Let’s Taco ‘Bout Love

Who doesn’t love tacos?

This easy, serve yourself taco bar is the way to fiesta.

Add in a sangria and margarita bar and your guest will need a siesta afterwards.

Serve two types of tacos: soft and crunchy.

Add your toppings in festive margarita glasses and pan dolce. Spread some flowers, cactus and limes through out the table and you have yourself a fiesta!!

A Season of Endurance.

To be honest, I am not sure if our world and culture today know what endurance is or even when the time comes, how to endure.

Everything is so instant. Instant noodles, instant pictures, instant banking, and even texting. I don’t even remember a time without a microwave where food could be cooked in minutes. Before, people had to make the noodles then boil them, take the picture then go get it developed, walk into a bank and wait 3-4 days before the money actually shows up in your account and even call a friend, or better yet wait until you see them to communicate. No texting back then.

I am so guilty of falling into the pits of this world with the expectations of having everything I need and want at my finger tips. As Veruca Salt once said, “No daddy, I want it now.”

So what happens when something doesn’t go as planned? Or we have to wait… 

Often times we get mad and frustrated with God blaming Him for our setbacks, waiting or change of plans. Seasons of endurance aren’t easy, but they can be life-giving instead of draining if you look Jesus as your delight.

It can even feel like you are wondering in the wilderness like the Israelites. But rejoice, because God never left them but provided them exactly what they needed in that season. He was even gracious enough not to have their feet swell after 40 YEARS of walking!

You gave your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst.21 Forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.” Nehemiah 9:20-21

I would personally say I have been in a season of endurance for the past two years. A couple of years ago I heard the Lord clearly when He told me the direction to go. So I set foot and headed that way. It’s not easy by any means, but I have learned more about myself and who God is through his characteristics. I challenge you in your season of endurance to dig deeper. Who are you putting your trust in?

“Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth and it stands fast. By your appointment they stand this day for all things are your servants. If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.” Psalm 119:89-92

Affliction, that is exactly what life feels like when you or I are not looking to the Perfecter of our faith. But what good news that His faithfulness endures to ALL generations! He does not withhold from a generations or a person.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
 In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
    and refreshment to your bones.” Proverb 3:5-8

We always read the first part of this passage but skip over the rest, and that’s the best part! When we submit to Him in ALL ways, surrendering our desires to align with His, then He will make our paths straight. It’s hard to walk that straight path He has set before you if you have not submitted your WHOLE heart to Him. You will have this world pulling at you in every other direction. When we submit, we will experience healing and refreshment to our bones! Endure His path because that’s where freedom can be experienced. Trust in him fully, not half way. He didn’t half way give you His son or your salvation.

 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5: 3-5

Our hope is His word. The word that became flesh and endured the cross so we can have a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. When we endure, we have this hope that does not put us to shame, but it is a solid anchor that is binded in love because Jesus has gone before us.

For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,14 saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.”15 And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.” Hebrews 6:13-15

God is a loving father that has not changed from when Abraham was alive to today. He is the same and never-changing. Therefore, we can have assurance that He fulfills his promises, and sometimes we may have to patiently wait to obtain it.

Friends, endurance is uncomfortable. But, delighting in Jesus makes it all the more joyful. May we endure the race that is put before us giving glory to God who is faithful to His promises from generation to generation, lacking nothing. He is the perfecter of all things, including time.

Endurance is good for the heart, physically and spiritually.

Check out my worship jams!

Tune thy Heart Spotify

Grace and blessings fam,

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Vegan French Toast

My mouth is watering just thinking about this yummy breakfast treat.

Vegan gluten free french toast with homemade blueberry chia seed syrup and grilled bananas.

Ingredients:

  • Sprout’s vegan gluten-free sprouted bread
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tsp Chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 almond milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

Now, lets get cookin’!

Steps:

  1. In a bowl, mix together almond milk with cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. Dip your bread into the mixture and place into a medium non-stick heat pan. (Make sure not to soak bread for too long or it will be soggy.)
  3. Cook french toast until each side is golden brown.
  4. In medium pot, place blueberries and a couple tbs of water and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add chia seeds.
  5. In the left over pan, place your sliced banana and grill for 30 seconds each side.
  6. Place your french toast on your plate, pour your syrup over it and dig it!
  7. Wait! Don’t forget your coffee!

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Fall Harvest Salad

Fall harvest salad, need I say more?

This easy salad is vegan and vegetarian friendly. Oh and it only take about 45 minutes to make. (Maybe 5 minutes if you already have roasted veggies leftover).

Ingredients:

  • Mixed greens
  • 1/2 Gala apple
  • Quinoa
  • Roasted sweet potato
  • Roasted chick peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Dried cranberries
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Balsamic vinegar and oil

Steps:

  1. Roast your sweet potato in the oven at 400 degrees for about 40 mins. I like to broil it for about 3 minutes to get burnt edges.
  2. Half way through your sweet potato baking, add your chick peas on the sheet pan with some oil, salt and paprika.
  3. Cook quinoa 1/4 cup with 1/3 cup of water or vegetable stock for extra flavor.
  4. Dice your apples and tomatoes.
  5. Top your mixed greens with your veggies and you’re good to go!

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Pop the Bubbly, She’s Getting a Hubby!

Pop the bubbly, she’s getting a hubby!

The easiest and cutest engagement party. Who doesn’t love donuts and bottomless mimosa?

This dreamy engagement party features a mimosa bar, donut cake, popcorn goodie bags, donut kabobs, finger sandwiches, Earl grey tart and lots of LOVE!

Don’t be shy of the greenery, spread it everywhere!

Mimosa bar consists of 2 juices (Orange and Cranberry), champagne or sparkling grape juice and to top it off, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. The choices are endless, like the mimosa bar!

Stack a dozen of glazed donuts on one another and you have yourself a cake! Add some fake succulents and it’s almost too cute to eat!

Last but not least, don’t forget to add some pictures of your favortie couple you are celebrating!

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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.