Regaining Focus over a Sea Salt Coffee Date | Cerritos

by Ellie Betzen | from scratch, mostly in ,

at fusion tea bar

Photo credit: little sweet boy with Lizzy's phone

Happy Saturday, guys!  Anyone else looking forward to Fall?  I personally can't wait to start wearing more Fall appropriate clothes and eat my heart out in all things pumpkin and spice.  Although I have to admit that for the very first time ever summer wasn't so bad for me.  Maybe it's starting to grow on me even(crossing fingers)!  And maybe...just maybe...flowy dresses and sleeveless tops aren't so annoying anymore.  There was a time when I used to think that dresses and tank tops were the demons of fashion, but now I figure that you can do so much with those clothing items like layering.  Plus, it's kind of nice not to die wearing a cardigan in 80F weather.  Anyway, I was actually going somewhere with this. 

Oh yes.  This summer has been special in that I've gotten to witness the beginning of toddler years.  And let me tell you, those toddler years are filled with fun and adorable moments as well as busyness everywhere you go.  Yesterday I met up with my amazing, most golden hearted friend, Elizabeth (lizzy) and I could not for the life of me sit down for even a minute.  Selah was as sweet as pie and didn't cry one bit, but she wanted to explore every crack and corner of our meet-up spot--Fusion Tea Bar in Cerritos.  So Lizzy and I were more or less yelling at each other from at least 5 feet away throughout most of the conversation.  Hah!  C'est la vie of a momma. ;) 

sea salt iced coffee at fusion tea bar

She ordered their Peach Please tea with bits of fruit, while I surprised myself with a sea salt iced coffee.  I was so tempted to order black coffee since that's my option pretty much 100% of the time, but the combo of sweet and salty sounded so amazing at the time I couldn't resist.  This was my second time around sipping on that stuff (1st time at 85 Degree Bakery) and this was even better than I remember!  Must. Make. This. At. Home.

Good drinks aside, I had such a blessed time with Lizzy.  Naturally.  There is never a shortage of deep conversations with this girl, and hearing testimony after testimony of what God is doing in hers and others' lives helps me step out of my own bubble and look at the big picture.  I realize that lately my sight has been zooming in on priorities that perhaps God doesn't want me to focus on, and a simple coffee date with a sister in Christ changed all that.  I mean, how can listening to testimonies of mission trips to Russia, India, and communist countries not redirect my focus?  And that's the thing I love about God and godly community.  He never stops trying to regain our attention in places we're lacking and He often uses the fellowship of like minded people to accomplish that.  I think that's so beautiful and empowering because I know that when I'm blinded in my ways, I never truly am left alone. 

bowl of brown rice and taco meat | quick healthy meal

When Selah and I got back from Cerritos, she went down for her nap which allowed a good amount of time to throw this super simple dinner together.  I just reheated frozen leftover brown rice and cooked taco meat with onion, garlic, seasoning, and a tsp of Worcestershire sauce.  (I still can't say that word right, can you?)  Healthy and simple meals like this have been lifesavers for our family.

Perhaps I should do a post on some meal ideas in the near future.  What do you think? Yay, nay?

Have a great weekend and let's talk soon!

What are some easy and fast meals you tend to fall back on?

Ever tried sea salt coffee?

What are some ways that help you step back and see the "big picture"?

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