Calico Slaw


1 pound Brussels Sprouts
2 Medium apples
3 medium carrots
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup Craisins
Bottle of Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing


Wash your veggies and fruit.  Peel the carrots and slice them into your blender/food processor.  Chop them finely in the processor then put them in a bowl

Cut the bottom off of your Brussels Sprouts and chop them finely in the processor.  Add them to the bowl.

Peel the apples and chop them into small pieces, add them to the bowl along with the chopped walnuts and Craisins.

Mix well while flavoring to taste with dressing.


Orange Cranberry Scones

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 Tablespoon Orange Peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup Craisins
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoon butter, melted
1-2 tablespoon granulated sugar for sprinkling on top before

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, sprinkle with flour and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, cloves, orange peel and salt with a fork.
Add Craisins to dry ingredient and gently mix.
Pour in the cream and and stir carefully, just until combined. The dough will be quite moist, similar to cookie dough. Do not overwork dough.
Using floured hands, knead dough just a few times then form into 2 balls and transfer to prepared baking sheet.
Gently pat into a circles roughly 1 inch thick
Cut each circle into six equal triangles and separate them about an inch apart.
Brush the scones with melted butter and sprinkle granulated sugar.
Bake for 12 – 17 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Serve warm.

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






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

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


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:

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