Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving and a winner!

Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends.  We are blessed and have much to be thankful for.  I'll be working, but am thankful to have a job, and one that I enjoy!

I also have to share a winner for the ESV Men's Devotional Bible.  There were 15 entries.  I used my usual random number generator, and the winner is:


The winner is Nick Battjes!  I have to disclose that Nick is my nephew, but in case this looks suspicious I have to tell you that my 2 sisters and a niece were also among the 15 entries, and they didn't win.  Nick just commented at the right time.  :)
Congratulations Nick - I hope you enjoy the Bible as much as Uncle Bob does!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Welcome, Winter


We've had a wonderful Fall.  Last year by this time we had 29 inches of snow.  This year we've had 6 days in November, that the temperature made it to 60 or above, and not a bit of snow!
I think that's done now.  Winter arrived on Saturday.  There was snow on the ground when we got up and it snowed all day.
It was a beautiful snow, the type that clings to everything  and makes the countryside look like a fairy tale.  It was a reminder of the many ways God blesses us, giving us such beauty to enjoy!

I'm going to be taking a short blogging break.  I have some projects that I need to be working on, and not enough time to do it!   I will post the winner for the Men's Devotional Bible on Wednesday, but otherwise will be missing for a little bit.  Hopefully I'll make good progress and will be back soon!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Mercy Me CD winner!

It's time to announce the Mercy Me Christmas Album winner, but before I announce the winner, I have to apologize!  I planned to draw a winner and post it on Thursday evening.  However, we ended up having both of our granddaughter overnight and I completely forgot!  Those of you with young kids know that even if I had remembered, I probably wouldn't have had time.  Hopefully you will all forgive me!   :)
There were 31 comments on the post, but there were some duplicate entries and a deleted post. That left 28 entries.  I numbered the valid entries and put them in the random number generator.

The winner is Phoebe, from Phoebe's World.  Congratulations Phoebe!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. E-mail me your address and it will be sent to you.

If you didn't win, you really need to go to Pizza Ranch and pick this one up, for only $5! It's also available on Amazon for $10.99.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Another giveaway!

I was given the opportunity to review a new ESV Men's Devotional Bible, published by Crossway.  I was interested, because our church just changed from the NSV version to the ESV.  Bob was also interested in checking it out.

It's a very nice, hard cover Bible....   but what's inside is more important!
Here's what the publishers say about this Bible:
" Our world presents daily distractions that can easily displace Christ as the center of a man's heart and life.  The goal of the ESV Men's Devotional Bible is to strengthen and encourage men through the life-giving Word of God and sound devotional content aimed at nurturing godliness.  With 365 theologically rich and gospel-centered devotions drawn directly from the Bible, this all-new resource was created under the editorial oversight of Dr. Sam Storms with contributions from over fifty Christian leaders.  Introductions orient men to each book of the Bible, exploring its unique contribution to a man's walk with God.  Thoughtful and instructive articles address the importance of sound doctrine, life in the local church, leadership, the heart, calling, and a host of other relevant issues for today.  The Men's Devotional Bible will strengthen men in their walk with Christ, helping them apply the gospel and the truths of God's Word in their homes, churches, and workplaces."

Bob and I have both enjoyed using the ESV version. This Bible is printed in an 8.5 font and is easy to read. Throughout the Bible are devotionals that can be read on their own, but can also be read along with the book of the Bible you are currently reading. Bob said he really appreciates the way these devotionals help you apply the reading to your life, and he highly recommends this Bible.  (It would make a great Christmas gift!)

- 365 brand-new devotions
- Brand new book introductions
- 14 brand-new articles
- Dictionary of key terms
- Ribbon marker
- Smyth-sewn binding
- Lifetime guarantee on TruTone edition
- Packaging: slipcase (TruTone), L-card (HC), permanent slipcase (Cloth over Board) 

Retail Price: $34.99

For more information check out these links:
ESV Men's Devotional Bible by Crossway Publishers.
You can purchase this Bible through Amazon.

You also have the chance to win it here!  The nice folks at Crossway and Flyby promotions have offered a copy for one of my readers. To sign up, all you have to do is leave a comment.  Make sure I have a way to contact you, if you are the winner!  I'll be drawing a winner and posting it on Wednesday.
*Giveaway is open to US and Canada only.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Cooking Thursday

It's getting colder here and we have a snow storm predicted for this weekend.  That means it's soup time!  The recipe I'm sharing is for potato soup and it's a very easy version - you don't even have to peel potatoes!

Crock Pot  Loaded Baked Potato Soup 

1 30oz. bag of frozen diced hash browns
1 32 oz box of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup (10 oz)
1 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz, not fat free)
3 oz bacon bits
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste 

Put the hash browns in the crockpot. Add in the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and half of the bacon bits. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until potatoes are tender.
An hour before serving, cut the cream cheese into small cubes. Place the cubes in the crock pot. Mix a few times throughout the hour before serving.
Once the cream cheese is completely mixed in, it's ready to serve.
Top with cheddar cheese and some additional bacon bits.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

The 12 Days of Christmas Adventure

My friend, Marianne Ball from Adventures in the Ballpark, has written a book called 'The 12 Days of Christmas Adventure'.   She asked me to read and review it, and I'm sharing it with you.
The idea for this book started over 20 years ago when someone gifted her family with a pear and a note inviting them to the 12 days of Christmas.  Small gifts arrived on the doorstep from the same anonymous giver for the next 11 days.  The Ball's loved this idea and started their own family tradition of choosing an individual or family that they thought would appreciate some extra Christmas cheer and doing the 12 days with them
After doing this for many years, Marianne decided to share the fun!  In this book, she goes through each of the 12 days and gives different ideas for each phrase, including gifts, crafts and even recipes.  She shares things that can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be.  The main idea is to brighten someones Christmas season.  Of course, you will have a great time in doing this, therefore brightening your own Christmas!
I thought the book was great, full of good ideas, and a fun way to spread joy during the Christmas season.
You can find this book at Smashwords or Barnes and Noble.
Thanks Marianne, for the chance to read this!