Monday, September 29, 2014

Cheesemaking Help, News and Information

Cheesemaking Help, News and Information

A Very Fine House

A Mother's Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth.
A Very Fine House is a very fine read.

Just finished this and it was, for sure riveting.
From a Norman Rockwell picture perfect life to a parent's nightmare. From the family princess to a homeless drug addict.
But...from a comfortable life, to despair, anguish and strong faith. To freedom. What a story!
A gift to any parent of an addict, or anyone related in any way for that matter. I'd also add that it would be of special interest to those who love someone with a mental illness, personality disorder, or is otherwise sometimes a "handful". Worry, anxiety, betrayal- it all follows when you have someone in your life who is out of control. 
Barb wrote this book in such a voice that I was there, if you know what I mean. She wrote honestly and openly and her pearls of wisdom are invaluable. I walked her journey with her as she told it and major life lessons unfolded. I highly suggest a visit to her site. She has kept the information, advice and resources coming. If the book offers hope the site will be of practical benefit. As a matter of fact follow this link and watch a video. This wonderful woman will even come and speak!
Although there were many painful moments it was a relief to see  that Barb and her family actually received more than they lost by the end. The Lord came through when all hope seemed lost. Barb calls her Annie the hero and I'll agree but I'm nominating Barb for Mother of the Year!
Fantastic read. Helpful beyond what I imagined. Barb has a quick wit and sharp mind and serves us well by educating us and not merely relaying her experience but showing us the way to get through. Not only to survive but pick up the pieces and really live, no matter the outcome.
I highly recommend this book as a great and enthralling read- well-written, but also as a source of help and example of handling one of our culture's most difficult of situations for some families. 
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased written review.

Monday, September 15, 2014

❤️Our Dentist

Our dentist and his staff are excellent. The office isn't fancy, because all the extra money made goes to their missionary trips to do free dental work in 3rd world countries. My youngest son thinks going to a dental appointment is a grand treat. I'm sure it's because they are so kind to him. Does this look like a kid who is having cavities filled I ask you? No. The assistant working with him goes to church with us.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Simple Thai Food Cookbook Review

So, I don't eat Thai food often. Simply because it's not readily available where I live. I do, however, love it. It seems too complicated to make, and the ingredients too hard to obtain. This book made it reasonable. Whew!
The recipes are lovely and like all cookbooks, there are a sprinkling in it that don't appeal to me, but on the whole, majority wins for deliciousness. The full color, glossy photos are a treat for the eyes. Being visual, I almost never even bother with a cookbook without them.
Just being honest.
I adore the visual beauty of this book- the Thai language at the top of each recipe adds interest.

There's a helpful glossary in the back.
There's also a section that teaches you some Thai basics like seasoning blends, sauces, pastes, etc.

This book is useable and it's so lovely I think it's a great gift idea.
*I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased written review*

Friday, August 15, 2014

Rainy Day Ride

It started out sunny...

Watching the rain from the indoor arena.

Kito wanted a bath too. He watched while I hosed Fancy down.

And rolled. 

That's what horses do after a bath. It's why I rarely do it. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Trick My Mixer

So have you seen all of the brilliant ideas on Pinterest to trick out your Kitchenaid Mixer? I have long drooled over them myself.
This weekend I had a few girlfriends over for potluck lunch hen party. We brought our Kitchenaids and two if the brilliant, crafty ones brought a laptop and Cricket with sheets of vinyl in various colors.

Here's what we accomplished together:  
Bethany chose a bird and scripture- super cute!

Cyndie chose crowns and some Hebrew. 
Here's her partially done:

Excuse the mess on my counters please. With 13 of us eating we had a fair bit of clutter around. Much fun though.

Here's mine and I absolutely love it!

I know. It's darling!! And I got to spend the day with marvelous people and beautiful children.