Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Chicken Rollatine and A Winner

Happy day to you, my friends!
I hope your May is off to a beautiful start.
Today I have a delicious recipe I want to share with you,
but first I would like to announce the winner of the Courageous DVD.
The blessed winner is:
Tea Lady
Congratulations, dear one!
I will get the DVD shipped off as soon as possible.

Now onto the tasty Chicken Rollatine recipe.
This is a pretty dish that looks more difficult to make than it really is.
The perfect dish for company.


2 1/2 tablespoons butter
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 sweet red pepper, diced
4 green onions, finely chopped
8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded {2 cups}
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup dry seasoned bread crumbs
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup oil

Melt butter in a small saucepan.
Add garlic, sweet red pepper and green onions;
saute for 5 minutes.

Place chicken breast halves between sheets of plastic wrap.
Lightly pound until paper thin.
Season chicken with salt and pepper.

Combine mozzarella and red pepper mixture in a small bowl.
Place 2 tablespoons mixture in the center of each chicken breast half.
Fold sides over to form a hockey-puck-type patty.
Place patties, flap side down, on a baking sheet or metal pan.
Freeze for 20 minutes to hold together for frying
{this is an incredible trick}.

Place flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in 3 separate bowls.
Mix parsley into bread crumbs.
Dip patties first in flour, then in eggs, and finally in the crumbs to coat.
You can wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 hours is you wish.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat half of the oil in a medium-size skillet.
Working in batches, saute patties in skillet for 1 to 2 minutes per side
or until golden brown, add more oil as needed.
Place in baking pan.

Bake in heated 350 degree oven for 20 - 25 minutes
or until internal temperature of chicken
registers 170 degrees F on an instant read-thermometer.

Serve with wild rice and your favorite vegetable.

This recipe quickly became a favorite in our household.
I hope you enjoy it as well.

Have a delightful day, sweet friends!

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord

A spiritual knowledge of Christ 
is always a personal knowledge.
It is not gained through the experience of others.
Knowing the Lord  in all of His fullness
for every situation we encounter is a lifetime pursuit.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck -

Teach me Thy way, O Lord, teach me Thy way!
Thy guiding grace afford, teach me Thy way!
Help me to walk aright, more by faith, less by sight;
Lead me with heav’nly light, teach me Thy way!

When I am sad at heart, teach me Thy way!
When earthly joys depart, teach me Thy way!
In hours of loneliness, in times of dire distress,
In failure or success, teach me Thy way!

When doubts and fears arise, teach me Thy way!
When storms o’erspread the skies, teach me Thy way!
Shine through the cloud and rain, through sorrow, toil and pain;
Make Thou my pathway plain, teach me Thy way!

Long as my life shall last, teach me Thy way!
Where’er my lot be cast, teach me Thy way!
Until the race is run, until the journey’s done,
Until the crown is won, teach me Thy way!
- Benjamin Mansell Ramsey -

Discipleship involves a willingness to be taught
and then a desire to follow the ways of the Lord-
to go with Him in the same direction He is going.
We must be willing to say with David Livingston,
the notes missionary statesman of the past century,
"I will place no value on anything I have or may possess
except in relation to the kingdom of Christ."
- Kenneth W. Osbeck -

I have held many things in my hands,
and I have lost them all;
but whatever I have placed in God's hands,
that I still possess.
- Martin Luther -

Teach me thy way, O Lord, 
and lead me in a plain path.
- Psalm 27:11 -

Shew me thy ways, O Lord; 
teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: 
for thou art the God of my salvation; 
on thee do I wait all the day.
- Psalm 25: 4 & 5 -

Teach me thy way, O Lord; 
I will walk in thy truth: 
unite my heart to fear thy name.
- Psalm 86:11 -

Blessings and love to you
on this Lord's Day!

Happy May Day, sweet friends!

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. 
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. 
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue. 
May happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through. 
- Irish Blessing -

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Kissed by a Cowboy - Book Review

Cassidy was looking for a home and a place to belong . . . 
not for a cowboy to steal her heart.

Having lived through her parents’ endless string of "matrimonial bliss gone wrong," 
Cassidy Starr knows when the odds are not in her favor. 
Divorced and humiliated, her faith on rocky ground, 
Cassidy is through with love. 
She’s been bucked off  that horse far too many times. 
Instead, she returns to Wishing Springs, Texas, 
and the rundown farm she’s inherited from her great aunt Roxie. 
She’ll reopen the strawberry farm and a bed & breakfast and follow in her aunt’s footsteps, 
remaining forever-independent, happy . . . and single.

Rancher Jarrod Monahan’s hands are full running the ranch, 
looking after his ailing grandfather, and chasing down a group of rustlers on the loose. 
He’s pushed his longing for a family to the bottom of his list of priorities. 
Besides, he was in love once but ran scared and lost his shot at happiness. 
But suddenly, the biggest regret of his life has moved in next door with a wounded heart, 
determined to become a spinster . . . and that’s a challenge that Jarrod can’t pass up.

 Jarrod sets his mind to breaking down the walls around Cassidy’s stubborn heart. 
How can he show her that a cowboy’s kiss lasts forever? 
For the good folks of Wishing Springs, 
falling in love has never been so much fun to witness.

My Thoughts
Kissed by a Cowboy is not a book that I would typically request to review,
but it was sent to me by the Fiction Guild Team
{it's always a surprise to see what they send me}
and of course I was obligated to read and review it.
Before I even opened the book I had my mind set that I would not like the story. . .
Well, was I pleasantly surprised!
Almost from the first page I was drawn in and captivated by Cassidy
and the author, Debra Clopton, had me laughing by page 6.
And then Jarrod came into the picture and I was completely engaged.

First of all, this is the third book in Four of Hearts Ranch series
and having not read the first two books
I was a little apprehensive about reading this one first.
I needed not be concerned.
Yes, there are characters mentioned that were obviously in the first two books
including the main couples from book one and two,
but the author writes in a way that introduces the reader to them 
as if they are simply ordinary, every day characters.

Cassidy is a gem.
She has been hurt and completely crushed by people that she thought loved her
and that heartache has left her a broken and bitter woman.
But deep down she is a beautiful jewel with a heart of gold.

Jarrod sees the precious beauty and strength in this woman 
even when she comes across meaner than a grizzly bear
and he makes it his goal to chisel away at the walls Cassidy has built up
in order to reach the gold.

This is a touching story of hope, forgiveness, healing, and love.
The stories of both Cassidy and Jarrod shows the reader 
that God can make all things beautiful in His time. . .
the key words being His time.
Bitterness and hatred can destroy a person,
but love and forgiveness can restore faith and love.
As both characters battle with bitterness
they slowly turn that bitterness over to God
and they soon realize that true healing comes only from the Lord
and with it comes beautiful joy and blessed freedom.

Cassidy and Jarrod's journey towards healing and love 
won my heart from the beginning.
Kissed by a Cowboy is charming and a story you won't want to miss.
Humor, love, faith, and a touch of mystery can be found in the pages of this book.
You are sure to fall in love with Cassidy and Jarrod.

 ** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the Fiction Guild Team 
for an honest review. 
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist who was first published in 2005
 and has more than 22 novels to her credit.
Along with her writing, Debra helps her husband 
teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. 
Debra is the author of the acclaimed Mule Hollow Matchmaker Series, 
the place readers tell her they wish was real. 
Her goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words. 
Visit her online at www.debraclopton.com,
Facebook: debra.clopton, 
Twitter: @debraclopton.

An Amish Market - Book Review

All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop 
in a charming collection of novellas 
by four of your favorite authors. 
Feel free to come in and browse! 

Love Birds 
by Amy Clipston

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, 
Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. 
Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, 
but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. 
Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations 
and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. 
As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, 
they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. 
Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

A Bid for Love 
by Kathleen Fuller

Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. 
And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. 
Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it—
Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. 
But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, 
Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. 
Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?

Sweeter Than Honey 
by Kelly Irvin 

Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make 
on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. 
But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, 
she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction 
from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. 
As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. 
And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one 
to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.

Love in Store 
by Vannetta Chapman

Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, 
with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. 
When strange happenings begin occurring around town, 
it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. 
Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery 
of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, 
and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future 
than they would ever have dreamed possible.

My Thoughts
I am happy to say that each novella was a delight to read
and I appreciated the unique work and writing of each other.
While all four stories were well-written and enjoyable to read,
one novella won my heart and remained on my mind long after closing the book
and that sweet story was Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin.
I must say that Kelly Irvin is becoming one of my favorite authors
as I find her to be a talented writer that can weave a meaningful and heart-warming story-
I have yet to be disappointed by her books.

Sweeter Than Honey involves characters from
The Amish of Bee Country series
and if you read the second book The Bishop's Son
than you will be familiar with Will Glick.
I can't tell you how excited I was to read his precious story.
Even if you are not familiar with The Amish of Bee Country series
you will fall in love with Will.

These novellas are stand-alone stories,
but it was a joy to read a couple of stories that tied in with books 
that I have already read.
Sweeter than Honey being one of them
and Love Birds being another as it was tied to 
The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston.

Each novella is unique and charming in its own way.
You get a taste of sweet romance,
a touch of humor, and a tad bit of suspense.
An Amish Market is the perfect book to enjoy on a lazy summer day.

 ** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the Fiction Guild Team 
for an honest review. 
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

Friday, April 29, 2016

Faith - Book Review

The Civil War battlefield is the last place Quakeress Faith Cathwell 
thought she’d find herself. 
But with a gift for nursing, Faith seizes this opportunity to join the fight for abolition-
and to search for Shiloh, a freeborn childhood friend 
who was kidnapped and sold south by unscrupulous slave catchers.

Knowing it’s much too dangerous for her to search enemy territory alone, 
Faith enlists the help of Colonel Devlin Knight, 
who is indebted to her for saving his cousin’s life. 
A career soldier, Dev is committed to the preservation of the Union 
but conflicted about freeing his own slave and confidant, 
who plans to enlist as soon as Dev gives him manumission papers.

Blazing a trail east with the rest of Grant’s army, 
Dev and Faith fight their personal battles-
and a growing attraction to each other. 
When beliefs clash and passions flare, 
they quickly find that the only thing more dangerous 
than the war surrounding them is the battle within their hearts.

My Thoughts
Faith is the third and final book in the Quaker Brides series.
You can find my reviews for the first two books by clicking on the titles:

While Lyn Cote is a phenomenal author
with loads of talent for writing a book that is rich in history and content
I felt Faith fell short of Lyn Cote's writing abilities.
I must confess that  the storyline was lacking and somewhat boring;
it was all I could do to persevere and finish the book
{it took me a week and it never takes me that long to read a book. . .never}.

The pros:
The war details were incredible and spot on
as was the history of the Civil War.

Many times after a battle took place I could picture in my mind 
the heartache and devastation that awaited the nurses 
thanks to Lyn Cote's detailed writing.
She wrote in a way that made you feel as though you were next to Faith 
serving and helping the wounded men.

There was some mystery as Faith and her friend Honoree 
searched for Honoree's sister, Shiloh.

It was a delight to have Honor from the first book
brought into the last book.

The cons:
The story itself seemed to drag with repetition.

The romance was also lacking.
Faith and Colonel Devlin Knight were obviously attracted to one another,
but throughout most of the book they do all they can
to distance themselves from romance
and then all of a sudden towards the end of the book 
their relationship takes an exciting turn.

The main goal seemed to be finding Shiloh,
but that too was a slow process.
Finding Shiloh was often talked about,
but after a while it became too repetitive. . .
it was just the same talk over and over.

I will admit that I lost interest in the story after the 4th chapter 
and didn't regain any interest until the last few chapters.

Please don't get me wrong,
I admire Lyn Cote and have always found her to be a wonderful writer.
Typically I enjoy her books, but sadly Faith didn't quite make the cut.
The first two books in the Quaker Brides series were excellent.

All-in-all I would give this book 3 stars.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Lyn Cote is the award-winning, critically acclaimed author
of more than thirty-five novels.
Her books have been RITA Award finalists and Holt Medallion and Carol Award winners.
Lyn and her husband have two grown children 
and live on a small, beautiful lake in northern Wisconsin.
Visit her online at www.lyncote.com 
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