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Brook’s New Favs from 2012

I know we are almost into the second month of 2013, but I just found the notebook containing several of my blog ideas.  {oops, better not have so many notebooks around}  One idea I’ve been waiting to do for a while is a list of favorites from 2012.

In no particular order:

1.  Aldi – I can’t believe I haven’t shopped at Aldi my entire life.  What is wrong with me?  It has the best prices, period.  Now, I still have some brands I get from other stores that Aldi doesn’t carry {like Jif peanut butter}.  A big trip to Aldi might cost $60 as opposed to $115 at other stores.  They own Trader Joe’s so I suspect many items are interchangeable, they just don’t have the fancy “Trader Joe’s” logo on them.

2.  Dollar Store – Again, why have I not shopped more at the Dollar Store?  I don’t mess around with this Dollar General business either…I go straight for the place where EVERYTHING is a dollar!  Lots of crafting ideas can be fulfilled here along with cleaners and seasonal items.

3.  Avacados – I have been craving avocados for months.  I just can’t get enough of these little green mushy vegetables I used to turn my nose up to. Now I love them in soups on sandwiches and of corse as guacamole!!  Yumm!

4.  Nutella – Again, something I crave.  Great on toast or spread on crescent rolls and baked!  {Aldi carries it’s version of Nutella…tastes good, but not as creamy}

5.  HUMMUS – Definitely one of my all time new favs that is now a staple in my diet.  I started off dipping chips in any flavor variety.  Now, I prefer it as a dip for carrots.  My favorite flavors are anything jalapeño and roasted red pepper.  If you’ve never had hummus, don’t be afraid to try it.  I describe it as being similar to a flavorful bean dip.  My kids love it too!

6.  Juicing – Shawn and I were going strong making fresh juice for months and have gotten away from it a bit.  It can be a bit time consuming but is soooo good.  My kids beg to have a glass of any kind of juice I make.  I’m not as adventurous as some but I think even being a basic juicer is fabulous.  My favorite…apple, orange, carrot, peach!

7.  Greek Yogurt – I love yogurt but the Greek variety took a bit of getting used to.  But now that I have made the switch, the regular yogurt just tastes like watered down sugar.  Greek yogurt is VERY creamy and more tart than the regular.  I love Chobani with blueberries the best! {um, anyone else notice there is a lot of food on my favs list?}

8.  Gotye – On to music.  When I heard the song “Somebody That I Used to Know” on the radio I was in love!  It was so different than anything else out there.  I went on youtube and found a bunch of his videos about him making his music.  He’s just a very creative dude making art out of everything.  It’s also an album I can listen with my kids in the car and have no worries.

9.  Karmin – Another band I fell in love with instantly.  I went on a Karmin youtube diet one night and was hooked.  I love their story and their music.  I hope they don’t get sucked into the hype of the music industry and remain “cool”.

10.  Pinterest – Rounding off my list is a website that no one knew about a little over a year ago.  I had to get invited to join by my sister and then wait several days to get accepted into the Pinterest community.  I think they just grew faster than expected.  Now, Pinterest is everywhere.  I use it for everything.  One of my favorite uses is for recipes.  I have a virtual cookbook at my disposal and I love it!  It is picture driven which I also love.  We’re about to create a Pinterest account for Echo Church to link pinners everywhere to Pastor Shawn’s sermons!  Exciting times indeed 🙂


Family Feud has it Wrong

One of my favorite games to play is Family Feud.  The other day I was playing it and it had the top 5 answers to things found in the Garden of Eden.  Oh, this was going to be cake.  Right?  Wrong.  I was so frustrated when I got the dreaded third strike.  I got them all but #2.

Survey says…

1. Tree
2. Devil
3. Apple
4. Snake
5. Adam and Eve

I was hung up because the top 5 answers didn’t include GOD!!  I couldn’t believe it.  How could so many have forgotten God was in the Garden of Eden? It breaks my heart.  But they got the two forms of Satan down.  Wow.

My Nemesis

Our first week of VBS is almost over.  Tomorrow is VBS Sunday, then I’ll have one “regular” week, then head to Hot Springs to help with a second week of VBS.  This morning has been full of rest!  Our very thoughtful friends took the boys last night so we could just veg.  It’s been nice.  But rest time is almost over.  I’ve gotta get up and do all the things that have been waiting for me all week.  Yep, housework…AKA my nemesis.


My friend Amy tagged me! I am supposed to list 8 random things about myself that you may not know. Here it goes:

  1. I’ve had random jobs over the last years ranging from secretary-dental assistant-pool and spa sales! But my most favorite job was staying home with my boys.
  2. I secretly want to be an actress…either as a cast member on The Office or even as a writer for SNL. Both would be nice. Oh, or as a female spy like Sydney Bristow on Alias! That would be great!
  3. I do not like going to church district events and see my future as a pastor’s wife. I try very hard to maintain my youth and style so I don’t fit into the “mold” of many Nazarene wives. Ahhh…I’m doomed!
  4. At least yearly I completely change my hair style-cut and color. It’s crazy, but why not if I can right?
  5. I’m a huge fan of Animal Planet, Discover Channel and TLC which makes me deathly afraid of being attacked by a shark. My first time snorkeling (which I was completely stoked for)…I had what some would say was a panic attack in the water which in my mind was not good…I thought I was ringing the dinner bell for all sharks in the area “ahem, ahem, calling all sharks, calling all sharks…flailing young woman on the surface…your attention needed in this matter.” I was also afraid I would run into coral and cut my skin and then I would start bleeding and we all know that sharks can smell blood miles away!!…did I say it was terrible. I finally did calm down (thanks to Shawn) and really enjoyed what time I had left in the water.
  6. I had a crush on my 10th grade math teacher, Mr. Brackman. My senior year I had an opportunity to be his student aid but turned it down because I thought he had a crush on me and that freaked me out.
  7. I wish I had a passion for running.
  8. I hate shopping, but love buying new things…but then I feel guilty.
  9. Bonus-It took me like a month to think up all of this.

So, now I’m supposed to tag my friends. Instead of doing that, if you feel like participating then go for it.

I need your creative help…

I’ve got a quick question for you. There’s a lady in my bible study who is an artist and is taking a portrait class at the college here in town. She asked if I would be interested in modeling for the class. (I will be wearing clothes in case you’re wondering.) But here’s the problem. She said to think of some type of “costume” for the portrait. She said some just wear a big hat or something simple. I’m all about simple. It shouldn’t be obnoxious or anything b/c she’s going to give me her painting of me when she’s done with it and I don’t want to look at it and just laugh. Maybe I could give it to my mom or something. Do any of you have any ideas?