Hey y’all! Long time no see, more like long time no post! Last week was a little nutty and not at all what I had planned. My husband and I got a phone call Monday night that had us packing up with lightning speed and hauling up to Colorado as fast as our little Honda could go. My husband’s family was having a bit of a medical crisis, and we really felt the need to be there with them. Thankfully, everything is ok at the moment, and we’re so glad that we were able to come up last-minute. After six months of being away from our families, a visit was definitely needed and overdue. Of course it made us both miss Colorado. I especially miss the Southglenn Whole Foods…I know that sounds ridiculous. It’s just a Whole Foods. It’s not even the biggest Whole Foods in Colorado. But let’s be honest. Coming back there was like entering my own version of Disneyworld.
But on the other hand, coming back home to Fort Worth still felt right. It’s like we have two homes now instead of one. It kind of reminds me of when moms talk about having another child. It’s not that they love the first child any less, but the love in their hearts grows to love another child with just as much love as the first. Our love for both of these places has become equal, which is pretty amazing. I think our love for Fort Worth this is partially due to our love of Velvet Taco (it’s only the most amazing taco place here-no big deal). But truly, it’s because of the incredible support system we have here. Our small group from church is such a blessing. Words don’t do them justice. They’ve been so welcoming and supportive of us since the day we stepped foot into their lives. The acceptance they’ve bestowed has been anxiety-easing and given us such a feeling of grounding. When they found out about our emergency trip, there were so many praying for us and for our family. A few even reached out to offer any kind of help that we might need during this time or any time, really. The great thing about this is that they were 110% genuine. They meant every word. They so beautifully illustrate the love of Christ. And this is why these are my people. I would do anything for them without hesitation. It’s a wonderful feeling to be connected.
But just in case reading about my life story wasn’t what you were really planning on doing today, I do have a recipe for you! This is one of my go-to breakfasts when I don’t have a lot of time in the morning and want something sweet. I love how easy chia pudding is to put together. You mix everything up, put it in a mason jar, and just let it do its’ thing overnight. My version is tweaked from a recipe I found here.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
1 1/2 cups milk-I used raw milk, but any alternative would work (i.e. coconut, almond, cashew etc.)
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon liquid stevia-I like this brand, but you could also use a couple tablespoons of maple syrup or honey instead
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl, and stir to combine
- Cover the mixing bowl, or pour into mason jars and place in the fridge overnight (or 8 hours)
- Voila! You have chia pudding! Top with anything you’d like. I put some granola on top, and it was delish!
*If you put the pudding in mason jars, it helps to shake it up every couple of hours if you happen to think about it. It will help keep it from separating.