As I was scrolling through Pinterest for new summer salad recipes, I came across this quote by Zachry K. Douglas that really struck me. “She did a lot of things, but most importantly she continued to choose what was best for her each day. She stopped worrying about those who never returned the calls or messages, she stopped stressing over the small stuff and learned how to grow into her full potential. She finally gave her heart away to herself.” Y’all. These words stopped my scroll dead in its tracks. I had to read it twice. And then a third time. I swear to you, it felt like the meaning I took from this statement wrapped my soul in a blanket!
We can get so caught up in things and people we don’t understand; unreturned calls and unrequited acts and feelings, we can drag ourselves down trying to figure or smooth it all out. We’ve touched on this time and again, and I felt this quote was a sign I needed to revisit this notion – We cannot pour from an empty vessel, ladies. We must remember to carve out time for ourselves, for what brings us joy or adds to our own personal development.
With this concept in mind, I encourage you to create an intimate personal setting conducive to indulging in a little personal peace. For moments like this, (which usually only occur early in the morning or late in the evening, avoiding the hustle and bustle of the day) I set the scene with fresh florals which you know make my heart smile. Then I reach for a mug of Jackson Morgan paired with a sweet treat as I enjoy the next chapter of the book I’m reading, or track my progress in my goal planner, anything that builds me up.
Currently, I am certified obsessed with the Brown Sugar and Cinnamon flavor by Jackson Morgan. Sometimes, I actually dip my treats (like this luscious cinnamon swirl bread) into the southern cream and savor the combination of flavors. It tastes kind of like an adult version of cookies and milk, with that same comforting effect! Whatever elements you include in your setting, and whatever soothing snacks you reach for, I can’t express how truly important I think it is for us to set aside this time for ourselves. If you try out just one new thing this month, please carve out time for self-care!
Personally, I like to dip my cinnamon bread into my mug of JM, but you might prefer yours baked all together and drizzled with a buttery brown sugar sauce! If so, check out this sweet recipe I found on The Sip!
Jackson Morgan Bread Pudding Ingredients:
2 Cups Heavy Cream
1 Cup Jackson Morgan Southern Cream, Brown Sugar & Cinnamon or Bread Pudding
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar, firmly packed
2 French Baguettes, one day old
1 3/4 Cups Heavy Cream
1/4 Cup Jackson Morgan Southern Cream, Brown Sugar & Cinnamon or Bread Pudding
2 Sticks Butter
2 cups Brown Sugar Directions:
In a large bowl, mix heavy cream, Jackson Morgan, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla. Cut the french baguettes into one inch pieces.
Add the bread pieces to the bowl with the cream mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to soak overnight in the refrigerator.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 inch dish and add in the soaked bread pieces, do not add in the remaining cream mixture from the bowl. Top with brown sugar and bake for 45 minutes.
While the bread pudding is baking, make the sauce. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add in the brown sugar and bring to a boil. Next, whisk in the heavy cream and Jackson Morgan well.
Allow the bread pudding to cool for 15 minutes and then top with sauce. Cheers!