Thursday, April 27, 2017

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 71

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I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 71. If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wordful Wednesday - Logan's Prom

Logan's last prom for his school years was Saturday.  I took a million and one pictures but will only overload you with a few:




Logan's date for the evening was Whitney, his girlfriend.  They make such an amazing couple.  
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with good friend, De'Angelo

A Dog's Purpose - #ADogsPurpose Blu-ray Giveaway

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An uplifting and inspirational look at life through the eyes of man’s best friend warms hearts this Spring when A Dog’s Purpose arrived on Digital HD on April 18, 2017 and arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on May 2, 2017,

An empathetic and relatable drama, this sentimental film takes viewers on a powerful journey to experience the relationship between dogs and their owner – to love, protect, comfort and always find a way back home.

 A Dog’s Purpose on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD includes deleted scenes, outtakes, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, and more.

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad – Frozen, Angry Birds) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. A narrative with “genuine heart, humor and a real message of love” (Michael Heaton, The Plain Dealer), the family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland, The Longest Ride), KJ Apa (“Riverdale”), John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook, American Gangster), Juliet Rylance (Sinister, “The Knick”), Luke Kirby (“The Astronaut Wives Club”), Peggy Lipton (When in Rome, Twin Peaks), Pooch Hall (“The Game,” “Ray Donovan”) and Dennis Quaid (Far From Heaven, The Rookie).

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 Deleted Scenes  Outtakes  Lights, Camera, Woof! - A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.  A Writer’s Purpose - Learn the story behind W. Bruce Cameron’s beloved best-selling novel.

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™.
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It's National Pretzel Day


Here's a fun fact:

In Germany, 17th-century children wore pretzel necklaces to symbolize good luck and prosperity for the coming year.

I won't be going that far, but I will be heading to Auntie Anne's today to indulge in a delicious Garlic & Parmesan soft pretzel.  Admittedly, I could eat there every day.


In celebration of today, here are some establishments offering freebies:

Auntie Anne's - Download the My Pretzel Perks app before the end of the day.  You'll then be able to choose an Original or Cinnamon Sugar pretzel to redeem at stores through April 30th.

Ben’s Soft Pretzels - From 1 to 7 pm, today Ben's will give away one soft pretzel in exchange for $1 donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

Philly Pretzel Factory - Receive a free pretzel anytime today.

Pretzelmaker - Soft pretzels are 26 cents today.

Wetzel’s Pretzels -  Visit today to receive a free pretzel.

CedarLane's Three Layer Enchilada Pie - Review

I received products for review from CedarLane.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

CedarLane Natural Foods’ very first frozen product, the Three Layer Enchilada Pie, turns 20 years old this year!  This gluten-free and vegetarian enchilada pie is made up of layers of organic corn tortillas, organic black beans, organic chiles and cheese and then covered with a tasty Mexican sauce.
I'll be honest and admit I'd never heard of the Three Layer Enchilada Pie.  But I was sure willing to give it a try.



Each enchilada pie counts as one serving.  I ate one and my husband ate one during lunch hour one day.  Neither of us consider ourselves strictly vegetarian but do enjoy eating those type of meals from time to time.  The Three Layer Enchilada Pie can be cooked in one of two ways - either the microwave oven or the conventional oven.  We went with the latter.  For that, it took about 35 minutes to heat.  


As for the meal itself, it satisfied our hunger.  There was plenty in one serving to feed each of us.  I really, really liked the organic corn tortillas.  And, the beans were super plentiful.  I do wish there would have been more cheese rather than just on the top but it was still delicious.

Happy birthday to the Three Layer Enchilada Pie!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Heck Of An Easter - 2017

Shelby (AT 23 YEARS OLD!) with her Easter basket

I know I'm a few days late and I didn't do anything extravagant but here's my 2017 Easter post.  We went way low-key but I think it was one of my favorite Easter times.  Probably because it caused me no stress.  It was all "Keep Calm and Easter On".  

Juliann, Allyson, and Logan

We started Easter out by finally getting the boys' Senior pictures taken.  We had went to Easter services at church the Thursday before.  And glad we did!  Four hundred people on Thursday compared to over one thousand on Sunday.  The lesser the better for me.

Juliann, Logan, Allyson

Three days before Easter I was confronted by a couple of the kids wanting to know if I was going to get them Easter baskets.  Were they really effin' serious?!  Answer:  Yes, yes, they were.  

In fact, Shelby posted this to her Facebook - "Idc if I am going to be 23 tomorrow...when my mom told us she wasn't getting us an easter basket...those where fighting words hahahaha". 

So two days before the big day, I hopped my happy little ass to Hyvee and bought Easter baskets, beverages, and candy.  I'm either a pushover or a great parent.


We had to eat in shifts because some of the kids had to work (yep, even on Easter).  Jason made a delicious meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, and dinner rolls.  After the carb overload we sat around the back porch table and played some gin rummy.  Simple and sweet - my kind of holiday!
Logan and Juliann

How did you celebrate Easter?
At what age do you quit giving Easter baskets to your kids?

Voortman Bakery Cookies - Review and Giveaway

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Voortman Bakery (formerly Voortman Cookies) just underwent a total brand reimaging, including all-new recipes and updated flavors, using only real ingredients.  What you see on the new packaging is what you get in the new Voortman cookies and wafers. 

Founded in Canada in 1951 and best known for its signature Dutch “Windmill” cookies, the cookies hold a sentimental sweet spot for many moms and those who recall snacking on their wafers as a child.  I can't honestly recall having eaten Voortman's cookies, except for the festive flavors.  I didn't know they had so many varieties available.  
Voortman’s new products are rolling out at Walmart, Target, Kroger’s and over 30k retailers across the country. The bakery provides more natural snack options, they don’t have high fructose corn syrup or preservatives and are made with real ingredients like fruit, cocoa etc.  And, everything is made in an actual bakery by real bakers.


I received several packages of Voortman Bakery cookies.  I shared them with family and took them to eat at Small Group gatherings.  I've received favorable responses about the cookies and wafers.  Just because they're not made with a bunch of artificial ingredients doesn't mean they're not good.  In fact, they're quite delicious.  If you're a fan of coconut, you'd probably like the Coconut Dark Chocolate cookies baked with real shredded coconut and chocolate chunks.  If you like peanut butter, the Peanut Butter Wafers made with real peanut butter will more than likely satisfy your taste buds.  


The cookies have a crunchy, solid palate and the wafers are more light and airy.  Both kinds are delish, but I prefer the wafers.  

The new Vortman Bakery packaging is different than what you might be familiar with. The  packaging reflects the company's new promise that the confections are made with real ingredients.

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