I'm digging deep to share only the most important things ever with you today. Like podcast episodes and salad recipes and videos of me crying. VERY IMPORTANT.
Carpool karaoke (because what's funnier) and awesome recipes and StitchFix inspiration and MORE in today's Five Finds Friday!
This is not a joke (I need to say that because nothing can be trusted on the Internet on this April Fools Day) and is really just a fun little list of things I wanted to share with you!
I have become a bigger Bieber fan as of late (his new songs are killer!) and when this popped up on Facebook, I was curious. It's HILARIOUS. Ellen is the best and Bieber did so great with this prank.
I love this from Verily Magazine: A Field Guide to Layering Sweaters and Button-Ups because fall is here (and most mornings feel like 100% winter) and I'm still trying to look cute for work even with my layers on layers!
Today is the Thanksgiving potluck at work, and I STRUGGLED to think of something gluten-free and vegan to bring that other people would really want to eat too! I found this recipe for "Shredded Brussels Sprouts + Fall Vegetable Salad" from The First Mess and it inspired me!
I ended up hardly following what she did, and totally concocted my own salad/slaw thing. Mine has shredded napa cabbage, shredded red cabbage, carrot matchsticks, tiny broccoli bites, a little shredded radish, a little shredded apple, green onion, dried cranberries, slivered almonds, sunflower seeds, and a sesame ginger dressing. It looks good, and I hope it tastes good too!
What the Church Could Learn From the New Canadian Cabinet by Sarah Bessey (author of Jesus Feminist-- a must read-- and Out of Sorts--on my to-read list) was a fantastic read.
I (obviously) don't live in Canada, but everything I've been seeing in the news about their new cabinet has encouraged me and given me hope for the political world. This post confirms those hopes and paints a beautiful picture of what Kingdom living on earth can (and is beginning to) look like in real, stunning ways.
This post. This friend's honest telling of the letting go of her dad, slowly, because dementia is stealing more and more of him, it's stunning. It brought tears to my eyes.
I'm thankful for another week, for temps in the sixties and seventies, for friends that know just the words to speak when I'm in a funk, for unexpected texts full of good news, for words that just feel good to write, for fun plans ahead this weekend. Choose joy today.
There are two people in this Internet world that I just can't get enough of lately...and their names are Holly and Taylor. They're my assistant editors for The Rising (I'll never stop bragging about them) and two of the most talented, genuine, hilarious, and sweet people I know. They host this Five Finds Friday link up every week, and I love it! Join in-- it's fun and easy and great!
My mom sent me this video this week because I am not at ALL a morning person, and I loved it. Who knew otters made that noise and had such personality?!
I have a major crush on this coat. I do not, however, have a crush on its $200 price tag. WHY, MADEWELL, WHY.
"This superwarm parka is perfect for woodsy walks and urban strolls—and has a bold buffalo-check lining that can be found here and only here."
And I swoon.
This post from Emily Freeman is beautiful: "A Prayer for When We Want Answers"
It might be cheating because she's one of the hosts of this little link up...but THIS POST from Taylor just floored me this week. After the latest video of violence against a student from a police officer, I was shocked and sickened and speechless. I didn't know what to say, but I knew I had so many strong feelings in response. Taylor found words to wrap around all of that, and it's everything I needed to hear and wanted to say but didn't know how. Find that post on The Rising here.
If there's somebody who can make you feel all the feels with their writing, it's Ann Voskamp, hands down. This post is heartfelt and raw and so stunning.
What have you found online lately that you're loving? Share it in the comments!
It's Friday! Hallelujah! That means I've almost survived my first official week at Salem Web Network (if you missed it, I'm the new editor of BibleStudyTools.com and loving it)-- YAY.
I also have other BIG NEWS to announce! For the last year, I've been running The Rising almost entirely by myself. It's been amazing and hard and time-consuming and so worth it. But now, with a new job and a crazy schedule/life, I need help. SO GUESS WHAT. I have two new rockstar assistant editors on board!
They also started hosting a brand-new link up today! AND I LOVE LINK UPS. And I love fun posts on Fridays that share links and updates and fun new things. This is the best thing.
It's nothing new, but when I think funny, I think New Girl or Parks and Rec. They're my go-tos, and I can't stop watching and rewatching all the episodes. I'm really going to need Netflix to prioritize getting all the latest seasons up so I can keep bingeing...
But until then, I've decided I'm finally going to give The Office a chance. I've never seen it (I know, I know) and I'm a few episodes in now... but I'm not sold yet. Please tell me it gets funnier...
Is it narcissistic to have pictures of myself here? Yes? Okay, I accept that. But seriously, look at that hair! It was NOT easy to do, and it was half a total mess (the half you conveniently don't see in these pictures) but I'm so proud of this attempt. I didn't leave my apartment with this hair because it's so far from real-world visibility level, but thanks to Pinterest and my love of braids, I'm making progress!
Also. Please applaud my selfie skills because IT IS NOT EASY to take a picture of the back of your head while simultaneously taking a picture of your own face in the mirror in front of you. I have mad skills. Please appreciate them.
As much as I talk about my gluten-free and vegan diet with people (it feels like the thing I talk about most in my life...) I realized I haven't ever really shared much about it here. I think that's going to change! It's a HUGE thing about me, and I'm constantly eating (and occasionally cooking) delicious things that I want to share.
Here are two amazing examples!
This mac and cheese? Oh man. So good. And so healthy! The "cheese" is veggies boiled and pureed with spices and nutritional yeast added, and it literally tasted so good and cheesy. I was amazed. All cravings satisfied.
Here's the recipe so you can go make this goodness yourself!
Okay, on to BBQ. There has never been a vegan version of BBQ that I've found to try...until now. This one was ridiculously simple. All you have to do is puree up a can of hearts of palm (a super weird and kinda stinky canned veggie) and heat it up on the stove with BBQ sauce. IT IS THAT SIMPLE, PEOPLE. Put that goodness on a gf bun wits some slaw and you're golden. YUM.
Here's the recipe for that!
I think Adele and feels are synonymous. If you disagree, you've probably never really listened to her songs. Girl can SING. She leaked a new song last night and it's AMAZING. Listen and fall in love. Listen again. And again and again and again. I won't judge, I've been doing the same thing all morning.
Happy Friday, friends! I promise consistent content will be back to this blog soon... starting with Monday's #COLLABOREADS post! YAY.