Monday, October 29, 2018

Featured Book - Northwoods Deep

Northwoods Deep
Joel Arnold

Are you looking for a scary book for October? I've heard that this is great for just that occasion, and it's under $3.

Deep in the north woods, two sisters become lost; one stalked by a murderous ex-husband, the other unable to rid herself of the leeches that appear mysteriously on her skin.

All are drawn to an old, dilapidated cabin.

Inside lives an old man with awful urges, accompanied by a Rottweiler possessed by something…unnatural.

But it’s what resides beneath the cabin that they should really be worried about.

Please join award-winning author Joel Arnold on a ride over the river and through the woods straight into terror in his newest horror novel, Northwoods Deep.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Free Book Alert - So It Begins

So It Begins
Bruce Knapp

This title is scheduled to be free from October 25th through October 29th.

Lose yourself in this hilarious series as Zach manipulates his way through work, school, and life with unparalleled adventures.

So It Begins... In the 1990s Zachary Andrew Cain (Zach to his friends) has worked backbreaking jobs for years. At twenty-three he has realized his life is moving nowhere fast. He follows a lead from his best friend, Jake that he hopes will change his circumstances. As a result, he lands as a night auditor in the hospitality industry to pursue college.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Featured Book - Cookie Indulgence

Cookie Indulgence
150 Easy Cookie Recipes
Bonnie Scott


Do you love cookies? Warm from the oven and just waiting to accompany a glass of cold milk or a cup of steaming cocoa, nothing smells better than the aroma of freshly baked cookies.

With Cookie Indulgence: 150 Easy Cookie Recipes, you'll never run short on inspiration for quick and delicious cookies, bars and frostings to welcome friends and family home or to give as tasty gifts.

Browse through the pages of Cookie Indulgence to find just the right treat. With 150 favorites from Chocolate Chip or Oatmeal cookies to No-bake, Refrigerator and Christmas cookies, there is sure to be a recipe that will please even the most rigorous taste test your family can muster. 

If you're looking for something unique, make sure to check out the Unusually Odd cookie section for recipes with ingredients you won't find on the average baking supply shelf.

With Cookie Indulgence, you can try out a whole new range of cookie recipes that are amazingly delicious and will have your family wanting more, with recipes for:

  • Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • No Bake Walnut Balls
  • World's Easiest Cookies
  • Black Bean Brownies
  • Sunflower Nut Cookies
  • Coffee Shop Oatmeal Cookies
  • And more...
So, sit back and relax with a good cookie while you scan the recipes and tips. Your next cookie baking session is sure to please everyone with goodies for gift giving, church bake sales or snacks for your family.

Buy Cookie Indulgence today and see for yourself how quick and easy it is to make delicious cookies!

Click here to buy from Amazon for Kindle

Monday, October 8, 2018

Homestead Adventures

Some of you already know I home school my two younger daughters. Those of you who didn't know this know it now.

We recently joined a home schooler's group where the girls can get some socialization and I can also socialize with other home schooling parents. We also try to make all our get togethers educational for the kids.

My family was privileged to host the group at our house a couple of Mondays ago and we had so much fun. We started out by showing off our animals. We keep chickens, geese and rabbits. The cats, all five of them, keep us. Then we walked around the garden. It's very late in the season, so the only things we had to show were some dried beans and sunflowers. Then we walked out into the field and happened across three baby snapping turtles.

I thought it was too late in the season for turtles to be hatching, so I let my girls pick them up and bring them home. We considered holding them until next spring and did a little research on them. If we were going to keep them, we didn't want to harm them. We looked up what they ate and, in the process, found out they hatch from August through October. This sealed the deal and we released them two days later. They would have a much better chance at survival if we left them alone.

Honestly, I don't know if that's true, but at least they'd learn how to live in the wild if they survived rather than having to learn months later when we finally released them. I hope they survive, even though having snapping turtles in our pond isn't a desirable outcome. We don't swim in our pond because of the turtles. They can be very aggressive and they certainly have a formidable bite.

Still, the babies are stinking cute! We took a video of them before we released them.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Featured Book - So It Begins

So It Begins
Bruce Knapp

Lose yourself in this hilarious series as Zach manipulates his way through work, school, and life with unparalleled adventures.

So It Begins... In the 1990s Zachary Andrew Cain (Zach to his friends) has worked backbreaking jobs for years. At twenty-three he has realized his life is moving nowhere fast. He follows a lead from his best friend, Jake that he hopes will change his circumstances. As a result, he lands as a night auditor in the hospitality industry to pursue college.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Featured Book: The Effective Slow Cooker Cookbook

The Effective
Slow Cooker
Chef Effect

This book was free as of 9/10/18. I don't know how long this will last, so check the price before clicking.

Cookbooks are my downfall. I have to have them all. Since it's fall time, the time when I do the most of my experimental cooking, I thought now would be a good time for a cookbook. This was a FREE book for Amazon Kindle when I downloaded it and I've not had a chance to read it yet. Just thought I'd share it.

Please note that the description is a long one. Keep scrolling to find the link to Amazon below the description.


The Effective Slow Cooker Cookbook

In today’s modern society where everyone’s always in a rush, it makes sense to rely on fast food. As the name implies, fast food is quick and convenient—perfect for those who don’t have the time to cook homemade meals for the family.
However, it’s important to remember that fast food has long been linked to various health problems. Is it really worth sacrificing health for the sake of convenience?
A 2014 study reports that regular consumption of fast food products, which are typically high in calories, fat, cholesterol, sugar, and chemical additives, can increase the risk of heart disease and many other serious ailments.
So what can a busy person do? Find ways to create home-cooked meals the easy way!
One way is to make use of the slow cooker. Otherwise known as the crockpot, the slow cooker became very popular in the 1970s. And it’s making its way back to the kitchens of American families who want to create flavorful dishes with little time and effort.
Yes, the cooking time is long. Most dishes require at least two hours of cooking. Some even take up to 12 hours! But take note that very little effort is involved. And all those hours the dish is cooking can be spent doing other important chores around the house.
In this book you will learn about:
· How to Cook with a Slow Cooker
· How to Clean Your Slow Cooker
· Tips for Using a Slow Cooker
· Safety Tips to Keep in Mind
· Measurement Unit Conversions
· Frequently Asked Questions
· 101 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes
There are Breakfast Recipes, Soup/Stew Recipes, Poultry Recipes, Beef/Lamb Recipes, Pork Recipes, Seafood Recipes, Vegan/Vegetarian Recipes, Ketogenic Diet Recipes, Paleo Diet Recipes and Snack/Dessert Recipes. All of the recipes include serving size, preparation time, cooking time, and complete nutritional facts. Some of the recipes included are:
· Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
· Cheesy Bacon & Egg Casserole
· Black Bean Mushroom Chili
· Spiced Chicken Soup
· Hot & Sour Soup
· Barbecue Turkey Rolls
· Honey Glazed Chicken
· Pot Roast Braised in Coffee
· Turkish Lamb with Vegetables
· Asian Beef Short Ribs
· Pork Chops with Bacon Gravy
· Herbed Pork with Carrots & Potatoes
· Salmon & Scalloped Potatoes
· Seafood Cioppino
· Mediterranean Eggplant Salad
· Fennel & Barley Risotto
· Meatball & Zucchini Soup
· Keto Carnitas
· Paleo Beef Stew
· Apple Confit
Download your copy today if you want to start a healthier and easier way to cook for you and your family!
See You on the Effective Side!
-Chef Effect

Monday, September 3, 2018

I'm here to catch you all up on what I've been doing over the past several months. If you follow my blog you already know I home school my two youngest daughters. You will also know that summer time is the busiest time for me and my family concerning our house, business and land.  This year was no exception and we had an amazing garden this year. That just means the summer time work extends into the fall.

My brother has been working hard to improve the place and he's done a wonderful job. 

He put in a small dam  where a culvert had been washed out. We hope to put a bridge over the top, but have to fix the dam. None of us are professional landscapers and are learning as we go.

The girls and I went on several hikes early on in the summer.

Then we were allowed to help some friends brand their cattle again this year.

We picked asparagus again. I love getting food for free. These are wild growing asparagus we didn't even know we had until a few years ago. Now, we anxiously await spring so we can hunt them down.

We also planted our garden. It's approximately 40' x 70'. 
Our very first harvest!

Since the first we've been harvesting consistently. We've been canning off and on for the last couple of weeks - tomatoes. I also harvested a five gallon bucket full of grapes from my vine and a friend let me harvest her grapes this year, as well. We got another five gallon bucket full of her grapes, as well. 

Our sunflowers! We've only planted sunflowers one other time - YEARS ago. So this was a fun endeavor. I would estimate the tallest sunflower is at least nine foot tall. They are amazing!

We acquired some rabbits, played with the kitties and fought with the geese. One of the male geese has decided to like me, but the other one will bite me at every opportunity. The rest of the family is lucky if the geese don't chase them around the yard. 

We made a trip to the Air and Space Museum.

Took a day trip to Devil's Tower.

Had kittens!

And went to the fair.  We entered items into the fair again this year, but got back too late to claim our prizes. We did place first with more than one item, but again, didn't get back to the buildings in time to pick up our stuff. At least the girls had fun on the rides!