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.

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