Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Merry Little Christmas~ Review & Giveaway

I was in the mountains of Colorado last week as I was reading this book with snow on the ground. What did I think about this book? Well let me count the ways.

 First of all~ Christmas and romance just cast a magical spell over me. I could not help but fall in love with Franny from the first page. She is all alone and struggling after her parents death to keep her little farm up and running. Yet ~ she feels like she is missing out on her God-given desire to follow her dream of music. Charlie just happens to come along just at the right time to give her an opportunity to leave all the milking~ chores and nitty gritty dirt and grime behind. 

But did Charlie have to be so dog- gone adorable?

What I really loved about this book is that I found out I was reading a very modern version of  " Charles Dickens~ The Scrooge" without even knowing it until the end of the book. Anita Higman captured my heart from the very first line~ I loved this book!

I rate this book a 5 + ~ everyone on your Christmas list needs a copy of this book.

I was provided this book in exchange for my honest review. 

About A Merry Little Christmas: 
Fall in love with this cozy story about two people from different worlds.

Franny Martin is an Oklahoma farm girl who's preparing to spend the holidays alone...again. Then Charlie Landau shows up one day, all wealth and polish, and offers to buy Franny's farm. Franny has no money to speak of, but she is clever and spirited, and she's more than happy to sell the farm and move to the city.

As Sinatra croons from the radio and Christmas descends upon her charming farm, Franny teaches Charlie the curious and sometimes comical ways of country life. In the process, they unearth some discoveries of the heart-that sometimes love comes when you're least ready for it. Will the holidays bring their most impossible dreams within reach?
Link to buy the book:   
Meet Anita:Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She's been a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

Find out more about Anita at

Oh Looky here~ you have a chance to win a copy!

Anita Higman invites readers to kick off the season with a spirited holiday tale.

Anita is spreading the Christmas cheer by giving away FIFTEEN COPIES of the book.

To enter to win A Merry Little Christmas, just head over to"" THE CONTEST PAGE at Anita's website and fill out the short form. Be sure to put BLOG CONTEST in the Subject Line. That's it.

Winners will be announced on the Litfuse blog (and notified by email) on 11/9.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

My Brian~

It's not every day you meet  Prince Charming~ fall in love ~and live happily ever after. But I have to confess I am one of the luckiest girls in the world. I married my Prince Charming and I am still living my happily ever after. 

                                       I love you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes~
                                                     Happy Birthday My Brian!
                                                                 What a charmed life!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fabulous Friday~ Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Happy Friday~
     I am so looking forward to a quiet weekend. Taking a little break but will be back soon. I am so blessed by my blog friends. You just bless my day.
     I have been asked for a tutorial on the Frosted Pumpkin Hand Soap. I will post one soon. To answer another question ~ any oil could be used. Absolutely ~ yes. You can leave the scent out all together or you could use natural oils.

      I plan on making this Pumpkin Crunch Cake tomorrow~ it is wonderful. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, 
whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

Proverbs 29:9

Pumpkin Crunch Cake~
1 yellow cake mix
1 can pumpkin
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup melted butter
whipped topping

Combine pumpkin, milk, egg, sugar,pumpkin pie spice, and salt in bowl. Pour into pan.
Sprinkle dry yellow cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle pecans over top. Drizzle melted butter over everything.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool completely and top with whip topping. Refrigerate left overs!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Trouble With Cowboys~

This book drew me in with its Autumn cover~ but after I read the first page I could not put it down. Annie captures your heart from the first line. She has had a rough road to hoe but has a cheerful and positive outlook on life. Her father ~ a cowboy ~left the family early on. Her mother found love in all the wrong places~ leaving her with major trust issues.

  After the death of their mother~ Annie and her sister are taken in by her grandfather and they start attending church. God has a way of taking the bad stuff in our lives and using it for good. Annie finds herself trying to be mother once again after her grandfather dies.

She is trying her best to take care of her sister and her nephew. The work is hard and the money is short. Her ~ ever so spoiled sister~ won't hold down and job and has decided to leave God at church. Annie's heart is worried and trouble. Trying to play mother is a tough job at her young age. 

The story takes a whole crazy twist when you throw in the Taylor boys~ who happen to be none other than cowboys. And Annie has no use for cowboys. After all~ the trouble with cowboys is that they are always the leaving kind~ or are they?

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. I rate this book 5 + stars

About the Book: 

Only one pair of boots—and the cowboy wearing them—can get Annie out of the mess she’s in.

Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie’s column is cancelled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie’s never been in love.

Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor: She’ll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he’ll help her answer the reader letters.

Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can’t risk getting hurt now.
The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister’s antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.

When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn’t know what to trust—her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.

Meet Denise: 

Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
Find out more about Denis

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. I rate this book 5 + stars.

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Sad Goodbye~

June 17, 2000~ September 29, 2012

It was a sad weekend at Farming On Faith. We said goodbye to our forever family dog. There will never be another to take her place. We are in mourning for sure. We miss her snoring~ her clickity~ clackety across the floor and her greeting at the door. We just miss her. She was a great dog and she lived a good life.

Life With Lilly~ Kid's Amish Book Review

How cool is this? One of my favorite authors and blog friends is Suzanne Fisher. I have read all her books and they are wonderful. She has paired up with another blog friend~ Mary Ann Kinsinger. Mary Ann is the owner of the blog~ A Joyful Chaos. Mary Ann grew up Amish and shares many wonderful experiences of growing up plain on her blog.

Together these two writers have created a new series all about what life is like as an Amish girl. The joys of a new baby brother. The adventures that Amish children find themselves in is fun seeing it all through Lilly's eyes. Lilly lives on a small farm in upstate New York. She finds herself in a lot of mischief but she truly tries hard not to. What a great book!

This is a wonderful series for any young reader. I am so excited to share this set of books with my young nieces. This book would make a wonderful Christmas gift. 

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



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