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.

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.

To see what others thought of this book, go visit the LITFUSE BLOG

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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.

Aug 282015
 

readyd tanSo much has happened in the last many, many months.

Our neighborhood has gone downhill rapidly. Drug busts are becoming commonplace, random fires, police foot chases through my backyard…This summer it got crazy. Too crazy. So HubbaHubba and I decided it was time to seriously start looking for a new place to live. We’ve lived here for 7 and a half years. After a good month of looking, searching online and talking with our Realtor, we found the perfect place. Kind of out in the country. We found a terrific deal on just under 4 acres on a quiet country lane. We close two weeks from today. And we can’t be more excited. Now to finish packing (quite the adventure with a very mobile 10 month old) and getting ready for the move. We want the move to go swiftly so hopefully this house can be emptied, the necessary repainting done and on the market asap.

Anyone in the market for an investment property? I’ve got a house we can let go of for a bargain…Word of advice, don’t just buy a house to get out of renting, don’t settle on a house to get out of renting, and really research the neighborhood…And if for any reason, you get a hitch in your spirit about said house you are considering, listen to it. We have learned our lesson over this many times over in the last seven years. We should have been more patient. We should have heeded the signs that maybe this wasn’t the right decision to have made.

But we can’t be more excited over moving in two weeks. I have a countdown timer going on my phone. With just under 4 acres, we are planning on having a running homestead eventually. First we are moving in, then this winter we hope to finish off the chicken coop. It currently doesn’t have a door. In the spring, we plan on chickens. I am wanting Marans and Americaunas for sure. The Bigs are begging for a pet pig. After we get the chickens up and running, in two or three years, I’m debating between dairy goats or honey bees. I’m not totally sure I want to mess with both nor if I would have room for both. I’m also thinking of raising composting worms to sell for composting and as bait. Our property is fairly close to a campground and several fishing holes.

So, as I ease my way back into writing regularly, I’ll be adding the topics of homesteading and chickens to things to discuss along with homeschooling, hopefully reviewing things again for you all and the random topic that I feel needs to be discussed.

Thanks for bearing with me during the craziness of being pregnant and the postpartum period.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go scrounge lunch before I go clean out the fridge. We have a Bountiful Baskets pick up tonight and I need room in my fridge for the ten pounds of plums I bought…Along with the regular basket of produce…YUM! And my fridge is disgusting. And I want it clean for when we move it. It’s going along with.