Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Booking it with Becca

Book Review: A Miracle for Jen

Who is the author of suffering?  Is it Satan, as some would have us believe?  Or does God ordain suffering to accomplish His purposes?

Jen Barrick was a godly 15 year old girl with talent and beauty.  She was shy when it came to sharing the Gospel, but she prayed desperately for God to help her with boldness and desired to be used for His glory. 

A drunk driver hit her family's van head-on, on their way home from church one evening. The family should not have survived by all accounts.  Jen experienced massive head trauma and was in a coma for 5 weeks.  Unable to respond to questions she began to express her thoughts and they were ones that glorified her Heavenly Father.  Her first words were prayers and praise songs.  It seemed while she was doing all these things she was not even hurt.  She was completely healed.  However, that was not the case.   

 Miracle for Jen is a book about the power of prayer and letting God use weakness to accomplish His will.  Jen's mom, Linda Barrick, authored the book with the help of John Perry and she provides detailed insight into Jen's slow recovery from a brain injury.  The accident gave Jen a boldness to share her faith in public.  Jen will never physically be what she once was, she will never do cheer leading or play sports, but God has used her into as a vessel He is able to use. 

I was very enthralled in this book. I could not put it down.  It does get a little long.  After about page 200 it is like, okay we get it.  I skimmed most of the last 100 pages or so, because it was basically the same story over and over but in a different place and time. It got exhausting.

I particularly like Jen's journals prior to the accident which were full of prayers and praise to God.  They revealed what was hidden in her heart.  The accident caused what was in her heart to be spoken.  Most brain injury's come out angry, cursing at the world.  Jen never experienced any of that.  I wonder how I would react, what would my true inner thoughts be? 

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Heaven's Lessons by Steve Sjogren

This book is about a man who went in for a simple procedure and "died" on the operating table. Steve happened to be a very unlucky man, it is rare, but only one in every thirty thousand are born without a gallbladder. So perhaps the biggest reason his surgery had such complications were because the doctors were laparscopically trying to remove something he didn't even have to begin with.

 Steve was pronounced dead for one hour and fifteen minutes. He says he saw himself floating above his body and watching the doctors work on him in the OR. Steve notes that he awoke with people in a circle around him, people he never knew, who died in that hospital in years before. He never saw God but heard His voice which sounded like a mixture of men's, women's and children's voices all mixed together.

This was not the first book I have read about near death experiences and I would not see it as one of the best books I have read on this subject. I preferred Todd Burpo in "Heaven Changes Everything". I was very turned off in the beginning where he talked about his time as extracting demons for others who were "lost."  I honestly almost did not finish reading this book.

 I received this book free through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mixes Part 2

Last time I talked a little about the pancake mix I made.  My kiddo's absolutely love pancakes and waffles.  I was spending a lot of Bisquick or making my own not so yummy homemade versions.  With this recipe I think we have finally found a keeper.  Inexpensive and easy to make large batches for those "oops we are out of milk" moments.

The website I adapted this from is FULL of mix ideas.  This lady has mixes from biscuits to tortilla's.  Any sort of mix you could dream up and she has it.  She is amazing.

adapted from HERE

Perfect Pancake Mix

8 C. Unbleached flour
2 C. Nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 C. sugar
3 Tbsp. baking powder
1 1/2 Tbsp. baking soda
  1tsp. salt

In a large bowl, whisk all ingredients together.  Store in large airtight container.

When you are done mixing them together find a large container to store it in.  I used a container I used for my bread flour.  It's a lock in lock so it is airtight.  I went ahead and taped the recipe on the outside of this one as well.  I have the directions for pancakes and waffles on there too.  I did not realize until very recently that pancakes and waffles are not the same recipe.  Who knew.  Now I know why my pancaked always turn out horrible!

Lets say my kids and husband are much happier now that I have that figured out. 

Simple as that.  I could not believe how easy these mixes are to make and have on hand! They used a few of the same ingredients so while it may have been costly to make initially, I think once I start making them more often that cost will go down.  I didn't realize the dried milk was so expensive.  Seriously!


Monday, February 4, 2013

Mixes Part 1

So my Pinterest idea's for last week and this week were to make the homemade pancake/waffle mix along with the cream of something soup mix.

The first one I worked on was the Cream of Something soup.  This is like the Condensed Cream of Mushroom, chicken, celery, ect.  Only it is a dry mix that, when you need some cream of for a recipe you just add water.  Living in this tiny village this version is MUCH less expensive then buying a $1.99 can of shurfine cream of something.  PLUS, it's a lot healthier and I know exactly what is in it. 

Recipe adapted from HERE:

Cream of "whatever" soup recipe
1 cup non-fat dried milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup bouillon (if you have cubes you have to smash them up)(I used Wildtree's Chicken Bouillon)
  You can use whatever kind you like (ie, beef, veggie)
4 Tablespoons minced onions
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon pepper
(For the equivalent of one can of condensed cream soup, mix 1/3 cup dry mix with 1 1/4 cup water. Cook until thick)

Here is my container.  As you can see I just taped the recipe right on top. Another hint I got from the lady I adapted this from.  It's perfect because when I need my cream of soup, I can just look right on here for the recipe to make it, instead of searching through my recipe box.  Because let's face it, who is going to search when they need it?  I don't, and if I do I can't find it!  

Let me know if you give this a try! I have it all made up, but have yet to use it.  I am making a chicken recipe later this week that calls for some, so we shall see.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Booking it with Becca

 Hey Friends! Who has been keeping up on their reading this year?! I have not read near the amount of books I have wanted to.  I did however, receive a book in the mail and have been asked to review it.  I will be honest, I was crazy excited that someone sent me a free book and all I have to do is read it and write about it.

I was going to wait until I was completely finished with the entire book, but I am enjoying it so much that I wanted to give a little review on it.

Stumbling on Open Ground: Love, God, Cancer, and Rock ‘n’ Roll
Written By: Ken Mansfield
Stumbling on Open Ground is a true-life story of a man’s journey with cancer and his walk with God. The story starts out with one of his experiences in the music business, involving the death of John Lennon.  The book is from the point of view of the man going through these trials, while his wife puts in her thoughts at the beginning of each chapter. Almost as a diary entry. All through the book it talks about the battles and struggles along with his faith and how it all is related to his walk with God.

I was not into this book when I first started. The first couple of chapters where he takes us back to the death of John Lennon had me completely confused. However, as I kept reading, I became more  engrossed with the narrative by Ken Mansfield. I particularly liked reading about his wife's thoughts throughout this journey.
While I have not been through cancer, I have been through an experience that has had me struggling with my faith right along side Ken Mansfield.  I thought some of these thoughts and found his words to be such an inspiration. When I was struggling I did not have the kind of faith to just trust. I questioned time and time again my own faith.  Reading this story really took me back to that year and made me think about my own faith and how I showed it during that time. 
Whether you are going through cancer, or any other trial I urge you to read this book.  His words are a huge inspiration.  He will definitely make you ask those questions and really dig deep about your own walk with Christ.

BookSneeze® provided me with a copy of this book. I was not paid in anyway to write the review. All thoughts and words are my own.

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You may have noticed I did not post this week so I could get some comments for the giveaway! I wanted it to stay at the top all week, so that more people had a chance to enter.

This week has been full of craziness. The eating habits have been horrible.  We ate in for every meal this week except last night.  We tried out a pizza from a lady that makes them here in town.  While it definitely is not Pizza Hut it wasn't bad.  

Why am I telling you about what we ate for supper?!  Well, the night before we actually had pizza as well. Only it was a "Wildtree Pizza."  I used the dough and the seasoning for pizza sauce.  I will say that compared with the two my kiddo's ate the ENTIRE Wildtree pizza, while there is over half of the other left!   That speaks for itself. 

 Our Cheese balls also made an appearance for snack again this week. Along, with some left over zucchini that didn't go on the pizza.  

What have you all been doing for supper/snacks?  Be sure to check in! There may be prizes in it!!! ;)