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.

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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

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.”

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.

Mary Deer’s Baked Apples

Baked ApplesIngredients:

Apples
Butter
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Honey

Directions:

Core your apples, removing the seeds and stems.

Place your apples in a baking dish,  in the bottom of the core place 1 tsp of butter.

Sift 1 tsp of cinnamon into the core.

Sift 1/4  tsp of nutmeg into the core.

Fill the core with honey.   (For a smoother blend you can stir the cinnamon and nutmeg into the honey then put it all in the core.)

Place baking dish of apples into a preheated oven at 350 degrees.

Bake for 20 minutes or until apples are soft.

Spoon honey mixture from the bottom of the dish over the apples.

Serve.

My Great Big God 20 Bible Stories to Build a Great Big Faith By Andy Holmes

Book Description

My great big God takes care of me! My great big God loves me! Find out just how great and big God really is in this adorable Bible storybook for little ones.

Bestselling author Andy Holmes takes children on a special journey through 20 of the most loved and known stories in the Bible that illustrate the character of God. Each story is told in adorable rhymes and ends with a fresh takeaway that even the youngest child will understand: My great big God is good! My great big God is powerful! Parents and children alike will love to read these stories together and learn about how wonderful our God is.

With bright, eye-catching illustrations by Marta Alvarez Miguens and thick pages perfect for little hands to hold, My Great Big God will be a family favorite for years to come.

My Review:

The stories in this book are taken from the old and new testaments; there are 20 stories in all.  Each story is illustrated with a colorful picture.  The stories will entertain and your kids and keep their attention. Each one makes a nice little devotional for a child.

This is a hard cover board book, so the pages are sturdy.  I do not know how sturdy the binding is, to me it looks a little less sturdy.  So I take one star for the construction of this book and give it 4 stars.  But overall your child 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.”

The Beloved Hope Chest An Amish Heirloom Novel By Amy Clipston

Book Description

In the final installment of the Amish Heirloom series, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of.

Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past.

But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades?

Mattie’s story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it’s a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it’s past time to share it.

My Review

I gave this book to my mother to read before I read it as she has read the first book in the series.  Her opinion was she liked this book, it was as good as the first one and now she wants to read the second book.  She think Amy Clipston is good author.

This is a story of just that. This was a story of loss and loving again, it shows that God can bring someone through heart and heart aches and give them something to love and hope again. This is an interesting conclusion to the series, and shows how fragile people are, especially during times of deep grief.

This was a charming, engaging, and emotionally powered book, and once again Amy Clipston has worked her magic with words to tug on the heart strings of readers everywhere.  I would give this book a 5 out of 5.

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.”

Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart By Glenys Nellist

Book Description

In this heart-warming picture book designed for girls, author Glenys Nellist tells the inspiring stories of incredible women in the Bible. With beautiful illustrations by Rachel Clowes and sweet lift-the-flap envelopes, each story delivers a special message for children to open as they read their own personal love letters from God. Full of warmth and love, this picture book will fill girls’ hearts with the wonder of the Lord. The stories of Eve, Miriam, Esther, Mary, and many more will delight children and remind them of the bond they can share with God, just like the women of the Bible.

My Review:

This book for girls has 14 stories about women of faith and how God loved and protected them.  Also included with each story is a note you can open that is a love letter from God to you.  This book will inspire your daughter with these stories of faith.  Each story is beautifully illustrated by  Rachel Clowes.  This book is a great gift for your daughter, granddaughter or niece I give it 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.”

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Togo The Other Dog

You have most likely heard about Balto the dog that saved the town of Nome, Alaska from an epidemic. In freezing and whiteout conditions, Balto delivered the serum. Using his sense of smell he found the right path to Nome.

In 1925 diphtheria was ravaging the town of Nome. They had serum, but it was expired. Rather than risking the expired serum the town doctor radioed for more serum. Because of the extreme cold and weather no train or plane could make the trip so sled dogs were used to transport the serum.

Dr. Welch had requested 1 million units of serum but they were not available.  However 300,000 units were found at the Anchorage Railroad Hospital and they were sent to Nenana for transport to Nome. The teams ran 674 miles across Alaska from Nenana to Nome.  20 mushers and over 150 dogs participated in the “Race for Mercy”.  The trip took five days to complete.

The team that transported the serum for the last 55 miles was Gunnar Kassen and his team of dogs led by Balto.  When Kassen reached Nome he became a celebrity, but he insisted that just as much credit be given to his lead dog Balto.  But there were others who made the run that did not get all the glory.

Another musher was Leonhard Seppala with 20 dogs, his lead dog was named Togo.  Seppala was supposed to pick up the serum in Shaktoolik and deliver it to Nome.  He raced 91 miles into the oncoming storm to pick up the serum. To save time he took a dangerous shortcut across the Norton Sound. (Even today the Iditarod does not cross the sound as it is too dangerous.) The temperature fell as he traveled, it dropped to -34° F but the gale force winds lowered the wind chill to -84° F. Racing the storm he made it to the other side a little over 100 miles outside of Shaktoolik.

Believing he had over 100 miles to go still to reach Shaktoolik, Seppala pressed on.   He spotted another team whose dogs were tangled from an encounter with a reindeer, but he decided not to stop as he needed to pick up the serum.  Suddenly he heard a shout, “The serum. The serum. I have it here.”  It was fellow musher Henry Ivanhoff who was supposed to deliver the serum to Seppala.  He informed Seppala of the fact that the epidemic had worsened, that was why they added more mushers.

With the situation being so desperate, Seppala decided to return across the sound. Cracking ice and drifting floes made this a risky move as Seppala could wind up stranded unable to reach the shore. Whiteouts of blinding snow left Seppala unable to see and wound up relying on Togo to find the way with his nose. But Seppala had faith in Togo to lead them there safely.

On a previous trip across the sound, the ice cracked and left a gap too wide for the sled to cross.  Racing across the ice, somehow Togo sensed the break and stopped short preventing disaster.  But it was too late as the ice had started drifting and there was no way off the ice floe. For over twelve hours they drifted across the water until the ice drifted near another floe that was still connected with land.

But still there was a gap of water over five feet wide, Seppala was unable to jump it or cross with the sled.  The had come so close but still they were stranded.  But Seppala had a plan, he tied a lead around Togo and heaved him across the gap on to the other ice floe.  Togo began pulling on the lead, bringing the ice floe closer to the one he was on.  But then the lead snapped and the end fell into the water, the floes were still too far apart.

But all hope was not yet lost, for Togo leapt in to the water and swam to the broken end of the lead.  Grabbing the end of the lead with his mouth, Togo once again began pulling.  Slowly the pieces of ice began coming together, little by little until finally they were close enough for Seppala to escape.  He drove his team and sled across the gap and headed for land.  Togo had saved the day.

This time though they could not afford such a delay, the serum had to get to Nome.  Through the storm they raced across the ice with Togo leading the way.  Fortune smiled upon them and they reached the roadhouse at Isaac’s Point by eight p.m.

Exhausted they rested until two a.m. when they set out across the sound once again.  The storm had increased and the ice was cracking, but Togo lead them straight and true.  The reached Little McKinley Mountain by daylight where Seppala turned to see that the ice they had crossed was now all cracked apart and drifting.  They had barely made it safely to shore.

Climbing to 5,000 feet they crossed the mountain, descending they saw their destination ahead.  Reaching the bottom of the mountain they headed to the roadhouse at Golvin.  There Seppala handed the serum to the next musher and fresh team of dogs.

By the time Seppala finally pulled into Nome, the newspapers were proclaiming Kassen and Balto as the heroes of the race for mercy.  Featuring one team was more exciting than the tedious list of many mushers.  Kassen and Balto even starred in a film about the run and toured the United States.

Togo however eventually got his due.  He was flown to Maine where he was bred and in 1930 became the father of the modern Siberian Husky breed. (Balto was not bred as he was neutered as pup, since he was considered an inferior specimen).  Also in 1997 the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo added statues of Balto and Togo outside of their wild wolf exhibit.