Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Our Golf Life is Hard, but God Helps us Persevere!

Today, I am going to pour out my heart. 

Oh, where do I begin? Golf is hard. Golf is fun. Golf is a rollercoaster.  

A few months ago, Jared played in his first Web.Com Tour event of the season. He made the cut and we were thrilled! Then, he had a rough weekend and finished close to last. A few weeks later, he Monday qualified into the New York tournament and not only made the cut, he finished around the middle of the pack. He's making so much progress! 

Then, fast forward a few weeks and we are to the point we are today. He didn't make it through the past two Monday qualifiers. As Jared's wife, it absolutely BREAKS MY HEART to see him disappointed in himself. 


My husband is the HARDEST working man out there and he puts his heart and soul into grinding every single day. I want more than anything for him to make it to the PGA Tour one day. If you know Jared and I at all, this has nothing to do with money, it's all about the dream and calling God has placed on our life. That's why we are NOT discouraged by these couple of setbacks. We fully believe and trust that God's plan is THE BEST plan and we are so blessed to enjoy this amazing life that He has given us, that we don't have time to complain and be negative. We choose to focus on the positive in every situation. We know that God is teaching us something new EVERY SINGLE DAY. Even when the world thinks that we are struggling, we know that we are THRIVING because we have God as our comfort and strength! With every bad golf round, God is molding us into an even better version of ourselves and helping us become an even stronger couple. 


This devotional book is something we read together every single night. A lot of the time, Jared has to read it from a picture that I send to him because he is on the road. It's amazing how every single night, God tells us EXACTLY what we need to hear for that day. 

I can't tell you how many texts we receive after a missed qualifier that say how sorry they are because we didn't make it in. Please DON'T feel sorry for us because we have had a couple of missed tournament opportunities. Instead, please pray that we will make the most of the journey that God has given us and support one another in love. Please pray that we will fully hear what God is trying to teach us through each setback. 

I wish I could list all of the incredible blessings that we receive, but that would take up the entire space on the internet. I'll mention a few on this post just to prove that God is REAL and HE is the reason that we are doing what we are doing. 


First of all, our jobs are amazing. I am so blessed to be able to spend time with this HILARIOUS kid. I have so many funny stories to tell Jared at the end of each day. One day, Jared was practicing at Sawgrass which is near the library with a pond to feed the fish and turtles. Jared came over for a break and totally surprised Christopher. He jumped out of his seat in the car and did a happy dance the moment he saw Jared! This simple gesture brought Christopher so much joy and it just melted my heart. He only stayed for about 20 minutes because he had to keep practicing, but for that 20 minutes, Christopher was the happiest kid in the world. The fact that we can squeeze in a FEW extra minutes of time together when Jared is home is another huge blessing! 

My job covers our monthly expenses and even allows room for a few fun grocery purchases or surprises now and then. God has covered ALL of our needs and a lot of our wants too. We stick to our budget and when we can do a little something extra, we appreciate it so much more! 

We are also extremely grateful for our amazing families. We have the best of the best! They always spoil us when they come to visit and Jared's dad has been caddying for him to help save money. We cannot thank both sides enough for their love and support! 

Jared's job allows him to travel all over the country and experience so many cool things. He has met so many people and shown God's love everywhere he goes. A lot of people notice the scripture on his yardage book cover and that is one way for him to talk to people about Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love and sound judgment." I am so proud of my husband for being a light everywhere he goes. 

My prayer is that you all would know and believe that God loves you and wants to be the Lord of your life too! God is the best thing in our lives and we couldn't do this without Him! 

Lastly, we hit our 3 year mark of being Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe this past Monday! Cheers for 3 years!  



Monday, July 25, 2016

This Granola is Nuts Review

THIS  GRANOLA IS NUTS! 

 



I really enjoyed this granola. It had a great taste! 
I used this granola in three different ways. I first tried it in a smoothie. It blended really well and I could taste the difference it gave to the smoothie. The second way I tried it, which was my favorite, was to mix it in a bowl with yogurt. My wife gave me this idea when we started dating and it's one of my favorite ways to eat granola. I really liked the flavor and texture it added to the yogurt. The third way was straight from the bag. I also really liked the raw taste of the granola. I recommend this to anyone looking for a snack, an addition to smoothies, or an add on to any snack!

Check out their website, Twitter, and Instagram for more info! 

This granola was sent to us free of charge in exchange for an honest review. We were not compensated for this post, just sent product. All opinions are our own. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Beef Pad Thai Recipe by Jared

BEEF PAD THAI 
We were asked to participate in a contest with JSL Foods using their noodles, so Jared was all over this recipe! He was super happy to have some HOMEMADE pad thai during an off week for golf! 


Directions: 
Take 1b of ground beef and chop it up in a skillet


Season to taste with curry, ginger, garlic, salt & pepper
Microwave noodles for 1 minute after poking holes in the package 




Put the noodles in the skillet with the cooked meat and add the sauce powder with 1/2 cup of water.
Add one scoop of peanut butter
Mix all the ingredients in the skillet together evenly. 


Fry one egg and place on top of the dish
Sprinkle with lime and enjoy!


You can purchase the noodles at Albertson's and Target stores!
Please check out JSL Foods on Twitter and Facebook

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Peanut Butter Paradise Pastries

Peanut Butter Paradise Pastries 

Ingredients:
1 package Wewalka Pastry Dough
2 bananas
Peanut butter 
1 scoop Purely Inspired Protein Powder 
1/4 cup yogurt 
1/4 cup of Truly Tropical Golden Girl Granola 

Directions:
1. Open pastry dough package and cut into 6 even strips. 

2. Slice a banana into thin layer and place on top of dough. 


3. Add about a tablespoon of peanut butter on top of banana. 

4. Fold dough on top and squeeze sides to make sure they are sealed. 

5. Bake at 400*F for about 15 minutes. 


6. While they are baking, start making your protein frosting. Mix yogurt and scoop of protein powder together for about 1 minute or until smooth.  


7. After the pastries are done cooking, allow them to cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes and then top with protein frosting and granola! 

These are not only delicious, but they are healthy too! Win win! 

Purely Inspired is providing us with protein in exchange for recipes each month. We are not compensated for these posts, just sent product.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Wewalka European Bakery Style Dough

Wewalka sent us some dough to try in exchange for an honest review on the blog. 
We were not compensated monetarily, just sent product. All opinions are our own.  

First of all, I have to admit how excited we both were that they included an apron and an oven mitt with the dough. It was so thoughtful and added a fun element to our cooking adventures! 

Here's a little about Wewalka from their website:
Today, Wewalka is a family-run company driven by a passion for good food and good living. We actively listen to our consumers, our customers and our employees, to offer the best baking solutions available. That is why we only use the highest quality ingredients and produce all of our products using clean, renewable energy. We never compromise our recipes by including bromated or bleached flour, animal by-products, high-fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oil. And we remain committed to producing all of our products in a sustainable and responsible way. 


We love the fact that this dough doesn't have any weird ingredients! It is made with wholesome ingredients and you can TASTE the difference. 


Of course, being the pizza lovers that we are, we had to make one ASAP. We used leftover chicken from our dinner the night before, turkey bacon, prosciutto, and fresh mozzarella on top. The crust was  delicious. It was just the right consistency to make it not too thin, but not too thick either. We loved it! 


We also made a new DESSERT with the pastry dough, but we can't reveal it quite yet because we are entering it into a contest with Golden Girl Granola. Hint: It is filled with PB & Banana! We might be biased, but it was INSANELY delicious! The pastry dough was nice and flaky.  


This weekend, we are taking the croissants to a couples brunch and can't wait to share the love! 

Please check out Wewalka on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram



Monday, June 20, 2016

What a Weekend!

If you've read this blog in the past, you've seen how crazy our golf life can be. I thought it was crazy already, but this weekend set the bar higher! Where do I even begin? 

On Thursday, Jared had a rough day of golf. Things just weren't bouncing in his favor and he shot +5. The best part about hearing updates from his mom (Yes, she texts me during the round and I am SUPER THANKFUL for that! It helps hearing updates because I can't be there in person! Thanks Kathy!) was that he kept his head up and had an awesome attitude even though golf wasn't going smoothly that day. Makes a wife's heart happy! 

The chaos all started on Friday night after I got off work. I headed to the airport because of...

Blessing #1: My boss PAID for my plane ticket to come watch Jared's tournament. We were completely shocked and super grateful that I was able to come up and see Jared in the middle of a 3 week period of being apart. 

As I am sitting in the airport, Jared is playing INCREDIBLY and is at -7 through 15 holes. He had 3 more holes to go and the cut was at -1 and his score was -2. My legs couldn't stay still while I was patiently waiting to hear the final results. In the meantime, there was MADNESS at the airport. My flight was supposed to be at 7:45, but there were delays since 2:30 because of bad weather in Atlanta. I finally sat on the plane at 9:10 and sat there until 10:00 came. 


Meanwhile, I got to FaceTime Jared at the airport and congratulate him for MAKING THE CUT!!! He shot a BOGEY FREE -7 and it was the BEST ROUND OF THE DAY!!!! I was super proud of this golf score, but even more proud of his witness! He had a post round interview with the Web.Com Tour Media and he told them "we both prayed a lot together on Thursday night and completely trusted that God would take care of us no matter what. We have a great faith base and spoke a lot of truth and life into today. We were gonna be happy no matter what happened, but we were super happy with the outcome." If you want to see the full interview, you can click here:




The crew took a picture after the awesome round and even included me with the ball marker I got Jared. Getting that text MADE MY DAY because I often feel excluded because I can't physically be at the tournaments a lot of the time. I felt remembered and loved with this picture! 



There was absolutely no way I could catch my connecting flight in Atlanta, so with the help of persuasion from Jared and the rest of the family, I got off the plane and had a ticket exchange for the next morning at 6 am. Thankfully, the Delta crew was SUPER helpful and very accommodating to get me out as soon as possible. I drive home and have about 3 hours to sleep, but it just doesn't happen. I don't know if I was just too excited or overwhelmed with all the airport chaos, but I didn't sleep a wink. Somehow, I managed to stay awake enough to drive safely to the airport and catch the 6am flight to Atlanta and then arrived in Nashville at 8:15. My dad picked me up from the airport and we caught up to Jared on hole 6. 

Unfortunately, Jared had another day of tough breaks and shot +3. We were a little bummed of course, but we knew that Sunday was a brand new chance to go low again! 

Jared had a 7:18 tee time, and we were staying at my parent's house in Clarksville, so we had to wake up at 4AM!!! That early wake up call, paired with a crazy Friday night with all of my airport chaos left Jared mentally and physically EXHAUSTED by the time Sunday came around. He couldn't explain it other than it was just one of those days where everything just catches up to you and there's nothing that can help you really. Unfortunately, he shot +7 that day to finish T74 for the week. We definitely took away some positives from the weekend though! First of all, I was able to WATCH Jared in person, we got to see each other after 2 weeks apart, he played an AWESOME round of golf on Friday, we shared God's love and witnessed through our actions and Jared's words, and he improved from his first cut made on his first year on the Web.Com Tour in 2014, because he didn't finish dead last! SO MANY POSITIVES TO TAKE AWAY! 

Another awesome positive was that I got to see my GREAT friend that I made on the first year on the Web.Com Tour, Katie! She is a great encourager and supporter through this crazy golf life. She prays for Jared and I and always sends encouraging texts and lifts us up after rough rounds. 




Jared and I are super grateful for all that God is doing in our lives and can't wait to see what's next! 





Thursday, June 9, 2016

Noteworthy Eats

If you've read the blog for some time, you know that we are VERY blessed to receive yummy foods to review. Today, we wanted to share a few noteworthy eats we've had over the past month, along with a new recipe! 


Go Raw’s products are always made from organic, top-grade ingredients. They are, and will always be, vegan, gluten free, nut free and minimally processed. We refrigerate our ingredients and stock, even though it’s not absolutely necessary. We control our own processing and packing so that we have complete control of every product from when the ingredients enter our plant to when they leave as Go Raw products.

We enjoyed trying the raw snacks! The chewy apricot bar was the favorite! It was like eating a fruit roll-up like a big kid! We shared the ginger snaps and spicy fiesta bites with friends and they enjoyed them. They are definitely unique, but in a good way! Go check out their website, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see what they're all about! 

This month was packed full of great snacks! One of our favorites was the Roasted Edamame crunch dried snacks. They tasted like chips! Another favorite was the Veggie Pizza puffs from Kay's Naturals. They tasted like pizza AND packed 12 g of protein! Y'all know we are all about that extra protein! 


Make sure you click this link for a 50% discount off your first FitSnack box! :) 

First of all, YUM! These taste like candy! Second of all, I have noticed that my nails aren't as fragile as usual, my pimples have diminished, and my hair isn't breaking as much either! LOVE! Check out their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find out more about Neocell. They have tons of great products. 


Jared and I do a very good job of sticking to a TIGHT budget. God continues to bless us constantly, and last weekend, we splurged a little and stocked up on some of our FAVORITE foods that we normally can't fit into the budget. Earthfare was having a HUGE BOGO sale and we had recently earned a little extra money from both of our jobs, so we stocked up with some goodies! Thank you Jesus for always providing for our needs and allowing us to have this fun trip to the grocery store! 


Last, but not least, we have a new recipe to share with you. These bites are an easy way to pretend you're on vacation on a tropical island! They're tasty and super easy to make! 


Tropical Bliss Bites 
2 cups coconut flour
2 scoops Purely Inspired Berry Protein 
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup cashew milk 

Directions:
Put all ingredients into the food processor and form into little balls. Store in freezer in airtight container. 


Purely Inspired is providing us with protein in exchange for recipes each month. We are not compensated for these posts, just sent product.