Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Book Review - A Merry Little Christmas




Fall in love with this cozy story about two people from different worlds. Franny Martin is an Oklahoma farm girl who’s preparing to spend the holidays alone…again. Then Charlie Landau shows up one day, all wealth and polish, and offers to buy Franny’s farm. Franny has no money to speak of, but she is clever and spirited, and she’s more than happy to sell the farm and move to the city. As Sinatra croons from the radio and Christmas descends upon her charming farm, Franny teaches Charlie the curious and sometimes comical ways of country life. In the process, they unearth some discoveries of the heart—that sometimes love comes when you’re least ready for it. Will the holidays bring their most impossible dreams within reach? 

Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/eyLJH   


My Review: Eventhough its October, I love reading Christmas books and listening to Christmas music.  This book is a great read for anytime of the year, it is not his book rapped up in pretty Christmas paper.  This was a very well written and easy to read. Every one that reads this book will think oh another Christmas read, but  its not about Christmas at all. Carols are sung and the radio plays Christmas favorites, however for the most part, Christmas is just a time on the calender. The final scene does occur on Christmas 

I received this wonderful book from Liftuse cfor my hines 

Author Anita Higman invites readers to kick off the season with a spirited holiday tale. Anita is spreading the Christmas cheer by giving away FIFTEEN COPIES of the book. To enter to win A Merry Little Christmas, just head over to THE CONTEST PAGE at Anita's website and fill out the short form. Be sure to put BLOG CONTEST in the Subject Line. That's it. Winners will be announced on the Litfuse blog (and notified by email) on 11/9.


Guest Post - Jen from Rushing for Bagels - Lemon in Warm Water

I spend my free time alone at home reading blogs and other magazine articles found in the internet about health, fitness, some archaeological mysteries, and a few celebrity gossip here and there.
I found out that the best morning mood pick-upper is no other than…
No it’s not coffee.
Or tea.
Or a caramel waffle with whipped cream *not that I'm not craving for it*
It is LEMON IN WARM WATER.


It's loaded with health benefits!
You shall be surprised.

What are the health benefits of drinking lemon in the morning?

1. IT HELPS CONTROL YOUR CAFFEINE INTAKE.
I have been drinking lemon in warm water first thing in the morning for a week and I have not gone to the coffee machine in my office pantry for as long too.
The lemon leaves a taste in your mouth that you won’t be craving for anything sweet in the morning.

2. DETOXIFICATION.
A big world that will make a difference in your life.
Lemon washes out toxins out of the body.
How can you know that this is working?
Look at your body.
Inner health is reflected on the surface of your skin.
Toxins trapped in the colon find ways to other parts of the body, also the skin.
This triggers flare-ups and skin rashes.
Lemon cleanses your body off harmful wastes.

3. PREVENTION FROM INFECTION.
With lemon’s high vitamin C, you can prevent illnesses like the cold and the flu.
It builds up your immunity.

4. HIGH IN POTASSIUM.
Potassium is an important mineral that works with sodium for smooth processing in the brain and nervous system.
Low potassium levels were traced wit depression, anxiety, fogginess, and forgetfulness.
That same nervous system needs potassium to assure steady signals to the heart.
So your heart health is improved from the lemon water’s potassium.
See how effective this is as a morning drink?

5. IT BALANCES pH.
Lemon is acidic but once it metabolized, it becomes alkaline.
Alkalines help keep the oxygen in our blood at a safe pH level.
This helps our body heal itself, assimilate nutrients and fight off unwanted sickness.

6. HELPS IN REDUCING WEIGHT.
A regular intake of lemon water promotes elimination.
With all the toxins removed from your body, it can respond more to a healthy diet and exercise.
It also kills cravings so it keeps you on the healthy track.
I’m like a queen of cravings so I can say that it lessened when I was taking lemon for a week already.

How to take it?

1. Prepare a glass of warm water, a straw, a lemon, and a knife right after you woke up.

2. Roll the lemon around your table top to start the flow of juices inside the fruit.

3. Slice the lemon in half. Keep one half in the fridge.


4. Squeeze the other half of the lemon on the warm water. I just let the seeds get in my drinks. It has a distinct taste I like (I don’t swallow it though).

5. Use the straw to drink so as to protect the teeth from the acidity of the lemon.


6. Enjoy while you’re doing your other morning routines. I advise that you don’t add sweeteners like sugar or honey. It’s best to let the lemon work on your body on its own. :)

You should try it! You’ll be finishing off about just four lemons a week (Php 60.50 or $1.5).

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UPDATE: I lost a couple of pounds because of this. Honestly. It's obvious when you look at me though my weight is maintained because of all the weight exercises I do.

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Sources:
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Thanks so much Jen for being my guest today, I love this post, excellent health information, I will be doing this each week!  You may find Jen over at Rushing for Bagels she has a wonderful blog!


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Guest Post - Hannah from Hurley Love - Hannah Banana Muffins


Hello Readers of Pamela's Heavenly Treats. My name is Hannah Hurley and I am the blogger behind Hurley Love.  I am a momma of our new baby girl, Lilly Mae.


 I love Miss Pamela and I'm sure you do too! I hope I do her justice with this recipe. It's my favorite for ripe bananas.


Do you have over ripe bananas? Do you just throw them away? Well DON'T. If you have overripe bananas just throw them in the freezer (peel them first if you get the chance). This recipe is perfect for those ripe bananas, and it's easy to do on the fly.

Hannah Banana Muffins
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 egg
3 large or 4 medium mashed bananas
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup oil (or substitute applesauce for oil)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in large bowl. Create a well for the wet ingredients. In a separate medium bowl, combine egg, bananas, sugar and oil. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and fold wet into dry. Do not over mix. Using a paper towel with a little oil on it, grease the muffin tins. This will help get the muffins out easily. Take an ice cream scooper and scoop banana mixture into muffin tins about 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Use a knife to cut around muffins and place on a drying rack or in a basket to cool off...that is if they aren't consumed by then :)

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Thanks for checking out this recipe. For more adventures with our little one, please visit Hurley Love.

I want to thank Hannah for being my guest today! I will certainly be making these awesome muffins! Make sure to visit Hurley Love, and see her awesome post!
 
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Co-Hosting Mom's Test Meal Mondays


Welcome to Mom's Test Meal Mondays!!!

I hope y'all had a great weekend!  Did anyone start their holiday festivities already?  What about costumes?  Anybody got any really cute costumes planned?  My little one is going to be a ladybug, the outfit is so stinking precious!!

This week to get us all excited for the holiday & just in case you need some last minute party ideas, we're sharing our favorite Halloween recipes!!  I can't wait to see what goodies y'all have created!!

To get us started I have my wonderful co-host here with me, Pamela from Pamela's Heavenly Treats!  Have y'all ever checked out her site?  She has some of the most amazing dessert recipes!!  And you want to know a secret???

THEY ARE ALL HEALTHY!!!

No joke!  Desserts you can eat without the guilt!  She's my kind of baker!! :)

Today she's sharing an amazing cookie recipe that would be perfect for a holiday party!!

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Hi! My name is Pamela and I am the lovely lady behind Pamela's Heavenly Treats, I must first say that without God none of this would be possible.  I am a wife, mother of 6, homeschool teacher and I have a small Healthy Cupcake & Cookie business. Everything that I make is made with 100% Whole Wheat Flour and my secret ingredients.  I have a weekly link party that runs from Saturday to Wednesday called Heavenly Treats Sunday, would love to have you.  I also have a Etsy shop where I sell my healthy mixes!  Come on over and visit!



                                                Blog ~ Etsy   ~ Twitter  ~ Pinterest 




 I am very excited to be Co-Hosting Mom's Test Meals Mondays, with my lovely friend Jaime. I so love her blog, I get some scrumptious recipe's from here! 




Since its Harvest time I have a YUMMY Fall treat.  Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies they are a hit in my house, nice Fall spices and chocolate chips, there's nothing better than that!


Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup egg whites (2 large eggs)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350, cover your baking sheets with parchment paper.  Put all your dry ingredients in a bowl, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices, Set aside.  Cream butter and brown sugar, add pumpkin, egg whites and vanilla mix well.  Slowly add the dry ingredients, mix well.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Using a tsp scooper, drop dough on prepared baking sheets.  Bake for 18 minutes, cool on wire rack.

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So now let's party!
Remember this week's theme is Halloween.
The party is open to any and all of your favorite recipes, but only recipes that fit the theme will be featured at the end of the week. :)
Just the reminders:
  • Myself & Pamela would love to have you as new friends!! Please take a minute to follow us both via GFC, Twitter, FB, or any other social media you prefer
  • You are welcome to link up any recipe you like but only recipes that are consistent with the week's theme will be featured at the end of the week.
  • Please feel free to grab the button in the sidebar or add a direct link back to the week's party that you are linking up to
  • And finally, go make some new friends ~ spend a few minutes checking out some other recipes that you might want to try out yourself & comment! Everyone loves comments!!
  • Please note that by linking up you are giving permission to use the photos along with a link back to your post in the Mom's Test Meal Mondays Features post & on Mom's Test Kitchen's Social Media Networks
And remember, if anyone is interested in being a co-host for Mom's Test Meal Mondays, please email me at momstestkitchen (at) yahoo (dot) com! I'd love to have you!



Guest Post - Dalayna from Pointing Up


Hello to all you Heavenly Treats readers! My name is Dalayna from Pointing Up blog all about words, love, and actions that point to Christ. Today I am sharing with you a yummy treat, and this one that I am going to share is in fact QUITE yummy!

A couple weeks back, some friends and I had a craft night. You may be able to relate to having all these ideas, pins, and projects built up but just never make time to complete them. Well that's where some of us were. So we decided to put it on the calendar and do them. So we got together, had some dinner and munched on some sweets while we were crafting. Sounds like the perfect way to spend your evening, huh? One of the treats that we were munching on were these little guys here:





At first sight I was turned off. Sure they were cute and festive for the season, but I personally do not like candy corn. Do. Not. Like. It. So I was just going to skip over them, but my friend convinced me just to try them because you can't really taste the candy corn. So I did. And I didn't! Taste the candy corn that is. These little guys blew my mind. So simple, so cute, and soooo yummy. My friend who made these made them with milk chocolate Hersey kisses rather than the swirl, but I loved the milk chocolate. I am officially a fan of candy corn.... on top of a pretzel and a chocolate kiss of course. If you have a little Halloween get-together or just want something to liven up your kitchen these are perfect. Try them out and fall in love, guaranteed!

I want to give a big thanks to Dalayna for this yummy treat ( I will be making this lovely treat, wish I had some right now) make sure you go visit Pointing Up, you will love all of her awesome posts!


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Here are a few of my Lovely Sponsors, please make sure you check there blogs out, you won't be disappointed!

Question of the month
What is your favorite dessert?
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Dalayna from Pointing Up


Pointing Up is a blog about life and all the great adventures, silly chaos, and God moments that make it beautiful.

Social Networks
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www.facebook.com/pointingupblog
www.twitter.com/dalaynalanee
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Dawn from Leroy Lime


Hello, my name is Dawn and I'm the crafty lady behind the Etsy shop, LeroyLime. I have a passion for anything artsy and love watching paper items come to life at my fingertips. I love hot summers, cold wine, photography, Organizing, DIY, Instagram, Pinterest and snail mail. Welcome to my blog!

Social Networks
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http://www.facebook.com/leroylime
https://twitter.com/Leroylime
http://followgram.me/leroylime



My mom's coffeecake, it's easy, delish & everyone loves it!


Taylor from Goings on in Texas


I am a Petroleum Landman, Certified Personal Trainer, Used Car Lot Owner, Landlord, Christ follower, Entrepreneur, Crafter, DIYer, Cook, Organizer, Gardener, Traveler, Singer, Book-a-holic, Shoe Lover, Talker, Wife and probably a whole lot more, but that paints you a picture, I'm sure. ;) I blog about my life and everything in between. I hope you'll follow me on my blogging journey! :)

Social Networks

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Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/skichic95


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Julie from This Gal Cooks


I'm a foodie who loves to cook and bake. I dream of one day owning my own cafe or bake shop. I'm also an aspiring DIYer so you may see a DIY project on my blog every once in a while.

Social Networks

www.facebook.com/thisgalcooks
twitter.com/thisgalcooks
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Hannah from Hurley Love


I'm a mommy blogger writing about life, love, and motherhood. I have a baby girl, Lilly, that is my everything. I married my high school sweetheart. I sometimes have my hand in too many cookie jars. I love to read, run, write, chat, drink coffee, knit, bake, and draw.

Social Networks

Twitter: twitter.com/mrs__hurley
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hurleyloveblog
Instagram: www.followgram.me/littlemrshurley
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I love to make scones! I also love new recipes. Although I would love to one day be known for my own dessert, whether that is cookies, scones, cupcakes, or cakes. My quest is to do that and have my family brag about it.

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Heavenly Healthy Banana Bread


Now who doesn't like Banana Bread? I love it and so does my family, but I have never made it before, breads are really not my thing!  To me it just takes so much time, and so many steps I have to be in the mood to make any kind of homemade bread. Now this is the easiest bread recipe that I would make this each week, because its healthy, yummy and my family loves it!

Heavenly Healthy Banana Bread



I had some bananas that were just sitting on the counter in my fruit bowl, and I thought to myself I am going to make a banana bread, and I am so glad I did, it came out delicious!  


Ingredients
1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 medium to large bananas, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup agave nector
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

Directions

1) Preheat your oven to 350. Lightly grease a loaf pan.
2) In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add  vanilla, baking soda, salt, and bananas, beating until combined well.  
3) Beat in the agave nectar and eggs.
4) Add the flour mixture slowly.
5) Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Let it rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.
6) Bake for 50 minutes, then lay a piece of aluminum foil across the top, to prevent over-browning. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, remove the bread from the oven.
7) Allow the loaf to cool for 10 minutes; then remove it from the pan, and set it on a rack to cool completely.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Heavenly Treats Sunday Link Party #23


Welcome to 



Wow can't believe that it is already Link Party #23, I have changed the link party back to 

"DESSERTS ONLY" 

Thanks to all of you that make this Link Party successful, each week I meet new people, so many wonderful comments!  Thank you again!


Heavenly Treats Features 



Apple Pie Milkshake from Chocolate, Chocolate and more


Caramel Apple Crisp Cupcakes from Tasty Sweet Cupcakes


Reese Smores from A Creative Cookie

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Guest Post - Pint Sized Baker - Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart Sandwiches



Hi Everyone, I'm Karyn from the Pint Sized Baker. I'm a wife to Mr. Quart and a mom to my Little Cup. The best part of writing a blog about baking treats, is that they enjoy eating them!

This week, over on my blog, I am celebrating all things Pop Tarts!
Pop on over and check out all the fun things I've made; like THIS, THIS and THIS!

Today, I'm sharing this fun twist to Pop Tart Sandwiches. 

While shopping at Target last week, I finally found the Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts! SCORE! Target to the rescue again!
So I bought ALL of them. You know... to stockpile until next year.  But I did make some yummy sandwiches for YOU with them.


Now, you may have seen an Ice Cream version of these, but these are NOT made with ice cream. 
Nope! I decided to take a scoop of Cool Whip and flavor it with Pumpkin Spice Pudding. Because what goes BEST with Pumpkin Pie???? 
Cool Whip! 
Genius! I know :) 


You can make these sandwiches with any flavor of Pop Tarts and Pudding. Have you flavored Cool Whip with pudding before? It's really good and thickens up the Cool Whip to make it a real treat.


For a Printable copy of the recipe, please come on over to my page. I'd love to show you more of my treats. 

Thanks so much to Pamela for having me over! Have a Super Fall weekend and a safe and Spooky Halloween! 

~Thanks so much Karyn for being my guest today, and for making this YUMMY treat, my kiddies will love this treat!  Make sure you head over to Pint Sized Baker to see more of her delicious treats~






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