Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Sweets ~ Scotcheroos



Everyone loves the classic Rice Krispie Treats, but here's a "grown up" version you might like.


INGREDIENTS

1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups rice krispie cereal
1 package (6 oz., 1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 cup butterscotch chips

DIRECTIONS
1. Place corn syrup and sugar into 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter. Mix well. Add cereal. Stir until well coated. Press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Set aside.



2. Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread evenly over cereal mixture. Let stand until firm. Cut into 2 x 1-inch bars when cool.




Enjoy!

Alicia


Monday, December 8, 2014

Susie's Hope ~ A Review and Giveaway

In case you didn't already know, we are animal lovers. I have no doubt that some day we will be living in the country with all sorts of animals. When the opportunity to watch and review Susie's Hope came in my email, I couldn't resist. 



Susie's Hope is the story of Susie, a pit-bull mix puppy, and Donna Lawrence, who live in North Carolina.

Donna had been attacked in 2008 by the dog a neighbor left behind when she was trying to feed it. Susie, had been beaten, burned and left for dead. 

Donna and Susie Photo courtesy of susieshope.com


Susie was just 8 weeks old when she licked the baby of her owner. In response he beat and burned her, then threw her in a park to die. For nearly two weeks she laid under a bush. When she was found, she was close to death, nearly 60% of her little body was burned, teeth knocked out, her little ears burned to nubs. Somehow she survived though and was found by a passerby in the park. 

This is where Donna comes in. A friend of Donna's volunteered at the shelter and told Donna she needed to meet this little puppy. And despite what had happened to her, it was love at first sight. Donna began volunteering just so she could sit and watch over Susie. She decided if Susie could still love humans after what had been done to her, then she could heal too.

Donna spent time with Susie at her foster home, would take her home on weekends and eventually adopted Susie, giving her the permanent, and most of all, loving home she so desperately needed and wanted.

The person who committed that horrific crime against Susie was eventually tracked down and arrested, but justice would not be served, he pretty much got a slap on the hand and released on probation.

So Donna and her friends started educating themselves on the laws in North Carolina. After gaining the backing of politicians and citizens, Susie's Law was passed on June 16, 2010. Determining that anyone who tortures, staves or kills and animal could face jail time.

The Movie

The movie stars Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights) and Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender's Game, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Saga; Part 2).

Photo courtesy of susieshope.com
My kids and I watched the movie together, and although they understood what was going on, they also were visibly upset by some of the more graphic scenes. If your children are under the age of probably 12, I wouldn't let them watch this movie.

And now, for the giveaway!

It's an easy one, just post a comment!


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Blessings!

Alicia

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Treats - Sunday Sweets ~ Date Roll

Dates, nuts, graham cracker crumbs and marshmallows make up this yummy holiday dessert.  It doesn't usually last long around my house.  It's a good one for when company stops by. My grandma passed this recipe on to me, like most of my recipes, and it's one of my holiday favorites. I hope you'll enjoy it too!






 Date Roll

1/2 lb dates, cut fine (The trick to this is dipping your scissors in water as you cut)
1/2 lb. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 lb. mini marshmallows
3/4 c. chopped nuts
Approx. 1 cup half and half or heavy cream

Put dates and half of the crumbs in bowl, mix.  Add marshmallows and nuts, mix well. Add half and half or cream slowly, mixing to moisten.  Add just enough to moisten well. Shape into a log, 3" in diameter.  Turn over and over in remaining crumbs.  Easy way is to lay crumbs on a sheet of wax paper, then roll log in the crumbs.  Wrap the wax paper around the date roll and chill.

Yummy when sliced and topped with whipped cream!

Enjoy!

Blessings!

Alicia

Friday, December 5, 2014

Motherless by Erin Healy ~ Book Review

{aff links}

 When I was contacted about reviewing Motherless by Erin Healy, I read the short description and thought "This looks like a good one".  I had no idea of the ride I was in for.

It had been a long time since I'd read a book in one day. But that's exactly what I did with this book. I literally could not put it down, it's THAT good.





Motherless is the story of Garrett Becker, his two children Marina and Dylan, although they're not really children anymore, they're 20 and almost 17, and the mystery surrounding the death of his wife 17 years before. The two young adults are trying to solve that mystery. They'd been told that she had committed suicide, yet they are finding it might have been something else.

The story is told from the point of view of a person who believes they have died. We're following them from place to place and reliving everything that's happened, eavesdropping on the lives of Marina and Dylan, wishing they could get through to them and let them know what's coming.

We feel the angst of the storyteller as they relive the lies they told to protect the kids. We meet Sara, Misty's cousin, who hadn't seen Misty for quite some time before she died, then blames herself for Misty's death.

I won't spoil the plot for you, but if you enjoy a story with lots of twists and turns, then check out Motherless by Erin Healy.




Erin writes supernatural suspense novels with a curiosity about what it means to be a spiritual creation in a physical world. Her books invite readers into the thin places where God’s mysteries touch human realities and change us forever.

Erin Healy is the bestselling co-author of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning fiction editor for numerous bestselling authors. Erin is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development, and she is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Academy of Christian Editors. Her novels include such thrilling stories as Never Let You Go, The Baker’s Wife, and Stranger Things. She lives with her family in Colorado.

You can find the book here.




*Disclaimer - I received a copy of this book to read and review in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

Blassings!

Alicia

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bible Amigos - Jonah and The Bear ~ A Children's Book Review

We recently received this adorable children's book that shows kids how they can be happy when following God's call to share.



Walla (the koala), Donk (the donkey) and Edge (the hedgehog), carry God's love and direction wherever they go in their flying Bible. Written for kid's ages 3 to 7, The Bible Amigos Jonah and The Bear, shows your children how they can obey God's call the share and be happy they obeyed!

The story starts with Wall and Edge raking leaves. Donk rolls in, literally, with the harvest of pumpkins. Edge is grumbling about the amount of leaves they have to rake.


Suddenly, the wind picks up and their flying Bible arrives to take them on another adventure! 




As they fly off, they cheer "Bible Amigos, go, go, go!"

Soon they land in a field, they know there is someone they are supposed to help, but don't know who. Until Donk comes across a little bear, Bear Junior, sitting atop a tower of toys in a boat that is slowly sinking.

"You're a bear who won't share in a boat that won't float?"

He's in that predicament because he doesn't want to share his toys with his new neighbors. After hearing his story, Donk, Walla and Edge share the story of Jonah with Bear Junior.

He realizes that he was not obeying God's call the share. He prays to God apologizing and no sooner is he finished when he is rescued from the boat by a whale!

Saved from the sinking boat and learning a valuable lesson, Bear Junior calls his new neighbors over the share his toys with them. He find something new in the pile, a new Bible. As the Bible Amigos fly away, he waves and whispers, "Thank you, I will share this too."


Whenever my children find themselves having a tough time sharing, we read this book. While they aren't quite sharing all the time, I'm definitely noticing a difference!

You can purchase this book from the following retailer. (aff link)


*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book to read and review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are that of myself and my children.

Blessings,

Alicia

Sunday, November 30, 2014

One Less. One More. ~ Book Review

Have you ever picked up a book expecting it to be one thing and it turns out to be just what you needed to read at the time? I recently received this book to review and give my opinion. (aff links below)

That's what I found with One Less. One More. by Robbie Vorhaus



If you've read any of my posts, or we are friends on FB, you will already know that my husband and I have 11 years sobriety. One of the many sayings we learned during our first years was "Nothing changes if nothing changes."

Image courtesy of vorhaus.com

But in this book, Robbie teaches that everything changes when you choose to follow your heart, do what you love and pursue your deepest dreams and desires.

When I picked up the book, I read Robbie's story. Talk about enlightening! It's not often an author gives such a background story and insight to their life and why they write the book.

First, you have to start. Not tomorrow or the next day, but now. Then every day choose one negative, resistant or bad feeling, thought or action and make the conscious decision to let it go. 

One Less.

Also, on a daily basis, you will listen to your hearts calling and choose one positive or good feeling, thought or action and embrace it.

One More.

Each day you will follow the 7 steps, without fail.


I'm not usually one for marking in books, but this book has SO much in it that resonated with me that I found myself breaking that rule.

I'm not going to ruin it for you by detailing the entire book, I just urge you to purchase it and READ it. Then if it helps you, pass it on to someone you know that you think it could help.

You can find the book directly the following retailers:




*Disclaimer - I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. Opinions within are my own.

Blessings!

Alicia

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It's That Time Again ~ Black Friday Savings

It's that time of year again, time for all the Black Friday sales, the hustle and bustle of people getting Christmas shopping done.  I thought I'd share some AWESOME deals with you! (affiliate links - when you make a purchase using these links, you are helping our family, and we thank you!)










Discover the world of Peekapak where the magic of storytelling is combined with the excitement of hands-on crafts! 






If you're looking for gifts for the ladies, both young and old, in your life, please check out Lilla Rose. The Lilla Rose product line centers around unique, functional, and well made hair jewelry. From our flagship Flexi Hair Clip, we have expanded to Hair Sticks, the Flexi Oh!,Hairbands, and Bobby Pins. From there we rounded the line out with complimentarily designed You-Pins, and Badge Clips.









If Amazon is your thing, we'd appreciate it if you'd use the link below to do your shopping!


2014 Black Friday Sale BIP




To you and yours, a very Happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping!
Alicia

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