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A toast may be offered in any setting and made to an individual or a group. Increase your confidence at your next social gathering by learning the ins and outs of this ancient tradition. Toasting to someone’s health or honor goes back to biblical times and can be found in most cultures including the Egyptians, Greeks, and Persians.

We could spend hours diving into every aspect of table do’s and don’ts, but I want to give you my top 13 tips that will help you navigate any social or business gathering with confidence.

When God knitted together our precious children before they were even born, I am convinced he also wove in their personalities, gifts, and a love language! The concept of “love languages” is that each of us expresses and receives love in a unique way. The five love languages identified by Gary Chapman in his bestselling book are: Touch, Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Quality Time, and Gifts.

When God knitted together our precious children before they were even born, I am convinced he also wove in their personalities, gifts, and a love language! The concept of “love languages” is that each of us expresses and receives love in a unique way. The five love languages identified by Gary Chapman in his bestselling book are: Touch, Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Quality Time, and Gifts.

Vacations are back on the calendar, and many people are crossing the country through our friendly skies. I thought a refresher on airport and plane travel might do us all a little good.

I heard the most interesting ad the other day. There is a company that offers private-type flights for the commercial world. They describe themselves as a “hop on jet service.” On their website it states, “The convenience of private air but at commercial prices.” I looked them up, and there was one flight from Dallas to Houston for only $99!

“Conflict is part of every marriage. Thirty-seven percent of newlyweds admit to being more critical of their mates after marriage. And 30 percent report an increase in arguments. Whether you argue does not determine the health of your marriage. Far more important than how often you argue is how you argue.

With Father’s Day coming soon, you and your family will be celebrating one of the most important men in your life- Dad. As a child, he was your hero, your protector, and your solid rock. Now that you are older, you admire him for all that he has done for you and you still look to him for advice and wisdom. Picking out the perfect gift for Dad is not easy!

School is almost out for summer! Many of us want to gift our child’s teacher something special at the end of the year for all the love, kindness, and patience they have poured out on our little ones. Being a teacher is not easy, and they are so deserving of our gratitude especially after this wild 20/21 school year! Some common go-to gifts you might have thought of are bath and body products, Starbucks gift cards and mugs, but below are some additional gift ideas your child’s teacher will be touched to receive:

School is almost out for summer! Many of us want to gift our child’s teacher something special at the end of the year for all the love, kindness, and patience they have poured out on our little ones. Being a teacher is not easy, and they are so deserving of our gratitude especially after this wild 20/21 school year! Some common go-to gifts you might have thought of are bath and body products, Starbucks gift cards and mugs, but below are some additional gift ideas your child’s teacher will be touched to receive:

Graduation is a pivotal point in a young person’s life. It is the beginning of a season of responsibility, coming of age, and independence. As these twenty-somethings are about to discover the meaning of “adulting,” here are some gift ideas that will no doubt be a blessing in your college grad’s new life.

If some of you are thinking, “I believe I have read this letter before,” you would be correct. Our son and daughter (in law) had a beautiful wedding ceremony planned for April of 2020. As with thousands around the country, they had to postpone the big event, but chose to hold a private covenant ceremony in our backyard. Well, we are finally celebrating their wedding vows, and it was on my heart to re-post the letter I wrote to my son last year. Some things have changed (he is now 25, not 24 as the letter states), but I hope you enjoy!

 I heard the most interesting ad the other day. There is a company that offers private-type flights for the commercial world. They describe themselves as a “hop on jet service.” On their website it states, “The convenience of private air but at commercial prices.” I looked them up, and there was one flight from Dallas to Houston for only $99! 

“We read a lot of articles and books about how to get through the engagement process, but no one ever talked to us about what it would be like the first year of our marriage. I wish we had known what to expect,” said one of the couples my husband and I mentor. This is a common comment, and if you find yourself having similar feelings, do not fret! You are not alone. The first year of marriage is fabulous, but it can also be difficult. Two people learning to become one does not happen overnight.

We all like to think we have good manners in marriage, but with the people that are closest to us, we can sometimes find ourselves slipping a bit. As stated by Cindy Grosso of the Charleston School of Protocol, manners are not about a bunch of rules. Manners are the outward manifestation of the condition of our heart. If we have a heart that loves, honors, respects, and cherishes our spouse, then these traits will show in how we behave.

Society is opening and people are resuming long overdue vacations. This is great news! I recently posted some tips on making your travels successful, but let’s focus on dos and don’ts of traveling with friends.

 

1. Boundaries: When traveling with others, set guidelines, boundaries, and expectations before leaving town. If you know you and your husband want one night to yourselves, express this up front. If a quiet breakfast in bed is necessary to start your day, see if this fits with the group’s schedule. 

  • Alina Gersib

Pulled Pork Sliders Taste Test



Happy Foodie Friday! These recipes come courtesy of Penny and Eleazar Martinez.

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Each of our Taste Test Reviews comes with the original recipe and the tester's notes/changes listed with the ingredient list in blue. We hope you enjoy!


Wow, wow, wow! If you enjoy BBQ I highly recommend trying this dish. After reading the recipe I was a little bit intimidated by the steps and time required to cook the pulled pork. The piece of meat is large and took quite a while to sear, but other than that the recipe was very easy and yielded a great result!


I opted to use Hawaiian sweet roll buns and they paired perfectly with the pulled pork. Toast the bun with a little butter, add a bit of extra BBQ sauce, top with the pork, and you are good to go with a tasty dish!


Pulled Pork Sliders
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Makes 25 Servings

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 3 Hours

Cost: It would be about $19 for a full recipe


Ingredients for Pork:

*3 pounds pork shoulder

*3 large carrots, whole

*3 each, celery ribs

*1 large yellow onion, in chunks

*3 sprigs fresh sage

*4 cups chicken or pork stock

*Salt and pepper, to taste


Ingredients for Sliders:

*2 ounces pulled pork

*BBQ sauce, to taste

*Slider buns

*Store-bought coleslaw, to taste



Preparation:

*Season the pork shoulder heavily with salt and pepper.

*Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil on a heavy large sauté pan.

*Sear the pork in pan, fat side down first, until golden brown. Repeat the process on all sides.

*Arrange all vegetables on the bottom of a 12 x 12 inch baking pan, then place pork on top of vegetables.

*Pour some stock in the pan and scrape the bottom of the pan with the help of a spatula until bits on bottom of pan release.

*Pour the stock around the pork, then place the fresh sage along the side of the pork

(these 2 steps add great flavor, so try to do them).

*Cover the pan with aluminum foil to create a tight lid and slow bake in a preheated oven at

350F for 3 hours.

*After 3 hours, check for doneness. Pork should easily pull-away with no effort when scratched with a fork.

*Take pork out of baking pan and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool at room temp for an hour.

*Pull the pork meat, then place in a large bowl and add your favorite BBQ sauce to taste.

*Mix well to combine.

*In a separate mixing bowl, prepare your favorite prepackaged coleslaw following package instructions.


Assemble:

*Warm, or toast, slider buns if desired.

*Take the bottom of the slider buns and top with BBQ pulled pork, BBQ sauce, coleslaw then top with bun and garnish with a decorative skewer.


Recipe and Taste Tester - Alina Gersib