God Bless My Family By Hannah C. Hall and Steve Whitlow

Book Description

Thank you, God, for family! It is so special to have mommies and daddies, grandmas and grandpas, and brothers and sisters and cousins who love each other. Keep us close and safe, Jesus. God Bless My Family!
The newest book in the bestselling A God Bless Book series, God Bless My Family,helps little ones see and cherish how families love each other and work together. It also shows how we are all part of God’s great big family and how much He loves His children!
My brother makes me belly laugh. With him, it’s fun nonstop! “Let’s climb this tree, just you and me. I’ll see you at the top!”

It’s raining out. Let’s stay inside. We’ll dress up, dance, and sing! I’m glad God gave these inside-days For doing sister things!

Whether it is a gift at a baby shower, a bedtime read with mommy and daddy, a sweet way to increase sibling bonds, or a fun book to read with grandma and grandpa, God Bless My Family is a wonderful way to celebrate the love and closeness between family members.

My Review:

This is a cute book describing different family members and how they might interact with a child. It doesn’t just go with mothers and fathers, it includes brothers, sisters, grandparents the whole family. The illustrations of dogs are nice and your child will like them. This is a good book to read with your young child.

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Home All Along By Beth Wiseman

Book Description

Charlotte, an Englisher, is living in Amish Country, and she has formed strong and lasting bonds with the people in her new community. She has even fallen in love with an Amish man. But just when she is considering a permanent conversion to the Amish way of life, her world crashes around her. An unexpected death and a mysterious visitor unsettle Charlotte, and she begins to question her faith and her choices.

Daniel loves Charlotte and wants to share his life with her, even it if means leaving the only world he’s ever known. But as he walks alongside of her through her struggles, his own world is turned upside down when a loved one receives a grim medical diagnosis and a prodigal relative returns home. Will Charlotte and Daniel’s relationship succumb to the many pressures around them, or will their faith and the strong community around them allow them to weather the storms of their own lives in order to build a life together?

My Review:

. This is a story that deals with many real-life issues and has themes of true family, trust, and forgiveness. The plot moves at a steady pace with enough unexpected twists and turns to keep the reader totally engrossed from start to finish.

Charlotte is an intriguing character, who has her world turned upside down and feels lost between two worlds. Charlotte decides to take a journey to figure out where she might feel like she belongs.  Charlotte for most of her life was one of abuse.She comes across an Amish community.There she meets Daniel a shy quiet man.

The sensitive topic of DNR is addressed in a sympathetic , kind manner. The difficult decisions that they faced, became real. The underlying message of this novel comes through loud and clear! It is truly a story of faith , forgiveness , redemption and understanding God’s will in one’s life.

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.”

Berea Schools Peanut Butter Squares

Makes 24 Squares

These squares were always a popular dessert at the school cafeteria. We all loved them so much we begged the recipe from the kitchen staff (who gave it up grudgingly). Whenever I make them and take them somewhere they are one of the first things to disappear.

3/4 Cup Melted Butter
3 Cup Peanut Butter
4 Cup 10x Sugar
3/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
3/4 Teaspoon Vanilla

Topping

6 Ounce Chocolate Chips
Small amount melted butter

Mix together well and press into a 9″x13″ pan.
Top with the following.

Topping

Melt chocolate chips and butter together, stirring into a nice glaze. Pour over all.

Dalton Bobcats Apple Crescents

Ingredients:
1 apple thinly sliced
1 roll of cinnamon rolls

Directions:

Take a cinnamon roll and flatten it into a thin circle of dough.

Place an apple slice in the middle of the circle

Wrap the apple with the dough.

Place the wrapped apple on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

Repeat with the rest of the cinnamon rolls.

Place the sheet in a preheated 475 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Remove and let cool.

LiLi Wren’s PeanuChocoDillas

Ingredients:

Flour Tortillas
Peanut Butter
Chocolate spread (like Nutella)
Vanilla Ice cream

 

Directions

Take 2 tortillas and place them on a plate.

Spread peanut butter on the face of one tortilla.

On the other tortilla spread your chocolate spread

Place the 2 tortillas together peanut butter to chocolate.

Place the tortillas in a skillet over medium heat.   Cook for 3 minutes to brown the tortilla then flip it over and brown the other side.

Remove from the heat and cut into 4 slices.

Place a slice on a plate and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Lizzy the Lioness By Lisa Bevere

Book Description

Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is ask for help! Encourage your little ones with the true meaning of bravery through the beautiful story of Lizzy the Lioness by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Bevere.

Boys and girls will love the story of Lizzy, a little lion who must learn what it truly means to be brave in the face of hard things. When she sees someone in danger, Lizzy tries her best to help, but she quickly learns that sometimes being brave means asking adults for help.

With a unique spin on the concept of bravery, Lizzy the Lioness is a timely picture book in an ever-changing world. Children will see that bravery is so much more than big muscles or loud roars but often is found in the tiniest people who have the courage to speak up when no one else will. By asking God for help and then bringing grown-ups into the picture, Lizzy shows kids that being brave doesn’t have to happen by yourself—it happens with help!

My Review:

This is a cute book about a young lioness cub who learns that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is ask for help.  This book was ok for a one time read but I am not sure I would want to read it more than a couple of times to a child.  The book was slow in places but did eventually have a point.  I would give this book 3 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.”

Jeff Chipmunk’s Apple Bacon Cheddar Bake


Ingredients:

5 medium apples, sliced
1 pound bacon, cooked
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup craisins

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In the bottom of a baking dish place a layer of bacon.

Cover the bacon with 2 layers of sliced apples.

Add a layer of shredded Cheddar cheese.

Continue the layers ending with a layer of cheese.

Top with craisins for a festive look.

Bake at 400 for 30 minutes or until the apples are soft and the cheese is melted.

Serve.

Aiyana Turtle’s Bacon Wrapped Pickles

Ingredients:
1 Jar of pickle spears
1 pound of bacon
Toothpicks

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

Use paper towels to dry your dill pickle spears.

Start on one end of the pickle and completely wrap the pickle spear with your slice of bacon.

Use a toothpick to secure the end of your bacon to the pickle spear so it does not come unwrapped.

Place on a baking sheet and put in the oven at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp.

Serve, enjoy.

An Amish Christmas Love Four Novellas By Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, Kelly Irvin Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description

Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman

Three generations of Stoltzfus women are all living under the same roof. At twenty-five, Naomi has never been married, and both her mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, have recently been widowed. Each nursing broken or lonely hearts, they also each have potential suitors. When a storm on Christmas Eve forces the three couples to take shelter in the basement of the Stotlzfus homestead, secrets are revealed, hearts are opened, and all three potential grooms drop to their knees for very different reasons—a proposal, a prayer, and an epiphany.

The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston

Emma Bontrager is spending her first Christmas alone after her husband of 45 years, Henry, passed away in July. Although the Amish don’t normally allow animals in their homes, a big, fat, orange barn cat keeps coming into Emma’s house. She shoos the cat away, but it continues to appear in her house, settling on Henry’s favorite wingchair. But the cat isn’t the only Christmas visitor: a group of young people help bring the Christmas spirit to Emma, reminding her that love and hope abide.

Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin

As a young man enjoying his rumspringa, David Byler gave his heart to an Englisch girl, but he eventually realized he couldn’t give up his Plain faith and family for her, so he let her go. He’s found a new love in his Bee County Plain community, Molly Shrock. Molly has been patient, waiting for the man she loves to love her back. Just as he is ready to propose, David makes a startling discovery: Bobbie McGregor, his Englisch love, is back. Will Molly’s prayers for a Christmas love be answered?

Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid

When a misdirected GPS sends Ellie Whetstone to the wrong address, she inadvertently finds herself breaking into the home of Amish man, Ezra Mast. Ellie hopes to fix up the house left by her aenti and sell it quickly, but a series of run-ins with Ezra and his young daughter have her questioning whether a hasty sale is the right move. Could this new place with its slower pace be the right home for Ellie?

Four stories that are a quick read but have a surprising amount of substance. The characters were all well thought out and the plots were amazing. Each of the stories is set in a different part of the country, but they all revolve around some kind of romance, Christmas, and the Amish people. Included with Novella is a short glossary of terms for a handful of words that might not be easily understood, and a group of discussion questions at the end. My mom also lived this book. I would give it 5 stars

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Cranberry Orange Chicken


3 Chicken breasts or 6 Chicken strips
1 can cranberry sauce
1 can mandarin oranges
1 clove garlic
1 package Lipton onion soup mix
1 Tbsp Honey
1/2 cup cornmeal

Mix the cranberry sauce, Lipton soup mix and oranges in a bowl. Make sure all the ingredients are thoroughly blended.
Stir in the garlic and honey.
Sift in the cornmeal to thicken the mixture.
Pour a little of the mixture on the bottom of a baking dish, just enough to coat the bottom.
Place your chicken in the dish, spread the rest of the mixture over the chicken, coating it eavenly.
Put in preheated oven at 250 for 60 minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
Serve with rice.