Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Christmas Book Reviews!


I read every day. I read my Bible and I read Christian, Christmas Romance books!

I have 3 books I am going to give a brief review on.


1st, Simply Christmas, written by Dowd, Luttrell & Lynxwiler. This book contains 4 stories about 4 women who are searching for the true meaning of Christmas. The 1st story is my favorite. Its about a woman who tries to simplify her life at Christmastime. It reminded me a bit of myself, only I enjoy celebrating the Holidays the way that I do! I also enjoyed the last story as well. It is about a family that goes on the road for Christmas. It shares how we should walk in God's love!


2nd, Forever Christmas, written by Christine Lynxwiler. This is about a town called, Jingle Bells, Arkansas. A town that celebrated Christmas all year. This drama also contains a bit of a suspence line as well. It kept me looking forward to reading each night!


3rd, On Strike For Christmas, written by Sheila Roberts. This is not a Christian book. The story line is great. Its about woman friends who go on strike for Christmas and it is up to their husbands to pull it all together. It does contain some curse words, that really are not necessary. I never did understand why people thought that cursing in books, movies & TV shows made the stories better. It really doesnt! I had to skip over the words that were offensive. Other than the cursing, that appears maybe 5 or 6 times throughout the 319 page book, it was good. It also offers recipes at the end of the book! The recipes come from the characters from the book. They are recipes that they made throughout the novel. I plan to try some myself!
I purchase my books, used from Amazon.com. I find I get the best prices there, even with the shipping charges!
Merry Christmas :-)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Lime Thumbprint cookies


Hello! These were very tasty! I made them last year and made a couple of changes to the original recipe to suit my tatste. I will list the recipe I used:


Cookie:


1/2 cup butter, soft

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup flour

1/4 tsp. salt

powder sugar to garnish


Filling:


1/3 cup sugar

3-4 tasp lime juice

1 egg yolk

2-3 drops green food coloring


Pre-heat oven to 325*.

Cream together: butter, sugar, yolk & vanilla.

Add flour and salt, blend in well.

Shape into one inch balls.

Arrange about 1 inch apart on non-stick, foil lined cookie sheet.

Make an indent on each cookie with your thumb.

Spoon 1/2 tsp. of filling onto each cookie.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes....remove from pan and let cool.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar.


Filling:

Combine 1st 4 ingredients in a sauce pan, heat over medium until it reaches a boil. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat & stir in food coloring. Set aside to cool.


You can also use this cookie recipe with your favorite jam instead of the lime filling!


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

We Have A Winner!


The winner of the walnut recipe booklets is..................

Brenda! Yey! Congratulations, Brenda! Your name was chosen as our winner!

Enjoy your new recipes! I have your address and I will mail them out today or tomorrow!

=D

Monday, September 8, 2008

Book give-a-way!


Hello!

We will be drawing the name of the winner for the book give-a-way tomorrow! So, if you have not left a comment yet, please be sure to do it before tomorrow morning! Thank you all!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Chocolate Mousse Pie


Here is a recipe that I think looks good. It also looks very easy. If you are a chocolate lover, this will hit the spot!


Chocolate Mousse Pie


4 (1 oz) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted

1 (14 oz) can, sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 Tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup (1/2 pint) whipping cream, whipped

1 ready made chocolate pie crust


Mix melted chocolate with milk and vanilla until blended.

Chill 15 minutes until cool. Stir until smooth.

Fold in whipped cream.

Pour over crust.

Chill for 3 hours or more.

Enjoy :-)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sweet Biscuit Inn, Asheville, NC


We went to the mountains in Asheville, NC this weekend. We stayed at the Sweet Biscuit Inn.

OK, this place is wonderful! The owners, the Maddix's, made us feel like we have known them for years! The Inn is an old home, with many bedrooms to rent. It is well kept and very clean!

They serve a wonderful breakfast each morning. The first morning started out with fresh cut fruit...how sweet it was! Then, we had a cream cheese, cinnamon raisin french toast, eggs and bacon. It was so good! The second morning, we started with a different selection of fresh cut fruits, then we had, banana walnut & chocolate chip muffins, cheesy eggs, wheat biscuits and sausage. We highly recommend this place. It is comfortable, clean, like home :-)

I had never stayed at a bed and breakfast before, but now, I am hooked.

This Inn, welcomes children and even has a play area for them! Each morning after breakfast, they have a rubber animal hunt for all the children. Anthony had a great time!
SWEET BISCUIT INN
Call toll free (866) 280-0170 or (828) 250-0170
77 Kenilworth Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28803 USA
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