Friday, December 7, 2012

Kit Kat Cookies

I needed a quick, easy cookie yesterday for a 4H meeting and didn't have time to run by the store.  I typically have the basic cookie ingredients around the house, but since we were donating a dozen to a local home for single moms and their children, I wanted to make something a little more "fun" than just chocolate chip (even though that's the one cookie my boys BEG for).
 
I knew I had a couple of cake mixes on hand and also knew that cookies can be made with said cake mixes. So...I found my old "Holiday Cake Cookie" recipe card, grabbed some leftover Halloween candy and got to cookin'.

Kit Kat Cookies

1 box yellow cake mix (yes, I use cheap mixes, all cake is good to me!)
1/3 cup oil
2 Tbs water
1 egg

Mix the above together then add:
10 mini kit-kats, crushed (I used my chopper to break them up into small pieces)
1/8 cup toffee bits (I had some leftover and threw them in for good measure, never a bad idea)

Stir and place on baking pan with small scooper or spoonfuls.

I found that you need to press them down a bit to flatten or else they will stay as round balls. Bake for 12-15 min at 350.   Using the small Pampered Chef scoop provided approx. 3 doz cookies.  And since the cake mix and candy gives them a pretty rich flavor you really don't want large cookies.

The fun thing about these cookies is the endless variety of flavors available to you...Peppermint flavored with candy cane pieces, choc cake mix with peanut butter chips, add toffee bits to any of them, any candy bar cruhsed and mixed in.   Enjoy!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

No Safe Harbor - Book Review and 2 GIVEAWAYS!!!! (one from ME!!)



Cara, who lost both parents, travels alone to America in search of her twin brother whom she also thought was dead...until she received a letter stating just the opposite.  With the help of the ship's captain, she finds a place to live, a job and friends.  However, she is leary of sharing any information about herself and keeps the secret of having a brother because of his warnings.  

Slowly secrets begin to come to light as she hunts for her brother.  Her greatest help comes in the form of Rourke, a man who is actually wanting to carry out his revenge on Cara's sister once they find him.  She must begin to decide who she can truly trust.  And will she find her brother?
  This book was a very enjoyable read.  Romances based in early America have always been interesting to me and this one did not disappoint.  Cara, Rourke, Amelia and other characters were well developed and easy to get to know.  You could almost imagine yourself on the early streets of New York and the author did a good job of incorporating the difficulties that followed the Irish immigrants over to America.  Plus, she's from my neck of the woods!  Very cool ;-)

I suggest you pick up this book for a light but fun historical romance to read over the holidays. You will not regret it :-)  And if you keep reading...you can enter to get a copy from me for free!!

About the Book:
She came to America searching for her brother. Instead all she's found is a web of danger.
Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend-Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother's warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York.

She's then thrust into a world of subterfuge, veiled threats, and attempted murder, including political revolutionaries from the homeland out for revenge. Her questions guide her ever nearer to locating her brother-but they also bring her closer to destruction as those who want to kill him track her footsteps.

With her faith in tatters, all hope flees. Will her brother finally surface? Can he save Cara from the truth about Rourke... a man she's grown to love?
Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/f8pXm 

Meet Elizabeth:

Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author and an accomplished speaker and teacher. Her historical novel Love Finds You in Calico, California earned four stars from Romantic Times. She is the owner and editor of the popular literary blog The Borrowed Book. Along with her husband and two children, Elizabeth makes her home in Orange, Texas.

Elizabeth Ludwig is celebrating her new book with a Kindle Fire Giveaway and connecting with readers at a Facebook Author Chat party on 12/6.


One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 5th. Winner will be announced at the "No Safe Harbor" Author Chat Facebook Party on 12/6. Connect with Elizabeth, get a sneak peek of the next book in the Edge of Freedom series, try your hand at the trivia contest, and win some great prizes—gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

So grab your copy of No Safe Harbor and join Elizabeth on the evening of the December 6th for a chance to connect with her and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 6th!


Blog Tour Schedule
Here is a link for the whole blog tour schedule!  If you have been enticed by my review, I encourage you to check out some others :-)


And now for MY Giveaway!  
I have a new copy of No Safe Harbor that I would LOVE to give away to a fellow reader :-)   
Four ways to enter...follow the Rafflecopter entries below! 


 
Disclosure : I received this book free from Bethany House through Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions expressed above are my own.


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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Desktops...the little things

Sometimes, it's the little things in life that can make us smile. Ok, if I'm being truthful, it's almost always the little things because they are like small gifts, blessings that you don't always expect.

Computer desktops are just one of those little things in life I take the 7 minutes to add to my computer each month. I LOVE the desktop background/calenders from LeeLou. Her designs are scrappy, fun and always have atleast photo spots.  In fact, if I don't have it changed by the 10th of the month, both my oldest son AND my hubby have been known to remind me that I'm a bit late.  They even enjoy seeing what pics are up each month :-)

You can also download one without photos if you don't have a program that will add photos for you such as Adobe Photoshop, etc... They just add a bit more than the typical blue screen, floating fish, etc...

Here is our year in review.. (well, all but Feb, July and Aug b/c I can't find them!)



Who doesn't need an extra calendar?  Visit LeeLou around the 1st of each month and get her FREE desktops, or do a google search for others more suited to your taste.  It will brighten your day :-)  (and don't forget to be making your beds every morning and dusting two items in your home each day!)
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Resurrect - Book Review and Kindle Fire Giveaway!!


Resurrect is not my "typical" pick up and read kind of book...but I am SOOOO glad I did!  It's a bit out there, a bit "what if" and completely absorbing.

Josh Logan makes the honorable and life-altering decision to crash the fighter plane he is flying in order to avoid running into a neighborhoodAfter the crash, he is given the chance by a voice, and what he believes is a team of professionals, to save the human race. His identity is physically altered and when he wakes he finds himself in a hospital with no idea of what his identity "should" be at this point.  He and Elizabeth, the nurse who befriends him in the Kansas hospital, begin following the plans laid out by the voice. What they are facing is huge...

This book was surprisingly good.  It is more the kind of story my husband would enjoy so I was a little leary as I began reading but I was pulled in quickly. The only thing I might have skipped over a bit was the actual scientific parts of the book, not all of them, just some because that's just not my thing ;-)  However, I know the author is very interested in the physics/spirituality aspect of things in life.  I myself was pulled in more by the characters and the possibilities that are open to you when you let yourself be that in tune spiritually with God.  How amazing.

I would definitely suggest you read this book if you are interested in the "what if's" of a life with God :-)

About the Book: 
Book 1 in the Resurrect Trilogy.

Preventing his burning fighter from crashing into a neighborhood, Navy Commander Josh Logan ejects ... too late.

Critically injured, he's offered a new life and mission exploit highly classified military technology to stop a global cataclysm. The price? He'll be dead to everyone he knows.
He wakes in a city hospital with a genetically enhanced body and no identity. With the help of his brilliant, Neuro ICU nurse, and guided by nothing but a voice, he must infiltrate the military-industrial complex to develop the world's most powerful weapon ... to protect humanity? 
Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/faaOD


Meet David:


A Navy fighter pilot with hundreds of aircraft carrier landings, Commander David E Stevens holds degrees from Cornell and the University of Michigan with graduate work in astrophysics. He test piloted new fighters and received an aviation patent. With a Top Secret clearance, Dave served as Strike Operations Officer for the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm and led classified defense programs. He's traveled to over two dozen countries.
Find out more about David E. at http://www.resurrecttrilogy.com/.
  

To celebrate the release of Resurrect, David E. Stevens has teamed up with his publisher, Kregel Publications, for a Kindle Fire Giveaway and Facebook Author Chat Party {12/4}.


One "thrilling" winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Resurrect by David E. Stevens
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 3rd. Winner will be announced at the "Resurrect" Author Chat Facebook Party on 12/4. Connect with David, get a sneak peek of the next book in the Resurrect Trilogy, try your hand at the trivia contest, and win some great prizes—gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

So grab your copy of Resurrect and join David on the evening of December 4th for a chance to connect with David and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!


Blog Tour Schedule
Here is a link for the whole blog tour schedule!  If you have been enticed by my review, I encourage you to check out some others :-)


Disclosure : I received this book free from Kregal Publications through Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions expressed above are my own.


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Sunday, November 18, 2012

November's Clean-Up Habit (#2)

Hello Purple Frog friends! (all 15 of you who read this blog? lol!).


So, and be honest with me because there is NO judging here, how is your October habit of Making your Bed daily going? Are you at least making it 5 out of 7 days? I hope so, I promise, it will become second nature faster than you realize, just keep it up.  If you are doing it...are you beginning to enjoy the feel of getting into a made bed every night?  Just seems more welcoming, doesn't it?

Seems with all of the toys in my front room and the fact that my little one's room isn't done (so I can put up all of his stuff)...I have chosen a habit for November than can be done regardless of your floor clutter. Dusting.
What? You don't like to dust? Seriously? Yea, me neither. However, I'm not asking you to dust your whole house daily or even weekly or monthly. I'm also not asking you to dust an entire room daily or weekly.

Here is what I'm asking...grab your choice of weaponry, I mean...dusting tools, and dust two things a day. That's it. And seeing as how my camera has disappeared for the 3rd time this month (ok, so I lose things...frequently...), I have no home pics to share, but I started with the ceiling fan and the two bedside lamps in my bedroom. That's it. The next day I dusted my son's tv and video game consols. See? Easy!!
I don't have any magic tools.  I use a swiffer brush on lamps, pictures, etc...  On ceiling fans and furniture I  use a rag with Method's wood cleaner (I LOVE the smell of this stuff).  I haven't tried the whole pillowcase thing seen on pinterest, but might sometime.  I just don't really have an extra pillowcase and can't bring myself to use one we actually sleep on.  Please share any dusting tools or tips you have!!

The way I see it...2 things a day, 6 days a week (even 7 if you skip 10 minutes of your Sunday nap), you will pretty much have a decently dusted home every month!  (Unless you have rough cedar for your ceilings, then it's never completely dusted, but I digress...)

So, keep making those beds daily (or at least 5 days a week) and let's start that dusting habit!!
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Pink Warriors...

As many of you who have visited this blog probably know, I participated in the Susan G. Komen 3Day for the Cure last week. This was my 5th year to be involved and it never fails to encourage, inspire, bring me to tears, amaze me and of course, hurt my feet ;-) 

I signed up 5 years ago for two reasons...one was non-selfish, the other completely selfish.  My non-selfish reason(s), my grandmother and my aunt.  My maternal grandmother, was a breast cancer survivor, for as long as I can remember she only had one breast due to mastectomy.  My maternal aunt, whom I was as close to as any niece could be, passed away in her early 50's from 3 kinds of cancer while I was in college.  While she didn't have breast cancer, I feel raising money for any cancer research helps them all.  My selfish reason...at that time, I felt like I needed something bigger in my life, I felt like I wasn't making any kind of impact except with my family (which I now realize is the biggest impact I can have, but I digress...).  So I signed up and I've been signing up ever since.

True beauty...watching a survivor hobble in after walking 60 miles with tears in her eyes yet the biggest smile on her face.  
 True devotion...a husband walking for his wife while she recovers from her chemotherapy.  True determination...a man in his service fatigues walking with his wife, all 60 miles.  
 True adoration...a grandaughter walking for her grandmother and being able to hug her while on the route because she is beating this illness.  True joy...getting to eat dinner with my friend Lara who beat breast cancer last year before the walk.  True love...all of the names and faces on shirts who are no longer with us but we walk for them so others might not have to fight this monster.



I have made some incredible friends on this journey and I have brought along my best friend, made her walk right beside me for 4 years :-)  We can't imagine not doing it, until God decides to move us on to another mission field, this is where you will find me every November.

 
I encourage you to check out this amazing event.  Or even check out the Avon 2 day walk.  Or the American Cancer Society Making Strides walk.  Each one of us has been affected by breast cancer in one way or another...ourselves, our family, our friends.  You don't have to be an athlete to do these things, you just have to have the heart, the will and the want to serve and help fight the battle!


Thank you if you purchased one of our team t-shirts this year to help us raise our money!  We will have new shirts for sale in the upcoming months :-)  Gettin' ready for 2013 ya know!


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Book Review - Soul's Gate and IPad MINI Giveaway!!


Soul's Gate was not what I expected...it was more.  This book not only stretched my imagination but gave me many spiritual reminders of who God truly is and just how unlimited He is. 

Reece Roth has been commissioned to train 4 team members, spiritual warriors who will change the world.  He is to teach them from his mistakes and his knowledge.  Dana, Brandon, Marcus and Tamara set out to meet Reece at Well Springs Ranch.  They are warned that the enemy will begin attacking them from day one and one of them won't make it to the ranch.  For those who make the journey, God begins to move in more amazing and visual ways than they ever dreamed could happen. They learn how to enter another person's soul to help free them from spiritual strongholds. 

Each team member faces their own personal spiritual battle during the story in which the others must enter their souls to help free them from regrets, anger and other sins keeping them from living the life Jesus desires for them.  They learn that the enemy is not only scary but tough; however they also learn that with God, the enemy is conquerable.

I absolutely enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait for #2 in the series.  The characters are well written and easy to like.  Each one is so different, yet you felt for them all.  As I mentioned above, the author gave me many spiritual reminders of who God is..."Reece raised his head to the sky, 'You are life. We need it. You are freedom. We long for it. You are truth. We have to have it....' "  And many other scripture references that were encouraging.  I highly recommend this book to any reader, especially a reader who can enjoy something a bit past our normal imaginings.  Wonderful read.

About the Book: 
 
Book 1 in the Well Spring series.
"Every now and then we get a break from reality. A glimpse into the other world that is more real than the reality we live in 99 percent of our days. The Bible is about a world of demons and angels and great evil and even greater glory."
What if you could travel inside another person's soul? To battle for them. To be part of Jesus healing their deepest wounds. To help set them free to step boldly into their divinely designed future.
Thirty years ago that's exactly what Reece Roth did. Until tragedy shattered his life and ripped away his future.
Now God has drawn Reece out of the shadows to fulfill a prophecy spoken over him three decades ago. A prophecy about four warriors with the potential to change the world . . . if Reece will face his deepest regret and teach them what he has learned.

They gather at a secluded and mysterious ranch deep in the mountains of Colorado, where they will learn to see the spiritual world around them with stunning clarity-and how to step into the supernatural.
Their training is only the beginning. The four have a destiny to pursue a freedom even Reece doesn't fully fathom. But they have an enemy hell-bent on destroying them and he'll stop at nothing to keep them from their quest for true freedom and the coming battle of souls.
 
Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/eGyGA


Meet Jim:

 
James L. Rubart is a professional marketer, speaker, and writer. While being the owner of Barefoot Marketing certainly keeps him on his toes, his passion is writing fiction.

Rubart is an ECPA best-selling author who has been positively reviewed by both Publisher's Weekly and Romantic Times. His first novel, Rooms, won a Best Books 2011 award from USA Book News, as well as a Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award. His debut release was followed by Book of Days and The Chair. Soul's Gate is Rubart's fourth release.

In addition to being an author, Rubart is also a photographer, guitarist, professional speaker, golfer and semi-pro magician. With all of this, he says that he barely sleeps. Rubart lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest.

Find out more about Jim at http://jimrubart.com/  

 

The first book in best-selling author Jim Rubart's new series, Soul's Gate, releases on November 6th! To celebrate, Jim has teamed up with his publisher, Thomas Nelson, for a virtual book tour, iPad Mini giveaway and a Live Video Author Chat {11/13}. Watch the video trailer for the book here.

 

One "soulful" winner will receive:
  • A brand new iPad Mini
  • Soul's Gate by Jim Rubart {Be caught up in this captivating series.}
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 12th. Winner will be announced at the "Soul's Gate Author Chat Party on 11/13. Connect with Jim for an evening of book chat, trivia, and a live video chat! There will also be a chance to win gift certificates, books, and other fun prizes!

So grab your copy of Soul's Gate and join Jim on the evening of the November 13th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 13th!



Blog Tour Schedule
Here is a link for the whole blog tour schedule!  If you have been enticed by my review, I encourage you to check out some others :-)


Disclosure : I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Books through Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions expressed above are my own.


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