How full is your cup?

To be honest, I’ve been working on my 2022 goals for about two months, and I am someone who loves a checklist. I felt the Lord leading me to a single picture when I thought and prayed over 2022, and it was kind of weird… a picture of an elephant under a waterfall. How weird is that? The more I thought about and pondered that image – I began to think about the word saturated.

Let’s take a deep dive into the word Saturate

The Hebrew translation of the word Saturate is Ravah (“raw-vah”) and can be translated a number of ways like satisfied, abundanThe Hebrew translation of the word Saturate is Ravah (“raw-vah”) and can be translated several ways like satisfied, abundant, filled up and my favorite soaked. It is used 14 times in the Old Testament. Side note if you have heard me talk about the ‘hidden mickeys’ in scripture – here are 2! 7 is the perfect number and in both instances – God has used it in multiples of 7! must be important! 

In the English language, the word saturate means to soak thoroughly so that no more can be added. I began to think about that elephant. What if I lived my life like that? The water pouring on the elephant like Jesus’ goodness and direction and mercy pours on me? How can I live my life like that?

When we sit with Jesus, we become soaked. We sit and wait to receive more of Him. Think about that when reading these verses:

Psalm 16:11 says, “In Thy presence is fullness of joy.”

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

Matthew 7:7-8 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Jeremiah 31:14 “The priests will enjoy abundance, and my people will feast on my good gifts. I, the LORD, have spoken!”

I want to sit in that place with Jesus. For instance, imagine being so full of God that I am filled with His goodness and His joy is overflowing out of me. Wow! In Proverbs (11:25 NLT), it says that those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

My prayer over saturation in my soul this year is this:

Lord, show me how to saturate every single part of my life in prayer, in faith, in love and in the blessing of others. Give me a heart that is thankful, not taking any party of the journey we walk together for granted. Thank you for your unconditional love, grace and mercy and how You promise your consistent outpouring of love and direction. As I start each day, draw me closer to you, fill my soul with your goodness so I overflow with more of your anointing power and draw others closer to you. Amen.

But can I be honest? As often as I pray that prayer, it boils down to my desire and effort to be saturated. It will be a daily process of seeking God, waiting in His presence and becoming saturated through the overflow of the Spirit. I want to be drenched in God’s presence every single day.

So what does that mean for my year?

As I think about becoming that elephant… I think about having my hands wide open. As a result, I spent the first 31 days of the year – the entire month of January – fasting with Jesus, sitting with Him daily with my hands open.


A lot has happened in January. I started the year off sick. It has been one week of chaos after another. Finally, I have been building since 2020 and was supposed to move into in November 2021 will not be ready until April 2022. However, in a long story that I am going to make very brief and maybe go into later… I packed up and sold my belongings and moved to Nashville in August to spend time in Solitude with Jesus until my house was ready in November.

Well, that did not happen. For the last 90 days, I have been living in transition on friends’ couches, and it has been an experience. And not an experience I would encourage anyone to endure. I am ready for consistency, but one thing Jesus has had me sit in and be saturated by His goodness and rely on Him instead of my planner or the process in my head.

What’s next?

As I move through this year, I will choose to be that elephant and bask, sit, enjoy and be saturated by the Lord’s goodness. It will not always be fun. For example, think about sitting under a waterfall; water can be cold, sometimes there is so much water you slip and fall, and even other times when the waterfall does not gush with water. No matter the experience under the waterfall, one thing remains the same, you will get wet.

In Paul’s words… And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us… and let us not give up.

Happy 2022 friends.

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Remember זָכַר : A Year in Review

Every December I take stock of my year, what I’ve learned, the blessings I’ve received and pray through how God wants to use me in the upcoming year. Last year, my word of the year that God placed on my heart was Remember.

זָכַר | translated simply means to make careful recount or mindful mention continuously.

In the Hebrew scriptures, zakar is often used in expressions about God “remembering” His covenant with His people (Gen. 9:15-16; Exod. 6:5; Lev. 26:42, 45; Ps. 105:8, 42; 106:45; Ezek. 16:60).

Remembrance has a special meaning in the Gospel of John [1, p. 51]. On the eve of His crucifixion, Jesus promises His disciples that the Holy Spirit would help them to remember what he had taught them:

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you'” (John 14:26).

Throughout scripture we see the importance of remembering what God has done for us, however, we can oftentimes be distracted by the busy-ness of life to have careful recount or mindful mention of what God has taught us in our life or how He has shown up in our life.

The Lord told the Israelites, back when they were wandering in the desert after being rescued from Egypt, to be careful to remember all the Lord had done for them. They were entering the promised land. God knew that life would get in the way, that it would be easy to forget what God had done for them and how it was He and He alone who delivered them out of slavery, who preserved them in the wilderness, and who brought them into the promised land. 

Be careful not to forget the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, that place of slavery. – Deuteronomy 6:12

In remembering God’s works in Scripture and our lives, we are strengthened in our faith. A strengthened faith results in praise that comes more easily and prayers that flow more readily. Ultimately, we are better equipped to strengthen the faith of others and glorify God in our remembering. 

This year has been a year full of ups and downs. I launched a book in the middle of a pandemic, battled doubts, insecurities and was overwhelmed with feelings of inadequacies throughout most of the year – but through all of it – there was one very constant practice in my life… I practiced remembrance.

As we remember what Jesus has done for us and how He has continually shown up for us, it enables us to stop focusing on impossibility and instead focus on the God who does the impossible.

Remembering specific ways that God has shown up in your life will strengthen your faith. Instead of focusing on how hard life can be… As we remember what Jesus has done for us and how He has continually shown up for us, it enables us to stop focusing on impossibility and instead focus on the God who does the impossible.

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Pumpkin Chili

There is just something about October that makes me want to grab my big dutch oven and make a big pot of chili! Maybe it’s that the crisp air is finally surrounding us or maybe it’s just that it’s National Chili Month and I’m ready for the crisp air. (because in Arkansas, October is usually the most bi-polar month of the entire year!)

All that to say, I both love and roll my eyes when Starbucks brings Pumpkin flavor out in August. Don’t get me wrong, I love Pumpkin in the fall… But in August, September October and even some of November it is HOT in Arkansas. Needless to say, it’s still fun to make chili and invite your friends over (just make sure you turn the thermostat down so you don’t overheat!)

Interesting fact: Did you know that the Midwest (Nebraska, Colorado, Washington) serve Chili with Cinnamon Rolls? So I decided to try it out… it’s amazing and very tasty! So pull out that Pillsbury container and serve ’em up!

I decided to add Pumpkin to a fun Chili recipe… and my secret ingredient… Chipotle Chili Powder. It is a GAME changer! (plus cumin and a few other spices…l but the Chipotle Chili Powder really does make a difference!)

Oh and pro tip: toast the spices in your fry pan for just a few minutes until they begin to aerate and become fragrant… you and your chili will thank me! Just be sure not to burn them!

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Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili


  • Author: Abby
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x

Description

There is something about October that makes me want to grab my dutch oven and whip up some chili! And we are adding pumpkin to this one!


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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Uncooked Ground Turkey
  • 1 White Onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp Garlic Paste
  • 2 Large Carrots, sliced into medallions
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper ,chopped
  • 1 15 oz. can Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 15 oz. can Pinto Beans
  • 1 15 oz. can Kidney Beans
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth or Bone Broth

Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1½ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Black Pepper

Garnish

  • 2 Green Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese shredded, chopped
  • 1 cup Sour Cream

Instructions

  1. Over medium-high heat, heat olive oil with peppers and carrots until soft.
  2. Add onions and garlic paste until translucent.
  3. Brown ground turkey with seasoning blend
  4. Add turkey to vegetable mix in dutch oven and stir to combine.
  5. Add broth, beans, and pumpkin puree and mix.
  6. Put the lid on the dutch oven, when the chili is boiling, lower the heat to medium-low. Let the chili simmer for around 20 minutes, or until you have reached the desired consistency.
  7. Let the chili cool down for 5 minutes before serving.
  8. Enjoy!

  • Category: Soup
  • Cuisine: Southern

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Pesto and Veggie Tortellini

Tis the season for fresh fall soups!

This Veggie and Pesto Tortellini is perfect for a night in or a fun fall party! I really enjoy making fresh fall soups, I think it’s because they are so easy and come together really fast.  Like, it is hard to mess up a soup.  

The majority of the fresh fall soups that I make usually have a cream base in them.  But I’m trying to cut calories and make healthier choices which led me to this little guy.  

The base of this is an onion and garlic seasoned broth.  I really like to use a chicken bone broth, but your generic chicken broth will work too!   See… it’s easy to make changes to recipes!!  You got this! 

One thing I do want to give you a tip on it using water to supplement your broth.  My recipes use equal parts water and broth.  If you want a richer broth – go all in on broth and no water… you get the idea! 

Fresh Fall Soups give me all the feels when it comes to bringing people together and gathering for an evening of fellowship and conversation.  I hope you plan on making this recipe and enjoying it with some of you gal pals!!   

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Pesto and Veggie Tortellini


  • Author: Abby

Description

Fresh Fall Soups like this Veggie and Pesto Tortellini make me wish fall was year round!


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Ingredients

  • 1 head garlic or 1 tablespoon of minced garlic or 1 tablespoon of garlic paste
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup white onion, diced
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth (bone broth also works for higher protein content)
  • 1 cups pulled rotisserie chicken
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 2 large carrots, sliced into medallions
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic salt, for carrots
  • 1 (9-ounce) package fresh four-cheese tortellini (i also like the spinach and cheese tortellini for this!)
  • 1 bunch curly kale, stems discarded and leaves torn
  • 2 tablespoons mixed herb seasoning (I love 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe’s or just a basic Italian Herb Blend)
  • Pesto and Shaved Parmesan for Serving

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic and 1/2 cup of chopped white onion.  Cook until onion is fragrant. Avoid burning the garlic. (I like to use Garlic Paste as I find it doesn’t burn as badly.)
  2. While that’s cooking, coat your carrots in olive oil and garlic salt, then roast them in an air-fryer on 390 for 8 minutes.  If you don’t have an air fryer, roast your carrots for 25 minutes on a sheet pan in an oven on 400 degrees F.
  3. When onions become fragrant toss in rotisserie chicken, carrots, red kidney beans and toss for 3 minutes.
  4. Add 1 cup chicken broth and 1 cup of water and your 2 tablespoons of mixed herb seasoning in your pot. If you would like a “soupier” soup – there will be a time to supplement your soup later.
  5. Bring to a simmer and stir in tortellini. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes. At this point if you want to add more chicken broth, do that 1/2 cup at a time.
  6. Stir in kale and cook until pasta is cooked through and kale is tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and serve with Pesto and shaved Parmesan.

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Grapefruit & Sage Spritzer


A good Fall Cocktail is a MUST!

I’ve always been a fan of easy shortcuts that don’t sacrifice great taste! That’s why I’m loving this #partnership with @Spritz Society! Their Rose spritzers are natural and full of flavor!! They have fizz and a bit of sweetness that pair with fun mixers for a great cocktail!! (Are are low calorie!!!)

Grapefruit & Sage Spritzer
Grapefruit & Sage Spritzer | Fall Cocktail

Have you ever been in a bind and, knowing you are going to have people over, have no idea what to do with drinks? I mean – I am an avid Sweet Tea and Punch girl… but sometimes when you are having adults over for a Fall get-together or Friendsgiving, you want a little something special…. that is where this Fall Cocktail comes in!

This Grapefruit and Sage cocktail mixes the sage with simple syrup and tops it off with the hint of Grapefruit from the Spritz Society can!!!

Grapefruit & Sage Spritzer
Grapefruit & Sage Spritzer | Fall Cocktail

This Fall Cocktail is a perfect transition drink! And it’s easy too!!

So easy it’s almost unreal!! You can also do the same thing with their Blood Orange, Pineapple and Lemonade flavors!!

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Grapefruit & Sage Spritzer


  • Author: Abby Turner

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What an easy cocktail recipe for the Fall!  I am in love with this super easy hack using Spritz can!


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Ingredients

  • For the Simple Syrup:
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup water
    • 2 bunches of fresh sage leaves
  • For the Cocktail:
    • Pink grapefruit juice
    • Sage simple syrup (see above)
    • Ice cubes
    • Grapefruit Spritz Society Rosé
    • Fresh sage leaves

Instructions

  1. Make the simple syrup. Combine the sugar and water over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to simmer and the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the sage and cook for 30 seconds more. Then remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside to cool. Once the simple syrup has cooled to room temperature, remove and discard the sage. Transfer the simple syrup to a clean re-sealable container and store it in your refrigerator until you are ready to use it. Keeps for up to 2 weeks.
  2. Make the cocktails. For a single cocktail, shake 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) grapefruit juice, 2 ounces of simple syrup. Strain into a glass with fresh ice. Top with can of Spritz Society Grapefruit Rosé. Garnish with fresh sage leaves and a slice of grapefruit, if desired. Serve immediately.

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The Purpose of the “No”

I am an open book.  Those that know me know that I wear my heart on my sleeve and I have a deep hope in the humanity of people.  In knowing that about myself, I am deeply hurt, and I have experienced rejection and failed expectations pretty regularly. A part of who I am at the core holds other people to the very high standard I hold myself too.  (Side note… this is not a healthy mentality and I know that – it’s a struggle guys!)  I don’t back out of plans; I don’t miscalculate hardly anything, and my word is almost as important to me as the air that I breathe. 

So, what happens when you want something so badly and plans change and people back out and you find yourself in a place of overwhelming rejection? What is the purpose of the no?

You can do a couple of things. You can turn from God and His sovereignty, you can accept rejection, or become apathetic and just go through the motions of faith, or you can lean into what God is preparing you for.

In these situations, I always go back to Romans 8.  Paul writes so much more eloquently than I could ever…

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Romans 8:26-28 MSG

If you need to stop here and reread that I pray you imprint that on your heart. Drive this verse home where it hits you to your core.  Let this verse speak peace and comfort over your soul that might be aching in the wake of rejection.

What we can’t do is confuse good with having what’s good for you.  What we think is good might not actually be good for our spirit. 

I am not a mother, but I have been a child for 32 years now.  There have been times in my life where I wanted something so badly and my parents put their foot down with a very strong and resounding no.  Even as an aunt there have been times where things that Opal wants; Opal does not get… Why?  Is it because I want to punish her?  Absolutely not.  It’s because I see more of the outcome than she does.  We can’t have soda or candy before bed because I know it will upset her sweet little tummy and she won’t sleep well.  (and let’s be honest a tired baby is not a happy baby!)

Sometimes God withholds something we view as good because He sees the outcome that we can’t.  He sees that our momentary desires will add unnecessarily and provide unforeseen challenges and could quite possibly kill our spirit. Sometimes it helps to revisit His faithfulness.

Instead, we need to view God’s no as encouragement that He is strengthening us and preparing us for the future He has written.  Just like Romans says… just as we get tired in the waiting (I would also like to interject here… that includes rejection, unmet expectations, discouragement, sadness, etc..) God is right there helping us because He knows far better than we do and that’s why we can rest in the shade of His sovereignty because everything He does is for the good of those that love and serve Him.

Be encouraged my friend.  The purpose of the no is not to reject you but refine you for greater things.

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Coconut Chicken

Let’s be honest: Dinner can be difficult.

Family, kids, activities, work, working late, self-care, balance – mixing any or all of those things is a challenge! Sometimes at the end of the day, the last thing you want to think about is taking out a ton of ingredients and creating dishes for yourself later that evening!

It can be stressful and it can take a long time.

But the secret to a great dinner is to use store-bought ingredients, spice them up and then cook – but don’t let it take too long! You see, dinner is more about getting food on the table than what the food is. No, I don’t suggest just ordering take out every night and I hope my recipes help you focus on what’s important – good food with good people.

 

Coconut Chicken Dinner

 

I recently made this on IGTV as one of my #SundayFundaywithFriends dinner recipes!

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Coconut Chicken


  • Author: Abby
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 Minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • oil for frying 
  • Salt for garnishing

Instructions

  1. First, get out three wide, shallow bowls. 
  2. In the first bowl put flour. 
  3. In a second bowl, whisk the eggs together.
  4. And fill a third bowl with coconut flakes and sugar.
  5. Toss chicken tenders first in the flour, then in the egg wash, followed by the coconut flakes.  (I like to dip mine in the egg first and then flour and then egg again and then the coconut, but either way works!)
  6. Be sure to coat each chicken tender thoroughly with each step.
  7. Salt both sides of chicken breast.
  8. For frying fill a large skillet with 1 inch of oil. Bring to temperature over medium heat.
  9. Use tongs to transfer chicken tenders into the oil (do not crowd the pan, fry in batches if you need to). 
  10. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then turn chicken tenders over and cook another 3-4 minutes until golden brown and chicken is cooked through.
  11. Repeat with remaining chicken tenders as needed. 
  12. Garnish with sea salt flakes if desired and serve warm with a sweet marmalade or honey. 

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Valentine’s Day Rebrand

 

 

I posted about this on Instagram the other day, but wanted to expand my thoughts a little more. If you missed it, I posted a picture about loving others, rebranding Valentine’s Day and posed the question; 

What if we used the month of February to love others.  Truly serving them like we, as Christians, are called to do and going out of our way to make people feel included, seen and loved. 

We might look at this holiday a little differently.  Instead of focusing on the love between two people – we are focusing on loving our church – our people that make up our life. 

I’m not sure about you, but being single (which is a season all of us have been in or are currently in) this holiday breeds insecurity, doubt and an lack of confidence in who God is and what His plan if for our life. I wanted to encourage you by shedding some light on a very vulnerable part of my life. 

My singleness. 

No, I am not defined by my relationship status, yet it feels like our culture and society have taught us to believe it does. So several years ago I began working on altering my mindset.  The mindset that the enemy encourages tells us that we are nothing, we are unloved, and we are lonely when we are not married. 

How false is that?  Being unloved, being lonely and being worthless are not mutually exclusive to singleness.  There are plenty of marriages where the spouses feel unloved, alone and not valued.  If you are reading this and you are married and feel any of those things – please take heart – this blog post can help encourage you through this season, as well. 

If those characteristics are not exclusive to singleness – then why do I feel them and how can I overcome them? 

TBH, it’s easier to feel lonely when you are in a home alone.  And in 2020, and now 2021, living in isolation with stay at home orders, loneliness can be a hard feeling to shake especially when we can’t surround ourselves with others. However, using this time to focus on God and being obedient to Him can produce some real blessings.  I mean that is what scripture validates.

Think about it this way – God desires us to draw near to Him, focus on what He is calling us to do and be obedient… even in 2020-2021.  

1 Peter 4:10-11 says “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus.” Studies have shown that serving others is good for the mind and body and that it eases the symptoms of stress and depression.  

What if you looked at your gifts and asked God to help you FOCUS on Him and be obedient. I guarantee He will show you divine ways to serve others. 

 

Valentine’s Day

 

The first miracle that scripture tells us Jesus performed was at a wedding.  He turned water into wine. The story doesn’t talk about the guests wanting more wine it says that His mother came to Him and asked Him to help the servants. He told them to fill the jars with water and then serve the guests.  The guests weren’t aware that moments before it was water, it was the servants that got to witness Jesus’ miracle.  The same goes for us.  When I shift my mindset from worldly to heavenly – I am compelled to serve and love others.  When we serve and love others – we get to experience God’s blessing, His goodness and His glory. 

Valentine’s Day

                                   Valentine’s Day Beauty

If we become too focused on what the world wants us to focus on – our loneliness and insecurities, we won’t even be able to scratch the surface of that goodness. 

I began making this mindset shift several years ago, by repeating a simple phrase – be a good steward.  

You’ve probably heard that phrase when it comes to money – be a good steward of your money, time, talents, etc.. 

However, I began shifting my thought to what if I was a good steward of each and every day, thought, and person I came into contact with. It began to radically change the way I lived life and this “season of waiting” everyone says I’m in. 

I am not guaranteed marriage in life, God doesn’t promise us that we will get married – no matter how much we want it.  I know I desire to get married, but I also am confident in God’s plan.  And if you reset your thinking to focus on God’s plan, then all of the sudden Valentine’s Day becomes just a day, like any old-Tuesday, where you can love others.  

This season of waiting shouldn’t be a discouragement but a powerful encouragement of God’s design for your life.  He finds it more valuable for you to be single at this time serving His people and loving His children.  Wow. He has a job for you to do. Instead of sitting there sad you are celebrating the love holiday alone, celebrate God’s extraordinary call for you to love others at this time. 

Side-note:  I have an entire thought on the season of waiting and how the church really needs to rebrand that.  Because what if I wait my entire life to get married… and I never do!  I have wasted so much time focusing on something I can’t control and never could. Anyway, I digress and I hope that we can talk about this again someday – more in depth. 

It’s hard.  There will be sad days, moments of melancholy and, for me at least, a lot of tears.  But – that doesn’t keep me on the bench… God has put me in the game so I can make an impact right now, on this day, for His Kingdom. Valentine’s Day can serve me a reminder for that.

That is a really big job and if I am too distracted by the enemies lies, I won’t be effective in loving others.  So I have to daily arm myself with the phrase – be a good steward.  Because when I am, when I’m focused and determine to love well and serve others first… blessings seem to fall into place and my heart goes from empty to full. 

Be full friends. Be full of love, be full of friendship, but most importantly – be full of God.  

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Açaí Sorbet

I’ve been on a kick lately of smoothie bowls for breakfast and this Acai sorbet is perfect for a smoothie bowl. I’ve been playing around with toppings in my smoothie bowl from chocolate chips and coconut, to peanut butter and oats. They make mornings fun and interesting. It’s amazing how using new and different ingredients for morning smoothie bowls can really impact the energy that you start the day with!

I couldn’t really find an Acai sorbet that I loved – so I decided when one can’t find something… just make it! And this took literally 2 minutes and then freezing time. It’s no churn, so the only equipment you need is a Kitchen Aid food processor. Easy, right?

I will say that a food blender works great, but does leave more of a gritty texture – so it will not be perfectly smooth. I think that is fine though and honestly like the texture because it makes it feel a lot fresher!

The Acai puree I found came in packets and I picked them up from the frozen section at my Target. They are actually super convenient and not super expensive. I will definitely be making this again!

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Acai Sorbet Breakfast Bowl

Açaí Sorbet


  • Author: Abby Turner
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 65 minutes
  • Yield: 12 ounces 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup of water 
  • 4 packets frozen açai puree, thawed in warm water
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Smoothie Bowl: 

  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • drizzle fresh honey
  • mini dark chocolate chips
  • granola
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Add the acai packets, blueberries, corn syrup, and lemon juice to the food processor or blender and mix, pressing together with a spatula as needed.  
  2. When the blueberries become crumble, add the 1/3 cup of water 1 tablespoon at a time.  Use all 1/3 cup if you’re having trouble blending. If the sorbet is blending smoothly – you can forego the water. 
  3. Continue until the sorbet is smooth and mixed well.
  4. Once you get the consistency good, taste for sweetness.  Frozen blueberries and Acai can come across as bitter depending on the time of year.  You can add additional corn syrup or honey if you need. 
  5. Pour mixture into rectangle loaf tray and freeze for about an hour until frozen. 

To make the smoothie bowl, scoop the sorbet into a bowl and top with peanut butter, granola, chocolate chips, coconut flakes and a drizzle of honey. 


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Cozy Wild Rice & Chicken Soup

This is the time of year that I absolutely love soup! I’m seeing this trend of Instant Pot Soups – but honestly, this soup is so easy you don’t even need an Instant Pot it comes together so quick and the flavors infuse almost immediately.

When it is cold outside the one thing, I crave every single time… is soup! I absolutely love making soup, enjoying soup, reheating soup, I love it. This soup is both creamy and hearty and perfect to make you feel super cozy this time of year.

The savory flavors of thyme and sage that come together in the creamy roux are legit the best thing ever. It might be my favorite soup I’ve made.

It’s definitely one of my staples during the winter months. Because not only is it tasty, but it’s so easy.

I also love to have soup stuff on hand because it’s really easy to whip together when I’m having friends over – and especially when I’m having friends over and only have a little bit of time to prepare it.

When you make instant pot soups – you usually need fresh ingredients.

But with this soup, you can use frozen because it adds a bit of moisture when they thaw, and it also means you can keep the ingredients on hand for the last-minute soup need.

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Cozy Wild Rice & Chicken Soup


  • Author: Abby Turner
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
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Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (reserve 2 tablespoons for the mushrooms)
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic 
  • 8 ounces mushroom
  • 2 cups chopped chicken ( I like rotisserie chicken meat the best)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dry wild rice, rinsed
  • 2 cups butternut squash, frozen
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, for garnish
  • 4 strips of bacon cooked and chopped roughly, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat in a large dutch oven.  Add the mushrooms, stirring well to coat them in butter, and cook for 3-5 minutes until slightly seared.
  2. Melt the remaining butter and add the onion, celery, carrot, and chicken as well as the spices and stir until well mixed.  Cook until the onions are translucent 
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the flour.  Use a wooden spoon to mix the flour into the vegetables, then cook the flour for 3 minutes.  This should form a roux, if you need more butter to help the roux form, add 2 tablespoons.
  4. Cook the minute rice half the amount of time the package says. Open and add to the mixture coating with the flavors.
  5. To prevent lumps, slowly stir in your chicken broth a little at a time.  Stir in the water and bring to a boil
  6. Cook butternut squash according to package and then dump into the soup.  (If you do not have butternut squash from the frozen section, add butternut squash at the beginning with the carrots.)
  7. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  8. If desired, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoons more of fresh thyme leaves. (At this point I usually add the salt, not the pepper, and add additional thyme, sage, and garlic powder.)
  9. After it’s cooked, take it off the heat, if necessary, skim off any fat that rises to the top.  Pour in the heavy cream.  Stir until it is well incorporated.  
  10. Serve hot and garnish with fresh thyme and bacon crumbles.

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I’m Abby, and I’m all about setting the table every day and making a simple dinner with easy recipes to enjoy with friends. The inspiration you’ll find here are simple and meant to encourage you to declutter your table and invite friends over! I spend my days working as a marketer for a retail company and dreaming of dinner time. I really hope that through A Table Top Affair you will find a newfound love for your kitchen and that relationships would be formed around your table.

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