Monday, November 30, 2020

Home for the Holidays

Fall and Thanksgiving have come and gone, and now we are on to the Christmas holidays.

When we visited friends and I could not resist sharing a picture of the table she prepared for us.

If you want to know, those are real antlers in her centerpiece.

We enjoyed a delicious Fish Gumbo and Greek Salad.

But the magic is about to happen.  Sylvia's table will be transformed for Christmas.

Don't you just love the red checked chairs!!

Let the magic begin!

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Wrong Train to Paris


Wrong Train to Paris by Jennifer Moore is a delightful historical fiction, carrying 19 years old Julia Weston from Vienna to Paris. Traveling on board the Orient Express in early 1900, Julia decides to prove she is independent and capable of traveling by herself, when she leaves the train in search of Gugelhupf cake. Only to become lost and redirected to a different train.

Julia and her father have made this trip many times before. Her father having gone on before her assigns a chaperone, which Julia thinks she does not need. However when Julia finds herself aboard the wrong train, heading in the opposite direction of Paris, she is deposited in the middle of nowhere. With no where to go, Luc Paquet offers to help. As Julia tries to help others, she finds her enthusiasm causes more problems than a help. Some of the situations Julia finds herself in were very humorous.

The story was a perfect clean romance. A sweet story that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving


So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.
~Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2020



Wordless Wednesday

Monday, November 23, 2020

Apple Pie Goodie

 Apples. They are in abundance this time of year. But what do you do with all those apples?

A few years ago I found the yummiest recipe on Kim's blog.

Apple Pie Goodie has been a mainstay for us. A dessert that makes up quickly and everyone seems to love it. Love to eat this warm with a scoop of ice cream.

Go to Kim's blog post for the recipe. You won't regret it!

Friday, November 20, 2020

From This Moment

Jase Edgar has taken a position as a youth pastor in Kansas. Trying to make a new start after the tragic death of his fiance. Struggling with doubts about God, he questions whether he should be ministering to the youth.

Lori Fowler and Kenzie Stetler are friends. Lori's insecurities puts her always looking to food or people to fill the void that only God can fill. Kenzie was raised Amish, but rejected the life style when she learned that she could not earn her salvation. Only by accepting Jesus and the grace of God.

I found the story moved slow. This story was clean Christian fiction, learning to recover from loss and trust again. It is a gentle story of hope. Although not an Amish novel, those who enjoy Amish stories might find this one enjoyable. 

Thank you NetGalley and publishers WaterBrook & Multnomah for providing an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Break Bread Together


Break Bread Together: Finding True Friendship at the Last Supper by Jessica Herberger was a book about intentional friendship using the Last Supper as a guide. 

It can be discouraging with all the electronics and "let's get together" never happening. The book takes a closer look at praying for guidance in seeking out deeper friendships. It encourages following Christ's example of meaningful relationships. 

It was an interesting read, modeled by Jesus at the Last Supper, with the author's insights. The basis of building a community of long lasting friendships. 

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

We Give Thanks

It's seems so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only two weeks away.  Where has the year gone? 

Thanksgiving is more than eating turkey and pumpkin pie. It's a time to reflect and give Thanks to God for His goodness and mercies.

Let's remember to give thanks for the every day things in life.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Monday, November 9, 2020

Nothing Short of Wondrous


Nothing Short of Wondrous, by Regina Scott, is a historical fiction depicting Yellowstone National Park in the late 1800's. Well researched and well described, we embark on a journey with widow Kate Tremaine and Lieutenant Will Prescott. 

After Kate's husband dies, she is left to run the Geyser Gateway Inn. When the Army is assigned to protect the Park, Kate finds herself being a guide to the calvary men, with a promise from Will to help with repairs around the Inn. These two flawed characters find God's love and forgiveness in healings from their past.

The many scenes describing Yellowstone were impressive as Scott brings to life the geysers, steaming springs, and the beauty of the Park.  The authors research was spot on, and brings to the forefront the beginnings of the National Park Services.  The story is full of such interesting historical information.

The book is the second in the American Wonders Series. It can be read as a standalone.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020