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Hot Cocoa Recipe

2 T sugar
2 to 3 t. of cocoa powder
1 c. milk
1/4 t. vanilla extract

Directions:
Mix the sugar and cocoa powder in large mug. Heat milk in microwave on HIGH for 1-1/2 minutes or until hot. Gradually stir in hot milk to cocoa mixture in the mug until it is well blended. Stir in vanilla. 1 serving.

I just Love reading a book while sipping `Hot Cocoa`

`A Measure of Mercy` (by) Lauraine Snelling

The story begins in the summer of 1903 in the town of Blessing, North Dakota. Pursuant to Astrid's natural gift and dream of becoming a Dr.  she does her first formal surgery without any formal training. She feels as if she is walking in Jesus shoes, as He healed the sick, restored sight to the blind, and made the lame walk. After facing two deaths she questions whether she should become a Dr. I appreciate that God is referenced from the beginning of the book, and throughout the entirety of the book. Lauraine's writing is straight and to the point.
Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."
I am revisiting this post while linking up with Friendship Friday at Create With Joy.

`The White Horse King` (by) Benjamin Merkle

I read this book as a read-aloud to my son. To be honest he understood it better than me. The authors style used old English idioms and syntax. I usually steer clear of books with unfamiliar words. As a visual learner I really appreciated the maps and drawings. I found the footnotes to be a distraction. I did find the book to be quite interesting, although at times it seemed to be dry. I would recommend this book to fans of King Alfred or British history in general. I feel the author really knows his topic well.
Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

WooHoo!! I Won!

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I won the Fall Feast giveaway from Kelly-Jane over at `Cooking The Books` These books sure look interesting. They are: (1)  How To Roast a Lamb: New Greek Classic Cooking by Michael Psilakis (2) Chocolate: A Love Story: 65 Chocolate Dessert Recipes from Max Brenner's Private Collection by Max Brenner Thanks goes to Kelly-Jane and Hachette Book Club

I Won!!

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First thing this morning I find I won this awesome package from Lisa Harris atHeart of Africa.
Lisa is an awesome person with an awesome blog.
Lisa is a missionary to Africa.
I highly suggest you go take a look at her blog, look at her many pictures & read her blog.
Lisa is also a writer.
Some of her books consist of `Montana Mistletoe` and `Blood Ransom`.
While at her blog you may just decide to support an orphan.
My prize is, ½ pound of CK Creations (sample box of toffee- 4 flavors) along with a copy of  Montana Mistletoe and three holiday cookbooks!
Thanks goes to Lisa!

Jantsen's Gift

Christian Frugal Mama is giving away a copy of `Jantsen's Gift. She has a review of it on her blog. Frugal Mama is also putting her copy on Paper Back Swap. So if you don't win it, maybe you can get it through PBS. Hurry for a chance to win, you only have a few hours left.
This give-away has ended.

`The Silent Gift` (by) Michael Landon jr. & Cindy Kelley

This novel begins with the excitement of new life.
Against all odds a mother and her mute son face the world together. Running from a demanding husband and father, they seek life together.
Finding themselves homeless they seek refuge at a local Salvation Army. While there Mary is given a Bible, which she does not want at first. She does except the Bible and soon she discovers Jack's gift through it. Mary remembers what Grace, the Salvation Army minister, tells her.
`I don't believe the words in the Bible are responsible for causing your pain, Mary.`
This story is very suspenseful and tugs at my heart, not wanting to put it down. This story will rip at your heart and keep you wanting more, never a dull moment. I highly recommend this book.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

I am revisiting this post while linking up with Friendship Friday at Create With Joy.

Tuesday Teaser

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that pageBE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Be sure to visit MizB of Should Be Readingso you can add your link and visit other participants.My Teasers`The Silent Gift`  (by) Michael Landon Jr. & Cindy Kelley(1) So word circulated, and those continuing to come for their own answers made the formerly quiet street something else entirely. ~Pg. 161(2) Mary watched in amazement as Agnes dealt with the complaints of the neighbors as efficiently as she seemed to do everything else, striking a deal to pay them each a few dollars a week f…

Teaser Tuesday

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that pageBE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Be sure to visit MizB of Should Be Reading so you can add your link and visit other participants.
My Teasers`Rebel With A Cause` (by) Franklin Graham
(1) By throwing in good doses of humor and fun, our relationship was full of grace and had some space for the tensions to ease. (p. 54)
(2) Instead of just laughing it off, I took the bait. I thought I was trapped. They had convinced me that I had to fightor be considered a coward. (p. 54)

Sue Gregg Cookbook (Main Dishes)

Sue Gregg cookbooks have that down home feeling - from cover to cover.
I own both the `Main Dishes` and the `Meals in Minutes` cookbooks.
Today I am going to tell you a little about the `Main Dishes` Cookbook.
Sue Gregg knows that every woman is busy and we need supper on the table pronto`.
As Sue states in her cookbook, quick doesn't necessarily include baking or cooking time.
Sue also includes meals which can be frozen for use at a later time.
This book has a Food Exchange System., which includes a Calorie Food Exchange Chart.
This chart does just what it says, helps you figure out how much meat, milk, fat, etc. you can have on the diet you are on. Whether it be 1200 cal, 1500 cal, 1800 cal or 2200 cal.
There is also an area which lists which foods to eat for cancer or heart protection.
Some of my fave recipes from the book are:
(1) Chili Con Carne
(2) Cornbread

To learn more about `Sue Gregg` cookbooks please visit Gooseberry Patch

I was not compensated in any way for my honest…

When Heaven Comes Down (by) Che Ahn

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I anticipated experiencing the glory of God as I turned the pages. I was enlightened to the fact that I may actually be able to see the glory of God, for myself.
Although at first glance I was not enamored by the book, I was intrigued by the author's words, that God's glory is not just for the future, it's to be experienced now.
Even as I read about the glory of God, I was unsettled with the mention of a few things I disagree with. While I believe God is closer than a brother, I do not believe in some of the author's idiosyncratic traditions.
Reading about `holy laughter` put a damper on the rest of my reading.
Although I personally disagree with some of the author's points, it seems he put a lot of effort into this book and I commend him for his hard work.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."