Soakin' it up.

Happy Friday, everyone!

It's been busy week around here with a lot of work.

Five straight days of flying, cool. Five straight days of studying, not so cool.

Here's a few of the more fun and random glimpses of our week.

I should start a book "My Life with Mason Jars". 
Chapter 3: Sweet tea lemonades on the back porch.

"My life with a man. Chapter 3: Box jumps on the kitchen counter."
I took a picture in praise of my man's athletic abilities. Then I busted out the lysol wipes,

We visited the Columbus Farmer's Market.
Fresh produce, canned goods...heaven.

Speaking of fresh produce, I'm thankful for my after-church farmer.
He also scooped up the dead mouse on our porch. God love em.

"You know what ELSE everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, 'Let's go get some parfait,' they say, 'Hell no I don't like no parfait!'? Parfaits are delicious!"
Name that movie.
Yogurt, flax, dark chocolate, oats, berries...nom nom.

Oh, and then there's even more backyard creatures.

Loving our days in the sun! Hope y'all have wonderful weekends.

Mondays are hard sometimes.

Sometimes you don't get a good night's rest because your mind is racing with 341075 different things.

Then Monday mornings hit hard. 

A no coffee, no talkie kind of morning.

A morning where you couldn't be more thankful for Romans 8:26

A morning where you just need to listen to this on repeat until you're ready to hit the work day!

There is a lot of hurt and confusion in this world, but

"Oceans will rise,
Kingdoms will fall
But the word of the Lord stands forever
The sun will start to fade,
The world will pass away
But the word of the Lord stands forever
And the death will try to come
The perfect love is won
Cause the word of the Lord stands forever
The word of the Lord stands forever

Your promises remain
Forever and ever
You won't fade away
You never, You never change
You're unchanging God
You will never change
You're unchanging God
You will never change
You're unchanging God

Your kingdom is forever
Your love will last forever
All glory, all honor
Unto our God forever."

I love you, friends-

It's Summer! Cornbread Salad Time.

Please excuse my iphone food pics. :)

Happy First day of summer! 
And welcome to another recipe from Lizanne's bar prep therapeutic kitchen school!

While it may sound weird, cornbread salad is where it's at. This is one of mine and A's favorite summer recipes. I learned of it from my grandmother, so you know it's good. I hope you enjoy, too!

This makes 6 servings

1 pan of cornbread
 Use whatever cornbread recipe you like. I always use whatever mix is on sale then add a can of creamed corn in the batter. Ain't nobody got time for dry cornbread.
2 (14oz) cans of beans, drained
I used navy beans this time because that's what I had on hand. Kidney beans are great with this. Or some pintos from yo freeza stock.
1 bell pepper (any color), diced
1 small red or yellow onion, diced 
1 large summer tomato, diced
1 can of kernel corn, drained
1 cup of ranch dressing
1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded


Bake the cornbread according to directions and let cool
Once cool, cut the cornbread into 1 inch (or smaller) cubes and place into bottom of large bowl
From here, layer the beans, corn, onions, peppers, and tomatoes
Lastly, top with the ranch and then the cheddar
Allow to chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours
Serve cold 

We enjoyed ours will some simple grilled tilapia. Yum, summer!

The great thing about this recipe (besides easy and yum) is that it's versatile:

Don't like onions? Leave 'em out
Short on time? Sub pepper and tomato for a can of Rotel 
Add other veggies, change the bean flavor, etc

*A Mexi version of this with jalepeno cornbread, black beans, and avocado ranch would be delicious!

Click HERE for a print-friendly version of this recipe.

Love ya mean it-

Set your hope fully.

"Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
1 Peter 1:13

*Pic via pinterest

A joyful heart is good medicine.

Proverbs 17:22 reads:
"A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."

On this Monday, I need to make sure my bones aren't getting dried out. :)

Ain't nobody got time fo dat!

Friday nights spent at the campground. 
Hot dogs, a fire, friends, and this beauty. Joy.

Breakfast date with my neighbor. 
Small town people watching, fun conversation, and friendship. 
Oh, and sweet tea. Joy.

Random weeknight date with my man.
Peach milkshakes, a sunset, the river, and hand holding (when no one was looking). Joy.

A new monogrammed beach bag,
packed with newly-added and never before seen objects...

But, if you must study on a Saturday, 
a warm spot in the sun makes it 85% less dreadful. Joy.

An hour-long Sunday drive that puts you in this spot. 
To a spot you've missed for weeks, making it that more special. Joy.

And then you get to go across the street to the other place you've missed.
And your skinny frapp is FO FREE! Joy.

Thanking him for the small joys he plants, even on a seemingly mundane Monday!

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Tomato Pie & Other Delights.

Pie plate: Belk, Oven mit: Anthro, Photo: Mine (bless)

Now that summer foods are coming in, here's what's been cooking in our house, with links:

My favorite Tomato Pie recipe with corn and baked zucchini "fries"

Bubble up pizza with tomatoes and fresh basil. New recipe. We loved it!

I'll be making this mediterranean chickpea salad for lunches next week. Excited!

I found some other great recipes using fresh tomatoes that I want to try here soon. Here's a little list for y'all:

Fresh Guacamole and Salsa

*If you're here from pinterest, welcome! Check out my other recipes here.*

Easy and fresh Cornbread Salad

Hooray tomatoes! Hooray summer!!

What have y'all been cooking?

The Day's Assignments.

From Lysa TerKeurst

"God, I love You and choose to accept the assignments You place before me with an attitude that reflects the truth that You live in me. I know I won’t do this perfectly, and I admit my inability to do this in my strength. So, I say yes to You today. I say yes to Your desire to invade my natural flesh responses. I say yes to Your forgiveness when I mess up. I say yes to persevering even when I want to give up. I say yes to Your invitation to be obedient even when other paths seem more appealing. I say yes even as my lips desire to utter a thousand times over, ‘I can’t.’ I say yes to loving You more. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

That dweam, within a dweam.

This week, I have been following a marriage blog series by the pastor at the church we attend here in town. 

I have really enjoyed reading the posts for a number of reasons. Mainly because: 1. They are in list mode (one of my love languages. jk. kinda) and 2. While short and simple, they impart a lot of Biblical truths and wisdom to a young married gal like myself. I need all the help I can get. :)

The posts are (links):


I especially loved #2 on today's list. There is something about being fully known. FULLY known, people.  ALL the flaws and insecurities and strange habits, from the past or present, even future. Yet still fully chosen and fully loved. There is something in that, in marriage, that paints such a beautiful picture of Christ in our lives. He knows us, yet he loves us. He knows us AND he loves us.

It is quite an overwhelming feeling. To be loved, fully. I think it goes against the grain of a lot of us type-As. It even makes us me a little uncomfortable. Especially at the end of long weeks. Long weeks where you're working away and it's getting hard and you're wearing thin. Where you just can't help but feel weighed down with those flaws and insecurities and strange habits of yours.

Then your husband walks in from work early and you're makeup-less. At your desk. Still in workout clothes. Your hair air-dried and pulled into a messy bun (for the fifth time that week, ahem). 

The world screams HOT MESS! The world says A-game or nothing. The world says more gratification, less commitment.  More shiny, less frizzy. You're thinking, "I can't really be loved at this moment. Just leave me to my work. Or let me get a little fixed up first." Yet, marriage, a marriage that loves from somewhere and someone else much bigger, it says, "I chose you. I choose you."

Then it says, "Get in the car, it's free doughnut day, and we're taking a study break!"

Thank God for marriage. Thank God for his love. Thank God for his orchestration of two very different, yet so very similar (and weird) lives. 

Thank God for Krispy Kreme.

Have happy weekends everyone!

I hope that WOVE..TWUE WOVE will follow you FO-EVAH!!!

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Life Lately.

Date night in Starkville's cotton district. Bin 612. Nom nom.


Pretty drives.


Yayyyyy no more clown bedroom!!! Best handyman ever.
Promise to have house pics up soon!

Studying. (because flashcards are way more appealing when organized in C&B jars)

Evening strolls. 


So much joy to be found in the ends and outs of this life! 
Yes, even in the little details. Yes, even with all the studying! 

My soul delights, cause I am yours.

Kim Walker. Jesus Culture. Sigh. The best cure for mundane Mondays.