Monday, January 24, 2011

Need to Share

I almost never talk about books that I am reading, on my blog. But I really need to share this gem. I got a new book on Saturday,  "The Search" by Suzanne Woods Fisher and refrained myself from starting to read until yesterday afternoon.

Curling up in my favorite spot to read I was soon transported to the rolling hills of Lancaster where Lainey O'Toole and Bess Reihl both spend the summer in Stoney Ridge. Bess to spend her summer with Mammi, her grandmother who was quite a character and fast became one of my favorites.

I loved how this book really drew me into the story, I was laughing and crying all my way through.  It's hands down, the best Amish fiction I have ever read and I really enjoyed it.

I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a heartwarming, touching book to read.

No one asked me to do a review. I simply wanted to share a great read and hope that you will read and enjoy it too.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

So Simple and Yummy

Looking for dessert that is simple and delicious?

So was I. And happened upon this gem.

3 cans crescent rolls
1 can cherry pie filling
1- 8 oz pkg softened cream cheese
2/3 cup powdered sugar

Use 1½ cans crescent rolls. Unroll dough and place on a cookie sheet. Press all edges together to form a single crust.  Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar and spread over dough. Next dump your can of pie filling on top. I used cherry but I'm sure any fruit filling would be good. Spread to within an inch of the edges of crust.  Taking the remaining 1½ cans of crescent rolls separate the dough into triangles and start placing them on top making sure to cover the sides first and then press lightly along the edges to keep your pie filling from running out while baking.

Place remaining dough triangles on top any way you like. A few cracks between triangles only makes it look even better once it's baked.

Bake at 350º for 25-30 minutes until beautifully golden brown. Let cool and make an icing with 1 cup powdered sugar and 1½ Tbsp milk. Drizzle on top.   Enjoy!

I didn't have enough patience and poured the icing on before it had been cooled enough which made it run together and drip off the sides. It didn't affect the taste though.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Good Times

The phone rang yesterday, glancing at the caller ID I saw it was my brother David. I'm always happy when one of my brothers call and picked up right away.

This time instead of our normal catching up on the latest he had a request. Because of the snow he couldn't get his big rig to a drop off and was stranded only 12 miles from our house and was wondering if we could pick him up. We were more than happy to do so, and the rest of the day was spent talking and being the great uncle that he is he had to play games with each of the children.

I was sad to see him leave this morning, but thankful for the chance we had to spend some time together once again.  Family times are the best!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Winner and .....

It was so much fun reading all your comments about what you have been reading recently. Some of my favorite books were mentioned and also a lot I hadn't heard of before that I will now have to see if I can find and add to my stack of reading I want to do this year.

Using to choose the winner the results are in and the winner is...........
Comment number 31

Yolanda said .........
My current reading is the newest edition of Cook's Illustrated Magazine. A dear friend gave me a subscription for Christmas!

Congratulations! Yolanda. Please email me with your address and I can get the book shipped to you.

Several weeks ago my friend Monica asked me to do a guest post for her blog. I have been meaning to share a link ever since but some how I'm too much of a scatter brain and I kept forgetting.

If you want to read it you can check it out here.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Giveaway, Just Because

  • Because it's a new year.
  • Because it's snowing outside.
  • Because I just passed the 700 followers mark.
  • Because our cozy house makes me feel like curling up somewhere with a good book.
  • Because it's Saturday.
  • Because I'm feeling a wee bit generous.
  • Because I appreciate each and everyone of you who takes a moment out of your day to read my ramblings.
I am giving away another true to life Amish fiction book. Written by Amish author, Mabel Burkholder. The book is called "When Crickets Sing"  It follows David Weaver as he goes through his teenage years, his courtship with a girl from town , the difficulties they faced, and his marriage.

I used to enjoy this book a lot and was happy when they decided to reprint them. I am now giving one of you the opportunity to become the owner of a copy of this book.

All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what you have been reading recently. For a second entry place a link to this giveaway on your blog and then come back and leave another comment telling me you did.

I will choose a winner on Monday Jan 10 using
Disclaimer: The only compensation I get from doing this giveaway is a warm happy feeling that I get from knowing someone else will get to read one of my favorite books.
Giveaway is closed and a winner chosen.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Apple Pie

Outside the snow is falling, clinging carefully to every surface it can. I enjoy snow the most by staying inside and looking out the window.

I always feel like doing some baking when ever it snows.  I had several apples in the refrigerator for a while already waiting until I feel like making dumplings or pie.

I decided to make a pie this time.

Apple Pie

6 cups sliced apples (5 apples)
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp granulated tapioca
½ tsp cinnamon

Toss together and let set while you prepare the pie crust. Recipe here.

Don't worry if it looks like you have way to many apples for one pie. Pie pan should be filled nicely rounded.

After placing the top crust on pie. Bake at 350º for 30-45 minutes until your desired golden brown.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

I had a New Years post all planned but somehow the day got away from me with out ever getting it written. So I'll save it for 2012.

Wishing all my readers a year filled with blessings.