Monday, September 26, 2022

Virtual Book Blast Tour and Review for An Amish Christmas Star by Charlotte Hubbard Plus a $15 Amazon GC Giveaway!

 


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Charlotte Hubbard will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the rest of the stops and comment along the way.


The crisp fragrance of pine trees and the warm spice of fresh cookies aren’t the only blessings that Christmas brings, and no one knows more about happy homecomings than three couples who are celebrating the greatest gift of all . . .



STAR OF WONDER by Charlotte Hubbard

When Raymond Overholt comes to Promise Lodge, hoping to sell the barnboard signs he’s painted with stars and Christmas messages, spirited young Mennonite Lizzie Zehr is intrigued. But any courtship between them will face fierce opposition from the bishop of Raymond’s Old Order community—unless someone can convince him that at the heart of faith lies love . .

Read an excerpt:

With the girl’s laughter still dancing in his head, Raymond Overholt tried to refocus his thoughts. If he didn’t convince Mr. Kraybill to sell his handmade plaques, his past several weeks of work would be for nothing. He’d have to return home to Coldstream with his tail between his legs, and face a long, dreary lifetime of milking his dat’s cows. Running a dairy was honest, necessary work but Raymond didn’t enjoy spending his early mornings and late afternoons in a smelly barn disinfecting udders any more than the Holsteins liked having him around. Worse yet, if he overslept, his older brothers did the milking and left the hosing down and mucking out of the stalls for him.

If your customers like these plaques, I can make more,” he assured the steely-haired storekeeper. “I—I really appreciate having the chance to sell them here in your new store. Our bulk market in Coldstream is dim and overcrowded with merchandise, and even if the owner there had display space, he wants nothing to do with artwork. It’s that Old Order thing.”

Mr. Kraybill smiled knowingly. “Jah, Amish stores don’t usually carry much that appears English even if they have a lot of customers come in from outside their community to shop,” he acknowledged. “But your plaques carry a solid Christmas message—‘Wise men still follow His star’ and the lyrics to ‘We Three Kings’ are meaningful reminders about following our Lord’s holy light. Thanksgiving always kicks off the Christmas buying season, so we’ll give it a shot, Raymond.”

He hoped his grateful grin didn’t appear too adolescent—or desperate. Raymond gazed around the store, where a gal in a pleated Amish kapp was stocking shelves in the rear. A few early shoppers were pushing carts into the grocery section. “If you need some extra hands when things get busy these next few weeks, I’d be happy to help, sir,” he offered. “I’ve not worked in a store, but I’m gut at tallying sums and I’m a quick learner.”

I’ll keep it in mind,” Kraybill said with a nod.

Raymond heard probably not in the storekeeper’s words, but he’d dealt with people’s dismissals before. If he’d dressed in dark broadfall pants with a plain shirt and suspenders—and if he’d chosen glasses with conservative frames—Kraybill might’ve taken him more seriously. But until he had no other choice than to submit to Old Order ways and join the church, Raymond was determined to wear clothing he liked.

I’ll be back in a few days to see how my signs are selling,” he said. “Denki for giving me a chance.”

My Review:  

Charlotte Hubbard's book, Star of Wonder, is one of three books included in  An Amish Christmas Star.  Charlotte Hubbard tells delightful story of an old order Amish young man, Raymond, who wants to go his own way as a artist and a young woman, Lizzie, who wants to know the young artist more.

I love the way Raymond kept trying to make it on his own and I loved the way his Mam and Lizzie supported him. Although Lizzie's bold ways kind of scared him. There is one person in the way of this independent streak of Raymond's ..his bishop.

Raymond's Christmas plaques sounded so pretty I want one!  I love the sayings that make you think about what Christmas is about.

A wonderful story that put a smile on my face.


Meet the author: 



In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 60 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in Omaha, NE with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

You can connect with Charlotte at www.charlottehubbard.com and on Facebook.

Giveaway!  

Charlotte Hubbard will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




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I was given a copy of this book but the opinions are my own.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Free Kindle Books for Today 9/24/22!

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Friday, September 23, 2022

Quick, Easy, and Cheap Meals: Stuffed Baked Potato

 





Whether your working, watching children, going to garage sales, or tending the garden all day, sometimes you just need a easy meal.  A recipe that doesn't require a lot of thought and a lot of ingredients.  There are no big steps to follow and you get to use those leftovers!  

Stuffed Baked Potato, is my first recipe for my new series: Quick, Easy, and Cheap Meals.

How to bake your potatoes:
Crockpot method for cooking potatoes:  I poked holes in the large potatoes and wrapped them with foil.  On low it took about 5 to 6 hours.  Just test them ahead of time (use a fork to see if they are tender).  If they are not done when you need them, stick them in the microwave for a few minutes. 

Microwave:   depending on your wattage and size of your potatoes about 6 to 8 minutes for a couple of potatoes.  I always poke holes in them.

Oven:   If you have something else in the oven then stick the potatoes in there with them.  At 400 degrees it takes about an hour.




The toppings: Grab what you can out the refrigerator.  We had shredded cheese, chives that I got from a mad dash to the back of the garden, butter, and leftover bacon cut up.  We all were sad about the lack of sour cream but we got over it.  

Other toppings you may consider:  sour cream, chili, and ham.  Really, the possibilities are endless!


We paired this with a bowl of tomato soup and crackers.  A salad would be great too.

My hope is that you go to this series when you need a quick idea for dinner.  That this recipe will keep you out of the drive-thru line and you will feel good about what you are eating.

What do you love on your baked potato?

See you next week with another quick, easy, and cheap meal!  

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Book Review: The Amish Matchmaker by Amy Lillard

 

    The Amish Matchmaker (Paradise Valley Book 2)

                                                                  by Amy Lillard


While most women her age are searching for husbands, Astrid Kauffman has chosen a different path--writing romance novels and donating her profits to her beloved Amish community. But when Astrid struggles with writer’s block, she agrees to play matchmaker for Imogene Yoder, a widowed mother of rambunctious twin boys. Perhaps the diversion—and the entrĂ©e it gives Astrid to the stories among the Widows’ Club—will spark her creativity . . .
 
Fortunately, Astrid has just the match for Imogene: a widower she believes is the finest, most handsome man in town. In fact, Astrid realizes he’s perfect . . . for herself! Soon, the plot thickens as Imogene questions what kind of marriage she really wants, and Astrid wonders what kind of matchmaker falls for someone else’s match. But by letting faith guide the way, all involved may discover true love has written a far better next chapter than any of them expected . . .


My Review:  

I kept turning the pages on The Amish Matchmaker wondering what would happen next.  It was such unique story line, filled with many adventures, that it made it a joy to read.

All the characters right down to the wild twins were described perfectly.  I think they (the twins) were my favorite characters.  I could feel their energy and their mischievous ways bounce off the pages. I've decided I don't want to babysit.

A great read!  

I received a complimentary copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Free Kindle Books for Today 9/17/22!

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Grandma's food hacks I wish I knew before: The secrets that made Grandma's cooking so good. Cooking Tips, Hacks and Tricks Your Grandma Knew




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Embarrassing George Kindle Edition

by Kimber Fox Morgan 






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Friday, September 16, 2022

Frugal Friday 9/16/22!

 


I bought 3 organizational bins for $4 at a garage sale.  I needed them and I love how they just came along at the right time.  I find some great stuff that I need if I look hard enough. Tip: Always look under the tables.

I have been organizing the house so those bins will come in handy. You know, I don't buy too many books unless they are helpful to the house, garden, etc.  My romance books and pattern crochet books I usually buy at garage sales, go to the library, or get the free Kindle books I post on Facebook.  This past week I bought an organizational book called  The Home Edit:  A guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals ($8.99 Kindle).    In some ways this is a more of inspiration book for me to get started with.  Our house doesn't have the room that they show in their pictures but I have figured out ways to make it work for us and I think that's what this book is about.  Right now I'm under the kitchen and bathroom sinks...oh man. 



The grandkids are always starved when they get in the car when we pick them up from school.  Of course the first thing they want is a McDonald's but really they are not that hungry. So, yesterday I put together a box of snacks for them and put in in the back seat.  They loved it.  They can wait till dinner now (I see that half a bottle of drink there and I'll go and get that out before we have a catastrophe).


Mustard greens growing in the raised beds

We are still getting a harvest from our garden but the work load has been less because of the drought.  Usually, by this time I'm swamped with green beans and canning up a storm.  Even though most of the beans were a loss with a tough hull shell, I have picked mustard greens, sunflowers (for the chickens and saving some for seed),  some cabbage, and we also dug up some potatoes this past week.  We have been harvesting the potatoes a little at a time. So, the garden has been producing.  


Beyond the weeds you can see the pumpkin growing.  We have 3 that I can find.

Husband has been cleaning out the garage and selling a few things on Marketplace.  I take the pictures. post the ad, and deal with the weird people who answer the ad but don't really want it.  What's with that, are they bored?  Finally, it will sell and then we have room for more stuff that we actually need!   

How have you saved money this past week?

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