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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Weekly Favorite Links

For all those active in the workforce, Wednesdays are probably one of our favorite days of the week. I know it’s definitely mine. It reminds me that the weekend is almost here, which usually means more sleep (my favorite) + personal/church/family/friends time (also my favorite).

One of the best aspects of getting back into blogging is having a space to share all my favorite online reads. For my friends, this probably means less spam on their Facebook walls and email inboxes. No promises guaranteed though. Let the linking begin!

Mac and Cheese Party – This is such a great and fun party idea! I might host one in the near future. Maybe throw in dessert options too!

How to make homemade cough drops. This came in handy because I woke up with a sore throat today. Due to a shortage of time, I don’t see myself making this anytime soon, but I’ll be keeping this recipe in my archives for the future!

But God – This was such a crucial and poignant reminder for me and it came at a great time. I constantly take God – his love, grace, mercy – for granted.  Continue reading

Lemon Bars

I love cold, rainy days. It’s too bad that that they’re few and far in between in Southern California. There’s just something about cloudy weather that cheers me up, and I really enjoy snuggling underneath my bed covers with a good book and my favorite cup of tea. I guess I live in the wrong side of the country.

But do you know what’s even better than being lazy on a rainy day? Having a baking date. Not just any baking date, but one that was full of deep conversation. Seriously, one of my favorite activities in the world.

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The Days Ahead

This is a bit belated, but happy 2015! It’s hard to believe that January’s almost already over. I’ve been reflecting a lot about what God has done in my life within this past year and anticipating the changes that may happen ahead. And no, I’m not really talking about new year’s resolutions, but what I look forward to in the months to come.

I think if there’s just one thing that I’m really, really excited about, it’s how God will be working to transform me to be a little bit more like Christ.

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