Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Taste Of Home Cookbooks Review & Giveaway

A few weeks ago, Fred and I decided that we were going to start some meal planning. Our days would literally end with us asking each other what was for dinner around 4:30pm! That would mean we'd have to figure out what we wanted and then go shopping for it. Now we spend Sunday pulling out cookbooks to pour over and picking out 6-7 meals. When I was given the opportunity to review two Taste of Home cookbooks, I knew I was in!

The first cookbook, Taste of Home Most Requested Recipes has some amazing options! Here's the funny piece. We got the cookbooks two weekends ago, but we had already prepared our meal for the week and gotten the groceries. Then this week we only have one meal we're cooking at home when all of us are here. My hubby made dinner tonight, and by the time we had all finished eating, I asked him, "Was this a recipe from the cookbook that I didn't take a single photo for?" To which his reply was, "Yes?" GAH! So, my only photo is an after the meal was cooked. Let me say, it was delish! Even my youngest son ate his entire sandwich.

I went through and tabbed all of the recipes I want to start off trying! I've bought a ton of ingredients to make sure I'm prepared with the basics. One of the categories I want to try more of is homemade breads. Fred can try more of the entrees. I just picked out ones that looked like the whole family would enjoy.

In this cookbook, you find helps like "Fast Fix" which means the recipe can be made in 30 min or less and "5 Ingredients" which is a recipe that can be made with 5 ingredients or less (excluding water, salt, pepper, and oil). This winter I want to dig into the soups. One of the first ones on my list is the Cheesy Broccoli Soup In A Bread Bowl.

Next, and can you believe I get to try this one, is the Taste of Home 365 Days of Cookies! COOKIES! If I can do anything, I can do cookies. Ah, famous last words. I decided to get "healthy" with my first recipe. I was going to start with whole wheat flour and was told absolutely not. So I skipped that. Then I remembered I had almond flour and was told that was a "go" in place of the all purpose flour. Look at me go.

Well, I "went" until I only added TWO cups instead of 3. hahahahaha I had the runniest cookies I've ever seen. I got distracted while I was combining the ingredients and forgot the last cup. I can't even believe it. So, I finally got the third cup in and now they're coming out much better. No, I'm not showing you what the first round looked like. Sheesh. The rest turned out much, much better.

The beginning of the cookie book gives you some basic tips, which can definitely come in handy! Then there are 5 sections: Cozy Bites, Celebrate Spring, Summer Fun, Fall Flavors, and The Most Wonderful Time Of Year. Obviously the cookies can be cooked whenever your fancy strikes, but I like how they're broken up by season. You can also find national "Days" such as National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day on January 3rd with a cookie that's baked with that day in mind! And the pictures...get out! They're amazing as always.

Now you have the opportunity to win both of these cookbooks! Can you believe it?! So many recipes so little time.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

"Play Ball" with Chrysler & Sesame Street

I owned a Chrysler Town & Country Limited minivan for almost 11 years and loved, loved, loved it! It was a minivan ahead of it's time and came with all of the bells and whistles a mom could ask for! I still miss my minivan. I learned about Chrysler & "Sesame Street" working together to promote Canine Companions and was more than happy to share. I'm sure our dog Peru approves as well!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s important to remember the real reason for the season – giving back! Chrysler and “Sesame Street” have always promoted the essential values of acceptance, caring and sharing, and their latest video collaboration “Play Ball” is no different. In this installment, Abby and Elmo learn about Mork’s important work as a Canine Companions® service dog, which includes helping Wallis into an upfitted Chrysler Pacifica.

Chrysler is a proud sponsor of both “Sesame Street” and Canine Companions for Independence, both organizations doing good in their own way.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

World View By Marvin Olasky

World View
by Marvin Olasky
ISBN: 978945270833

I know I don't typically read non-fiction, but occasionally one gives me pause because of the topic and I give in to curiosity! That's what happened when I was given the opportunity to read World View thanks to Litfuse Publicity.


How could our world be different if Christians were recognized for not only speaking the truth, but also demonstrating mercy?
What would our lives be like if we reacted to our common culture with not just biblical facts, but also grace and compassion?
For more than 25 years, Marvin Olasky has offered this kind of viewpoint in his columns as the Editor-in-Chief of World Magazine, the leading news magazine written with a Christian perspective. In this collection of far-ranging columns, Olasky's commentary on world events and affairs, as well as his own personal interactions, encourages readers to respond with both grace and truth in every encounter.
A leading voice for standing for biblical truth in the public square, Olasky also believes Christians should incorporate the biblical virtues of humility, kindness, and mercy in all of life. His call for biblical values to include both truth and mercy makes his voice stand out in a world that often falsely divides those goals and settles for a poor imitation of the robust Christianity described in Scripture. These short and punchy columns offer readers a new way to consider challenges in today's world and shows them how to respond to any encounter biblically, but not hysterically, providing a wake-up call for the complacent, while also calming the frantic.
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My Review:

As I read author, Marvin Olasky's book, I just found myself nodding my head over and over again! I think they picked the perfect first article to start the book off! I hadn't heard of Mr. Olasky before this book, and now I'm wanting to read more of his work.

There are a number of facets that I liked throughout the book. First I loved that scripture and Biblical example were intertwined with the state of our current world. Then I appreciated his way of calling us out as Christians. He will get you thinking, there's no doubt about it. It's also very interesting how he covers a number of years for different presidents.

Nothing seems to be off limits in this book. Everything seems to be fair game such as environmentalism, politics, race, apologetics, media, marriage, and so much more. Each topic is covered in just a couple of pages, easy to read, but it will take time to digest, at least for me it was. He had me thinking after most of the articles.

About the Author:

Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of "World News Group," a distinguished chair in journalism and public policy at Patrick Henry College, and the author of more than twenty books, including "Compassionate Conservatism" and "The Tragedy of American Compassion." He and his wife, Susan, have four sons and five grandchildren.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

String Of The Art Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway

Have you seen those really amazing string art projects people create? I see friends making them or buying them, and I always think I want to try my hand at that. The only issue for me was, where to start! I was able to partner with String of the Art on a review to learn how.

Whichever kit you choose from String of the Art shows up in a really cool box. It includes everything you need to do the entire project. One of the things I need to try and find is a smaller hammer than the regular one I used. hahahaha That thing was just unwieldy with this project. I also need to practice on making my nails straighter. I didn't do too shabby of a job though making sure they were all level.

I got all of the nails hammered in and then removed the paper. I kept the paper with me to kind of help me still "see" the snowman. Then I started with the most exciting part, the stringing. The directions are super easy to follow. I think at first I had a hard time really giving in to the "free hand" part of the stringing. You really just have to go for it and string till your heart's content.

What I really enjoyed about the String of the Art kit is anyone can do it. You don't have to be Miss Crafty to do this project! If you can follow the instructions, wrap string around a nail, you can totally do these. You can also go as fast or as slow as you want. I'm guessing one of the smaller kits can be done in a day. This one could as well, but I started it later in the day. It could easily be done over a weekend.

One of the parts that totally cracked me up was messing up the white string. The String of the Art created explains that you should hang the string around your wrist as you work. And I did that, but think I pulled the start of the string wrong to start and wasn't able to use it around my wrist. You should've seen me, I was a tangled mess. The consecutive colors I did correctly and it worked like a charm.

You are going to love the project when it's finished no matter which one you pick. I was so incredibly pleased with how it turned out! We don't have our mantle up yet over the fireplace, but once it is, this piece of string art will be going there for the holidays!

I'm ready to try my hand at another one!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

NIV Inspiring Words Holy Bible Giveaway

NIV Inspiring Words Holy Bible
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 9780310762591

I have a thing for Bibles. I love them! I appreciate being able to go to different versions and reading their translations. I also enjoy how the newer Bibles have the option of being artistic in them! When I saw the opportunity to review this Bible thanks to Zonderkidz, I grabbed it!

Bible Overview:

God’s word is inspiring, and what better way to express our love of God than through art created by our own hands. The NIV Inspiring Words Holy Bible contains over 50 ready-to-color illuminated verses on high quality thick paper as well as the complete text of the New International Version (NIV) translation.

Features include:
  • Beautiful cover with foil makes for a stunning gift
  • Over 50 pages of black-and-white illustrations ready to be colored
  • Each coloring page highlights an inspiring portion of Scripture
  • The full text of the bestselling New International Version translation
  • Presentation page for gift giving
  • Ribbon marker

My Review:

There is a LOT I love about this Bible. To start with, the design on the cover is just fun and whimsical! With 52 scriptures to color, you can do one every week of the year! I've actually felt a little overwhelmed with Bible's that have coloring pages on every other page. lol Too much pressure to be artistic.

Speaking of the coloring pages, a couple aspects of the pages themselves that I really like are the thickness of the pages and the designs. First, the thickness makes it so much better to use a pen and not have it bleed through. I also appreciate that the designs are "colorable". You know what I mean, right? Sometimes there's too much black so you can't color very much. That or the details are so overwhelming and small it gets very tedious. At least it is for me. I want to relax and enjoy what I'm coloring.

One of the only issues I found with the pages to color is how they are attached to the regular Bible pages. Some of them are attached high up near the binding to the regular page. It's all still readable, but some are a bit wrinkled.

The front of the book has a presentation page. I think it would be cook if you were to give this as a gift to actually color it for the person you're giving it to. This would make a great gift for the holidays or even to keep for yourself. This one worked well for my bible study. You can't go wrong with an NIV.

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