Monday, November 17, 2014

The Power Of A Simple Life~



When I was in grade school  I was required to read "One Little Maid Of Israel." I still remember this book so well even though I was only in the 5Th Grade.

The little maid of Israel never opened The Red Sea. She never called down fire from the sky. She never won the heart of a King. She never gave birth to the Messiah. She was called only called the little maid of Israel.  She was a slave~a servant.

I remember telling my children that we did not have a maid. As Keepers of the Home~we are servants to our family. We can look at this with drudgery or we can take on the positive side of this. After all~Jesus Christ was a servant.

The little maid of Israel had a such a huge impact that deemed her worthy to be recorded in the very Word of God~the inspired Scriptures.

Let us look at some qualities about her:


  • *She was in an inferior position in society~a servant.
  • *She had a personal walk with God.
  • * She could recognize a man of God.
  • * She  had a respected and Godly testimony~she had earned a good reputation.


Because this young lady loved and served the One true God others noticed. Even though her position was one of inferiority ~God saw her heart and He loved her and used her for His plan and purpose. When we walk with the Lord~others will notice. 

May we all be encouraged today because no matter what position in life we hold we can walk with God.  God is waiting.  I am here to encourage you today~ The power of a simple life should never be minimized! 

2 Kings 5
 1Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.
 2And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.
 3And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Snow Pancakes~ It's That Time Of Year Again





 They are wonderful~ so light and fluffy! It really works.


SNOW PANCAKES

2 cups of flour
1-tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 eggs well beaten
1-½ cups of milk

In a large bowel mix and sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together. 
Combine the eggs and milk in another bowl.


Slowly add the milk  and egg mixture to the dry ingredients.






Stir well and set aside. The batter will be thick.

Next grease your griddle and get it good and hot.
When the griddle is hot, quickly go outdoors and scoop up fresh snow.


Fold in 1-½ cups of new snow and mix well.
Cook the pancakes as usual.










Tips For Snow Pancakes
Old snow won’t do.
Use only fresh, light and newly fallen immaculate snow. Small amounts of naturally occurring ammonia in fresh snow acts as a leaving agent and causes the pancakes to rise.
Ammonia in new snow will evaporate very soon after it has fallen.



Friday, November 7, 2014

God Bless Us Everyone.... Book Review



Oh my stars~ this a book we all need out on our coffee table this Christmas season. It is the story behind the great Dicken's story of A Christmas Carol.

Every year  I watch Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. But never did I know the story behind why he wrote it~ what inspired him. He had used all his money helping others and was in a desperate financial mess. He needed to write a short story that would sell in time for the holidays to help him recover from the losses of his not-so-successful writings.  This book was written to help him in a bad time in his life but ended up being a huge success as we all know. 

This book also comes with a bonus DVD of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  It is set to music along with the story. You are sure to enjoy this DVD and book greatly. 
BOOK DESCRIPTION:
As Charles Dickens Dipped his pen and began to write the classic tale A Christmas Carol in the autumn of 1843, the spirit of the story captured his heart and mind in an extraordinary way. Dwindling sales of his previous books had resulted in a desperate financial situation for Dickens, who had used much of his income to support worthy causes and needy family members. But the book which he had intended as a quick solution to his problems turned out to be much, much more.
This beautifully illustrated volume tells the story behind the writing of Dickens’ most famous work and reveals how he discovered the spirit of Christmas for himself–with a little help from his own literary characters. Originally presented by acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s 2013 Christmas concert, the book also includes a DVD with footage from the event.
John Rhys-Davies is one of modern cinema’s most recognizable character actors, best known for his role as the ax-wielding dwarf Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He has gained widespread fame on British television and received an Emmy Award nomination for his work in the television miniseries Shogun.
Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The Wizard. His work has appeared in children’s books and on numerous covers, including the Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War.



This Christmas Book Will Have You Singing~ Where Treetops Glisten Book Review



I have been making my list and checking it twice and this book is just what I needed to get me in the spirit. Three wonderful authors write three interwoven stories back the World War II era. They share a story that depicts history and how many celebrated the season with war going on all around them. Each story is filled with details of the 1940's. These authors did a wonderful job of sharing faith and inspiration that is sure to make you want to read the next story.  I so enjoyed this book. I promise you this book will have you singing.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Where Treetops Glisten
Where Treetops Glisten
The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime
Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas
Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.
In Cara Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.
Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?
In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.
The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and His plan for a future?

TRICIA GOYER is a prolific author of nearly forty books, including "Chasing Mona Lisa," and a speaker and blogger. CARA PUTMAN is the author of twenty books including "Shadowed by Grace." She is the winner of the 2008 Carol Award for historical fiction. SARAH SUNDIN is the critically-acclaimed author of the Wings of the Nightingale series, the Wings of Glory series, and the forthcoming Waves of Freedom novels.

Christmas At Rose Hill Farm Book Review~ Christmas Is Just Around The Corner!


I have probably read and reviewed 50 or more books this year. I will admit sometimes I may skip over a line here or there or even skim read it if it does not grab my attention. Let me tell you right up front I did not miss one jot or tittle of Christmas At Rose Hill Farm.

 I have long been a fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher~ she has even stopped by here a time or two. I love her style of writing and she just has a way of holding your attention from the beginning to the end. I know when I pick up one of her books I am going to be carried away to far away places. This book has to be my favorite book of the year.

I was captured by the sassy Bess from the first time I opened the book. She is planning her wedding as she is preparing to put her roses to rest for the winter. She will soon be leaving Rose Hill Farm to move to her new home with Amos. Amos is a wonderful Amish man ~ gentle and kind~ even the greatest catch. Yet ~ why does the world turn upside down when Billy Lapp returns home and walks into her greenhouse?

 I love that the book has rose history~ Christmas ~ romance and the unknown Christmas visitor all in one book. This is one book you do not want to miss this Christmas season.  I rate this book off the charts! I absolutely~  loved this book.

You did it again Suzanne~ Great Book!





Join best-selling, award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher for an Amish Christmas to remember. Filled with heart-twisting moments amid the sweet anticipation of love, Christmas at Rose Hill Farm will charm readers into the holiday spirit.
Suzanne is hosting a “Christmas Rose” iPad bundle giveaway and a nation-wide Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Book Club Brunch in November. Enter the giveaway below and sign up to host a brunch HERE.
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TWO grand prize winners will receive:
  • An iPad
  • A Rose-patterned iPad case
  • A Rose-patterned phone case (for any model phone)
  • A Christmas wreath
  • A set of Christmas hand-towels
  • Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Five second place winners will receive:
  • Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 28th. All winners will be announced September 29th at Suzanne’s blog.
rosehill-brunchbuttonHost a Christmas at Rose Hill FarmBook Club Brunch! This fall Suzanne is inviting book clubs across the nation to throw a Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Book Club Brunch. Sign up here between now and September 29. If you’re selected as one of the 50 hosts, you’ll receive a copy of the book plus two other Revell titles (give them away as party prizes or door prizes or keep them for yourself), a complete party kit, and a discount code to purchase copies of Christmas at Rose Hill Farmfor your book club at a discount. Suzanne is also encouraging each book club brunch to collect non-perishable items for their local community shelter. She will be making a donation to her favorite charity (helping abused women and children) for every brunch that meets their goal. Click here for more details and to SIGN UP!

DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; ENTER TODAY AND BE SURE TO VISIT SUZANNE’S BLOG ON THE 29TH TO SEE IF YOU WON ONE OF THE GREAT PRIZES! (OR BETTER YET, SUBSCRIBE TO HER BLOGAND HAVE THE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX!)

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{MORE ABOUT CHRISTMAS AT ROSE HILL FARM}

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm || (Revell Books, September 2014)
Bess Riehl is preparing Rose Hill Farm for her Christmas wedding, but her groom isn’t who she thought it would be. Billy Lapp is far away from his Amish roots working as a rose rustler for Penn State and wants nothing to do with Stoney Ridge, his family, or Bess. And that suits Bess just fine. Why should she think twice about a man who left without a word, without any explanation? It’s time she moved on with her life, and that meant saying yes to Amos Lapp, Billy’s cousin and best friend. But as Bess and Amos’s wedding day draws near, her emotions tangle into a tight knot. She loves Amos. Yet she can’t forget Billy.
When a “lost” rose is discovered at Rose Hill Farm, Billy is sent to track down its origins. Get in, identify the rose, and get out. That’s his plan. The only catch is that he’s having a hard time narrowing down the identity of the lost rose, and he can’t get those tropical blue eyes of Bess Riehl out of his mind.
As the history of the lost rose is pieced together, it reminds Bess and Billy–and Amos, too–that Christmas truly is the season of miracles.
Suzanne Woods Fisher

{MORE ABOUT SUZANNE WOODS FISHER}

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including “Amish Peace.” She is also the coauthor of an Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi
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