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A Morning with my Best Friend

A Morning with my Best Friend

Morning. Not stupid early, but not late morning, it’s 8:30am and your eyelids open after a solid, undisturbed 8 hour sleep. You smile to yourself, feeling that euphoric, passionate, life-is-good-because-God-is-good emotion that translates to excitement to spend time with Jesus. You know He’s going to […]

What Is Exhaustion Without Purpose?

What Is Exhaustion Without Purpose?

All I can think about right now is hitting my pillow. I hate sounding dramatic, but my eyelids are so heavy and my whole body is exhausted from not stopping all day. And that could easily be for nothing. I could easily work this body […]

When Will I Learn?

When Will I Learn?

…that life is all about the “little moments?”

Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.”

I have written about it countless times. And I think about it all the time. But sometimes, in the heat of a moment, it doesn’t happen.
In a moment when…
I tiredly choose to watch YouTube videos in my room rather than catching up with one of my roommates (also some of my best friends).
I choose to stress over the fruit that needs cutting at work rather than meeting a customer or co-worker where they’re at.
I choose to take on too much so that I’m spread too thin and feel I have no time for friends and family.
This morning, when I woke up, I was reminded by timely encouraging texts from my roomies, Beth and Mary, the importance of taking time out.
Like every day, I brought my Bible and highlighters out to my living room when Jesus asked me:
Are you sitting with me this morning? Or just “the book?”
Wow.
Sometimes I focus “so much” on making sure I’m ACTUALLY sitting with Jesus that I don’t leave room for Him to just speak. This morning, He spoke loudly, and I decided to listen.
Inspired by a thoughtful, gracious co-worker at work later that day, reminded by her of the love God calls me to share, I was equipped to serve customers in a way that made memories rather than just “what can I get for you?” kind of service.
Further inspired by one of my pastors, Nat, at our meeting about the coming year, where I officially agreed to interning at Creekside Church for a second year. Nat met me exactly where I am. He cared to listen to the details of my life, and reminded me that that is what I am called to do. Stop and listen. To Jesus, to people, to music, to history. 
Aggravated when I knew I hadn’t written my most recent article for the software start-up I write for to the best of my ability; humbled and blessed by the grace my employer showed me, anyway.
These “little moments” that are memory-worthy matter. And they’re memory worthy because of Jesus.
Each time His love is truly shown, and He is responded to, eternal glorification and life-change happens. I’ll take more of these moments, Jesus. Give me a heart and soul that only wants more of you in me, and more of You in others.

What Precedents Professionalism?

What Precedents Professionalism?

In many circumstances, I often feel the need to facade professionalism, or to “put it on.” At work as a barista and server; in meetings marketing my freelance writing services; even with my kids at youth, sometimes I believe a lie that professionalism is a […]

My Story

My Story

I wrote this poem on my break at work today when the Holy Spirit prompted awakening in me. My soul has been a little sleepy, but He never fails to alert me. When we turn to His face, we understand. When we look to His […]

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream (No Ice Cream Maker Required! NORMAL Ingredients!)

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream (No Ice Cream Maker Required! NORMAL Ingredients!)

HELLO ALL.
So, NGL, I am super proud of this recipe.
Just ask my roomies.
Today, whilst making it and checking the freezer multiple times to check its state of frozenness, I was impossibly giddy and putting the tray of ice cream in their faces, hoping they would find the whole process as fascinating as I did.
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I can’t take all the credit for this recipe. I got some inspiration from my favourite cookbook author, Lindsay Landis, along with a couple of Google searches on the concept of making ice cream without a churner.
I am so thrilled with how this turned out. Thrilled enough that it’s making the blog– and probably my best recipe on the blog.
I used whole goat’s milk and soy coffee cream to make this Cassie-friendly (aka there was a time in my life in which I would bake my life away and use my dairy allergy as an excuse not to eat things. I don’t do that anymore, you best believe I’m enjoying some of this ice cream)– but also wanting to share it with others and have them enjoy it. Before ice-creaming away, I had my roommate Maddie– who is very accustomed to whole cow’s milk and cream, not the other stuff– try the goat’s milk and soy cream, and her responses were enough to make me go ahead.
You can definitely sub regular milk and cream in this recipe, but if you want to try what I did, I’m quite confident your friends won’t know the difference!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Ingredients
for the ice cream:
1 1/2 cups sweetened soy coffee cream, divided (or regular cream; if using unsweetened cream, add an additional 2-3 Tbsp sugar with the milk mixture)
1/2 cup whole goat’s milk (or regular whole milk)
1/3 cup brown sugar
pinch salt
3 egg yolks, well beaten
1 tsp vanilla
for the cookie dough:
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp sugar
2/3 cup flour
2 Tbsp milk or cream of choice
pinch salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/3-1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
Method

  1. Pour 3/4 cup of the cream in a large bowl and keep in freezer. Meanwhile, stir the rest of the cream, the milk, and the brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until mixture starts to steam and thicken. Remove from heat.
  2. Place beaten yolks in a bowl. Pour the hot cream mixture, a little bit at a time, into the egg yolks, stirring with each addition (it’s very important this is done slowly so as not to cook the eggs!). Continue adding the cream mixture until about half of it is mixed in with the yolks. Stir the whole egg yolk mixture back into the pot. Stir in salt and vanilla.
  3. Place pot back over medium heat and stir constantly, about 5-7 minutes, or until mixture has thickened so it coats the back of a spatula. Remove from heat.
  4. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a the bowl of reserved cream from the freezer. Discard any chunks found in the sieve. Stir mixture well, and pour in a thin layer into a large baking tray with rims. Place tray in freezer. Over the 12 hours, stir ice cream with a spatula every 2 hours, placing back in the freezer after stirring. It will begin to freeze, especially at the edges, until the whole mixture freezes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare your cookie dough. In medium bowl, combine peanut butter with sugars and stir well with wooden spoon. Stir in flour, milk, and salt. Stir in vanilla and chocolate chips, and mix with hands if necessary to make a workable dough. Store in fridge.
  6. After ice cream has been in freezer for about six hours, sprinkle cookie dough over ice cream and stir in to incorporate.
  7. Enjoy once frozen and scoopable!

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Day in the Life in Just Ten Photos: Get to Know Me

Day in the Life in Just Ten Photos: Get to Know Me

I saw a blog post challenge to post just ten pictures with one short caption each that describe your typical day in the life. So here is my best attempt!   [wpvideo 3FqoM4gY] Most days, I blog…  

Save Money on Starbucks (tips from a barista)

Save Money on Starbucks (tips from a barista)

We’ve all paid more than we hoped to for a delicious coffee. Watched the till climb from 5.25 to 6.99 for that soy, pump of raspberry, and extra espresso shot. What if I told you there are ways to order still delicious drinks for sometimes […]

WHAT I "ATE" WEDNESDAY: Friendly Blessings

WHAT I "ATE" WEDNESDAY: Friendly Blessings

Hello My Friends!
Today was so lovely. I feel so immeasurably blessed by the people in my life, and I got to spend today with many friends that I don’t often get to see!
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I slept over at beautiful Bethany’s last night, and so we slept in, woke up, and headed straight for the Starbucks that she works at in Kitchener. I had the best oatmeal and most delicious blonde roast ever. Alongside coffee and studying and Bethany, what a lovely way to start the day!
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I was meeting my friend Laura in the early afternoon, and Bethany ended up staying with us. We all studied together and chatted, laughing and catching up, and I relished how much I enjoyed their company, so present and just having fun. Praise the Lord! We went shopping, ate more food, and chatted about all sorts of things. And both of them commented on my energy, joy, and the difference in everything about my personality.
Jesus, this is You. This is all to Your glory.
We chatted about all sorts of things and ran errands together before it was time for me to meet Chelsea and Sammy for dinner to celebrate Chelsea’s birthday at one of my very favourite restaurants, State and Maine.

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This bowl was twice the size of my head, and sooo delicious!

It was indescribably good to see these two girls. Two of the people I spent most of high school with, both of these girls are so full of joy, and have matured, grown, and been strengthened in so many ways over the years. We talked and caught up on our lives but, just like old times in the caf and at girls’ nights in high school, spent most of dinner laughing our heads off. And, I knew both of them could tell how real my laughs were again. It was special in a way I can’t put words to.
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And to top it all off, I got to come home for tea, more homework, and endlessly amazing chats and laughs with my best friend and family member, Maddie. We’re about to settle in to some Netflix, and call it a night. Tomorrow I head to Owen Sound with Johnny’s brother and his fiancee where Johnny’s parents are having us for Easter weekend, which I am so blessed by, excited about, and praying into.
Have a blessed and restful evening, striving in the Lord Jesus as He prompts. I pray for your sensitivity to His Spirit, you the reader– Lord, that you might soften hearts and call Your children’s names in fresh ways.

I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. ECCLESIASTES 3:22

 

MEDITATION MONDAY: Spirit of God, Fall FRESH On Us

MEDITATION MONDAY: Spirit of God, Fall FRESH On Us

Short Cuts.  We’ve all taken em. I work at Starbucks. I truly love the job. I work a lot of night shifts, and know the regular customers that come in the evenings. Ed rolls through the drive through at around 8:30 every night for His […]