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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sparky of Bunker Hill by Rosalind Barden- Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway

About the book 
Lots of characters have it bad, in my Bunker Hill neighborhood smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles, but I’ve had it rougher than most.
There may be something to this 13th business.
That’s my birthday, and I’m learning to dread seeing it roll around. My mother died on one birthday. The cousins dumped me on my last. This year, 1932, I found a dead kid on a park bench. It’s my eleventh birthday, and the day me, Sparky, ended up on the run, wanted for murder.
If the dead girl wasn’t enough, the dirty newspapers pinned every body in LA on me, and even blamed me for the Great War. I wasn’t even born then. The price on my head got bigger by the day.
It was up to me to find out who killed the girl and why I got framed, before I ended up dangling from the hangman’s rope.
And others are saying 
What a fun, exciting adventure book! . . . You just can’t help loving Sparky and her way of thinking and talking.
~Here’s How It Happened
I found Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cold Case Kid easy to read and with plenty of humor. The author’s descriptive writing style allowed me to visualize the story as I read it.
~The Avid Reader
And I thought
What a fun and adventure type of book.  This one is in the 
category of  Young Adult.  Possibly because there is actually the killing of a young girl.  Which to me is a bit hmmm.  I was actually wondering did the child just die or was there foul play?
Although I was scratching my head on that one I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. 
The main character Sparky a barely 11 year old homeless child 
grabs your attention and makes you laugh. All along while your just crying abit at her circumstances.  She is spunky savvy smart and cautious.   
While running from the police Sparky ends up meeting an eccentric actress from silent movies who cleans her up and gives her old clothes/costumes from her movie days. 

I was intrigued with the cover.  The cover photo shoes Sparky dressed in a sailor suit from the old silent movie.

There is a lot of whit and humor and some other great characters.  
The setting and time period is quite fun.  This one was a fast read 
with lots going on and some twists that keep the pages turning. 

I received a complimentary copy. 
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads. 

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Happy Homemaker In Texas


Down troddin' but not giving up. 
 It seems I am continually under attack here at the blog
The newest is my Pinterest pics. don't show up. 
I may not be able to include any pics. today.
 
The weather
Beautiful sunshine today.  The last week it has been cold and rainy. 
The few days I don't like it in Texas.  Can I move to Florida for a few a couple months?

On the breakfast plate
I just took a cookie sheet out of the oven with bacon.  Do you cook 
your bacon in the oven?  I love it this way.  Always perfect and 
not greasy.  And then I have drippings! 

As I look out my window
Sunshine.  It is deceiving because it's pretty nippy. But it's a nice day.  I am looking at the yard and garden and realizing if I am going to start anything in the green house I need to plan and get going on it. 

Right now I am 
sitting at my desk an old library table that holds my almost as old laptop.  I am wearing my favorite red plaid pajama pants and an 
Old Navy Christmas shirt from 2009.  Has a bleach stain on the shoulder.  Have no idea how I did that.  But my grandson says 
it looks like Tie Dye so it is 'in'.

As I look around the house
I see Christmas.  And I am thinking about next year and if we will be here and where we will be and if we are downsizing and what I should pack and keep. 

To day's 'To Do' list
Get packages ready for the post office. 
Finish post cards to mail for swap.
Laundry, clean and bake maybe.  Brownies are speaking to me. 

The Fabulous Party
Last week I didn't get the party posted so no features to share. 
I hope you'll come back and link your posts!  I'll be starting the 
party early today at Our Holiday Journey.  The party will be 
live here at midnight. 

Currently reading
Finishing up a 4 author  Novella Christmas book.  It is so good I am on the last one.  The 4 authors wrote about a town called Friendship.  There is a Santa type character that is in each novella.
It is so good. Have you read it?
Christmas With You 
Christmas With You: A feel-good holiday romance anthology by [McLaughlin, Heidi, Dover, L.P., Madsen, Cindi, Prescott, R.J., Briggs, Amy]
On the t.v. 
Haven't watched much at all.  This last week I've been 
catching up on reading.  I was very behind. 

On the menu this week
Gosh it's been so long since I put together a menu!

Monday Spaghetti, Salad and Garlic Bread  (I want some
Romaine so bad!  I miss it)
Tuesday  Cowboy Beans and Corn Bread (I have been craving thin cornbread made in a sheet pan.  Is that weird or what?) 
Jalapeno Poppers a  new recipe from Pinterest.
Wednesday  Pork Chops, Rice and Black Eyed Peas
Thursday  Pot Roast, Potatoes, Carrots 
Friday Something new maybe Mongolian Beef.  I've been seeing recipes.

What I am creating
Finish up Christmas Post Cards to mail.

New recipe to try
Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rattlesnake Bites (like a cross between jalapeño poppers and fried mozzarella)  Mongolian Beef 
And these for Domino
Mighty Muffin Muttloaf (rachaelraymag.com) This is an original twist. I like the look of this #dog #treat. So unusual.

From the camera

I was so happy to see our son and his family.  They came for my
M.I.L.'s Memorial but arrive in time for my birthday.  Got in a few visits with my mom too. 

Scripture
A Miracle happens when you abandon all of your attempts to try and fix yourself. When you simply let go of all your striving, controlling, and worrying. Then let My Spirit fill you, then you will live, move and breath your Miracle. Then you will find the real Miracle is My Presence within you. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. ---John 8:36
We are standing by this promise right now as our son transitions into owning his own riding school.  It's a huge challenge but a huge blessing!
Have A Blessed Week
Merry Christmas

Friday, December 14, 2018

Photo Friday

Hello.  Welcome to Photo Friday the day I share the story behind
a photo I shared for my Wordless Wednesday post.  
Here's the photo
I thought it was a cool pic.  And a few people left some great comments/captions . . . 
. . . Let there be light
. . . The Christmas lantern is lit.
Great ideas.  Hmmm how about a few more pics to give you some more ideas . . . Hmmm so Pinterest where I store my photo's is not working!  Bummer.
. . . 
Here's the story.  Last week I had a house full of company.  It was 
a Blessing to have our son and his family for a few days.  And they 
arrived just in time for my birthday! Actually they came for my 
M.I.L's memorial.  We were just glad they could come!

We planned to have a fire pit on Saturday night but the weather was frigid and raining! 

So we waited until Sunday.  It was a fun night.  We had sparklers left form our daughters wedding in May.  I have some great photo's to share on another day!  

The fire pit was nice but the wonderful new heater in the photo made my night.  I love the heater.  We found it on the side of the 
road.  Well Cowboy did.   The owner said it worked at it did. 
Just had to get a new hose.  Their lose was our gain and a huge 
Blessing for us. 

Thanks for visiting.  I am sorry there are no more photo's I'll 
add more as soon as Pinterest decides to work. 

Have a Wonderful Friday

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols-Just Read Tour-Giveaway

About the book 
Title: Silent Days, Holy Night
Author: Phyllis Clark Nichols
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Christmas
The sounds of Christmases past echo through a silent house…
Everyone in town knows Emerald Crest, the green granite mansion atop the highest hill: the legendary, lavish Christmas festivities that used to light up the nights— and the silence that followed when the parties abruptly stopped many years ago. And everyone has heard whispers about the reclusive, mysterious master of the manor, Henry Lafferty the Second . . .
When eleven-year-old Julia Russell steps into the great house for the first time and meets Mr. Lafferty, the entire course of her life is altered. She meets a man who is nothing at all like the rumors she’s heard from neighbors and classmates. He’s kind and extraordinarily talented—he also happens to be deaf and uses a wheelchair. And when she overhears a secret about him, Julia decides it’s time for the town to bring Christmas back to Emerald Crest—an act that will change them all forever.
And I thought
If you have a few hours and need a good read this is the one. 
It is even perfect to share with the family.  A cozy evening read for everyone.  And that doesn't happen often.  You'll be smiling as you turn the pages and maybe shedding a tear or two.  

It's just that kind of story.  I cannot say how good it is.  

The characters are charming and delightful. 
The story is not only heartwarming it's touching. 

Silent Days, Holy Night would make a great gift book.  Your 
friends or family will want to keep this one to read again and again
as a perfect Christmas book to keep. 

I received a complimentary copy. 
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

Welcome To Wordless Wednesday 
A post with no words
Add a caption ______________
Come back Friday for the story

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Eggs On Ice by Laura Childs-Great Escapes Tour

About the book 
Some say that casting crusty attorney Allen Sharpe as Scrooge in the Kindred Players production of “A Christmas Carol” is just playing to type. He’s not the most beloved man in town. In fact, you’d have a dickens of a time finding someone who liked him. Still it’s a shock when the Ghost of Christmas Past stabs him during the first rehearsal. Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club café, Kindred’s favorite combination diner, craft store and bookshop, chases the murderer out of the building but loses him in the alley.
As the days pass the list of suspects grows longer. Is it the disgruntled partner? The former secretary whom Sharpe sexually harrassed? Or is it fellow owner of the Cackleberry Club, Toni’s almost ex-husband, Junior? The women of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he can add another victim to his Christmas list.
And others are saying
Sweet town filled with wonderful characters that will make you feel like you are home while keeping you guessing along the way.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
The first murder occurs in the opening pages, and its haunting image stayed with me throughout the book.
~The Power of Words
This time I was totally gobsmacked when the killer was revealed. Not on my radar, not in my wildest dreams. Twists galore sent me in a whole different direction.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
Laura Childs is a gifted author when it comes to blending the setting and the characters into her mysteries.
~Carla Loves To Read
A really compelling cozy mystery laden with intrigue . . .
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies
I love the characters in this series. Petra, Toni, and Suzanne always crack me up and leave me with all the feels.
~Valerie’s Musings
I really like the fact that the Cackleberry Club is always prepared to step up and do something for someone else, whether an individual or a group, charity doesn’t always begin at home sometimes it begins at the Cackleberry Club.
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog
Ms. Childs starts her books off quickly with a crime, which moves the story along instead of dragging down the pace with too much backstory and set up . . . there is a heart-pounding conclusion to wrap the story up, and had me sitting on the edge of my seat.
~Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder
Eggs on Ice is a cute and humorous cozy mystery set is a charming small town filled with off-beat individuals.
~The Avid Reader
And I thought
I met Laura Childs only a year ago when I got the chance to read 
a book from her Tea Shop series.  I asked myself then what rock I had been under!  That book and series was a delight. 

Eggs On Ice from the Cackleberry Club is just as much fun! 
The town is warm and cozy.  Even though crime is a foot and murder always seems to hang around.  

The read is fast paced with the big crime happening just pages in 
leading the reader on a little journey that ends with a bit of a surprise at the end.  

Laura gives us some great characters that are charming and a bit quirky and funny but fun non the less.   

I enjoyed Eggs On Ice and can't wait till the next chance to read another Laura Childs book.  

I received a complimentary copy.
My review will appear on retail sites and good reads.

Followers of My Journey Back watch for a post including a yummy recipe from the book.  

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Prepare Him Room by Marty Machowski-Advent Devotional

Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional
About the book 
Make Room for a New Christmas Tradition
Christmas traditions become a treasured part of a family’s heritage, passed down from generation to generation. This brand new, four-week devotional guides your family on an unforgettable advent journey, exploring some of the most wonderful prophecies in the Bible and how God fulfills them in Christ.
Prepare Him Room is a tool to help families focus on Jesus during the Christmas season. Tying together the whole Christmas story from the prophecies concerning Jesus; to his birth, death, and resurrection; culminating in the return of Jesus, Marty Machowski challenges families to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.” – Sally Michael, Cofounder of Children Desiring God; author
From Bible devotions which tell the Christmas story through the eyes of the prophets to an original Christmas short story called “Bartimaeus,” Prepare Him Room helps you build family Christmas traditions around Christ. The memorable and meaningful activities, songs, and stories of Prepare Him Room will become the fabric of your family’s Christmas memories. So gather them to watch the amazing gospel story unfold every December for generations to come!
Praise for Prepare Him Room
If you want to be purposeful about making this December more Christ-centered for your children, then look carefully at this little book. Marty Machowski provides the ideas, the plans, and the details: all you have to do is follow his lead. He will help your family have a more gospel-filled Christmas season.” – Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KYauthor of Family Worship: In the Bible, in History, and in Your Home
Prepare Him Room is one of the best resources I’ve seen to counter the commercialism, materialism, and sentimentalism that our culture serves up each Christmas. Through Scripture, creative stories, crafts, songs, prayers, and activities, families will be able to reflect on Christ’s birth and the gospel with wonder, gratefulness, and joy. It was a privilege to collaborate with Marty on this project, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.” – Bob Kauflin, Director of Sovereign Grace Music
Yet again, Marty Machowski gives us a solid, gospel-centered resource in his new book Prepare Him Room. I deeply appreciated the Advent devotionals that consistently pointed to Christ, and my children kept begging me to read the story of Christopher and the Bartimaeus house! In addition, new Advent songs by Bob Kauflin and activities for the children all make this a wonderful resource for every Advent season. Our family will treasure this for years to come.” – Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Families, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; president, Biblical Counseling Coalition; author of The Pastor and Counseling and On Guard
And I thought
I wish I had this book when my children were young. 
Prepare Him Room is an excellent Advent Devotional for families.
The activity is meant to begin on December 1st but there are not activities everyday making it east to fit into a busy schedule.
There are only 3 days activities for each week. 
Each weeks of activities include:
Bible Verses to memorize or discuss
Suggestions for Prayers
Suggestions for songs 
Suggestions to talk about each devotional/theme
Craft activities
Families can include all the family in the devotional times.  Younger children may not be able to do all the activities.

The book is a medium sized hardcover containing 82 pages.  
I recommend for all families.  It is economically priced so that you
could 'gift' a copy to family, friends or your church library.

There are also resources for churches to use.  

I received a complimentary copy from New Growth Press. 
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads. 
The book will be spotlighted on social media. 


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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Simple Sunday -The Fabulous Party

Have A Blessed Day
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies begin afresh each morning! Lamentations 3:21#hisdearlyloveddaughter #godinthehardplaces #hisgracegirls #bible #biblestudy #scripture #wordofgod #bibleverse


My love of Christmas is why I started the Our Holiday Journey blog. 
And ultimately The Fabulous Party
I would love to see your Christmas posts. 
Old or new.  
We love them all.
Link up.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday-Merry Christmas Edition




Welcome to Happy Homemaker Monday
I am joining Sandra at Family Corner
She provides the prompts.  I add a few of my own.
Image result for happy homemaker monday
The weather 
Fall in Texas.  How I wish I could be outside.  It's a bit chilly in the
mornings and them warms up nicely.  Some days no sweater is even needed in the mornings.  

Right now I am 
Enjoying the sun shining in my window and waiting on a breakfast 
casserole to come out of the oven 

Thinking
Hope Happy I am.  This week our son and his family are coming to visit.  

On the breakfast plate
Sausage and Crescent Rolls Casserole
I found the recipe on pinterest.  Click here.

On my reading pile
I always have a lot.  You can see what I have been reading over at my book blog.  Click here
Today though I wanted to share this one here.  It is so good.  I wanted you all to know about it!
Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional
This is a family devotional and I am sorry I didn't look at it sooner so I could share it. It's being featured by the publisher and I received a complimentary copy.  I'll be writing a review.
But you can visit the authors site to learn more.  Click here

On the t.v.
Old family videos. We got out the VCR and old films to show the kids.

On the menu this week 
Not planning a menu.  I am still getting Christmas decorations up and preparing for the kids visit.  Here is a list of a few of the things I'll/we will be cooking 
Smoked Briskit,Venison and Chicken D.I.L's homemade Pizza,
Smoked Jalapeno Poppers, Smoked Pineapple
Hash brown Casserole, Baked Potatoes, Pasta Salad, Fruit Tray,
Broccoli Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Mexican Street Corn, 
Green Chili Rellenos, Pinto's, Guacamole. And I'll make another Breakfast Casserole.  (Today I am testing the recipe)
On Wednesday we are making sugar cookies for the kids to decorate Thursday or Friday

On my To Do list
Today: Bake a Chocolate Bundt Cake and a Lemon Bundt Cake
            Finish decorating
            Laundry/clean
The rest of the week: Cook/Bake/Clean and put my feet up!
Thursday thru Monday Enjoy

My Ta Da moment(s)
Patiently waiting till Thursday!

What I am creating 
A welcoming home filled with wonderful aromas and a festive environment.

The Fabulous Party Features
Carol at Comfort Spring Station shared tips.  Click here to read her post.  
Holiday Essential Oil Blends
Jennifer Lambert shared these tips on Essential Oils.  Click here. 

You can join the party too!  Come by anytime  and link!

Looking around the house
 Santa mantle
Santa Claus already came to town!

From the camera 
I've been cuddling with a quilt (the first I ever made) that I brought home from my mothers.  Domino seems to know not to lay on it. 

Scripture/Devo.
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies begin afresh each morning! Lamentations 3:21#hisdearlyloveddaughter #godinthehardplaces #hisgracegirls #bible #biblestudy #scripture #wordofgod #bibleverse

Friday, November 30, 2018

Photo Friday

Welcome to my sometimes Friday Feature
Photo Friday
Where I share the story behind my 
Wordless Wednesday Post
Read Me A Story Mommy
Thanks to everyone that visited and left comments.  I loved the comment and caption from mine and Domino's friend.
This is our friend Molly.  She lives way up north where it's cold.  They came up with the best caption for our photo. Click here to visit their blog. 
And now what you've all been waiting for the story. 
I was reading this book the other day
It was a very good book and I'll share a review soon.  
But today is all about Domino and what she is actually saying at the moment that she has her head in my lap.  
I think I'll share the story first in a photo. 
As sweet as the 'Read me a story' caption was.  She was really telling me I was sitting in her chair and she wanted in it!
Actually it's not her chair but she has taken it over.  It is my mothers chair we brought it to our house for when she comes for a visit.  
       I guess Domino is just keeping it warm for her!
The funny thing is the only spot we had for it was in The Cowboy man-cave room.  Notice the flag hanging behind the chair.  Cracks me up every time I look at it.  I know my mother will love that!

Thanks again for stopping in.  Have a wonderful Friday!



Thursday, November 29, 2018

Book Spotlight-I Read Book Tours-Steps to Knowing God by Correna R. Barzey

About the book 

Book Details:
Book Title: Steps to Knowing God by Correna R. Barzey
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 118 pages
Genre: Christian Living
Publisher: Westbow Press
Release date: February 28, 2018
Tour dates: Nov 12 to 30, 2018
Content Rating: G
Book Description:
For an action-packed revelation on how to live a satisfied life with Christ, every page of this book highlights the truth of God and His desires for us. It is filled with spiritual nutrients and helpful tools that will transform and change lives for the glory of God, thus giving us the ammunition needed to withstand the evil one Gaining a better understanding of God and developing spiritual qualities that will deepen your devotion to Him and will steadily transform you into His likeness.
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