Friday, December 11, 2015

The Best Sugar Cookies Ever~




Angie's Sugar Cookie Recipe
2 cups sugar
1 cup Crisco
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cream of tartar
5 cups of flour
scant of salt

* Cream sugar and Crisco together until light and fluffy.

* Beat in eggs.

* Add milk and vanilla.

* Add in sifted flour cream of tartar, baking soda and baking powder ~ slowly.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Do not over bake. Take from oven when just lightly golden.

Frosting~

2 pounds powdered sugar
2 Tbs. Butter
2 tsp. almond flavoring
evaporated milk to desired texture


Yummy~ now just serve with ice cold milk. They are sure to be Santa's favorite cookie in my house anyways!




Monday, November 23, 2015

The Midnight Visitor~ Children"s Christmas Book Review



I love having grandchildren to have an excuse to order a new Christmas book. This one is adorable. The pages are big~ glossy and colorful. It is sure to grab the attention of your very young children.

It is the story of Jesus told by Miriam the cow~ whom just happens to live in the cowshed where baby Jesus was born.  Miriam had no idea all the visitors that she would encounter on this special day. Animals come one by one and Miriam allows them to stay providing that they all be good and get along with each other. Her visitors even included Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the three wise men.

What a sweet book to share the story of Jesus' birth in sweet way. I loved this book and give it 5 stars. I was provided this book in exchange for my honest review.



Wednesday, November 4, 2015

An Endless Christmas~ Christmas Book Review



Katie has not had the best childhood and has a real hard time accepting that she could be loved.  Yet~ she finds herself in love with Micah. Micah takes her home to meet his family whom just happens to be one of the greatest families ever.  Micah's grandparents ~ both in their eighties ~  along with an entire family welcome her with open arms. Micah surprises her with a marriage proposal in front of the entire Binder family. Only things go terrible wrong when her answer is "no." 

At the little Binder cottage with tons of people and lots of snow Katie learns what love from a real Christian family looks like. Will they be able to convince her that she is worth loving before it's too late?

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.  I loved this book and rate it 5 stars. I only wished it would have been  a little longer ~ it left me wanting more. 

Learn more about the book here.





Sweet Children's Christmas Book



I ordered the Goodnight Ark book last year and I loved it. When I saw this book I just has to have it. These books are adorable. The pages are beautiful and glossy~ Jane Chapman is an amazing illustrator.  

The story is written by Laura Sassi in a rhyming fashion.  It brings to life what bedtime in a manger might have looked and sounded like. A little imagination and glamorizing helps your child think about the manger scene. All the while keeping the greatest story of all times  ~ the birth of baby Jesus~ alive with the magic of Christmas. This would make the most wonderful bedtime story for little ones this Christmas season.

I love this book and give it 5 stars. This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. 

Book Description

Written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by New York Times bestselling illustrator Jane Chapman, Goodnight Manger is an adorable and tender bedtime story, for Christmas or any time of year.
Goodnight, Manger, written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Jane Chapman, tells the story of Mary and Joseph as they try to lull Jesus to sleep in the noisy stable after his birth. It's bedtime for Baby Jesus, but who knew a manger could be so loud? Mama, Papa, and all of the animals try to lull the baby to sleep, but between itchy hay, angels' joyful hosanas, and three kings bearing noisy gifts, it's just too loud. Finally Mama finds a way for everyone to work together to shepherd baby Jesus into peaceful dreams under the twinkling stars.
With sweet, rhyming text in the style of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and Goodnight, Ark, Goodnight, Manger offers a unique twist on the classic manger tale, deftly weaving together the comforting and familiar routines of bedtime with the special magic and wonder of the nativity story.
About the Author
Laura Sassi has a passion for telling humorous stories in rhyme. She writes daily from her century-old home in New Jersey where she lives with her husband, two children, and a black Cockapoo named Sophie.
About the Illustrator
Jane Chapman is a multi award-winning artist who has illustrated over one hundred books including five New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Southern England with her husband, Tim Warnes, two children and five chickens. Visit Jane Chapman at www.ChapmanandWarnes.com.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

52 Original Wisdom Stories




This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review. I have to say I was terribly disappointed in this book. I thought it was a devotional with short stories but this is not the case. It was not at all what I expected.
It is a  confusing book. The book is fictional and revolves around an elderly couple. The stories are made up from conversations that Sid and Rosie share with each other. They both have left behind their childhood churches and now Sid has become a Quaker and Rosie church hops. The stories contain spiritual conversations and opinions of the two. They seem to embrace anything and everything and mush it all together. 
As a born-again believer I found the book to be very unbiblical.  There are times when the book reflects biblical truth but most the time Sid and Rosie embrace ideas from false religions not found in the Bible. 
I would use discretion in reading this book. I would not personally recommend this book. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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 often reminded 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.


How To Make Amazing Caramel Corn~ Amish Recipe



  • 7 quarts plain popped popcorn
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts (optional)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Place the popped popcorn into two shallow greased baking pans. You may use roasting pans, jelly roll pans, or disposable roasting pans. Add the peanuts to the popped corn if using. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, margarine and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring enough to blend. Once the mixture begins to boil, boil for 5 minutes while stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from the heat, and stir in the baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will be light and foamy. Immediately pour over the popcorn in the pans, and stir to coat. Don't worry too much at this point about getting all of the corn coated.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, removing the pans, and giving them each a good stir every 15 minutes. Line the counter top with waxed paper. Dump the corn out onto the waxed paper and separate the pieces. Allow to cool completely, then store in airtight containers or resealable bags.



Friday, October 16, 2015

Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer~


Hello my blog friends~ 

I sure am missing you all. I have been taking a break from the social media world for so many reasons but mainly to get well. I am starting to feel like myself once again after a year of not feeling well. Vitamin D dificeincy after a major surgery took me down. I heard the song this morning~ "Coming In On A Wing and A Prayer." That describes me right now.
  
How are you? Some of you have switched blogs. Please leave me your new addresses. I read your comments but should have saved the information.

Can you believe the leaves are changing all ready and there is a chill in the air? I love all the seasons and I always get excited to celebrate the holidays. I get giddy and beside myself this time of year. 
How can we not just stop and count our blessings and be thankful for all the Lord has done for us during the season of Harvest.   I mean the good days are heavenly and the bad days He walks beside us ~ so what more can we ask for from our Heavenly Father. 

I am going to make it my goal today to stop by and catch up with you all today. Just leave me a little comment so I can connect with you ! Have a blessed day. 




Monday, October 12, 2015

Count Your Many Blessings~ Name them One By One


My Pebbles of Joy
Being held in God's arms
A kiss from my Brian

A call from my girls



A hug from my son

A visit with my grands



Best Friends
The words~I love you
Dime store bubble bath
Bubble Baths
Raspberry tea on my porch
 Yellow Roses
A love letter
A newborn baby
Beautiful perfume
Sunsets
The song of a mockingbird
A new box of stationery
Popcorn
A choir singing
The feel of clean hair
Fall leaves
Pumpkins
A fire
Raindrops
Answered prayer
Forgiveness
Rest after pain
Homemade bread
Cinnamon rolls
Christmas lights
A box of new crayons
Isaiah 41:10
A problem resolved
Sleep when a crisis is passed
Finding a lost earring
A happy ending
Fresh linens on my bed
Birthdays
The first garden tomato
Old love letters
The right answer at the right time
A comfortable chair
Snowflakes
Chocolate fudge
Ice Cold Diet Coke
A clean house
Breakfast with a friend
A snowball cupcake
My family
 Old Glory


Psalms 34:8
 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.


No matter the day and no matter the circumstances life is so 
much sweeter when we count our blessings and name them
one by one~ and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Maple-Nut Fudge


Oh ~this is so Autumn and so heavenly on so many levels. Enjoy!


Ingredients
1 cup light brown sugar
1(7.5 oz) jar Marshmallow Fluff
5 ounces of evaporated milk
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (11 oz.) pkg. white chocolate chips
1 1/2 tsp. pure maple syrup
2 cups chopped walnuts

Directions
  • Line an 8in. square pan with nonstick foil.
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, evaporated milk, marshmallow fluff, butter and salt. Bring to boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. 
  • Remove from heat. Add the bag of white chocolate chips and stir until melted.
  • Stir in maple syrup and walnuts. 
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Refrigerate uncovered until set for 2 hours.





Thursday, October 1, 2015

Oh So Good And Healthy ~ Fagioli Soup


This is really good as a meatless dish but the men in my house would never eat it if I left the meat out.
Enjoy~

1 pound of ground turkey
2 cans tomato sauce
4 cups ~ cooked pasta
2 cartons 32. oz beef broth
3 cups of water
1 can of kidney beans
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 T. dried parsley
1/2 T. basil
3 cloves garlic
1 T. olive oil

* Saute carrots, celery, garlic until soft and tender.
* Boil pasta and set aside.
* Combine broth, water, and tomato sauce with carrots, celery, and garlic in a large stock pot.
 * Add parsley, basil, pasta and beans and simmer for 10 minutes.





Monday, September 28, 2015

So Easy Autumn Caramel Dip ~




It is that time of year again~ we have apples galore. Here is a recipe that you are sure to love!

My Autumn Caramel Apple Dip Recipe was featured in the
 Mary Engelbreit ~Winter 2010/2011 Cookbook. 
It is so yummy and and oh so easy!

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix together all ingredients and put in crockpot on low. Cook for about 3 hours! Enjoy~ 

A Wedding At The Orange Blossom Inn~ Amish Brides of Pinecraft BookReview


In Pinecraft, Florida is where the Brides of Pinecraft  plan their weddings.  This is the third book in the series and I have so enjoyed all three. I mean who would not want to live in this little place? Pinecraft, Florida is a small community where the English and Amish live together.


























 Our story is about a sweet young widow( Emma) who is trying to get past the grief of losing her husband and although others think she should only love her deceased husband forever ~ she feels it is time to move on. Emma finds raising three small girls as a single parent leaves her very lonely.  Even her mother and mother-in-law wish to keep her in mourning for her late husband. She is determined that it is time to move on. She will always love Sanford but three years is long enough to grieve.

Then out of nowhere a young widower with three sons of his own moves into the area. Emma only longs for a friend who understands. What is so wrong with two people who happen to have so much in common just being friends? (Even if he happens to be terribly handsome.)

What a sweet book and an easy read. I was given this book in exchange for my honest opinion and I rate this book 5 stars.


SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY
Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (Avon Inspire, September 2015)
A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.
Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a handsome widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?
Emma’s gentleness with Jay’s boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.
Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?




Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Gather Around The Amish Table~ Amazing Cookbook!



Wow ~ oh wow! I love how the Amish make something wonderful with simple ingredients you can find in your pantry. This cookbook shares many tried and true recipes from seasoned Amish and Mennonite cooks. Along with amazing recipes ~it also features Amish stories and beautiful pictures from the plain communities.  It just oozes with comfort food and peaceful scenes from Amish country.  It contains all the recipes we love from cinnamon rolls to whoopee pies to cooking for a barn raising. I love that it includes many helpful tips from Lucy's own kitchen . 

There is just so much about this book that I love. I am so excited to try all these recipes one by one. I was provided this book in exchange for my honest review. I rate this cookbook 5 plus stars. 

About the book~
Gather Around the Amish Table(MennoMedia, September 2015)
Straight from Amish kitchens to yours, this cookbook offers favorite family recipes and charming stories from Amish and Mennonite cooks. 
Bake the pecan rolls that taste best after an ice-skating party, or try the hoagies that a community sold to help an Amish family with hospital bills. Discover the cocoa cupcakes with instructions to “stir by hand” that one young cook took literally, or whip up the whoopie pies that one Amish woman took to market in her horse and buggy.
These cherished recipes speak of comforting traditions, lively communities, and strong Christian faith. Gather your family around the table to sample the nourishing fare and trademark charm of the plain people. In the words of one cookbook contributor: “Bake someone happy!”

Monday, September 14, 2015

Thankful~ Children's Book Review





Just in time for the Thanksgiving season~ what a sweet book. Everyone is thankful in this book from the waitress who is thankful for comfortable shoes, the reporter who is thankful for interesting news, children who are thankful for morning story time and the artist who is thankful for color and light. It just about covers everyone in the neighborhood in an adorable rhyme with beautiful pictures on each page. Your young reader is sure to love this book. I can' t wait to read it to mine.

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.

Book Description

Bestselling and award-winning children’s author Eileen Spinelli combines charming rhymes and whimsical illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings. Thankful, by bestselling and award-winning children’s author Eileen Spinelli, combines charming rhymes and whimsical illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings. Like the gardener thankful for every green sprout, and the fireman for putting the fire out, readers are encouraged to be thankful for the many blessings they find in their lives.
Spinelli exhibits her endearing storytelling with this engaging poem, reminding children how blessed and special they are. Meant to be read aloud, this heartwarming picture book will be a treasured keepsake for parents and children alike.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

God Bless Our Fall~ Book Review




There is something inside of me that gets all excited about Fall. This book is absolutely adorable. It has  chunky padded pages for the young reader. The story is a rhyme and the illustration captures the beautiful colors of the season.

This is a wonderful way to celebrate all the blessings that God delivers in the form of Autumn. The book captures all the activities we love to celebrate from going to the Pumpkin Patch to roasting marshmallows for smores. All of the things we love to do including hayrides to sipping cider are celebrated. This book is a must for your little readers.

What a great way to teach our children to see the blessings God pours out on us. This is such an adorable book! 

This book was provided to me in exchanged for my honest review and I rate it 5 plus stars. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

I've Lost That "Blogging" Feeling


My blog~ well there is that. I have just lost that "blogging" feeling. I am not sure why~ partly because I am at a new season in life~ partly because I have just hit a brick wall.  Partly because I have just been having too much fun living life the old fashioned way.  I have so enjoyed the lazy days of summer and spending time with family. 

Ever heard the slogan~ "Oil is cheap; engines are expensive?" Adding a quart of oil is nothing compared to replacing an engine. I am changing my oil so to speak and recharging my batteries.  Maintenance is a vital for our lives~ physically and spiritually. 

 David is crying out to God in Psalms 5:3. He is pouring out his heart in praise and thanksgiving and making his request known unto God. He knew the importance of connecting to his power source. When we take time to seek God it is not some magical thing~ just pure and simple maintenance to fill our minds and hearts with His presence to help us to continue on in this journey of life. 

I pray you are enjoying your journey with God today. 




Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Fool's Folly~




Whew ~ that was a trip of a lifetime. In celebrating my husband finishing his Doctorate we decided to take an Alaskan Cruise. Oh my stars ~ was it amazing. 

Did you know that Secretary of State William Seward signed a treaty to buy Alaska from Russia for 7 million dollars?  Congress thought it was a foolish mistake and the media labeled the deal as "Seward's folly" and President Andrew Johnson's "polar bear garden." Alaska was purchased in 1867 for 2 cents an acre and was laughed at as a "fool's folly." The discovery of Alaskan gold and the natural resources has contributed to our prosperity ever since.

 As I stood on the deck of the beautiful "Ruby Princess"~ I could not help but hum the tune of "America the Beautiful." As we traveled out into the sea of waters and I took in all the majesty of our mighty Creator~ I was stunned beyond words. It was absolutely breathtaking. The dolphins, the whale, the cute little sea lions, the mighty eagle were all amazing. Then the purity of the mountains and glaciers~ seeing Alaska from the sea is a sight that everyone just has to see once in their lifetime.   It is just so much to describe and everything so much more than a "fool's folly." 

It sort of reminds me of our current day ~ we may all have our opinions. We can even say we have our rights. We can state our opinions. Our media has and always will slant the truth to get the next big story but it does not make it truth. If we want the truth we need to go back to God's Word and read it~ study it~ hold it as our standard of truth. GOD'S WORD is alive. It has been and always will be no matter how far we go from it. 

I have been a fool at times~ so have you. We all know Congress has been and the media is just as bad. However~ the greatest fool of all is the man who says there is no God. That is the biggest "fool's folly" of all. The God of the Bible is a caring and loving God who sent His son to pay for my sin and yours but He is also the Mighty and Righteous God that one day will rule the nations. When we are confused and want answers God's Word is still the truth.


Psalm 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.


















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