Wednesday, September 30, 2020

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

Chicken Salad with Watermelon and Peaches

Another great recipe from Reader's Digest:


Ingredients
3 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon dried dill leaf or
1 tablespoon fresh snipped juice from a lemon
dash of salt and pepper to taste
2 peaches seeded and chopped
2 cups chopped seeded watermelon

Instructions
Mix together the chicken, yogurt, mayonnaise, dill and lemon juice.

Servings
Makes 4 to 6 Servings.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Discovery Series by Wands E. Brunstetter

Book Description:  A young Amish couple faces formidable challenges in this innovative 6-part serial novel. Introducing you to Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, whose marriage is threatened, Brunstetter leads you on a compelling journey of doubt, faith, love, and hope that will keep you reading---and guessing---until the end. A heartwarming saga! 128 pages each, six slipcased softcovers from Barbour.

My Thoughts:  This is one of the best "mini series" that I have ever read!  Each book is about this sweet, young Amish couple who are newly married, Meredith and Luke.
Intrigue, mystery and romance...along with Amish traditions.
Each of the mini books is a story within itself but each until you reach the sixth book has a wonderful cliff hanger.  
Yes, each book goes with the next.  
This is one great set....A must read for all Amish fiction lovers!

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: USA
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN-13: 9781624167515

Monday, September 28, 2020

A Deadly Business {A Mia Quinn Mystery} by Lis Wiehl

Book Description:  A prosecutor of violent criminals. A detective on a dangerous beat. When these two pros take on an off-the-books case, the line between professional and personal becomes perilously blurred. 
When a twenty-two-year-old convict walks into the courtroom, his eyes confirm what Mia Quinn already guesses: he blames her for his conviction. In seconds, he knocks her to the ground and holds a razor blade to her throat. While she manages to escape without injury, it's just one more reminder that Mia's job prosecuting Seattle's s most dangerous criminals is far from low risk.  
As a single mom, the last thing Mia wants is for her work to follow her home or discover that it already has.
Now Detective Charlie Carlson is suggesting the very thing Mia doesn't want to believe—that her accountant husband’s deadly car accident was no accident at all. When Mia and Charlie encounter resistance to reopening the case, they take the investigation into their own hands. And they find much more than they bargained for.
Was Mia's husband more than an accountant . . . and less than an honest man? As the truth becomes more shocking and the case grows more complex, her husband's killers take note of Mia . . . and her children. How far will this prosecutor go to learn the truth about her husband—and how far will she have to go to protect her family? 
My Thoughts:  Oh.Be.Still.My.Heart!  I have waited (it seems like forever ) for the next Mia Quinn mystery.  And here it is!  
Mia is a prosecutor.  And usually her job is stressful and full but today when that twenty-two-year old walks into the courtroom Mia senses/knows that he blames her for his predicament.  Uh!Yeah! She did the crime!    Honestly these criminals make one SO angry.   As the reader can tell this is a one great suspense read!  I was SO angry at the criminal . . . a good sign that an author brings out emotion in the reader.
Mia is a single mom because her husband was killed in a deadly car accident.  But now Detective Carlson telling her the one thing she really doesn't want to hear.  Her husband's accident was probably not an accident!  And to top.it.all.off!  Her husband seems to have been into some shady dealings.
Poor Mia! She is a single mom who wants to blend into the woodwork.  She doesn't want these criminals to know that she has a family and where she lives.  
This is one of Lis Wiehl's best books!  The suspense is, well for a lack of another word, suspenseful! {smile}  One of those I'm looking over my shoulder as I read in bed at night!  Yeah!That good!


  • Series: A Mia Quinn Mystery (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595549048





Friday, September 25, 2020

The Mockingbird's Song (Volume 2) (Amish Greenhouse Mysteries) by Wanda E. Brunstetter

 

Book Description:  Sylvia has been nearly paralyzed with grief and anxiety since the tragic death of her husband, father, and brother in a traffic accident. She tries to help in the family’s greenhouse while caring for her two young children, but she prefers not to have to deal with customers. Her mother’s own grief causes her to hover over her children and grandchildren, and Sylvia seeks a diversion. She takes up birdwatching and soon meets an Amish man who teaches her about local birds. But Sylvia’s mother doesn’t trust Dennis Weaver, and as the relationship sours, mysterious attacks on the greenhouse start up again.

My Thoughts:  After reading The Crow's Call by Wanda E. Brunstetter I was so excited to receive this next book.  
This is a wonderful story of love and grace.  And it's a somewhat   sequel to The Crow's Call.  It's about the women who lost their husbands in the tragic buggy accident.  So, in a way the books should be read in order.
Poor Sylvia she was once a married woman and independent in the community.  And then she becomes a widow with two young children.  
And mothers!  Mothers try so hard to help but so many times they inadvertently get in the way.  Hence, Sylvia's mother, who also lost her husband, is giving Sylvia a headache by trying to run her life.
A wonderful story.  This is not a fast paced story so if you're looking for a fast paced mystery, this isn't it.  This is more of a cozy mystery with alot of Amish facts for those of us who love reading about the Amish community.

"I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing/and the author and was under no obligation to post a review."

The Discovery Series by Wanda Brunstetter

 

Book Description:  A young Amish couple faces formidable challenges in this innovative 6-part serial novel. Introducing you to Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, whose marriage is threatened, Brunstetter leads you on a compelling journey of doubt, faith, love, and hope that will keep you reading---and guessing---until the end. A heartwarming saga! 128 pages each, six slipcased softcovers from Barbour.

My Thoughts:  This is one of the best "mini series" that I have ever read!  Each book is about this sweet, young Amish couple who are newly married, Meredith and Luke.
Intrigue, mystery and romance...along with Amish traditions.
Each of the mini books is a story within itself but each until you reach the sixth book has a wonderful cliff hanger.  
Yes, each book goes with the next.  
This is one great set....A must read for all Amish fiction lovers!

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: USA
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN-13: 9781624167515

Fabulous Friday


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

I love Walking Tacos!  
Not only are they delicious but they are great for groups. 
This recipe comes from Food.com 
Meat Mixture: 
1 lb ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning mix

Toppings: {It's nice to have all the toppings on a table in separate bowls, so people can walk around and get ingredients}
tomato, chopped
lettuce, shredded
onion, chopped 
black olives, sliced
shredded cheese 
sour cream
taco sauce or picante sauce
individual lunch-sized bags of corn chips (We use Fritos)

Directions:
1  Brown ground beef, drain, return to pan.
2  Add Taco seasoning mix according to directions on packet.
3  TO ASSEMBLE: Carefully open a bag of corn chips along the sealed direction being   careful not to"tear" the bag (because it is your bowl!!).
4  Add all the veggies and cheese your bag will hold.
5  Be careful not to fill bag to full as it will be hard to mix it up.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Bread & Butter: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes to Fill Your Bread Basket by erin mckenna

Book Description:  At long last, the holy grail of gluten-free vegan baking: airy, light, and tender breads, from Erin McKenna, founder of BabyCakes NYC and Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC and the visionary who also cracked the code of vegan frosting


For two decades, a gluten sensitivity forced Erin McKenna to ignore the bread basket that accompanies dinner at her favorite restaurants. Brunch was even worse: flaky croissants, biscuits, bagels . . . As an act of self-preservation, she tried to pretend they didn’t exist. After pioneering vegan and gluten-free dessert baking at her beloved bicoastal bakery, Erin set about righting this wrong, tackling the beautiful treats in those forbidden bread baskets. The result is all the savory bread a gluten-free vegan guy or gal could want and more, including English Muffins, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Sweet Potato Sage Rolls, Pizza Dough, Corn Tortillas, Puff Pastry Dough, Pretzels, Scallion Pancakes, even a simple and perfect Sandwich Bread. And since you can’t say “bread” without saying “butter,” she created a rich and creamy vegan butter unlike anything else, too. The world’s bread basket just got a whole lot fuller.


My Thoughts:  I wouldn't say this is the "holy grail" of gluten-free baking but it is a great cookbook for those who need/want gluten-free baked goods, especially breads.
I like eating gluten-free because my system feels better/cleaner.  And so, I picked this book, bread & butter by erin mckenna.  By the way, Erin McKenna is the founder of BabyCakes in New York City. 
There are "loaves" of bread in this wonderful cookbook but my favorite section was the biscuits section.  We live in the south so biscuits are somewhat of a staple.  
The baking/mixing directions are clear and concise.  And there are fabulous pictures on every page to go with the recipe.
Included are recipes for hummus and flavored butter.  Just one recipe a piece but that's enough for me.
There are also a couple of sweet treat recipes.  Cookies, sticky pecan rolls and on the non sweet side there is a recipe for stuffing and croutons.
These are wonderful recipes.  
This cookbook makes a wonderful gift for gluten-free people who enjoy baking.


  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804137218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804137218




Sunday, September 20, 2020

Lazarus Awakening Study Guide: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God by Joanna Weaver

Book Description:  Do you feel trapped in a tomb of regret, doubt, or fear? 

Are you tripped up by patterns and behaviors you need to leave behind?


Just as Jesus called Lazarus from darkness, He is calling you to come out of the false beliefs and habits that keep you from receiving His unconditional love. He is calling you to know deep in your spirit that God not only loves the world—He loves you.


It’s time to “come forth!”
This eight-session study guide is designed for use with Joanna Weaver’s book Lazarus Awakening and the separately available DVD curriculum set, filmed on location in the Holy Land. Join Joanna as she draws you deeper into the historical and spiritual truths we learn from the story of Lazarus: a friend called out from death into the life-giving arms of Jesus.
 ·         Designed for both individuals and groups.
·         Also available: companion DVDs, filmed in the Holy Land and featuring eight 15- to 18-minute sessions. 

My Thoughts:  I have heard wonderful things about Joanna Weaver.  A friend said, "You've just gotta get Lazarus Awakening.  It will change your life."  
So, when I had the chance I chose this Bible study.  
It's an eight session or if you do a weekly study it's an eight week study.  I chose to do it as an eight week study.
This study is designed for individuals or small groups.  And there is a companion DVD that goes along with the book.
Lazarus Come Forth IS an amazing sentence.  A sentence that brings life.  But more than that it's getting rid of grave clothes...things that bring death in our life and it's also about trusting more fully in God.
It's kind.of.funny that most ministers, people focus on Mary and Martha, Lazarus' sisters, but Lazarus played quite an important role in the Bible, too. What did he do?  He died.  And was brought back to life by Jesus' words.  
Jesus came so that we could have life and have it more abundantly.  But we must hear His voice and get rid of the grave clothes.
This is such an interesting study.  And it does bring life!


  • Series: Bethany Trilogy (Quality)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; Reprint edition 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030773059X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730596



Friday, September 18, 2020

Fabulous Friday

Do you ever feel like the chickens in this picture?
As the pandemic continues there seems to be frustration
and depression abounding.
Just like the chickens in this picture some of us are not riding the 
bike correctly.
Some of us are on the handlebars trying to see into the future, what will happen next?
Or some of us are riding low on the front tire wondering how to get off this tiresome ride.
Be encouraged..."When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:17-18

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

I found this great and quick recipe on Pinterest 
for those times I NEED a quick cookie fix:

Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Direct Hit (The Blitz Detective) by Mike Hollow

Book Description:  On the first night of the Blitz, a body is discovered in a van in the back streets of West Ham. DI John Jago is called to the scene and recognizes the body as local Justice of the Peace and businessman Charles Villiers. Shortly afterwards a blast destroys the scene. Jago quickly establishes that Villiers’ wife and adult son Edward both have possible motives, and that there was a rift between Villiers and his brother Arthur. But as he begins the investigation, Jago is annoyed when his boss tells him to help an American journalist who’s writing about public morale – even more so when he finds it’s a woman, Dorothy Appleton. As Jago and Appleton follow leads, they realize that the dead man held many secrets, some of which reach back to World War I. Rather a lot of people wished Villiers dead – and an air raid is a good time to bury bad news.

My Thoughts:  Oh, wow!  Mike Hollow has written quite a book in Direct Hit, The Blitz Detective.  The subtitle caught my attention... The Blitz Detective.  And that, my  reader friend, is why I chose to read this book.  A detective who is caught in the throes of a war but yet, there is a dead person, a case to be solved during a war!  Interesting that there are so many dead peoples, yet one body in a van is to be investigated and it brings out so much trouble.  
On the night of the Blitz in London.  A body (as in dead) is found.  It just happens to be the body of the local Justice of the Peace, Charles Villers.
And right after the body is found...a "direct hit" destroys the scene.  Hmmm!  Interesting!  And that is the thought that Detective John Jago has as he thinks of this incident.
But wait, there is way more to this mystery . . . 
There are many, many secrets.  And then to top it off John Jago's boss insists that Dorothy Appleton an American journalist be able to follow/go with Jago as he tries to solve this case.  
Detective John Jago and his side kick, Dorothy make for a lively read!  Love this dynamic duo!
It's interesting how the author directs the reader back to WWI throughout the WWII scenes.
I thoroughly enjoyed this well written, interesting read.  



Meet the Author: 
Mike Hollow was born in West Ham, on the eastern edge of London, and grew up in Romford, Essex. He studied Russian and French at the University of Cambridge and then worked for the BBC and later Tearfund. In 2002 he went freelance as a copywriter, journalist and editor. He's a published poet, and nowadays when not writing about the Blitz Detective he makes his living as a translator.

  • Series: The Blitz Detective
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782641270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782641278

Monday, September 14, 2020

The Matchmaker: An Amish Retelling of Jane Austen's Emma (The Amish Classics) by Sarah Price

Book Description:  When Emma's interference in her friends' lives backfires, will the consequences be more than she bargained for?

Emma Weaver is twenty-one years old and has found a passion for playing matchmaker with her Amish friends.  Her neighbor, Gideon King, warns her about interfering in people's lives, but she disregards his advice and plans to set up Paul, the son of the Amish bishop, with her friend Hannah.
But when Paul misinterprets Emma's attention, believing she has feelings for him, he begins asking her to ride in his buggy after Sunday singings and shows up at her house for Friday evening visits.  As she tries to repair the damage that's been done and mend the hearts that have been broken, she finds herself in trouble with the community.  Will she learn her lesson and stop meddling in the affairs of others?  Will she find a love of her own?

My Thoughts:  After reading First Impressions: An Amish Tale of Pride and Prejudice (The Amish Classics)
matchmaker...that she has found her "niche" in life.  However, her neighbor, Gideon King, views Emma as an intruding person who wants to control people's lives.
Then when Emma decides to play matchmaker for Paul. Paul thinks that Emma has feelings for him.  This causes a mess.  And, O!What!Mess!
The story is funny as Emma tries to untangle the love vine. 
Sometimes it takes consequences in life to make one understand that God is in control and not a person or matchmaker.
A delightful and enjoyable read!  

  • Series: The Amish Classics (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Realms 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629980048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1629980041

Friday, September 11, 2020

Fabulous Friday

A couple of weeks ago I was talking with a friend.
She kept saying, "Pray that we're making the right decision in buying a house."  And then she said, "Pray that we'll make the right decision in painting our house the right color."  
I didn't say much because it occurred to me that many times we push our blessings right out the door.  We have the resources to do what we need but, yet, we  want God to make the decision for us.  Maybe, so we can blame God if it doesn't work out?
I finally told my friend, "It's great to pray BUT God gave you a mind and you have the money.  It's not a sin and it's not going to hurt your family."
Here's the thing....buy the house you can afford and paint the house the color you like.
My mom always told us, "If you don't make a decision, then you've made a decision."
Don't push your blessings out the door!


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

I love Gooseberry Patch and here's a favorite recipe from Gooseberry Patch Recipes:
Sweet & Easy Iced Coffee....So easy & O!So!Good!

From Jen at Gooseberry Patch, this recipe is a year 'round favorite and appears in 101 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes. Stir in a little chocolate or caramel sauce for an extra-special treat.
1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk, divided
4 c. strong brewed coffee, cooled and divided
ice cubes
Place 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk into each of 4 tall glasses. Pour one cup of cooled coffee into each glass; stir to combine. Fill glasses with ice; stir to chill. Serves 4.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Bones Will Speak (A Gwen Marcey Novel) by Carrie Stuart Parks

Book Description:  A killer with a penchant for torture has taken notice of forensic expert Gwen Marcey . . . and her daughter.
When Gwen Marcey’s dog comes home with a human skull and then leads her to a cabin in the woods near her Montana home, she realizes there’s a serial killer in her community. And when she finds a tortured young girl clinging to life on the cabin floor, she knows this killer is a lunatic.
Yet what unsettles Gwen most is that the victim looks uncannily like her daughter.
The search for the torturer leads back in time to a neo-Nazi bombing in Washington state—a bombing with only one connection to Montana: Gwen. The group has a race-not-grace model of salvation . . . and they’ve marked Gwen as a race traitor.
When it becomes clear that the killer has a score to settle, Gwen finds herself in a battle against time. She will have to use all of her forensic skills to find the killer before he can carry out his threat to destroy her—and the only family she has left.

My Thoughts:  Having read Ms. Parks first book, A Cry From the Dust, I was excited to read, The Bones Will Speak.  Just love these titles!  The titles of these books "grab" me more than the description of the books.
Now, I read the first book so I already know Gwen and a little about her.  Such as she is a forensic artist and recreates events from history.  Such an interesting job!
I have to say that I love the thrills that Ms. Parks so aptly describes in this book.   To me, this involved story had "way more" thrills and chills than the first book.  Not bad like a horror show but just enough thrills and chills to make me sit on the edge of my seat.  Yeah, that kind!  That leaves the reader slightly breathless from reading too fast.
The storyline in this book was interesting since it deals with Marcey and her daughter more directly than the first story.  
I loved this read and if you, reader, enjoy a christian thrills and chills kind.of.read then this is the read for you!


  • Series: A Gwen Marcey Novel (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401690459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401690458

Monday, September 7, 2020

Counting on a Cowboy (A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance, Book 2) by Debra Clopton

Book Description:  After losing everything she held dear, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy may just spur her to wonder if love might be worth the risk.
Running from a past that haunts her, Abby Knightly is drawn to the cozy town of Wishing Springs, Texas. Maybe this small town could offer hope and healing and a future for Abby . . . if she’s brave enough to reach out and take it by the reins.
Bo Monahan isn’t interested in the new romantic destination his little town has become—or the women who might be looking at him like he’s their next Mr. Right. Between taking care of his Pops and his growing stirrup business, he isn’t looking for serious romantic commitments. But when the infant son he never knew about shows up at his doorstep, his world is turned upside down.
This confirmed bachelor might not think he needs a wife, but he sure needs help. Even Abby can see that, and despite her best efforts to keep her distance, she can’t help but be drawn to this new father-son duo. As Abby throws herself into helping Bo navigate fatherhood, hope sparks between them, revealing that maybe, just maybe, they can navigate their dark pasts and emerge together into a future as bright as the Texas sun itself.

My Thoughts:  My go.to.author for the lighter side of life is Debra Clopton.  Sometimes, I just need to take a break from reading all those suspenseful stories and Debra Clopton just has a way with words that makes me laugh.
Counting Cowboy is book Two in A Four Hearts Ranch Romance Series by Debra Ckopton.  In my opinion, each of these books is a cowboy.kind.of.stand alone read.
And this read takes place in Texas and, of course, there is this cowboy, Bo.  I like Bo because he isn't full of himself.  He loves his Pops and takes his business seriously BUT every cowboy needs a side kick. 
Then there's Abby Knightly who is running from a haunting past....this is why she ends up in Wishing Springs, Texas.  Don't you just love that name?  Ahhh, what could better than a wishing spring?  Well, ,maybe, a determined to remain a bachelor type of cowboy  who doesn't know what hits him when he meets Abby.
Loved this fun story.  What fantabulous read for the beach and a few rays of sun!  Summer reading at its best!

  • Series: A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401690513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401690519



Friday, September 4, 2020

Fabulous Friday

R.I.P. means REST IN PEACE and, yet, the time to rest in peace should be now.  When someone passes on to Glory he will have eternity to rest.
We need to learn to Rest in His peace now.  To give all our troubles and sorrows to Him and let the peace that passes all understanding be our substance.  
God longs for us to rest in His peace even though troubles and trials abound all around us.
May the peace that comes from our Almighty God be yours today.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

{Revell Blog Tour} The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson

Book Description:  All Emma Daley wants this holiday season is a white Christmas. But the young teacher and struggling musician sure can't find that in sunny Arizona. Luckily, there's someone living in a perfect mountain home in the Colorado Rockies looking to make a vacation trade this year.

Tyler Prescott is an in-demand songwriter and talented musician who put his own singing career on hold to write songs for celebrity acts to perform. When his mother convinces him to do a vacation trade for Christmas, he never imagined one of the houseguests would be so sweet--or so strikingly pretty. Naturally, he decides to stick around, and, to get better acquainted, he poses as the house's caretaker. But when Emma's friend Gillian discovers his true identity and sets her sights on him, things get . . . messy.


My Thoughts:  It's time for Christmas reads!  This excites me so much on so many levels!  And this is a beautiful hardback book.
First of all, this lovely story is by Melody Carlson.  She writes in such a fun and happy way that the reader can't help but be happy as she reads.
Secondly, this story is about two of my most favorite states--Arizona and Colorado.
Emma Daley just wants a white Christmas but as a young teacher she's not sure she can make that happen and then she finds out about a vacation trade for Christmas.  Emma gets to go to Colorado for Christmas and the other person gets to go to Arizona.  A win-win situation for both parties.  But when the other person, Tyler Prescott, sees the visitor, aka vacation trader, Emma, he decides he'll stay around because well, she's so pretty and sweet.  
But then as Emma and her friend Gillan are at Tyler's house Gillan, the vigilant and caring friend, finds out who Tyler really is...a famous songwriter and musician. This creates a rather sticky situation.
I loved, loved this fun and quirky story.
It's just right for the beginning of the holiday season.

*This book was provided for review by Revell*


  • Item Weight : 11 ounces
  • Hardcover : 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0800738020
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0800738020
  • Publisher : Revell (September 1, 2020)
  • Product Dimensions : 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches



Wednesday, September 2, 2020

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

I found this delightful yummy lemon cookie on allrecipes.com
Lemon cookies are a summertime treat!
INGREDIENTS:
1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for
decoration
DIRECTIONS:
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2.Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in eggs, oil, and lemon extract until well blended. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough into a bowl of confectioners' sugar. Roll them around until they're lightly covered. Once sugared, put them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
3.Bake for 6 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven. The bottoms will be light brown, and the insides chewy.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Prayer Map Devotional by Barbour Books

My Thoughts: I love devotionals.  There's just something about a fresh page that helps me draw closer to God.
This is a lovely little book.  It's hardback with a simply beautiful cover.  Pinks and ivory make it pop.
This is made to be a help in your daily prayer life; hence, the title The Prayer Map.
There are prayer-related themes throughout the book.  These themes include Trusting God, Being Persistent in Prayer and Experiencing the Power of Prayer.  These themes with he devotions are to equip you to have a more consistent and healthy prayer life.  And in these days we can all use more prayer.
Each devotional has a days of the week at the top left to help you stay on track.  Then there is a scripture to go with the devotional and then the devotion itself is the longer part in the middle of the page. And at the bottom of the page is a short and simple prayer to end the devotion.
This is a lovely book and would make a wonderful present for any woman.


*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.*

Second Street Station: A Mary Handley Mystery by Lawrence H. Levy

Book Description:  A historical mystery featuring the witty and wily Mary Handley, the first woman detective in Brooklyn, as she tries to prove herself in a man's world while solving a high profile murder.


Mary Handley is a not your typical late-nineteenth century lady. She's fiery, clever, daring—and she’s not about to conform to the gender norms of the day. Not long after being fired from her job at the hat factory for insubordinate behavior, Mary finds herself at the murder scene of Charles Goodrich, the brother of a prominent alderman and former bookkeeper of Thomas Edison. When Mary proves her acumen as a sleuth, she is hired by the Brooklyn police department—as the city’s first female policewoman—to solve the crime. The top brass of the department expect her to fail, but Mary has other plans. As she delves into the mystery, she finds herself questioning the likes of J. P. Morgan, Thomas Edison, and Nikola Tesla. Mary soon discovers the key to solving the case goes well beyond finding a murderer and depends on her ability to unearth the machinations of the city’s most prominent and respected public figures, men who will go to great lengths to protect their secrets.



My Thoughts:  I love cozy mysteries!  I love that there is no gruesome murders and if there is any romance, it's light, fun love scenes, nothing too mushy or over done.

Second Street Station features Mary Handley one smart not your typical 19th century lady.  Mary is daring and clever!  She takes on a case and she digs and digs until she finds the clues and "meat" she needs to solve the case.  Of course, the men of the Brooklyn police department expect her to fail even though she was hired to solve the crime.

The crime is interesting because it involves the brother of a prominent alderman and former bookkeeper of Thomas Edison.  Yes, this is also a historical mystery.  

I like Mary and her feisty ways of breaking a case.  She is a force to be reckoned with.  

In my opinion, this is a good mystery.  A little slow in parts but that's how most cozy mysteries read.  There's enough action to  make the read interesting and the whodunit part is quite a surprise.  
All in all a good read!



  • Series: Mary Handley
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553418920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553418927