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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.

Not Your Grandpa’s Christian Music

My first brush with contemporary Christian music was about 10 years ago.  My wife had picked up a Casting Crowns album and popped it into the CD player.  From that moment on I was hooked.

I liked the fresh sound.  It wasn’t stuffy.  There were loud drums and electric guitars.  It was current with meaningful lyrics that spoke to me.

That first Casting Crowns album opened my eyes to a whole genre of music that I never knew existed.  Since then it’s become my favorite kind of music.

If you are new to current Christian music I’m here to get you started. Pick any artist on the pop, rock, hip hop, or CHR charts and I could point you to a Christian artist with a similar sound and much more positive lyrics.  The kind you wouldn’t mind your kids to hear.

For starters, there are stations online you can stream.  My favorite is Air1.  It’s fun and upbeat.  They also have a sister-station, K-LOVE, that’s the same type of music just taken down a notch.

Like Katy Perry?  Try Britt Nicole, Jamie Grace, or Francesca Battistelli.

Think Eminem is cool?  Try KJ52, Lacrae, or TobyMac.

Into hard rock?  You’ll love Red, Thousand Foot Krutch, and Skillet.

Here are a few more of my favorites:  Newsboys, Switchfoot, Third Day, Needtobreathe, Group 1 Crew, Superchick, Brandon Heath… I could go on and on.

The other thing I’d recommend is attending Winter Jam Tour 2014. There’s a good chance they’re coming to a city close to you.  No need to get an advance ticket.  It’s just $10 at the door.  You might want to show up early because they reach capacity crowds pretty much everywhere they go.

Perhaps the coolest thing about listening to contemporary Christian music is the way a song can reach out and grab a hold of your heart. God is the ultimate DJ and will always play the right song at the right time. Whether it’s one to make you smile or with a message you need to hear you’ll be amazed at the number of times you’ll say to yourself, “that’s just what I needed right now”.

Try listening to this type of music for a week and I guarantee there will be a few songs that speak to you and stick with you.  At the very least you’ll realize that today’s Christian music… is definitely not your Grandpa’s Christian music… but I bet you could find something he’d like.

Have a favorite Christian artist or song that really speaks to you?  I’d love to hear about it.

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Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast is a big hit around our house.  Many times we have it for the evening meal.  Is that called brupper or brinner?  Still trying to figure that out.  Anyway…. Last night we had breakfast burritos so I thought I’d share a recipe for making and freezing them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 pound cooked breakfast meat (sausage, ham, bacon… whatever you like)
1 – 10oz. can Rotel (tomatoes and green chilies) drained
1 cup cooked rice
2 cups shredded cheese (I prefer cheddar jack)
1 dozen eggs
1/2 cup milk
24 medium sized tortillas (I prefer whole wheat)

Directions:

Crack eggs into bowl and add milk. Whisk until mixed. Add your favorite scrambled egg spices. (I prefer a little Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and a couple dashes of Worcestershire Sauce) Cook the egg mixture in a pan until completely scrambled.  Add scrambled eggs, rice , Rotel and breakfast meat in a large bowl and mix.

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Warm the tortillas slightly (a couple seconds in the microwave helps make them more pliable).

Place 1 tortilla on a piece of aluminum foil (approximately 12″x12″ )

Next add a scoop of the completed filling to the tortilla and sprinkle with cheese.

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Fold into a burrito and roll in the foil. You can see the whole process and how to roll the burritos in this YouTube video I made:

Depending on the size of the tortilla and how full you fill them you should get 20-24 burritos.

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Place all the burritos in freezer safe bags and put in the freezer.
When you want a burrito take it from your freezer, remove the aluminum foil, and microwave. In our microwave 2 minutes at 50% power is perfect. Then re-wrap it in the foil and you’re ready to take and eat it wherever you want. A cup of coffee, one of these and a piece of fruit will keep you full until lunchtime!

 

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Uses For Dropbox

If you check out the Android Apps I Recommend section of this website you’ll see Dropbox listed.  I thought I’d take a few moments today to share with you a few of the ways that I use it.  If you’re an iUser they also have an app for you.

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In case you didn’t know, Dropbox is a cloud storage service.  By using it you’ll have access to your files anywhere you have an internet connection.

Both free and paid options are offered.  You start with 2GB for free and can get up to 16GB free in various ways including inviting friends to join.  My free account is up to 8GB.  Most of the extra storage I got by beta testing different versions of their Android app.

When you sign up for an account you can install the Dropbox software on your PC or Mac.  This allows you to keep a special Dropbox folder on your desktop.  Any file put into it is automatically uploaded to the cloud.  Any file uploaded to the cloud from your phone is downloaded to your PC and shows up in this folder.  It’s really pretty slick.

Ways I Use Dropbox

* Every morning at 3am my phone makes a copy of my call log and texts.  These files are then sent to Dropbox.

* After the 3rd incorrect PIN entry on my phone it silently takes a picture with the front facing camera and sends it to Dropbox.

* I have a folder set up where I put the audio of our Pastor’s weekly sermon.  A link to it is shared with the congregation so they have access to the audio.

* Any picture taken with my phone is automatically sent to Dropbox.

* We have a “family” folder where my wife and I share files.

* If I start writing a blog post on my tablet I save it to Dropbox to have easy access on our PC.

* I backup this website to Dropbox every Sunday.

* Before a trip I can put a few movies on my Nexus 7 and have other movies stored to Dropbox.  Once the kids have watched all those on the N7 I can delete them and download different ones from Dropbox.

Those are just a few of the ways I use Dropbox.  If you have any creative ways you use it I’d love to hear them.

If you don’t have a Dropbox account you can sign up for free here.  When you use that link we’ll both get a little extra storage.

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