Pumpkin Coffee Cake

What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe!!? Have you tried my Pumpkin Creamed Cold Foam or my Pumpkin Bread recipe? Well, if you haven’t – you need to (and don’t forget to tag me!) but you need to try this Pumpkin Coffee Cake recipe.. it’s like really good!

If there is one thing I want to be known for (besides my love for Jesus… ) it’s my pumpkin recipes! I have a lot of them and boy do I really love each of them.

What is so special about this Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe?

I LOVE that this recipe uses a box mix and just adds 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice and 1/2 cup of pumpkin purée!

Pro Tip with the Coffee Cake Box Mix…

Make sure you half the other liquids (oil and water) in the recipe! You do this because Pumpkin Purée has quite a bit of water in it. Think about zucchini or squash and how “mushy” they get when you cook them… it’s because their water content is pretty high. Same with pumpkin. Because you are adding pumpkin to the recipe, you can remove some of the water to even things out. (again, i’m not a baker.. but it works for me!) Also, did you know that pumpkin is a great substitute for oil or butter when recipes call for it? Just food for thought!

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

This recipe really is super easy and is so tasty! I took it to the lake a few weeks ago and we gobbled it up!! It’s one of those box mixes that you should always keep in your pantry as a staple for when friends and family come over, but that you can spice up with a little something extra during different times of the year!! So… you need to make it, take it and don’t forget to tag me!!

Here is my Instagram Reel for you to watch:

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Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Coffee Cake


  • Author: Abby
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Ingredients

  • Krusteaz Coffee Cake Mix (you will need oil and 1 egg per the box)
  • 1/2 cup of Pumpkin Purée
  • 2 tablespoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a baking dish. 
  2. Combine the ingredients per the instructions on the back of the box BUT half the oil and water ingredients. 
  3. Add pumpkin purée and pumpkin pie spice. 
  4. Fill the baking dish per the instructions on the box.
  5. Bake per the instructions on the box. 
  6. Enjoy with a cup of coffee, per Abby’s instructions 🙂 

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Pumpkin Creamed Foam

It’s Pumpkin Spice Day!!! I can not resist a good PSL Creamed Foam for my morning coffee and albeit you can’t either!!

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All that that means is that that #starbucks is releasing their #pumpkinspicelatte!! And if I have learned anything, according to instagram… half of you are freaking out that it’s still 100 degrees and still actually fall! And the other half is saying I’m so ready for fall!

This Creamed Cold Foam is a fraction of the price of #starbucks… and it’s better!!! You can thank me later!! I actually calculated it and it cost me $.38 per serving!

This Pumpkin Spice Creamed Foam cost me less than FIFTY cents!! Did you know that Starbucks is charging you north of FIVE DOLLARS!!!

I’m telling you this Pumpkin Creamed Foam is perfect for the fall and lasts 5-7 days in the fridge. Remember, as with any leftovers you have, it might settle and will take a quick little whisk to refresh it and it will be good as new and super tasty!

But the best part of this recipe is that @beasthealth is literally the best blender I’ve ever used! I have more smoothies coming your way, but I couldn’t resist introducing you to my blender with a #PSL recipe!!!

Shop the Beast Health Blender for this PSL Creamed Foam (you won’t regret it!)

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PSL Creamed Foam


  • Author: Abby
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the ingredients… if you have a Beast Health… use that!
  2. Cover and place in refrigerator for up to 1 week and serve on top of your cold brew or hot coffee!!

Notes

  • Creamed Cold Foam will be good for up to 1 week!

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Pumkin & Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Pumpkin and Ricotta Shells

You are going to love my new Pumpkin Dinner Recipe! Adding pumpkin to a staple meal, is one of my favorite things to do during the fall! Stuffed Shells are fun, they can be pretty time consuming, but if you are like me I love the cheese in pasta more than the sauce which is exactly how this recipe is! The Pumpkin and Ricotta inside these pasta shells is super tasty. It’s so smooth and creamy but also kind of nutty with the parmesan cheese. You won’t regret adding this to your weekly rotation. Trust me!

One of the things that you need to know when you make this Pumpkin Dinner Meal Recipe is that you don’t necessarily need a piping bag, you just need a ziplock and a cup! When you add the ricotta and pumpkin mixture to the bag, make sure you place the bag in a large glass. It’s super easy to spoon the mixture right into the bag without having to make a huge mess!

Pro Tip: when making this Pumpkin Dinner Recipe make sure you cut a small hole in the piping bag first and then continue to cut bigger holes until you get to your desired size! Trust me – you’ll thank me later!

Pumpkin and Ricotta Shells

Once you make stuff the shells and before you put this Pumpkin Recipe in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes, make sure you top it with enough Mozzarella cheese! Make this sucker cheesy – it’s the only way to make it!

Check out my Instagram Reel on how to make this delicious Pumpkin Dinner Recipe!

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Pumkin & Ricotta Stuffed Shells


  • Author: Abby
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) box Jumbo Shells (about 40 shells)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin pureé
  • 2 1/2 cups ricotta
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 8 ounce pkg Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp minced Garlic
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp chopped sage
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (1 tsp each)

Pasta Sauce:

  • 1 25 ounce jar of favorite pasta sauce
  • 12 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup white onion

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta per directions on package. Drain. Arrange on a baking sheet to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  3. Combine pumpkin, ricotta, egg white, Spices, Parmesan cheese, garlic, sage, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Stir until full mixed up!
  4. Pour 3/4 of the sauce evenly into baking dish. Fill each shell with the pumpkin-cheese mixture. Divide and arrange shells evenly between the two dishes.
  5. Top shells with remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese.
  6. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. I usually like to Broil mine for a little bit to get the cheese all nice a bubbly!
  7. Remove shells and let cool for 5 minutes and then enjoy with garlic bread!

  • Category: Pumpkin Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Italian

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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


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

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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

Pesto and Veggie Tortellini


  • Author: Abby

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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. 

I would love for you to share your awesome dinner recipes with me on Instagram!  Just tag #atabletopaffair!

Now I want to hear from you: What do you find is the biggest challenge when it comes to making dinner? Let’s encourage each other in the comments to keep it simple and joyful!

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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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