Posted in Encouragement, Food, Hope, Life, Love

Bourbon and Believers

Yesterday, we went to the San Sebastian Winery, and the St. Augustine Distillery. Both have free tours, free samples, and stories of start up. History isn’t my thing, trust me, most of the time I could care less. However, when you mix food and drink with history. It takes on a whole new meaning for me. Learning about how things work, how they are made, why they need certain temperatures, or resting times that they do.

That, is art.

It is beautiful creating something. One of the other things you quickly notice about people who create art, is they get pleasure in watching other people enjoy their creations. Something they had part in making.

I think God thinks of his creations the same way. We are his pieces of art. Each designed with their own talents, stories, history. And I think He wants us to see each other as the beauty they were created to be. To share our passions, in hopes of making other people happy. To spread our uniqueness, so that others can enjoy it. Likewise, I think we should be enjoying the unique things others bring to the table too.

Just like the history of bourbon making, how much the grain ratios are, the temperature it has to stay at to ferment properly, and the way that the barrels have to be made to allow for the best flavor. I believe, that each person has unique needs. We each have certain things that allow us to grow, change, and develop the best we can. And that typically as we age, we get better. (Hopefully). We were designed to be that way, by the God who made us each as our own special self. The God who created the stars in the sky, and the God who formed the creatures of the land, he specially designed you. He made a place in this world, that could only be filled by you.

Now you might be wondering well…. God what do you have for me? Why am I here? What did you make me for? Or you might have known your whole life who you wanted to be, what career you wanted, and what state you’ve always wanted to live in. Beautiful thing is, is that God has a way of making his distilling process perfect for each of us. He fills each of us with a heart full of likes and dislikes. Passions and dreams. He gives each of us a purpose.

And just like the joyful feeling a distiller gets when they create the perfect bourbon, or when a winery gets the Chardonnay just right. God overjoys when we use our talents, and passions for his plan.

Being you, is a beautiful thing. You are unique. There is no one like you. You have something that only you can bring to the table. Not sure what it is? Ask Him… He is so so faithful. He’ll show you the way. I promise. Show the world the gifts God has given you, and you’ll find the joy in allowing others to see what you’ve created too.

Be the bourbon you were meant to be, no matter how long the distilling process takes you. And hey, maybe you’ll find out you weren’t meant to be a bourbon, but a vodka.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” -Psalm 139:14-

XOXO,

Alie

Posted in Encouragement, Food

Food worth Mentioning

So cold weather has finally decided to grace us in Florida with it’s presence. Y’all I’m SO thankful! This mean stews, and soups, and warm hearty dishes! The kind that bring comfort and warm fuzzy feelings! Not that you can’t eat hot food in every other part of the year here…. I’m just saying the ones that you feel cling to your bones! Good ole’ comfort food.

And okay, don’t judge but being that I love spaghetti, and all Italian food, in any capacity, I also know that whenever I find clean eat shortcuts to these food, it is a great day. And for those of you who know that squash is in season right now…. brings me to the next point. Use zucchini chunks in place of pasta, and your favorite meat sauce to make more a of stew feel. Italian flavors, hearty substance textures! AND it’s healthy! It is a win-win-win!

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This is zucchini, and a turkey sausage marinara sauce! YUM.

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This bad boy, is a play on Chicken Parmesan. I don’t use dairy, but to be honest I don’t miss it all that much. (Ice cream is a main exception, but they have so many alternatives now it doesn’t really matter!) Anyways, the chicken is coated in egg, and then “breaded” with flax seed meal, almond flour, and Italian seasoning (I pan toast these together to brown it and crisp it up!) I alternate pasta by using spaghetti squash, and I use whichever sauce I fancy for that day! So simple! And I have leftovers for the next day! Which is even better.

Learning to love your body with the food you put in it is such a reward. And it doesn’t have to be complicated ingredients, or yucky bland food!

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

– 1 Corinthians 10:31-

XOXO,

Alie

Posted in Encouragement, Food, Uncategorized

Smoothie Bowls and Sundays

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For the Smoothie: Blend all ingredients together, pour into a bowl.

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 banana

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

Small handful of baby spinach

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (enough to blend to whatever consistency you prefer)

Toppings:

1 kiwi sliced

A Few chunks of frozen pineapple

Chia seeds

Flax seeds – whole

A sprinkle of frozen raspberries

ENJOY!

It is really that easy!

 

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

-Psalm 37:4-

XOXO,

Alie