being the best mom in the world.

Love you bunches mom. 

God’s Timing is Perfect: Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors in ATX. 

Let me start off by saying, Mr. Drew Holcomb, it was an honor and pleasure to wait an entire year to hear you live. You and the Neighbors did not disappoint.

God’s timing is perfect. It is divine. It is also unknown.

Last December, I bought my best friend Drew Holcomb tickets for Christmas for a great weekend trip to Denver, CO. April 22, 2016 came around and we did not make a road trip to Denver but to Austin instead. You see, we were accepted to intern with Cru in Russia and Lubbock. The concert was the same weekend as our training. As sad as we were about not seeing Drew, our excitement for interning was immeasurable.

Fast forward one year.

April 22, 2017. We headed to Austin to see Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. Well, as you can see, I am not in Russia and God is still so good. So good that a year later we got to see our favorite man. WE EVEN MET HIM. What was filled with disappointment and sadness last year, God used it to show us his goodness in waiting, even in the small things.

Drew, thank you for a lovely night of goosebumps, a sore voice, and teary eyes.

Lord, thank you for the small blessings throughout this trip: meeting Drew, seeing a sweet sister, good eats and seeing you in everything.


My Identity Isn’t in my Hair. 

For years now I have believed the lie that my identity and self-worth lie within my hair and approval from others.

One never thinks about the words they say to others (guilty) and as a result, those words can really stick with you and become weeds that are rooted in your heart. Soon enough, you start to believe those lies because you have been conditioned to those nasty words and expectations.

On Tuesday, God spoke so clearly to me that I made a hair appointment.

“I love you no matter the length. I will always value you more than others. You are mine, not this world’s.” Wow, okay Jesus. Thank you for showing up and speaking truth where I didn’t know a lie had taken root.

My identity isn’t found in the clothes I wear, how “cool” I think my Insta posts are, the adventures I take, my non-existent relationship status (or if I had one) and/or my hair length.

My identity is given to me by my King that laid down his life for me 2,000 years ago today. Well sorta today, happy Good Friday everybody!

Jesus walked a long path to Calvary. A path that was destined for death, pain, suffering, and mocking. The enemy will attack you and I with these things through words of others, but remember Jesus rose again on the 3rd day. He has victory and through Him, so do we.

Today, I rejoice in the cross and His victory. “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 1 Corinthians 5:21

Since Jesus laid down his life for me, I have found mine in Him, and in Him alone.

So what has changed? Well I can tell you that God hasn’t, and that’s why I find my identity in Him. His love, grace, wisdom, calling, and promises are ALWAYS constant and unwavering. Our world has different trends everyday, example: long hair vs. short hair. But Jesus, that man is forever.

Condition your heart to truly know Christ’s love for you. To know the value He sees in you. The more you condition your thoughts and beliefs in God’s word and truth, the more you will recognize the lies of the enemy and this world.

You were worth God’s only son. Oh, that scandal of grace. How sweet is it to know that you are valued enough that God went bankrupt to have a relationship with you.

Since this change, (it’s only been 2 days) I have experienced so much freedom and love. Freedom because I have conditioned my heart to see God’s value in me while not caring about other’s opinions on my hair length and love from friends and family.

THANK YOU SWEET SWEET SAVIOR.

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Easter Cookies: Lemon Sugar with Lavender Glaze. 

Spring is upon us and my favorite holiday is only a few days away.

Rejoicing in Christ rising from the dead, giving me life, and the sweet smell of lavender and lemon.

The prep work:

  • 1 (4 tbsp) stick of butter
  • 1 egg
  • Flour
  • Sugar Cookie mix
  • Lavender oil
  • 1 lemon.
  • 2 tbsp milk

Easy as 1,2,3.

  • Mix the egg and soften butter until smooth.
  • Slowly pour in sugar cookie mix until dough forms.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Sprinkle flour on a clean counter and roll out to 1/4 inch.
  • Use your bunny cookie cutter!

  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.
  • Let cool.

For the glaze:

  • Mix 1/4 cup of powder sugar with 2tbsp of milk.
  • Add 1-2 drops of lavender oil.
  • Should have a glue like texture.


Ice your cookies and finish off with some fresh lemon zest!

Happy Easter!!

SXSW ft. Colony House & Hippo Campus

SXSW, pronounced South by Southwest.

The endless shows and foodie pics, it was a dream.


Stepping out of the bathroom after checking to see if my hair was too windblown, Caleb (Colony House lead singer) brushed my nose. Yes I fan girled so hard. I mean these normal human beings were chillin’ out drinking a beer right behind me. Don’t worry, I mustered the courage to ask for a picture. In this process I proceeded to spill my locally brewed beer on Scott Mills.

Genre: Indie Rock

Natives of Franklin, Tennessee.

My favorites include:

  • Silhouettes
  • Cannot Do This Alone
  • Was It Me
  • Follow Me  Down
  • Caught Me By Surprise


Hippo Campus was up next and honestly, I would have left if I would have been finished with my drink. But hey, super thankful I stayed because this Indie Rock band from Minnesota was pretty dang good. I will admit… they look super young on that stage. Check these out!

  • Suicide Saturday
  • Way it Goes
  • Buttercup