• faith,  Jesus

    “So, who is Jesus?” – Part 1

    This is such a loaded question. What did Jesus do? Why do people believe in Him and what makes Him so special? Maybe you’ve never thought of questions quite like these and that’s okay – we’ll tackle them all here, together. With Easter just around the corner I couldn’t be more excited – so let’s get into this! So they said to Him, “Who are You [anyway]?” Jesus replied, “What have I been saying to you from the beginning? - John 8:25esv The Beginning As many of you know, the Bible is separated into two parts – the Old Testament (before Jesus was born) and the New Testament (during and after…

  • faith,  prayer

    Just Keep Praying.

    ‘The angel said to him… “your prayer has been heard”.’ – Luke 1:13 Zechariah encountered an angel from the Lord with an answer to prayer. This happened as he was partaking in his priestly duty after being chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary to burn incense. He and his wife Elizabeth were very old and they had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive. All it took was for Zechariah to hear, “your prayer has been heard” and their lives were forever changed! I wonder how long he had been praying to God for a child? I can imagine this particular prayer being one he may have given…

  • baking

    Baked Banana Oatmeal Cups | Healthy + Easy

    Do you enjoy Banana bread? How about Oatmeal? Have you ever thought about putting them together? That’s what I did and I have to say, “I am a huge fan!” My husband and I love really enjoy the traditional sit down breakfast but sometimes having that full on experience isn’t so easy to achieve during the week – so I came up with this recipe! Now don’t get me wrong, I know there any many different baked oatmeal recipes out there but most of them that I have tried leave the inside of the cups quite “gummy” when cooked – I wanted something more “muffin” like but without being a…

  • faith

    Seeking Direction: Do the last thing God told you to do.

    Interesting thought, right? I thought so too. A few months ago I got to thinking, “What am I waiting for? What am I so afraid of?” I kept putting the things that I knew God was telling me to do and had impressed on my heart to pursue – on the back burner, in the back of my mind. Why? Because I honestly wasn’t even sure if I had what it took to do it and to do it at a high standard, on top of that, the end result/product felt a b-i-i-i-t overwhelming. Can anyone relate? It wasn’t too long after this, while I was in prayer about direction,…

  • life

    There’s nothing like being Celebrated.

    A close friend of mine sent me a message a few days ago, sharing with me some awesome news on her success in school. She said “I just wanted to celebrate and I knew YOU would celebrate with me!!” – my heart literally melted! I got to thinking, “wow, that’s the type of support she can count on from me – to celebrate with her in all her successes, new opportunities and accomplishments!” It touched me. There’s really nothing like being celebrated. When someone understands you, respects you, and encourages you – it means a lot! I believe it builds a person up to confidently walk their purpose and the…

  • nut butters | spreads

    Easy Homemade Roasted Cashew Butter

    I used to think the only way you could have a yummy nut butter was from the shelf in a grocery store but not anymore! What better way to spend a simple Sunday evening after church than to make something so fun and tasty? My husband, David, and I tend to purchase a large tub of nuts just about every month. I’d say we have a tied favorite between cashews (I cook with them a lot) and the classic mixed nuts – you know, the ones with a percentage more of cashews or almonds. Well, we purchased a large tub of cashews a few weeks ago and I got to…

  • life,  updates

    It’s been a while!

    Hii friends, has anyone else ever have something in the back of your mind that you know you need to be doing but you keep telling yourself “I just don’t have the time” or “I can’t think of a way to get it done” – that was me these past few months but not anymore 🙂 ! I told myself that this is the season where I hunker down and get serious about what my heart keeps reminding me to do – write! I want the discipline of writing what God puts on my heart and grow in the challenge of staying consistent and faithful with sharing! I have tones…

  • plant-based food,  soups

    Sweet Potato & Red Lentil Coconut Soup

    It’s almost the middle of May and our weather here in Saskatchewan is acting very much like fall – we had snow today, crazy! Even though it is technically Spring, soup is one of those food categories that just works in and out of season, even more so on days like today – an overcast, chilly breeze and random flurries – they just warm you up! I have come across recipes similar to this one, that tasted lovely, but for some reason they tended to lack the “body” or “fullness” I look for in soups. But with a few of my tweaks this recipe has become one of our (David…

  • faith

    April? Is that you?

    April? Is that you? April happens to be one of my favorite months really.  The snow begins to melt leaving splashy puddles behind, windows open to the rush of the cool, fresh, breeze – and then there are the “spring cleaning” posts we share with our loved ones and friends – “Woohoo! I finally get to clean out this closet!” In April we see all the birds return to their favorite cities from their winter vacation hideouts. They sing a sweet song as the sun rises a bit earlier each morning – new life begins. Have you ever wondered how those birds know when it’s time to return to their…

  • life

    Who am I?

    What a profound, personal question. Have you ever been asked this question and instantly drew a blank? Then the blank turns into deep thought, and the deep thought turns into doubt, or insecurity? Well this very thing happened to me the other day when I was asked, “Who are you, who is Tanika?” Although I’m aware that I have many qualities and strengths, for some reason answering that question precisely was difficult for me. As I thought and prayed about it for a day or so, I realized one thing – I haven’t given myself enough credit! Not in the sense of pride or boasting, but realizing that God has…