Thursday, July 24, 2014

Introducing: Minute Maid ® Juice Bars from J&J Snacks

These refreshing juice bars are perfect for summertime.  They come in three delicious flavors – Grape, Cherry and Orange!

  • Made with 100% Real Fruit Juice!
  • Full day’s supply of Vitamin C!
  • No high fructose corn syrup!
  • Only 60 Calories!
  • Naturally flavored!
  • Three refreshing flavors!

Minute Maid Juice bars are the perfect spring and summer treats. They make perfect additions to:

·         Picnics
·         Memorial Day BBQs
·         Pool Parties
·         End-of-school festivities
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All I have to say is these are my new go to sweet treat.  They are only 40 calories.  They are cold and they taste great.  I love these and I highly recommend them.  Fruit juice frozen rocks!

Love. Period.

Revolutionary Pastor Challenges the Church to Throw Open Its Doors

Nashville, Tenn., March 31, 2014— In response to headlines dubbing America as the “entitlement nation,” hustler-turned-pastor Rudy Rasmus of St. John’s Methodist in Houston calls Christians to love, give, and serve—no matter what.  “How do we dare stand and say we know better than God who is worthy of love and who isn’t?” asks Rasmus.  As the number of working poor and food stamp beneficiaries continues to rise, the plight of the homeless explodes, and churches become alarmingly more exclusive rather than inclusive, Rasmus, contends that love – not judgment, not apathy, not willful ignorance – is the only way anything will change.

In his new book, Love. Period. (Worthy Publishing, July 2014)Rasmus asserts that when Jesus called His followers to love one another, He meant that Christians are to love regardless of class, race, gender, orientation, or past deeds.  Rasmus challenges readers to admit they may be afraid of people who are different from them and then actively seek to build bridges across those divides.

Rasmus knows firsthand the power of love to unite, as one-third of his 9,000-member congregation are or were homeless.  He is also the cofounder of Bread of Life, a nonprofit organization that distributes nine tons of food to the hungry each week and provides Houston families with education, counseling, HIV/AIDS testing, and housing.

“I will not be a part of an institution or religion that judges or marginalizes a person based on race, abilities, gender, orientation, identity, or social status,” declares Rasmus.  “But I will be a part of a Love Revolution that fights for the right of people everywhere to love and be loved by God.”  Love. Period. signals to readers that a new day is rising, where hate and apathy are refused and people live instead in the most daring way possible— loving, period.

Rudy Rasmus has led St. John’s United Methodist Church in Houston with his wife, Juanita, for more than 20 years. St. John’s has more than 9,000 members and is one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country.  A former columnist for O Magazine and the author of Touch, Rasmus attributes the success of the church to a congregation that embraces the vision of tearing down walls of classism, sexism, and racism, and replacing them with unconditional love.  Rudy and Juanita have two daughters.

Worthy Publishing Group ( is a privately held, independent voice in Christian and inspirational publishing, based in Nashville, Tennessee, comprised of three divisions.  Worthy Books publishes a boutique list of trade titles across a broad spectrum of genres, including current events, biography, fiction, devotionals, spiritual and personal growth, and specialized Bibles.  Ellie Claire is a line of gift and paper expressions, and Worthy Inspired is a value-priced, impulse book imprint.

New from Quilts of Love Rival Hearts

They both want the promotion.  But will they find out that it is worth the cost?
Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years.  When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot.  Molly, editor of Quilter’s Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.  Can girly‑girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned?  Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month?  More importantly, in this he‑said, she‑said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?
About Quilts of Love:  Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings.  The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories.  A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery.  You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

About the Author: 

Tara Randel is the author of five romance novels includingLasting LoveMelody of Love, and This Time Love. A member of ACFW, Tara is also the lead author of the new Annie's Mysteries series (see Tara lives in New Port Richey, Florida.

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My Review - I am such a fan of the Quilts of Love series.  This latest book Rival Hearts is a fun read.  I thoroughly enjoyed every page.  It is really written beautifully.  Tara Randel is an amazing author.  She writes a terrific story.  I am so happy to have been given a copy of this to review.

Candied Plantains - Que Rica Vida

Candied Plantains - Que Rica Vida

Added July 16, 2014 One thing I have a hard time finding in this country is the traditional candy from my home country. Usually my cravings are calmed whenever a friend comes to visit because I always ask them to bring me sweets. Over time I've become inspired to recreate typical desserts. Some require more time or fresh ingredients that are hard to find here. Fortunately, one of my favorite desserts is eat to prepare and absolutely delicious. Candied plantains are typical in many areas in Colombia and other cities in Latin America, but its preparation varies by region. Ingredients4 ripe plantains pealed and cut down the middle1 block of unrefined cane sugar (panela or piloncillo)2 cinnamon sticks1 cup of water or enough to cover the...Read More

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Spellbinders Celebra'tion Collection Review

I love to make things.  Crafts are so much fun.  I just found out about a company called Spellbinders Celebrations Collection.  They have some fun scrapbooking and crafting materials.  I had a blast with the samples I received from Purex Insiders.  Whatever kinds of crafts you enjoy, Spellbinders Celebrations Collection is there to help you with those activities.

I got a nice selection of their products to sample.  They are really fun to use and play around with.  You can create fun crafts with their fun supplies.

If you love crafts like this, then you’ll want to check out the Spellbinders Celebrations Collection. I’m sure you’ll be able to find a lot of great items you’ll love.
Disclosure: I received these products in exchange for a review from Purex Insiders. The opinions are all 100% my own. 

Guyanese "cook-up" rice recipe

Guyanese "cook-up" rice recipe

Today I am sharing a recipe with you all that is a very common Guyanese main/side dish called "cook-up" rice. I think it is one of those meals that you almost always have the ingredients on hand to make and it is very versatile. In all the different West Indian countries this dish is called by different names like rice & peas, peas & rice or pilau. I have always known it to be called cook-up rice and it can be made with any type of rice or beans/legumes. Typically you would use pigeon peas, black eyed peas or red beans. One of the main ingredients that makes this rice dish so special is the use of coconut milk, herbs and spices. Everyone makes their own version and today I will share mine. Please be aware that my recipes are seldom done...Read More

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Sweet + Salty Potato Chip Sugar Cookies

Sweet + Salty Potato Chip Sugar Cookies

Happy National Sugar Cookie Day! Will you be taking part in this sweet, yet secret, holiday? I sure do hope so. If you don't have a sugar cookie recipe in mind you may want to take a peek at what I made this week. Sugar cookies are the most simple recipe out there but they are also versatile. You can do so much with your traditional recipe! For example, why not make it sweet.... AND salty? Inspired by my love for potato chips and baking I decided to make a batch of Sweet + Salty Potato Chip Sugar Cookies to celebrate. Heat oven to 350° F. Line cookie sheet or pan with parchment paper.In medium sized bowl use a mixer to beat sugar and butter together on a low speed until fluffy.Add eggs and vanilla extract, continuing to beat until well...Read More

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