Dark chocolate nibs topped with pink sea salt.
*Melt a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, pipe into little swirly nibs on a non-stick surface or baking mat, and sprinkle with a bit of coarse, pink sea salt while still glossy. Let cool.
Blood Orange Sorbet
1/2 cup honey
1 mango, peeled and diced
2 cups frozen peaches, thawed (or 3 fresh peaches, peeled and diced)
2 cups blood orange juice
tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp finely chopped mint or thyme (both are good and I tried both ways. Mint is my favorite and a classic.)
Optional ingredient- 1/2 cup champagne
(Not gonna lie, this "optional ingredient" is yummy for book club and a great way to use up flat leftover champagne... just don't serve this version to kiddos. I know you already knew that. Just saying.)
*Place fruit into food processor and puree until smooth. Combine juices of blood oranges and lemon and begin to press mixture through a sieve. (This could take a bit of time but it's worth it.) Toss the pulpy residue and whisk in the honey and herbs until honey dissolves. (Stir in champagne if desired.) Place ingredients into an ice cream mixer of your choice, and mix as directed.
While I am here I have to share a piece of my current heart's journey. It's what I do. We had some disappointing things happen earlier this week, but we looked at each other and made the decision to pull hard, in the same direction. Tell me you know what I mean. That moment when the whole house can crumble, or you can pull yourselves up by your collective boot straps and start moving in the same direction, together. We made that choice. This week has been all about choice. Choosing our words, choosing to ignore our emotions, choosing our attitudes and choosing to worship, praise and thank God for it ALL and leading our babies along behind us because they are watching oh-so-closely.
I literally wore this song out all week. I probably played it a hundred times already!
I said to my man at one point, "I will do it differently!" When frustration and disappointment hit, I have continually turned left on myself in the past and I refuse to keep hitting my head against the same wall expecting a new result. Cray-zay! I was talking to Adrain one minute and then I was declaring myself and taking a stand that mattered, the next minute. I told God, "I will accept whatever You give us in every part of our life and I will let it. all. go. fully." The weight lifted off my heart immediately. Though I have said those words so many times (and meant them, make no mistake) this time felt completely different. I literally said out loud, "I am placing my faith in You, not in what You give or take away." I had to say it out loud. I had to claim it and make it mine. Tears fell.
We've been going through the most amazing series at church called "bent." After all of this letting go stuff, I was catching up on a missed sermon and some words our pastor said resonated deeply. He said, "There's nothing wrong with wanting to be released from a burden, but true faithfulness is defined by how we handle ourselves when the burden is still there."
Oh my word. When the burden is still there. Does that hit home with anyone else?
Later in the same sermon, he said, "Our faith is most deeply tested when we feel forgotten." Adrain and I have been crawling side-by-side out of that hole of feeling forgotten while we deal with kid challenges, job worries, finances and all of those other daily demands. Our hearts know we aren't forgotten yet our circumstances often scream taunts for the opposite side. Do you ever feel that way?
We are taking a stand against those lies side by side. Suddenly the "outcome" of our many prayers isn't quite so important. We are still desperate for a few rescues, but nobody knows those details more intimately than the God who authors our story.
So yet we will trust HIM.
We choose to trust steadfastly in the unwavering compassion of His Sovereignty.