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Hello! I'm Tony. I'm a Husband, Father, Friend, Blogger, Country Radio DJ, and proud Dance Dad. Faith, Family, and Technology...this is what matters to me and it's what I write about here.

Please Don’t Ruin It For Me

Normally I don’t like surprises.  I like to be in control and have a handle on the situation.  There are, however, 3 times that I enjoy surprises.

They would be birthday presents, Christmas presents, and Super Bowl commercials.

Here’s the thing… I’m not a huge sports guy.  My family was never big into sports.  I was never very good at them and so they didn’t consume much of my life.

I appreciate a good game and am looking forward to seeing the top offense take on the top defense this Sunday.  (Just because I’m not a sports nut doesn’t mean I don’t try and keep up with the headlines).

What I look forward to most every Super Bowl Sunday are the commercials.

That’s why I’m asking you to not ruin them for me!  Please, stop posting, tweeting, and talking about “leaked” commercials.

That’s like coming up to me and saying, “See those presents under the tree with your name on them?  That’s a new Samsung Note 3.  That one there is a Google Play Gift Card and if I remember right this one is a new ISU Cyclone Polo.”

Knowing details about the commercials or seeing them in advance makes game day anti-climactic… just as if I could travel into the future and come back with the score.  I could tell you the outcome and you’d still watch but it just wouldn’t be as fun.

Once kick-off happens and the commercials have aired it’s game on… literally! Take to every social media outlet there is and talk all you want about the them.  That’s cool!  I love the immediacy and the sense of community it brings.  The Grammy’s were definitely more fun this year following a bunch of people that were live tweeting.

So, what do you think?  Can you accommodate this simple request?

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Week 5 Verses – Proverbs 3:5-6

You know you’ve heard a good sermon when it sticks with you. When days later it still has you thinking.  That’s the case for me this week.

This past Sunday’s sermon and scripture lesson included Matthew 4:18-22.  It’s the story where Jesus comes upon Simon and Andrew fishing with their father.  He asks them to drop everything, follow him, and that he would make them, “fishers of men.”  That’s just what they did.

If I’m going to be brutally honest I’m not sure I would have been able to do it. Drop everything and just go with a million questions swirling around in my head! That would be hard for my control freak self to handle.

If a friend of mine came asking for help I’d give it but probably not until after playing 20 questions. It’s just the way I am. That sermon, Bible story, and thinking about it led to this week’s verses to pray about.

Proverbs 3:5-6

In a kid’s song at church we memorized it as, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”

That’s great but I really like the version in The Message.  It makes it easy for me to mentally digest.

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.”

That’s what I need… a little more trust! I can’t help but think how much better my life could be if I “dropped my nets” (all of them, not just a few) and followed Jesus. It could only help personally, professionally, and spiritually.


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Freezer Mashed Potatoes

When life gets crazy and there really isn’t time to cook it’s good to have some things in the freezer you can heat and eat.  I’ve received some good feed back on the Freezer Breakfast Burritos I shared awhile back so I thought I’d offer this idea.

This is more of a tip than a recipe.   It’s a way to save individual servings of mashed potatoes for easy reheating.

Some weekend when potatoes are crazy cheap and you have a little extra time use your favorite mashed potato recipe and whip up a huge batch.  I’m talking 5, 10, even 15 pounds worth.

To save individual servings of mashed potatoes use an ice cream scoop/food server to dish up potatoes on wax paper lined cookie sheets.  You can see the scoop I use here.

individual servings of mashed potatoes on cookie sheet

Let cool and then place in the deep freeze until completely frozen. Then you can transfer to freezer bags.

Now whenever you want mashed potatoes pull out the number of servings you want, thaw, heat and eat. Fifteen pounds of potatoes made the 48 servings in the picture above.

I’m always looking for good freezer ideas.  If you have one let me know.

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