Fall Favourites 2018

It is mid-November.

I am mid-way through the first semester of my last year of my undergrad. 
Can anyone in the same place– or who’s been there– vouch for the insanity? 
Yeah. Breaks in order to carry out passions are necessary, I have found. 

That is why I keep up the blog. Many of these posts, have proven to be helpful for some, and many of them just fun reads, and many of them sparking conversations that have changed my life… or, I’m told, someone else’s… 

So, I keep blogging. I pray God continues to use it. 

Today, Wednesday, has the blessing of being a break in my week, consisting of zero lectures, and time to study, reset, hit the gym, hang out with friends, etc. This morning I was blessed by a meeting with my pastors, where these amazing friends of mine blessed me with their time and wisdom. I am so incredibly grateful to go to a church in which the leadership sees community and mentorship as a vital part of church.

After which, I got to head home and clean with my beautiful roommate, bride-to-be, and friend, Mary. This girl is one of my greatest blessings, and we have most definitely become like sisters. Investing in relationships and people in her life so beautifully, Mary has taught me so much about self-awareness and awareness of others. Maddie and Mary are both such incredible blessings to me that I cannot imagine my life without. 

And now, I’m enjoying a break in studying to blog, and felt inspired to do one of my old favourites post:
Essentially sharing the top ten miscellaneous “things” I’m loving this season, that I think you might appreciate, too.

Music. 

PVRIS. Thanks to a co-worker and friend, I have discovered my love for girl alternative music, particularly this band.

Food. 

I used to think I hated pumpkin… but I have this new fancy for it. Versatile for both sweet and savoury recipes, so healthy, and so flavourful, I especially love it in this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. It’s also super affordable! 

Menu.

The restaurant I work at just launched its new menu! And it is incredible. If you are in the Kitchener/Waterloo area, be sure to check out one of our two locations!

Serving something for literally every kind of eater, catering to all allergies and dietary preferences, plain ol picky eaters, and meat and potato lovers. Real people, real food– and that’s what makes me passionate about this place.

Podcast.


I am so grateful for the podcasts broadcasted by my pastor, Mike Rutledge. For leaders of any kind, these podcasts are sure to glean something true for you! While those are not public as of now, his sermons are– and they are phenomenal. Check them out here .

Class.

I am loving my Christian Studies Seminar class so much. Learning such tangible things about program development, research, and integrating different practices, I feel I am finally honing in on some of my passions and callings. 
To brief the project that is coming out of this class, head here.

Worship.

Sitting still with Jesus and singing this song to Him is powerful.

Hobby.

I would say that my number one “hobby” is tap dancing. It is one of my favourite things to do, most definitely my favourite form of exercise, and a practice that gives me so much joy. My school showcase is coming up on December 2nd!

Make-Up.

This eyebrow pencil gave me so much more eyebrow confidence! (When I choose to use it, haha).

Blogger.

Currently catching up on all the posts by my girl Mackenzie. 

Fierce, strong, and beautiful, she is a must-read blogger.

New Friendship.

Blooming so quickly, I have a new friend at church named Kayla, who is one of the fastest friendships I’ve ever formed. She is someone I feel I’ve known forever, and who I’ve been able to open up with instantly. Do you know those friendships? So special and such blessings. People will trump places, work, and experiences for me, always. 

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MEDITATION MONDAY: From Glory to Glory

Happy Easter my friends! Our Lord is risen, overcome the grave, forever. And by His grace, He offers a free gift of true life; why on earth would we not live in this each and every moment?

I’m linking up with Naomi today for another Monday’s Musings!

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 CORINTHIANS 3:18

In this letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes this addressing those who understand Jesus as Lord, and therefore the new freedom from law. Paul reminds us that when we contemplate the Lord’s glory with belief in Him and who He is, we are continually transformed and renewed by His Spirit. What an amazing Truth for all of us, that our God will forever work on our behalf, will never stop showing Himself to people, and we need only trust and submit ourselves to our Father, who we were created for; a purpose “written on the tablets of our hearts.” 

Maybe you’re well in the midst of that understanding, awareness, and complete trust in our Lord Jesus, and have experienced His life-changing presence that is the very reason for our life. Or maybe you have “contemplated” His glory, and are confused; and in the midst of that, have experienced levels of conviction, revelation, and resonance.

This is one small example for me.

There was a time that I was spending all my days calculating that I would put into my body.

I write that statement to the enemy’s shame and to my Lord’s glory, for He worked radical healing in my life so that all that may be of this story is a show of His glory and a song on my heart of His praise. 

All throughout that time, I was convicted when I measured out my food portions, checked menus weeks in advance of going out to eat, and feared many foods. Ever since the first time I saw Cam and Nina’s (one of their videos is above) YouTube videos, I remember becoming more intrigued by the idea of the possibility of “just eating.”

First, just a quick shoutout to these guys; their videography is so impressive and beautiful. And while I no longer watch “What I Eat In A Day” or any food videos unless I’m making food and feel like watching a recipe video, I do still watch these guys when they release new videos because they really rock.

Any way, the way Nina would lick the spoons of her baking, throw ingredients into bowls, just do it, something clicked in me. A buried and neglected part of me went: This is the kind of cooking and food I’m called to. 

“Cassie, do you want a piece of your ice cream cake?”

“Yes, I would love one.”

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Johnny’s mom asked me this weekend after our lunch of leftovers from her amazing Easter dinner the night before, after which I’d had strawberry pie with coconut milk ice cream she’d bought especially for my dairy allergy. She also had made a dairy free ice cream with peanut butter crust. She is certainly a talented chef– it was all delicious.

And Johnny’s mom and I had so many wonderful conversations, seeking Christ’s Word and say, and some of them to do with the old me and the new me, which includes a lot more of Him in me. I talked to her about how I’d felt that conviction in the past, and what an indescribable blessing it was to be in her kitchen now, where I’d been before in a different context with her, just cooking, the two of us excitedly spicing things together, talking and laughing, and the food was just food and not a monster twisted and not a threat but just yummy food.

The food itself I’ve been eating as my true self in Christ has felt physically so good. But mentally, and spiritually… the actual eating of food, the act of, say, licking spoons while baking or actually taking a sample in the grocery store or making whatever I feel like/am hungry for for lunch has been, in fact, not much of an experience. At first, yes, there was so much freedom, and I still spend moments each day thanking and praising my God for His victory over what used to be a veil. But where the doctrines in my life used to consist of things mainly to do with food (which were all lies, worldly constructs and therefore impossible to be “the ways God prepared before my creation for me to walk in”–Ephesians 2:10), the only thing the Spirit of God, the Spirit of all Truth has spoken to me about food when I ask Him is this: there’s not really too much of anything to say about it. My body and my Spirit get it. They crave mostly healthy things but love and accept graciously treats, fries, and other things, and planning what those things might be has no place in my life.

And the result? Where the enemy tried to take me away from presence with people in conversations by occupying my mind with food, I have energy that is noticeable to all my loved ones that I praise God for. My time in the Word is long and present. My days are full and full for Him. And He is “continually transforming me for His glory”– therefore showing me other areas of my self and life that are either too much “me” or too much “world,” and oh Lord, “you must increase, and I must decrease.”

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Dancing is just another vehicle through which I am praising God again that the enemy tried to steal for his purposes; tried, but will never win, ha

And when I was sick, as I contemplated His glory and throughout being ill did love my Lord and believe in my Lord, He certainly did lead me, through His Spirit in different individuals, His Word, and experiences of Him and things clearly not Him, in which a plight through the world trying to fight for me, nothing will ever stop my Lord from fighting for me because He has already won the victory. And what a good, gentle, kind Father He is. “Little by little,” in His timing, for His utmost glory.

And so I pray that you continue to contemplate His glory, dig into His Word, fill your mind and heart with the Life that you were made for. Because He promises to transform you, our perfect God who calls you “My child,” and forever beckons you home.

TEN THINGS TUESDAY: First Foods

I have written about this before on this blog, as I intend to be very real, but I want to comment on my understanding of the fact that, for a long time, I blogged “eating disorder recovery” advice when I myself was not free, but rather IN bondage and sick, and now that I can say with certainty that I am free, I have zero rules regarding food, and I know who I am in Jesus Christ and that food rules are not a part of that, I again iterate an apology for the lacklustre and disordered “What I Ate Wednesdays,” the “Recovery Advice” that I was in no position to give, and recognize that, while my experiences were valid, the advice I chose to tie them with was often inspired by my demons rather than my Lord. This makes me sick.

My life is not consumed by food anymore.

It is, however, full of the discovery of new foods that I love. My friends have joked that I’m like a baby, discovering what I do and don’t like to eat. Here are some new foods that I have learned that I, apart from any voice or influence, love, and have been eating frequently.

Bagels. I eat the bagels at Starbucks often in the middle of my shifts and 😍 bagels rock!!


Chocolate. Chocolate flavoured things are the best. Our mocha sauce at work is dairy free and I often put some in my lattes or smoothies or dip bananas in it. Yuuum.

Peanut Butter. Yup, it’s still my favourite food. Now, I just eat more of it, and, oh yeah, I don’t stick it in a tablespoon and level it off with a knife before I eat it. The natural, just peanuts kind is my fav, but I wouldn’t say no to the fake stuff.

Beef. I’ve been making spaghetti, and actually using the organic beef in my freezer finally! 
Sauces. There was a time that I avoided sauces like the plague, but I now OF course use tomato sauce in my pasta, peanut butter sauce in pad Thai, dressings, and any sauces!

Dairy-Free Ice Cream, Cheese, and Yogurt. Some of my favourite snacks, I’ve discovered! I’ve been sprinkling dairy free cheese on savoury food, and coconut yogurt is a great snack!


Cereal and Granola and Bars. One of my favourite foods, and to sprinkle and crumble on breakfasts.

Veggies. I adore and often crave tons and tons of veggies: carrots, celery, cucumber, broccoli, sweet potato are staples.


Dairy Free Milk in Coffee. I used to usually skip it in coffee and tea, but of course I LIKE it in my coffee, so I PUT it my coffee… like no-brainer…

Tell Me!

  • What is a food you pretty much don’t go a day without? Mine’s peanut butter!