Sundays are for lovers and beignets are too! Heck, they're good enough for every day of the week if I'm being honest. Wanna know a funny story?
My first trip to New Orleans was in January 2015 after spending a few days in Baton Rouge checking out graduate school programs with my best friend. Even though it was crazy cold, we still wandered around the French Quarter. We made a stop into Cafe Du Monde to pick up beignets but unbeknownst to me, they only accept cash! Like most millennials, I only had my debit card. I kind of sulked out and I even shed a few tears! My best friend gave me one of those "stop crying, we'll go to an ATM and get cash" looks. And that's exactly what we did! We went back and picked up a double order of beignets and hot chocolate! *I know it may seem trivial, but whenever I visit a new place I try to do all the touristy stuff the first time around so the next visit allows me more opportunity to try new things!
Now that you've stopped laughing at me crying over beignets, I've got a few picks to show you just how easy it is to make these French donuts at home!
[image via shereadstruth.com]
Week 1 of Jennifer Rothschild's Hosea: Unchanging Love Changes Everything was a great introduction to the book of Hosea. I'd never read Hosea before and had hardly even known the name other than seeing it when flipping through my Bible.
After reading the book of Hosea earlier in the week, I was sooooo confused. At one moment, God was telling Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman in Gomer (Hosea 1:2), then He was suuuuuuper upset with His chosen people(Hosea 5:2). But throughout the story, God shows some serious love and compassion for them, even after all their lewd acts and blatant disrespect (Hosea 2:14-15).
Hosea, initially, is a hard pill to swallow. When I was reading through, it kind of hit me how much the people of Israel are just like us nowadays. We're out here roaming and wandering around life when the one thing that can forever hold our attention and settle us is right in front of us...but we continuously choose to look past it. We will literally find practically everything else in this world to comfort us, to believe in, to shield & protect us, to encourage us, etc.
Just during week 1 of this study, I'm beginning to see all my flaws + some more. We're all guilty of looking past God's grace and goodness, hoping something more tangible and earthly will satisfy. It's slightly understandable because we're mortal beings-- that is, we can not comprehend something as palatial, unwavering, unconditional and constant as God's love for us. Even in the first few chapters you see that God can't contain His love for His Chosen People. One moment, He is literally telling Hosea to name his daughter "No Mercy" because He will have no mercy on the house of Israel (Hosea 1:6). But come chapter 2 verses 14 & 15, God is talking about how He plans to return His peole back to Him! How wild is that!?
Without giving too much away from the study, Jennifer gave some great context into who exactly the book of Hosea is about. No, it's not about Hosea and his prostitute of a wife, Gomer. Nor is it about His chosen people who have lost their way. It's about God and his unfailing, unconditional love for us. It's kind of hard to see that fully when you're reading it, but it's in there.
I'm headed to small group today to press in deeper in The Lord's word and learn more about His unfailing love for me. Stop by next Friday for a week 2 recap!
Learning to cook has been a trying journey for me. From tasteless cupcakes, to undercooked chicken, I've taken quite a few losses in the kitchen. But it's funny how the moment you stop trying, you magically develop your own style! Over the past five months, I've had a lot of time on my hands to play around in the kitchen. I've made everything from fresh chicken noodle soup to fresh blueberry muffins from scratch. The best part about letting your imagination run wild in the kitchen is that you can take a recipe and its ingredients and turn it into whatever your little heart desires.
Hello beautiful people! I hope you all had an amazing weekend! I celebrated my 24th birthday yesterday at home with my family. My mom & brother made me lots of cupcakes and we had a little pizza party later that night. Super mellow, just the way I like it.
This week's What's Good series is just another quick round-up of what's been happening in life lately. Are you guys liking this series? Let me know in the comments section below!
What I'm Reading...
I admit it. Every time I visit Books-A-Million, the sales associate always convinces me to sign up for the 3 month free magazine trial. And I oblige. As soon as I get my first issue, I cancel my order so I won't be charged. Well, I've canceled all my orders and they keep sending magazines to me! As I grow [personally & professionally] I've realized my reading style has evolved. Long gone are the days of Cosmopolitan magazine. Nowadays, I'm all about food, travel, and style! The mags above are on repeat!
What I'm Eating...
I recently returned home from a trip to New Orleans [here] and I could not leave without visiting the world-famous Cafe Du Monde and treating myself to a fresh order of beignets and hot chocolate! After devouring these French donuts, I decided to buy a box of mix and make an attempt at cooking these myself. Recipe coming soon!
What I'm Watching...
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Even though the film Chef is a few years old, I stumbled across this gem of a movie the other day on Netflix. Without giving too much away, I can say I appreciate a movie that is relatable and shows strong emotion. By the end of it, you'll ask yourself whether or not you're doing what you love! I highly recommend it!
What I'm Wanting...
These chrome Nike Air Max Thea sneakers are insane! How could you not want these in your closet? If you're not into shiny sneakers, that's cool too. Lady Foot Locker has a large selection of designs, prints, and colors to choose from.
That's how all the cool kids refer to their 24th birthday. I'm not sure if I'm cool enough to call it that, so I won't. I am twenty-four years young today and I'm glad about it! I'm no where near where I planned/want to be but we all know that The Lord's plan for us is far greater than the ones we conjure up in our minds.
I'm so excited to see what 24 has in store for me! Within the past year, I've learned a lot of important skills and just more about myself. For example-- I've learned how to say "no" to people, speak up for myself, and come to terms with what I am/am not willing to accept from others. I've also learned that not everyone is going to support me or be fair to me. But luckily for me, I have people in my life who do choose to support me and are kind and caring. So here's to traveling to new places, meeting new people, learning new things, and doing all I can to achieve happiness this year!
Happy Friday! Decided to do something new with the blog for the next few months and include you all in on what's happening in my small group at church. I'm a member of a church with soon-to-be 14 campuses, so you can only imagine how large it is and how many people I see each week during service and while serving! Hence, the idea for small groups. Small groups take a common topic, interest, sport, book, etc. and pretty much invites people to come join in. It's a safe place where everyone can give prayer requests and praise reports. Small groups are ultimately an environment for us to grow in ourselves, with others, and closer to Jesus.
This semester I decided to join a small group focusing on the book of Hosea. I hadn't even read Hosea until earlier this week [it blew my mind!] and tonight I'll be joining with a few more ladies to dive deeper into this book as well as working through our study book, written by Jennifer Rothschild. Over the next 7 or so weeks, I'll be sharing with you all what we learned and how it affects us and leads us closer to our Heavenly Father. I hope you all decide to stick around each week to check it out!
Valentine's Day is right around the corner and let's face it, you're either anticipating where you're guy is taking you for dinner or you've already decided to eat your weight in chocolate on your couch by yourself. The latter was definitely an option until I decided to give up sweets for Lent (that's 40 days/nights!). Fun fact about me: I've never been in a legitimate relationship before. Of course there are those two or three "situationships" where we're on the road to exclusivity but don't quite make it. But as far as being introduced as a "girlfriend", never. And I'm okay with that. So with only a few days until Singles Awareness Day, I wan't to reach out to all my single ladies and help you understand "How To Be Single".
As a single lady, it's okay to be selective. Whether it's picking a seat on a flight or deciding which movie to watch I try to remember that my choice will have some sort of impact. For example, if I choose a seat at the very back of the plane, I know I can't recline. Or if I opt for a scary movie over a comedy, I know I won't be able to sleep that night (I don't like scary movies!). Same thing goes for relationships! Honestly, if a guy asks me for my number now I react completely different than I did a even just a year ago. A year ago I would have given the guy-whether I'm interested or not- my number just to be nice. Nowadays, no ma'am! I just give them a polite "no, you can't have my number". No use in wasting your time texting/talking with someone you're not interested in!
Confidence Is Key
This kind of just speaks for itself am I right? In today's superficial, social media driven world it can sometimes be hard to see the beauty in your authenticity. Ladies, be confident in who you are! I've learned that I really, really like who I am and who I am becoming. Confidence exudes from within! So before you leave the house today, look in the mirror and tell yourself how amazing you are! Being confident in yourself is so vital when you're single! Our minds will try to confuse us by allowing us to think we're not good enough for someone but the truth is, we are! Don't let being single make you think you're not fit for a relationship with someone special. It'll all fall into place in perfect timing.
Because if you can't love yourself, then how do you expect for someone else to do the same? Love yourself from the inside out--that means treating your body well, keeping your mind in a good space, and enjoying this space in life right now! Just because you're single doesn't mean you're not lovable! Love yourself first before you give some guy the chance!
Embrace Your Singleness!
The best rule of all! I'm 89% certain we will not die as old spinsters (YAY!!!). Our future husbands are out there somewhere...they just haven't found us yet. Personally, I am not ready to be in a committed relationship with someone. I'm too selfish! The single life is fun right now! I'm not doing the whole "dating around" thing but instead I'm doing the aforementioned items. I'm being selective with whom I give my time to, building my confidence and truly loving this amazing young woman I am becoming. Plus, you don't have to go seeking out a man. Men are very animalistic-- if he wants you, he will find you!
So single ladies, this Valentine's Day be true to yourself. Like my favorite quote says, "Do your squats, eat your vegetables, wear red lipstick, and don't let boys be mean to you". Enjoy your Valentine's Day single ladies! Don't eat too many chocolates, don't text your ex (drunk or sober), and don't dry heave every time you see a couple walking around holding hands. You will be ok! Instead, go home, kick up your feet and enjoy your own personal bottle of bubbly worry free!
Hello, I'm Margo.
25 year old laid-back lady currently pursuing my MBA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Just using my blog to share my growing faith, evolving style, favorite recipes, and exciting travels with you!
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