Archive | November, 2012

Kid’s Craft Week #62-Making Trees!

30 Nov

I saw this craft posted here, and thought it would be the perfect thing for The Girlio to do with her best friend when they had a play date last week!

I stuck with plain green cardstock, and then let The Girlio pick the twine color.  Fortunately, I had some jingle bells a neighbor had given me, and The Girlio had plenty of glittery stickers  to serve as “ornaments.”  I’d say it looks like they had fun.  🙂


Whew!  Getting two 6 yr. olds to keep still long enough for a picture is tough!  🙂

Pinterest Thursday-BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

29 Nov

Another Pinterest recipe!


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We liked this recipe (and it made for good leftovers), and I liked having another crock pot meal.  I thought it was a bit sweet, and could have used some type of seasoning, but I wasn’t sure what.  I am thinking it was just the BBQ sauce I used.  I think next time I will just try a sauce that isn’t as sweet.  A good, and SUPER simple recipe though, and I will make it again.  So nice that these recipes I am trying are working out so well.  I was getting kind of bored with making the same kinds of food all the time, so it is nice to have some new dishes in the rotation!

Wednesday Words

28 Nov


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So appropriate this time of year, isn’t it?  Makes me want to do more for others.  I am DEFINITELY blessed this year!!!!

Book Review-Unending Devotion

27 Nov

The Summary:

Unending Devotion was written by Jody Hedlund and takes place in the late 1880s in the logging camps in Michigan.

The story is about a young lady named Lily Young, who is in search of her missing sister.  Her search leads her through logging camps and small towns, until she reaches the town of Harrison.  There she not only makes new friends, but confronts danger, corruption, and meets a man by the name of Connell McCormick.

Lily is determined to do what she feels is right, and Connell is forced out of his comfort zone in an effort to save Lily from the constant trouble that ensues.

My Thoughts:

Although I liked that the story took place in an arena I had not previously read about, this book read WAY too much like a Harlequin romance, than a Christian adventure/romance.  Lily is continually needing to be rescued and doesn’t really learn from past misadventures, and while that I could live with, the constant talk about sex, brothels, people trying to keep their hands off each other, people cheating on their wives, etc. was too much for me-definitely not my taste.  I did not like this book, and would not recommend it.

I do thank Bethany House for providing me with a complimentary copy to read, and I was provided with no other compensation for my review.

Card Monday

26 Nov

Happy Card Monday!  🙂

Supplies: Paper: Echo Park (woodgrain), My Mind’s Eye (snowflake and sentiment); Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Twine: Maya Road

I cut the sentiment out of MME paper and adhered it with pop dots for dimension.  I also adhered the card front to the base with pop dots because I adhered the twine to the back of the card front, and I didn’t want the card to be lumpy.  I used Tombow to glue the twine and veneer to the card.  I am really loving the gold in the twine-adds a little extra sparkle!  🙂

Wednesday Words

21 Nov


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Book Review-All Things New

20 Nov

Here’s another review from my mom!  🙂

ALL THINGS NEW by Lynn Austin

… is a great historical novel depicting the difficult times of adjustments and struggles for the defeated south after the Civil War drastically changes their way of life. Although I have read many books depicting that era of history, I especially enjoyed the realistic rendering of the slaves perspective and how that impacted the thinking of the formerly wealthy. I especially enjoyed the development of the idea of how the slaves had to learn to be free.

The adjustments the main characters have to make is well described and seems accurate. Their growth in the necessity of changing their thinking and actions is well developed and interesting to read but is repeated over and over so much that it gets tiresome. I had a hard time getting through all the repetitiveness and would have enjoyed the book more if it wasn’t so long and drawn out.
The author did a great job of telling the story from three different character’s perspectives – giving a well-rounded, interesting, and believable story line.
Many times Christian books deal with the concept of people being angry with God, but the development of the Christian theme of unanswered prayer was unique and done very well. I don’t recall ever reading a book that lays out the idea of prayer not being answered because of praying for the wrong things. I enjoyed this fresh approach.

This book was given to me complimentary from Bethany House to review.

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