The Essential Amish Cookbook, Review

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May 122017
 

I love cookbooks. I have quite a collection of cookbooks. Years ago, I was given a copy of the Amish Cook’s Anniversary book by Lovina Eicher. I’ve loved that book for years. So, of course, I absolutely had to review The Essential Amish Cookbook by Lovina Eicher. I mean, absolutely had to.

Let me say, this book blows most every other Amish style cooking cookbook so far out of the water, you might consider getting rid of others. I absolutely love the personal style of the writing, the incredible photographs, the glimpses into their lives and the recipes. The recipes by far are some of the best tasting I’ve ever tried out of an Amish cookbook.

The directions in the recipes are quite clear cut and simple. In fact, my ten year old can follow them. I had her make the Carrot Cake from the cake section of the book. It was the most fabulous carrot cake I’ve ever had. Ok, let’s put it this way, I’ve had several bad experiences with carrot cakes in the past. Everyone insisted carrot cake was this incredible delight and that I didn’t know what I was talking about when I said that I despised carrot cake. Well, let me tell you, I didn’t know what I was talking about apparently. This carrot cake is the most incredible carrot cake I’ve ever had in my life. I love it. My husband and eldest have always loved carrot cakes, and they absolutely fell in love with it too. We ate the entire pan in under 48 hours…That was with great self-control…And I mean great self-control.

I loved the descriptions of Amish church services and wedding services and accompanying recipes for dishes that traditionally are served at those functions.

I do have one issue with The Essential Amish Cookbook…In a lot of the recipes that involve baking, it tells you that you can line your baking pans with parchment paper or wax paper. I really don’t recommend that you line a baking pan with waxed paper. The wax will melt into your food and destroy your bakeware… I’ve learned that from previous experiences. I bake a lot of cheese crisps, and wax paper will not work. So use parchment paper instead when you bake, and you’ll be just fine.

So I highly recommend this book for everyone who loves to cook, is interested in the Amish and whomever loves to eat good food.

The Essential Amish Cookbook
Join Amish cook Lovina Eicher in her kitchen as she prepares recipes used every day in countless Amish homes in Old Order Amish communities across North America. Many of the more than 100 recipes are richly illustrated with step-by-step photographs to help you learn Amish cooking as if you were in Lovina’s own kitchen. From hearty main dishes to substantial sides—plus a generous sampling of scrumptious cakes, pies, cookies, and other delectable desserts—learn how to make the hearty, simple dishes that the Amish cook together and serve at home, church services, and weddings.
$22.99 USD
7 x 9 in. paperback
ISBN 978-1-5138-0029-5
eBook  $18.99 │ 978-1-5138-0030-1
Release date: April 18, 2017
Available from Herald PressAmazon, Barnes and Noble and your favorite bookseller.

Prayers For a Simpler Life, Review

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Mar 152017
 

I received Prayers for a Simpler Life by Faith Sommers from MennoMedia and Herald Press for the purposes of this review. All thoughts are mine and mine alone and no other compensation was received.

I don’t know about you, but I need a devotional that is short and to the point. I’m a busy mom between having three busy girls, homeschooling, home keeping, starting a homestead, being a wife and working part time. While I would love to have time for uninterrupted study, it just isn’t going to happen during this season of my life.

I was glad to review Faith Sommers’ book, Prayers For a Simple Life. Each devotion is about a page long, it isn’t full of fluff and it each day brings points to ponder. Taking you to look at the attributes of God, growing closer to God, to dealing with stressors and service, she cuts to the chase and has great points to ponder for during your day. This book is designed to be done daily, for thirteen weeks.

I appreciated Faith’s view, even though I’m not a Mennonite myself. I do lean towards the very conservative side and have a lot of similar leanings. However, this book should appeal to a broad range of denominations. It isn’t strictly for those of the Anabaptist heritage. I do like the fact that she addresses a lot of the commonly asked questions regarding being a Mennonite in a portion of the book.

Mrs. Sommers’ writing style is easy to read and to relate to. At times it seems like you are just having a conversation together over a cup of tea. And that is something I really appreciate.

I’m Home

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Dec 212015
 

Life sure takes many twists and turns in life it seems.

We’re finally nearly all settled in our new home. Never, in a million years would i have dreamed we could be settled on nearly three and a half acres in a house about twice the size we were crammed in. We have room to live without tripping over each other. The house isn’t crammed full of items that have literally no place to go.

I have an actual laundry/mud room now.

I can send the girls outside to play without worrying about who might have just moved into the rent by the week apartments next door or police chases through the alley. Or having federal snipers the next block over along with a full blockade trying to take in a guy on federal warrants. Now our excitement consists of watching one neighbor’s baby goats frolic in the pasture. The neighbor’s across the lane have a horse that loves getting pet. Then there was the evening they had friends picking up a horse they were horse-sitting and the yearling they brought along to get used to the trailer got out and ran off.

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Right now, the girls are outside blowing bubbles, pretending it is snowing. Hubby got an unexpected day of and he is out cutting down a locust tree. I’m thinking of using the thorns to make crown of thorns for Easter. We have a lot of locust trees to take down. I’m supposed to be making the menu and grocery list for Christmas.

I can’t wait for spring. I’m planning my future poultry order. Can’t wait for fresh eggs and meat. We’re considering a few goats of our own. And i need to research beekeeping. We’re going to slowly build a good vegetable garden.

This is the first home I’ve lived in for a good twenty years, where i feel like I’m at home. At least my temporary earthly home. But this feeling of being where I belong is wonderful. I’ve not felt at home in any of the places I’ve lived in many, many years. I feel welcome and safe in my own house. Peace and contentment floods me everyday here.

Merry Christmas from Created for Home and Kairos Acres and Academy. May your season be blessed as ours is.

A Thousand Shall Fall, A Litfuse Review

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Dec 102015
 

A Thousand Shall Fall—A Litfuse Book Review

I was given the book A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar as a member of Litfuse for the purposes of this review, all opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

PLEASE!!!!!!!! Please don’t make me wait another year for the sequel!!!!!! How’s that for a review?
If you enjoy historical fiction, specifically historical fiction set in the American Civil War era, you should really like this book. It is like you are along with Carrie Ann she sets off to search for her wayward sister or die trying. Anything is better than staying where she is, basically an indentured servant at the inn, under the thumb of a mentally unstable mother, and a sister who pawns her duties off on her. Until she gets stuck in the middle of a battle. Literally. She’s finally rescued by none other than Colonel Peyton Collier of the Union Army. Oh, that’s right. Carrie Ann’s family (well, all but her and her missing father) and most if not all of the people in her region are southern sympathizers.

Carrie Ann is on a mission. She won’t let a little thing like the Union Army stop her from her task. However, Colonel Collier may have other plans. Does he get in over his head with trying to help Carrie out? What happens when a man from Carrie’s past arrives, and he isn’t what he seems? Will Carrie Ann find her sister and be able to return home?

I seriously absolutely loved this book. I stayed up way past my bedtime after my nursling went to sleep to read it. The choice of syntax and grammar reflect the time period. Carrie Ann isn’t a weak southern belle by any stretch of the imagination. The scenes were alive to me. It was wonderful. I am so saddened by the fact that I will have to wait a year for the sequel.

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God Made All of Me- Book Review

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Sep 242015
 

I received a copy of God Made All of Me through Litfuse in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, and no other compensation was received.

Sexual abuse is unfortunately an issue in our world. The statistics are very high that you or someone you love has been or will be sexually abused during their lifetime. Something has got to change those numbers. 1443149281811-676180443

This book may help you to protect your children.

In God Made All of Me by Justin and Lyndsey Holcomb, your child learns that it is OK to say no about being touched on ways they don’t want like a hug from Grandma, to reporting someone trying to touch them sexually. The book is written in a story form of parents having the safe touch/bad touch talk with their children. Proper terms for body parts are used. This book is a good springboard for parents to teach their children what is and isn’t ok for others to do to them and to give children body autonomy.

The illustrations are bright and simple. They aren’t very complex. And no private areas are illustrated. Children are seen in bathing suits to show that those areas are private parts, and the girl is in a two peice for illustrative purposes.

This is a great book for parents of preschool and early elementary aged children. I just wish there was a book for girls and a separate book for boys.