Book Review - The Healing Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Healing Quilt is written by Wanda E. Brunstetter and is published by Shiloh Run Press.

This is the third in the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club series. I have not read the previous two offerings, but, judging from this one, assume that they were wonderful reads. Lamar and Emma Yoder Miller are living in Sarasota, Florida with hopes that Lamar's arthritis pain will ease up with warmer weather. Always one to want to be busy and fruitful, Emma offers a quilting class to those in and around her town, Pinecraft. People from all walks of life sign on and find that their lives are changed - and they learn to quilt as well.

I have always enjoyed Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish stories, and I have not been disappointed yet. This is an easy, enjoyable read. I have already decided that I will have to go back and read the previous two in the series.

*I received a copy of The Healing Quilt in exchange for my honest opinion.*

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An Interview with Joyce Fishman - Author and Illustrator

Thursday, August 07, 2014

 

Joyce Fishman of Shoe Banter has written more books based upon shoes. Running Shoes is a whimsical sort of book in a poetic sense while Collective Soles is a book that describes the personalities of various types of shoes. Both books express the senses involved in running and wearing different types of shoes, and are illustrated in pen and ink, watercolor, and fluid acrylics.

In an interview with Joyce, she stressed her belief that shoes have personalities, expressing attitudes and other qualities. She says, "Every shoe has a personality and can help a person express their attitude in life, their confidence, zaniness, athleticism, insecurities, creativity, happiness, their sense of style, even their age. In Running Shoes I wanted to convey the idea that with the right shoe you can gain the freedom and agility you need and desire for this activity. Running is something our bodies are designed for and running shoes helps us enjoy this activity in all of its nuances."

The first question you might ask, since these books are illustrated, is: For whom is this line of stories written? Joyce answers that question by saying, "People who love to run in all of its forms; competitively in marathons, with a friend, or in solitude." In other words, anyone young or old who loves running. As I read through Running Shoes, I thought that it would be a nice book to read aloud to a child. Collective Soles, however, struck me more as a teen and beyond book. You might think otherwise.

Both books, along with the other books in the Shoe Banter line, are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


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Book Review - Woman of Courage by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Monday, August 04, 2014

http://www.amazon.com/Woman-Courage-Wanda-E-Brunstetter/dp/1616260831

Woman of Courage was written by Wanda E. Brunstetter and published by Shiloh.

If you enjoy Amish fiction, you might recognize Wanda E. Brunstetter's name. She has written some of the best Amish stories I've read. Woman of Courage is not about an Amish woman. It is about two women who could be called women of courage - one of them a Quaker missionary and the other a Nez Perce married to a white fur trader. Their paths meet and they both go through amazing journeys that strengthen them and build courage. This story blends love, faith, and perilous journeys together to create a perfect mix.

I truly enjoy Wanda's writing. She is a great writer who knows how to keep a story going without filling it with "stuff" that is meaningless or improper. The Lord is kept front and center, as He should be in any work labeled as Christian.

I am looking forward to more novels like Woman of Courage.

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Menu Plan Monday - July 7

Monday, July 07, 2014

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Do any of you like to make soap? I tried a new recipe that I created myself and it came out wonderfully - Sweet Almond Lavender.

Here's the recipe:

Oils - 46 oz. olive oil, 18 oz. sweet almond oil, 12 oz. coconut oil, 8 oz. stearic acid
Water - 28 oz.
Lye - 12.1 oz.
Essential oil of your choice - I used lavender, 2 oz.

Heat oils and let cool to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix water and lye and let cool to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour lye water into oils and blend/stir until mixture thickens and resembles pudding. Add essential oil and stir for another minute or so. Pour into prepared soap mold and cover top with plastic wrap. Wrap entire mold in a towel and allow to set for 2 days. Cut into bars and let cure in the open for 4 weeks.

You can find more detailed directions on how to make cold pressed soap here.

We won't be eating soap this week, but here's the menu plan:

Monday - Amanda (age 12) Cooking

Sloppy Joes
Potato Chips
Peaches

Tuesday

Fettuccine Alfredo
Salads
Garlic Toast

Wednesday

Scalloped Potatoes with Cheese
Sausage
Green Beans
Dark Sweet Cherries

Thursday

Taco Salad
Fried Polenta
Chips & Salsa

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Lasagna
Garlic Bread
Salads

Sunday

On Your Own


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Menu Plan Monday - June 30

Monday, June 30, 2014

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Here's hoping you're all enjoying the summer - or fall if you're in the southern hemisphere. I, for one, LOVE the warmer temperatures and you won't hear me complaining about being hot. Here's our menu for the week:

Monday

Marinated, grilled pork chops
Potato & carrot packets on grill (olive oil, salt, cracked pepper)
Strawberry cheesecake (low carb)

Tuesday

Roast beef, potatoes & carrots in crock-pot

Wednesday

Baked "fried" chicken
Mashed potatoes
Gluten-free snickerdoodles

Thursday

Tomato wild rice soup
Salads
Applesauce

Friday

Pizza & pop

Saturday

Burgers on grill
Chips & dip (cottage cheese)
Coleslaw
Potato salad

Sunday

On Your Own

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Book Review - The Other Side of the River by Robert D. Halpert, MD

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Other Side of the River is written by Robert D. Halpert, MD and is published by WestBow Press.

This is a story about the Civil War and the Confederate army, specifically, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. It is a historical fiction book that Civil War buffs will probably like. General Jackson, whom I knew virtually nothing about before reading this book, was a strong man of great Christian character and a love of God. We in the north don't usually think of the slave holding south of the 1860s as being Christian - after all, isn't it sinful to own slaves? Oddly enough, there were great Christians even in the Confederate Army, Stonewall Jackson being one of them.

This is my first experience reading anything written by Dr. Halpert. I think he did a good job of thoroughly covering his subject and developing characters. However, it took me quite a while to really get interested in the book because it starts out very slow and dry. That said, I did enjoy it more as I got into it - somewhere about chapter 5. I appreciate the vast amount of history in it.

All in all, if I were to give a rating to The Other Side of the River, I would give it a 4 stars.

*I received a copy of The Other Side of the River in exchange for my honest opinion. Opinion expressed is my own.*

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Menu Plan Monday - June 9

Monday, June 09, 2014

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So..............I have begun to add animal products back into my diet a little at a time. I don't intend to go crazy with it, but I believe that going completely vegan is not always the best thing for everybody. In my situation, we cannot afford to buy meat as well as all of the vegan products I want. I was going without eating or else I would have just salads everyday. A year later, I was not as healthy as I had hoped to be. After reading Wheat Belly by William Davis M.D. and Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, I am convinced that carbohydrates (in excess) is our enemy, not fat or cholesterol. That said, I can't eat large amounts of fat or animal products because of what gluten did to my gall bladder 20 years ago. Fat and cholesterol now goes straight to my liver without the necessary filtering of the gall bladder. For those of you who still have that necessary organ, do what you can to preserve it. God put our bodies together perfectly. Sin and the "world" (Adam & Eve, GMO's and otherwise) have damaged what the Lord intended to be perfect. Here's my menu plan for the week:

Monday

Gluten-free (organic) Pasta with Italian Sausage
Salads
Green Beans

Tuesday

Beef Stew in the slow-cooker
Applesauce

Wednesday

Quiche (without the pie crust)
Salads

Thursday

Oven-fried Chicken
Mashed Potatoes (going to try to sneak in some Jerusalem Artichokes)
Brussels Sprouts

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Burgers on the grill
Fruit Salad
Chips & Dip

Sunday

On Your Own
 

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