Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Book Review: Abiding Mercy by Ruth Reid


Abiding Mercy is written by Ruth Reid and is published by Thomas Nelson.

I have read several of Ruth Reid's Amish novels. This one does not disappoint. It has all of the elements of faith, simplicity, and some suspense that I have come to expect from Ms. Reid. To top that, the novel is set in Posen, Michigan, not far from where I live. So, I can relate.

Faith is a lovely young Amish girl who loves God and hopes to join the Amish church soon. She finds herself drawn more and more to her friend, Gideon, who is also drawn to Faith. Everything seems to be going great until a series of events leads Faith down a road she would rather not travel - one that involves secrets, betrayal, and mystery.

I found Abiding Mercy to be a great read and I especially enjoyed the fact that Ruth Reid included the angel element that is so prevalent in her previous novels. The book is as appropriate for a teenager as it is for an adult. I loved it and look forward to the next book.

*I received a copy of Abiding Mercy in exchange for my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.*

Monday, July 10, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - July 10



Monday

Roast Beef
Carrots
Potatoes

Tuesday

Hamburger Casserole
Cauliflower
Zucchini Bread

Wednesday

Slow-cooked Pork Chops
Mashed Potatoes
Peas

Thursday

Chicken on the Grill
Baked Potatoes
Green Beans

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Burgers (including bean burgers)
Potato Salad
Chips & Dip

Sunday

On Your Own

Monday, July 03, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - July 3



Tomorrow is Independence Day here in the United States. Our family never really gets to celebrate in grand style, as my husband and one of my sons has to work. However, that can't diminish our patriotic spirit. In spite of all of the political tension as of late, we are still living in a great country filled with people who still have a heart beating for God. Granted, that number of believers dwindles a bit every year. My prayer is that our nation's people turn their hearts back to Him.

I have created my menu plan to be (for the most part) easy on the digestive system. The way big agriculture has messed with the food supply is appalling and, I believe, has caused innumerable health issues for many people. We have a large garden and are now raising our own chickens (mostly for eggs). We have plans to obtain sheep someday to raise for meat (I don't eat meat except on rare occasions, but the rest of the family is quite carnivorous). Our property is too small to fit cattle, though I would love to have a few steers. Ah, the farmer's daughter in me has never left.

Here is my plan for the week:

Monday

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Asparagus Soup
Salads
Leftover Pies


Tuesday

Bean Burgers
Hot Dogs
Creamy White Bean Dip
Roasted Veggies

Wednesday

Chicken Tenders
Baked Potatoes
Green Beans

Thursday

Meatloaf
Mashed Potatoes
Sugar Snap Peas

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Rice-Steak-Veggie Stir-fry
Pudding

Sunday

On Your Own

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Book Review: The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson


The Noble Servant is written by Melanie Dickerson and is published by Thomas Nelson.

I have to admit that I am hooked on Melanie Dickerson's books. This is another in her offering of fairy tale makeovers. This one is based on The Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm. Keep in mind that the story is based on the tale, not a retelling of it.

While I was maybe not as enthralled by The Noble Servant as I was of some of the earlier stories in the series, I still loved it. It is a book that I can read and then hand over to my teenager without fear of her coming upon something she probably shouldn't. The story is an easy read, light and enjoyable. It's a sweet love story that does have a mild portion of suspense that keeps you wanting to turn the page until you reach the end.

I am eagerly awaiting the next book by Ms. Dickerson.

*I have received a copy of The Noble Servant in exchange for my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.*

Monday, June 19, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - June 19


Busy week for me - Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord, Michigan happens this week(end) AND my brother, with his two teenagers, are visiting. Put the fact that my husband stepped on a nail last night and now has infection in it, and you have a wonderful (???) combination. Here's a menu plan that I think I can stick with:

Monday

Marinated Chicken Breasts on the Grill
Baked Potatoes
Salads
Brownies (previously baked and frozen)

Tuesday

Taco Salads

Wednesday

Oven Baked Chicken
Green Beans

Thursday

Pot Roast with Root Veggies in the slow cooker

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Burgers (some veggie if I have the time to mix it up) and Hot Dogs on the Grill

Sunday

Will have to be a surprise

Monday, June 12, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - June 12


Our weather has gone from winter to summer overnight. Since the days (and nights) are warmer, my garden is growing. That means that I am able to harvest small amounts of lettuce and other greens for great salads. I think we can all agree that organic is best when it comes to our produce. I love it. Here is the menu plan for the week:

Monday

Chicken Alfredo over Gluten-free Noodles
Mixed Vegetables
Cottage Cheese
Rice Pudding

Tuesday

Lamb Chops on the Grill
Baked Potatoes
Broccoli and Cauliflower

Wednesday

Easy Steak Stroganoff
Mashed Potatoes
Sugar Snap Peas

Thursday

Husband Cooks - It's always a surprise.

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Green Beans
Salads

Sunday

On Your Own

Monday, June 05, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - June 5


Happy Monday! I have been having loads of fun going through some vegan cookbooks. My doctor prescribes a very low fat diet for me since I have severe acid reflux. The vegan diets, especially like that espoused by Forks Over Knives, works well for me. Granted, I haven't got that diet reflected in the menu plan I am posting today. Stay tuned for some great vegan ideas, however.

Monday

Submarine Sandwiches
Sweet Corn
Rhubarb Pie

Tuesday

Pork Chops
Baked Potatoes
Green Beans
Deviled Eggs

Wednesday

Spaghetti
Salads
Garlic Bread

Thursday

Chicken and Rice
Peas

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Burgers on the Grill (Picnic?)

Sunday

On Your Own