Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Teaser Tuesday ~ A Penny for Your Thoughts ~ 8/4/15

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. 
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My teaser for this week is from:

809894
 

~She began growing hysterical, but I took her face in my hands and told her sternly to calm down.  That seemed to surprise her enough to swallow back the rest of her sobs and stare at me with frightened eyes.~

Page 72
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Happy Teaser Tuesday!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Make it Monday ~ Bree's Afghan ~ 8/3/15


 
 
Kaylee's friend, Bree, went to the cabin with us in the beginning of July.  As I mentioned, Beaches also went with us and spent its time on the couch.  When I asked Bree if she would like me to make her an afghan, she got so excited!
 
She immediately knew what colors she wanted:
 

Below is the start of the afghan.  I'm making it in granny stripes just like Beaches.  It has grown a bit since I took this picture.

 
I should have it done before too, too long.  I'll make sure to show it to you when it is complete!
 
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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Songs on Sunday ~ Exhale ~ 8/2/15

 
Yet another new-to-me song!  Have you heard this one before?
 
I love the visualization of breathing in grace.  And then exhale.
 
So calming.
 


Exhale

It's okay to not be okay
This is a safe place
This is a safe place
Don't be afraid
Don't be ashamed
There's still hope here
There's still hope here
No matter what you've done or who you are
Everyone is welcome His arms
Just let go let His love wrap around you
And hold you close
Get lost in the surrender
Breathe it in until your heart breaks
Then exhale
Exhale
Spirit come tear down the walls
That only You can
That only You can
Reconcile this heart to Yours
Right now God
Right now
Just let go let His love wrap around you
And hold you close
Get lost in the surrender
Breathe it in until your heart breaks
Then exhale
Exhale
Oh God We breathe in your grace
We breathe in your grace
And exhale
Oh God we do not exist for us
But to share Your grace and love
And exhale
Oh God We breathe in your grace
We breathe in your grace
And exhale
Oh God we do not exist for us
But to share Your grace and love
And exhale
Just let go let His love wrap around you
And hold you close
Get lost in the surrender
Breathe it in until your heart breaks
Then exhale
Exhale
Exhale
Exhale
Exhale

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Book Review~ Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney ~ 8/1/15

Dying to Read (The Cate Kinkaid Files, #1)


Blurb:

Cate Kinkaid is just dipping her toe into the world of private investigating until one of the many resumes she has floating around lands her a real job. All she has to do is determine that a particular woman lives at a particular address. Simple, right? When the big and brooding house happens to contain a dead body, this routine PI job turns out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?
 
My Thoughts:

As I've mentioned on the blog before, I've been in a MAJOR reading slump.  I asked a facebook group I belong to for suggestions on how to get out of a slump.  One of the repeated pieces of advice was to read a new genre.  So, mystery it was!

I had read some books by Lorena McCourtney before and enjoyed them.  I thought the blurb looked interesting so I settled in before bed to start reading.

Guess what?  I feel like I"m out of my slump!

This book was so entertaining!  I loved Cate Kinkaid's character and the PI aspect.  I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and can honestly say that I didn't have it figured out at all :)  And, there was just enough hint of romance to make it interesting on that front as well.

I've already been looking at buying book 2 and 3 of the Cate Kinkaid Files series but I have so many other books on my shelf to read before I start buying.  These will be at the top of the list though :)

 
Happy Reading!


Saturday 9 ~ Heartbeat Song ~ 8/1/15




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Listen to the song HERE.

 1) Kelly Clarkson is singing an upbeat song about falling in love. Think of your favorite love song. Is it about finding love or losing it?
 
Finding it.

2) This song was co-written by Kara DioGuardi, who was a judge on American Idol. Kelly was, of course, the first American Idol. Do you watch Idol, The Voice, or America's Got Talent?
I used to watch Idol but stopped a few years ago.  My hubby and I watch the Voice and AGT.


3) In this video, Kelly is blonde. Clairol based a famous ad campaign around the assertion that "blondes have more fun." Tell us another commercial catchphrase (it can be for any product at all).

Be all that you can be.

 4) As a young girl, Kelly wanted to be a marine biologist. She jokes that she changed her mind after seeing Jaws. Tell us about a movie that really scared you.
I absolutely refuse to watch scary movies!  No way!


5) Kelly is very involved with NASCAR, performing at pre-race concerts and appearing at their Champions' Breakfast. Are you a race fan?
I used to be big NASCAR fan and even went to a race.  But then I got married and had kids...

 6) Kelly is married to Brandon Blackstock, stepson of country superstar Reba McEntire. Are you a country music fan?
I'm listening to country music right now!

 7) The Blackstocks have a baby girl, River Rose. In May, the family visited an Australian wildlife preserve and introduced her to koalas and kangaroos. Have you visited the zoo this year?
Not this year.  My cousins went to the Pittsburgh Zoo last weekend.  Wish we would have gone along :(


 8) Upon learning that she was getting criticized on Twitter for being "big," Kelly responded, "Say what you will. It's a free world. It doesn't bother me." How about you? Do you worry what other people think of you?
I'll admit it.  Yes.  But I worry more over what I think of myself.  Does that make sense?


 9) She bid over $200,000 and won a ring that had once belonged to Jane Austen. (She doesn't have the ring, though; the British government banned its sale because it's a historic artifact and Kelly's money was returned.) She also has a first edition of one of Austen's novels. Who is your all-time favorite writer?
Jane Austen!  I didn't know Kelly was a fan!

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Tea Time ~ 7/31/15



Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things that made me smile this week :)

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~As promised, here is Laken with her new glasses!  My baby is growing up :)


~I started reading a book!  I don't know how long it has been since I sunk my teeth in a good book :)

Dying to Read (The Cate Kinkaid Files, #1)
 
~I started a new crochet project!  African flowers :)
 


~My mom bought me a new cookbook!  I love looking through them and making lists of recipes I want to try :)


~I got my Subaru back from the Collision Center!  Looks brand new :)

How's your week been?

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

In the Kitchen ~ Apple Pie Muffins ~ 7/30/15


This recipe is adapted from "The Bake Sale Cookbook".


Apple Pie Muffins

Makes 12
3 1/2 Tablespoon butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large baking apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped.

Topping:

5 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 350F and put 12 paper liners in a muffin pan.

To make the topping, place the flour, cinnamon and sugar in a mixing bowl.  Add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles find breadcrumbs.  Set aside.

Cream together the butter and brown sugar until pale and fluffy.  Gradually beat in the egg.  Add the flour, baking powder and cinnamon.  Stir in the chopped apple.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.



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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hodepodge ~ 7/29/15



Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:

1.  I recently read here about four secrets to happiness from around the world. They were-

Overcome your fears by facing them head on, allow yourself to relax and reset, work to live versus living to work, and find the good in life. Not sure if these are the actual secret to happiness, but which of the four do you struggle with most? Which one comes most easily to you?

I struggle sometimes with finding the good in life. I guess depression/anxiety will do that to you.  Thank God, I've been somewhat symptom free but it always niggles at the back of my mind :(  Then rest of the "secrets" come pretty easily.

 2. How would you spend a found $20 bill today?
I'd probably take my kiddos out to lunch.

 3. Ego trip, power trip, guilt trip, round trip, trip the light fantastic, or trip over your own two feet...which 'trip' have you experienced or dealt with most recently? Explain.
 Guilt trip.  Always.

 4. If you could master any physical skill in the world what would it be, and how would you use that skill?
I might have to come back to this one!

 5. As July draws to a close, let's take inventory of our summer fun. Since the official first day of (North American) summer (June 20th) have you...been swimming? enjoyed an ice cream cone? seen a summer blockbuster? camped? eaten corn on the cob? gardened? deliberately unplugged? watched a ballgame? picked fruit off the vine? taken a road trip? read a book?  Are any of these activities on your must-do-before-summer-ends list?
Swimming: check.  Ice cream:  check.  Summer Blockbuster:  check.  Camped:  check.  Corn on the Cob:  check.  Gardened:  hubby does that.  Unplugged:  check (see camped).  Ballgame: check.  Fruit off the vine:  nope.  Road Trip:  check.  Read a book: major reading slump.

I'd like to get back into reading some good books.  I have a ton on my shelf.  I just need to take some time to sit down and crack one open.

 6. The Republican Presidential candidates will debate on August 6th. What's your question?
Just one????

 7. What's your most listened to song so far this summer?


 8.  Insert your own random thought here.

A stomach bug has been making its way through my family.  Littlest one is sick now :(

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Teaser Tuesday ~ Dying to Read ~ 7/28/15

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. 
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My teaser for this week is from:

Dying to Read (The Cate Kinkaid Files, #1)
 

~An identification card that made her--what?  An overage Nancy Drew?  And underage Jessica Fletcher?  A clueless Stephanie Plum?  Whatever, she was getting desperate, and the job was only temporary, not a lifetime commitment.~

Page  5
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Happy Teaser Tuesday!

Family Time Tuesday ~ PNC Park ~ 5/28/15


 
 
Toward the beginning of summer we were lucky enough to go to a Pirates game at PNC Park.  They were playing the Mets.  It was a beautiful day and the Park was at its finest.
 

In this picture, you can see Cutch's poster.  I wanted to get more pictures of the players but you had to keep up with the flow of traffic or get run over!


Here's the Legacy Square entrance.


Don't mind the random dude at the bottom of this picture.  Apparently he was a Mets fan....Booo!!!


There are so many pretty views from the park.  Of course, there are lots of bridges to go over those 3 rivers.


And lots of boats on the water that day.  Probably hoping for a water ball!


The Park is huge but doesn't have a bad seat in the house.  It always amazes me that so many people can congregate in one place!
 

You can see the city behind the outfield fence.


When a homerun goes outside the park and into the water, it is then called a water ball.  We were excited to see a few homeruns during the game!


One final shot of the family.  (Laken elected to stay home with the babysitter, a wonderful teen from our Church.)

 
It was a wonderful day spent with the family and the Pirates won!  Good all around fun :)


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Make it Monday ~ Beaches Complete! ~ 7/27/15


 
This is the beginning of "Beaches" as seen last week. 
 

And here it is in all it's Granny Stripe goodness!


I am in love with this afghan.  It went to the cabin with us and had a place of honor upon the couch.


I edged it in a Granny Stripe of gold to really tie in the gold stripes throughout the afghan.


This is definitely one of my favorites so far!  I just love the colors.


 
What do ya think!  Does it look "Beachy"?
 
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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Songs on Sunday ~ Chains ~ 7/26/15

 
I'm so excited to feature another brand-new-to-me song this week!  I heard the first time while at work and listening to KLOVE on my computer.  I thought "This is new..."  I then had to click on the app to find out who it was.  I am increasingly liking David Crowder!
 
The song is subtitled "Chains" and I love the background lyrics of "Chains".  You HAVE to listen to it.
 
One of the repeating phrases is also one of my favorites:  "if you're lost and wandering come stumbling in like a prodigal child".  I have felt like I was wandering around and stumbling many, many times.  Isn't it wonderful when you "see the walls start crumbling" and the path is made clear?
 
Have you ever felt that way?  How does it make you feel to see the walls start crumbling?
 


Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)

lift your head weary sinner
the river's just ahead
down the path of forgiveness
salvation's waiting there
you built a mighty fortress
10,000 burdens high
love is here to lift you up
here to lift you high
if you're lost and wandering
come stumbling in like a prodigal child
see the walls start crumbling
let the gates of glory open wide
all who've strayed and walked away
unspeakable things you've done
fix your eyes on the mountain
let the past be dead and gone
come all saints and sinners
you can't outrun God
whatever you've done
can't overcome the power of the blood
if you're lost and wandering
come stumbling in like a prodigal child

see the walls start crumbling
let the gates of glory open wide
if youre lost and wrecked again
come stumbling in like a prodigal child
see the walls start crumbling
let the gates of glory open wide
if you are lost and wandering
come stumbling in like a prodigal child
see the walls start crumbling
let the gates of glory open wide
if youre lost and wrecked gain
come stumbling in like a prodigal child
see the walls start crumbling
let the gates of glory open wide
let the gates of glory open wide
let the gates of glory open wide

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