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

10 Emotions You Have While @ a Penny & Sparrow Show.

Saturday night has come and gone, and dreams were fulfilled. Penny & Sparrow made their way to Lubbock, and headlined for the first time. Big deal since all we get out in West Texas is Garth Brooks and Chris Tomlin.

Cactus Theatre was a cute, quaint venue that made the show so intimate between the band and the audience. It was also a good reunion venue for all of those friends you haven’t seen since Sunday, bible study, or Foundation Camp.

Here are the top ten emotions and “feels” my best friend and I had during one of the best shows of our lives:

  1. Eager: Our eagerness starting settling in about 4:30 when we hopped out of our showers. SO eager that we arrived and hour early (by accident) to the doors opening up, which made for a good photo-op on Buddy Holly Ave.
  2. Happy: Pure happiness, because it’s Penny & Sparrow. Duh.
  3. Optimistic/Open: Lowland Hum open up for P&S, and we were totally open. I mean Penny & Sparrow can’t have bad taste, or low standards for their opening act. They were right. This married coupled blew us away with their perfect harmony, and chemistry on stage.
  4. Impatient: Yes, impatient.
  5. Anxious: They made their way on stage, and all these thoughts flooded my mind about which songs they were, and weren’t going to sing.
  6. Amused: It was an intimate show with a side of stand up comedy. They were genuine human beings, that cared about the well-being of their fans. A good sense of humor was a huge plus for this already perfect show.
  7. Sensitive:  I mean, have you ever heard one of their songs? They cut right to the heart, and are sung with such passion and raw emotions.
  8. Awe: Two grown men with the voices of what I imagine angels to sound like. Awe of their harmony, talent and rawness. In awe of their stage presence. In awe in how they sound 10x better live than on Spotify, as if that was possible.
  9. Vulnerable: The theater was so dark, you could cry, or show any emotion without anybody batting an eye at you. But really, their songs leave you susceptible to the very emotions they felt while writing the lyrics.
  10. Inspired: I am now signing up for a pottery class thanks to Penny & Sparrow. I know I’ll never be able to sing like them, but I am willing to step out and try something new, and spark a new passion.

Utter AMAZEMENT. Over all, the show was incredible, both artists. Still processing all of the emotions that this two hour show left me feeling.

Check out some of my favs-

Penny & Sparrow:

  • Brothers
  • Each to Each
  • Bourbon
  • Rattle
  • Duet
  • Creature

Lowland Hum:

  • Compass
  • Folded Flowers
  • Thin Places
  • Sun Flare


Fajita Friday.

Happy FriYAY my friends!!

As soon as that clock turns 5:00pm, I am blowing this popsicle stand I like to call work and putting a taco in my hand! Tacos aren’t just for Tuesdays here in Texas, but everyday.

These GF, corn free, clean eating tacos will have your body thanking you.

Beef or chicken, I do not discriminate.

Yummy sweet potato (GF & corn free) tortillas, pan seared steak in garlic and coconut oil, avocado, grilled veggies and a garnish of cilantro.

OR

Yummy sweet potato tortillas, crockpot shredded chicken (with green peppers and onions), black beans, avocado, jalapeños, tomatoes and a garnish of cilantro w/ a side of lime.

Which one will you choose?

Tabbouleh w/ quinoa

My love for tabbouleh started only a couple years ago when I visited the Middle East and it is now one of my favorite snacks.

Add a little culture to your life while eating clean.

Prep time: 5 minutes.

Cook time: 10 minutes

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 bunch of Parsley
  • 1 small bunch of mint
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 large tomato or a hand full of cherry tomatoes
  • 1-2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1/2 cup of quinoa cooked in 1/2 chicken broth.
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Pour the broth and quinoa in a small pot. Stir occasionally until the quinoa is tender.
  2. Once cooked, set aside to cool.
  3. Chopp your parsley until desired size for your texture.
  4. Mince tomato, mint, and onion
  5. Mix parsley, mint, onion, tomato, and quinoa.
  6. Finally, stir in olive oil, a squeeze of lime and a pinch of salt!

Enjoy!

Arbonne & How it Changed Me.

“It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.”

Yeah, I’ve said that a couple of times this year… and last year… and the year before that.

I pled guilty of trying Herbalife, Whole30, Advocare, and Paleo. But this one was different. I am different this time.

Now, I am not the type of person that does all fad diets, but I just love a good protein shake in the morning, okay?

My decision to try Arbonne began when I started seeing friends, whom I knew and trusted, (not just selling for their benefits) start posting their Arbonne testimonies. I have never struggled with being over weight but I did gain that Freshman 15 four years ago. So I came to a conclusion, I am also growing up. Things change, my face and body were those things.

So why Arbonne then? For the last year, or so, I have struggled with adult acne and it was defeating my mind and body. I knew something had to change from the inside out. I’ve also always been active, ate my greens everyday and NEVER drank a soda. How could this be happening to me at 23 years old?! It had to start from the inside, so I can see it on the outside.

I started my Arbonne 30 Day Healthy Living Challenge, on February 16th. For 30 days I would go without: sugar, bread, greek yogurt (all dairy for that matter) and COFFEE!! Um hellloooo!! I drank 3-4 cups a day, there is no way I could stop the coffee madness.

Day 1: Great, except the no coffee part!! But so much motivation. Drinking my berry protein shake for breakfast, a chocolate almond butter shake for lunch and for dinner, yummy Southwest quinoa burrito bowl, hold the tortilla.

Day 13: Even better!! It has been thirteen days and I have had only ONE, yes ONE headache from not having coffee. My body was full of sustaining natural energy and I was not only feeling a difference, but I was seeing it. My face was getting clearer everyday, and my body was looking more toned!

Only two weeks into this challenge and I was sold out. I was going to do Arbonne full time because I want others to feel how I feel!! I try to be in bed by 9:30 and wake up at 5am everyday but most days I am lucky if I actually make it into bed before 10:30. Long work days followed by ministry, hanging out with friends, working out and being a 23 year old can get hard. But my body wasn’t feeling that. It was easy. I slept easier and woke up easier Ready to go! My face clearing up day by day! Super soft and a random breakout here and there. But over all, so smooth and feeling confident. And coffee you ask? I still treat myself to one, or two cups a week, don’t worry.

When I am passionate about something, I have to tell others. Arbonne has changed the way I feel and treat myself. You only have one body and only God knows for how long, so take good care of it. I want to be a good steward of what God has given me, and it starts with my health.

Eating gluten free, dairy free, and (mostly) sugar free, is fun and yummy when you are doing it for the right reasons. Intentions are everything. Once the 30 days were over, I treated myself to some pie… and ice cream. But that’s okay! ‘Treat yo self’ day is so necessary.

Thanks you family, friends and roommate for your support during this challenging, but sweet transition. A special thanks to EliPry for slapping food out of my hands when needed.

Click on the pictures below to see some of the good eats and drinks. Recipes coming soon!