Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert

What comes to mind when you think of your
favorite Thanksgiving Dessert?

Pumpkin Pie is generally a top pick with whip cream (don’t forget the topping)!

PieMaybe you think of Apple Pie or Pecan Pie?

And let’s not even get started on the topic of how to correctly pronounce Pecan, because we could be here a all day on that discussion!

My In-laws enjoy a “Razzle-berry pie”. A delicious pie with various berries. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and it’s oh, so good!

Something unique happens with my family in November. We have birthday’s, lots of birthdays! Three of the birthday’s are right near (or sometimes on) Thanksgiving day.

My Grandfather’s birthday is November 24th

My Father’s birthday is November 25th

My Son’s birthday is Nov. 21st

We have had a long standing tradition that the birthday boy/girl get’s to choose the dessert for their day. This means that when we come to Thanksgiving, we have LOTS of dessert options!

coca_cola_cake  My Father’s favorite dessert is Coca-Cola cake (yes, there is such a thing). Quite simply it is a chocolate cake with coca-cola in it and chocolate frosting. It’s a very moist cake and quite tasty!

coconut cakeMy Grandfather’s favorite is a Coconut Cake. Light white cake with coconut & almond extract, vanilla frosting with fresh coconut shavings.

If you were to join us for Thanksgiving dinner you would find a table full of delicious desserts to choose from!

I’d love to hear from you!

What do you have for dessert on your Thanksgiving table? Do you prefer the traditional desserts, or you do you branch out to the more unique?

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First Line Fridays – A Moonbow Night

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz. This wonderful, page-turning historical novel is sure to not only entertain you, but to give you a glimpse into what life was like on the early American frontier. To read my review (click here)
To visit Laura’s Pinterest board (click here)

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What cannot be cured must be endured.

 

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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The Heart of an Agent (The Adirondack Pinkerton’s #2) by Tracey J. Lyons

Synopsis:

Former Pinkerton spy Lily Handland has always dreamed of a quiet, safe life, free from chasing criminals and putting herself at risk. So when the opportunity to invest in a failing Great Camp in the Adirondacks comes to her attention, she quickly jumps at the chance.

Filled with grief, widower Owen Murphy wants to run away from it all. Though he’s worked hard to forge a future for himself, his guilt has kept him mired in the past. But all that changes when a headstrong, mysterious woman shows up at Owen’s door. Together, as Lily and Owen restore the beauty of the Great Camp, he begins to finally see a future. But will learning about Lily’s past destroy it all?

My Thoughts:

I’ve always wanted to visit the Adirondacks and through the pages of this delightful story, I feel like I have. Tracy Lyons writes with such vivid imagery I felt like I was in the Adirondacks. Enjoying the crisp mountain air, and fresh pine breeze, while watching the deer play hide ‘n seek with their spotted fawns and listening to the various birds singing from the trees.

I haven’t yet read the first book in this series, but you can be sure that I will be picking up A Changed Agent, as soon as I am able. I did not feel lost in the story; you can easily read this as a stand-alone. However, If this book is any indication the first book must be pretty fantastic as well.

I enjoyed the dynamic, full of life characters. This story oozes emotion and you feel it every step of the way.  While the story may not have a lot of spine-tingling action, the emotion and lively characters easily move the story in an enjoyable page-turning progression. I give this story 4.5 stars and I look forward to reading more from this author in the near future.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Bonus:

Visit my blogging friend Carrie @ Reading is My Superpower for “5-Little Known Facts” about our Author Tracey J. Lyons.  You won’t want to miss this!

Favorite Quote:

“Trust me when I tell you the best way to get rid of your pain is to give it up to the Lord.”

About the Author:

TraceyLyons Tracey considers herself a small town gal writing small town books. An Amazon Top Ten bestselling historical romance author, Tracey sold her first book on 9/9/99! Tracey’s books have been translated into several languages. She has appeared on the award winning Cox Cable Television show, Page One and at the famous Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC. She holds membership in Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers and Novelists Inc. Tracey writes small town, sweet and inspirational historical romances.

When not busy writing, Tracey enjoys spending time with her family and making her husband crazy with renovation projects on their 1860’s home.

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 The Heart of An Agent (The Adirondack Pinkertons #2)

  A Changed Agent (The Adirondack Pinkertons #1)

 

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His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for your Thursday

Good Morning, Friends! Here we are at anther Thursday, and another opportunity to share with you an encouraging verse from the Bible. I welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

I pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!

Today’s Thursday Encouragement:

Have you not known? Have you not heart? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall,

but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
— Isaiah 40: 28-31

 

When I am feeling tired, I need only remember that God is never tired. He never grows weary. He can carry my burdens, I only need to give them to Him.

Today, instead of trying to take care of everything yourself; Why not give it ALL to God?

 

 

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is getting you through your day today?

 

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Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home

The Sound of Rain by Sara Loudin Thomas

In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water,
In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through

Synopsis:

Judd Markley knew he could never set foot underground again. The mine collapse that nearly killed him and claimed his brother’s life meant leaving West Virginia forever. Although that hard Appalachian world was all he knew, he put it behind him and headed for the open sky of the thriving town of 1954 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Larkin Heyward’s life in the beach town is uncomplicated, mostly volunteer work and dancing at the Pavilion. But she dreams of one day doing more and being more–maybe moving to the hills and hollers of Kentucky to help the poor children of Appalachia. But she’s never even met someone who’s lived there–until she encounters Judd, the newest employee at her father’s timber company.

Drawn together in the wake of a hurricane that changes Myrtle Beach forever, Judd’s and Larkin’s dreams pull them in divergent directions. It will take a significant sacrifice to keep them together–or maybe, it will take a miracle.

My Thoughts:

The first thing that captured my attention about this book is the setting. From Mountains of West Virginia to the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC and to the hills of Kentucky this book will introduce to various cultures and people that populate the various regions. I found the descriptions of the locations realistic and believable.

Rich with Appalachian dialect, and feisty characters you are sure to feel like you are right there in the story. I did, however, find it difficult to connect with the main characters. While they are charming and believable, I just couldn’t quite seem to connect with them in this story.

My favorite character is a secondary character, Granny Jane, a cantankerous old woman from the hills of Kentucky. Her wisdom and wit brought a smile to my face on more than one occasion.

If you are looking for a story to read that will give you a glimpse into what everyday life was like for people living the in the 1950’s then you won’t want to miss this story. Overall, I’d give this book 3.5 stars, as this is an enjoyable story to read.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

“I’m beginning to think you can do God’s work anywhere. All you have to do is look for someone who’s hurting and see if you can ease the pain.”

Bonus:

Click here to read the first chapter of The Sound of Rain

About the Author:

SarahLThomasSarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, released August 2014 through Bethany House. Book #2, Until the Harvest, released May 2015. Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency.

A graduate of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, Sarah once dreamed of being a marine scientist. But her love for words won out and she has spent much of her career in public relations and marketing. She currently oversees fundraising and communications for a Christian children’s home in Black Mountain, NC.

Sarah and her husband Jim live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with Thistle–the canine equivalent to a personal trainer pushing them to hike, run, and throw sticks. Sarah is active in her local church and enjoys cooking and–you guessed it–reading.

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A Rock Creek Christmas Collection by: Linda Brooks Davis

A Rock Creek Christmas” Newly released in a companion collection! Two novellas in one: A Christmas to Remember and A Christmas Measure of Love. In the 1908 novella, A Christmas to Remember, readers peek into Ella’s and Andrew’s life in their cottage on the banks of Rock Creek. Three years into their marriage, Ella’s life is about to be transformed … again.

In the 1910 novella, A Christmas Measure of Love, Lily returns to life along Rock Creek for her first Christmas as a grown woman. But she’s in for a Yuletide surprise she hasn’t reckoned on.

Don’t miss the book that started it all!

The Calling of Ella McFarland

TheCallingofEllaElla McFarland’s dream is a teaching position at Worthington School for Girls. But scandal clouds her family name and may limit her to a life of grueling farm labor in the Indian Territory. Her fate lies in the hands of the Worthington board, and there happens to be one strikingly handsome man with a vote. Will they overlook the illegitimate son recently borne by her sister, Viola?

1905 brings hope of Oklahoma statehood and the woman’s suffrage debate is raging, forcing Ella to make decisions about her faith, family, and aspirations. When she comes to the rescue of a young, abused sharecropper’s daughter, her calling begins to take shape in ways she never imagined. Education is Ella’s passion, but a new love is budding in her heart. Can she find God’s will amidst the tumultuous storm that surrounds her?

A story of family and faith in 1905 Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma statehood, a time when women’s voices were silenced in public and often stifled at home.

About the Author:

LindaBrooksDavis  Reared on a farm in South Texas, Linda earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Abilene Christian University and Houston Baptist University. She devoted 40 years to students with special needs and reared a daughter and son who are now veterinarians practicing together.

Linda was introduced to the world of publishing in 2007 by winning an essay contest that resulted in the Christian Writers Guild’s Writing for the Soul Conference. Subsequently, Gospel Publishing House featured her article “The Choice” in their quarterly publication, LIVE. The article revealed the agonizing choice physicians presented her daughter in her at-risk triplet pregnancy. Linda published articles in two other collections of stories about God’s grace.

THE CALLING OF ELLA MCFARLAND, a romantic historical written from a Christian worldview, was the winning entry in the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel contest and won ACFW’s 2016 Carol Award.

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 The Calling of Ella McFarlin

 A Rock Creek Christmas Collection (2 Novellas in 1)

Favorite Books from my Childhood

Hi, reader friends! From an young age, I loved reading. Sadly some books have been forgotten over the years, but many have stayed in my memory. Several still to this day hold places of honor on my burgeoning book shelves. I’m sharing with you a few favorite books from my childhood. I look forward to hearing from you, and finding out what books from your childhood hold a special place in your memory.

The Mandie books were an early favorite of mine. There are 40 books in this series, which makes it perfect to enjoy for a long time!

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Mandie Collection1This five-in-one volume brings Mandie fans-new and old alike-back to where it all began. Readers will discover anew the charms of the impulsive Mandie Shaw as she faces the ups and downs of first losing her father and then finding her long-lost family in Mandie and the Secret Tunnel. Many more mysteries follow for Mandie and her friends in Mandie and the Cherokee Legend, Mandie and the Ghost Bandits, Mandie and the Forbidden Attic, and Mandie and the Trunk’s Secret.

Mandie Shaw, almost a teenager, is certain God no longer loves her as she watches her father being lowered into his grave. Mandie’s move into a neighbor family’s home, when her mother remarries, does not soften her grief. Her only comfort is the promise from her father’s faithful Cherokee friend, Uncle Ned, to watch out for her and be a friend. Will Mandie be able to escape her new and nearly intolerable home situation? Will she find her long-lost family? Will the mysterious key unlock the door to the secret tunnel and her own family’s history?

 

Misty of Chincoteague – I enjoyed reading books about horses and this one was a favorite. The book a has a new cover now, but I’m sharing the old cover here, because this is what my book looks like.

MistyOfChincoteagueOn an island off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies. Among them is the most mysterious of all, Phantom, a rarely seen mare that eludes all efforts to capture her–that is, until a young boy and girl lay eyes on her and determine that they can’t live without her. The frenzied roundup that follows on the next “Pony Penning Day” does indeed bring Phantom into their lives, in a way they never would have suspected. Phantom would forever be a creature of the wild. But her gentle, loyal colt Misty is another story altogether.

 

 

Another great collection of stories I enjoyed reading was “In Grandma’s Attic”

InGrandmasAtticRemember when you were a child–when all the world was new, and the smallest object a thing of wonder? Arleta Richardson remembers: the funny wearable wire contraption hidden in the dusty attic, the century-old schoolchild’s slate that belonged to Grandma, an ancient trunk filled with quilt pieces–each with its own special story–and the button basket, a miracle of mysteries. And best of all was the remarkable grandmother who made magic of all she touched, bringing the past alive as only a born storyteller could.

Here are those marvelous tales–faithfully recalled for the delight of young and old alike, a touchstone to another day when life was simpler, perhaps richer; when the treasures of family life and love were passed from generation to generation by a child’s questions…and the legends that followed enlarged our faith.

I couldn’t leave out The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder!

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Little House in the Big Woods/Little House on the Prairie/Farmer Boy/On The Banks of Plum Creek/By the Shores of Silver Lake/The Long Winter/Little Town on the Prairie/These Happy Golden Years/The First Four Years (Little House Books)

 

Sam Campell (aka. Philosopher of the forest) wrote a collection of nature stories that I enjoyed as a child and have continued to enjoy rediscovering the enjoyment of these fun animal stories by reading them with my own son. These classic tales explore God’s marvelous creation.

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I look forward to hearing from you and learning what books you enjoyed as a child!

 

 

 

 

First Line Fridays – All Of You

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Tomorrow is Veterans Day and to celebrate I am featuring All Of You by Sarah Monzon. To learn more about this wonderful book, you can read my review by clicking here. 

While you are here, don’t forget to enter the current giveaway (click here)

 

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Present Day, 100 Miles off the Coast of Virginia

          Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington pulled up the zipper of this green flight suit and stared at the mass on the opposite rack. He pushed against the rounded heap. “If you want to catch breakfast, you better get moving.”

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for your Thursday

Good Morning, Friends! Welcome to the second installment of His Encouragement.Every Thursday, Nicole of Christian Fiction Girl and I will each bring you a new Bible verse and a little discussion of hope and encouragement. We welcome you to join the conversation by adding your daily verse of encouragement as well.

We pray that these Thursday posts become an encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!

Today’s Thursday Encouragement:

“I have swept away your sins like a cloud.
I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist.
Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.”
– Isaiah 44:22

Sin can overshadow our lives if we let it. Trusting in God to forgive us and lead us when we repent is out only assurance of eternal happiness. He is always ready to sweep our sins away.

God promises to forgive me if I repent. God says, “I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and to give you a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). God promises to always be with me (Matthew 28:10).

God knows what is in store for us. He has told us that there will be hard times, but he has also promised that He will always be there for us.

 

Now it is your turn!

What Bible verse is getting you through your day today?

 

Be sure to also visit my fellow blogging friends:

Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home

If you would like to join us: please contact Trisha or Nicole

 

Waiting For His Return (A Novella) by: Carrie Turansky

Synopsis:

The daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor falls in love with an injured artist-correspondent on assignment to cover battles near Union occupied Nashville.

The year is 1864 and the Civil War continues to impact families in the North and South. British born James Galloway, a special artist for Harper’s Weekly, travels with the Union troops, sketching battle scenes to bring war news home to those in the North. It’s dangerous work, but he is committed to the Union cause. When he is captured by Confederate troops, he spends several months in a prison camp. Finally, he escapes and travels north, hoping to reach the Union lines, but a bushwhacker attacks him, steals his horse, and leaves him seriously injured at the side of the road outside Nashville.

Rachel Thornton, a kind-hearted doctor’s daughter, takes James into their to home and nurses him while he recovers. Her feelings for James grow, but she has already lost one man she loves in the war. How can she give her heart to James, when she knows he may become another casualty of the war? With family drama, romance, and inspiration, this novella will lift your spirit and satisfy your romantic heart.

This novella was originally titled Though the Mountains Tremble and published in A Blue and Gray Christmas novella collection in 2009. It has been revised and updated for new readers to enjoy.

My Thoughts:

From the first chapter till the last, I found myself welcomed into the warm embrace of the Thornton residence just outside of Nashville, TN. While the weather outside was cold and dreary, the fire was warm and the company inviting.

This sweet novella is a heartwarming story of love and a tender reminder that if we but take our burdens to the Lord, He will carry us through the darkest days. A perfect story to enjoy snuggled in your living room enjoying the Christmas lights, and your favorite hot beverage.

I appreciated learning about the courageous reporters, who risked their lives to stay close to the front lines of the battle, to draw pictures and write the stories that would not only be printed and told to families around the country but be carry far into the future.

I enjoyed reading this sweet Christmas story. The characters are believable and the story itself is realistic and enjoyable. I give this endearing story 4.5 stars.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

“We don’t know what the future holds, but I believe God can see us through whatever comes.”

Bonus:

Click Here to visit Carrie’s Pinterest board for Waiting for His Return to see the characters and the setting.

About the Author:

174914Carrie Turanksy has loved reading since she first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of seventeen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty-five years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading friends.

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Available today:

WaitingForHisReturn  Waiting for His Return (Christmas Novella)

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