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NutriBullet Apple Cauliflower Soup

NutriBullet Apple Cauliflower Soup

Are you a soup person? I’ve never been much of one myself. Growing up, I did love Nestle Chicken Noodle, and my mom’s homemade chilli was to die for. But creamy, one-colour purees? Is that baby food or potato chowder, ya know what I’m saying? […]

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 hard and fast for a single purpose: my own feelings of worth, productivity, to boost my ego, “because I’m good at it or enjoy it,” to “make a living.” But, why? Why live to “make a living?” Surely I was put on this earth for more than to be put on this earth.

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. MATTHEW 20:28

A pastor I very much look up to and respect preached a sermon on this very verse yesterday that God used to convict and challenge and change me. Jesus might call me to a remote part of the world to be in the depths of danger with starving children and my calling and purpose would be to say “it is well with my soul” and obey. He might call me away from all comforts and pleasures, the “things of this world” that I think bring me joy and say, “These things are NOTHNG,” showing me that glimpse of Heaven, and OH, how good that would be. JESUS I JUST WANT TO KNOW YOU MORE.
Don’t allow me to live this life selfishly, Jesus. Don’t allow me to think about when it’s my turn to eat, or my turn to “shine,” or anything of myself or “my” success. Jesus I just want Your name glorified in my life, and I know that that looks like servanthood. Less Cassie and more You, I pray Jesus, every day.
This doesn’t look like burnout, and it doesn’t look like the striving I often find myself wound up in again. It looks like submitting, it looks like letting go, and it looks like listening. It looks like joy, and unabashed consideration for every soul I encounter. I can’t be perfect in this, so I might as well give Him the steering wheel. It’s all I was created to do.

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 […]

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…  

TASTEFUL THURSDAY: Cinnamon Peanut Butter Toasties

TASTEFUL THURSDAY: Cinnamon Peanut Butter Toasties

It is not a surprise that my attempt to make a dairy-free, therefore Cassie-friendly “cream cheese” this morning to have on a bagel with fried eggs, an old favourite, turned into a peanut butter spread creation when i couldn’t think of any ingredients besides cashews for “cheese” (which we were out of) and realized we didn’t have eggs. Ha.
This is a little recipe that doesn’t make the cut for my final lineup for my cookbook (which I finalized today!), but is definitely yummy enough to share. It’s sweet and salty, my fav, and cinnamony, too!

Cinnamon Peanut Butter Toasties
Ingredients
1/3 c unsweetened vanilla coconut milk (or any milk)
1 T oats
1 T peanut butter
1/4 tsp lemon juice
pinch salt
1/4 tsp corn starch
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp maple syrup
Bread of choice
Toppings of choice
Method

  1. In blender, place coconut milk and oats and blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Place mixture in microwave safe dish and cover. Microwave approx. 90 seconds; whisk well. Microwave another two minutes or until thick and smooth– the mixture will bubble and thicken quite a bit. Whisk again until smooth. 
  3. Toast your bread; spread with peanut butter mixture. I topped one slice with sliced banana, crushed corn flakes, and maple syrup, and another with melted mixed berries and it was delicious!

TASTEFUL THURSDAY: Chocolate "Brownie" Cupcakes (That Happen to be Vegan) PLUS AN ANNOUNCEMENT

TASTEFUL THURSDAY: Chocolate "Brownie" Cupcakes (That Happen to be Vegan) PLUS AN ANNOUNCEMENT

Hey Friends! This recipe is a little delayed getting to you for a few reasons. a) I’ve spent a lot of time tweaking, testing, and sampling it. b) It’s coming atcha with an exciting announcement, c) the recipe was a guinea pig of sorts for […]

THOUGHTS THURSDAY: God, How Enormous You Are

THOUGHTS THURSDAY: God, How Enormous You Are

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to […]

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Currently…

Day-Maker. Today I had a free drink on my Starbucks card (a barista who still frequents Starbucks when I’m not working, that I am), and in the midst of stirring and lidding my coffee a man so genuinely complicated my jacket, joked with me in just such a personable and human connection kind of way that it wasn’t “authentic” enough when I told him I got it at Winners, told me he hoped I had an extra special day. It was just so nice. 
Little Wins. Speaking of which: my coffee was a venti half caf Americano with 1 pump MOCHA and room for soymilk. This drink is unpleasant to “Ed” in three different ways, but totally pleasant to me, and I know this voice is nothingness and putting it down is giving me a new sense of ease that I’ve never had. 
What’s Cookin? I’ve been trying to bring all sorts of new things into my kitchen. I baked eggplant the other night, I’m eating sunflower seed butter again, more beef, pasta dishes, smoothie bowls. Really just trying to think outside the box with my OWN food, and not just what I cook for others. 

Semester’s End. I have exactly 3 more big essays, 1 presentation, and 3 exams left. This feels like nothing as compared to the last few weeks, and I feel so in need of the upcoming break! Just over two weeks till Johnny is back…❤️

#Movember but still 😍

Jacqueline. Ah, this girl has been an indescribable blessing in my life over the past few months. Coming out of nowhere (well, not nowhere; she has connections to many of Johnny’s friends and that is how we met), our friendship is so special and real and good. She is such a beautiful sister in Christ and in accountability and I love spending time with her! 
Christmas Shopping. Is so much fun! Most of it so far has been at Chapters and Starbucks, what a concept haha (oh no Kathryn, I’m turning into you).
Starbucks. Oh, speaking of… I love my job more and more every day. Like just genuinely adore who I work with, customer interactions both with regulars and strangers, becoming better at making beautiful and delicious drinks. I love it. 
Dance Teaching. Tonight was my Tuesday classes’ last classes of the fall session, and so they showcased their final dances. I have not had a year of teaching yet in which I made SO many special relationships and connections with the kids, and I feel so blessed and learn so much from these kids every day. They are beautiful and made me so proud! My parents came to watch the last class, which was oddly emotional in a wonderful way, too. 
Hair Toning. If you’re looking for a product to keep the brass out of your hair and make it ashier, look no further than Daddy-O Shampoo from Lush. This has worked better than anything I’ve ever used and is so gentle and pigmented. Just use a super moisturizing conditioner with it! 

Burnout. The past month, since addressing my innate go-go-go personality and how they might be detrimental to me with my councillor, I have found SO much peace and LIFE in my busyness that I thought impossible and I feel so grateful now for the busyness. I’m genuinely so happy and feeling more myself each day. 

WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY: A Busy Bee 

WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY: A Busy Bee 

GOOD EVENING! Oh man. I am busy 24/7. And I love it. I thrive off business, I thrive off people and adventure, and that has been my life each day this semester and I feel so blessed. This morning I woke early like usual so […]