Thursday, January 31, 2013

Green onions

Here's a quick post with one of my favorite winter plants! :) Green onions!

Did you all know that you can plant the root/base part of your green onions and use them over and over again? Just use the onion tops like usual, plant them in some soil, water and keep in a light place~~and voila! They'll grow up again and you can trim off what you want to use and they'll grow again and again!

The BONUS is that you have something green growing in your kitchen in the winter -- and that's always an encouraging sight!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Trusting God by Jaynes, Smith, and Southerland

Are you looking for a devotional to add into your daily time with God? This book, Trusting God, (which on the cover is called "A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventure") is a 12-week devotional study that you might like to check out!

It's set up so that for days 1-5 of each week there is a short devotional, written by one of the three authors of the book (Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland) on a variety of topics. These topics are ones which resonate with most women, you'll see yourself in many of these stories. There's a Bible verse, a writing by the author, and a suggested prayer at the end of each one. Day 6 is kind of like your response to the theme of the week--a spot for you to reflect on the ideas of the week and find your part in them.

It's a kind of light, encouraging framework for you to use as a daily devotional tool. I think it'd be a good tool to help you get into a good habit!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson

I received a copy of this book from the publishers for the purpose of this review. Let me begin this review by saying that I have not read Batterson's book The Circle Maker on which this book is based. Maybe this is why I did not really "get" the concept of the circles, circling around, etc. As a matter of fact I kind of got hung up on all the references of circling.

The author gives many good reasons and ideas for praying for your children and although I definitely agree that praying for your children is vital, I just didn't care for this book. It's a nice short book, but there are many books out there that I prefer for ideas of how to pray for your children. Maybe someone who had read the Circle Maker would better understand and enjoy this book. At any rate, it does encourage us to pray for our children, which is a good theme.

I probably would not give this book as a gift or suggest it as a purchase.

The book on the publisher's website can be seen here.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


My family enjoys sourdough bread, we buy it at the store usually. I do make a lot of bread for the family (especially in the winter!) but hadn't made sourdough. I looked for how to make it and looked for a person to share starter with me :)

Well, I didn't find anyone who had starter to share,so I had to make some, thanks to a recipe from an online friend (Thanks CJ!!) -- it was so easy to make the starter and now it's in the fridge, just awaiting use.

I made my first batch of bread (using this recipe from King Arthur flour) with it, and 2 days later. . .it's all eaten up, enjoyed by us all! I'm looking forward to making more with the starter, so if you have any favorite sourdough recipes for me, feel free to share them!!