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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Wondrous Works of God


 "Mighty Acts of God" by Starr Meade was such a success that she has made a sequel with 90 more accounts from the Bible called:

Monday, December 24, 2012

What does the Bible say anyway?



Tomorrow many people celebrate in various ways continuing in traditions they have participated in for as far back as they can remember. Without question.  

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 9 - 15

My week was very productive.  I was able to finish 3 quilts that were in various stages of completion.  

Here's a pic of one:

Monday, December 10, 2012


December 2 - 8

One would never know it was December in Vermont by looking out the window.  No snow and today it is raining. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Can you say CHOCOLATE!!



Two years ago I had the pleasure of making my own gum and gummies with kits from Glee Gum.  It was a great time and we really enjoyed the outcome.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Crowned By the King


Sometimes I need a reminder as to whom I belong.  I am more than a wife, mother, sister, and friend, I am a daughter of the King of Kings!  This is a beautiful time of year to remember that.  As many think about how the King left His glorious throne to come to this 'ole earth as a humble baby only to be rejected and crucified.  All for the love of undeserving, the ones who rejected him, mankind.   

Friday, December 7, 2012

Not Just a Hearer but a Doer Review



We are all the same.  Some of us just pretend a little better than the other.  Honestly, if each one of us stopped and took a closer look we would see areas where we are just a hearer and not a doer.  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cleaning helpers

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I may not have two cute little fairies like the ones above, but I have come across some great items that assist me in my day to day cleaning.


Monday, December 3, 2012

My Week At a Glance


November 25 - December 1

This week absolutely flew by.  I'm sitting here trying to remember what I did this week that is worth telling you about.  I came up with a couple of things.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dad!


This is the last picture I have of my dad before he walked out the door last summer only to enter the hospital and never return.  I wish it was one of the two of us together.

If you were here dad this is what I would give you for your birthday:


And you would LOVE it!  

But you're not here, yet, I know you are where there are things way better than homemade apple pie! 

 And that makes me 


Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Giveaway for your horse-loving reader!


This is an adorable story about Libby, a ten year old horse lover.  But it's a bit more than that.  It's a story of dreams and willing those dreams to come true.  

If you have a horse lover in your family, then she will absolutely want this book!  Age level 7 and up.


"Ten-year-old Libby Thump loves two things: her dog Margaret and horses. She dreams about them, draws them all the time, and more than anything she wants to take lessons and learn to ride like a real horsewoman. But when her mother decides to give the lessons to her older sister instead, Libby is beside herself. Libby’s mom says Brittany needs the lessons more, to cure her “boy crazy phase”—and she also wants Libby to be “more girly,” like Brittany. But Libby just wants to be herself.
With charismatic optimism and determination, Libby hopes she can talk her parents into seeing her perspective. And in the meantime, at least she can visit the stables and see her favorite horse, Princess….
This all-new series featuring text and illustrations from Elise Primavera, of Auntie Claus and Louise the Big Cheese acclaim, will appeal to anyone interested in horses—or who knows the value of having a good friend.

Elise Primavera is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Auntie Claus series and the popular Gum Street Girls Series. She is also the author of the Louise the Big Cheese books and other award-winning titles. She lives in New Jersey, and you can visit her at ElisePrimavera.com."

I am giving away this book to one of you just in time for Christmas gift giving.  

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*I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Simon & Schuster

Monday, November 26, 2012


November 18 - 24

Did you know that attitude is everything?  I am the ONLY one who can decide what kind of day I am going to have by my attitude.  Usually Sunday's I'm not in the best mood for various reasons I won't go into right now.....but since my big birthday and my newest mantra I had a very nice Sunday this week.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This one is for you dad!







My son shared this with the youth group the other night...it is awesome!!!

It made me wonder if my dad, who has been in heaven for 1 year today, is singing with the stars and whales now ;)

I think he is!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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I love rocks.  A jar full of rocks is a decorative piece to me.  I have a collection of rocks shaped like hearts here and there throughout my house. Rocks are pretty cool if you stop and look closely at them.

After the message I heard in a church service yesterday, I look at this jar of rocks in a totally new way.  

Think of this......each rock represents a different aspect of your life:  family, friends, work, Bible study, prayer, dishes, computer, God....the list is endless!  BUT is this the correct picture?  The speaker challenged us that God shouldn't just be another rock in my life that fills the jar, but He should BE THE JAR!  (think about that for a minute)

Umm...yea!  

God should 
BE THE JAR!!!  

Let everything I am be surrounded by HIM.

I certainly need to work on this how about you?


Monday, November 19, 2012

The Return of My Week at a Glance


November 11 - 17

This is a good week to get back into my 'weekly' postings about my life.  I know ONE person who looks forward to this and misses it. :)  

Monday, November 12, 2012

This was done for me for my 50th Birthday party by my amazing, brilliant and talented oldest daughter.  A couple of years ago she gave me a booklet with the pages filled with written notes of love, encouragement and thankfulness from family but mostly her.  She thought to add to my book by putting together this poster for my birthday.

Counting 50 years of blessings


Birthdays....there are mixed emotions with that word.  When we are children we welcome these days, counting down until it arrives, but as we age, well, let's just say that the counting down and excitement fades as the number rises.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The True Account of Adam & Eve

Visit New Leaf Publishing to find out more about this book
 published by Master Books.
Upon opening this book some of the first words I read were:

Always start with the Bible

Monday, October 22, 2012

Coming Home by Max Lucado


I was never a fan of allegory.  Just ask my kids...they weren't allowed to read the series by C.S. Lewis that was, and still is, so popular among kids. I always felt, why tell a story when you can just lay out the truth.  BUT as time has passed and I've become older and wiser (stop laughing) I've come to realize that there are lessons that can be learned all around us and yes, that includes allegory.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Everyday Matters Bible for Women Review & Giveaway


Congratulations to 
Eliz


 
I'm sure you've heard the saying, 'You can't tell a book by it's cover'.  Well, in this case you can :)  This cover is so pretty, it just makes you want to open it.  And what is inside is even more beautiful:  

GOD'S WORD

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I'm going to do this in 30 DAYS!


30 Day Shred Revisited


8 MONTHS LATER.......


It has been approximately 8 months since I first began this killer program:  The 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels.  It took me 60 days to complete it the first time around.  Read all about that tortuous journey here.

Since I completed this DVD in April, I continued on doing various other workout routines I found via YouTube over the last 6 months.  I have found and love pilates!  

My body has changed quite a bit over the past 6 months.  I have lost 5 pounds and toned up all over.  My clothes no longer fit well, I need a belt.  Clothes that were a bit tight before, fit nicely now.  Overall, I feel much better.  More energy, better attitude.  

The other day I was wondering IF I could do The 30 Day Shred and not feel as if I were dying.  After all, I've been exercising fairly consistently since completing this program.

I decided I would test myself during the month of October and attempt to complete the 30 Day Shred in 30 days as it was designed.

Monday Morning, October 1st.....

I completed level one successfully and completely without feeling like throwing up or like I was dying.  I will admit that I had to adjust a couple of the moves due to my knees.  I don't want to aggravate that problem again.  BUT I kept moving the whole time, completing each section without breaks!  Yea, and that is only day ONE!  Go ME!!!!

Tuesday Morning, October 2nd....

I can hardly move!  Seriously!!!  My legs, butt and thighs, chest and shoulders are KILLING me!  Ok, I will do pilates today, my body needs something not quite so strenuous.

Wednesday Morning, October 3rd....

In goes the DVD...  Yes, I can do this.  
What was the hardest part for me when I did this DVD in the spring-the abs section-is the easiest now.  My abs have improved so much, and it is very noticeable.  Cardio is not so bad either.  I keep moving the whole time.  I'd say my weakest area now are my arms. I tire easily lifting those 3 lb weights...but I don't give up and I complete the set.  I am astonished that I can actually complete this 20 minute workout and not feel half dead.  WOW!   


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Potato Donut recipe


A couple months ago a reader asked me for my potato donut recipe.  As you realize, I have not been posting on this blog very much at all.  Life has taken over and I haven't taken the time to write.  I am HOPING to change all that, but I'm not making any promises.  Please keep checking back, though....you never know, there may be something interesting you might miss ;)

Ingredients:
2 Cups flour (I use unbleached white, but sometimes sneak in a bit of freshly ground spelt)
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking powder

Combine the above in a bowl

1 Cup mashed potato
2 eggs
1 Cup sugar (I use turbinado which is a 1:1 exchange with white sugar)

Mix these 3 ingredients until smooth

Add the dry to the wet, mix until smooth dough

You will need A LOT of flour to roll it out on.  The dough is sticky.

On floured surface, roll dough to about 1/2 inch thick.  Cut.  Makes 12-15 depending on how thick you roll your dough.

Fry in hot oil (sorry, I don't know the temp of the oil.  I pop a hole in the oil, if bubbles form around it, I know the oil is ready)

Do you have a potato donut recipe?  Is it different than mine?
If yes, please share your recipe in the comments.

Anyone know of a good BAKED donut?


Friday, September 21, 2012

Amazing Action Alphabet Review & Giveaway



The See Hear Do Company incorporates all your child's senses in this flip book and audio CD to teach the sounds of the alphabet.  They use things that children love; animals, stories, music, action, repetition, fun, imagination and more as tools to help your child enjoy learning.

Here is the ideology behind this program:  



Step 1 Seeing
                               The child sees the shape of the adorable
                 animal is the shape of the letter
(visual stimulation).


Step 2 Hearing
The child hears an amusing story and learns
the name and sound of the letter
(auditory stimulation).


Step 3 Doing
The child does a fun action with their body
that produces instant recall for the
sound of the letter
(kinesthetic stimulation).




You can listen to an example of what the audio CD contains here.  


The songs are fun and catchy.  I did not like a couple of the songs because the words were hard to understand.  Thankfully, the flip book contains the words to the songs to follow along.

All in all, I think your child will enjoy learning the sounds of the alphabet using this resource.


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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Does History Repeat Itself? I think YES!


I have been reading through the books of the minor prophets in the Bible recently.  Amazingly what I am reading sounds like what is happening all around me---people living for themselves, enjoying pleasure more than what is right, wars, unjust courts, odd weather patterns, an over abundance of disease, wrong and right confused....I could go on and on.  

There is nothing new under the sun.  Man is still man, but more importantly God is still God and THAT, my friend, is my hope.

In their day, even these prophets wondered if God knew what was going on and how long He was going to let it continue.  They were reminded, even as I am, that God is very merciful not wanting anyone to perish.  He is long suffering, giving each one of us the opportunity to repent and turn to Him.  BUT He leaves the choice to us.

Let me share with you a few verses from my readings:

Tearing your clothes is not enough to show you are sad; let your heart be broken.
 Come back to the Lord your God, because he is kind and shows mercy.
 He doesn’t become angry quickly, and he has great love. He can change his mind about doing harm. (Joel 2:13 NCV)

The Lord has told you, what is good; he has told you what he wants from you:
 to do what is right to other people, love being kind to others, and live humbly, obeying your God. (Micah 6:8 NCV)


The Lord is good, giving protection in times of trouble. He knows who trusts in him. (Nahum 1:7 NCV)

The evil nation is very proud of itself; it is not living as it should. But those who are right with God will live by faith. (Habakkuk 2:4 NCV)

The last part of the verse above , "but those who are right with God will live by faith." is quoted 3 times in the New Testament.

Faith is reason at rest with God......




My business is to have that faith,
God's is to do His will.........

so let's 'mind our own business' and let God mind His.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Writing in Our Home School

 I love to write, but writing takes me a lot of time to get it right.  I'm not gifted at all.  I write, rewrite and write again. I can't tell  you how many times I change a sentence, add a word, take out a portion.  It takes me a long time to get what I want written in a way I want it to say it.

This has caused me to have a hard time finding a writing curriculum for our home school over the years.   We've tried several, some worked, some not so much.

This year we are trying out Wordsmith by Common Sense Press.  




It starts off reviewing the parts of speech.  That's always a bonus...to know what word to use where!  

The first writing assignments are basically  just changing generic words to  more specific ones. This is to  make your writing come alive....

Here is an example
When the knock came, Sally walked to the door and opened it.  She looked at the stranger for a few seconds, then said, "Your'e too late.  Horace left an hour ago."  Without another word, she closed the door.

The student is asked to change specific words to show emotion.

Here are my daughter's edits:
When the knock came, Sally strolled to the door and opened it.  She peered at the stranger for a few seconds, then sniffed, "You're too late.  Horace left an hour ago."  Without another word, she closed the door.


When the student has a feel for word usage and painting a picture with specific words, they move onto making the sentences stronger.  This is done by switching words around to change the meaning or emphasize a particular portion.


The last section of the book gets down to types of writing; descriptive, narrative, dialogue, point of view etc.  I am thinking by the time we get to this section my daughter will be confident and able to write anything asked of her.  

We have only used this book for 2 weeks now, but I've got to admit that I do like it. The biggest plus so far is that I don't get the rolled eyes and groans when it's time to pull out Wordsmith, like I did with last year's writing curriculum I chose. 

When I asked my 14 year old daughter what she thought of it, her response was:
"Way better than last year, for sure.  AND I'm having fun with the thesaurus".


I received a copy of Wordsmith as part of Because Mom Said, Timberdoodle's review program, in exchange for my honest review.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Oransi Fridge Air Purifier





What an odd looking little thingy, don't you think? 

Here's a little about what it is and what it does:
Featuring patented Piezo-electric technology your refrigerator is cleaned silently without the harmful side effects of ozone that is found in standard ionizers.

 It really does what it says...purifies your fridge.

I have had mine in my fridge for about a month and I must say that it does seem to work.  I haven't noticed any foul odors when I open the fridge door.  I'm not sure how else I would know if it was working.....

If you like eco-friendly, you'll like what Oransi offers.  I've tried 2 of their products and have been very happy with both of them.

You can follow Oransi on Facebook or Twitter.  

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Oransi asked me if I'd do another review for them in exchange for the product.   I did one on their Robby Wash Ball, which I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the more I use it!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Whisk Bliss review

I was sent a sample pack of Whisk Bliss
to try in exchange for my honest review.

It was truly 'blissful' to use this product, Whisk Bliss from Shirley J.  Why do I say this?  Because it was simple, simple, simple to use. 

I do not really enjoy cooking as much as I used to, so when I find a product that helps me to have a meal ready within minutes, I'm sold!  

I was able to put a yummy cheddar broccoli cheese soup on the table in under 30 minutes.  Now that's FAST!  

  
This soup was creamy and delicious. 

I received a sample package of Whisk Bliss.  The directions on the bag stated the soup would feed 3.....I'd say more like 2.  

What IS Whisk Bliss you ask?
Whisk Bliss is a unique UNIVERSAL COOKING BASE that creates quick and delicious sauces, soups, and endless savory sensations that are healthy for you and your family.

Shirley J has other items on her website to help you with meal preparation.  I encourage you to go check it out!


Friday, August 24, 2012

I have another son-in-law

August 19, 2012

What can I say
on this glorious day?

I'm filled with thanks to heaven above
for filling my heart with love

 God's added another son into my life
when my daughter became his wife

It's amazing what God has done
As two have become one


Congratulations Jeremy & Samantha


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Just Almonds Review & Giveaway


Almonds are definitely my favorite nut. And now I've found a great place to buy them:


The name says it all...Just Almonds.  They sell almonds and almond flour...that's it!  BUT their website is filled with interesting tidbits about almonds.  It's an almond education for sure!

Here is some info from their site:
At Just Almonds Inc., we have perfected the buying process and now end-users can buy direct from the farm without having to know somebody in the business. 
Our family has been growing, processing, and handling wholesale almonds for nearly 30 years. We sell in quantities to meet everyone’s needs; from small 5 lbs boxes for samples and retail users, to largebulk wholesale almonds for large commercial users and international clients. 
Our ranch is located in the heart of the Central Valley of California, and our almonds ship straight from our ranch. We take great pride in offering the highest quality California almonds and the friendliest customer service. 

I was sent almonds and some almond flour.  These almonds are so crunchy and sweet.  I love them and so does my family.

Almond flour is a new adventure for me.  I never even new it existed so I wasn't sure what to make, so I googled, 'almond flour recipes' and came up with a chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Chocolate and almonds....YUM!

Here's the recipe I used from www.elanaspantry.com.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup grapeseed oil  (I used canola oil, but next time will use butter)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup agave nectar (I used honey)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Mix dry, mix wet, mix dry & wet together.  
Form 1 inch balls. 
Bake 350 degrees for 7 - 10 minutes

These cookies were very good.  Even my 90 year old aunt loved them.  She ate 3 of them.  She said they were tasty and easy to chew with her few teeth.  She added that with a little less oil I would have gotten an A+---she used to be a teacher.  

After I made these I noticed a recipe section at the Just Almond's site.  I think I'll try the pancakes next.

Would you like to try some almonds or even be adventurous and try almond flour?  Just Almonds has offered all my readers a 10% discount on your order by using this coupon code: 

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You can also win a 4 pound bag of almonds or almond flour by entering this giveaway.



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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Easter is About Jesus Review & Giveaway


In this little devotional book for the Easter season , Mukkove Johnson, the author, talks about the symbols of Easter to help you and your child remember all God has done for you.

The best part of this book is she uses symbols that really have nothing to do with the resurrection of Jesus-bunnies, candy, baskets, new clothes, to name a few-and relates them to Jesus.  The simple jelly bean will now make me think of Jesus and His love for me.

Each of the 15 devotions has a Bible verse, story to read, questions to answer and an activity to complete if you desire.

All in all I think this would be a wonderful resource to use during Easter to help your family focus on Jesus.  Really, isn't HE the reason Easter even exists?

Meet Mukkove Johnson

Hello from Alaska!
I am honored to be a guest here on Cindy’s blog. The reason for my visit is the release of a new book, Easter Is About Jesus: Family Devotions for the Easter Season. This is my second book. The first is Christmas is About Jesus: An Advent Devotional.
My home is in Palmer, Alaska. I have been here since my parents moved here in the early 1980’s. It is home for sure. My husband’s family moved up around the same time and its home for him, too. Brian and I began dating in high school and just celebrated our 18th anniversary.  We have three children in our home and one in heaven. I have always home schooled my children. This year I’ll have two in middle school. It doesn’t seem possible. Where does the time go?
I wrote Easter is About Jesus to help families teach their children why they celebrate Easter. First I have to take you back a little. When my children were 1, 2, and 3 years old I began looking for a resource that would back me up when I said Christmas was celebrating Jesus. They were getting that message from me and church, but everywhere else seemed to be saying something else. I was looking for something that would count down the days until Christmas, too. After looking and looking I decided to create the resource I wanted. I wrote 24 devotions with different symbols of Christmas and how they can remind us of Jesus. I made ornaments for each day so the kids would have something to get out, and remind me to read the devotion. I learned, as an added bonus, when they were up we would see them and talk about them through the day- extra reinforcement.
After using our Christmas devotion for several years I pursued publishing. In part because of a great response and in part because Easter seemed to be surrounded in a similar confusion as Christmas in our society I wrote Easter is About Jesus. I came up with most of it during church one Sunday. That’s not as bad as it may sound because I was in the service for the second time that morning. It was many months later that I got inspired for the “More Time with God” portion. When that came together I knew I had another book worth publishing. I’m very excited to hear from families who use this devotion. It hasn’t had the same trial run as the first, it’s a little unnerving.
Blessings to you and your family as you focus on Jesus.
Mukkove Johnson

Click here to read the first 4 devotionals in this book.

To learn more about Mukkove and her 2 books, go here.

I'm sure you liked what you read...well I have great news for you:  
Mukkove has graciously offered to give one of you a FREE signed book. 

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