Monday, December 31, 2018

You're the STAR - Week#1 GARDEN (January 2019)

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WELCOME to the January 2019 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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CHANGE - 4 Truths

WELCOME to GARDEN feature week of the January 2019 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your GARDEN week Hosts 
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This week is GARDEN feature week
Swing by the GARDEN Hosts blogs:
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling, outdoor activities &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  repurposed ideas, outdoor concerns, posts relating to farm animals etc all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the December 2018 "You're the Star" blog hop)
A Grove of Fresh Minimalist Christmas Trees by Faeries & Fauna
Fresh Christmas Trees with a DIY Farmhouse Sign focal point.
 Forced White Amaryllis by Comfort Spring

#amaryllis #forcedbulb for #christmas #winter #flowers #white #hippeastrum

20 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Gardeners by Angie The Freckled Rose
20 Perfect Holiday Gifts For Gardeners | The holiday season is here! This means that it's the time we all start searching for that perfect gift for our friends and family. For those of us who love to dig in the dirt, this list has everything from planters to stocking stuffers and everything in-between. | angiethefreckledrose
Skippers at BGO by Stone Cottage Adventures

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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

The Only Promise Keeper

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The Only Promise Keeper

As the New Year approaches, many of us make a list of resolutions or promises that we vow to stick to in the coming months.  These promises might only last a few days, weeks or maybe months but eventually we fall back into our old habits.

Who is the Only True Promise Keeper you might ask?  
Of course the answer is our Lord God Almighty.

What does God promise?
Answer:  God promises eternal life to those who accept His gift of forgiveness and love.

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God does NOT lie, therefore ALL of His promises will come true.

"For God so love the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

All you have to do is accept this gift of freedom from sin through Jesus Christ, God's only Son.  Jesus was crucified, buried and rose again so that everyone who believes and accepts this gift of forgiveness will live forever in heaven.

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Our life on earth is short in comparison to eternity but God is patient with us.  He does NOT want anyone to perish.

However, there is a consequence if we never accept God's Salvation through Jesus Christ - the consequence is death!

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 6:23

Please don't let another second go by - repent, accept God's gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and live forever!


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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Top 18 Posts from 2018

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Top 18 Posts from 2018

I started this blog 7 years ago and at the end of every year I reminisce about the previous year featuring my favorite moments.   Below you will find my digital review through the top 18 blog posts from

Please click on each title below to view the entire post - ENJOY!
Orange Mahogany Sunflower Variety

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Rosehip Applesauce RECIPE
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I Finally Captured a Hummingbird (on Camera)

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15 Tips/Reminders:  When a Loved One is in the Hospital
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Pepparkakor - Swedish Ginger Cookie RECIPE
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Becoming a Christian Soldier - BELT OF TRUTH


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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Cranberry Walnut Biscotti Made With Whole Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberry Walnut Biscotti

I am not from Italian descent but I absolutely adore the Italian biscotti cookie and I always experiment with new flavors each year.  This year's biscotti cookie uses some leftover whole cranberry sauce.

Last year I featured my Swirled Mocha Almond Biscotti RECIPE
For more of my favorite biscotti creations:
My Cookie Creation Countdown ebook 

Today, however, you do not have to buy my ebook for this festive biscotti recipe!

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Printable Recipe

2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup salted butter (softened)
1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce (blended in blender until cranberry chunks are chopped)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts (lightly toasted first)
2 cups cups flour

extra flour for kneading and rolling (no more than 1/2 cup)

Begin by preparing ingredients as listed above (toasting walnuts & then chopping, blending whole cranberry sauce).  In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and the sugar has been dissolved.  Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat just until combined.  With a wooden spoon stir in the flour and baking powder.  Now stir in the walnuts.  On a lightly floured surface knead until smooth (see first two pictures above - the dough will start out being extremely sticky.  Add a few tablespoons of flour at a time making sure NOT to exceed 1/2 cup extra flour).  

Divide/cut the dough into 2 halves.  Form each dough half into a log.  Place the dough logs on a parchment lined cookie sheet & just slightly flatten the logs (see picture above).  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 35 minutes (it all depends on the type of oven that you use) - bake until the outer layer is golden & the middle is fully baked (you might need to cut one in half if you have never made these before to make sure that they are fully baked- see sixth picture below) - do NOT overbake - it is a dense dough but you will need to be able to cut them into biscotti slices.

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Remove from the oven and cool for about 5 minutes.  Now begin slicing each log (see picture below) - slice at a diagonal and the pieces will be larger and more oblong.

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Once you have finished slicing - return the sliced pieces to the parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Bake for about 10 minutes (or until very light golden on the bottom side).  Remove from the oven & turn each biscotti over and bake for about 10 minutes on the other side.

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Allow the biscotti to cool completely before dipping one end in melted chocolate (see picture below)

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Store your biscotti cookies in an airtight container in a cool dry place (I usually put mine in the garage - Michigan winters make my garage a perfect temperature for storing cookies).

Serve with a "dunking" beverage like coffee, hot chocolate or milk & ENJOY!

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