Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Real-Life Romance by Rhonda Stoppe-Review for Litfuse Tour

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • One copy of Real-Life Romance
  • A $50 restaurant gift card
  • A $25 movie gift card
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 6. The winner will be announced at Rhonda's Facebook Live Party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Rhonda and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

About the book (provided by Litfuse)

Real-Life Romance: Inspiring Stories to Help You Believe in True Love (Harvest House, February 2018)
Do you believe in true love?
In a world of broken relationships and hurting people, it can seem like all we ever see is heartache—that marriages are doomed from the start and romance isn’t worth the risk.
But heart-fluttering, long-lasting love is all around us…we just have to look for it!
This collection of beautiful, real-life accounts will bring laughter and tears as you enjoy each story of ordinary people who found extraordinary love. Page after page, you will find inspiration to
—rekindle the romance in your love story
—trust in God’s providence and timing
—faithfully hope for your own happily-ever-after
—celebrate true romance
—believe in life-long love
Don’t let the world define romance for you! See how God is at work in the hearts of His people—knitting together hearts in a love that forever endures.
And I thought 
A great book that just might make you believe in love and 
romance again.
This book is filled with 25 different true stories.  Stories from Love at First Sight to 2nd Chance Love Stories and many in between.  
From the 'Maybe we should try church' couple.
To the 'Surprise by Love' couple.
And there was the couple who divorced and then found Jesus
'And each other again'.
And many many more stories in between. 
Each couples story may seem direct but each couples story in a way is the same.  The all at some point in the relationship decided 
to invite God into their marriages. 

Each story ends with thoughts to ponder and questions to ask yourself.  

The book is written for the believer and non-believer and ends with the plan of Salvation inviting the reader into a personal relationship with Jesus.

Real Romance is and uplifting and inspiring; a great read for everyone.  

I enjoyed it.  

I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse
This review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads.

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Crystal | Our Perfectly Imperfect Life
chantal | This Chattanooga Mommy Saves
Lauren | A Beautiful Inheritance
Debra | 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!
Alexis | God is Love
Andrea | The Young Girl Who Loved Books
Kristie | Moments
Amy | A Day of Small Things

Monique | The lemonade diaries
Kara | Nothing But Room
Margaret | The World As I See It

Sara | SK Bell
Ylva-Elana | Chasing after Butterflies

Amanda | Inklings and notions

Becky | Living Outside the Lines

amy | The ramblings of miss aimymichelle
Carole | The Power of Words
Tima | Book Reviews by Tima

Kendra | Happily Managing a Household of Boys

Rosalyn | All-of-a-kind Mom

Marjolaine | Books, beautiful books
Amy | Pause for Tales

Deana | Texas Book-aholic

Carol | Buttercup Counts Her Blessings
Rebecca | My Ink Dance

Colleen |
Wendy | Life at Rossmont
Sherry | My Journey Back

Veronica | Veronica's 'Views
Heather | Misadventures of the Dynamic Uno
Suzanne | Clicking Her Heels

Julius | The Little Friar
Grace | Onto Her Bookshelf
Rebecca | Raventhreads
Janice | Janices book reviews

LeAnne | Rockin' My Mom Jeans

Kelly | Simply Kelina
Lisa | A Rup Life
Inderpreet | Eloquent Articulation

Lois | The Minister's Wife
Hearther | Married to the Cloth

April | Dixie n Dottie
Bethany | The Perfect beginning
Shantelle | Between the Pages of this Bookish Life
Lydia | Noveltea
Urailak | Fruitbearers
Leslie | Did you Hear About the Morgans?
shirley | A Mom After God's Own Heart
Amanda | The Talbert Report 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday Supper

Welcome To Sunday Supper
 At GiGi's House
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I love Sunday Supper.  It's a day/evening in our home of either a super simple relaxing meal.  Or one when I pull out all the stops.
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Super Simple meals might be nachos from left over chicken or steak. 

Pulling out the stops might be finding a new or old recipe from 
a cherished cookbook 
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Or a new one found on Pinterest or another blog. 
I can't wait to cook Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.  Jaxx linked 
his yummy sounding recipe at the Fabulous Party.
Jaxx's version is filled with yummy fresh parsley,yellow and green onions.  And yummy chicken and sausage.  Click here to visit 
his blog and check out the recipe!

It's a day that usually nothing happens after church so an afternoon of cooking is perfect.  Spending time in the kitchen chopping and mixing and cooking  is fun and relaxing to me when I'm not tired.
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It's not typically a meal with a fancy set table.  Or even china.
But maybe a meal with special dishes or the table set for a theme. 

Maybe we're having a seafood boil with paper on the table and 
paper towels for the napkins.  One of our favorite meals!  
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I wonder why we seem to always have a seafood boil on the weekend.  It's such a super easy meal!  Everything thrown all in one pot eaten mostly with your fingers except for the potatoes.  

Oh I am getting hungry!

Or it might be the night I decide to cook a super pull out the stops meal that has a ton of ingredients and alot of work.  
Like another favorite
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Chili Relleno's start with fresh poblano peppers that have to be charred or steamed in the oven and then seeded and  stuffed with Monterrey Jack Cheese (Mozzarella works in a pinch).  A fritter type batter is prepared and then the chili's dipped and fried. 
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 Alot of work but oh so worth the effort! Oh so yummy.
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My recipe is from this cookbook bought way back in the day.  
It is full of wonderful yummy recipes. 

Or there is the option for the super easy version.  I use on week nights when I am tired but craving one of my favorite dishes.
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Not quite the same but still super yummy.  I cut the recipe in half for just two of us and then there are leftovers for lunch. 

Oh I enjoy Sunday Suppers.  A great time for making some great food and enjoying it with family or friends.  

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So what's on your Sunday Supper dinner plate? 
Super simple or pull out the stops and spend the day cooking?
I am linking with The Fabulous Party
Linking with a few more parties. 
My list is below this post.

Simple Sunday-The Fabulous Party

Have A Blessed Day
Vintage Grace- My soul waits

The Fabulous Party

Welcome to the party. 
All post are  pinned.
Link up any day, any time!
Let's party!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Happy Homemaker In Texas

Each week I join Sandra at Family Corner for her party
Happy Homemaker 
Sandra provides the prompts-I add a few of my own

The Weather
Two words  Rain Cold

Right now I am
Wishing it wasn't raining so I could play outside.  Oh my 
I sure do hope the Cat In The Hat doesn't sneak in!

On my reading pile
On my reading pile

In the kitchen (a new recipe to try)
Delicious chicken and sausage gumbo anyone can make. It all starts with a flawless oven roux and ends with chicken and sausage gumbo goodness!
Jaxx at The Bearded Hiker shared his oven roux gumbo at the 
Fabulous Party.  This sounds so good I am trying tonight!
Click here to read the post.

The menu
I really need to re-think the whole menu thing.  Lot's of changes going on here.  The Cowboy is officially retiring which means he's home for lunch.  Which means I need to have food for lunch planned or he'll eat leftovers planned for later in the week!  
Here's what I am trying for this week.

Monday-cup of leftover gumbo from the weekend
                    Hamburgers and a few fries
Tuesday- Taco Tuesday

Wednesday- Sounds like a good night for chicken

Thursday -kid friendly Pizza (make your own)

Friday- Steak,baked potatoes and salad

As I've said before.  The same ole same ole.  I need some menu ideas!

In the garden 
Puddles, hyacinths,crocus, lettuce sprouts that may have drowned, potatoes and onions that probably drowned.

Something fun to share

Printable Download BIBLE VERSES No2 scripture art 1x2 inch images for Domino…
So pretty these are for sale on Etsy.  Click here

A new blog to share
I found a lovely blog this week when I found the photo for the Scripture/Devo. prompt. I found the photo on Pinterest
and visited the blog. 
The blog is called 
Vintage Grace - Telling the story of God's Grace
it was a lovely place to visit.  Constance shares scripture that she has journaled and illustrated.  I hope you will go by for a visit.  Click here.  I think I could spend all day reading her lovely posts.

An old blog to share 
Don't be mad Carol...I need help thinking what to call this prompt!
Comfort Spring
not old but Carol's fun blog has been around a little bit. 
And she posted the most links at the Fabulous Party last year so that puts her blog in the 'old' category just because it's not new to me!

But it might be new to you.  
Go over and see her at Comfort Spring Station.  You'll find some fabulous recipes and much more!  Click here to visit Carol!
I am featuring Carol here today because I got a chance to visit with her and interview her for the Fabulous Party.
I'll be sharing the interview soon. 

On my to do list

  • Curtains for master and living.  Need to price rods.
  • Slowly re-arrange my room so I can have a sewing space and a journal/paper crafting space
  • Make plans/ideas for a Spring Peter Rabbit party
  • Put away Valentines decorations
My "Ta Da" list
No real Ta Da this week.  Just spent the week reading.

A new linky party 
I found this party this week.  

Click here to visit the party

In the craft basket 

An applique quilt I need to finish.  I will not tell you how old this block is.  I have taken my time on completing because I wasn't sure about quilting it.  Now I have the knowledge and I am ready to start!

Fabulous features from The Fabulous Party
It's always so hard to choose which posts to feature!
I thought you might enjoy this one since St. Partrick's Day
is coming up soon 

How to Make a Burlap Banner in Less Than an Hour
Go over to Ash & Eileen's at Just Measuring Up for the instructions.  Click here

Suzy is a new visitor to the party.  She blogs at Just Simply Somethings she shared a post about a craft that might be new to you.  It is called 'Felting'.She shared the sweetest little creatures made from felt.  
Click here to read this fun post!

From the camera
I just know spring is around the corner.  Little bunnies are showing up everywhere!


Vintage Grace- My soul waits

As always I am linking at Happy Homemaker Monday
and a lot of other fun parties my list with links is below this post

Friday, February 23, 2018

Introducing Our Holiday Journey


I am so gad your here.  Today is the perfect day to visit the blog.
Everyone is 
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Today is a special day because I am featuring my Holiday blog.
I wanted to tell you all about in case you haven't found it! 

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Our Holiday Journey began with an idea to share about all 

things holiday.  Here's what the banner on the blog says

Welcome to Our Holiday Home Journey. A blog about all things Holiday and Home. Let's make everyday a Holiday. Here you'll find photo's. Lots and lots of photo's. Ideas and decorations. Stories. And just plan 'ole Holiday fun. Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. Christmas is a Blessed time of year. And I want to share the blessings with you. So join me and enjoy all the holidays while we wait for the Best holiday of all! It begins here . . .

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I kind of had plans to write about the holidays.  About making 
everyday a holiday in our homes. 

And then something happened.  I came up with this Fabulous idea.
And the Fabulous party began.  The Fabulous party is over a year old now.  
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I began the party at Our Holiday Journey and then something happened one day.  I accidentally posted the linky here at 
My Journey Back. 
 I thought well maybe it was meant to be and so I left it and began posting the party on both blogs.  And made this button.  
It's supposed to look sparkly.  Do you think it does?
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At about the same time I had the idea to choose feature posts
from the party.  And so I began choosing 2 each week and put
them on the side bar at Our Holiday Journey.
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I also feature them here on my Happy Homemaker post.  
I write a post each week (now on Saturday) that I link with
Sandra at Family Corner.  Sandra provides the prompts.  I have a added a few prompts of my own to make my posts more personal to me and the blog(s).
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Last January I did something different at Our Holiday Journey.
I ran a 12 month giveaway.  Each month I tallied links and the blogger that linked the most posts one a prize.  
The winner was Carol at Comfort Spring Station
Comfort Spring
Carol writes a delightful blog.  She shares about living in Florida.
She shares her beautiful gardens, her home and some wonderful
recipes.  I hope you'll go by and visit her soon.  Click here to 
The Fabulous Party is supper simple to follow and link.  
I have intentionally made the party super easy to find (I hope).
The party goes from Sunday to Sunday.  You don't have to wonder when you can link.  Any day.  Any time. 
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Each link is 'pinned.  Visit the Fabulous Party Board.Click here
I do try and tweet your posts and share on FB.  (still working out some kinks)

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Building a community here and at Our Holiday Journey is important to me.  I hope we'll become kind of a family.  

With all that said.  I have made linking at the party simple.  I am backtracking here but I didn't mention 'rules'.  There are non. 
Well there is one and it's important.  
Family Friendly
Actually there are two.  No Halloween.  I don't want to get into a discussion about Halloween.  Just to keep it safe and friendly for 
everyone I write a special Halloween post the week of Halloween to share the posts that I find that are not spooky or creepy and just fun.  

Our Holiday Journey and My Journey Back are both meant to Welcome you and to hopefully make you smile.  I hope you 
look forward to reading what crazy thing I just might be writing about.  Sometimes I write random posts on My Journey Back.  

And sometimes I get off track . . . like now.   I was going to share one more new thing I am planning.  I am planning on writing and sharing your  our posts about Holidays.    Kind of getting back to what I originally planned.  

I hope you'll become apart of our community and link your posts 
at The Fabulous Party

I have a whole list of parties that I link at.  Below this post you'll see the list.  If you have a party I would love for you to link at my party too!

I hope you've enjoyed visiting today.  Come back soon and let me know you came by!

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