Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gotta Love A Great Amish Book~ Becoming Bea

When the wind starts howling and the snow starts blowing there is nothing I like better than to curl up with a good Amish book. I loved this book. This is book #4 in The Courtships Of Lancaster County. I am an Amish book lover so I have read all the books. This one is as good as all the others. I love Leslie Gould's style~ she grabs your attention from the first line.
Beatrice Zook and Ben Rupp have known each other for a lifetime. And they have never gotten along all those years. He has a way of driving her mad. And he seems to do it on purpose. In fact ~they have been great rivals. I found him rather charming so I am not real sure why Bea had such a hard time liking poor Ben. 
However~ Beatrice is not a real patient person. She has been learning patience in dealing with others as she is helping take care of triplets. 
Will she and Ben stop fighting long enough to understand just what is the underneath this rivalry?

Becoming Bea | The Courtships of Lancaster County series
Can Bea and Ben Turn Rivalry Into Romance?
Beatrice Zook knows God wants her to learn patience toward others. When assisting a family overwhelmed by triplets proves surprisingly successful, her confidence in dealing with others, both young and old, grows.
One person she’ll never be able to find peace with though is Ben Rupp. They’ve known each other forever, and Ben understands precisely how to antagonize her. What neither she nor Ben will admit is that beneath all their bickering, attraction awaits. When friends decide to try and bring the couple together, will the pair be able to find true love? Or will they damage their relationship beyond repair?
Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 CBA bestseller "The Amish Midwife," a 2012 Christy Award winner; ECPA bestseller "Courting Cate," first in the Courtships of Lancaster County series; and "Beyond the Blue," winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice for Best Inspirational Novel, 2006. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She and her familyl live in Portland, Oregon.Learn more at

Homemade Christmas Bath and Body Recipes

 Homemade Christmas Bath and Body Recipes

Christmas Tree Bath Salts~
 1 cup Epsom Salt
12 drops of pine tree essential oil
green food coloring~ 8 drops (optional)

Mix ingredients in small bowl until blended.
Use 1/4 cup per bath.

Candy Cane Bath Salts
1 Cup Epsom Salt
12 drops of peppermint essential oil
red drops~ 8 drops (optional)

Mix ingredients in small bowl until blended.
Mix 1/4 cup per bath.

Gingerbread Body Scrub
1 tsp. cocoa powder
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 drops gingerbread essential oil
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp. ginger

Combine all ingredients in small bowl. 

*I buy all my essential oils from Natures Garden Candles.*

The Countdown Begins Today~ Week # 1 (8 week plan)

Today makes 4 weeks till Thanksgiving and 8 weeks until Christmas.  I am as excited as can because all the kids are coming home for Christmas. That means lots of shopping, wrapping, cleaning and decorating. With several more weeks of restrictions while I recovery from surgery I am planning my work in bite size pieces.

Here is my plan for this week.

Week #1

* Make Thanksgiving menu
* Make Christmas menu
* Fill in gift list
* Set up wrapping station

Do you have a plan?  How do you get it all done?



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