Hello? Anyone out there? 🙂
These past three months I took an unintended and unplanned blogging break. It was refreshing in some unexpected ways as I allowed my heart and mind to think about the purpose of this space. I spent some time processing through the things I enjoy writing about, and if i’m honest, those topics can change with the day (which may have been why I didn’t write anything!). It has been a season full of longing and wrestling as we continue to wait for the fulfillment of our adoption hopes and dreams. Spiritually, it has been the most difficult season I’ve ever encountered with the Lord. The pea-soup-thick fog often leaves me wondering what the purpose of this wait is. The pain is very real, and the scars will last for the rest of our lives.
The one thing that is clear….grace has been available every single moment. On days when I don’t think I can wait another hour because the dull ache of longing is so deep, I still go to sleep that night, and then wake the next morning, oftentimes full of hope. There is no other explanation for that. His ever-present grace has been carrying us through, and His future grace will do the same.
I’ve also been ministered to so deeply by women who have chosen to enter into this pain with me. They have shown me what it looks like to care for those who are hurting with a Christ-like compassion, full of gentleness and love. These friends have hurt with us, cried with us, written notes of beautiful encouragement, sent meaningful gifts full of hope, and have carried our burden as if it was their own. I am eternally grateful for the women God placed in my life who haven’t shied away from our pain, but dove in head first to join us in it. It’s humbling to be cared for so well. These friendships are some of the most undeserved gifts I’ve experienced in this life.
My hope is to pick up blogging again soon. For now though, I’ve been really enjoying Instagram. I love the smaller, more intimate, feel of it. If you would like to join me over there I would really enjoy that! I’ve been posting pictures of my garden, and some springtime adventures in the kitchen (sourdough and kombucha!). My account is private to prevent spammers from following me, but please don’t hesitate to send a request!
Even though I neglected my own blog these past few months, I still continue to write for Kimi at The Nourishing Gourmet regularly. I have so enjoyed contributing to her blog these past seven months. It has forced me to be extra creative in the kitchen, experimenting with new recipes.
Recently, I shared two spring/summer salad recipes. They are super simple, full of plenty of nutrients, and really delicious, in my opinion!
Check them out and let me know if you try either of them!
1) Quinoa Salad with Cucumbers, Chickpeas, and a Yogurt Dill Dressing
This quinoa salad has the unmistakable taste of fresh dill, tangy yogurt, and refreshing lemon and cucumber. Quinoa is gluten-free, packed with nutrients, and fills you up without ill effects when prepared properly. When soaked with a little raw apple cider vinegar, it’s easy to digest, and can be used in countless recipes ranging from breakfast porridges to summer salads.
2) Frugal Sardine Salad with Artichoke Hearts and a Creamy Lemon Shallot Dressing (Gluten and Dairy-Free)
Fresh greens, savory sardines, and artichoke hearts are dressed with a vibrant homemade dressing for a nutritious and delicious meal.
Simple meals packed full of nourishment is the foundation I build my weekly menu on. This includes regularly eating seafood (specifically fish that is high in nutrients, sustainable, and low in toxins), but can be tough to do on a tight budget. It wasn’t until recently (with much fear and trepidation) that I cracked open my very first can of sardines. I was pleasantly surprised at the milder-than-expected scent, and buttery, flaky texture. I knew this frugal fish, packed full of necessary omega 3’s, would begin to make a regular appearance in my kitchen.