Monday, September 22, 2014

SEPTEMBER 2014 Great Blog Train RESULTS with Features & Giveaway Winner

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The 21st GREAT BLOG TRAIN was a blast! - We all safely reached our destination: DISNEYLAND, CALIFORNIA. It was a wonderful trip with 42 boxcars!! We (the Engineers) would like to thank all of you for travelling with us and we hope that you all had a wonderful time!
The Giveaway Winner is: K.C.
(I have contacted the winner by email)

W   A   N   T   E   D  :

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(Being a "Destination Cohost" means that you get to pick our next destination!!  It also means that you will post The Great Blog Train on your blog on the first Wednesday of whatever month you will be cohosting (1 different cohost per month).  We (the engineers or hosts) will provide you with the html code for the blog hop & for the Giveaway - all you will have to do is add into that post some information on the destination that you picked (like population, known for, location etc - basic family friendly facts) and add a few pictures.  Also, if you cohost we ask that you promote it on your social media sites) (We are now scheduling for December 2014).

If you are interested in being a Co-host for the Great Blog Train then please click HERE and fill out the form (THANK YOU!!)

We are now featuring the top 3 Boxcars!  (These are the links that received the most clicks)
Easy No Bake Granola Bars by Heidi's Wanderings

Verses for When You Need Acceptance by Faithful Feat

Please join us for the OCTOBER Great Blog Train
on October 1st, 2014!

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Revive those old blog posts with the "Post Swap Program"  - I will place a blog post of your choosing on my blog & then in return you will place one of my blog posts on your blog!

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Bloggers sign up Today to get listed on the "2014 Holiday Gift Guide" that will roll out full force Oct 25 thru Dec 25, 2014 . Many bloggers will be participating so its going to be huge !
Right now Sign up is Free and Limited !
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Importance of Prayer - COMFORT

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The Importance of Prayer - C O M F O R T

The featured Bible passage today is 2 Corinthians 1:3&4 - it is all about COMFORT.

Let's look that word up in the dictionary:
Comfort - consolation in time of trouble or worry, a feeling of relief or encouragement, to give strength & hope to, to ease the grief or trouble of.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."  2 Corinthians 1:3&4

I just love the words "all" & "any" - two small words that make this scripture passage so powerful.  God will comfort us in ALL our troubles.  We might be feeling sadness & loneliness from the loss of a loved one, or  worry and fear about a serious illness - all troubles no matter how large or small are made tolerable by God's comfort.  Also, the fact that the word "will" is used - "God WILL comfort us." - there's no doubt there - God will comfort us in all our troubles.

Then, we are to pass it on by using this Godly comfort to console and encourage those around us:  "so that we can comfort those in ANY trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."  The word "any" is so important here - for example - we might think that worrying about a pet rabbit is worthless but we are supposed to use this Godly comfort to console others in ANY trouble.  Even if the "trouble" seems stupid to us we must comfort just as our Heavenly Father comforted us!  

How do we get this Godly comfort you might ask?
Through prayer, meditation on God's Word (the Bible), through other believers, from God through His Holy Spirit.  There have been times when I felt the need to call an old friend and then when I finally make that call I find out that they are going through a difficult time and needed to be comforted. 

Pay attention to the urgings of the Holy Spirit because God might be urging you to show someone that same comfort that God first gave you.


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Introducing Week#4 Cohosts for the September 2014 #ChainLinkyCLIMB

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Please welcome The September 2014 Chain "Linky" CLIMB 
week#4 co-hosts: 

April from "100lb Countdown"
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100 lb Countdown

 April is our permanent week#4 co-host.  Checkout what's been happening on "100lb Countdown" lately:

Creative Style Link Up

Turn It Up Tuesday Celebrates One Year!

Clash of the Couples
 Silvie from "My Silly Little Gang"
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My Silly Little Gang
Sylvie is joining us again!  Checkout what's been happening on "My Silly Little Gang" lately:
Enter the Fall Sauce & Hat Giveaway 
Free Tickets to Alexander the Terrible, Horrible, No Good
Enter to Win Over $1000 in Prizes
Heidi from "Heidi's Wanderings"
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Heidi’s Wanderings
Heidi is joining us again!  Checkout what's been happening on "Heidi's Wanderings" lately:
Star Wars Humor 
Wake Up Wednesday Linky
 Bev from "Eclectic Red Barn"
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Eclectic Red Barn
Bev is joining us again!  Checkout what's been happening on "Eclectic Red Barn" lately:
Mexican Hot Dish 
Wildlife In My Driveway?
Old Mirror Holds Surprise

We are looking for wonderful Bloggers like YOU to cohost the September & October CLIMB!!
(please sign up in the "linky" at the very end where it says "sign up to cohost HERE")
It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 
With our 11th CLIMB GIVEAWAY!
Networking means helping each other grow!! 
If you want to promote a CLIMB link, then use #ChainLinkyCLIMB on Twitter or Google+ so that we can all help each other grow!
Here's how the Giveaway & Co-hosting works - the co-hosts from the previous month's CLIMB will have the opportunity to participate in a Giveaway during the next CLIMB - that gives co-hosts 2 months in a row of blog growing fun!!  (If you would like to co-host please sign up at the end of this post using the last "Linky")
Please enter below -one person will win:
- $10 Paypal Cash
- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise for 30 days - $30 value
- Turbo Sponsor Spot on 100lb Countdown - $10 value

- 1 Ad Space on Cuddlebug Cuties - $10 value
- 1 Ad Space on Sew Crafty Angel - $15 value
- 1 Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $15 value
- $10 Gift Certificate to Kelly Michelle's Etsy Shop
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$10 GIFT CERTIFICATE to KellyMichelle's Etsy Shop:  "Kelly Michelle Art"
(Digital Art PDF Printables)

Total prize value is $100!!

CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:
- this is open worldwide (void where prohibited)
- You must be 18 years or older to enter 
- You MUST have a valid Paypal account to win the Paypal Cash (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- You MUST have a blog to win the Ad spaces (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- You understand that if you win & you go over the $10 Gift Certificate (from Kelly Michelle's Etsy Shop) that you will be responsible for the amount above $10
- This Giveaway is open from August 30th, 2014 until September 28th, 2014
- Winner must respond within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - SEPTEMBER 2014 CLIMB blog hop co-hosts ARE allowed to enter this Giveaway (provided they are not also part of the Giveaway)
- correspondence is done through email and the winner's email addresses will only be used to deliver or set-up e-prizes.  Email addresses will NEVER be sold or shared.
- Paypal Cash will be delivered by Angel.  All other prizes will be delivered by the contributing Bloggers.
- if you have any questions or concerns about this Giveaway please email one of the hosts:
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Now onto the CLIMB (blog hop):
We have changed it up a bit - instead of linking your homepage you may now link up to 4 of your family friendly blog posts per month!!

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By participating in this blog hop your understand that your link might be promoted on social media.  Also, by participating in this blog hop your email address will be added to our CLIMB list & you will be sent an email reminder next month.
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Remember - If you co-host you will receive a free Weekly Sidebar Ad and your blog button will appear on both Angie's blog & Angel's blog!!

(The Ad will run live a few weeks after you have co-hosted)

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Please checkout this month's wonderful Sponsor!!

Cynthia Tessmer from
"Shoreline Designed" creates Natural Beach Stone Jewelry
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Find out more about this amazing artist CLICK HERE 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Easy Dessert #Recipe - Phyllo Apple Logs

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Easy Dessert Recipe - Phyllo Apple Log

I don't normally buy/use Phyllo dough/sheets for 2 reasons: 
1.  They are too expensive
2.  I prefer made from scratch. 
However, I made an exception this time (actually my mom gave me a package of Phyllo Dough - Thank you mom!)

This dessert is so easy to make!  Not only does it combine the delicious flavors of apple, cinnamon & lemon but it also combines the crispy flaky outer texture with the silky inner texture of the apple filling.

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1/2 package of Phyllo Pastry Sheets/dough
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2+ teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
4 large Macintosh Apples (washed, cored, peeled & chopped)
Butter for "dotting" the filling
melted butter & cinnamon sugar for dusting on top

Prepare the apples as listed above.  In a medium mixing bowl combine the cut apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar & flour - stir until combined (see picture above). 

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To Assemble:
See picture above
Step 1 - Take 2 sheets of Phyllo dough & spread 1/4 of the apple filling diagonally across these 2 Phyllo sheets
Step 2 - Place some chunks of butter on top of the filling (about 1 to 2 teaspoons of butter per "Apple log")
Step 3 - Fold - take the tip and fold up, then fold in the right & left side & begin rolling until the end of the sheets & it will be cylindrical in shape or like a log.
Step 4 - Continue rolling all 4 logs (if you only use 2 sheets per log then you will only be using 1/2 of the Phyllo package ) Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Step 5 - Brush melted butter on top of each log
Step 6 - Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of each log

Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the desired golden brown color &/or texture is achieved.

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Contents will be hot!! 
Allow to cool, serve & ENJOY!!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

BLOGGER OPP!! - The Ultimate Holiday Giveaway - Sign up Now!

Another great Blogger Opp from M.O.O.N. (Make Our Own Network).

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Concord Grape Butter &/or "Grapple" Butter

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Concord Grape Butter

I thought that 2013 was a grape year to remember but this year we have had a bumper crop!  I have already preserved 60 quarts of grape juice!  (click HERE to view how to make your own grape juice).  I still had so many grapes left over that I needed to find new & creative ways to use some of these grapes. 

Have you ever had Apple Butter before?  It's better than jam or jelly because it is silkier in texture and it has a more intense flavor.  So, here is Grape Butter &/or Grapple (Grape & Apple) Butter.

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Grape Butter
16 cups Concord Grapes (removed from the stem, washed & drained)
1 1/2 cups water
2+ cups sugar


Grapple Butter
16 cups Concord Grapes (removed from the stem, washed & drained)
8 Macintosh Apples (washed, quartered & the core removed)
1 cup water
2+ cups sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2+ tablespoons ground cinnamon

Prepare the ingredients as listed above (wash, core etc).  Place the grapes (with the skin & seeds) & (if you are making Grapple Butter) the prepared apples in a large stock pot and add the water (the water will NOT cover the top of the fruit - the purpose of the water is to prevent them from burning and to add a little more fluidity to the butter).  Place the stock pot on a burner over medium heat until you see the water at the bottom start to boil - then cover and turn down the heat to simmer.  Simmer for 1 hour - stirring occasionally.
Before you heat the fruit it will look like the pictures above.
Remove from the heat & allow the simmered fruit to cool (I usually simmer the fruit at night and remove from the heat and let them cool overnight).  Now you will need to use a food strainer ( click here to view the food strainer that I use).  This strainer will remove the skins and seeds from the liquid/butter.  IMPORTANT - make sure that you have the correct screen for your food strainer - the grape seeds will get stuck if you don't have the correct screen - read your user's manual to find out which screen to use).  Continue adding the cooled & simmered fruit until they have all been squeezed through the food strainer.

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1.  Gather your canning jars, lids and rings (you will need 6 or 7 half pints). 
     Canning Basics - Jar Sizes.  Also, gather all other canning supplies: 
2.  In a large stainless steel pot mix the fruit liquid ( - already prepared from above -   
     before step 1) and sugar (NOTE if you are making Grapple Butter then you will also
     add lemon juice & cinnamon now).  Stir until sugar is dissolved.
3.  Place on medium high head and bring the fruit mixture to a full boil.
4.  Turn the heat down & simmer for 2 to 3 hours (stirring every 15 minutes or so)
5.  Make sure that the pot is UNCOVERED! You will notice that the liquid will become
     thicker & thicker - if you like your fruit butter on the thick side then you will want to
     simmer for the full 3 hours (or longer if necessary).
6.  When your butter is almost at the consistency that you desire - then move onto 
7.  Start the water boiling for Jar sterilization:  Sterilizing Jars & Lids
8.  By now your jars should be sterilized and ready to be filled.  Take the jars out of the
     boiling water (I use my jar remover and make sure that the water is drained out of
     each jar).  Fill each jar up to the threads of the jar (about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch of
     head space)
9.  Wipe the rim of each jar with a damp cloth making sure that any fruit butter residue is
     gone (any residue left on the rim can stop the jar from sealing).
10. Place a sterilized lid on each jar and then tighten a ring on each jar.
11. Place all filled jars in a "Water Bath Canner" and process (boil) the jars for 10
      minutes (make sure that the water level in the Canner is 1 inch above the tallest jar)
12. Remove the jars and place them on the counter or table to cool (I always place them
      on a cloth because there have been a few times when a jar cracked and then the
      fruit butter oozed out making a mess - the cloth will help if that happens).  You will
      hear the wonderful popping sound of your jars sealing.
13. Allow the jar to cool for 24 hours and then store in your pantry or in your fruit cellar
      until the winter and then enjoy a little bit of summer.

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I suggest saving some butter and having a little warm Grape/Grapple butter on a piece of toast immediately!!
Serve when it is cooled
Serve months later when you want a bit of summer in the middle of winter

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