Sharing a blog post

Have you read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp? No? You need to! Her writing…poetic. Her insight…awe-some.

This post is a personal story, but I wanted to explain why this post by Ann meant so much to me. I had to learn this lesson this past year in a real and hard but wonderful way.

If you know my love story, you know it was pretty exciting. The huz is incredibly creative and romantic. Each birthday/holiday/milestone was marked with something that made me feel beyond special and loved and unique and amazing and…well, a girl could go on and on. and on and on. Our dating relationship culminated with an engagement story that takes at least 30 minutes to tell…and if you were a part of it you know what I mean. I cannot imagine a better proposal. It involved everything I love.

I was never the girl who desired lavish gifts or big shows of affection, but in three years of dating, I came to expect these things. I came to understand that these things were the ways my future groom showed his love for me. I came to equate lavish shows of affection with his love for me. I didn’t even realize I had these expectations or what would happen in my heart when they were unmet.

I am sure you have caught on to the foreshadow of this post. As the huz and I settled into married life and the busyness that just continues  to compound year after year – well, the outlandish shows of affection became less and less and I started to feel loved less and less. This came to a head when we moved to San Francisco about a year ago. After many arguments, tears and misunderstanding, I finally came to the realization of the unmet and unrealized expectations I had for the huz and how unfair I was being. He also realized that he had kind of set himself up for failure (I mean, our dating relationship was just that lavish!) and that just because life had gotten busy, doesn’t mean there isn’t time for small shows of affection.

I would say that this past year we both grew a lot and came to understand what the new normal is and to be honest, I love it! God is good and he has stretched us both. I love that He taught us both so much this past year, about each other, about Himself and about how wholly we will need to rely on Him as our son arrives in March 2014. Reading this blog post below reminded me of what is important and all that God taught me this year about marriage, friendship and my loving, oh-SO-not-boring husband.

A Holy Experience – The Real Truth about ‘Boring’ Men — and the Women who Live with Them: Redefining Boring.

♥ sam

Pineapple Sorbet

This was so easy and so delicious.

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I found this recipe on Pinterest, but originally it was posted on this Blog.

Detoxinista has lot’s of great recipes that I haven’t tried yet, but this one I tried and it was GOOD. I just love that it is only three ingredients. Depending on how well you know me, you know I have a sensitive digestive system. And as I get older, I am taking this a little more seriously (not too seriously since I had pizza last night since wheat and dairy are two of my arch nemeses.) But, I am a work in progress!

And this dessert/snack/delight is a step in the right direction! I guess it isn’t technically a sorbet, but that is what it tastes like to me…The detoxinista calls it Pineapple Whip.

You should also know that I have included the original recipe, but with my notes. I rarely have the exact ingredients for things, so I improvised, but it was still really, really tasty.

Ingredients

1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, chopped and frozen (I opted for the frozen pineapple chunks from Trader Joe’s).

1 cup almond milk (The Detoxinista makes her own, and the recipe is on her website. I haven’t tried that yet, but it sounds awesome!)

1 TBSP honey (I used agave syrup instead and it was yummy. I haven’t tried it yet with honey.)

Instructions

1. The frozen pineapple chunks should reach up to the 6.5-7 cup mark on your standard blender (I didn’t have enough pineapple, so I added a can of peaches, which was delicious, but wasn’t all natural…so I cheated…I did drain all the sugary juice though!)

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2. The detoxinista recommends using a Vitamix blender, which I guess is a special high-speed blender? I used my Kitchenaid blender and it worked great.

(You will notice above that my kitchenaid is pink…when you go to Bed, Bath & Beyond and they have 20 different beautiful colors, but $20 of the pink one they donate towards finding a cure for breast cancer…well, it is hard not to choose the pink one. Now I have a pink blender.)

3. Just put the three ingredients in your blender and blend until you achieve a creamy, sorbet consistency!

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NOTES: I have done this twice, the first time was a peach/pineapple sorbet. The second was a mango/pear (frozen mango chunks and a fresh pear cut up into bite sized pieces). Both were really good and so refreshing with summer right around the corner. I am excited to try some new flavors! I kinda want to add some coconut to one…

❤ sam

A face with a thousand meanings

The huz:

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This face is saying at least two things:

1. Why is my wife using the crockpot on the patio to cook BBQ chicken?

2. I thought stuffed bell peppers were for dinner?! I LOVE stuffed bell peppers?!

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(I was cooking the chicken for something else. Stuffed bell peppers were for dinner and they were scrumptious.)

(Also, the huz is looking GOOD.)

♥ sam