The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston – Book Review

Veronica’s fiance Seth has died in a tragic workplace accident.  His friend and coworker Jason was with him when the accident happened.  As Veronica mourns Seth’s death, Jason feels a need to comfort her as they both knew Seth, but did not know each other, but he does not know how to approach her.

Veronica discovers her grandmother’s recipe box in the attic and begins to bake to help her in her grief.  Her pies become famous when she starts to sell them.  Jason uses buying pies as an excuse to see Veronica but before Jason can tell Veronica that he knew Seth and was there when he died, he falls in love with Veronica and then she returns the feelings, which makes the truth harder for Jason to reveal.

This book is an okay read.  I thought it was slow going at times and the characters did not always seem realistic in their dialogue.  I had a difficult time believing that the men in the story would have said some of the flowery things that were said, and the point of Jason not telling Veronica the truth about knowing Seth was dragged out too long.

This book is an easy read and an okay one if you have a free afternoon or an evening and want something to fill your time.  It isn’t a page turner, though, and you’ll probably be muttering, “Just tell her already!”  as I found myself doing while reading the book.



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Happy 2016!

Happy New Year to everyone.  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  I know I haven’t blogged in a while.  Here’s what’s been happening around here.  Work has been extremely busy, which is a good thing, but keeps me from getting around to blogging.

To recap, towards the end of November the boys and I did the 5K we do every year.  This year it was rescheduled from its original date in October because of a weather system that moved in that weekend.  It was really cold the day they had it.  This year we just took it easy and walked – and tried to keep warm.  Also this year we had four others walking with us which made it really fun.  We had Lucy who is Tom’s friend, Jerry’s mom, Sarah who is Andy’s friend and coworker, and Wrex who is Tom and Lucy’s dog.  It was a good time.


I am in love with Wrex.  How can you not love this face?!

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I gave Tom my bank card to use at Starbucks for us afterwards, and we both forgot about it until he got home and then Wrex did this before he could put my card in the mail….

wrex1 But I wasn’t upset – he’s just doing what puppies do!  I am probably going to be a terribly spoiling grandmother when that time comes – I can’t even get angry at my grand-dog!

Thanksgiving was quiet and nice.  Tom and Lucy had to be in New Hampshire to attend a wedding so it was just the three of us.  We had a good time, as usual.

Then I got a cookie order for five dozen snowflake cookies needed by 12/27.   They were fun to make.  Here they are drying and then packaged and ready to ship.



On Christmas day Tom, Lucy, Wrex and my father came here.  We had a big breakfast and a good time.  While we were all sitting around the table we Skyped with my sister in Florida and had a nice virtual visit.

I forgot to take any pictures on Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Too busy eating and talking, I guess!

I was sent a book for review just before Christmas which I haven’t even started yet.  I seriously need to get to that.

I have been reluctant to let Christmas go (as evidenced by the fact that my tree is still in the living room!), but i guess it’s time now.  It’s just finding the time to dismantle it.  Or, that’s what I tell myself as I’m still enjoying looking at it!

So, there’s a condensed version of my last couple of months.  I really hope that 2016 has started out as a wonderful year for all of you and I pray that you all have a healthy, happy, truly blessed new year.

Happy New Year :)



The Case For Hope by Lee Strobel – Book Review

Lee Strobel has written another thought-provoking book in his journalist/reporter style.  In The Case for Hope, Mr. Strobel looks at different aspects of the hope we have in Jesus Christ.  He gives us proof of the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ, thus showing that we have hope that is beyond question of spending eternity with Him when we leave this life.  He also goes into hope for our futures while we are still here on earth and how we can live our days here hope-filled and joyous because God has a wondrous future planned for each of us.  Mr. Strobel weaves real-life stories into his journalistic facts which together create a book that is a pleasant read.

At the end of the book is a 30-day Journey of Hope, each entry beginning with a scripture passage and then a blank page to record your thoughts and observations.  I highly recommend this book for anyone who may be doubting about eternity with Jesus (a subject addressed in this book also, and assurance that doubt is normal), or for anyone needing a spiritual lift and confirmation that Jesus is waiting for us with open arms.


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Stuff and Randomness

I’m back after my unplanned blogging hiatus.  Life got very busy.  Very good, but very busy!  Work has been crazy and that’s a good thing.  It seems that the doctors aren’t liking the voice recognition as much as they were told that they would and the reports are awful, so many of the docs have now refused to use it and have come back to good old dictation, which keeps me employed.

For about the last month I have been working much more than I have in the last two years.  I have been in this field for 29 years now and I have definitely seen ups and downs in medical transcription, but I really hope that maybe it will come back, and that the doctors will actually care about what their reports look like instead of just looking at the bottom line and how much they can save by either having a computer type it (voice rec or voice wreck, more aptly named), or having it done overseas  where they get it done for pennies (and you get what you pay for….).

Dear readers, please get a copy of your medical reports when you have anything done or go to the ER.  You are entitled to those reports and you just have to ask your doc for them.  I have always gotten copies of every ER visit and every operation note for myself and my family, and I have found mistakes that needed correcting.

Okay, enough of that!  On to sweeter things.  Like sweet potatoes!  Our friend, who keeps us in wonderful produce all summer and fall, came over this weekend.  Look what he was delivering!  There are white and red sweet potatoes.  He gave us a bucket of reds and a couple white ones too.  So delicious!  We are always grateful that he shares his bounty with us.  He said he has kale and turnips for us soon, too.


Then, I got a big cookie order.  I have been working hard at those and got them shipped out today.  They are going to California.  I always pray for safe traveling for my cookies, but California?!  Today’s packages got extra prayer covering (there were two boxes).

Here they are heat sealed in the bags and ready to be tied with ribbon.


Well, that’s it for now.  I think I will sit and read for a bit.  I am currently reviewing a book by Lee Strobel and so far I’m really enjoying it.  My father had told me about this author and recommended him but I have never read any of his work, so when I was given the opportunity to review his latest book, I couldn’t pass it up.

Hope everyone has a lovely evening :)

A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller – Book Review


Sadie is an Amish woman who works in her parents’ store.  She has two sisters and a happy life except for the bishop’s son who has a drinking problem and makes advances towards Sadie which she cannot tell anyone about.  Sadie’s life is changed tragically when her parents are killed in an accident and one of her sisters is seriously injured.  Sadie has to make some tough decisions and determines to continue running the family store herself, but the bishop has other ideas.  The bishop, who actually has his own selfish interests at heart, tells Sadie that she will not be allowed to own her own business and that if she wants to keep the business she must marry his son.  The bishop has a second son, however, who has always liked Sadie and steps up and rescues Sadie from his alcoholic brother by telling a falsehood and saying that he and Sadie had been seeing each other secretly and want to marry.  Sadie is caught between wanting to keep her family’s business and marrying someone she really doesn’t even know.

This story was a page-turner for me and I read the book quickly.  Kathleen Fuller is a talented writer and paints an Amish picture that is quite different from many of the other Amish fiction books.  Definitely a good read.




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Beautiful Monday

Oh!  I just love Autumn, and today has felt like a wonderful fall day.  I even had a pumpkin smoothie this afternoon for my snack instead of my usual chocolate.  It’s really breezy here and the leaves are falling quickly.

Not so much fall weather for my sister who recently moved to Florida.  She sent me some pictures.  This was the view from her beach towel the other week.


She also has these huge birds that just mosey around the neighborhood.  She said she had to wait for this one to cross the street in front of her.


I asked her if this was the only one crossing (we were texting) and she said no -here are the others!

bird2 And she also has the occasional alligator in the lake beside their house.  She took a picture of that but it’s hard to tell what it is.  She said when they get about 5 feet long the authorities come and get them.   We decided it probably wouldn’t be a good kayaking place!


I’ve been enjoying this beautiful day, working, reading, and having spaghetti sauce simmer in the crock pot all day.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful day, too.

Happy Monday :)




Great Day

Today was a very good day.  Well, almost all of my days are very good ones, actually.  It was Andy’s day off so we took the opportunity to do errands that needed to be done and everything went well.  Andy’s license had expired so we needed to go to DMV to renew that and while we were there I needed to get a new sticker for one of Jerry’s trailers.  After waiting a good while for my number to be called, I was told that I had to go to a full service MVA to do what I needed to do.   Jerry and I had stopped at this MVA a month or so ago and asked about this, and they told us then that we could do it right there once we brought the paperwork in.  Wrong.

Sometimes I think they’re not all on the same page there.  Also, this is the third time I’ve taken Andy there to renew his license; the first time they told him he didn’t have the proper paperwork, so the second time he brought the paperwork they told him to bring, and that time he was told that the lady who told him the first information was wrong and that he actually needed something else!  To be on the safe side, today we took multiple items just in case.  Overkill, maybe, but it worked!

As we were on our way to the emissions station to have my truck tested, I passed a tag and title place and decided to stop there.  With no trouble at all, they gave me a sticker for Jerry’s trailer.  Easy peasy.  Although they did charge more, it was totally worth it for the time, trouble and gas I would have spent going to another MVA.

Then we went to Safeway where I stocked up on liquid stevia.  I can’t find it anywhere else as cheaply and since I rarely shop that Safeway or go that direction, I stock up when I can.  I also got to hug Tyneaka (you may remember her from this post).  Since I haven’t shopped there much, I have missed her and her smile.  She had some serious health problems that resulted from weight reduction surgery that had her in the hospital more than out, but now she is healed and feeling great.  It was so good to see her today.

Then Andy and I went to Yo Mamma’s (love that name!) for wings for lunch.  We’ve never been there before.  They were okay, but truthfully, I like Pizza Hut’s Wingstreet wings better.

Then, to top it off, my sister texted me this morning to tell me about the new Dove Channel that is available starting today.  It is a channel featuring only Christian and family programming with over 700 selections.  I was able to get it streamed through our Wii U which is what we stream Netflix through.  I’m looking forward to checking it out.

So, today was a really great day.  Okay – with one exception – I have typed this entire blog post while being on hold with the health insurance company to try to take care of something with them.  I have been on hold now exactly……let me check my phone…..41 minutes and 10 seconds.  Guess I’ll start writing my next book review while I’m still on hold.

Hope your day was great.  Happy Tuesday :)

Edited to add:  At 45 minutes the call was answered and within 10 minutes everything was taken care of.  Yes, indeed, it was a good day.



For The Love, by Jen Hatmaker – Book Review

This book review is difficult to write.  I do not like to give negative reviews because we are not all the same and do not all appreciate the same art forms, or writing styles.  That said, I really did not enjoy this book.  The full title of this book is For the Love, Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards.  I was excited to begin the book as it started with such promise.  But at the end I was still wondering when she was going to get to the point of Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards.

I feel the book is very disjointed and is really a series of blog post-like essays.  There were about two points in the book that I felt were good, but other than that I got nothing from it.  While some of her humor was amusing, most of it was not.  I do not know the author personally, but her writing came off as arrogant some of the time, which I felt was the direct opposite of what I thought she was supposed to be writing about.  In summary, I really cannot recommend this book.  I was truly looking forward to what I thought was the premise of this book; it’s a shame it did not deliver that, in my opinion.


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Happy Thursday!

Wow – sorry, my faithful readers.  All three of you.  Remember way back yonder when I said I’d post a picture of the watermelon in my garden tomorrow?  Yeah…sorry about that.  If anyone is still interested, here is the picture I took then.  It’s kind of hard to see.  It is on the ground on the grass,  outside of the wooden enclosure.  I raised a noncomformist watermelon.  This is only one of them; there are two but actually they haven’t grown very much since I took this picture.


I know I haven’t been here much except for book reviews.  So – if I haven’t emailed you and was supposed to, I will soon.  If I’m supposed to be sending you something and you haven’t gotten it yet, you will soon.  If I had a card for you that you don’t know about yet but I intended for you, you will get that soon.  It’s been a busy few weeks and I took a bit of a blogging break.  Well, apparently, since I haven’t returned emails or sent things I was supposed to send, I guess I took an end-of-summer break from everything, didn’t I?!

Well, anyway, Happy Thursday to all my peeps.  I hope all of you have a wonderful day.  I will leave you with this picture of a butterfly that was on my truck when I came out of the grocery store last week.  Beautiful!



The Plain Choice by Sherry Gore – Book Review

I really liked this book, The Plain Choice, A True Story of Choosing to Live an Amish Life.  It is a memoir by Sherry Gore.  Sherry tells a story of a less-than-ideal childhood and then searching for an identity for herself in her teenage and young adult years.  She actually made new identities for herself a few times, but each time led to more problems and more heartache.  She was living what this world would deem to be a good life; she had gone from being homeless and sleeping underneath a lifeguard stand to being a DJ in a fancy California store that only caters to celebrities, but she still felt something missing, and fell back into her old ways of trying to find herself.

A neighbor had been asking her repeatedly to go to church with her but Sherry always declined until one day she figured she would go, just so the neighbor would stop asking.  And that’s when God stepped in.  She emerged from that church service a changed person and the rest of the story is about her search for a community where she could live the lifestyle she felt God calling her to live, which ultimately led her to an Amish/Mennonite community.

I really enjoyed this book, and I admire Sherry’s courage for following where God was leading, despite what people thought and said.