Saturday, November 30, 2013

Lots of Leftovers Recipe Round-Up

All the crispy and moist stuffing, the tart cranberry sauce...and let's not forget the tender, flavorful turkey! As much as we're looking forward to tomorrow's feast, we can't help but think ahead to the leftovers! We're already getting excited thinking about what we'll make with about you?
So tell us...
What are your favorite THANKSGIVING LEFTOVER Recipes?
Share 'em all in today's Recipe Round-Up!

Day-After-Thanksgiving Soup from Hometown Harvest is one of our favorite things to cook up after the big day. All the wonderful flavors of that magical meal in a tasty is that?

Gooseberry Patch Day-After-Thanksgiving Soup Recipe

Day-After-Thanksgiving Soup
This is one of Jo Ann's personal favorites. A warm, steamy soup with all the amazing flavors of Thanksgiving dinner, one bite and you'll be hooked.

1 T. olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
8 c. turkey or chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1-1/2 c. roast turkey, diced
1 c. frozen peas
2 T. fresh parsley, chopped
4 to 6 c. leftover dressing, warmed

Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper. Sauté until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add broth and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Stir in turkey; reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Stir in peas and parsley; warm through. Discard bay leaf. To serve, place a scoop of dressing into individual deep soup bowls. Ladle soup over dressing. Serves 4 to 6.
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Thank You!

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Derailed by Dave and Neta Jackson

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Worthy Publishing (October 8, 2013)
Dave and Neta Jackson


As a husband/wife writing team, we are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together we are the authors or coauthors of over 120 books. (You can see our Publication Record by clicking HERE.) In addition to writing several books about Christian community, we have been privileged to coauthor numerous books with expert resource people on a variety of topics from racial reconciliation to medical ethics to ministry to kids in gangs.

But over the years the we have especially enjoyed writing for children and young people! This includes our award-winning TRAILBLAZER series, historical fiction about great Christian heroes and heroines for young people ages 8-12, and the four-volume HERO TALES: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Great Christians, and the companion book, Heroes in Black History.

Somewhere along the way, our own children grew up! Son Julian is Director of Experience Design for the Alder Planetarium in Chicago where he “provides the experience of exploring space” for visitors. He has two sons, Liam Isaac and Elijah David. Daughter Rachel graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and after working in the field of rape-crisis prevention went on to earn a Masters Degree in counseling from the University of Illinois. She is now a counselor at “Uni High School” in Champaign, Illinois. She is the loving mother of Havah Noelle (our first grandchild!) and Noah Zion, our youngest grandchild. The Jackson family also includes a Cambodian foster daughter, Samen Sang, who has four children.

We live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years we were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. We are now members of a multi-racial congregation in the Chicago area.


Forced to give up his hard-earned retirement, Harry Bentley goes back to work as a detective. Receiving a bizarre undercover assignment that sends him across the country by train. Things suddenly go awry when it appears one of his new neighbors may be part of a smuggling ring and suspicion rises about his own son’s involvement in a major drug cartel. The second in the Windy City Neighbors series, Derailed is a contemporary, and often humorous, tale in an urban setting, featuring ordinary people wrestling with the spiritual and practical issues of real life. Intersecting with Grounded (book one), the Jacksons employ their innovative storytelling technique of “parallel novels.” Though each book follows its own drama and story arc, the characters’ lives become intertwined and affect one another. Derailed transports you to Beecham Street—a typical, isolated American neighborhood . . . until hope moves in.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Derailed, go HERE.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Guess Where I've been?

I went to the very wrong places today.  Bet you can't guess ;P  JoAnn's had a sale and Hobby Lobby was having their Grand Opening.  WRONG! places to be for me. 

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Paige Rewritgten by Erynn Mangum

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Paige Rewritten
NavPress (October 8, 2013)
Erynn Mangum


A few things about her:

So, if we were having this conversation in person, we would probably be hanging out at Starbucks or one of the cute coffeehouses in town. I’m nuts about all things coffee, I’m crazy about all things pink and girly, and I love, love, love the Food Network! I’m married to my best friend and the most amazing guy ever, Jon. He is amiable toward coffee, does not like anything pink or girly and tolerates the Food Network. So, we make a good match! In July 2010, we became parents to one of the funniest, cutest, sweetest little guys in the whole world (and nope, we aren’t biased at all!), our Nater-Tot, who is legally known as Nathan. Most days, I’m cleaning up messes, making goofy faces, trying to fit some writing in, and just LOVING the life that God has given me!


Paige Alder is in a really good place. She’s dating nice guy Tyler. Her boss has offered her a raise. Her walk with God is strong. Life is great—and that’s when things start to change.

First, the youth pastor at church keeps asking Paige to work with him full-time. Then her sister shows up newly engaged and wanting to reconnect, even though they haven’t spoken in years. And now former boyfriend Luke has come back into her life. How is Paige supposed to know what the right decisions are?

This warm and humorous second book in the Paige Alder series will help young girls work through important issues, such as forgiving others and obeying God.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Paige Rewritten, go HERE

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

King's Faith

Eighteen foster homes. Nine arrests. One life-changing moment.
After Brendan King’s life spiraled to rock bottom, the teen found hope in a new relationship with Christ while serving time in a juvenile penitentiary. Recently released from prison, Brendan finds solace in the foster home of a couple struggling with suppressed grief.
As the city-bred teen enrolls at a suburban high school, he finds support from a group of believers. Yet the bonds of his old way of life—and the gang that wants to know where he hid their stash on a long-ago night—are strong. In his darkest moment, Brendan found faith. Now he must decide if it’s worth the price to hold on to it.

My Review:
King's Faith is really a great, inspiring, movie! I really can't say enough good about King's Faith.  I highly recommend watching this movie.  It is a very good movie for high schoolers to watch and see how important it is to stand up and do what is right, though it isn't always easy to take a stand.  Rated PG-13 not because of language, but scenes that younger children may have a hard time with.  Gangs and their affects, beatings and shootings, blood, etc.  Good message and acting, portraying is excellent, very superbly done.  I believe the movie is about 2 hours in length, but very much worth the two hours of your time.  I would really highly recommend that church youth groups use this as a resource tool.  I just can't say enough good about the movie.  

You may visit the movie's web site here.

I was given a pass code to watch this movie online for the purpose this review and my honest opinion. 

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon Jr. & Cindy Kelley

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Traces of Mercy
David C. Cook (October 1, 2013)
Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley

Michael Landon Jr., son of television legend Michael Landon, is an award-winning storyteller, first in television and film, and now in books. His print works include One More Sunrise co-written with Tracie Peterson.
Cindy Kelley is the co-author of the novel The Silent Gift, and Traces of Mercy. Her career as a screenwriter with long-time writing partner, Michael Landon, Jr., began with the adaptation of Margery Williams’ classic story, The Velveteen Rabbit, which had a theatrical release. Several television movies followed, most notably Love Comes Softly, (based on Janette Oke’s novel) which won a CAMIE Award and the Epiphany Prize for Movie Guide’s most inspirational television movie of 2003. Cindy and her husband, Jim, make their home in the Southwest; have three adorable grandchildren and four big dogs who rule the house.


From Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley, authors of The Silent Gift and creators of the hit television film Love Comes Softly, comes an exciting historical romance set in post-Civil War, and filled with suspense and faith-building values.

At the war’s end, a young woman suffers an accident that leaves her unconscious and alone. Waking with amnesia, she takes the name Mercy and wants more than anything to find out the truth of her past. But then a handsome stranger arrives, who may hold the key to everything she has forgotten. What he knows could devastate her future, and even end her life.

Written by two proven storytellers, Traces of Mercy is perfect for anyone who loves historical fiction, prairie-based tales, or just a good romance.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Traces of Mercy, go HERE.

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