Food. It is something that I often take for granted, but when I’m really hungry, anything, including that delicious bar up there tastes so good. There is another big element of food that has come into our lives in the last 10-15 years? (I don’t know; I”m kind of guessing) These people are called the ‘food blogger’; they are a HUGE blessing to so many, a precious gift from God.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t just read food bloggers; I have so many other blogs I read, but today let’s highlight the food bloggers.
These people pour thousands, hundreds of hours into something that is an art, in some ways, a lost art, in a really busy society. I used to really take them for granted. Then I came into the BGB Community, and I met Christina and Georgie and a HUGE bevy of other bloggers like Kristy, Lindsay, and Kat.
These girls and guys put so much love into the recipes, it blows me away. I literally don’t find recipes very many other places than my favorite food bloggers.
I wanted to share those food bloggers that God has brought into my life and others lives that have been a HUGE blessing and gift, beyond what they will probably ever know. 🙂
Disclaimer: All of the photos are taken from and attributed to the respective blogger’s sites. My photography will probably never be this good, and I’m not sure my cooking/baking will ever be this good! :o)
Lindsay was one of the very first food bloggers I found. Lindsay is really kind, and even though she’s a big blogger, she takes time to reply to people, answer their questions, and she has a really fun sense of humor. The West African Peanut Stew above is absolutely delicious; it brought back sweet memories of Uganda.
Kat is really compassionate, kind, and an AMAZING gluten free baker. Her recipes are simple, and I almost always have the ingredients for them. I’ve tried her:
And we’ll stop there, but I also wanted to say that Kat’s example has taught me over and over again that the love of God is real; that the hope of Jesus Christ is solid, and that He changes people to give them eternal hope and eternal optimism.
‘Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.’ (1 John 3:16)
Bethany and Rachel are so humble, and their recipes are gluten free, dairy free, and packed with so much flavor. They really appeal to the sweet tooth, and their heart felt love for their readers and friends really shines; I got to Skype with them once, and I was astounded by how kind, unassuming, and grateful they are to God for all the many gifts that they share on the blog.
These girl’s love reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13:4, ‘Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant…’
Just a few of their recipes that I’ve tried and would HIGHLY recommend:
Taylor is hilarious, and she has a gift with words. If you don’t think you will like what she is making, read her description, and you will instantly want to make it. Trust me.
I haven’t tried as many of Taylor’s recipes, but one of them that I tried that really stands out is her:
Taylor has the joy of the Lord. It radiates from her Instagram. She draws you in, makes you her friend, and loves on others with the most delicious treats. 🙂
‘Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.’ (Ecclesiastes 9:7)
Amanda. This gal has produced gobs and gobs of the best flourless recipes on the internet. There aren’t any complicated flours or hard to obtain flours in her recipes, and Amanda is so relatable. She loves to ‘Think Out Loud’ which is one of the bloggers favorite link-ups of the week. It allows people to just share thoughts, be genuine, and not be afraid of being themselves.
And you have to read Amanda’s thought processes behind her recipes… :o) I want to meet this girl someday if the Lord wills!
Some of her recipes that I’ve tried and really love:
Those are my top 5 favorite Food bloggers, and so I don’t delay you too long I’ll list a few more gals that you should really check out.
Allie – Miss Allie’s Kitchen
Kaila – Healthy Helper Blog
Sarah – Bucket List Tummy
Kristy – Southern In Law (One of my best food blogger friends and one of the funniest, kindest, gentlest ladies you will ever meet.)
Now for some reason, I feel like I owe you a life update.
Last night Emily cried a lot. Yep I did.
I was singing this hymn and playing the piano last night, and the battle that I’ve been fighting the past few weeks just kind of came to a bit of head.
‘Hear the words of Jesus:
“O my servant true:
thou art very weary –
I was weary too;
but that toil shall make thee
some day all mine own,
and the end of sorrow
shall be near my throne.”‘
(Christian Dost Thou See them?)
‘In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.’ (Psalm 18:6)
That Psalm was me last night; everything just came crashing in around me. The weeks leading up to now have been JAM PACKED, and I have barely left the house. Sometimes in it all, I struggle a lot to remember that it is God’s power that sustains me, that it’s not me that has to keep me going, that the Lord has the whole world in His power and that nothing can happen to me without His sovereign guiding hand.
And I freak out. I get anxious. I say, ‘Yes’ to everything. I stay up till 1:30 AM trying to work with a fried brain instead of meditating on this precious promise.
‘It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.’ (Psalm 127:2)
The world is not in my hands.
But I do know Whose control it is in: ‘Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest?’ (Isaiah 66:1)
I need to stop being a control freak or acting like I’m ‘god’ because I’m not; I need to be put in my place, rest my weary, tiny little head and body on my Savior Jesus Christ, knowing that all might and power and wisdom rests in Him.
‘And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ (Matthew 28:18)
Jesus Christ. It is all about Him, the light that came into history, and I’m just never going to get tired of hearing about and sharing about the One who changes hearts and lives and souls. He is my rock in the midst of this CRAZY life that can be so wearying, the news that can be so hard and heartbreaking, the pressures that threaten to crush us; in the midst of it all Jesus Christ has already won, and no power from hell or on earth can defeat Him.
I’m reminded of when Jesus was tested in the desert by the very Satan himself.
‘And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.’ (Luke 4:6-8)
Though I am humanly weak, through Him I can be strong in Christ. This is what keeps me going, keeps me breathing, keeps me waking up with new joy and anticipation each day. It is purely the grace, the power, the God man, Jesus Christ.
I can’t tell you that everything is perfectly fine and dandy, but Jesus Christ is the same today, yesterday, and forever, and in Him my life is entirely secure, whether I live for 25 years or 100 years on this earth.
And let’s continue to just share the ups and the downs, k? Kate, Lyss, Marina, Catherine, Kat, Susie, Kat and so many other bloggers are constantly reminding me that it’s ok to share the vulnerable parts of you; within wisdom of course, but I can’t always give really good advice when I’m struggling a lot myself. I can just share Who I’m clinging to and hope that it is an encouragement, that Jesus Christ fills you with His peace, peace with God, and peace within yourself.
I can be an emotional mess, but I’m thankful that Jesus Christ saves the lost people like me, cause I feel so lost some days. But He has found me, and in Him I will always be safe.
It’s all about Jesus; and now I can sing of what He has done to my soul.
So… now, what have you been struggling with lately? (It’s okay if you’re vulnerable on here; I would love to pray for you, share stories (via email), or just listen.
Which food blogger do you go to for most of your recipes? Do you have a few favorites?
Have you met a food blogger? What were they like?
If you’re a blogger do you consider yourself a ‘food blogger’ or are you more of a ‘lifestyle’ blogger like mwa?
(Did you like this post: Would you want me to do a Part II cause I have more I want to share?)
Linking up with Amanda and all the gals to ‘Think Out Loud.’