Mom’s 4 Bean Salad


Servings: 4

1 can Wax Beans
1 can Green Beans
1 can Kidney Beans
1 can Chick Peas (garbanzo beans)
You can, also, use lima beans
1 Onion, Thinly Sliced Rings
3/4 cup Sugar
1 cup Oil
2/3 cup Vinegar
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper

Drain beans. Mix together 2nd set of ingredients. Pour over beans and onion rings. Let sit in refrigerator overnight.


Scripture Cake



Makes 1 Cake

This cake recipe was popular in the 1800’s. It would appear in the church bulletins. Follow these scriptures for your ingredients:

3/4 Cup Genesis 18:8 (found in the first four words)
1-1/2 Cup Jeremiah 6:20
5 Luke 11:12
3 Cup Leviticus 24:5
3/4 Teaspoon 2 Kings 2:20
3 Teaspoon Amos 4:5
1 Teaspoon Exodus 30:23
1/4 Teaspoon Each 2 Chronicles 9:9
1/2 Cup Judges 4:19 (last part)
1/2 Cup Genesis 43:11 (last part of the verse only)
1/2 Cup Jeremiah 24:5
1/2 Cup 2 Samuel 16:1

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly cream butter, brown sugar and eggs. Combine dry ingredients and add alternatively to creamed mixture with milk. Stir in nuts and fruit. Bake in two greased cake pans 30 to 40 minutes.


Apple Pecan Coffee Cake

Apple Pecan Coffee Cake

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup sour cream
5 chopped peeled apples
1/2 cup chopped pecans

TOPPING:
3 peeled thin sliced apples
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons cold butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream and applesauce, mixing well after each addition. Stir in apples and pecans (reserve enough chopped apples to layer bottom of the pan). Grease a 9×12. cake pan. Layer the bottom of the pan with chopped apples, then pour the mixture on top.

For topping, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in nuts.

Layer the top of the batter with the sliced apples, sprinkle the topping over the apples.

Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 – 50 minutes. Serve warm or cool completely before serving.

To freeze unused portion: Securely wrap cooled coffee cake in foil, then freeze. To use, thaw in refrigerator.

Vegan Sushi

What you need:

Cucumber
Soft Cream Cheese
Fresh fruits and vegetables

Wash your cucumber then cut it in half. Scoop out or cut out the seeds leaving a hollow cucumber. Slice the hollow cucumber, leaving the slices sushi thick about 1 or 2 inches. Now slice your fruit and vegetables in to thin sticks.
Add a little cream cheese to each cucumber slice on the inside to help hold the first veggie stick to the side. Then add your vegetable and fruit sticks inside the hollow of the cucumber.

For these Vegan Sushi I used apple slices, peppers and mushrooms.

If I were the Devil

If I were the Prince of Darkness I would want to engulf the whole earth in darkness.

I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree.

So I should set about however necessary, to take over the United States.

I would begin with a campaign of whispers.

With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whispers to you as I whispered to Eve, “Do as you please.”

To the young I would whisper “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that “man created God,” instead of the other way around. I would confide that “what is bad is good and what is good is square.”

In the ears of the young married I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be “extreme” in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct.

And the old I would teach to pray — to say after me — “Our father which are in Washington.”

Then I’d get organized.

I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull, uninteresting.

I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies, and vice-versa.

I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work. Idle hands usually work for me.

I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could, I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction, I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the Devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions; let those run wild.

I’d designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts and I’d get preachers to say, “She’s right.”

With flattery and promises of power I would get the courts to vote against God and in favor of pornography.

Thus I would evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, then from the Houses of Congress.

Then in his own churches I’d substitute psychology for religion and deify science.

If I were Satan I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg

And the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

If I were the Devil I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. Then my police state would force everybody back to work.

Then I would separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines and objectors in slave-labor camps.

If I were Satan I’d just keep doing what I’m doing and the whole world go to hell as sure as the Devil.

Paul Harvey, 1964

Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids Fun and Faith-Filled Stories By Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard

Book Description

Have you heard about the birthday sleepover where Will forgot one very important item? What about Survivor Day—a special day at camp when the kids are given a really big challenge? Or did you hear about the ski trip when 2-Mama and Bella got lost and everyone learned a big lesson . . . ? Well, cozy up and listen close, because you’re about to hear all these stories—and more!

Full of mostly true-ish stories from the Duck Pond comes Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids. Korie Robertson and her mom, Chrys Howard, have partnered to bring you hilarious and heartwarming stories that demonstrate valuable lessons and family values. Whether it’s the importance of being prepared, working hard, or relying on God when you’re scared, the Duck Dynasty gang has a story for you!

Featuring lively art and solid moral lessons, Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids will illustrate these ideas in fun, engaging ways. Cuddle up with your kids, and laugh together as you read about the silly antics of America’s favorite family—and talk about how the same principles are true in your life too.

Sometimes the silliest stories can teach us the most important things about loving others and being kind. With its fun illustrations and sweet messages, Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids is the perfect way to share these truths with your children.

My Review:

This is a nice book for kids.  It is filled with trueish stories from the Robertson family.  After the story are three sections relating to it.  “What Does the Bible Say?” is usually one or more scripture verses tying into the teaching point of the story. Then there is“Let’s Talk About It” with questions about the story and one question for the readers to apply to their own lives. “Duck Commander in Action” provides “steps to put into practice the biblical application of the story.”

I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.  Your kids will like and if you are a fan of Duck Commander you will like it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

 

Seasons of an Amish Garden Four Stories By Amy Clipston

Book Description

Enjoy a year of beautiful seasons in this new story collection, as young Amish couples manage a community garden and harvest friendships and love along the way.

Spring Is in the Air

As the young people of Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, plant a garden in memory of their friend, Katie Ann begins to worry that her older brother, Ephraim, is dating her best friend. What if she somehow loses them both? But Christian, a new boy in the community, also works in the garden—and falling for him may be exactly the distraction, and lesson, that Katie Ann needs.

Home by Summer

Clara Hertzler is surprised when Jerry Petersheim, her old friend, comes to the garden to drop off his younger sister—especially because Jerry has been gone for years, and now seems to be living as an Englisher. As the friends get to know each other again, Clara pushes Jerry to examine why he abandoned his Amish beliefs. Will Clara help Jerry renew his faith in God, and will they find love beneath the summer sun?

The Fruits of Fall

Tena Speicher has come to live in Bird-in-Hand after her fiancé left her for an English woman. When a homeless veteran comes to the fruit stand one day and asks for food, Tena is not sure how to respond—but Wayne intervenes and offers to let him stay in the barn. Afraid to trust Englishers, Tena must learn, with Wayne’s help, that everyone is a child of God and deserving of kindness.

Winter Blessings

Ephraim and Mandy have dated for some time and now have plans to marry. But after a series of unexpected events and misunderstandings, they wonder if they should go their separate ways. What will happen when their friends at the Amish garden conspire to bring them back together?

 

My Review:

Four stories yet they all continue each other as one book.  Amy Clipston has tied together 4 great short stories around this one garden. Readers will once again visit Bird In Hand and see how this Amish community comes together to honor a friend’s late husband. You will even  be able to revisit Hank the cat from Amy’s previous book in an Amish Christmas Love!

I really enjoyed reading these stories. They are so easy to read, with similar characters in each story. The theme through each of these stories is that of caring for others, helping others, working together and having faith.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

A Seat by the Hearth An Amish Homestead Novel By Amy Clipston

 

Book Description

Priscilla Allgyer knows that the past can never fully be left behind. But can love lead her toward the promise of healing?

Priscilla Allgyer left the community in hopes of escaping the expectations of Amish life. Now, years later, she is forced to return to the place she thought she’d left behind forever—along with her six-year-old son. Though once estranged from her family, Priscilla is welcomed by her mother, but her father is cold and strict. He allows Priscilla to stay with them provided she dresses plainly, confesses her sins, and agrees to marry within the community. Once again, she feels suffocated, trapped, and alone.

As Priscilla reluctantly completes her shunning, she catches the eye of Mark Riehl, a farmer with a playboy reputation. Wary of Mark, Priscilla barely gives him the time of day—while Mark, unused to being ignored by the women of Bird-in-Hand, won’t give up the pursuit of her friendship. Priscilla desperately needs a friend in Mark, even if she doesn’t realize it—and after Priscilla’s father and the bishop catch her and Mark in a compromising situation, the two are compelled to enter an awkward, unexpected engagement.

After Priscilla and Mark marry and live as friends, affection quietly grows between them—but Priscilla struggles to open her heart and reveal the painful secrets of her past. As Mark works to earn her good faith, can they both learn the hard lessons of love and trust? And can two friends discover a happiness that only God himself could have designed? The third book in the Amish Homestead series, A Seat by the Hearth invites us back to the Lancaster community where friendships are forged and love overcomes all.

 

My Review:

 

Amy Clipston just keep writing better and better books. You’ll love the characters as they are well developed and relatable. The characters face hardships that many readers face, which makes the characters real and the plot amazing.

There were a few things I didn’t expect to happen in this book but that just made me love it even more when they did. The author takes serious issues and shows how they are present across the board. Here, we are dealing with abuse, both emotional and physical, and it was just really surprising to see it show up in an Amish community…it’s not something that I would think would happen there…but she shows that they have serious faults as well.

I recommend reading the first two books in the series to familiarize yourself with the characters and the community.  I’m pretty sure you will love all of them

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

The Gift That I Can Give for Little Ones By Kathie Lee Gifford

Book Description

God, will You show me The gift that I can give As I grow and love And learn how to live?

Help your children discover that they don’t have to wait until they are grownups to make the world a better place! The Gift That I Can Give for Little Ones by Kathie Lee Gifford helps children find unique ways to make a difference today in the lives of those around them. The beautiful board book is durable and will hold up in the most active homes.

The Gift That I Can Give for Little Ones is a heartwarming story from Kathie Lee Gifford of how children have something they can do today to make a difference. Whether it is being kind, giving a family member an extra-big squeeze, visiting someone who is sick, or cheering on a friend, this story will inspire children, leading them to want to read it again and again.

Kathie Lee Gifford is a trusted voice who feels like a friend for countless people. With her strong faith, enthusiasm, and playful writings, she appeals to young hearts and empowers them with the message that no one is too young or too small to share their gift with others.

 

Kathie Lee Gifford has enjoyed a diverse and successful four-decade career as a television host, actress, singer, playwright, songwriter, and author. She is best known for her 15 years on Regis and Kathie Lee (11 Emmy nominations), and she’s currently acting as the three-time Emmy-winning cohost of the fourth hour of the Today show with Hoda Kotb. Gifford has authored three New York Times bestselling books.

My Review:

I will be sending this book to my granddaughter a middle child.  It is a decent book for kids reminding them that they are important and unique.  It has helpful suggestions of what they can do to help others even though they may be small.  The illustrations are cheerful and colorfully drawn.  This is a good book and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising