Tuesday, September 27, 2016

MONDAY TRUTHS | volume 05















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monday truths is a series on WILDBLOOM geared to fill our lives with truth. 
not fluff. not feel-good nonsense. but hard-hitting, soul-feeding, life-giving truth. 
each week, i will post a quote, scripture, or word of truth to get you started for the week ahead. 

my hope is that you will remember these little tidbits of wisdom throughout your week
when lemons or curve balls or whatever random object gets thrown your way because, hey - that's life.

Friday, September 23, 2016

FRIDAY FAVS || 01





this new series is inspired by a girl named leney.


not a ceasar salad, in Jesus' name.


the nightstorms playlist on spotify.


this post by my friend, chelsea. [let's always look for the good instead of always being offended.]


i'm trying to convince husband that i need this in my life.


i'm working on a 101 in 1001 list.


i've baked these cookies twice this week + everyone loves them!





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this week on WILDBLOOM:  fall favorites  |  if i were ice cream  |  monday truths 



blogtember | day twenty-three







rather than a family recipe, this is a friend recipe. a couple weekends ago, i was at a bachelorette party, and the bride-to-be made these cookies. it was like heaven in my mouth, y'all. the next morning when i was gathering my things, i searched for any leftover cookies like some kind of drug addict.

i got the recipe and made them earlier this week. i was a little nervous with how they'd turn out because they are baked with almond flour + coconut oil - two things i've never used. i sat the plate of cookies on the coffee table, they were gone in five minutes! everyone was raving about these cookies, which made me feel like betty crocker or something. :)






INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons solid coconut oil
3 tablespoons organic honey*
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1/2 cup of chocolate chips


preheat oven to 375 degrees. line baking sheet with parchment paper. 
[i didn't have any, so i used some liquid coconut oil. it worked great!] 
set aside.

add the coconut oil + the honey in a bowl. 
stir briskly with a whisk until they are mixed well. 
add the egg and vanilla, whisk until combined.

in another bowl, add the almond flour + baking soda + salt.

add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. stir well, and add chocolate chips. 

scoop onto cookie sheet. press down gently with finger. 
[i did this right before i took them out of the over, and it was fine.] 
top with additional chocolate chips, if desired. 
bake until edges are golden brown, 8-9 minutes. 


*the original recipe calls for maple syrup, but my friend used honey instead.
she also crushed up a chocolate bar, but i couldn't find one, so i opted for chocolate chips. 








Thursday, September 22, 2016

BLOGTEMBER | day twenty-two









WEAR // sweater weather. dark nail polish. flannels. cardigans. cozy socks. scarves & boots. layers. hoodies.
EAT  //  breakfast for dinner. pie. all the soup. candy corn. s'mores over the campfire. maple donuts.
SIP  //  chai lattes. pumpkin spice lattes. salted caramel mochas. all the caramel + vanilla lattes.
EXPLORE  //  pumpkin patch. hay rides. sunflower fields. taking photos of fall foliage. crunchy leaves.
WATCH  //  harry potter. the return of fall tv! monster squad. sooner football. scary movies. 
NATURE  //  chilly, foggy mornings. vibrant leaves created by the Creator Himself. sunflowers. acorns.
LOVE  //  october. pumpkins. thanksgiving. fall-scented candles. rainy days + a good book. halloween.  



more fall posts  //  fall to-do list  |  nature explorations  |  DIY fall pumpkins   

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

BLOGTEMBER | day twenty-one








ice cream has been a constant friend in my life since the heartbreaks of my teens + early twenties.
it understands me, comforts me, and pairs well with my favorite dessert - cake.

an ice cream flavor that represents me is most definitely an affogato.

the ice cream itself would be vanilla bean. that might seem boring, but it kinda reminds me of my shyness toward others when we first meet. it's subtle [yet sweet] until you get to the good stuff.

as for the toppings, that's where you can see my crazy + fun + all the in-betweens.
chunks of cookie dough + mini peanut butter cups + swirls of caramel.
but then, i add delicious espresso on top of it all, because coffee basically runs through my veins.

affogatos are so special to me because it reminds me of when jared and i first started dating. we shared our first affogato at cocoa dolce - a cute, gourmet chocolate shop in wichita. we were surrounded by his friends, chatting about life + all the things, as everyone was getting to know me. such sweet [pun definitely intended] memories.   


a happy list // 011






getting an espresso machine in my office. waking up to a happy puppy jumping all over the bed. 
browsing the library. british accents. sunflowers. falling asleep next to husband. coffee.
my fun coffee + nails hashtag. baking cookies. the coming of fall. handwritten notes. worship music.
mornings light filling the kitchen. cute socks. words. watercolor florals. making happy lists.

Monday, September 19, 2016

monday truths | volume 04








my pastor recently talked about how we are always waiting on a miracle from God, yet we don't actively step out in faith to get there. we treat Him like a vending machine: say a prayer, expect instant results. we might cross our fingers that God sees how much we want this or that, but where's the active faith?

faith looks like many things. sometimes it's waiting; other times, it's moving. in zaccheus' case, it's climbing a tree. he is a wee little man in a crowd of much taller people. [i imagine this to be the equivalent of standing in a crowd of NBA players. homeboys are so flippin' tall!] he could have easily just gave up and walked back home. but zaccheus stepped out in active faith and climbed a tree.

i love the quote above because it reminds me that God shows up in many different ways. we see God's provision in that tree for zaccheus before he even stepped out in faith to see Jesus. i'm reminded that He goes before me to provide a way. i love seeing God in the details. and when i step out in faith, i see His goodness each and every time.




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monday truths is a series on WILDBLOOM geared to fill our lives with truth. not fluff. not feel-good nonsense. but hard-hitting, soul-feeding, life-giving truth. each week, i will post a quote, scripture, or word of truth to get you started for the week ahead.

my hope is that you will remember these little tidbits of wisdom throughout your week when lemons or curveballs or whatever random object gets thrown your way because, hey - that's life.