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

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Book Review: Let's Be Real by Natasha Bure

Let's Be Real is written by Natasha Bure and is published by Zondervan.

Well, I have found two books, in a row, for young people that I absolutely love. This one by Natasha Bure, is a joy. Since receiving the book a couple of days ago, I have spent a great deal of time leafing through it and reading the great tips that she has for teenage girls. The tips range from beauty routine secrets to prayer journaling, to dealing with drama, to dealing with siblings.

The forward is written by Natasha's good friend, Sadie Robertson, and it is evident that the two girls share the same values. Those values are conservative enough for me to be comfortable passing this book to my 15 year old daughter. Let's face it. Living "in the world but not of it" is hard enough for an adult, let alone a teenage girl who just wants to fit in and be loved. I think this is a step in the right direction of arming our daughters with Biblical advice.

I especially like the chapter on boyfriends. Personally, I believe that a girl (guy too) should wait to date until she is of marrying age and is ready for that kind of a commitment. How many of us have dated someone only to break up and then leave a real piece of our heart with that guy? Too many of us, I'd dare to guess. Natasha doesn't discourage dating in the teen years, but she does give reasons to wait, as well as reasons to refuse another date with a guy who is doing or saying the wrong things. It's an important topic to address because not every teenager has parents who will ask her to wait until she's older to date.

This is a book that I like very well and will be passing to my daughter as a gift.

*I received a copy of Let's Be Real in exchange for my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.*

Book Review: Kids' NIV Visual Study Bible by Zonderkidz


Kids' NIV Visual Study Bible is published by Zondervan.

I have had a lot of fun reading through the pages of this colorful Bible for kids. When I say that it is colorful, I mean just that. The pages are filled with a bright yellow color that grabs but doesn't overpower. There are tons of pictures and side notes that help the young reader understand just what the world of the Bible was - and is - all about. This is a study Bible meant for kids to understand and really use. The study notes are on the sides of the pages rather than at the bottom. That might not sound that important, but it really is. If kids don't know where to look, they just won't.

I found something really nice for me - a map of The Seven Churches of Revelation. It's on page 1890, if you're interested. It shows just where the churches were located. 

Page 689 tells a lot about King Hezekiah and his reign. I love it because I can even find a tidbit that I didn't previously know, or even forgot about.

The bottom line is that I love this study Bible. It has the readability of the NIV as well as powerful colors, pictures, and information that is relevant to children. I recommend it highly.

*I received a copy of Kids' NIV Visual Study Bible in exchange for my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.*



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Menu Plan Monday - Late!



Well, I'm late putting up my menu plan. Since I sometimes miss it altogether, I guess it could be worse! Here's what I have going:

Tuesday

Taco Salads

Wednesday

Meatloaf
Baked Potatoes
Zucchini Stir-fry

Thursday

Whole Roasted Chicken
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

Friday

Pizza & Pop

Saturday

Chicken Pot Biscuits
Salads

Sunday

On Your Own

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Book Review: An Outlaw and a Lady by Jessi Colter


An Outlaw and a Lady is written by Jessi Colter and is published by Nelson Books.

This is one of the most touching love stories I think I've read in a long time. Mirriam Jennings, a.k.a. Jessi Colter, grew up in Arizona with a preacher mother and a mining father. Young Mirriam sang in church and loved the things of the Lord. But, as it sometimes happens to young believers, she fell away as she grew up. It was with a failed marriage and a young daughter that Mirriam met Waylon Jennings and fell in love.

That love lasted through thick and thin, through Waylon's infidelity and drug use, and through Jessi's own searching for something meaningful. As she became a country music star in her own right, she never failed to back Waylon as he shot ever higher to stardom.

This is a story filled with promise for those who feel that they just can't go on living with an unbeliever. Jessi's story is one that reminds people that if they will pray and encourage their unbelieving spouses without preaching to them, they might be able to one day witness a conversion to Christ that only the Holy Spirit can bring about.

This book started out a little slow for me but I was unable to put it down once I got to Part Two. This is a great insight into Waylon Jennings' life as told from the person he most cherished - Jessi Colter. Great story and worth the read.

*I received a copy of An Outlaw and a Lady in exchange for my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.*