Nashville: Day One. Spicy Popsicles.

Here’s a brief synopsis of what I did yesterday in Nashville. First, I went to Frothy Monkey with my friend Jasmine. I ordered the Cortez. If you’re not a curry fan, which I am not, I’d shy away from this chicken salad sandwich. It was not my fave. I wish I had been impressed, but I wasn’t. Jasmine’s sandwich (the Royale) looked amazing.

Then we went to meet up with my friend Jess at Sweet Cece’s. I love Sweet Cece’s. I got sweet cream frozen yogurt with kiwi, strawberries, and fruitty pebbles. That is probably the best combo I’ve ever done.

BUT THEN!…. (the only thing that REALLY made me want to blog)

We went to Hot & Cold on 21st. I had the absolute best popsicle. I’ve been craving spicy and sweet foods for about two months. I went in thinking, “I wonder if they have any spicy ice cream?” They did, well sort of. I got their pineapple popsicle with cayenne peppers in it. It was so so so so so good!  I really am going to try next week to make my own at home. This will be interesting because I’ll probably make the spiciest popsicles of all time.

Bring it spicy goodness.

Photo Cred: tikitikiblog.com

Pineapple-Chile Paletas, courtesy of Norma and Irma Paz of Las Paletas, Nashville.

Makes 10 paletas

  • 1 medium ripe pineapple, peeled and cored
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • 4 pinches fine salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 10 pinches chile de árbol powder or cayenne pepper, or to taste

Puree the pineapple, but not too smoothly. Stir in the lime juice, salt and sugar by hand until dissolved.
Add chile powder.

Fill 3-ounce molds and freeze the paletas for least 24 hours and up to 2 days.

Dip the molds in lukewarm water to loosen paletas.

Paletas: Mexican Mango Paletas Recipe http://tikitikiblog.com/mango-paletas-mexican-popsicles-recipe/#ixzz1Nh6CzWhS

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Memphis: Week One

Well, this is now my third week of support raising for my internship in Africa, and I am at 30% of my monthly goal and one time goal. I have two set goals: a certain amount of monthly support needed and a certain amount of one time gifts needed. Monthly partners commit to giving a set amount monthly. So, I’m at 30% for both of these. That’s exciting. 🙂 That’s an average of 10% a week. If I keep this pace up, I’ll be done in 7 weeks. I have a goal of being done with support by July 1st. That’s pretty bold. I’m going to strive for that goal. Pray with me that I’m done with support by July 1st! 🙂

I’ve been in Memphis for the past week working on support. I have REALLY enjoyed being in Memphis. I’ve gotten to have appointments with people I normally don’t get to see since I’m 6 hours away. I am so glad that I’ve been able to see family, friends, and especially my sisters! Speaking of sisters, Theresa graduated from Ole Miss last weekend with her Master’s degree in linguistics. She’s so smart. Here’s some pictures my dad took.

T is the first in our family to get a master's degree!
The sisters with the graduate!

I’m headed to Nashville at the end of next week for more appointments (hopefully). I haven’t exactly set those up yet, but I’m going to make some calls tomorrow. Prayers are much appreciated.

Well onto things other than work…  I have had one of those days (I’m thinking it’s because I’m wearing a long flowy dress) that feels like all I want to do is run outside in a field, dance around, sing, and just enjoy being. You ever have those days? Those moments are so freeing. There isn’t a care in the world. You just let go of it all and just enjoy life! I love those moments. I need to hold on to those longer. Conundrum…

Anyways! Tonight we’re having a movie night at my sisters house and we’re watching Despicable Me. If you haven’t seen this movie, please do. It’s SO funny! I love love love it. In fact, here’s a great clip for you to watch. Enjoy this glimpse of sunshine and enjoy your weekend!

Pancake Pantry

Almost every time I venture out to visit Jessica in Franklin, we go on some sight seeing adventure. We visited the Carter House first. Here’s a link to the blog about that trip. That was a great historical tour. I mean, it wasn’t all that interesting because I cannot mentally follow war strategy, but the tour guide we had was like a revivalist preacher except he was talking about the Battle of Franklin and not God. So that was fun.

The second trip we went on was to the Carnton Plantation. The house was beautiful. It was a fun tour, but since there are so many weddings there on Saturdays I’d suggest going some other day of the week. The Carnton Plantation was also where we saw a girl fall off the porch. That was funny.

I'd be a great soldier.

Today, Jessica and I went to the Pancake Pantry. I must say, I don’t think I will ever eat better pancakes. Seriously. I ordered the sweet potato pancakes, bacon, and eggs. It was delicious!!! I hate bacon normally, but even their bacon was awesome. The restaurant closes around 3 p.m. during the week, and we got there around 1:45. There was a line out the door and slightly around the corner. We waited outside in the cold for about twenty minutes, but it was SO worth the wait. The service was great and the meal was inexpensive. If you’re ever visiting Nashville, I highly recommend visiting the Pancake Pantry.

 

Sweet Potato Pancakes

My Best Friend

I must admit. I have a lot of best friends. I have Lizzy, my married best friend. Kate, my engaged-we-always-have-opposite-schedules best friend. And there’s Jasmine, my mexican best friend. And Jess, my ultimate best friend. Today, I’ve dedicated this blog to my dear friend Jess. 🙂 Enjoy!

Jess and I met my freshman year of college. We were roommates in Johnson Village (now called Johnson O’Bear). We were total opposites. I was a yankee from Chicago (and seriously acted like the girls from Jersey Shore), and Jess, a mild mannered beauty, was from beautiful Franklin, Tenn. Jess was a believer and I was highly offended by any organized religion. Jess loved to read novels and study. I liked to drink and go to parties. Despite all that, we still became friends.

Here’s some pictures from freshman year. Don’t judge me. Hair like that was cool.

Over the years, we’ve grown to be amazing friends. After many a heart ache, we were both overjoyed in September of 2007. This was when we became sisters in Christ. I texted Jess and told her, “I gave my life to Christ today.” She was with her mom when she got the text and she gave her mom this look:

After she realized I was serious and not making fun of her. She was genuinely excited! Here was her reaction!

Jumping for Joy!

When we were reunited in person, we both couldn’t contain our joy! So we both jumped!

As we’ve both grown in our relationship with God, I’m so thankful for a sister in Christ who has stuck by my side!

And who knows, maybe someday she’ll be more than just my sister and ultimate best friend. Maybe (since I have her and Jaci’s permission) I’ll marry into the family! 😉

I hope I didn’t make that too awkward for Corey since he’s the only single male family member. Jess and I are good at making things awkward.

Anyways, my mexican best friend Jas told me to look up a verse today in Romans. Romans 1:11-12 says, “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” The person I thought of when I read this was my dear Jessica. 🙂 I’m so thankful for God giving me a girl friend who blesses and encourages me so much! Jess, I LOVE YOU FRIEND!

I’m glad I got to share her with you! 🙂 I hope you enjoyed today’s post. 🙂

Mary

Sunday :)

I’m pretty sure today is my first Sunday on this blog! Happy Sunday everyone! Today was a pretty good day. I went to church at Bethel Brentwood (which is always amazing). I really like that church because I feel like it really has a healthy balance of what the body of Christ looks like. It has old people, young, black, white, Asian, etc. I really, really love that about Bethel. It’s so great!

I got to eat lunch with Jess and her friend Rebekah at McAlister’s. Normally, I’m not too fond of McAlister’s but today it was so darn tasty! This could be due to the fact that I hadn’t eaten since 6:00 p.m. the day before, but instead we’ll give McAlister’s some credit 🙂

After church and lunch, I had to head back towards my side of the state. I enjoy car rides in the late summer/early fall. Today’s car ride was an adventure. It ended up taking me an extra hour to get home due to traffic. It didn’t help that I’m directionally challenged, and I “enjoy” finding new and creative ways to get lost. However, during that extra hour I did get a chance to listen to a new CD I bought last week.

Here’s a picture from my drive. Tenn. is one of the prettiest states. I promise! (Sorry the quality of the photo stinks. I was using my phone!)

Now, I’m back home. 🙂 I’m about to go to sleep in my new room. It feels weird that this is going to be my home for the next 9 months (possibly more). Before I lived here, I was kind of bouncing around couches until I could move back to this side of the state. And before project, I was bouncing around couches until I left for my trip. To be in one spot for several months feels weird to me! “Is this real life?”-little kid who had teeth pulled.

Well, tomorrow I start my first day of my 2nd to last semester of college. I’m excited for tomorrow and I’m excited to first start my day off with God, and then to spend it in prayer with Aimee. We’re going to be praying hardcore tomorrow. I know both of our hearts are in weird places when it comes to school. It’ll be nice to have a friend who understands that!

Anywho, Wish me luck! Pray that I actually get up on time and make it there! 🙂

The Day I Let Jess Cut My Bangs

 

If I just tilt my head a little this way….

Yesterday was super busy. We had a CRU meeting around 12 which got me really excited for school to start (Let’s be honest. I got excited for CRU to start). Around 4:00 p.m., I drove to Nashville with my friend/roommate Aimee. I really, really love Nashville. It’s so beautiful there. I stayed in Franklin, Tennessee last night with my best friend Jessica. We dyed her hair and she performed a very impulsive and crooked bang cut for me. Jess hasn’t really ever cut anyone’s bangs, so they turned out a little interesting. Good thing hair grows back. 🙂

Today is Jess’s college graduation party. 🙂 I’m so excited for her to be officially graduated. We started our first day of college together as roomates, and it’s so cool to still be friends at the end of it all (college that is!). Everyone say, “Yeehaw for Jess!”

Today, Jess and I had old women moments and decided we wanted to go tour the Carter House in Franklin. This house was the center point for the Battle of Franklin. I suggest everyone take about an hour and a half to go tour it. I can’t really tell much about it (for time’s sake) but here’s a link to their website.

What else? School starts on Monday. I’m not too sure how I feel about it. I’m a little annoyed that this is going to be my fifth year in school. I feel like I should be graduated, but I’m not. It’s such an awkward position! I am excited for CRU and all the ministry opportunities there, I’m just a little disappointed I’m going to be a student still. I’d much rather be doing full time ministry for an occupation rather than being in school. I just need to remember that God has me where He has me for a reason. I am so tempted to jump ahead and get into my young woman, adult role. But if I do that, then I’ll be missing out on what God has in store for me during this season.

Back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool. I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight. Ohhhh, back to school. Back to school. Back to school. Well, here goes nothing.