12/29/2011

Photography: Rainbow in the Sky

Photography: Rainbow in the Sky

Rainbow 12/2011

Photo taken with a Sony Cyber-shot 16.1 Megapixel camera.

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Youtube: Windy Day at the Beach

Windy Day at the Beach


Date: December 27th, 2011

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Recipe: Cheddar Mayonnaise Rolls

Cheddar Mayonnaise Rolls
  
Cheddar Mayonnaise Rolls


  • 2 c. self-rising flour
  • 1/4 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 c. milk or 1/3 cup of powdered milk to 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. sugar
Optional: I diced cheddar cheese to half of the pan. If the batter seems too thick add a small amount of water. Do not make batter soupy. 
Combine the ingredients; mix well. Lightly grease or use cooking spray before spooning the batter into the pan. Bake at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Servings: 12


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12/28/2011

Wordless Wednesday: Windy Day at the Beach

 Wordless Wednesday


Windy Day at the Beach


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12/22/2011

Eccentric Eclectic Woman: Wubbzy and The Fire Engine Review and Giveaway

Eccentric Eclectic Woman: Wubbzy and The Fire Engine Review and Giveaway: My kids and I have had the great opportunity to review many titles from Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and so when we were asked to watch and review the...

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12/18/2011

Loving Heart Mommy: Oral-B Stages & Crest - MommyParties Post

Loving Heart Mommy: Oral-B Stages & Crest - MommyParties Post

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12/17/2011

How to Make a Cookie Cake from Cookie Dough

How to Make a Cookie Cake from Cookie Dough

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12/16/2011

Recipe: Oven-baked Parmesan Chicken Strips

Oven-baked Parmesan Chicken Strips Recipe - Food.com - 94907

Oven-baked Parmesan Chicken Strips - Loving Heart Designs/GAhome2mom(c)2011

We had Oven-baked Parmesan Chicken Strips for supper last night. My daughter made the Mock Zaxby's Sauce for dipping the chicken. This was a very tasty meal. Also, I did not have paprika so I used Taco Seasoning. Enjoy! (See link above for recipe)


Oven-baked Parmesan Chicken Strips

Ingredients:

Directions:


  1. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. In a shallow dish, combine milk and egg.
  3. In a plastic zipper bag, combine Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, basil, pepper and paprika.
  4. Dip chicken strips first in milk mixture, then toss to coat evenly in the breadcrumb/cheese mixture.
  5. Place on baking sheets and bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes or until golden.

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12/14/2011

Wordless Wednesday: Holiday Crafts for Kids

Holiday Crafts for Kids

Snowman Craft

Snowman Craft

Reindeer Craft

Christmas Tree Craft



My six year old daughter had the most fun creating these simply felt crafts. We used Aleen's Original Tacky Glue to put it together. What a fun way to get the kids into the holiday spirit!

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12/13/2011

3rd Annual Pearl Girls™ 12 Pearls of Christmas

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Pearl Girls™ 12 Pearls of Christmas blogging series!



We've gathered several of today's most beloved authors to share their Christmas "Pearls of Wisdom"! Please follow along beginning tomorrow (Wednesday the 14th) through Christmas day as Tricia Goyer, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Rachel Hauck, Sandy Ralya, Sibella Giorello, Susan May Warren and more, share their heartfelt stories of how God has touched their life during this most wonderful time of the year.

If you'd like to share the 12 Pearls of Christmas with your blog readers too, just email Christen and she'll send you the series.


AND of course there is a giveaway! Beginning tomorrow you and all your friends can enter to win a PEARL NECKLACE and EARRINGS valued at $450! The winner will be announced on New Year's Day! Pearls - a tangible reminder of God's grace to us all.

***
Just a quick note before the series begins on the 14th ...

As I write this, I imagine that we are sitting at my kitchen table and chatting over a cup of coffee while familiar Christmas carols celebrate the Season. My twelve year old Chihuahua, Pongo, barks for a pinch of pound cake while my Shih Tzu, Lilly, patiently sits by the chair and waits for a crumb to fall.

My name is not Martha Stewart, and I will never receive a neighborhood beautification award. Just look at my front stoop. Yes, my never-had-time-to-carve-the-pumpkin-that-now-suffers-from-frostbite slouches next to the front door which is decorated with a Christmas wreath. I plan to roll this large orange ornament to the garbage pile tomorrow.  For now, however, I will pretend that my front stoop is a contemplative modern art exhibit capturing the essence of contrast.

Actually, I love the concept of juxtaposition – placing things together that don’t seem to belong together, yet somehow ultimately make sense being paired. A personal example for me this season is the phrase: “comfort and joy.” Having just completed my manuscript for New Hope Publishers about the aftermath of grief, I fully understand the contrast of those two words. How can comfort bring joy? How can one find joy in loss?

Perhaps, dear reader, you have experienced loss this year – loss of a loved one, loss of friendship, loss of health,  loss of financial security, loss of trust, loss of love, or loss of direction. Even with the best intent, words of encouragement shared by others can somehow seem insufficient to address an inconsolable loss.  A spoken word cannot fully restore joy to a broken heart; however the Word can. And that’s the bottom line message of Christmas! God gave us the most amazing gift: His Son -  the Word of God, the Holy Comforter.
 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).


You are not alone this Christmas, dear friend. Juxtaposed to the unexpected grit in life is the gift of God’s grace wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. This year I purposely placed a pearl in the Nativity scene as a metaphoric reminder. When we place our grit into the hands of the Lord, His grace transforms our pain into a pearl.

 “Joy to the world!”  

Thank you so very much for sharing the JOY of the Season with us this year.

God Bless,

Margaret

@mcsweeny


 ***
Margaret McSweeney lives with her husband, David and two teenage daughters in the Chicago suburbs. She is the founder and director of Pearl Girls. For more information please visit www.pearlgirls.info. Margaret is fast at work on several fiction manuscripts. Her book Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace was written to help fund the Pearl Girl Charities. She is also the host of weekly radio show, Kitchen Chat. Connect with Margaret on Facebook or Twitter.

12/12/2011

God Gave Us Love by Lisa T. Bergren

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!


Today's Wild Card author is:


and the book:

WaterBrook Press; Brdbk edition (December 20, 2011)
***Special thanks to Laura Tucker, WaterBrook Multnomah Publicity, for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


LISA BERGREN is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than thirty books, with more than two million copies sold. A former publishing executive, she now splits her time working as a freelance editor and writer while parenting three children with her husband, Tim, and dreaming of the family’s next visit to Taos.

Visit the author's website.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

As Little Cub and Grampa Bear’s fishing adventure is interrupted by mischievous otters, the young polar bear begins to question why we must love others… even the seemingly unlovable.

In answering her questions, Grampa Bear gives tender explanations that teach Little Cub about the different kinds of love that is shared between families, friends, and mamas and papas. Grampa explains that all these kinds of love come from God and that it is important to love others because…

“Any time we show love, Little Cub, we’re sharing a bit of his love.”

This sweet tale will warm the hearts of young children as they learn about all the different sorts of love, while the gentle explanations of each provide a valuable opportunity to encourage children to share with others a “God-sized love.” Now in a sturdy format, ideal for the littlest hands at storytime, bedtime, or anytime. Would make a great Christmas gift!

Product Details:

List Price: $6.99
Reading level: Ages 0 and up
Board book: 22 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press; Brdbk edition (December 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307730271
ISBN-13: 978-0307730275

AND NOW...THE FIRST PAGES (Click on images to see them larger):










My Thoughs

You may be familiar with the God Gave Us Love Series. Some of the familiar titles are God Gave Us You, God Gave Us Two,  and God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa T. Bergren. The latest release is God Gave Us Love to share with your special little ones.

In God Gave Us Love, Little Cub questions Grandpa Bear about why love is important. Grandpa Bear teaches the different types of love we give to others such as our friends, family and parents.

I think this is a wonderful book to help children learn about loving others even if we do not always feel like it.

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12/11/2011

Enchilada Casserole Recipe

Enchilada Casserole Recipe

Enchilada Casserole by Janet Carter
 Ingredients:

  • Chili Con Carne 
  • Medallion Brand Tortilla Chips
  • Cheddar Cheese(Shredded)
  • Romaine Lettuce(Shredded)
  • Sour Cream

I like making chili using my crock pot. This is the perfect recipe for day old chili. I use a huge can of Chili from Sam's Club. I add extra beans: Cannellini beans(white kidney), kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans. I also add canned diced tomatoes. 

Begin by layering a 10 x 13 glass casserole dish lightly greased with shortening. Layer the tortilla chips, chili and cheddar cheese at least two times. Bake it for 30 minutes. Serve with shredded lettuce and sour cream. Opt. Add sliced cherry tomatoes if in season. 

My family enjoys this easy dish and I hope you family will too. 


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12/10/2011

NWE: Haggis

NWE: Haggis

While watching "So Random" on Disney I heard the word Haggis. Have you ever eaten Haggis?
I have not nor anyone that I know. lol

Anyways, one of my favorite TV people, Alton Brown, has shared a recipe for Haggis. Enjoy!


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12/08/2011

VaVaVroom & Epic Yarns

 VaVaVroom & Epic Yarns
VaVaVroom Tee
epic yarns @ etsy


I recently won the VaVaVroom contest at Sweeps4Bloggers. I am posing with my six year old while wearing the Talk Dirty To Me pink tee. SRV $19.99. We are also wearing knitted hats created by Connected2Christ Blog(Erin Lowmaster of Etsy Store: Epic Yarns). She also made the pink elephant purse.

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Life Application Study Bible Family Pack and Apple iPad2 Giveaway

 Life Application Study Bible Family Pack and Apple iPad2 Giveaway

Dear Bloggers,

We wanted to let you know about a great giveaway happening over at the New Living Translation Facebook page, and also give you a chance to enter a Tyndale Blog Network exclusive giveaway.

Here are the NLT Facebook page giveaway details:
Starting on November 29th until December 24th at the New Living Translation Facebook page we're giving away lots of great prizes and something free for you just for singing up.
By visiting the giveaway entry page (located on the NLT Facebook page, the link is under the profile picture) and entering your name and e-mail address you'll be entered to win the following prizes:
  • One random person each day will win a Life Application Study Bible Family Pack (Guys Life Application Study Bible hc, Girls Life Application Study Bible hc, Student's Life Application Study Bible hc, Life Application Study Bible hc, Life Application Study Bible Large Print hc).
  • One Random person each week will win an Apple iPad 2!
Everyone that signs up gets a free download copy of the Life Application Bible Study – Book of Luke!

There's more!
Here's how you can win by helping us promote this giveaway:

The first 100 people to post about this giveaway on their personal blog will win a free Life Application Study Bible. We'll also choose one person from all the entries to win a free Life Application Study Bible Family Pack (includes 6 Bibles!). You can earn extra entries by posting about the giveaway in multiple places.

For more details and to enter fill out this form with the link to your blog post (click here to visit the form).

Thank you again for being a part of the Tyndale Blog Network.
Have a Merry Christmas!
The Tyndale Social Media Team

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Shutterfly Holiday Card 2011

With Love Christmas Card
Visit Shutterfly.com for classic photo Christmas cards.
View the entire collection of cards.

12/07/2011

Maria's Space: DAY 6 of 12 Days of Christmas - The Original Chris...

Maria's Space: DAY 6 of 12 Days of Christmas - The Original Chris...: This is the perfect Christmas gift for your family movie night! All you Christmas favorites in one boxed set. Product Description Do yo...

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Holiday Gift Guide: Zazzle Spotlight




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It's My Life: Giveaway: Olivia Wintertime Cheer Prize Pack

It's My Life: Giveaway: Olivia Wintertime Cheer Prize Pack

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Wordless Wednesday: Snowman at the Beach

 Snowman at the Beach
Snowman at the Beach created by Erin Lowmaster


 My daughter created this beautiful snowman for my Christmas present. She is very crafty.
Learn more: Connected2Christ Blog & Etsy- Epic Yarns.

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12/06/2011

Baba’s Christmas Bonanza-Waterford Press Naturalist Guides Review & Giveaway!

Baba’s Christmas Bonanza-Waterford Press Naturalist Guides Review & Giveaway!

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Baba’s Christmas Bonanza Gift Guide- HearthSong Review & $50 GC Giveaway!

Baba’s Christmas Bonanza Gift Guide- HearthSong Review & $50 GC Giveaway!

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Holiday Books Giveaways

 Holiday Book Giveaways

K. Dawn Byrd Blog:

A Christian Writer's World Giveaway(Lena Nelson Dooley)
*To Dance Once More by Sherri Wilson Johnson


 Healing Hearts Upcoming Giveaways

* Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland by Roseanna White (Dec 2011 - 1st week)
* Thyme for Love by Pamela S. Meyers (Dec 2011 - 2nd wk)
* Love Finds You in Folly Beach, South Carolina by Loree Lough (Dec 2011 - 3rd week) Summerside
* The Chair by James L. Rubart (Dec 2011 - 4th week)
The Attaché by David Bond (Jan 2012 - 1st week)
The Unlikely Wife by Debra Ullrick (Jan 2012 - 2nd week)
* Firethorn by Ronie Kendig (Jan 2012 - 3rd week)
* Cherry Blossom Capers - includes novellas by Cara Putman, Francis Devine, Lynette Sowell, and Gina Conroy. (Jan 2012 - 4th week)
The Good Fight by Shawna K. Williams  (Jan 2012 - 5th week)
* Love Finds You in New Orleans, Louisiana by Christa Allan (Feb 2012 - 1st week) Summerside Press
Tomorrow's Sun by Becky Melby (Feb 2012 - 2nd week)
* Love Finds You in Wildrose, North Dakota by Tracey Cross (Feb 2012 - 3rd week) Summerside Press
 * Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh (Feb 2012 - 4th week) Summerside
Hearts that Survive -  A Novel of the Titanic by Yvonne Lehman (March 2012 - 1st wk)
Seattle Cinderella by Gail Sattler (March 2012 - 2nd week)
Saving Hope by Margaret Daley (March 2012 - 3rd week)
* An Amish Family Reunion by Mary Ellis (March 2012 - 4th week)
* The Embittered Ruby by Nicole O'Dell (April 2012 - 1st week)
* A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island  by Cara Putman (April 2012 - 2nd week)
The Mother Road by Jennifer AlLee (April 2012 - 3rd week)
* Mary's Blessing by Lena Nelson Dooley (April 2012 - 4th week)
* Baroness by Susan May Warren (April 2012 - 5th week) Summerside
* Cedar Creek Seasons -includes a novella by Cynthia Ruchti  (May 2012 - 1st week)
* The Marshall's Promise by Rhonda Gibson (May 2012 - 2nd week)
Mind Over Madi by Lynda Schab (May 2012 - 3rd week)
A Bride's Dilemma In Friendship, Tennessee by Diana Brandmeyer (May 2012 - 4th week)



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Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series Blu-Ray/DVD #giveaway #rafflecopter #bbc

Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series Blu-Ray/DVD #giveaway #rafflecopter #bbc

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Dymo Label Manager Plug n Play Maker Giveaway

 Mommies With Cents Giveaway: 
Ends December 13th, 2011

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