Tag Archives: Cooking

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 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.

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Easy Braised Pork Shoulder

For most of my childhood, I was blessed to have a stay-at-home mom who not only strived to raise my sibling and I under a biblical worldview, but saw the importance of modeling Christ-likeness in our home. My mom was in charge of taking care of things on the home front while my dad was at work. To this day, I have no idea how she did it and I’ll probably never truly grasp the depths of her sacrifice for me until I become a mom one day. Yet I’m so thankful that she chose to be a 24/7 homemaker and perceived motherhood as a higher calling from God. Why? Because if I had to name just one person that had the most profound impact on my faith from my birth until now, one that greatly shaped how I view God and how to love others, it’d probably be my mom. So for all of you stay-at-home moms out there, thank you for being so faithful despite how hard child-rearing can really be.

Growing up, I watched and learned a lot of typical housework from my mom. Believe it or not, I like washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen when it’s my turn to do them. I wouldn’t say that I’m anywhere near a clean freak (case in point: my messy room), but I certainly learned how to clean from my mom. Cooking was another area of daily household tasks that I really enjoyed learning with the help from my mom, even to this day.

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