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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Prayer of the Week for Children- Blessings

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the sunny day. Please bless my dog and my house. Bless my sister and my brother, even though they teased me today. Please bless Mommy and Daddy and my family as they come to see us. Please bless the new dishwasher and let it clean the dishes better than the old one. Amen

Friday, May 29, 2009

Banana Split Dessert

Banana Split Dessert

2 cups graham crackers or vanilla wafers (crushed in fine crumbs)
1 cup softened margarine
2 cups powdered sugar
3 bananas
2 ½ cups crushed pineapple or fruit cocktail (well drained)
1 large container cool whip

Melt one stick margarine and mix with crumbs. Place in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Beat powdered sugar and other stick of margarine at medium speed for no less than 15 minutes. Spread mixture on crumbs. Slice bananas over top. Spread pineapple or fruit cocktail over the top. Cover with cool whip. Garnish with chopped nuts and maraschino cherries. Refrigerate over night. Serves 10-12.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Great Galaxy Goof by Robert Elmer

The Great Galaxy Goof
Robert Elmer
Illustrations By: Paul Turnbaugh
Series: AstroKids, #1
Published By: Bethany House Publishers
Copyrighted: 2000
Number of Pages: 100 pages.
Age Group: first chapter Book (ages 7 and up)
Physical Description: Paperback, 5x7 inches
Extras: Description of next book, lists of books and series from Bethany House Publishers.
About the Book: Lamar “Buzz'” and his family live in the 21st century and are moving to a space station called CLEO-7. He meets Daphne "Deebee'' and Theodore "Tag" on the space shuttle. Deebee is very smart and is able to fix anything, which is good, because Vladimir "Mir" (who lives on the station already) is up to mischief when they arrive at the new station. Deebee changes Buzz’s wrist interface and he accidentally contacts Mir. Mir plans going on getting even. The mess up continues as Buzz has Mir’s zip suit and the two of them are launched in a shuttle. Mir was showing Buzz how he made the drones go crazy. They are Iaunched into space and are unable to get back by themselves. Kumiko "Miko" is able to help them and so does the zipsuit. They get back to the CLEO-7 where Mir apologizes for what he has done.
About the Author: Robert Elmer was born the year after the first Sputnik satellite was launched. He lives with his wife, three kids and dog.
What I Thought: I liked this book. Having the children living in space was a very good idea, because it shows that God’s principles work everywhere. I am glad everyone was able to easily forgive Mir. I really did not like how Mir did so many naughty things to everyone at CLEO-7. I liked the drones. It would be a lot of fun to have some of them to do work around my house.
Would I Recommend: Yes, I would. This book does a very good job of teaching Colossians 3:13, the Bible verse that this book is based on.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Book Review Blog Carnival

Welcome to the May 24, 2009 edition of book review blog carnival. Thank you to everyone who submitted. I really enjoyed reading all of your reviews. You have given me lots of reasons to visit the local library. Please remember to comment and socially bookmark, thank you.

Flea presents Be A Survivor: Book Review: Emergency - This Book Will Save Your Life posted at Be A Survivor.

Eric Gargiulo presents Pro Wrestling Book Review - Tito Santana?s Tales from the Ring posted at, saying, "Tito Santana wasn’t known for his talking during his era nor is he now. However, the mild mannered Santana has finally broken his silence and is telling his story. Tito joins the ranks of his brethren in releasing his autobiography. Tito Santana has won gold again with Tales From The Ring."

book reviews

John Wen presents New Book Released. It shows you 8 ways to save your home posted at Providing the Best Home Selling Tips Hard to Find Anywhere to Help You Sell Your Home Fast at Highest Possible Price, saying, "This is the only book available that tells you 8 ways to save your home and credit, 4 ways to stay in your home payment free, and 7 ways to get cash from your home foreclosure legally. Now it is available at, Barnes & Noble, Booksmillion, AbeBooks, Biblio, StudentStore, TextBookRUs"

Bart's Bookshelf presents Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay posted at Bart's Bookshelf.

Jennifer Roland presents Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth posted at Pop Culture Curmudgeon.

jim presents Getting Out of Debt by Ken Clark posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Capt. Benjamin presents “It’s Your Ship” by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff posted at Leadership Type, saying, "Captain D. Michael Abrashoff shares his leadership skill in turning one of the Navy’s most underperforming war vessels into the “best damn ship in the Navy”."

Tracey presents Book Review: The Principle of the Path posted at GIRLS TO GROW.

Surbhi presents To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee posted at The Viewspaper » The Viewspaper.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Book Authors Among Us: Finance Books By Bloggers posted at The Digerati Life, saying, "Thanks!"

Khan Ben presents Don’t Quell Your Questions posted at Higher Education and Career Blog, saying, "A book encourages us to ask away."

Jack Cabbage presents JACK CABBAGE: Book Review: The Five C's of Cinematography by Joseph Mascelli posted at JACK CABBAGE, saying, "Filmmaking and digital video expert Jack Cabbage takes a look at the 5 C's of Cinematography."

Michael Miles presents Effortless Abundance posted at Effortless Wealth and Abundance.

ChristianPF presents Sound Mind Investing Handbook Review posted at Money in the Bible Christian Personal Finance Blog, saying, "This is a review of Austin Pryor's Sound Mind Investing Handbook..."

Mahendra presents Digital Photography Expert Techniques - Tutorial eBook posted at

Ray presents Best Books About Making Money posted at Money Blue Book.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents 10,001 Ways To Live Large On A Small Budget posted at The Digerati Life, saying, "Thanks!"


stephane meer presents BEGINNING PIANO [music concentration] posted at AUDIO BOOK, saying, "Musical Fantasy Audio Book in Video"

children's books

Jenny presents Momma Loves Her Little Son posted at the so called me.

Roberta Gibson presents Wrapped in Foil · Linnea in Monet’s Garden: A Children’s Book Review posted at Wrapped in Foil.


KerrieS presents WRITING CLASS, Jincy Willett posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, "Since when does taking a writing class become dangerous? Crime fiction"

KerrieS presents THE POISONING IN THE PUB, Simon Brett posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, "#10 in the Fethering series proves that Simon Brett has not lost his touch in cozy crime fiction."

Clark Bjorke presents The Philosopher's Apprentice posted at I'll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book!, saying, "Robert Morrow steals a few ideas from Robert Pirsig, Franz Kafka, Robert A. Heinlein and Jules Verne to create a pager turner of an adventure story about philosophy."

KerrieS presents THE SITTAFORD MYSTERY posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, "Table turning reveals a man has been murdered in this, Agatha Christie's 11th novel."

Sarah at SmallWorld presents Book Review: Cutting for Stone posted at SmallWorld Reads.

Nicole B. presents Reunion, by Therese Fowler posted at Linus's Blanket.

Josh Hanagarne presents Book Review: The Terror posted at World's Strongest Librarian, saying, "The Terror is one of the scariest books I've ever read. It made me cold and glad that I've never had scurvy or resorted to cannibalism. And the Poe references are brilliant!"

KerrieS presents PUBLISH OR PERISH, Margot Kinberg posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, "Crime fiction set in a small American university. Graduate student's world turns sour and murder is the result. Debut author worth following."

non fiction

thebarefootbadger presents My Top 8 Food-Related Books, Movies, and Articles posted at The Barefoot Badger.

Diana Hall presents God is back. posted at damascusmoments.

Amy Hobbs presents Billionaire's Vinegar Amy Reads Good Books posted at Amy Reads Good Books.

GrrlScientist presents Why Evolution is True posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, "A review of Jerry Coyne's wonderful book about evolutionary theory, which the most up-to-date and one of the most clearly written books about evolution that is currently available."

Nicole B. presents Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans, by Dan Baum posted at Linus's Blanket.

Gene Simms presents The 80/20 Principle - The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less [Koch] posted at Accumulate Profit Margin Invest Destroy, saying, "Now this book is 11 years old, but I decided to pick it up anyway and it’s one of the best books I’ve read for a long time."


Keira presents Review: The Traitor’s Wife by Susan Higginbotham posted at Love Romance Passion, saying, "This book is at the crossroads between genres. Part romance and part historical, Traitor's Wife, weaves fiction and fact together."

Jeanne presents Nineteen Minutes posted at Necromancy Never Pays, saying, "This begins as a review and ends as a musing on how we hear the voice of conscience!"

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of book review blog carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. Technorati tags: , .

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Prayer of the Week for Children- Allowance

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the day you gave us. Could you please help Daddy realize I need a raise in my allowance? I want to be able to give more to the church.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Beer Bread

Beer Bread

3 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
1 can or bottle of beer

Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Slowly stir in the can or bottle of beer. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 375° for 45-60 minutes.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Prayer of the Week for Children- Birthday

Dear Lord,

Thank you for this day. I would like a rainbow tomorrow, because it is my birthday.


Friday, May 15, 2009

Mom's Best Meat Loaf

Mom’s Best Meat Loaf

1½ pounds ground beef
¾ cup rolled oats (uncooked) or dried bread that has been torn into small chunks
¼ cup chopped onion
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 egg
¾ cup milk

1/3 cup catsup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon mustard
stir together

Combine all the ingredients except for the ground beef and let them sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes so the rolled oats or bread has a chance to become softened. After soaking add the ground beef and pack into a loaf pan. Pour sauce over the meat loaf. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Serves about four people.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Nine-Story Pagodas & Double-decker Buses: Travels in Hong Kong by Gilbert Morris

Nine-Story Pagodas & Double-decker Buses: Travels in Hong Kong
Gilbert Morris
Series: Adventures of the Kerrigan Kids, #4
Published By: Moody Press
Copyrighted: 2001
Number of Pages: 121 pages
Age Group: 8-11 years old
Type of Book: Christian Juvenile Fiction
Physical Description: Paperback, 5x7 inches
Extras: List of other juvenile books by Gilbert Morris and published by Moody Press
About the Book: Twelve-year-old Duffy, 9-year-old Pearl, 11-year-old Seth and 10-year-old Juan are looking forward to their trip to Hong Kong with their father, Mr. Kerrigan. It is at church that the kids learn the story about the Good Samaritan and they learn that they should be good to those who are different. When the Kerrigan family is aboard the plane they befriend two children, Saun and Ping Li who are on their way to live with their grandparents. The family spends a lot of time with Lis. The Kerrigans teach Saun, Ping and their grandparents about praying, Bible and Jesus. All the Lis are glad to have been introduced to Jesus. Duffy is sure that God sent them to Hong Kong to teach them about God. The Kerrigans learned that anybody can be a Good Samaritan.
What I Thought: I enjoyed this book. I have never thought of the story of the Good Samaritan in this way before. I think it is important for all of us to remember the story of the Good Samaritan and remember to always be good to those who are different from us. Every time I am introduced to someone I may not want to be friends with or an unbeliever I am going to be a Good Samaritan, so I can be like the Kerrigans.
Would I recommend: Yes.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Read and Share Bible DVD Volume 1

I have been having a really busy week and will have a picture book review for you tomorrow. Please click here to go to A Peek at My Bookshelf for a review of The Read and Share Bible DVD Volume 1 Please enjoy the review. Deena, thank you for the review.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Prayer of the Week- Father, We Thank Thee by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Since it is spring in my little part of the world, I wanted to share this poem with you for my Prayer of the Week. As I read it to my children, it seemed to fit so well.

Father, We Thank Thee
By Ralph Waldo Emerson

For flowers that bloom about our feet,
Father, we thank Thee.
For tender grass so fresh, so sweet,
Father, we thank Thee.
For the song of bird and hum of bee,
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For blue of stream and blue of sky,
Father, we thank Thee.
For pleasant shade of branches high,
Father, we thank Thee.
For fragrant air and cooling breeze,
For beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For this new morning with its light,
Father, we thank Thee.
For rest and shelter of the night,
Father, we thank Thee
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Apple Dapple Cake

Apple Dapple Cake

1 ½ cups oil
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups slice apple
1 ½ cups nuts

Sift cinnamon, nutmeg and soda with flour. Mix all the ingredients together. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes in a 9x13 pan.

1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup milk
½ cup oil

Bring to a boil and cook for 4 minutes, remove from heat and beat until creamy. Pour over hot cake.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Case of the Chewable Worms by Bill Myers

The Case of the Chewable Worms
Bill Myers
Series: Book number 2 in Secret Agent
Dingledorf…and his trusty dog, Splat
Published By: Tommy Nelson
Copyright: 2002
Number of Pages: 88 pages
Age Group: 7-10 year old boys
Type of Book: Christian Fiction
Physical Description: Small paperback with large print
Extras: The illustrations were done by Meredith Johnson and were very funny. There is a quote from the International Children’s Bible at the beginning of the book from Galatians 6:9-10. About the Book: Bernie Dingledorf (Secret Agent Dingledorf), Priscilla and IQ are back for another adventure, this time involving B.A.D.D. (Bungling Agents Dedicated to Destruction). Bernie and his friends along with the Agency need to keep B.A.D.D. from making people eat habit-forming worms. The adventure starts when Bernie and his friends go to school and the kids are having worm races. It gets even stranger when his mom serves his family spaghetti made with worms. Bernie really does not want to help everybody else and ignores the Agency, because he has his own problems. One of the B.A.D.D. agents takes Priscilla and Bernie does his best to help her. There is a fight in a mall fish store and as Priscilla is being forced to eat a worm Splat (Bernie’s dog) breaks this fish tanks. The fish start eating the worms. The B.A.D.D. agent tells Bernie to mind his own business and Bernie says people are his business. Bernie tells the agent that it is our responsibility to help others.
About the Author: Bill Myers has written over 70 books and his films have won over 40 awards. He is also the author of the McGee and Me series.
What I Thought: I thought this book was really neat. I always enjoy reading a book that is fun, but has a good message, like helping others. The best part was in the last chapter when Bernie realizes that it is our responsibility to help others. I thought that in this book Bernie realized that he now has a life dedicated to helping others.
Would I recommend: Yes, I would recommend this book, because it helps the reader learn how life does not revolve around them. It is about other people too.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Song of Creation by Paul Goble

Song of Creation
Written and Illustrated
Paul Goble
Published By: Erdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyrighted: 2004
Number of pages: 29 pages
Age Group: All ages
Type of Book: Christian Fiction
Physical Description: Hardback, 9x12 inches
About the Book: The text for this book comes from The Book of Common Prayer. Most of the text of the book is as follows; " 0 all my ancestors bless you the lord: praise him and magnify him forever.” In the rest of the text, the word, "ancestors" would be changed to plants, animals and weather from the American scene. The illustrations are done in watercolor and just pop from the pages. The most interesting illustration was that of the yellow iris.
About the Author: Paul Goble lives in Rapid City, South Dakota and has won a Caldecott medal for his book, The Girl who Loved wild Horses.
What My Children Thought: My five-year-old son and three-year-old daughter loved this book and recommend it to everyone. Their favorite picture was of the redpolls. My daughter was really taken with this book. The only thing she didn't like was the forest fire,
What I Liked: I liked this entire book. The illustrations were my favorite.
What I Disliked: Nothing.
Would I Recommend: Yes.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Prayer of the Week- Inspiration From Others

Dear Lord,
Thank You very much for a warm, sunny weekend. I am so grateful that it is spring. I enjoy the flowers and the new leaves on the trees.

Thank You for inspiring people to write wonderful books in your name. I have learned so much from the Bible, young children's books, young adult and adult. Please continue to be with me while I learn from others. Help me show other people what has been shown to me.

In Your name, Amen.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Cinnamon Orange Sugarless Cookies

Cinnamon Orange Sugarless Cookies

1 ¾ cup flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup orange juice
½ cup less 1 Tablespoon oil
1 egg
½ cup nuts
½ cup nuts

Mix dry ingredients, add remaining ingredients and mix well. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!!!

I hope everyone enjoys these Cinnamon Orange Sugarless Cookies
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