1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extrac
I accidentally got two copies of Rain Song by Alice Wisler, so you are the beneficiaries.
Here's the synopsis from amazon: In Wisler's likable debut, a young woman is offered a chance to find romance and make peace with her past. After her missionary mother dies under mysterious circumstances in Japan, young Nicole Michelin returns to North Carolina to live with her depressed father and loving grandmother. Now 31, and a middle school English teacher, Nicole bears the scars of a time she can't remember. She sleeps with her cloth kimono doll and nurses phobias ranging from anxiety about flying to a fear of commitment. But when she meets an intriguing man through a Web site column, her yearning for love encourages her to risk getting to know him even though he lives in Japan. Wisler's cast of Southern women is lightly sketched but no less charming for this, and her development of the relationship between Nicole and her three-year-old autistic cousin strikes poignant notes throughout. Faith fiction fans will appreciate the strong faith of Nicole's influential grandmother, Ducee Dubois, who helps Nicole face her fears. (Oct.) ""
I must admit I haven't read this one yet. Alice has a beautiful ministry to those who are struggling with the death of a child to encourage them to "write the heartache." I can't wait to get a chance to read this one!
(1) Have you ever lived in another country?
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(3) Sorry if this creates confusion, in my web format the comment box is above the post.
(4) Contest ends Tuesday August 3.
This dish makes an excellent brunch dish-to-pass. It goes excellently with egg dishes.
I'm excited to be a participant in 2010 Got Books? . Got Books is a celebration of books and all those who blog about them. There are a variety of contests and a twitter party happening today and tomorrow. Be sure to go to the site, check it out and do a little blog hopping.
Today, I'm giving away a set of Christian women's fiction books.
(1) Watch over Me by Christa Parrish
(2) How Sweet It Is by Alice Wisler
(1) Answer the following question in the comments under THIS post: What is your favorite women's fiction author?
(2) Please include your email address in this form:
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(3) Contest ends July 31st. I will notify the winner by email.
Also, if you enjoy Christian fiction, be sure to stop by on Wednesdays as I generally give away a Christian fiction pick.
In lieu of my Wednesday book giveaway, be sure to stop by Friday for my double book giveaway as part of the Got Books? event. Be sure to check out the site for other contests and fun celebrating book blogs.
The winner for Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertrand is...comment #8......
Sending you an email requesting your address, so I can get this book in the mail to you.
Don't forget to stop by Wednesday for another giveaway!!
Sorry, I meant to post this yesterday, but it was sort of a crazy news day. Most importantly an answer to prayer for someone I care about. Also a matter career wise that I am keeping in prayer for God's will to be done.
Anyway, our giveaway is for Back on Murder. Here are some links if you want to find out more about this suspense novel.
Trinity Rose's interview with J. Mark Bertrand:
(1) PLEASE be sure to post your information on THIS post. I have had people commenting on multiple posts and it gets confusing to track.
(2) QUESTION: Just for fun, since this is a mystery and I just got a "questionnaire." Have you ever served on jury duty?
(3) Include your EMAIL ADDRESS in the following form, please:
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(4) Since I posted this a day late, I will draw using random number generator on Monday July 19th.
I was hoping to post some pictures here. My aunt has sent me some wonderful pictures of my father as a child, unfortunately they take up too much room to post.
Although Father's Day is past, several people have advised me around this time I should take a few minutes to think back over all the positive memories I have made with my father. Writing can be healing and I am choosing to remember my dad through writing for a few minutes today.
(I wanted to share something that's helped me a lot in hopes it might help others who grieve. Several years ago I decided to make my Dad's birthday a celebration of his life by visiting with my family and/or my brother an unusual restaurant on October 8 every year. Though bittersweet at times, it has been a great way to remember and focus on the positive memories. I think especially when someone we love has died over a long period of time, as with cancer, it can be easier to remember the way they were during the end. I want to keep the earlier, happier memories alive).
Some of my favorite memories of my father are surrounding food. My brother and I both love to cook and frequently cook without cookbooks. I believe this is part of Dad's heritage on our lives. Dad would literally spend hours every day cooking, often in the late night hours. I really think Dad had a special ministry around food. It wasn't unusual for him to make us a late night surprise gourmet meal. It was at these times that I had some of my best talks with my Dad.
Dad was what I've heard called a "Renaissance" man. He was an avid reader, who taught himself to repair many things by reading manuals. He was also known for owning and reading many cookbooks (some of which I treasure on my dining room shelf)...although he never actually cooked using the cookbooks. He was an avid reader of the newspaper as well. My husband is an amazing debater and so intelligent on many topics...I think its so true that we look for wonderful characteristics we find in our fathers in a spouse. I credit my father with my love of books.
Children are a great way to keep the beautiful traditions and rituals alive. We end every night with prayers, hugs, stuffed animal rituals, and a silly poem my Dad used to say to us. I can remember my Dad when I make silly hand puppets with the kids...or try a new recipe. I can see him when my son smiles, watch his presence as I watch my daughter's artistic abilities blossom. I'm cheering for him as I watch my brother attend cooking school. Maybe his death has actually blessed me to see his presence in places I otherwise would not have noticed.
I was just going to write this for me, but am going to post it because I know there are others here that have gone through grieving or are currently going through this process.
It is of the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. -Lamentations 3:22
I'm thinking of these verses from one of my favorite hymns today:
Great is thy faithfulness; oh, God, my Father
There is no shadow of turning with thee
Thou changest not; Thy compassions they fail not
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine with ten thousands besides
The winner of Sarah's garden from random number generator is #3, Jo. I'll be sending you an email, Jo. Hope you enjoy the book!
Be sure to stop by Wednesday for an opportunity to win Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertrand!
OK, you may be wondering why after four months do I suddenly have a picture up at my blog? Well, the truth is another website required a photo, so I figured if my funny face is going to be showing up across the web it might as well be showing up here, too :).
As I've posted before I've been enjoying Hind's Feet on High Places tremendously. In each place Much-Afraid travels she makes an altar and surrenders something to the Lord on it. She is left with one of the stones on the altar as a remembrance for her collection. She then looks on these and can see how the Lord has given her strength to make it through her trials and temptations.
I think if we are struggling with discouragement or depression it helps greatly to take out our stones of remembrance. Remember everything the Lord has done for you. When we think on the way the Lord has helped us in the past through our trials we can be reminded that He is in the midst of our trials now even when it doesn't feel obvious.
Psalm 150:2 Praise Him for His mighty acts: praise him according to His excellent greatness.
I was thrilled to hear about the launching of the INSPY awards. The INSPY will be the Bloggers' Award for Excellence in Faith-Driven Lit. We all know bloggers are a force to be reckoned with in the book world, so why not give us a say in determining the best faith-driven literature of the year. This award will include all publishers whether small or large, Christian or secular.
Be sure to stop by creator My Friend Amy's blog. I fwas further excited to see the list of those involved in the project, several of whose blogs I faithfully follow and you can be sure I will be checking out the rest. I hope several of you will stop at the INSPY site to nominate your favorite faith-driven books. I've read so many great choices this year it will be difficult to make a nomination.
This is the part where I struggle. Sometimes I want to share something exciting (for me) I am involved in but don't want to have a self-promoting attitude. As Much-Afraid learns in Hind's Feet pride is a tricky fellow, often beautiful to the eye and charming to the ear.
On the other hand, I love hearing exciting writing news from others. It gives me a thrill to hear about an author's newest release, a great review, or an award. I love to cheer along with them.
I would love to hear from other published or unpublished authors what is your opinion on what we should share...and what we should keep quiet. How do you make that decision? How do you walk that line between pride and marketing?