Friday, June 27, 2014

The One, The Selection Trilogy: A Review

The One (The Selection, #3)The One, The Selection Trilogy

by Kiera Cass

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, actually the entire series. This book was the best in my opinion. I read the entire series, straight through in two days. In my opinion it was better than the Hunger Games or Divergent trilogies. A great read. Thoroughly. I actually PURCHASED all three of these books. I usually get free copies from the publishers to review. Well worth the cost.



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Praying the Prayers of the Bible: A Review

Praying the Prayers of the BiblePraying the Prayers of the Bible 
by James Banks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts:  Prayer can be intimidating. Learning to pray is vital to growing as a Christian. Becoming confident in your own ability to pray is most definitely a requirement in growing your faith. This book helps grow your confidence. As you recite these prayer you will awaken the prayers in your own heart. I highly recommend this for new/young Christians wanting a more confident prayer life.

Chapters Include: Prayers to Praise and Honor God, Prayers to say Thank You, Prayers to Strengthen Faith and Give Ourselves to God, Prayers About Everyday Needs, Prayers to Confess Sin and Humble Ourselves, Prayers for Guidance and Direction, Prayers for Help and Protection, Wrestling Prayers, Blessing Prayers


I was given a free digital copy of this title in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Two Towers: Lord of the Rings: A Review


The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2) 


The Two Towers

by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great Book Series. A terrific story to read nightly to the older kids. Something to get into and even discuss. I remember my babysitter reading some of this book series to us many, many, many years ago.

J.R.R. Tolkien always comes through for us, the readers.

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The Lord of the Rings: A Review


The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3) 

The Lord of the Rings

by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great Book Series. A terrific story to read nightly to the older kids. Something to get into and even discuss. I remember my babysitter reading some of this book series to us many, many, many years ago.

J.R.R. Tolkien always comes through for us, the readers.

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: A Review

A Tree Grows in BrooklynA Tree Grows in Brooklyn 

by Betty Smith

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I purchased this book. I never finished it. It seemed to seriously lack any sort of rhythm. I kept hoping a plot would come about but... I guess I eventually gave up on it. I never did finish reading it.

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The Stand: A Book Review

The StandThe Stand
By Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed The Stand. It is the only Stephen King novel I have been able to get through.... I am a complete wuss. I did enjoy it immensely and have recommended it to other readers.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mrs. Geraldine's Ground Beef Casserole

I LOVED this recipe YEARS ago before we moved but could never find it.  I finally found it for a friend and am going to post it here so I never, ever lose it again!!! Ahmmazing.

Mrs. Geraldine's Ground Beef Casserole

Ingredients

    • 1 lb ground beef
    • 1 (15 ounce) cans tomatoes
    • 1/4 cup chopped onion
    • 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
    • 1/4 cup chopped celery
    • 1 (8 ounce) cans mushrooms
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or 2 tablespoons sweet pickle juice
    • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup
    • 1/4 lb sharp cheddar cheese
    • 1 (6 ounce) packages angel hair pasta, cooked, this is an estimated size bag- the original recipe called for 1 small bag
    • 1 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
    • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Brown meat in large skillet or Dutch oven.
  2. Add onions, pepper and celery and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce, mushrooms, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cook in skillet for 1 hour.
From Food.com:

About This Recipe

"This recipe came from a local church fund raising cook book. Mrs. Geraldine is a good friend of the family. She reminds me so much of Mrs. Clause, that I can't help but smile every time I think of her. This recipe freezes well. Do not bake before freezing. Just put it together, freeze it, thaw it and cook."

I found it here:  Mrs. Geraldine's Ground Beef Casserole

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Rekindled: A Silver Creek Novella: A Review



Rekindled: A Silver Creek Novella: A Review

By Maisey Yates

Publisher: Penguin Group

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this title.  A newly divorced trophy wife has lost everything in order to find herself and now she is applying as a housekeeper for a man she tormented in high school.

I read this romance straight through. I even tore up my room to kind my Kindle charger when I was on the second to last chapter and my Kindle was fixing to power off!  Real life issues but nothing to weigh you down in reading, I really like that.

It was a bit more graphic than I care for but still tasteful and a very delightful read.  I love books that have an actual ending.  I will definitely put the other titles in this series on my reading list.

I gave this book a four star out of five rating on Amazon.

I receive a free digital copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Beautiful Pebble Art

Art can be found in everything.  My definition of art is simply imagination in life form.

Below are some of my favorite Pebble Art projects:




  
Source - John Botica



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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Strawberry Gutters Forever.... just kidding but how awesome!

These Strawberry Gutters are so clever. Great space saving and water saving trick as well.  I seriously doubt this is the original source.  But it is indeed a terrific idea!


I may just have to try this.

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Allegiant (Divergent Series): A Review

Allegiant (Divergent Series)

By Veronica Roth

My Thoughts:  This was my favorite book in the series.  It was a bit different than the other two titles.  There was less violence and the characters were already fully developed so it was like I already knew them.  I read this through in one sitting.

No spoilers here!! I wrote next sequel in my mind immediately after finishing this volume. Too bad it will never come to happen. I know in my mind the my version of the fourth book is correct and it completes the set (in my mindset, at least).

Perhaps I should write a separate blog post with my ending?

This is a good series.  It isn't perfect, but extremely entertaining.

My son checked out this book from the school library for me to read.  Thanks Nathan!

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

INSURGENT (Divergent Series, Book 2): A Review

INSURGENT (Divergent Series, Book #2)

By Veronica Roth

My Thoughts: Captivating, active, quick paced read.  You love and hate all the characters.  This title was my least favorite of the three, but still a very active, gripping, good read. An emotional story, bring tissues.

Go ahead and get Allegiant before you begin...trust me, do it.

I won't summarize. I hate reviews that merely summarize.  I thoroughly enjoyed Insurgent but this one was a little too...violent for me of the three.  I still highly, recommend it!


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Divergent (Divergent Series, Book 1): My Review

 Divergent
DIVERGENT (Divergent Series, Book 1)


By Veronica Roth

My Thoughts:  Different, A little Hunger Gamesy... but quite addictive.  My fourteen year old son urged me to read this YA book series.  I was glad I did. I fell in love with Tris.  A character that begins as a young, scared girl and turns into this one of a kind heroine that you love and get irritated with over and over again.  I can't believe I liked it, but I did. Yep. I did.  I still think about it.

I won't summarize the story because most everyone has already heard about it. I thoroughly enjoyed getting caught up in it and read all three books straight through one after another, yes, the lose your sleep kinda books.

Every single book has flaws but this story shines through. A definite, to read series... so go ahead, get yourself a Young Adult book series... A fast action paced, compelling, thought provoking series.

I bought this book.  Hard earned money. No disclosure needed.

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Down By The River: Book Review


DOWN BY THE RIVER
By Lin Stepp

Published by Kensington Books

My Thoughts:  This is a lovely, inspirational, feel-good, Christian novel. Down By the River is a light-hearted, non-sappy, just enough real life family drama and light romance. The story line is about a second chance at a new life and love for a widow as she steps out of her comfort zone, stands up to her self consumed grown children, moves away and reopens a Bed and Breakfast in a small community in the Smoky Mountains and rediscovers herself, her talent, her strength, her ability, her dependence and love.  I enjoyed this book, no illicit sex, blood and violence. There are no scripture quotes throughout the book, just a story about life and the characters allowing themselves to listen to the voice and direction of God.  A good light read. 

Publisher's Synopsis:  Set against the backdrop of Tennessee’s breathtaking Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp’s Down By the River is a warmhearted novel that proves it’s never too late—or too early—for a fresh start…


While on a visit to the Smokies, Grace Conley makes a stunning decision: she’s going to walk away from her busy life in Nashville to move to tiny Townsend and open a bed-and-breakfast. There’s a beautiful old inn for sale along the Little River that will do perfectly. Of course, Grace’s family is scandalized. After all, she’s a middle-aged widow! And as a career homemaker, she’s always been available for babysitting, chauffeuring, and generally being the peacemaker among her grown children. Has Grace lost her mind? She begins to wonder the same thing once she finds herself attracted to the local ladies’ man. But the surprises don’t stop there…
To further complicate her move, Grace’s daughter, Margaret, has grudgingly come to live with her. Having just graduated from college, remote Townsend is not where she envisions her future. Yet the handsome young minister next door is convinced he and Margaret are meant for each other. As life choices abound, soon both women will discover that the biggest decisions require confidence, a sense of humor—and a deep, abiding faith.
A special thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley, for an advanced reading copy, 
in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 
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