Friday, October 18, 2019

1st Paragraph Friday Feat. Better watch Out by Christina Freeburn

Welcome to 1st line Friday where I share with you a few teasers from a book I am reading or just finished.  Today we're teasing you with . . . 

The first line/paragraph . . . 
Right after Thanksgiving, Season's Greetings was full on 
Christmas.  Everything was cheerful.  Holidayish.  Full of 
old-fashioned charm and visions of Christmas past straight out of classic movies. 

And on page 56 . . . 
Chapter 8 
Muffled laughter, cheers, and crying worked it's way into my 
conscience.  Groaning I tried pushing myself up.  

And that's all the teasers you get but here's what the book is about . . . 
Making a list. Merry’s life is Christmas chaos. Her divorce is still in question. She’s behind on crafting orders. Ebenezer is an escape artist. And with one day left, she hasn’t completed the line-up for the annual Christmas parade, thanks to one grinch. Once Merry knows the Christmas secret, she realizes Santa isn’t what’s coming to town.
Checking it twice. Santa’s naughty list, courtesy of Jenna Wilcox, will roll down Main Street with names of residents who deserve a lump of coal in their stocking. Saving the parade won’t be easy, but Merry is up to task. Or so she thinks until she discovers Jenna’s body stashed in Santa’s sack.
Going to find out. As facts are unwrapped, Merry finds the line blurred between who’s naughty and nice. As threats are aimed at her and those she loves, Merry dashes for the truth before the murderer puts her on the naughty list and crosses her off for good.
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden-Book Review

About the book 
Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building his very successful global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before it spirals out of control, he returns to his ancestral home to save his brother and sister before it's too late. 

As a junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle Larkin has been charged with the impossible task of gaining access to the notoriously private Delacroix plant collection. If she fails, she will be out of a job and the family farm in Kansas will go under. She has no idea that in gaining entrance to the Delacroix world, she will unwittingly step into a web of dangerous political intrigue far beyond her experience. 

Unable to deny her attraction to the reclusive business tycoon, Annabelle will be forced to choose between her heart and loyalty to her country. Can Gray and Annabelle find a way through the storm of scandal without destroying the family Gray is fighting to save?

And I thought
Well the cover would have made me pick it up.  I was thinking hmm...what is this guy all about?  
And then I read the first couple of pages and I was taken in by 
Annbelle and her well actually I got a sense of savvy and determination. 
Gary is pictured as reclusive and powerful business with a sense
of loyalty especially for family.
I enjoyed the setting and it was interesting to learn about this part of history.  I have never read about the spice trade era so it was interesting.  
I enjoyed the suspense and the romance.  Elizabeth Camden gives readers a storyline that keeps you turning the pages.  

I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
I received a complimentary copy. 
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads. 
The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden  and will be promoted on social media. 

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Amanda's Fall by Kelly Bouldin Darmofal-Book Review-Beck Valley Tours

About the book 
Amanda's Fall, with charming illustrations by Bijan Samaddar, depicts an event common in schools today. Young Amanda gets a concussion after falling and hitting her head during recess. While she can hear people talking, she cannot respond. Amanda is taken to a doctor for evaluation. Wisely, her parents ask for a prognosis, which in Amanda's case, is a good one. Author Kelly Darmofal offers readers her third book on TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), encouraging parents and caretakers to alert schools and, hopefully, doctors when any child is concussed; side effects can then be ameliorated.  

Studies show that Traumatic Brain Injuries represent the leading cause of death and disability in young adults in industrialized countries. According to the CDC, at least 564,000 children are seen each year for brain injury in hospital emergency departments and released.

 And others are saying 
Studies show that Traumatic Brain Injuries represent the leading cause of death and disability in young adults in industrialized countries. According to the CDC, at least 564,000 children are seen each year for brain injury in hospital emergency departments and released.

"Kelly Darmofal worked hard on recovering from severe TBI, and gained the special gift of ability to explain what she went through. This book offers transforming power to children and parents--those afflicted with TBI and those trying to prevent it." -- Dr. Frank Balch Wood, professor emeritus of neurology-neuropsychology at Wake Forest School of Medicine and ordained Baptist minister  

"Amanda's Fall is a delightful, much needed children's book on Traumatic Brain Injury. Through the eyes of a child, it raises awareness, has tips for coping and offers support for those affected." -- Chris 
Itina Condon NP, Neurology

"Amanda's Fall is a lovely book that uses rhyme and colorful illustrations to engage young readers. Kelly Bouldin Darmofal's warm writing style makes it easy to understand the issues surrounding this potentially serious medical condition." Laurie Zelinger, PhD, RPT-S, board certified psychologist and author of Please Explain Time Out to Me

"This is a cute and creative story to help young children understand their world after a traumatic brain injury. It teaches them that they are not alone in their experiences. The tips for parents are a valuable resource as well. -- Mary Jane Morgan, Lower School Principal, Calvary Day School

"Darmofal has an ease in the way she writes about TBI. In this sweet story, she makes a difficult situation approachable and something to discuss. This is a wonderful story to share and educate children about TBI." -- Susie van der Vorst, co-Founder and Director, Camp Spring Creek

And I thought
Very well written and wonderfully illustrated. Amanda's Fall is a good story and written creatively to help children understand about Traumatic Brain Injury.
A very good book that helps raise awareness about a somewhat sad medical condition.
I think this is a great book for all families.  All children should have the opportunity to read Amanda's Fall
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Bible Storybook-Review

About the book 

Your family will love this Bible storybook in the popular rebus style with pictures sprinkled between words, allowing your little ones to read along with you! Kids will love to engage with the Bible stories by pointing out the pictures among the words to tell the story. This is a proven way to help children learn and retain the stories through interaction. In the rebus format, children see the picture key, learn the word, and then complete the sentence using the correct picture. This gives children positive learning and interactive reading time.

Stories include: Adam and Eve and the Sneaky Snake, Noah and the Big Boat, Moses and the Ten Commandments, David and the Giant, Mary’s Big Surprise, Jesus Stops a Storm, Jesus Goes to Heaven, and A Promise to All God’s Children.

And I thought 
Delightful and charming. I loved the illustrations on the cover!
This is a really nice hardcover book that would make a great gift.

The illustrations are charming.  There is a tip page at the beginning with suggestions for engaging your child.  

The book is separated into Old Testament and New Testament 
The Old Testament stories include:
The Beginning, The Flood, Abraham's Family, Moses, The Promised Land, Ruth and Naomi, David, Esther and Jonah.
The New Testament stories include:
Jesus is Born, John the Baptist, Jesus' Life, Jesus' Death and Resurrection, The Holy Spirit Comes, Saul Becomes Paul, 
Peter and The Best Is Yet To Come. 

Each story is only 2 pages.  The first is a full page picture and the second page is the short story with the pictures to teach the young reader.   

The book is 184 pages and contains more than 90 stories. 

From the back cover

Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook will encourage a love for God's Word as your children discover the 
joy of reading. 

This great storybook would make a great gift for your family.  
As a grandparent I am keeping my copy to share with the young ones.  

If you looking for an idea for a teachers gift for a preschool teacher or the school check this one out!  

I received a complimentary copy.  
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads and will be featured in my 2019 Christmas Gift Suggestions. 

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The publisher who sent the book did not supply me with purchase links.  In my search I found that the best price was at CBC. 
I have provided the links below but if you attempt to look up the book you'll need to include the complete title even on the Tommy Nelson website I was unable to locate.  

Monday, October 14, 2019

A Heart For Prayer by C.J. Hitz -Book Review-Spotlight

oA Heart for Prayer: 21 Days of Drawing Close to Father God by [Hitz, CJ]

About book 
Do you desire to have a heart for prayer?

Psalms 27:8 says, "My heart has heard you say, "Come and talk with me." And my heart responds, "Lord, I am coming."

Our Father God longs for his children to spend time with him. Having a heart for prayer is simply having a heart for relationship. When we enjoy being with someone, we find ourselves lingering in their presence. One cup of coffee turns into two and before we know it, we lose track of time.

That's the way it can be when we linger with our Abba Father. He's never in a hurry to leave and never grows impatient in waiting for us. He's always excited when his children come running into his arms without prodding.

Prayer is the proof that we're relying on Father God. When we come to him in prayer, we're saying,

I love You.
I need You.
I want to be with You.

My hope is that each of these 21 days help whet your appetite to enjoy a lifetime of sweet prayer with your heavenly Father. May you find yourself agreeing with David in Psalms 34:8,

"Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!"

And I thought 
Honest. Open. Transparent.  Author C.J. Hitz opens his heart as he provides the reader a chance to see prayer from a new perspective and a different angle. 
In just 21 days the author offers the reader a chance at  a more meaningful prayer life.
Although the author is a man.  And to me the cover might make me think it is written for men don't judge this one by it's cover. 
I like that about it because I think guys might pick it up and read it.  
But us gals can get alot from the content.  
Maybe more than the guys.

The book is small.  Only 103 pages or so (I read a pdf copy).

There are 21 days (chapters) with topics from . . . 
I enjoyed the titles of each topic
Where are you? . . . on Day 1
Followed by  
Wilderness, Jackpot, Waiting . . . on Days 2,3,4
And one of my favorites I jumped ahead to Day 13 the title 
God Is A Hoarder jumped out to me and got my attention.  I enjoyed the devotional and how the author ended it with a Psalm. 
Prayers are not the only thing God is Hoarding. As David expresses...You keep track of my sorrows, you collected all my tears in your bottle.  You have recorded each one in your book."
Psalms 56:8. 
The author adds . . . My Father is hoarding my prayers and my tears. I am not complaining. 

Each days devotion begins with a scripture and ends with the authors thoughts and a reflection.  

Day 1 spoke to me 
We have a very patient Father who longs to spend time with us...

Making time for him is always worth it.  Hold on...
I think I hear my phone.

For the purpose of this review I read the table of contents that 
featured the days topics.  And a few of the devotionals. 

I enjoyed every moment of reading.  The author opens his heart and shares some beautiful moments. 
I look forward to beginning this devotional study and spending some quiet time seeking a closer prayer life. 

I am adding A Heart For Prayer to my Christmas wish list. 
This devotional book would make a great gift for a family member, teacher or purchase for a church library. 

I received a complimentary copy from the author C.J. Hitz for the purpose of promoting and sharing A Heart For Prayer.
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads. 
A Heart For Prayer and excerpts from this review will appear on social media and promoted in future posts on this blog. 

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Happy Homemaker In Texas

Hello Welcome back to Happy Homemaker my weekly post with my plans for the week and a little of this and that.  
Sandra provides the prompts
I add a few of my own
The weather (Sandra's)
Gorgeous Fall weather.  The last couple days were cool in the morning.  A bit cloudy but sunny in the afternoon.  Today is a beautifully sunny day.  The dogs have been out all morning playing!  We love Fall.

On the breakfast plate (Sandra's)
I found the mix on sale at my Kroger on close out for $1.50.  I wanted some Bisquick type mix for the holidays.  I made the pancakes one day for my dogs and they were so yummy.  I made them the morning.  I only put butter on mine.  I didn't care for the biscuits though.  Probably won't buy again.  We really don't eat pancakes and they are simple enough to make from scratch.  But if your a pancake eater you might try this mix.

Last week's menu...What worked/What didn't (Mine)
Shiner Sausage Links, Fried Potato's, Navy Beans, Cornbread ✔
Pork Fried Rice, Egg Drop Soup, Egg Rolls Monday ✔
Shiner Sausage Links, Fried Potato's, Navy Beans, Cornbread
Mexican Skirt Steak cooked like a roast with Potato's and Carrots
lots of gravy and Tortilla's for sopping up the gravy ✔
Chicken Caccitori, Pasta, Salad, Garlic Bread ✔
Not a keeper.  Did not like the sauce
Friday Homemade Pepperoni Pizza 
Clam Chowder, Crawfish Boil, Potatoes, Corn on Cob

This weeks menu (Sandra's)
 Monday Chicken Tortilla Soup, Cheese Enchilada's
Tuesday Vegetable Beef Soup, Crusty Bread
Wednesday Meatloaf, Mashed Potato's, Green Beans
Thursday Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup
Friday Crawfish Bisque, Crab Cakes, Salad

In the soup bowl (Mine)
I made Navy Bean Soup from Monday's leftovers.  It came out so good.  The Cowboy had some for a mid night snack.  I got a text the next morning from him tell me how good they were! He said they were 'Amazing'!

I am baking today (Mine)
I have no idea why this photo is so dark!  I am planning on making a kind of bundt cake.  Can't decide if I should use the White or Strawberry cake mix.  I want kind of want a more of a pound cake than a moist cake.  We'll see how it turns out. 
The fresh strawberries are in a little dish I found at my moothers. I wanted to photo them with the faux one.  This is a handmade velvet strawberry.  I was amazed at the detail.  I received a few and the supplies to make some more years ago from another crafter. 

On my To Do List (Sandra's)
Bake a cake today
Finish crochet flowers to mail on Monday
Finish getting out Fall 

My Ta Da Moment's (Mine)
I stayed on my menu this week. 
I blogged almost everyday

On my reading pile (Sandra's)
The Spice King (Hope and Glory)   Better Watch Out (A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery Book 2)

I am reading now (Mine)
The Root of Murder (Lovers in Crime Mystery Book 4)

In the craft basket (Sandra's)
These are fast and easy to make.  I am including in a Happy Mail box for a SWAP.  I added tiny beads to the light pink tat is the sparkle.  I have one more darker shade of pink to make today. 

From the camera
My last cucumber.  1 of 4. Yes I only got 4.  Last year I made pickles. I did get a few ears of corn.  They were small and I left them too long but I was happy I got some.  Maybe next year they will be edible. 
My last cucumber.  1 of 4. Yes I only got 4.  Last year I made pickles. I did get a few ears of corn.  They were small and I left them too long but I was happy I got some.  Maybe next year they will be edible.  And the last of my Zinnia's,  They did not do well either.
There's always next year!

Scripture/Devo. (Sandra's)
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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Thankful Thursday

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Hi  Welcome to the blog.  It is so good to be back and Today I am
...that I have been able to post!
...that so far I have managed to stay on track with our menu!
...that I was able to work on Monday and Wednesday! is Fall!
...that I have celery, peppers and tomato's sprouting/growing in my green house.
...that I have a green house!  

It's turning out to be a Great week!
So what are you Thankful for today?

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Release Day-Called to inspire- by Marsha DuCille- Lola's Bookstagram Tour

Step outside your comfort zone and find the strength and confidence to answer God’s calling on your life.
Do you sense God prompting you to do something special with your life? Do you feel totally unprepared to answer his call?
Get ready for your heart to be emboldened and your faith strengthened! In CALLED to Inspire, Marsha DuCille, founder and publisher of CALLEDmagazine, leads you through a 52-question devotional experience to help you discover a rich, victorious life guided by God. With each weekly devotion, you’ll find compelling answers to life’s most significant questions. Each reading is accompanied by a powerful prayer, a meaningful verse to hide in your heart, a declaration to defend and fortify your faith, and journaling space to record your thoughts.
Let CALLED to Inspire encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and give you the strength and confidence to hear God’s calling in your life. Cling to this companion week after week—and dare to render your answer.

Tuesday Teaser-Book Spotlight-Galliano gold by Traci Andrighetti

Teaser Tuesday Time
Today I am a book I read recently spotlighting Galliano gold by Traci Andrighetti. 
Here's a little teaser from page one . . .
. . .Your nonna has hired Private Chicks to investigate why you're a zitella.

And on about page 56 . . . 
. . . "Well I can count on one hand the number of people who've asked me about Captain Gallliano and the gold, and both of you have come in today."

I received a complimentary copy to read and review as part of the Great Escapes Tour. 
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Teaser Tuesday Time     
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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Happy Homemaker in Texas

Hello and Welcome today I am joining Sandra in her weekly blog party Happy Homemaker Monday... I am a bit of a rebel I post on 
Saturday to leave Monday open for the other things!

Sandra provides prompts . . . I add a few of my own because 
                  I am a Rebel

The Weather (Sandra's)
The only thing better than Springtime in Texas is Fall in Texas.
Today the high was 94 but next week we are getting much cooler weather upper 80's and some rain.

On My Reading Pile (Sandra's)
My list is long.  October is always a busy month for reviews! 
The one I just can't wait to read is this one . . . 
The Root of Murder (Lovers in Crime Mystery Book 4) by [Carr, Lauren]

Waiting On The Mailman (mine)
                             The Final Stroke   The Soul Saver, Book One in the Prophetic Arts Series
These are on the way can't wait to turn the pages. 

On The Menu This Week (Sandra's)
Shiner Sausage Links, Fried Potato's, Navy Beans, Cornbread
Pork Fried Rice, Egg Drop Soup, Egg Rolls
Mexican Skirt Steak cooked like a roast with Potato's and Carrots
lots of gravy and Tortilla's for sopping up the gravy
Chicken Caccitori, Pasta, Salad, Garlic Bread
Homemade Pepperoni Pizza

On My To Do List (Sandra's)
Finish putting up Fall decor.
Clean glass book shelves in family room
Try to get some Fall Veggies planted

My Ta Da Moment (Mine)
Sorry no pics.  but the last 2 Saturdays I baked!  Had to dust off that Kitchen Aid but I am getting my groove back and loving it. 

What I Am Creating (Sandra's)
Lots of paper crafts and crocheting. 
Vintage Button Theme Tags & Journaling card made for a SWAP
And I am working on a crochet A Long blanket

From The Camera (Sandra's)

Camera Archives (Mine)

My vintage mantle has been in different places around the house. 
The last couple of years it lived in my crafting room.  Here it is decorated for Fall. 

Establish The Work . . .

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