Monday, August 21, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday-Plans For My Week

Welcome to Happy  Homemaker Monday.  Where I join Sandra to share a few plans for my week.  

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The Weather
 Still hot and humid. Most days triple digits.  No rain in sight.

Right Now I  Am
 Awaiting news from DIL.  My 16 year old grandson is hoping 
to buy his first investment horse today.  He plans on a late breeding if all works out.

On My Reading Pile
  I always have so much to read that I've decided to choose one to share with you here each week.  The one I am looking the most forward to read.  In another post I'll share What's on my Reading Pile.  Today I am still itching to read . . .
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Bones To Pick 

And I got this one free this week . . . 

Something fun to share
 Get ready for the 11th Tea Cup & Mug Exchange
Click here to visit The Enchanting Rose

I am thankful for
 Our ministry.  We are able to serve at a boys prison unit.  
It is a blessing every week to see them worship God. 

In the garden
Actually from my mothers front porch.  She got this plant a couple of years ago from my sister for her birthday. 
I have been seeing it over and over in landscaping.  It appears to be very hard. I would love to add one to my beds.  I wonder if it comes in other colors?

On the menu this week
Monday -- We call it Goulash ( I didn't make it a couple of weeks ago when I planned) Fried Okra, Salad
Tuesday --  Pan Seared Flounder, Homemade Mac/Cheese Salad, Bread
Wednesday -- Mixed Grill Kilebasa etc, Pinto's, Fried Potatoes
Thursday --Make Your Own Pizza's 
Friday--Expecting a long week either Chinese or Eat Out

In the kitchen
Fresh homemade pasta (using what you already have in the kitchen)
I want to make my own pasta.  I saw an episode of Worst Cooks
last night and was again inspired. 
I have a kitchenaide but no attachment so that is my hold up. 
Maybe some day!

Fabulous Feature
Fun for the garden.  Click here to visit post. 

One of my simple pleasures
Writing on my blog.  Today I have spent over 3 hours trying to write this one post.  Not only do I have a consistant problem with the internet but I have a very old computer.  Which is what the provided says is the problem with the internet.
Strange though we have a brand new Kindle and it is slow too.
I am adding this to this section because I would like you my friends that have the same simple pleasure as I do...
I know you do!  Please say a pray for me.  Hopefully I can buy a new computer soon!
Devo./ Scripture
Charlie Brown, Christianity and Christ [16 pictures]

Linking at my favorite places . . . 
Happy Homemaker Monday, The Art Of Homemaking, 
Share Your Cup,  The Fabulous Party,  Create With Joy
and maybe a few more.

This has taken waaaay to long to write.  I am so ready to put my feet up and maybe pour a glass of wine!

Have a great week

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Simple Sunday-Fabulous Party

Charlie Brown, Christianity and Christ [16 pictures]
Have a Wonderful Day

Features from last week will appear on my Happy Homemaker
Each link will be pinned on The Fabulous Party Board
Link up!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

God's Crime Scene For Kid-Book Review

God’s Crime Scene for Kids

About the book (provided by Litfuse)
God’s Crime Scene for Kids: Investigate Creation with a Real Detective (David C Cook, September 2017)
Hone your reasoning skills as you investigate evidence in the universe to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation.
In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy. Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God’s existence. The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe.
In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.
And I thought
I was excited when I  received the offer from Litfuse to review this book.  
I was mainly because I wanted the chance for my 9 year old grandson to read the book.  And because I thought it would be a good book to recommend to home school parents.  
I didn't realize until I received the book that it is the 2nd in the series.  We loved the first book Cold-Case Christianity for Kids.
Both books have great illustrations. 
Both books are both written to get the attention of you readers. 
I don't know  of a better tool for parents.  My grandson devoured 
the first book.
I haven't had a chance yet to God's Crime Scene to  him.  
For a 9 year old he is intrigued with investigating things.  One of his favorite t.v. shows is Mysteries at the museum.
Approaching the Bible in this way using detective skills to prove God's existence is interesting to him.  
I highly recommend God's Crime Scene to parents. 
I highly recommend church leaders and librarians to consider 
this great tool to use in ministry. 

The authors have a really cool interactive website. 
Click here to visit Case Makers Academy.

From Case Makers Academy
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 - studied Cold Case Christianity for Kids this summer! Now they are ALL Christian Case Makers! Congratulations everyone!

I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse. 
This review will appear on all retail sites where available.
This review will appear on Good Reads. 


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Spoonful of grace-Book Spotlight and Giveaway

A Spoonful of Grace by Annette Hubbell
About the book (provided by I Read Book Tours)
Just 2 minutes each day can change your family meal time for a lifetime.

A Spoonful of Grace is a collection of 366 evening meal graces taken from all 66 books of the Bible and designed to provide meaningful exposure to prayer and the Bible at a most opportune time: the family evening meal. ​

The Scripture/grace devotions are inviting, can be grasped at several levels, and are brief enough (about two minutes) to hold the attention of hungry kids. Here's why:
  • Each day has an application section called Grace Notes: ideas and quotes to further illustrate the message and stimulate conversation.
  • Sundays are for Story Graces. These 52 devotions are a bit longer to afford the suspenseful, engrossing reading of stories such as David and Goliath, Daniel in the lions’ den, and Jonah and the big fish.
  • Special Graces are celebrations such as  Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays.
  • Each grace:
    • Supports discussions of God’s attributes and of faith-based values, offering moral examples like forgiveness, friendship, honesty, trust, even table manners.
    • Creates curiosity about the Bible and ways in which Scripture can be applied to today’s issues.
    • Demonstrates how the act of praying together lifts one’s own spirit; fosters praise; and increases mutual feelings of appreciation, gratefulness, and accountability.
    • Teaches without overt instruction, similar to hiding extra veggies in the spaghetti sauce.
    • Remind us that our food, as well as God’s countless other daily blessings, is a gift.

Book is available

  About the author
Annette Hubbell earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing from San Diego State University, her M.B.A. from Cal State University in San Marcos, and a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.  She has been featured in over 160 performances, and starred in the DVD, “Witness to Gettysburg” edited by 33-time Emmy Award winner, Robert Gardner. She was awarded Presenter of the Year twice at the Civil War Round Table of San Diego, and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Hubbell lives in San Diego, California with her husband of 33 years, Monte. They have a daughter, Amy. She and her husband Scott live in Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit or

Connect with the Author: Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Youtube

The tour
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

If I Had A Tea Cup. . . (A Let's Pretend Tea Party)

. . . I would have a tea party.
I would invite a few friends
One would bring tea
One will dress up really pretty and bring cookies of course

I'll ask my friend from the library to bring a few books to enjoy

I'll set the tea cart with grandma's pretty glass dishes and pretty pink napkins . And ask my friends to pick some flowers from the garden Oh no we dropped some flower petals we must sweep before the party! . . .
And then we will be all ready for
The Fairy Princesses (in pink) to come in to our party. 
We'll eat cookies and drink tea.  And visit with our friends.
And then we will read one last book.
The very best one!
And as the fairy princess's (in pink) nod off. Because it's been a very busy morning they'll be dreaming about . . . 
Many more adventures and their next tea party.  
Can you guess who they are inviting?

Thank you for visiting my Let's Pretend Tea Party.  All photo's are taken by me.  All prop's are family heirlooms.  The photo's of the fairy princess are actually only one princess.  Who has grown up way too fast.  

This post will be linked at my favorite parties and the Tea Party at Bernideen's.  Click here to visit her party. 

A few of my favorite parties . . . 
The Fabulous Party
The Art Of Homemaking
Create With Joy
Grammy's Grid
The Homemaking Party @ Classical Homemaking

Raven Would Link It Up Wednesday

Monday, August 14, 2017

On The Dinner Plate-And He Ate Pine Nuts!

 . . . And he said "Very creative and very good!"
Even though I try hard to make every meal creative.  Sometimes 
It is what is.  And pretty much it's just . . . 
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But I managed the other night to make dinner creative with a super simple meal.  

I began with Spinach ravioli.  Super simple frozen.
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The choices were endless at Kroger.  I had two priorities easy and spinach in the actual pasta.  Not like the above.  Although doesn't that look yummy and not borrowing at all!  

The Cowboy and I although we like fresh spinach we aren't into frozen.  So I went with the spinach in the dough. 

It was a super simple meal with a Cesar Salad and a stuffed mushroom.  I simple stuffed the mushroom with some Pepperidge farm stuffing.   Drizzled with balsamic vinegar and topped with tomatoes and mozzarella. 

Basically my sauce consisted of . . . 
a little half/half 
lots of olive oil 
2 Tablespoons butter 
pinch red pepper flakes

And the pin nuts to top.   For only a few bucks (the mushrooms were marked down) we had a yummy meal.  That fed us and there was enough to take to each of our mothers.  (my mother didn't get a mushroom.  She won't eat them!)

I love it when the meals I cook aren't boring!  
And he ate the pine nuts!

A great fast frugal and yummy meal.  Now I can put my feet up!

Happy Homemaker Monday-A Few Plans For The Week

I thought I would give you a really big Welcome today.  We do things big here in Texas!  It's Monday so that means I am joining Sandra for . . . 
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The Weather
 Same as last week.  I had one word last week.  Hot this week I am adding another word Humid. The Cowboy is already counting down the days till cooler weather.  We've had some good rain showers.  The plants are loving it!

Right Now I  Am
 Thinking about my week.  Cooler weather. Gardening plans.
Wishing it was a little dryer to be out working in the garden. 

On My Reading Pile
 I always have so much to read that I've decided to choose one to share with you here each week.  The one I am looking the most forward to read.  In another post I'll share What's on my Reading Pile.  Today I am just itching to read . . .
book cover of 

Bones To Pick
This one was free a couple of weeks ago on Net Galley

Something fun to share

I found this the other day and thought it would be fun to share!
Click here to visit the blog.

I am thankful for
 The Cowboys job.  After 10 months he is back to making the salary he was prior to loosing his job last Sept. just a couple of weeks before we moved into our house.  
We were talking last night and we were both thanking God for his provision for us.  He was telling me last night that on Tuesday when he was paying bills he wrote out a tithe.  We also are able to choose a charity to make a donation.  We are thankful.

In the garden
 Weeds. Rocks. But it's getting better.  I have fall green beans planted and pumpkins.  On Saturday I prepped the area to plant beets and more green beans.  

On the menu this week
 Monday -- Mexican Chicken/Rice, Salad, Pinto Bean Soup
Tuesday -- Tuna Casserole w/peas, Salad
Wednesday -- Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Grean Beans
Thursday -- Kid Friendly Hot Dogs, Mac/cheese 
Friday -- Shrimp Alfredo, Broccolli/Cauliflower, Salad, Garlic Bread

Cooking a little different now a days.  The Cowboys mother is in recovering and needs encouragement to eat.  So I take her and my mother leftovers a couple days a week. 

In the kitchen
birthday cake bread with crumb topping
I am thinking this looks yummy and easy.  It's called Birthday Cake Bread I am wondering if it is really cakey or more like bread.  The recipe is over here

And this my friend Carol linked at the party.  Sound so yummy it's on my menu for this week!

Click here to visit Carol. Let her know I sent you!

Fabulous Features 
I am happy to feature my friend Laura from Harvest Lane Cottage. It is great to have her back and blogging this us. 
Last week she share a book with us. 

Laura's review is here

Fabulous Feature
You have to visit Jennifer at Raising Servant Leaders to see her best chocolate cookies post. 
Kitty Helper
 Her post is fun and precious and will bring a smile to your face.  
Click here to visit. 

On of my simple pleasures
I love meeting new blogging friends like Jennifer and introducing them to you!

From the camera
Sometimes you just have to share them again.  In case you didn't see the zoo post. 

Devo./ Scripture
@DwightKNelson  You are my place of quiet rest--my refuge, my hiding place, and my shield. Psalm 119:114
Thank you for dropping in today. 
I hope you enjoyed your visit!
Have a wonderful week!

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