Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Book Review: I Am the Messenger

Hey Ya'll! 

I literately just finished this book 2 minutes ago! But I couldn't wait to tell you about it! 

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak is an amazing novel. Zusak's is also the author of The Book Thief. I read The Book Thief several years ago and loved it, so I kept telling myself to read another one of Zusak's books but just got around to it this month. 

This story is funny, heart breaking, heart warming and thought provoking. It is about a guy named Ed, who is an ordinary cab driver with not much going for him. But he starts to receive messages in the mail box that tell him to help (or hurt when necessary) people in his town. 

As Ed delivers the messages, he ends up learning more about himself than ever and growing into a better person. The only mystery at the end is who is sending the messages? 

I highly recommend this one! 

Have you read it? What did you think?

xo
bre

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentines Day

Hey Ya'll!
 
Its Valentines, So I'm going to get a little mushy. Sorry.
 
So Happy Valentines Day to my best friend & favorite person.
 




 
I love you to the moon and back.
I'm so happy to have you and to have spent the past 9 years with you. I look forward to all of our upcoming adventures.
 
xo
bre

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Crock Pot Salsa Verde Ranch Beef Tacos

Hey Ya'll!
 
I forgot to take a picture, so please enjoy this stock photo.:)
 
This meal is one of the easiest and yummiest meals I have made in a long time.
 
Ingredients:
Chuck Roast (I used a 1.6 pound for 3 people and had left overs)
1 Ounce Packet of Ranch Dressing Seasoning
16 Ounce Jar of Salsa Verde
 
1. Turn the crock pot on high and place the roast inside
2. Sprinkle ranch dressing seasoning on top of meat & pour salsa all over
3. Close the crock pot lid
4. About 10-20 minutes later turn the crock pot on low and let the meat cook. I left mine for about 8 hours, but that was just because I was at work all day, the meat will probably be done in about 6 hours. (The meat should be tender and able to pull apart with a fork when finished.)
5. Remove meat from crock pot, shred (discard any fat), and place back inside the crock pot with the liquid.
 
Serve this on tacos or nachos!
 
My family served it on tacos with tomatoes, sour cream, cheese, and pinto beans.
 
If you try it out, let me know what you think!
 
xo
bre
 
**I found this recipe on picky-palate.com
 


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Changes and Anxiety

Hey Ya'll!
Confession time: I hate change. Well, its not that I hate the actual changes, but more that I hate the figuring out what to do, the planning, and the waiting. Once I know what path I am on and know which direction I am headed I feel much better, but until then (whenever changes are still just ideas or possibilities) I feel a little like a basket case. Anyone else with me?
 
So I bet you are wondering what changes I have happening that are stressing me out. Well I can't share all of that just yet. But I can tell you that it has to do with my career and deciding where I want to work. I would love to tell you all about, and I hope to once I have it all sorted out, but for now I'm keeping it a secret since only a few people know.

Another confession: I'm terrified of failing. Now I'm sure I'm not alone on this, but it is a serious fear of mine. I'm a super A-type personality and a major perfectionist. So if I am making a big career move I want to make sure that I will succeed and not fail. This is where my anxiety comes in and makes me not what to even try. *sigh*
 
So this week or even the next few weeks will be spent making pro/con lists, praying, and thinking (a lot) about what I want and what I need. And I have to remember that quote above so that I will be willing to gain something better for myself, and that God is in control and will guide me to where I need to be.
 
Anyone else struggle with this?
 
xo
bre
 
 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Hello February!

 
Hey Ya'll!
 
Happy February! Can you believe we are already a month into 2014! Its crazyness, but exciting. January tends to be calm and a little boring to me. I normally need it after all of the excitement from the holidays, but I am ready for something different now.
 
Things I am looking forward to this month:
-Valentines Day: Ken and I don't go extreme for this holiday, but we like to do little gifts and go out to dinner. :)
-My Mom's Birthday: She and I will be spending a day together during the week of her birthday doing girly stuff (Nails, Lunch, Movies and Shopping), plus Ken and I will do dinner with her the night of her birthday.
-Vacation: Ken and I are going to Colorado to visit his family at the end of this month. I can't wait to get away for a week and play in the snow.
 
Are you excited for February?
 
xo
Bre