Hey hey hey – not only is it Friday, but it’s also my birthday! I’m feeling incredibly grateful to be celebrating another year — with a loving family, with my health, and with a hope that has withstood the ups and downs of life. Before I get into enjoying the day with family, here is this week’s little round up of things worth sharing.
A lot of you who follow me on the ‘Gram or interact with me on Facebook saw me post about these crazy good doughnuts I made on Wednesday. I told y’all after we visited the pumpkin farm that I was on a mission to find an apple cider donut recipe I could make at home, and these baked salted caramel apple cider doughnuts from Half Baked Harvest absolutely fit the bill. (I left out the chocolate chips.) Even if you don’t want to make the doughnuts, just check out the amazing food photography on Half Baked Harvest. Everything is drool-worthy.
Jordan, our church staff, and I attended a conference in Philly last weekend, which focused on ministry in urban communities. While we were there, I sat through two sessions led by Dr. Soong-Chan Ra, and I left ready to read every last one of his books. If you have any interest in the intersection of faith, race, ethnicity, culture, and reconciliation, you should check out his stuff too.
While we were in Philly, we had some of the best cheesesteaks in the city from the spot I used to frequent in high school — Max’s. We also had really great meals at Monsú near the Italian Market and an old favorite, El Vez. If you’re in Philly, get to one of those. (There’s an El Vez in NYC too.)
Every time I got into Target, I think, “These people can take alllll my money.” And this list of home items you might never guess are from Target has me even more convinced that it’s my happy place.
I’m looking forward to what this year holds, but I also got happy thinking back on last year’s birthday out in Long Island wine country. :-)
Have a great weekend!
Photo of doughnuts by Tieghan Gerard for Half Baked Harvest.