Archive | July 2013

Book Review ~ the living room by Robert Whitlow

Amy Clarke, a wife, mother of two, and published author finds inspiration for her writing by visiting “the living room,” a holy place, in her dreams.  Things take a turn, though, when her visions overlap into reality.  She must choose whether to keep her secret.

I had not heard of Robert Whitlow before, as I don’t read much Christian fiction, but the storyline intrigued me.  It took the first two chapters for me to get into this story and want to continue reading. By then, I liked the characters and wondered where the plot would lead.  It’s an easy, engaging read that is presented from Amy’s point-of-view. I wanted to shake Amy and her husband in this story regarding the story line with Megan, their teenage daughter. Maybe that was the author’s intent, but it bugged me.  Otherwise, the story moves along, and all loose ends tie up nicely, if not a little quickly.

As Amy is writing her third novel, I learned more about the publishing process and some of the trials an author goes through to even strike a deal.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the book blogger program in exchange for my honest opinion.


Thought for a Friday

“Children who are born into happy families grow up speaking love as their native language.” ~Ashleigh Brilliant


I’m thankful to have grown up in such a family and pray ours exemplifies that, too.

Buttermilk Bread Recipe (Bread Machine)

Do you have a Goodwill near you? If so, check it out for deals on books.  I have a Breadman bread machine and was looking for some new recipes.  I found this book for $1.50 at our local Goodwill.  It’s in very good condition and has a variety of recipes.  Score one for me! If you’re interested, look here for the book at  Bread Machine Magic: 139 exciting new recipes created especially for use in all types of bread machines by Linda Rehberg and Lois Conway.

This is a recipe for Dede’s Buttermilk Bread, 1.5 pound loaf.  It’s good served warm with dinner, for sandwiches when sliced thinly, and for toast.  (Toddler approved.)  😉

1 and 1/4 C buttermilk (or 4 T dry buttermilk and 1 and 1/4 C water)

1 T butter

3 T honey

1 and 1/2 t salt

3 C bread flour

1/4 t baking soda

2 t yeast

Add the ingredients to the bread pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer.  Select Light Crust and Regular / Basic bread setting.

I hope you enjoy it!

Pasta with Sautéed Chicken and Tomatoes

This is yummy.

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I had a couple of chicken breast fillets thawed and didn’t know what to prepare. After searching my Pinterest “Chicken Recipes” board, I found this. It took about half an hour to create, and I plan to add it to my list of dishes to re-create.   For the original recipe click here.

You need:


Chicken, diced then seasoned and cooked with oregano, salt, and pepper

Garlic, chopped or minced

Olive oil

Cherry tomatoes, halved

Fresh basil and grated Parmesan cheese for garnish at the end

What to do:

Prepare the chicken in a skillet.  Cook the pasta in salted water.  Put the chicken aside and use the skillet to cook the garlic and tomatoes.

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Drain the pasta and add to skillet.  Add chicken to the mixture.  Toss well and serve.  Top with basil and cheese.

web_chicken pasta in pan

A few changes I made were: minced garlic from the jar since I didn’t have fresh here, using Campari tomatoes that I quartered, adding pasta water to the tomatoes while pasta cooked, coconut oil instead of EVOO, and adding dried basil to the tomatoes since I didn’t have fresh here.

I hope you enjoy it! 🙂