Today I will be sharing some of my current favorite things. This post guarantees to be random, but that’s part of the fun. So, without further ado, I give you …
#1: THIS SUPER EASY BRISKET TACO RECIPE
I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to trying new foods and I’ve never attempted cooking a brisket before, so this one was big for me. The great news is that it was so delicious and easy, I will definitely do it again. Plus – everyone ate it. Score!
The link to the recipe is here, but here’s my disclaimer.
I made the brisket according to her directions, but I didn’t make the sauce or use brie. So basically, our tacos consisted of brisket meat, Monterrey Jack cheese and tortillas.
Welcome to the Rogers’ family cooking. And speaking of that …
#2: SLOPPY JOES
I brought back this oldie-but-goodie this month, and it was another win. I didn’t follow a recipe. I just tried my mom’s method of a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
I used: ground beef, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, ketchup and mustard – to taste.
Why do sloppy joes make my mouth so happy? I served them on slider buns, so they were cute and delicious.
CANVA is an on-line graphic design tool that helps non-professionals (like me) create professional-ish looking images.
It’s free. It’s easy. It has everything you need to create beautiful looking designs. I use the site mostly for social media posts, but you can also use it to create documents, invitations and other marketing materials.
Here are a few images and documents I’ve created on CANVA:
Last week, I used it to create a birthday invitation for my Middle Miss. I highly recommend!
#4: THIS CHRISTIAN FICTION BOOK SERIES
As I said in March’s What I Learned post, I have really enjoyed listening to Fictional accounts of Biblical stories. My latest find is Lynn Austin’s Chronicles of the Kings. This five-part book series brings the Biblical stories of the kings of Judah to life. I recently finished the first in the series and look forward to starting the second one.
Book 1 in Chronicles of the Kings series
#5: WALMART’S SAVINGS CATCHER
Do you know about the Savings Catcher on the Walmart app? I just walked out of Walmart with $100 worth of groceries without paying a dime (or breaking the law)!
Here’s how the Savings Catcher works: Every time I shop at Walmart, I scan the bar-code on my receipt with the Savings Catcher on the Walmart App. If a local competitor has a lower advertised price for anything on that receipt, I get the difference on an eGift Card.
After several months, all those little savings add up to a cart full of free groceries. Who doesn’t like that???
#6: GROWN UP CANDY
I have a thing for candy. In the past, I admit my “thing” may have more closely resembled an addiction. I could consume bags of candy in one sitting. Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Sweet Tart jelly beans, Hot Tamales. It was frightening how much candy I could put down.
In order to break myself of my need for massive amounts of sugar, I cut myself off cold turkey. For a season, I stopped eating candy completely.
Since then, I’ve made an effort to grow up my candy cravings. Now this is my go-to:
One hand-full of dark chocolate covered almonds from Sprouts. I’m quite sure this officially makes me a grown up.
#7: THE BREATHING ROOM
Over a year ago, I approached two friends with an idea. I wanted to start something new.
During a season of disconnect from my local church, God began to open my eyes to a need outside the walls of my local church building. It seemed like everywhere I turned I saw two glaring needs in the women around me. #1: They were hungry for Truth. #2. They were desperate for a place of authentic community. The need was obvious, and so was the call.
It just took me some time to get there.
For over a year, I hashed out the details with these two friends. I stalled, and they patiently waited. I changed plans, and they patiently supported.
Finally in January, this group we call “The Breathing Room” met for the first time. And yall, it’s now one of my favorite things.
The group has been just what I hoped it would be: a safe place for women (of all ages, stages, and church denominations) to gather to take a deep breath together. We open our Bibles. We drink coffee. We laugh. No one has all the answers. No one has it all together. Starting with me.
For the month of May, we’re going to be learning and practicing together the four different approaches to studying the Bible for yourself that I’ve introduced in my HOW DO YOU STUDY THE BIBLE? blog series. We meet in downtown McKinney at Gather at 9:30.
If you’re local, we’d love for you to join us!! Consider this your formal invitation.
I’m learning that you guys don’t really like to talk back to me, but I’d love to hear from you.