Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Prone to Wander

This song has been playing non-stop in our house this week. Ever get that feeling that something incredible is happening but you have nothing to go off of other than the Holy Spirit deep down inside you whispering hope? When in fact nothing around you speaks of hope, God is the hope to the hopeless. The light in the darkness. The direction when you feel lost. And the only thing that keeps you holding on when everything else speaks of despair. God is that hope. And we are, in fact, prisoners of hope. I am constantly in awe of the power of God's grace in our lives. They truly are "streams of mercy never ceasing" and I can't help but be overwhelmed by them. What an amazing God we serve!

Wisdom of the ages. I can't even read the lyrics without getting emotional. So many times I've doubted God working in our lives and even throw a sort of tantrum when I don't get the answers that I feel like I deserve. Yet his redeeming love always finds me and I find myself, once again, a debtor to grace.

And, because I love finding out the history of things, here's a little bit for you! "Come Thou Fount" was originally written by Robert Robinson in 1757 when he was only 22 years old. It was a sort of autobiography of his life and walk with the Lord. He wrote it to accompany a sermon he was working on and it has since become one of the most well-known hymns of our day. The line of the song that reads "Here I raise my Ebenezer," is referring to 1 Samuel 7:12 in which Samuel was referring to God's continued faithfulness. The hymn was composed by John Wyeth in 1813.

Come Thou fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
And teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
I'll praise the mount, I'm fixed upon it
Mount of Thy redeeming love

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Hither by Thy help I come
And I hope by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God
He to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood

Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be
And let Thy goodness like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart Lord, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

Fat Tuesday Potato Soup

So I realize Fat Tuesday was last week, but I came up with this recipe on Fat Tuesday, so I figured I can still call it that! And usually I only like to post healthy recipes on here, but every once and a while we all need a bit of Southern comfort, which is exactly what this soup provides! Here we go:

Fat Tuesday Potato Soup

You'll need:
3/4 pound of bacon, diced
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 lbs potatoes (about 8-10 medium potatoes), cubed
2 cans reduced sodium chicken broth 
2 cans cream of cheddar soup
1 1/2 cups water (approx.)
1 pint whipping cream
salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a large soup pan, cook bacon thoroughly. Add onion and garlic and cook until onions are translucent. Add about 1/4 can chicken broth, cubed potatoes and cook all together for about 3 minutes or until flavors have blended.
  2. Cover mixture with remaining chicken broth (2 cans was approximate), 1 can cream of cheddar soup and water as needed (I usually fill up the can with water to ensure I get out all the soup). Stir until cheddar soup is dissolved. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cover. Cook until potatoes are fork tender.
  3. Once potatoes are tender, reduce heat to low. I chose to mash up my potatoes in the pan to create smaller pieces and a thicker soup. This step is optional. Add remaining can of cream of cheddar and whipping cream. Stir until cheddar soup is dissolved. Salt and pepper to taste. 
This recipe makes about 8-10 servings. If you're a cheese nut like my husband, you can serve it topped with cheddar cheese, chives or some additional bacon! And I don't like to brag {ok, but maybe I do}, but this soup was quoted by my husband to be, "the best potato soup that he's ever had!" I already know what you're thinking, "he's your husband, he has to say that". But contrary to popular belief, I do believe this is one of the first things I've made that he's ever stamped with that approval! The only other thing that he has raved about like that has been these rolls {which would also taste delicious with this soup!}. Let me know what you think!

Happy {not fat} Tuesday!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Outfit Diaries: Sequins

So I'll admit, some days I'm super proud of how I can take things that I've had for years and create a totally new outfit out of them! As much as I {and any girl for that matter} would love to go out and buy everything that I pin on Pinterest, the complete lack of Benjamins {& Washingtons, for that matter} makes that probability highly unlikely!
So instead, I present to you {or myself}, the outfit diaries. To be used on days when I stand in my closet, staring at all my clothes and swear I have nothing to wear. This can be my reminder. And yet another creative outlet! Ka-ching!

Who says sequins are only for New Years?!
The thing I'm loving about the styles right now is the pairing of opposites. Leather and Lace. Stripes and Floral. Blazers and Tee-Shirts. And in my attempt, sequins and flannel!

So ladies {and probably not gentlemen}, today's outfit includes: Mossimo Flannel shirt {Target}, Mossimo Sequin Tank {Target}, Navy Boyfriend Blazer {Nordstrom}, IT Skinny Jeans {Nordstrom}, Steve Madden Nude Flats {DSW}

Monday, February 13, 2012

Currently crushing...

Okay, okay....since we already know my heart is completely and fully owned by my Matt, I thought I'd share some other things that I'm crushing on right now! So ladies, in honor of the big V-day, here's some looks that you can't help but love! ♥ ♥ ♥

1 {leopard}

2 {fringe}

3 {gypsy}

4 {big glasses}

What {or who} are you crushing on this Valentines Day?! 
Oh yeah, and.... 
Happy, Happy Lovely Day of Love!!!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Call me un-American....

So while the rest of America is intently fixed to their tv screen to watch the other annual event that divides America {the first event being the presidential race}, I am taking advantage of this Super Bowl opportunity to have a tv all to myself {if you don't count Lola and Piper}. This includes a New Girl marathon, catching up on my favorite blogs and eating all the yummy, delicious food that comes along with the day! 

Really though, my New Girl marathon ends up being a re-run of one episode that I've already watched about 37 times! So if you're part of the 0.157% of Americans that don't watch the Super Bowl, you can join me {and Lola and Piper} in watching this oh-so-fantastic new series! :) So don't feel un-American because Zooey Deschanel is about as American Pie as it gets!

Happy Super Bowl!

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