My favorite snack mix (Gluten Free!)

If I had to choose a favorite snack, I would probably always pick homemade snack mix (Chex Mix, Crispix Mix, party mix, what have you). My grandmother makes homemade snack mix, my mom makes homemade snack mix, and my friends and I made homemade snack mix while we roomed together in college. I’m obsessed with the stuff. And while there are many different varieties, I have finally pinned down my favorite, based on my mom’s recipe, the original recipe found on the Crispix box, and the original recipe on Chex boxes.

My mom’s snack mix is the stuff of legends: Chex, 4 types of Goldfish, Cheerios, Cheez-Its, mixed nuts, pretzels, and more, depending on what she has available or buys at the store. And while I love this mix, it can be pretty expensive to buy all of these ingredients. I narrowed it down to my very favorites and kept only 3: Chex, Cheerios, and Cashews. Mmmm…

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Music Mondays: Savannah

Today’s Music Monday is really special – I feel honored to share it with you, friends. About a month ago, I posted about having guest musicians share on this blog and today is the first Brianna Branches Out post not written by Brianna ;).

Savannah has graciously written about her musical experiences below, as well as shared a video of her and some family members singing together. It’s awesome, please enjoy:

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Music is Fellowship

Happy Monday everybody!

First, I want to acknowledge my month-long absence from blogging. I had some very busy and stressful Mondays, which is no excuse, but I also struggled with and was defeated by my consistency issue. Something happens, and has happened in many aspects of my life, when I miss one time and stop doing something all together. I am working on it 😅

I’m going to ease back in with a short post, because once again, I had a hectic Monday coming off of a very busy week and weekend. Caleb and I spent Tuesday through Saturday in Malibu, California at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures. We were joined there by his parents, who made the week all the more special. All of us were physically, spiritually, and mentally encouraged by the lessons, worship, and fellowship we experienced.

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Calling all Musicians!

Good evening readers!

Last week I wrote about music being a community. This week I’d like to give you the opportunity to be a part of my Music Mondays community! Although I am still trying to find my voice as a writer and blogger, I would also love to share the thoughts and words of fellow artists. My stories are limited to my experiences, and I know there are so many other musical and artistic viewpoints out there! If you are interested in being featured on Brianna Branches Out one Monday and would like more information, please contact me at briannabranchesout@gmail.com with the subject line Music Mondays. I would love to hear and share your stories, insights, and talents!

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Inspiring Our Kids to be Singers

Happy Monday, friends! And happy Music Monday from me 🙂

I just returned from a wonderful weekend in Kansas City, MO, where our church participated in Heart of America’s Leadership Training for Christ (LTC). 3rd-12th grade students participated in a variety of events, including Bible reading, song leading, choir, drama, art, and more. Through the process, they learned how to apply their talents and serve God and their communities in positive ways. It truly was a ministry of encouragement and as a musician I was especially encouraged by the voices I heard lifted in praise to our God.

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23 Goals for Year 23

Yesterday I celebrated my “golden birthday,” turning 23 on the 23rd. Many people, including my mother, did not know what that meant, so I think it’s a recent development in birthdays. I don’t know if it was the title or the amazing outpouring of love I received, but I have to admit it was a pretty spectacular birthday! Thank you, friends and family, for making me feel so blessed.

A birthday card from one of my best friends, Christie, said something that got me thinking. She said, “This year will really shine for you and I can’t wait to see you live it.” Not only is that incredibly sweet, but it made me stop and think about what 23 might have in store. I decided to set some goals and resolutions for this year, like I should have done at New Years 😅. A few of them I have been striving towards for a while, but some of them I just came up with, hah! In no particular order, here are 23 goals for year 23 of my life! Let’s see how many I can accomplish in the next 364 days:

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