Saturday, April 27, 2013

Enjoy Breakfast Anytime?

Mmm...nothing beats the smell of bacon & eggs in the morning, and sometimes we even enjoy these morning meals for dinner too! Whether you tend toward sweet or savory, we're gathering up your best breakfast, brunch or "brinner" recipes this week!
So tell us...
What are your favorite BREAKFAST & BRUNCH recipes? Share 'em all in today's Recipe Round-Up!

This recipe appears in our cookbook, 101 Breakfast & Brunch Recipes, where you'll find 100 more breakfast recipes that can be enjoyed at any time of day! 
Southern Veggie Brunch Casserole
Jennifer McClure from Lebanon, Indiana, shared this recipe. She writes, "Our family always has this breakfast dish for dinner, and it's fondly called 'brinner' by our two children." 

Southern Veggie Brunch Casserole1 lb. ground pork sausage,
    browned and drained
1/2 c. green onions, chopped
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded
    and diced
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 c. biscuit baking mix
1 doz. eggs, beaten
1 c. milk
1/2 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper

In a greased 3-quart casserole dish, layer sausage, onions, peppers, tomatoes and cheese. In a large bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients; pour over cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes, until set and top is golden. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serves 6 to 8.
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Mother's Day Movie Night giveaway

Here's your chance to thank mom for all she's done.  Team up with Warner Brothers and give her a movie she'll watch over and over again.

 Win one of the following Blu-ray titles
(Prize will be chosen randomly from the titles below!)
- A Star is Born (1976) (Blu-ray)
- Cabaret (1972) (Blu-ray)

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Day3 - Shake your Pompoms BH

blog hop

 Let's go for round three....yeah rah!! these projects have been so fun to visit and see what others made.  Very creative.  grab the coffee and get hoppin'.  

April 26

When Morning Glory Bloom by

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
When The Morning Glory Blooms
Abingdon Press (April 1, 2013)
Cynthia Ruchti


Cynthia writes stories of hope that glows in the dark, merging her love for storytelling with inextinguishable hope for inexpressible hurts.

Cynthia spends her days diving into words, worship, and wonder and celebrating 40 years of marriage, three grown children, and five outrageously adorable grandchildren. One of her greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. To that end, she served as the assistant director and a faculty member of the Quad Cities Christian Writers Conference, has served as worship and devotions staff for the Write-to-Publish conference, and teaches at other conferences as opportunities arise. She speaks to women’s groups, at mother-daughter banquets, and for women’s refresher days and retreats. It is her delight to serve on her church’s worship team. Rather than “busy,” she likes the term “active.”

For 33 years, Cynthia wrote and produced the radio broadcast The Heartbeat of the Home. The scripted radio drama/devotional broadcast aired on as many as 50 radio stations and two cable/digital television stations over the years. Cynthia was the editor of the ministry’s Backyard Friends magazine, a twenty-page, twice annual publication that reached 5,000 homes, churches, and parachurch outreaches.


Becky rocks a baby that rocked her world. Sixty years earlier, with her fiancé Drew in the middle of the Korean Conflict, Ivy throws herself into her work at a nursing home to keep her sanity and provide for the child Drew doesn't know is coming. Ivy cares for Anna, an elderly patient who taxes Ivy's listening ear until the day she suspects Anna's tall tales are not the ramblings of dementia. They're fragments of Anna's disjointed memories of a remarkable life. Finding a faint thread of hope she can't resist tugging, Ivy records Anna's memoir, scribbling furiously after hours to keep up with the woman's emotion-packed, grace-hemmed stories. Is Ivy's answer buried in Anna's past? Becky, Ivy, Anna--three women fight a tangled vine of deception in search of the blossoming simplicity of truth.

If you would like to read the first chapter of When The Morning Glory Blooms, go HERE.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

PomPom & Circumstance

Today is my day for posting.  I want to thank Madame Samm @ Sew we quilt for putting this together and our wonderful cheerleader  Thearica @ Pigtales and Quilts who cheered us on and made sure we were on task.  

Oh the Things that you can do with a pompom or two...Or three....Or four.  No Dr. Seuss didn't say that but he probably would have if he had a chance to be in the Shake your Pom Poms blog hop.  Today I'm delighted to be included in this blog hop.  We have a reason or two or three or shake our PomPoms these days in our household.

This week we are shaking our pom poms because our baby hoo.

Things as we know them will be changing greatly.  Never thought I'd see this day come so quickly.

But I know that isn't why you are visiting my blog want to see what I made for the blog hop...

Well, I started by pulling out many craft supplies that I had on hand and only bought my pompom makers for this project....Yeah Me!

Not all the supplies I used were posted here and some of the supplies pictured I didn't use  because this was a think-up as you go, a be-creative for a change project.  I just pulled out things I thought I might use. I had fun. I spent good 3-4 hours just thinking and adding as I went.

First of course I made my pompoms....

4 of them to be exact

(check out my pompom tutorial here)

Then I just built from there...painted stick and Styrofoam ball. 

eyes, beak and hat followed with craft foam board

And this is what my kitchen looked like when I was done with my creating session....

 So what exactly did I create????  a pompom owl graduate topiary

He had to find a home so I decided to he needed to replace this scene....

definitely time to replace the snowmen; I needed something new to look at for awhile.

The wise-owl is among us
found some other graduation decorations to add to the wise owl

Hope you enjoyed visiting my post.  Thanks again for visiting and be sure to visit the other blogs on this tour today...

April 25
Scraps of Life  (you are here)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Day 1 - Shake your Pompoms Blog hop

blog hop

Madame Samm's @ Sew we Quilt Blog hop starts today. our wonderful cheerleader was Thearica @ Pigtales and Quilts My featured day is tomorrow so be watching for my creation.

be waiting for ya

April 24

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Healing Heart by Angela Breidenbach

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Healing Heart
Abingdon Press (April 1, 2013)
Angela Breidenbach


Angela Breidenbach is a speaker/coach in mental and physical health, author of A Healing Heart April 2013 from Abingdon Press in the Quilts of Love series, Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life, Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance, and Creative Cooking for Colitis. Other works by Angela include compilation books and devotionals from Guidepost, Group, and articles in magazines, ezines, and newspapers. She is certified in mentor/peer counseling as a CTA life coach, as a Stephen Minister, and a weight loss/nutrition coach. Angela serves as an assisting minister (worship/prayer leader) for her congregation in Missoula, MT. Not only did she walk the hard line of deciding to donate her mom’s brain for the study of schizophrenia, but she’s also on the brain donation list at the Brain Bank-Harvard McLean Hospital.


Mara Keegan is an uber-successful mother and a widow of three years. She's been chasing success and all the "good things in life" for her family to make up for the cruel whim God played on them by taking her husband. In an effort to be the perfect mom, she decides to make a photo memory quilt, a graduation present for her daughter, Cadence.

She’s not yet finished when she experiences a heart attack. While Mara recuperates, she revisits the choices she's made that led to this physically and spiritually broken heart. The memory quilt must be finished in time for Cadence's big day, but Mara struggles with her burgeoning feelings for the man who must keep Mara's business going during her recovery, Joel Ryan. Can Joel find his way into Mara's heart and onto Cadence's quilt?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Healing Heart, go HERE

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rounding Up Your Favorite Smoothie Recipes!

Whether you're trying to add more fruits and veggies to your day or looking for a wholesome breakfast you can enjoy anywhere, smoothies are a delicious solution. We love the super-fruity ones and have recently started enjoying ones with greens like spinach and kale...amazing what a little banana adds to the flavor of these "green monster" smoothies! Have you discovered a favorite concoction?
Tell us...
What are your favorite SMOOTHIE recipes? Share 'em all in today's Recipe Round-Up!

This recipe appears in our cookbook, Fresh from the Farmstand, where you'll find a half-dozen more smoothie recipes too! 
Green Monster SmoothieThis recipe (and photo!) comes from our friend, Tina Butler of Mommy's Kitchen. She writes, "Wanting my children to eat helathier, I tried these yummy smoothies filled with bananas, almond milk and spinach. They were a hit!"

Greensmoothie1 c. vanilla almond milk

1 to 2 bananas, sliced and frozen
1 c. fresh or frozen spinach
1/2 c. ice
Optional: 1 T. honey Combine milk, bananas, spinach and ice in a blender; process on high setting until smooth. Add honey if a sweeter taste is desired. Pour into glasses to serve. Makes 3 to 4 servings.

Visit Tina's blog for more step-by-step photos, plus some of her cute kids enjoying this smoothie!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Josiah's Treasure by Nancy Herriman

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Josiah's Treasure
Worthy Publishing (April 16, 2013)
Nancy Herriman


Nancy Herriman abandoned a career in Engineering to chase around two small children and take up the pen. She has been writing for longer than she would like to admit. Her work has been a finalist in several Romance Writers of America contests and she won the 2006 RWA Daphne du Maurier award for Best Unpublished Mystery/Romantic Suspense. In 2009, she was an ACFW Genesis finalist. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

When she is not writing, or gabbing over lattes about writing, she is either watching history shows on cable TV or singing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and sons, and wishes there were more hours in the day.


In 1882, Sarah Whittier dreams of opening an art studio run by immigrant women. She plans to use the house left to her by family friend Josiah Cady as collateral for her studio. But will all be lost when the inheritance is challenged by an angry man claiming to be Josiah's son and legal heir? Rumor of gold nuggets hidden in the house, place Sarah's life in danger. Her future uncertain and her safety threatened, Sarah has nowhere to turn. That is, unless she can soften a vengeful man's heart-and they both learn that love is finer than any gold.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Josiah's Treasure, go HERE.

Monday, April 15, 2013

This is Our Time with giveaway

Release Date April 16- tomorrow with giveaway

This movie couldn't come out at a better time...only a month from graduation day for many, college and High School seniors.  Though the movie is presented around college graduation I think High School seniors could benefit from the message just the same.  I watched the movie with my senior daughter and I'm passing it on to my college daughter who will graduate in 2014.  The message is wonderful and inspiring:  You are where God wants you at this present time.  Graduates need encouragement as they seek to do what they feel God is calling them to do or as they sort out what direction they feel the Lord leading.  It's a hard decision and some have an easier time finding their place in life that others as is presented in this movie.  Excellent movie highly recommend High Schoolers and college bound students alike to watch the movie.  Very family approved, however, younger ones may not be as thrilled with the message as it is geared toward Doing what God calls you to do upon graduation. 

About This Is Our Time
The movie tells the interwoven stories of Luke (T.J. Dalrymple) and Alé (Erin Bethea), who marry right after school and move to India to serve as missionaries for Embrace A Village, a ministry that cares for those afflicted with leprosy and their families; aspiring financier Catherine (Kate Cobb), who joins a prestigious financial institution determined to make an impact on corporate America; Ryder (Matthew Florida), who lands an impressive job in social media and can’t wait to use the powerful medium for a greater good; and Ethan (Shawn-Caulin Young,) seemingly the odd man out, who struggles to find his God-given-purpose and feels sidelined by God.
“What they all come to learn is that it never really was their time,” Arnold said. “It always was, always is, God’s time.”

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 other blogs with this giveaway...I'll add more as I run across them so check back
Giveaway Lady (4/29)
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