Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sour Dough Bread

YUM, YUM!!!

Ok, now I know why my hips contiue to widen. I do not pretend. I love to eat. I love fresh bread, right out of the over with just a smidge of butter. (Oh, mercy!)

A man that I work with brings in sour dough rolls every Christmas. Finally, I asked for some starter and the recipe to keep it going. Why did I do that?? Now, I have no excuse not to eat it. Before, I just didn't have any to eat.


Just look at that crunchy crust, that soft airy middle! Does it not call out to you? Please tell me I am not that only one that can't stay away!!

My son, he can stay away. Poor thing does not know what is good. If it isn't chicken nuggets, pizza, cheese, or regular from the grocery store bread, he will not eat it. He calls my beautiful bread..."Stinky Bread!" Oh the horror!!! He broke my heart. I was so proud of those loaves rising, and then baking. He walks in a makes that icky face and ask what stinks.

Now when I make him a sandwich, he ask me if I used stinky bread or that bread from the bag. Boy doesn't know a good thing when he sees it.



Courageous!

This book pushes you beyond the norm.

Ok, I am not a guy, dad, nor husband. I am a Lady, mom, and wife. Of course I don't have the same outlook of a guy. But, after reading this book, it makes you look at your man. Your Husband, the father of your children. The man that God paired you with.

There are basically four main characters in the book. They all have faced, are facing, or will face the storms of life. Like we all will. This book makes you look at your life now. Are there changes you need to make before you lead your life down a path of destruction?

Now you have to make a choice; use the examples of the book to tweak your life a little, a lot or none at all. How close if your relationship with your family? One answer would be to look at how close your relationship is with God, of which is your Heavenly Father. Do you look to Him? Do you lean on Him? Do you talk to Him and He to you? Have you hid the words in your heart to recall later in life when you need it most.

Do you have the courage to stand up against the norms of life today. Ladies, do you look to your Husband to lead the house? Or do you push him away and take control. Men, do you lead your family with that firm but gentle touch? Do you love each other the way Christ loves us? Christ loves all sinners, that is who he died for. He forgives and forgets. Do we forgive reluctantly and hang onto that which happened?

This book touches on a lot. A lot action to keep you glued to the book. And the life lessons that we all really need to learn. Well worth reading! I hope to one day watch the movie.

How is your memory?

The Apothecary's Daughter
by Julie Klassen
 
 
As the book is title, Lilly Haswell is a daughter to apothecary.It is just her, her father and brother in the small town. Lilly's mother left the family three years ago, leaving Lilly to care for her family. She always wonders and looks for her mother.Although she has an excellent memory (a photographic memory) and a talent for preparing medicines, Lilly dreams of leaving her small town and visiting the places that she and her mother used to point out on a map. She gets the chance to broaden her horizon when her aunt and uncle invite her to live with them in London.
 
After a time, Lilly must decide to live a life of ease in London or return to her father, brother and the apothecary shop.

This book has several twist and turns to keep you interested. Klassen has done her research as well. The Apothecary's Daughter was enjoyable. There were some parts that were a bit lengthy, but overall a good read.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Life's Ups and Downs

The Ride of Her Life

The implications behind this book, I could so relate with. Considering the highs and lows, twist and turns of life, a roller coaster is a fantastic analog for life. Life can be a thrill ride just like a coaster. Some people don't like the unexpected in a ride nor in life. Some people are always trying to climb to the top, just to suffer the plunge into a valley below. However, if you lean on Him, he will see you through. He will carry you safely in His hands if you will look to Him with the faith, trust, love and the desire to do His will. It's is tough, But the Lord will get you through.

Anyway, back to the book. Third in the Lake Manawa Series by Lorna Seilstad, The Ride of Her Life.

Lilly, a widow, is trying her best to make the most of life for her little boy Levi. This young little man lost his dad at a young age. A kid that likes, snakes, worms, bugs, all things boy. Lilly is working as a cook in a diner stashing away her wages in hopes to buy a house of their own. Contracted with the diner is a work crew that is building the new roller coaster in town. A sweet man, Nick, has is eye on Lilly. He has a way with kids, loves Levi, and then falls in love with Lilly. But can she trust heart to him? Should she make room in her heart for him?

On the flip side, the In-Laws of Mrs Lilly Hart are causing some issues. The Grandparents are demanding, conniving, and deceitful people. What will they do to get there way?

I really liked this book and the other two in this series. I look forward to see what else Lorna Seilstad has in store.

The Messenger

The Messenger
By Siri Mitchell

Hannah's life is about to change. Her life and faith as a Quacker is to be turned upside down. She is challenged to become...a Spy!!!

Ok, no more drama. The Messenger by Siri Mitchell is staged during the Revolutionary War. Hannah's family has to move out of their home due to the Brits moving into hers. Her heart is torn because her twin brother is in jail, freezing, starving and sick. But, she has been forbidden to visit him by the Meeting Leaders. Whether she likes to admit it or not, she has a rebelious streak.

Her comes to her aid? An unlikely conspirator. Jeremiah. A tavern owner that lost his arm in battle that in a way has been forced to deliver messages for General Washington. What does he need? To deliver a message to a prisoner in the same jailhouse as Hannah's brother. He has connections and talks Hannah, who also, needs to get inside the prison to see her brother, into delivering messages if he can get her in.

This book took a while for me to get interested in. Not sure why. It was a good book, not great but good. Takes you on an adventure and shows how poorly the British thought of those that were Colonials.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishing to review with my complete honest opinion. I was fortunate enough to snag it when it was free for the Kindle on Amazon.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My family has some favorites when it comes to food. If I am cooking, it will most likely be a simple recipe. Do you need something that is buttery, sweet, fruity, and a little cheesy? I have a recipe for you! Who can pass up Ritz crackers, pineapple, and shredded cheese? Not my family! I introduce....


Pineapple Casserole


20 oz. Can of crushed Pineapple
1/3 cup of Sugar
3 Tablespoons of Self-Rising Flour
1 Cup of Shredded Cheese (I use a blend of cheese and more that a cup :) )
One sleeve of Ritz Crackers, crushed
Butter (as much or as little as you like)

In a medium casserole dish, combine the crushed pineapple, sugar, flour and shredded cheese. Once that has been mixed up good, pour the crushed crackers over the top of the pineapple mixture and smooth the layer. Add little bits of butter to the crackers. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Kindergarten comes to a close

"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
(
Joshua 1:9, KJV)



As our Kindergarten year comes to a close, mom starts reflecting. How has the year flown by so quickly? We were nervous about the unknown of what Kindergarten would bring, but soon we were in a routine and moving along smoothly. Only an occasional hiccup here and there. Before I knew it, he only has 8 1/2 days of school left. What?!?! Wait a minute, we just started the school year. Are you sure we are almost done? Did we do all that we could to ensure his success in this first year? Could we have done more? Most importantly, where has that time gone? It wasn't long ago, I held you in my arms and rock you to sleep. Now when you sit in my lap, I can no longer see over top of your head. You start to wiggle to get comfy and I grimace in pain due to the tail bones digging into my leg. Then along comes baby sister to join in the fun and soon my legs go to sleep but I will not set you down because these moments are precious. I love you kids, and hope that you will grow into wonderfully people. So, in reflection of the last year, and looking ahead to the year to come, I leave you with a poem.

KINDERGARTEN
K is for Kindergarten---hip, hip, hooray.
I is for imagination we use everyday. (what an imagination he has!)

N is for numbers--we know one, two, three. (he can count so high now!)
D is for drawing, the best you can see! (those are looking better)

E is for exercise to keep our bodies strong. (Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle)
R is for reading books all day long. (you amaze me with what you know)
G is for good friends. We made more each day.
A is for the alphabet we know how to say.
R is for remembering everything we learned.
T is for treats every Friday we earned.
E is for excitement. This year we've had some.
N is for next year. First grade here we come.

What makes up a group of Friends?

Have you ever asked yourself,"What makes up a group of Friends?' Are we all the same? Do we have some things in common? Have we been forced together and friendships just evolve from current situations? Many things bring along and open the beautiful doors to friendship.

The Sister Circle Series
Voneete Bright & Nancy Moser



I picked up the 4 book set of Venette Bright and Nancy Moser's The Sister Circle. I was delighted in what I found. It all begins with recently widowed Evenly Peebaugh who is mid 50's, never had a job, and is now broke due to situation that her deceed husband left her in. In a moment of inspiration, she hangs out an old sign found in the attic from many generations back and opens a boarding house. Before she knows what has happened, her house is full. We have an aging hippie, a single mom and her daughter, a judgmental elder. Now, we all know that adding that many personalities to one house with no previous knowledge of one another is a learning curve in the making. The ins and outs, ups and downs, are worth reading into. I would recommend the series to any reading group or individual because the back of the book references the verses that are included in the story.

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