Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summer fun: Homemade Fudge Bars!!

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Well, last week it was roasting hot. Today it is a perfect summer day so I made homemade fudge pops! They were so chocolately and yummy! And they were so simple to make! Here's what you do:

Mix together 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14oz), 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 1tsp vanilla extract until smooth. Mine looked like this:
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Then you pour into molds. If you don't have molds you can use paper cups. I actually think they are easier because these froze a little soft set (even after overnight freezing) and you can just peel the paper cup away. The sticks came out of my actual molds and we have to use a spoon to eat them!
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Then you freeze at least 4 hours. Last you enjoy!!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Women of Faith 2011

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 I am super duper excited to write this post about Women of Faith!!! Why, you ask? Well, I'll tell ya. I've never been to one. I've heard about them and dreamed about going for years but my boys ages always kept me from going since I'd have to spend the night. Finally, my youngest is old enough to stay with daddy! Also, I won two registrations through booksneeze.com! I review books for them and when the opportunity came up to win 2 registrations to a location near me this fall I jumped at the chance and was ecstatic to be one that was chosen!!

So what exactly is Women of Faith? Well according to their website Women of Faith is a faith-based women’s organization encouraging women of all ages and stages in life to grow in faith and spiritual maturity through a relationship with Jesus Christ and an understanding of God’s love and grace. In other words, God love you know matter what and desires for you to have a relationship with His Son, Jesus! And to do this there is worship, humor and the love of Jesus shown through speakers.

This year the following women are speaking at the confrence nearest me: Sheila Walsh, Luci Swindoll, Lisa Harper, Angie Smith, and drama by Nicole Johnson (she does an amazing job. I've seen her on youtube doing something called The Invisible Woman and the impact it had on me!) Music is by Mary Mary and Natalie Grant and special guest is Henry Cloud. You can always read all about Women of Faith by clicking on any of the links on their name.

This event has always looked amazing, inspiring and God breathing fresh life into women everywhere! I cannot wait to go! And lucky for you I will be blogging all about it when I am done! I am sure it will be a life changing weekend for me!

Here is a little video that gives you a bit of an example of what goes on at a Women of Faith event. I'm sure it will get you as excited about it as I am! (to turn off my music scroll down to near the bottom of the screen. It's on the right hand side and is a black box. Simply click pause!)



And you can click HERE to see if there is an event near you!

Pie throwing fun!

So at VBS this year the Rev was ever so generous in agreeing to get a pie in his face at the closing. Knowing I would never have another opportunity like this I graciously offered to be the pie thrower! It was all in love and the Rev was a super good sport!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Secrets of the Vine for Women; review and giveaway!

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I'm not even sure where to begin on this book! Secrets of the Vine for Women by Darlene Wilkinson was a wonderful and short read. It was based off of the vineyard analogy Jesus used in John 15 to his disciples. Many people have heard it. I am the vine, you are the branches. The thought of being pruned in my life isn't something that I ever enjoy. However, it is necessary to bear fruit for God. It is exactly like the pruning and tending of a vineyard. To bear more fruit you have to cut away the bad and unproductive stuff in your life.

And if you've read anything of my blog you know I am a Martha type of person. Always doing. I feel like if I'm sitting and being quiet or still then I am not...I don't even know what the word is but I feel like something is wrong! That is why the parts about Mary and Martha in this book struck home with me. I struggle daily with being Martha so when I read in the book, "Mary had chosen to be with Him, and that was better than doing for Him." YIKES! How often am I rushing around doing so much that I don't actually sit and spend quality time with the Lord of my life?!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely reccommend it to any woman. It really makes it clear what John 15 is all about. And now you can win your very on copy right here!

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Contest will run until midnight eastern time on July 26th. Winner will be chosen by random.org on or after July 27th. Winner has 48hrs to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Good luck!

I recieved this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah for free to review. All opinions are my own. I was not asked to do a giveaway and am doing it on my own.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2 years ago today...

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My Father in law with my 4 youngest right after T was born.


It's been 2yrs since my father in law passed away. It all started on May 31st, Memorial Day, my father in law and mother in law were going to come down to visit and have a picnic with us. My father in law had been dealing with a blood cancer already and had to have chemo. He was a little sick and went back to the hospital instead that day. They ended up doing a brain scan where they found 2 brain tumors. He was given radiation on those tumors. He had numerous scans to check his body for cancer and they found a mass in his chest. They did a biopsy and it was melanoma that had metastasized to his brain. We were upset but knew that our God was bigger than this. We prayed and hoped. We were able to go and be with my in laws for most of the time he was in the hospital. Still though, he grew worse and worse. So bad that we didn't want my boys to see him. He was everything to my boys and they to him as well. Finally he slipped into a coma and was taken to a nursing home where my husband, brother in law, and mother in law stood vigil around the clock. My sister in law and I would visit daily as well as numerous family and friends. My "dad" had signed a paper saying he did not want any measures to help him live. No IV's, no feeding tubes, no nothing. So we waited and prayed and talked to him. He went in on a Thursday and on Monday, July 6th he finally passed immediately after my mother in law had left his room that night.

I will never forget the impact this has had on my family. He loved my boys so deeply. He came down to see them every chance he got. Even when he worked he made the time.  And so to make a difference, even if it is small, I want to raise money for cancer research. I will do this by doing the relay for life. This is my second year and I'll be walking on Saturday. I want people to know that if you haven't been affected yet by cancer you probably will be (meaning you or someone you know) will get cancer. I will never forget the hurt and pain we went through in watching my father in law struggle. I will walk in remembrance of  "dad".

And I wanted to add that although it is the most recent time my family has had to deal with a loved one dealing with cancer it's not the only time it's happened. My granmother had breast cancer and is a survivor. My other grandmother battled colon cancer for many years and passed away when I was about 16. My husbands grandma battled breast cancer and survived for years after. And his aunt (my father in law's sister) also passed away from cancer. So this is something that is way too close to home and I want to make a difference even if it is small.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Nutri-Vet Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil and BestPetHealth.com review and giveaway!

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The winner chosen by Random.org is #5 Little Painted Polka Dots! She's already responded. Congrats!

I love my dogs. They are part of my family. Everyday they share in our lives and make it a bit better. This is why I was excited to get the chance to review the Nutri-Vet Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil from Best Pet Health. Now, most people know that fish oils benefit humans but it is also beneficial to dogs as well. The Nutri-Vet Wild Alaskan Salmon oil has omega-3 and -6 fatty acids that aren't found in normal dog food. It also has EPA and DHA. All of these promote healthy skin, glossy coats and support the immune system of our precious dogs. Also, this pure oil is made only from wild, non-farmed Alaskan salmon. On the ingredient label it lists, Salmon Oil and Rosemary Extract.



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I have been giving this to my two dogs for a few weeks and I think it is helping! I have a yellow lab, Princess, who is 5 years old. She is pretty picky about foods and tastes and surprisingly she liked it! (It does smell and I'm assuming tastes like Salmon!) You do one pump per 10lbs of dog. She is 50lbs and so I would do 5 pumps into her daily moist food. I would do the same with my chihuahua mix. She gets two pumps and is 13yrs old. She's not so picky and wolfs it right down!

Also, take a look at Best Pet Health. They have products for both dogs and cats like bone and joint, vitamin and mineral, condition specific and much more! The site is easy to navigate and they also offer free shipping on orders over $45!  They also have low cost shipping, fast delivery and it is produced in the USA!

One of my favorite items that I like is the Grass Guard. My yard has bare spots where my dogs go. There's not much I can do, at least I thought, until I discovered Grass Guard! I want to give it a try as well! Now you know you want to see my dogs eating up the Nutri-vet Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil so I made a little video of them eating it. You may need to pause my music playing by scrolling down all the way and looking on the right for a black box.


Overall I've been pleased with the Nutri-Vet Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil and I do think it is making my dogs coats shinier and giving them better overall health. Now it is your turn to try it for yourself with your dog! Best Pet Health has generously offered one of my readers their own bottle of Nutri-Vet Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil!

Entries (please leave a separate comment for each entry):
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This contest will run until July 18th, 2011 at midnight eastern time. A winner will be chosen using random.org. I was given Nutri-Vet Salmon oil to try for free to review. All opinions are my own. All information was taken from Best Pet Health website and all pictures as well with the exception of my video.