Friday, October 31, 2014

Recent Things: Bakerella, Crushed iPads and the Southern In-Law Farm

Recent Things in the Southern In-Law World

Hey! Or should that be BOO?! Another week has passed and I am so excited for the weekend!

Why? Well, because Jesse's alarm won't be shocking me awake at 6am for one and also because we have lots of fun things planned! 

But let's take a look at what we've been up to lately >>

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Breakfast Bake

Just before my birthday, back in August, I decided that I needed to make myself a special birthday breakfast. In years gone by, birthday breakfasts had included baked banana oatmeal with peanut butter "frosting" and a candle on top and banana breakfast cheesecakes - but this year, as I'd just discovered I could eat strawberries again, I knew it had to be something strawberry heavy... 

So I put my thinking cap on....

Strawberry Shortcake! I shouted out to Jesse one morning - only to get the reply of "Have you ever had Strawberry Shortcake? You wouldn't eat that for breakfast baby". 

Pfffttt! When did I ever limit breakfast options?! That was it, I was on a mission to create a strawberry shortcake that was so healthy I could eat it for breakfast - and I did! 

Whilst I don't know if you could call it a traditional Strawberry Shortcake, it's the perfect healthy breakfast alternative. With a thick, fluffy and light Ricotta Breakfast Bake base, coconut whipped cream and fresh juicy strawberries, you really can't go wrong!

It really is like eating cake for breakfast and it is the perfect way to start your day.

But let me give you the recipe!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

On the Bucket List: Stay in an Overwater Bungalo

I love traveling. I know everyone says that, but I'm someone who cannot stand the same old same old and needs to get out and explore the world around her. Luckily, Jesse shares my love of traveling and we have a big long bucket list of travel destinations and adventures that we long to tick off. 

One of the things closest to the top on that bucket list is to stay in an overwater bungalow.

Think; Tahiti, The Maldives, Fiji, Bora Bora.

The crystal blue waters, the clean white sand, the cool ocean breeze and the sounds of waves rolling in one by one. 

That is my kind of heaven.

Whilst I'm usually someone who is go go go, I could listen to the sound of the ocean for days and do absolutely nothing and be totally okay with that. 

But what I realised is that I didn't actually know much about my dream vacation at all. I didn't know where the best places were to stay, the best time of year to go, what other activities I could enjoy - and when Jesse asked me how overwater bungalows didn't float away in a storm, I honestly didn't know. I said to him "well I guess they're stuck into the ground like over-water bridges, right?".

Jesse is definitely a safety first kind of guy. He needs to know all of the details before he considers something. I learnt this before our Bali Honeymoon - I had to plan a holiday from start to finish and then tell him about it to get his sea of approval.

So I got to researching..

First I found out the most important detail; An overwater bungalo will not float away during a storm because they're built on pillars that are sunk well into the ground below - just like an over-water bridge. 

Kristy 1 - Lack of Common Sense 0 

Then I spent three hours drooling over a dream holiday that quickly turned into a NEEDTOGOONTHISRIGHTNOW holiday. I mean really, you only have to look at this photo gallery to want to whip out your credit card and start booking flights ;P 

After I'd finished drooling, I stumbled across Travel Associates' quiz on Overwater Bungalows (and I'm a sucker for quizzes) and learnt quite a lot through my apparent lack of knowledge (the quiz tells you what the right answer is even if you get it wrong). 

So, with my new found knowledge (ha!), I've come up with four reasons why an overwater bungalo vacation needs to be at the top of our bucket list (especially if said vacation is in Tahiti)
  1. It's the ultimate luxury, relaxing vacation (in my mind) that doesn't have to have a luxury price-tag
    A gorgeous view, the sound of the ocean, the crystal blue waters, relaxation - usually that all comes with a major price tag, but I was shocked to find that there are so many different options at a range of different price points. 
  2. You can tailor the trip to suit your needs
    I had this idea that overwater bungalows were only for couples, however, what I found were so many different options for families, groups, girl's trips away and everything in-between. Whilst they're a totally romantic option - imagine how much fun it would be to stay with a bunch of your closest friends! (and you can split the cost of accomodation too!)
  3. It's a great place to relax that's surrounded by adventure
    Whilst I can very happily waste away my day in the sun with a good book and a cold drink, I love exploring too. Most of the overwater bungalows I looked at were in areas that were filled with things to do - snorkeling, shopping, cultural events, hiking and heaps more.
  4. There's nothing else like it!
    I mean, honestly, an overwater bungalow trumps any type of hotel room. There really is nothing like it!
If you're interested in doing the quiz, here it is! (I got four out of six on my first try and that was sheer luck ;P)

But tell me, what kind of vacation/adventure is on the top of your bucket list?
And are you a planner when it comes to holidays - or do you like to go with the flow?

SIL Sisters in Christ: Constant Refreshment from The Living Water

Read Past Posts: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7

Throughout John, we see the pattern of attitudes people went through with Jesus that we still see every single day today. In the early chapters of John, we see men and women respond to Jesus with belief - but then some followers turn away. Chaos and fighting breaks out between Jesus and His enemies - but many still seek the truth. 

The many, many different attitudes to Jesus aren't new - they were around then and they're still around now. 

Original believers were mocked and ridiculed the same way many Christians experience today. The people were divided because of Jesus then - and they still are today. 

For a Christian, that can cause a whole lot of heartache. You know Jesus and His love for you - but the world around you doesn't - and it's especially hard when it's your immediate "world"... your family, your friends, your partner. 

We all face spiritual opposition in our lives at some time and it can really wear you down. You feel hurt, upset, lost, unsure - but that's okay. 

Why? Because Jesus tells us in John 7:37-38; 

Jesus gives us constant spiritual refreshment whenever we need it.

He is there waiting for us when we need a pick me up - and ready and waiting when we feel like our world is falling apart because He knows just how to fix us. 

That "living water" Jesus is talking about is the Holy Spirit. 

It's the Holy Spirit which flows through us and out of us, that blesses us and that allows us to bring His life and light to the world. 

Jesus doesn't just leave us on our own when we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour - He walks with us, constantly renewing us and refreshing us.

Just as we need physical water to sustain our physical lives, we need that constant refreshment of the living water to sustain our eternal lives. 

Whenever you feel lost, alone, confused, misunderstood, insulted, accused, mad, unsure - whatever - Jesus is there, waiting to give you a drink and refresh you once again.

Just as He told the Samaritan woman - all you have to do is ask!


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