Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Movies and Conferences

Stacy Uncorked keeps us entertained with her Random Tuesday Thoughts weekly linkup.  Join along if you have a bunch of randomness.
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Last Wednesday I attended a supper hosted by our church for ICOM missionaries.  The nine missions that we serve were given time to speak about their platform and a monetary donation was given to their cause.  Food was catered in by a local diner.  My favorite part was sitting next to Oscar, the guy who is the founder of Pan de Vida.  He's the one we worked for when I went on the Ecuador mission trip.  He flew in from Ecuador to Illinois to attend the event.
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My mother's birthday was a couple weeks ago.  I wanted to do like last year and have the family together for a celebration, but it was colder than a polar bear's toenails.  So Adam and I went out there for a few minutes and ate Tiramisu and a cookie, then bolted.
#MaybeNextTimeMom
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My bathroom is finally fixed.  Roto-Rooter came out and dug up all my evergreen trees in the right side of my front yard.  So, now I have a big ole' pile of dirt.  Come to find out, the clean-out wasn't located there where they thought it was so all that was done for naught.  They brought in a backhoe and went through my chimney to get to the bathroom and clear out what was causing the problem.  Of all things, it was tree roots that were compacting my toilet!  
#SmallBathroomIssues
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My oldest daughter, Shelby, is a local manager for Family Video.  She was given authorization to purchase 20 turkeys for donation.  Her and Jason went to Wally World and picked up the birds, then took them to the church.  The church had a dinner that evening and donated them to those in need.
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shirt given to all attendees

I spent a couple of days over a weekend in November attending our church's annual Women's Conference.  We had almost 650 gals there listening to speakers and worshiping to music.  On that Friday night, there were areas with crafts, food, games, karaoke, and a photo booth.  
#RockingThePhotoBoothProps
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I've mentioned before that comedy films aren't usually my thing but I had to go watch A Bad Moms Christmas with my gal pals Saturday.  The first one had me rollin' so I knew this one was gonna be just as good.  It was oh-so-raunchy but oh-so-funny.
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What's your randomness for the week?

One Christmas Bear - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

I received book for review from Tommy Nelson.  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.


Book Overview:

Count the joys of Christmas with Christmas Bear and his arctic friends in One Christmas Bear, the new holiday-shaped board book for toddlers and preschoolers by Anne Vittur Kennedy.

My Review:

A perfect board book for the holidays, One Christmas Bear is told in rhyme.  With cute animal illustrations, each page spread has a numeric progression.  For instance, there's two funny foxes, three rabbits jumping, and four flying eagles.  Parents reading this book to their kids can reflect on the fun things that Christmas has to offer.  They can also go over number counts and point out the number of each item or thing featured.  This book is short, sweet, and full of holiday cheer.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Wild Zoo Train - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

I received book for review from Rowman & Littlefield.  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.

Book Overview:

This zany Wild Zoo Train is off on a mysterious adventure! Choo-choo-choo goes the Wild Zoo Train. Ding-ding-ding goes the bell on the roof. Clickerty-clack go the wheels on the track. A zoo train full of children takes a mysterious turn into the wilds. As each train trip becomes more and more wild, curious children observe the whimsical world around them. Wild Zoo Train takes readers on a wild, animal-filled adventure through canyons, jungles, the arctic poles, and more!

My Review:

A hardcover book with cute and zany illustrations, Wild Zoo Train tells of two kids who happen up on a zoo train.  What they don't realize is that this train isn't going to your ordinary zoo.  It takes them on a journey to a canyon, the Amazon jungle, an African savanna, and Antarctica.  On each stop the kids encounter species who live in those particular regions.  

This book is short and fun, with wacky animal illustrations.  There is some repetition every few pages, describing how the wheels on the track go Clickety-Clack and the bell on the roof goes Ding-ding-ding.  After reading it a couple times, I think kids will get a kick out of memorizing the repetitive verse.  Take your kids all aboard the Wild Zoo Train!!
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Sausage and Sage Stuffing - Thanksgiving Recipe

I posted this recipe a couple years ago but wanted to bring it back again because it's a great dish for Thanksgiving.  I'm not one to usually gorge on stuffing but I can't say the same of this variety.  #NoControl
My son, Adam, is making this for our Thanksgiving meal this Thursday.


Sausage and Sage Stuffing

Brown 1 lb. Bob Evans Sage Sausage in skillet.  Drain sausage.  Place one stick of butter in same frying pan with 1 medium diced onion and 2-3 stalks of diced celery.  Sautee for approximately 8-10 minutes.  Add 1 tsp. thyme and 1 1/2 tsp. sage.  Add sausage back in and sauté for 2 minutes.

In large bowl, tear Italian or French bread into bite size pieces.  Add sausage mixture.  Pour in one 32 oz. box of chicken stock or broth.  Then mix in one beaten egg.

Spread everything out in a 13x9 greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life - Book Review

I received book for review.  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.


Book Overview:

How could our world be different if Christians were recognized for not only speaking the truth, but also demonstrating mercy?  What would our lives be like if we reacted to our common culture with not just biblical facts, but also grace and compassion?

For more than 25 years, Marvin Olasky has offered this kind of viewpoint in his columns as the Editor-in-Chief of World Magazine, the leading news magazine written with a Christian perspective. In this collection of far-ranging columns, Olasky's commentary on world events and affairs, as well as his own personal interactions, encourages readers to respond with both grace and truth in every encounter.

A leading voice for standing for biblical truth in the public square, Olasky also believes Christians should incorporate the biblical virtues of humility, kindness, and mercy in all of life. His call for biblical values to include both truth and mercy makes his voice stand out in a world that often falsely divides those goals and settles for a poor imitation of the robust Christianity described in Scripture. These short and punchy columns offer readers a new way to consider challenges in today's world and shows them how to respond to any encounter biblically, but not hysterically, providing a wake-up call for the complacent, while also calming the frantic.
Learn more, read a sample, and purchase a copy.

About the Author:

Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of "World News Group," a distinguished chair in journalism and public policy at Patrick Henry College, and the author of more than twenty books, including "Compassionate Conservatism" and "The Tragedy of American Compassion." He and his wife, Susan, have four sons and five grandchildren.

Find out more about Marvin at http://stores.newgrowthpress.com.

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My Review:

I've been to church most of my life.  What I wasn't taught until the current church I attend is that "It's about relationship, not religion".  In a nutshell, it means we can be can preach the Bible all we want and try to force our views until we're blue in the face, but that just makes us like the Pharisees.  God doesn't want organized religion; He wants personal relationships.

Although author, Marvin Olasky, has written several books World View is the first of his I've read.  This book features a compilation of columns written by Mr. Olasky throughout the years, from 1997 to 2016.  When Christians are attacked for their beliefs or morals, it is best to respond with a truthful but graceful voice.  Attacking back does no good.  The compilations in this book reiterate that.  Some of the topics covered are politics, abortion, and race.  I found World View to be very insightful and it got me thinking about how I present myself in certain situations.  I did find it hard to completely comprehend the author's views because I felt some of the sentences he used were not easy to discern.  I don't mind a book that makes me really think, but I sometimes get lost when words are too academic.  I liked this book and its overall concept, but glossed over some of the columns because I found them to be too scholarly. 

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PUR attitude 2017 Holiday Sale - #purattitude

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