February 19, 2018


Hamachi Sushi with Spicy Cilantro Lime

Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people


Hamachi Sushi

  • 1/2 lb hamachi, sliced
  • 1/2 cup shaved white radish
  • 1 bunch thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 avocado thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp masago
  • 1/4 cup radish sprouts
  • 4 serranos
  • 1/4 tsp black sesame seed

Spicy Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • 2 limes, juiced squeezed
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 serranos
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • sprinkle salt & pepper to taste


Spicy cilantro lime sauce

  1. In a food processor, blend limes, EVO, serranos, cilantro until completely blended. Sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste. Set aside. 

Arranging together

  1. Lay out the radish, serranos, and green onions on the plate. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the sauce on top.

  2. Place the avocado on top, then layer the hamachi over it, slightly overlapping each piece. Drizzle the top with another 2 tablespoons of the sauce.

  3. Sprinkle with masago and radish sprouts on top. Lightly sprinkle with sesame seed. Add a very light sprinkle of coarse salt and black pepper to top it off. If desired, drizzle more sauce or serve on the side. 

We ate this with a side of brown rice and some small sheets of seasoned seaweed. This is definitely one dish we are adding to our Friday night date night repertoire, when we have the budget for hamachi. We got spoiled by my parents and they gave us this amazing filet. I’m certainly thankful for parents and sushi.


February 17, 2018

This week’s learned, links, and thankfulness…

Thankful we had a good family day at the Date Festival on Friday.

I like most of Justin Timberlake’s new album. I’m not one to swoon over him, but I do think he puts on a good show and makes catchy music.

Gorgeous blue acetate earrings from Dear Soho.

We are starting to get used to Ben’s new work schedule and we are loving having his 4 day weekends every other week. It’s something we prayed for for awhile and it’s been a blessing.

I’m teaching a macrame workshop next Saturday. If you’re interested in hosting your own, just gather your friends, and I’d love to come you! Send an email for details.

Obsessed with these Island Girl Workouts on youtube. I want the DVD. Oh my legs, buns, and abs feel good after.

If purple is your color, get this minimalist linen dress.

I’m curious, for those of you who are still blog readers, what do you want to see more of here? I have some ideas I’ve been brainstorming, but I would love to have your feedback. Do you come here for crafts, life/heart rantings, homeschooling, style? I know my blog reading list has dwindled over the last few years, and instagram is the thing now, but I hate the algorithm change and I miss the community aspect blogging used to be. I’m so appreciative of the time you’ve taken here over the years, it means so much. I’ve been thinking lately, what do I want to do at 49 (the age I’ll be when Glow goes off to college)? With that in mind, I’ve been pondering about what I really want to do with my online presence and the things I am passionate about.

We’ll be enjoying the sunshine here this weekend. Hope you get some of the same wherever you are!


February 15, 2018

Simple and sweet describes how we celebrated yesterday’s love fest. The girls and I went to Ben’s work to leave him some banners on his desks, while he was out doing errands for lunch. Then, came home and baked strawberry cupcakes, watched a movie and the olympics. When Ben got home, he had a flower for each girl and a special love note for me with a hidden message. After, the girls did their homemade Valentine exchange (loads of notes and artwork). Also, True picked a Valentine pummelo from our garden and put a little message on it for the rest of the family. Of course, sometimes it’s nice to go out with a bang and a couple girls ended up fighting, I stepped in in a not so loving way (had to ask for forgiveness), Ben was frustrated with what they were fighting about, and so by the time Ben and I sat down to eat our dinner together (he picked up sushi), we were both exhausted and frustrated. Such is life sometimes, and I’m reminded about the hymn I’ve kept (attempted to keep) in my heart this past week, “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus… O for grace, to trust Him more.” My heart was cranky, but I need to remind myself those truths to give myself a hard reset. Even if it takes awhile for the reset to kick in. With all the sweet and frustrating, it was still a good love day.


February 14, 2018

Just like my girls, I love to celebrate. I love special days for showering my loved ones with something special, making special requests and getting treats, but sometimes, when life is busy and you’ve been married for almost 13 years, you’re cool with a mellow Valentine’s Day too. I have no gift for Ben and I’m not expecting anything from him, except maybe for ice cream. The last few months have been a bit more stressful for us, so we agreed to keep it chill this year. We did sneak in a quick date on Sunday afternoon, which was nice because we don’t do things like that often, and are pretty content with our Friday evening date nights on the floor of our bedroom (with homemade sushi and movie!). The last couple years have been a time of growth and change in different ways, but what I notice most from him is His deepening love for God and growing desire to lead our family well. He also reminds me of what really matters and tries to get me to refocus on kingdom and eternity things (I often just see the here and now, and get stressed out by it).

We certainly don’t have a perfect marriage. In fact, Sunday morning we fought on the way to church gathering. As he was driving, he heard a rattling between us, and wanted me to figure it out to make it stop, so during my haste, I was touching his coffee cup, then he got mad I was touching where he puts his mouth to drink. Then, I said, “Next time, you do it yourself.” We tried talking about other things after, but we definitely weren’t kind with each other, so regular petty marriage fights like that do happen and we fight about some not so petty things too. We’ve got the regular stresses of family life, time management, trying to make sure we’re giving the kids attention, prioritizing each other, trying to stay within our budget, taxes, house stuff, staying involved with church family, and all the normal stuff you likely have going on too. With all the busyness going on in this particular season for us, we’re trying to keep our head above water, so it will be a simple Valentine’s for us. We have a gift card to a local sushi place, he’ll pick up food on the way home, and we’ll relax together once the kids are in bed. As long as I’m with Ben (and have ice cream after dinner), I’d say it sounds like the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day.

So if you’re spending today with your friends, kids, or your significant other, going all out or keeping it simple like us, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the ones you love!

See some of our past Valentine’s celebrations: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 here and here, 2013, and 2012. I could go back even further as I’ve been blogging since 2007, but I think that’s good for now. It’s fun to look back and see how we’ve grown and changed. 


February 13, 2018

Happy Galentine’s Day!

My girls think Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day are official holidays, so it makes no sense to them why they aren’t off from school. To say they love holidays (or celebrations) is an understatment. I did tell them that if they worked hard to get Wednesday’s work done ahead of time, we’d take the day off, so they might get their wish after all. If your mini gals are just as excited about celebrating Galentine’s Day as mine, here are some simple celebration ideas for you…

– Make small bouquets and give to neighborhood friends.
– Make flower crowns.
– Watch a cute and quirky movie together. I’m thinking the 1980’s Anne of Green Gables movie.
– Can’t go wrong indulging in some cookies and chocolates while watching said movie.
– Write little notes of encouragement for other important gals in your life (or just send them a text).
– Work on a craft together… maybe heart chain garland or lollipop flowers.
– Make kettle corn.
– Bake together.
– Read a book celebrating friendship.
– Have a picnic outside (even if it’s in your backyard or front lawn).

We will definitely be doing some of the above once school is done for the day. I’m thankful for my little galentine’s and how their hearts love celebrating!


February 12, 2018

Yarn Wire Word Art

1 skein of yarn
4 yards floral decorative wire
Wire cutter

1. Using finger knitting (tutorial here), create a 4 yard long garland.
2. Insert the wire through the back of the knitted garland, weaving it in and out of the yarn links. Fold 1″ of each end backwards.
3. Carefully bend your yarn-wire garland to create a word.

We made our word love in honor of Valentine’s Day, but once that day has come and gone, we will change it to Soul (since it designates her side of the room) and we will make another for Glow (for her side of the room). If you want another wire word art project, try this one out!

vintage bamboo bed frame: elsie green. kantha quilt: uncommon goods

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