Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kitchen Confidence by Kelsey Nixon A Yummy Addition To Your Cookbook Collection

I loved this cookbook. I would give it 5 Stars for the recipes as well as the pictures and hints it includes.

The recipes included in this book are both elegant enough for a party and yet easy enough that you can do them for just the family dinner. I am impressed with the variety of recipes that are included in this book. Kelsey takes you on a mouth watering ride through her different recipes with beautifully done pictures of the dishes. She has included helpful  hints like pantry essentials and technique essentials that is very helpful to the seasoned cook as well as the beginner. Throughout the book is explains how to do different techniques in cooking such as stir fry and roasting that for those learning to cook will find really helpful. They are included by a recipe that is for using those techniques on a page by themselves so that if you know how to do these you can skip over that page and if you don't know how to say stir fry you have the instructions handy right with the recipe you might be wanting to try. This cookbook would be a great addition to any one's kitchen and cookbook collection but would be especially nice and helpful to the new cook or someone that is not as comfortable in a kitchen as others.

I have several recipes already picked out to try like her fried homemade pickles and charred corn salad. These both sound like a great addition to my memorial day picnic. The recipes range from breakfast to desserts and everything in between you might be wanting. If I could find anything that I would change it would be maybe add pictures of all the completed recipes but other than that I wouldn't change a thing. I have gotten so hungry just looking at the recipes and marking the ones I want to try, funny thing is I think I have marked almost everyone of her recipes.

This is a great cookbook and I loved reading in the beginning about Kelsey Nixon's passion for sharing her love of cooking to others. She is on a mission to help us all feel more comfortable in the kitchen through her cookbook and I think she has hit the mark with this one. I think I could pick anyone of the recipes, try it and be successful following her directions and guidance with little or no stress. I highly recommend you get a copy of Kitchen Confidence by Kelsey Nixon and start enjoying some good recipes.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Children's Book Week May 12-18 Book Suggestions

This is Children's book week and I thought today I would suggest some books that your kids might like. To begin with I would suggest for younger children some books my grandson loves like Veggie Tales Books. He is two and loves those books but also right now some of his favorites are Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dowdney, ( he called and tried to read this one to me yesterday well at least he got the title right and then just jabbered away but I understood)  as well as Curious George by H A Rey, Star Wars and Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell.  So any of these would be great for reading to your toddlers and then as they start learning to read to read themselves.

Next for the older children they might like books like Bryan Davis Dragons In Our Midst Series. There are four books to the series and it is excellent for older kids who like magic and fantasy as well as dragons. Bryan Davis has other good series of books too. Another series they might like is DragonKeeper Chronicles by Donita K Paul this is a five book fantasy series also. For older teens besides these two fantasy series  they might also like the Left Behind Series for Kids by Jerry B Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. This series of books is based on the adult books of the Left Behind Series but from the kids point of view. I have read these and they are excellent too. These are just a few of the books that you might want to check into for your kids. There are many more to choose from and the most important thing is to get the kids reading.
What books do your kids like? If you have suggestions to add to our Getting Kids to Read List let me know.

Raising Dragons by Bryan Davis

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Beautiful Way To Look At Creation

Purposeful Design - Understanding the Creation

Purposeful Design Understanding the Creation by Jay Schabacker is beautifully done. The pictures are amazing and the book looks at creation as not just something God did on a whim but that there was a purpose behind the Creation and how God created everything. It takes a look through pictures how God created the universe and man. It is written in such a way that it is easy to understand and yet unique enough to want to include in your library. This is a wonderful coffee table book that is amazing and unique and I think everyone will enjoy looking at.
Jay Schabacker with this book tells us that there is more to creation that God shows us a purpose to his creation, from the very start with light and stars and moon to man himself. The creation of everything has a purpose like his example of the apple. The apple gives us food and vitamins ect. He puts it in such a basic put beautiful way.  He starts with day one of creation and takes us through each day. This book would be worth putting on your coffee table for the pictures alone but the plus is his explanation of creation and its purpose. This is a wonderful book. This would be a great book also for  teaching kids about creation.
If you would like to learn more about the book and the author check out his site at
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

5 + Stars to Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick

Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick is a must read for anyone, but especially for everyone that has ever doubted themselves, questioned if they are worthy, wondered if God really had a purpose for them, or had problems with low self esteem. Steven Furtick takes us through steps to overcome these feelings and how to quiet the voice or as he calls it the chatterbox in our head that tells us we can't or we aren't good enough and not worthy. This book looks at scriptures and leads us in ways to crash the chatterbox in our minds.

I loved this book. It is a book that really can change your life. I would recommend this book to everyone. I think it is a must read for everyone that has had these doubts but also for those who know someone who deals with low self esteem and doubts. I think everyone at one time or another had thought these things about I can't, I am not good enough, I am not worthy, ect. its normal at one time or another to feel this way but Steven Furtick in this book helps us look at how we don't have to believe or even listen to these thoughts and feelings. He doesn't just tell us to stop listening but shows us how to. He uses some of his own experiences to demonstrate how he too has dealt with these thoughts and feelings and shares what God has shown him to help him to realize these thoughts are not true. He gives us Bible verses to use to help us too but more than that he assures us that these thoughts of unworthiness are untrue. I can not say enough good things about this book and can not stress enough how it can help you in your daily life as well as your walk with God. I plan on reading this one over and over again and share it with others.

One of the quotes from the book that really spoke to me was, " But insecurity is much more than an extreme lack of confidence. In some ways insecurity is the ultimate insult to God. Because when we allow insecurity to override God's purpose in our lives, we're implying that He didn't quit get the job done when He put us together."pg 23 Ouch that really hit home for me to think every time I think I can't or I am not good enough I am insulting God.

"Condemnation reminds us of our wrongs by showing us our shame, but the Spirit convicts us of our sin by reminding us of our righteousness in Christ". pg 153 Wow
Last one that really struck home though the whole book did, "If you are a believer who hopes to accomplish the will of God for your live- and go to the next level spiritually- you have to defy the inertia of internal discouragement to get there.
you cant let the chatter stop you. You have to keep rolling . And God says you can." pg 168-169
Awesome Keep rolling God says you can says it all if God believes in me then I should too.

This book is great for a Bible Study or Small Group and Steven Furtick has included questions in the back to help in your study.

I hope you will go and read this book and us it to learn to listen to God's voice over all others, it will help you in your Christian walk and life.

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 "I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."

Friday, May 2, 2014

Wow a Must Read Book Review of Four Cups by Chris Hodges

The Four Cups of Promise: The Journey to Fulfillment God Planned for You

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I was given this book by Tyndale Publisher for free to give my honest review and opinion of this book.