Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Craving Donuts?? Try these!

Did you miss this recipe the first time around??

I'm craving donuts today, so I thought I'd better share these delicious Doughnut (Hole) Muffins with you again!

They're (almost) healthy! Well, at least healthier than something you could pick up at the DD drive-thru and, in my opinion, better tasting!!

They're quick and easy, too! So, go get the recipe HERE!

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Threads of Hope by Andrea Boeshaar

Today's featured author from FIRST is Andrea Boeshaar and her book, Threads of Hope.

Kristin Eikaas has her hopes set on a new life in America.

The year is 1848, and Kristin Eikaas has traveled from Norway to Wisconsin with dreams of a new life. But when she arrives, she finds one disappointment after another. Worse, her superstitious uncle now believes that his neighbor’s Oneida Indian wife has put a curse on Kristin. Everyone knows the Sundbergs put spells on people…

Everyone except Kristin. Her run-ins with Sam Sundberg only prove that he is a good man from a Christian family. But when her uncle discovers she’s been associating with Sam, his temper flares. To escape his wrath, Kristin gratefully accepts a job as the Sundbergs’ house girl, finding solace at the family’s spinning wheel.

In the time Sam and Kristin spend together, their friendship develops into much more, and Sam prays about a match between them. But opposition threatens to derail their newfound love. Will they have the courage to stand up for what is right—even against their own families?

So many people came to America with its promise of a vastly better life,

Monday, January 30, 2012

Bread Machine Bagels

Homemade bagels? Really? Yes!

Bagels really aren't any more difficult to make than dinner rolls, especially when you've got a bread machine! Bagels just have the extra step of boiling in water before baking which helps gives them their trademark chewy crust.

Our favorite way to make these is to add 2-3 teaspoons of onion powder into the dry ingredients and then, just before baking, brush the shaped tops with an egg white and minced dried onion (that you rehydrate in just a bit of water). Mmmm!

So, are you ready to start?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey

It is August 1944 and Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country, stealing countless pieces of art. Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all, the Mona Lisa, as a post-war bargaining chip to get him to South America. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue DaVinci's masterpiece before it falls into German hands?

With nonstop action, Chasing Mona Lisa is sure to get readers' adrenaline pumping as they join the chase to save the most famous painting in the world. From war-ravaged Paris to a posh country chateau, the race is on--and the runners are playing for keeps.

Read an excerpt, watch a video and find out more HERE.

I have always loved stories set in WWII. The exciting fictional tales are often soundly based on the true horror, intrigue, and countless nameless heroes of that time. As much as I love the suspense

Monday, January 16, 2012

A Mile in His Shoes DVD Review and GIVEAWAY!

Looking for a movie the whole family can watch? A Mile in His Shoes fits the bill.

Mickey, a young man diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (a form of autism), is discovered by a minor league baseball coach and offered a spot on the team. His parents reluctantly agree and Mickey is thrust into a world of new, and sometimes frightening, experiences.

Jealous teammate Lefty causes trouble for Mickey, but the boy's spirit is not broken. Despite the obstacles, Mickey's determination becomes an inspiration for his whole team, and even his gruff and skeptical father.

The PG rating

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Memories WINNER and a FREEBIE!

*EDIT* I had to draw another winner, as the first one never answered my email!*

Congratulations to RaettigFamily, the winner of the digital scrapbooking software, My Memories Suite! I am really impressed with the program and hope you'll have a great time with it!

For the rest of you, I've got a beautiful freebie from My Memories to share! It's two beautiful quick pages that you can use! Click HERE to download!

My Memories is very affordable, but you can get an additional $10 off (plus a $10 gift certificate to be used at the store) when you type STMMMS7975 into the promo code box at checkout! Click on the banner below to order today!

Thank you again to Liz at My Memories for sharing this powerful program with my readers!

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Monday, January 2, 2012

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen

This week, CFBA is introducing The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen.


Pampered Margaret Macy flees London in disguise to escape pressure to marry a dishonorable man. With no money and nowhere else to go, she takes a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his dashing brother. Praying no one will recognize her, Margaret fumbles through the first real work of her life. If she can last until her next birthday, she will gain an inheritance from a spinster aunt--and sweet independence. But can she remain hidden as a servant even when prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall?

Observing both brothers as an "invisible" servant, Margaret learns she may have misjudged Nathaniel. Is it too late to rekindle his admiration? And when one of the family is nearly killed, Margaret alone discovers who was responsible. Should she come forward, even at the risk of her reputation and perhaps her life? And can she avoid an obvious trap meant to force her from hiding?

On her journey from wellborn lady to servant to uncertain future, Margaret must learn to look past appearances and find the true meaning of "serve one another in love."

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