Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving. I pray you have a wonderful time with family and friends.

Thanksgiving Tradition for the Kids



Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving tradition in your home? For me a tradition is in the form of reading a book, "Cranberry Thanksgiving" by Wende and Harry Devlin. 

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We love reading this wonderful fun filled story every Thanksgiving. It's a wonderful story that is delightfully fun with a bit of humor. This teaches a valuable lesson about not judging a person by the outward appearance. Being gracious to share with others who don't have any family or are just far away from family.

I enjoy making the recipe included in the book also. My kids unfortunately are not fond of cranberries but, they enjoy baking the bread. You can substitute the cranberries for raisins, which my kids only like raisins by themselves.

Grandmother's Famous Cranberry Bread

 2 cups flour, sifted
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon orange rind, grated
3/4 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cups raisins, we don't use raisins (optional)
2 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped

Directions:

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda together.
Cut in 1/4 cup butter until mixture is crumbly.
Add egg, orange peel, and orange juice and mix until mixture is evenly moist.

Fold in raisins and cranberries. Spoon into a greased 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan.

Bake at 350°F for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean.

Cool out of pan on a wire rack. Keep stored in aluminum foil.

Enjoy! What tradition do you have in your home during Thanksgiving?


Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Dream of Home by Amy Clipston Book Review



 A Dream of Home
When she moves to Amish country to find peace and healing, Madeleine finds a special community—and a special man—who pull her out of her solitude into a new life.

Moving to Pennsylvania wasn’t in Madeleine’s original plans. She should still be in California and should have married her pilot fiancĂ© a year ago—but death has a way of changing everything. Now the former Air Force flight nurse is living alone in Paradise, Pennsylvania, and working as a maid at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. She isn’t exactly a widow . . . but she sure feels like one.

Saul Beiler isn’t exactly a widower . . . but his wife is long gone. His six-year-old daughter, Emma, doesn’t know that her mother fled the Amish community—and married another man—but she does know that her dat is lonely, and that a pretty young maedel just moved in next door. Madeline’s numb heart begins to thaw as she spends more time with the innocent and ever optimistic Emma. The stronger her friendship grows with the young girl, the more intrigued Madeline grows about the humble, strong, man raising her on his own.

But even as a strange attraction pulls Saul and Madeleine across a stark cultural divide, they—and everybody else—have to wonder: What could they possibly have in common besides heartache? Will love allow Madeleine to finally find the home she’s been dreaming of all along?

About the Author

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats.

My Thoughts:

This is the Third book in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series. It could easily be a stand-alone novel if you haven’t read the last two books in the series.

I have enjoyed Amy Clipston’s books she has a unique style among the Amish fiction writers. I like the variety and style that each author offers.

One of the main characters is Madeline who is an Englisher in an Amish community. Maddie inherited her grandmother’s house in which she has very fond memories of from when she was a child. Her mother left the Amish community.

Then there is Saul and his precious daughter Emma. Both are struggling emotionally without a wife and mother around. Saul is afraid that his daughter might leave the community.

I loved the family tree in the front of the book it really helped to put together all the characters. This was a very nice touch to add to a novel and I hope to see more family trees added in future novels so I can keep it all together. I love how Amy Clipston has many twist and turns woven within the pages of this book.

I look forward the next book in this series.  

Disclosure of Material Connection: BookLook Bloggers-Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me this Book free as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have or my own.

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