Friends, this past year has been one of rest and in learning to be still that I may hear His voice. I shared a bit about my whirlwind year with you in my most recent post, I Found Simplicity in My Garden. My life has been a bit chaotic for sure, but guess what? I heard from God.
On August 23rd, 2015, God answered my prayer. After two years of living with anxiety (I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder) I can freely shout, “I am anxiety free!” As happy as I am to be on the other side of such an ugly, mental battle, I am very aware that God needed me in the trenches to show me who He is, was, and will continue to be.
Soon, I plan on sharing with you my battle with anxiety, what I’ve learned from it, and how I’ve come to recover. I want to share this with you because I know that 1 in 5 woman in her mid-thirties is on some sort of antidepressant drug due to depression and anxiety. Ladies, our minds are powerful! They’re so powerful that the thoughts we put into them can promote or wreak havoc to our health.
Our minds are a spiritual battleground and we must learn how to fight wearing the armor of God.
Now that I’ve come to understand how to fight through these mental and spiritual battles with Him, God is now calling me to be a strong woman, to gird up my loins, and lead when he calls.
As I reflect on these past two years of living with anxiety, one thing I’ve truly come to realize is that God created us to be in relationship with people. I’ve found that when my anxiety is rearing its ugly head, I’m not in fellowship with real, live people. You know, the ones that live next door to me, go to church with me, and live across town from me. God created us to spend time with one another, to laugh, and to cry with one another. I’ve also come to realize that it takes work to maintain or form these relationships, it takes humbling of hearts, and perseverance.
Persevere, I will.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for having walked through these trenches with me over the past couple of years. Thank you for sending sweet emails to me (some of which I still need to reply to!).
My Humble Kitchen, Looking Forward
Along with my post on anxiety (that I promise will be next), I plan on sharing some posts on where I’m at with homeschool. I still haven’t shared our recap post from last year, so I’ll do that first and then I plan on sharing all about our new homeschool year that started a few weeks ago. I’m in such a sweet spot with homeschool that I’m just bursting with joy to be able to share it with you. I want to share about our new read-alouds, books I’m currently reading, and some of my favorite resources that help me along in our homeschool adventures. Also, I want to share about our homeschool co-op and a brand new nature club that my brother-in-law and I are heading up this year. So yeah, a lot of homeschool stuff! It’s the season in life that I’m currently in and I’m really enjoying it.
Also, I have quite a few natural living posts to share with you and of course, recipes made with love.
I’m really excited to see what God has for me in this coming year. I do know that Paul was so right when he wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Fig and Honey Frangipane Tartlets
Here’s a lovely recipe for fig and honey frangipane tartlets that I adapted slightly from a book called Honey, A Selection of More Than 80 Delicious Savory and Sweet Recipes by Hattie Ellis.
Figs are one of my favorite seasonal fruits in late summer and early fall. This frangipane tartlet is gently sweetened by honey and highlighted by the sweet, caramel like flavor of roasted figs. It's a sensational sweet treat your family will enjoy!
- 1 Recipe Pâte Brisée (I used einkorn, all purpose flour)
- 8 fresh figs
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup ground almonds
- 2 tbsp einkorn flour
- Making 1 Recipe Pâte Brisée, enough for a 2 crust pie. On floured work surface, roll out and gently push the pastry into the pans. A 2 crust pie recipe should be enough pastry to fill one large tart pan or 6 mini tartlet pans.
- Chill in the refrigerator while making the filling.
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Put a baking sheet into the center of the oven. The tartlet pan or pans will be cooked on top of the baking sheet. No pre-baking of the pastry is necessary.
- In the bowl of stand mixer, cream the butter and honey for 2-3 minutes on medium speed. Lower the speed, and add the vanilla extract and eggs until combined. Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and gently fold in the ground almonds and flour.
- Fill the tart pan or tartlet pans with the filling and spread evenly.
- Cut the figs in half and arrange on top of the frangipane mixture.
- If making with one large tart pan, bake for 25 minutes, lower the heat to 325F, and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
- If making with tartlet pans, bake for 15 minutes, lower the heat to 325F, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Serve, drizzled with raw honey and a dollop of whipped cream.
Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? If you need prayer, please leave a comment below. I’d love to spend time praying for you.