Monthly Archives: February 2015

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Little did I know that I would make one of my best purchases to-date during Black Friday last year. I originally had not planned on buying anything, and I did not even plan on stepping out of the house that day because it was one of my few vacation days. I much preferred to relax with a slice of leftover pumpkin pie and a book in my hands. But then I got this message from my best friend, telling me to buy a Crock-Pot ’cause they were on sale for only nineteen bucks at Target. It is such a good deal, she said.

Who can resist a good deal? So of course I dragged myself to the store and bought it. Totally and completely on a whim since my best friend told me to. And you know what?

I LOVE IT! I LOVE MY SLOW COOKER! This is why my best friend is the wiser one in our relationship.

So after purchasing my wonderful Crock-Pot, we began to talk about what we were experimenting in our kitchens. She then shares with me that she made the most amazing pot roast, not once, but several times. And being ever so curious, I had to ask her for the recipe so I could try this so-called “amazing pot roast” for myself. Was it just hype or was it for reals?

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Weekly Favorite Links (Feb 19-25, 2015)

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One of the biggest blessings of committing to a local church is the opportunity for discipleship — put simply, a one-on-one mentorship between a younger individual with an older individual of the same gender. In other words, it’s two people who are committed to intentionally pursue Christ-likeness together. Not every church does this, so I’m really grateful that the church I currently attend and commit to emphasizes discipleship within our church. What I appreciate most about discipleship is having someone older and wiser modeling their faith, and demonstrating to me what that looks like in perhaps more mundane aspects of life.

In my own spiritual walk, I feel like God uses that time with my discipler to reveal a lot of my own sin issues so that I could confess and work through them. And what’s great is that I’m not working through them alone, but that I do have someone to walk with me — supporting, encouraging, and affirming me. Sometimes during our meetings, I feel totally exposed, weak and broken. But then afterwards, there is joy and peace. Moreover, there is freedom — freedom from shame and separation because the grace of God is sufficient to cover all sins.

With that said, I really hope that the links that I share every week would not just be a place where I share all my “favorites,” but that I could share some important, helpful resources too! That really is my prayer and hope for these kind of posts.

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Weekly Favorite Links (Feb 12-18, 2015)

For Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend, my family took a trip to Sedona, Arizona. It wasn’t really to celebrate either holiday since we had a more important occasion in mind: my brother’s birthday! Plus we all agreed that we needed to spend some much-needed quality time together, away from the city life. Praise God for my family and for this trip because it was so a-w-e-s-o-m-e! Sedona is absolutely breathtaking, and it was during my time there that I marveled at how great God is and how wonderful is all His creation. I happened to be reading Psalm 8 for my morning devotions one day, and the words really struck me. It was perfectly timed and relevant. It’s worth sharing:

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. 

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

The photo above is what I took with my smart phone. And while photos really don’t do Sedona justice, I can’t wait to show you the other photos that our family took using our fancier camera. I’d definitely go back there again because one weekend wasn’t enough.

Now onto the weekly faves from the web!

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Marble Brownies

I know, I know. V-Day was so last weekend.

Well, call me a rebel but red velvet can be made and eaten all the time, whenever, wherever. No special occasion needed, but if you’re in a pinch for a bridal shower or a birthday party, make something with red velvet. There’s just something about that vibrant red color that easily transforms any classic dessert and elevates it to another level.

Gah, I looove that color! And I don’t even really like the color red on anything else. Yes, it’s totally baffling.

Back in college, there was a period of time when I was obsessed with red velvet anything. I didn’t care if it was red velvet cakes, bars, or cookies – I loved them all. To this day, I don’t know if it’s because I loved the food coloring or the fact that the name “red velvet” sounded so pleasing to my ears. I guess that will remain a mystery. What I do know is that making these red velvet brownies elicited a lot of nostalgic feelings. Gah college days, I kind of miss you. Sorta.  Continue reading