Thursday, May 5, 2016

Jesus Today-Children's Devotional--Review

                                                                 Product Details
                                         From the Bestselling Author of Jesus Calling®
Spend Time with Jesus, the Friend Who Is Always with You
Jesus is the Friend who is always with you. Jesus Today®: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children’s hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine.
Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him.
Adapted from ECPA Gold Medallion–winner Jesus Today®, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures. It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.
Spend time with Jesus today . . .

  I read this book on my phone.  It was very easy to read (for me).
But I don't think reading it on my phone was the best experience.  
The 368-page book contains 150 devotions.  Each devotion 
is short and easy to read and is followed by scripture. 

The suggested audience is 6-10.  I had a little difficulty with that.  The devotions really didn't keep my 8 year old grandsons attention.   

 He reads chapter books and enjoys them.  In his case it wasn't the reading difficulty.  Reading it on my phone possibly may have affected his enthusiasm. 

I really enjoyed the devotions.  I have not read any of the authors other books so I can't compare.     

I think that this book would be great for a family devotional time.  

An excerpt is available here

This devotional is an excellent resource for the family and deserves 5 stars.

I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Book Look in exchange for my 
honest review.  

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Food With Friends-A Cookbook Review

If I had only one word to share about this cookbook it would be 
I mean just look at the cover.  Who doesn't love a Deviled Egg?  
And this one is actually red.  I was fascinated by the cover photo and wanted to know how to make some myself.   

OK.  So I get it maybe your not a Deviled Egg fan.  Check out the back cover . . . 

I admit I haven't had a chance to try any of the recipes but the 
fabulous photo's beg you to give it a try.  

The inside of the cookbook is just as fabulous as the front and back cover.   It was truly a 'delight' for me to read.  

I loved how the author started with sharing a few of her Secret Ingredients.  

And follows with her Style FileI love the vintage feel of the photos.  The food is 'shot' surrounded by vintage table ware and set on vintage linens.  

After reading a few of the recipes I began to wonder how to describe this cookbook.  The word Modern came to mind.  
Many of the recipes are for foods that I've never tried or even heard of.  But the photo's make me want to try most of them except maybe the olives.  I'm not a fan of olives and really don't know anyone who is.  

As I looked at the different recipes and ingredients many I had never heard of or cooked I began to wonder a little about the author and her background.  I went back to the introduction and enjoyed reading about her style and background.

Recipes include items like: Lemon-Poppy Seed Dutch Baby (in the breakfast and lunch chapter) and Avocado & Coconut Tartlets (I never met an 
Avocado I didn't like).  I especially liked the Anything Goes Breakfast Board.  Other chapters include Teatime, Happy Hour (which is where I found the Deviled Egg recipe ) Potlucks & Picnics, Desserts and Tiny Take Aways.  

Although the book is titled Food With Friends it is filled with wonderful yummy dishes you'll want to serve to your family.  

Although I would buy this cookbook for my 88 year old mother 
(who still cooks)  I sincerely doubt she would actually try any of these dishes she would love this cookbook anyway.  She would devour the beautiful photo's.  

Food With Friends would be a great Mother's Day Gift and deserves my 5 star rating!
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.  

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday

                         Good Morning
                            Happy May
I'm spending my normal Monday with Sandra over at Family Corner and sharing a peek into my week . . . 

The weather outside is 
We've April showers and cooler weather the last few days.  Today we're celebrating some wonderful
spring weather.

On the breakfast plant this morning 
Hmm... what sounds good?  One last glass of chocolate milk from the grandson's recent visit.
And some blackberries and yogurt.  Blackberries always bring back sweet memories for me.
I'll have to share them sometime.

As I look out my window 
The sun is shining and the birds are singing.

Right  now I am 
Thanking God I can write this post.  I enjoy sharing my day with you.

As I look around the house
Books to organize.  We are waiting for a thrifty set of shelves.  I've had this idea to put a set
of shelves inside the opening of the fireplace mantle.  Now to find some.

On today's to do list 
A package to mail
Sweep, mop, vacuum
I hope I get to sit at the sewing machine.  Have a quilt to finish and one I want to start
I wrote about it on my Blue Monday post.

Currently reading 
A review book . . .

I can't wait to start.  Looks like a fun read.

On the menu this week 
Monday--Pork LoMein, Brocolli Salad (I hope I have egg rolls in freezer!),Kale Chips
Tuesday--Spaghetti,Salad, Garlic Bread
Wednesday--Mexican Chicken and Rice, Borracho (sp) Beans, Salad, Tortillas
Thursday--Homemade Pizza I am going to master crust if it kills me. HeHe.
Friday--Steak, Onion Rings and Fried Zucchini  really healthy!

What I am creating 
The scripture journal for my daughter.  That will end up being Christmas
Drawing in my prayer journals

New recipe I've tried or want to try 
Tried a new fried rice recipe last week.  Not very good.
A new pizza dough recipe.

From the camera
Prayers, Inspiration or Devotionals
Today I am sharing a portion of a prayer request I posted yesterday from a young man in the prison unit where the Cowboy and I serve . . . click here to read the entire request.
' I want ya'll to pray for my family,  my granny, brother, sister.  And my mama. She is going back to prison
for a long time.
I need your prayer that I can change my ways and be somebody that my family wasn't . . .

Even though I know and see the big picture sometimes I am just touched and bewildered to hear some of the things these young men suffer.  

                                     We are blessed.   Give your kid a hug today.  

Linking with Happy Homemaker Monday at Sandra's.

Should I Make A . . .

. . . Blue quilt?
        Sunshine quilt in blue - I have this pattern in Modern Quilts Unlimited Digital copy on my desktop or Quilt folder:

I was drawn to the colors and the simplicity of the pattern. 

But, I'm not sure how I like the unstructured scattered feel of the layout. 

I guess I'll have to think about it and get a few suggestions. 

                             So, what do you suggest?
                Should I make a Blue quilt?

Linking with Blue Monday

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Hear It On Sunday

. . . Use it on Monday.  Sharing a little music from our service 
this morning.   May you be Blessed. 

These lyrics touched my spirit this morning . . . 

God, I'm running for Your heart
I'm running for Your heart
Till I am a soul on fire

Lord, I'm longing for Your ways
I'm waiting for the day
When I am a soul on fire
Till I am a soul on fire

God, I'm running for Your heart
I'm running for Your heart
Till I am a soul on fire

Lord, I'm longing for Your ways
I'm waiting for the day
When I am a soul on fire
Till I am a soul on fire

Lord, restore the joy I had
I have wandered, bring me back
In this darkness, lead me through
Until all I see is You
God, I'm running for Your heart
I'm running for Your heart
Till I am a soul on fire

Lord, I'm longing for Your ways
I'm waiting for the day
When I am a soul on fire
Till I am a soul on fire

Lord, let me burn for You again
Let me return to You again
And Lord, let me burn for You again
And let me return to You again
God, I'm running for Your heart
I'm running for Your heart
Till I am a soul on fire

Lord, I'm longing for Your ways
I'm waiting for the day
When I am a soul on fire

God, I'm running for Your heart (I'm running)
I'm running for Your heart (I wanna be, I wanna be)
Till I am a soul on fire
I wanna be
Till I am a soul on fire
Till I am a soul on fire

click here to watch the video.

The following prayer request shares the hearts of the young men we work with each week.

'I want ya'll to pray for my family.  My granny, brother, sister.  
And my momma.  She is going back to prison for a long time.
I need prayer that I can change my ways and that be at somebody  that my family wasn't and show my granny 
that I can succeed and not be something that I don't (underlined 3x's) I want to be able to get closer to the Lord
and find a great church that will help me succeed and find 
my God.  
Thank ya'll for everything ya'll do for me.  God Bless ya'll! 

                                          Image result for black and white little boy praying

Please pray with me for this young man and his family. 
And for the 47 other boys we minister to each week. 


          May your week be blessed and filled with God's Beauty

Simple Sunday Blessings

                                                          Have A Blessed Day 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cleaning House and Adding On

A little spring cleaning going on this weekend.  I hired some help. . .
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Cleaning always includes a little sweeping and a little dusting.  
And maybe some painting or wallpapering to spiffy things up.
Got a few ideas in mind like . . . 
belle air 2 comumn preview

And this . . . 
sunshine on my mind banner
Thinking I need a new header.  

Because I'm making some huge changes.  Did you notice yet?  
                               Check out my side bar.    
                     A few changes.  A few things gone.  

     The changes lead to a huge announcement
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                               Stay Tuned

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thrifty Thursday

Sharing today a little bit of my thrifty shopping, decorating and gardening.  

I've been trying for months to put together a gallery wall. 
It's not complete but I had to give you a peek . . . 
I'm totally lovin' it!  I paid a whole $1.00 for each frame.  Two of them had prints the other was just the frame.  

My thriftiness this week included something yummy too . . . 
This box of yumminess was meant for smoothies but it was still so fresh that The Cowboy and our grandson ate some with ranch. 
I cooked another batch on Sunday.  And then on Monday I cooked the rest.  My favorite way to cook fresh spinach is sauteed in a pan that I've cooked a few pieces of chopped bacon.  I take the bacon out add butter throw in my spinach and some salt and pepper.  Cover with a glass lid so I can see what's going on and just let it cook.  Yummy!

And, guess what I have in my garden!
My first tomato!

I did a little plant shopping to finish filling out the pots on the front porch.  
The pot beside Daisy has two sweet potato vines.  I was determinded this year to get some.  Last year I was too late and couldn't find green only the purple.  It is in a pot with a grass that bought last year for $2.50.  I bought two only 1 survived. My fault I never got them transplanted. 

Behind Daisy the pot with the white flowers.  Which I mistakenly thought were Lantana.  And actually it might be a kind of Lantana
but it's not what I remember as a kid . . . 
Thursday Flowers Cropped:
This week I added the 'real thing' the orange and yellow I remember.   The big green plant is actually 2 chrysanthemums that I bought in the fall for $2.50.  I think I probably should have cut them back.  They have teeny tiny blooms now but don't look like they are going to flower. 
This is the pot I that I showed earlier with Daisy.  You can see the grass in the middle better.  I added Vinca and Salvia.  I'm really happy now with the way it looks.  

I've been working hard on decorating, cooking and gardening on a budget and being thrifty.  

I can't wait for my next project.  We're looking for lamps to make into solar lights for the patio.    

              Thanks for stopping in.  Leave me a comment! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Add A Caption

Sharing a little fun.  Add a caption . . . 
Boat Mosaic:

                      Boat Falling:





T: .

Linking with Wordless Wednesday, Warm Heart Wednesday, Mosaic Monday

                         Have A Good Day

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Dream Of Miracles-- Book Review

                                                                Image result for a dream of miracles ruth reid
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Much better than I expected.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I kind of had this idea this was book was going to be a typical sweet little Amish love story.  
This genre isn't really my favorite and I went into reading this book with a preconceived idea. 
I was totally wrong!  I couldn't put it down!  I had to force myself to put it down and go to bed.  I didn't work the next day so I finished very quickly . . . 

About the book: 

A Dream of Miracles (Thomas Nelson, April 2016)

Amish widow Mattie vows never to love again . . . until a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world.

Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son's mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.

Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won't rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo's worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.

When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible---not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo's dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

What I enjoyed about the book was the interesting storyline it indeed kept me on the edge of my seat.  It was fast paced and intriguing in a strange sort of way.  I don't want to reveal too much to take away from this great story!  

The characters were believable Mattie is sweet and innocent and Bo is honest and dependable.  Exactly the kind of person you hope is a CPS worker.    

The sub characters are believably as well some you end up liking.  Some you don't.  Some your really not sure about till the end.   

                  Overall I give this book 5 stars.  
                     would recommend this book

I was offered this book from Litfuse and received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
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