Friday, December 19, 2014

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 207!

We had our memeversary last week, and the winner is, Sherry@fundimental! Congrats to her!

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.


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My shoulders were all rolled forward and my arms just dangled there, hanging as low as they could go.
Slow as a slug, I made my way to the next room, never taking my droopy eyes off Mama and Daddy and my troublemaking Memaw's back.











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Thursday, December 18, 2014

#Recipe: Traditional Shortbread

These wonderful treats remind me of my British heritage, and eating them during the holiday season. As long as you follow the recipe exact, they will be the most perfect, delicious shortbread ever!
Traditional Shortbread
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar

METHOD
In a bowl using a wooden spoon, beat together butter, icing sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy; stir in flour just until combined.
Press dough into a parchment paper lined 9 inch square cake pan. Using the palm of your hand, flatten to make a smooth, even surface. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Using a sharp knife, score the surface of the dough into 24 rectangles; prick with a fork a few times and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 300F (150C).
Bake until firm and pale golden, about 55 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Cut through score lines and let completely cool.


**NOTE**
Keep in airtight container for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

#92: An Amish Second Christmas - Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid & Tricia Goyer

Celebrate Second Christmas, a treasured, lighthearted time of community, with four Amish romances. 
“When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth Wiseman
Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine  begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store. 
“Her Christmas Pen Pal” by Ruth Reid
Joy was expecting a wedding proposal from Henry; what she got instead was news of another woman. But when her heartfelt letter to a cousin ends up in the hands of a young cabinetmaker, an unexpected correspondence between two strangers gets interesting fast.
“A Gift for Anne Marie” by Kathleen Fuller
Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago. But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins. 
“The Christmas Aprons” by Tricia Goyer
Vanilla crumb pie has been Esther’s mem’s calling card for decades. But when Esther finally gets her hands on the secret recipe, she discovers that vanilla crumb pie is more than just dessert . . . it’s bachelor bait.

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 7, 2014)
  • ISBN: 9781401689810



AUTHOR BIOS:
Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's The Promise is inspired by a true story. Website: www.bethwiseman.com Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman


Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, The Mysteries of Middlefield. Website: www.kathleenfuller.com Twitter: @TheKatJam 


Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children. Facebook: Author-Ruth-Reid Twitter: @authorruthreid


USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband John live in Little Rock, Arkansas where John works for FamilyLife. They have six children. Twitter: @triciagoyer Facebook: authortriciagoyer


REVIEW:
When Christmas Comes Again by Beth Wiseman, though small in words, packed a big punch. I was laughing, enamored by James, and even shed a tear or two. Great storytelling to get you into the spirit of what Christmas is all about.
Her Christmas Pen Pal by Ruth Reid, was such a cute story. I was wondering if the pen pals were ever going to come together and am glad I got the answer. Once I learned about the characters, the story happened exactly as I hoped it would go.
A Gift For Anne Marie by Kathleen Fuller, is a super sweet story. I'm glad everything worked itself out in this story. Though I now realize the story was another way of showing that God has a plan for us all. I admit, I was worried it wouldn't turn out as it did, but gladly, I worried for nothing. I think Anne Marie and Nathaniel were meant to be and even they knew they would end up together eventually.
The Christmas Aprons by Tricia Goyer, was sweet as pie! Esther and Ammon are the cutest couple ever. Right from the start, everyone, reader included, knows it is meant to be. The reader, the writer, the characters, the story, have symmetry. They flow together perfectly. The messages of faith and love are strongest in this story. Throughout it made me smile often. I love the meaning behind the apron. As I wear mine, it will carry more meaning.

Overall, I love this whole collection of stories. My favorite was When Christmas Comes Again though. It made me cry, that's big. I can't wait to try the recipes in the back of the book too. My mouth is watering over the 'Vanilla Crumb Pie' one... MMM.


4/5


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