Friday, May 31, 2013

Recipe Round-Up: Kid-Friendly Recipes

Kid Friendly Recipe Round-Up from Gooseberry Patch
Whether you still have kids at home or look forward to visits from your favorite little people, we all like to keep a recipe or two in our back pocket to treat the kids! It could be a special blueberry pancake for breakfast, silly sandwich faces for lunch or an individual size pizza for dinner.
So tell us...
What are your favorite KID-FRIENDLY recipes? Share 'em all in today's Recipe Round-Up!

This treat is always welcome, whether after school or after dinner! Found in our cookbook, Kids in the Kitchen, gummy worms never fail to make 'em giggle! 

Cups of Dirt with Worms
Kids in the Kitchen cookbook from Gooseberry Patch3.9-oz. pkg. instant chocolate
    pudding mix

2 cups milk
8-oz. container frozen whipped
    topping, thawed

16-oz. pkg. chocolate sandwich

8 to 10 7-oz. plastic cups
gummy worms

Mix pudding mix and milk as directed on the box using an electric mixer. Fold in whipped topping. Place 8 to 10 cookies in a gallon-size plastic zipping bag.Roll over the cookies with a rolling pin carefully until they are crumbly but not crushed. Repeat with remaining cookies. Place a spoonful of cookie crumbles in the bottom of each cup. Fill cups half-full with pudding mixture. Top with more cookies and repeat until cups are full. Decorate with gummy worms and enjoy!
Serves 8 to 10.
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hallmark movie coming to DVD June 11th

Oh, I got to tell you about this wonderful movie.  It aired on Hallmark channel in May and will be released on DVD June 11th.  I was so excited when I was contacted to receive a screeners copy in exchange for my honest review.  Oh, I love Beverly Lewis books.  I just can't get enough of them.  And I really love it when they are put to movies.  Michael Landon Jr.  has produced another award winner in my opinion.  Absolutely no bad language.  That is a plus plus so hard to find in movies now days.  using bad language doesn't add one thing to a movie except turn off those watchers that don't feel the need to talk that way.  Your point can be made without using bad words.  anyway enough about my views on language.  There are a few very brief sceens where Dylan Bennett does take some drinks from a whisky flask, but it doesn't show any drunkenness or violence.    The acting is superb.  The actors preform excellent in their roles. I sure trust Landon plans on a third movie in this series because it does leave ya with some questions; which would leave one to think there is a possibility of more to come. 


Raised by an Amish family, Katie Lapp (Katie Leclerc, TV's "Switched at Birth") always felt the call of another life. Now, her quest to find her birth-mother, Laura Mayfield-Bennett (Sherry Stringfield, TV's "ER"), has drawn her into world of the "Englishers." Along the way, two very different men try to help her overcome a devious scheme to steal her rightful inheritance. Business-minded but kind-hearted Justin Wirth (Michael Rupnow) reaches out to discover Katie's hidden secrets, while her childhood companion Daniel Fisher (Cameron Deane Stewart) sacrifices his own happiness for her future. Katie's heart is divided between two worlds as love reveals the truth in the moving saga based on the hit novel from New York Times bestselling author Beverly Lewis.

Based on the novel by Beverly Lewis and directed by Michael Landon Jr., the film has a screenplay by Brian Bird and Michael Landon Jr. The film was produced by David R. Kappes and executive produced by Brian Bird, Maura Dunbar and Michael Landon Jr.

BEVERLY LEWIS’ THE CONFESSION has a running time of approximately 88 minutes and is not rated. The film will air on the Hallmark Channel on May 11, 2013.

Air again on Hallmark again on June 8th at 1/12C.
Go here to watch Hallmark's video trailer preview
You can visit The Confession site via Hallmark here to learn more about this movie
Visit Provident Films here
Visit Beverly Lewis site here

Kristie's Notes is giving a copy of this away click here deadline (6/19)
Joy in our journey (6/21)

A copy of this dvd was provided in exchange for my honest review by Edify Media

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Heartbeat Away by S. Dionne Moore

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Heartbeat Away
Abingdon Press (May 1, 2013)
S. Dionne Moore


S. Dionne Moore started writing in 2006. Her first book, Murder on the Ol’ Bunions, was contracted for publication by Barbour Publishing in 2008. In 2009 she moved on to writing historical romances as an outlet for her passion for history. In 2010 her second cozy mystery, Polly Dent Loses Grip, was a 2010 Carol Award finalist and she was also named a Barbour Publishing 2010 Favorite New Author. In 2011 her first historical romance, Promise of Tomorrow, was nominated a 2011 Carol Award finalist.

Born and raised in Manassas, Virginia, Moore moved to Greencastle, PA in 1993, then to Mercersburg in 2009. Moore enjoys life in the historically rich Cumberland Valley where traffic jams are a thing of the past and there are only two stoplights in the whole town.

For more information, visit her Website at
Follow her on Twitter: @sdionnemoore


When a band of runaway slaves brings Union-loyal Beth Bumgartner a wounded Confederate soldier named Joe, it is the catalyst that pushes her to defy her pacifist parents and become a nurse during the Battle of Antietam.

Her mother's mysterious goodbye gift is filled with quilt blocks that bring comfort to Beth during the hard days and lonely nights, but as she sews each block, she realizes there is a hidden message of faith within the pattern that encourages and sustains her. Reunited with Joe, Beth learns his secret and puts the quilt's message to its greatest test—but can betrayal be forgiven?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Heartbeat Away, go HERE.

Watch the video:
AHeartbeatAway - Medium from S. Dionne Moore on Vimeo.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Say it with Flowers blog hop

unfortunately I didn't get in on this blog hop; however I know you will enjoy it...


May 27th
May 28th
May 29th
May 30th
May 31st
June 3rd
June 4th

However, I did get in on this one...

so be on the look out.

Memorial Day

Friday, May 24, 2013

Rounding Up Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial Day Recipe Round-Up from Gooseberry Patch
This weekend will bring the unofficial kickoff of summertime and while we're celebrating and remembering heroes in our families, we know that you'll be doing the same...and enjoying something yummy to eat too! Whether you're headed to a hometown parade, celebrating with a backyard cookout or gathering for a picnic in the park, we'd love to hear what's on your menu.
So tell us...
What are your favorite MEMORIAL DAY recipes? Share 'em all in today's Recipe Round-Up!

Picnic-perfect, this recipe from Everyday Simple Suppers is a fruity twist on chicken salad...made with turkey and plenty of crunch!
Apricot Cashew Salad Sandwiches | Recipe from Everyday Simple Suppers cookbook | Gooseberry Patch

Apricot-Cashew Salad Sandwiches
Thanks to Rhonda Reeder from Ellicott City, Maryland, who shared this family-favorite recipe with us. 
Everyday Simple Suppers cookbook from Gooseberry Patch2 c. cooked turkey, diced
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
1 c. celery, chopped
1/4 c. dried apricots, finely chopped
1/4 c. cashews, chopped

1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. sour cream
2 T. apricot preserves
1/4 t. ground ginger
1/8 t. nutmeg
1/8. pepper
8 slices sandwich bread
4 lettuce leaves

Toss together turkey, apple, celery, apricots and cashews in a large bowl set aside. Whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, preserves, ginger, nutmeg and pepper in a separate bowl; spoon over turkey mixture and fold in until well blended. Spoon evenly onto 4 slices of bread. Top with lettuce leaf and remaining bread slices. Makes 4 sandwiches.
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