Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Apple Crisp with Zucchini Instead of Apples

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Apple Crisp with Zucchini

Yes, you read that right. Apple Crisp without apples. Instead, you can use the plethora of zucchini that the garden seems to be putting out this time of year.

And your family won’t be able to tell the difference. Trust me.

You may even decide to grab all that extra zucchini that others are trying to unload. But don’t take my word for it - just try it and see!

Ingredients for Zucchini {not Apple} Crisp

  • 8 cups of diced zucchini
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 stick butter


  1. Peel zucchini and dice into small bite-sized pieces. Put in frying pan and add lemon juice and cinnamon. Bring to low boil over medium high heat and let simmer for 20 minutes or until zucchini pieces are tender. Add 1/2 cup of sugar. Stir well until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Put zucchini mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish.
  3. Mix oats, brown sugar, flour, a teaspoon of cinnamon, and nutmeg together. Cut in the stick of butter until the mixture is well blended into small crumbs.
  4. Sprinkle topping mixture over zucchini and bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes, until the filling is bubbly and the topping is melted.
  5. Serve with ice cream and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witenmeyer {Book Review}

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imageJoanna Robbins loves God and has been praying for a preacher to revive the small church in her community. Her father is a reformed stagecoach robber who wants little to do with God, but wants more than anything to make his daughter happy.

So he decides to hold up a train and steal the preacher on board.

Crockett Archer is on his way to interview for a pastoral position when his train is stopped and robbed - with him as the ‘prize’ needed. He isn’t happy being held hostage and wants desperately to escape, but the redhead at the end of his journey is nothing short of intriguing.

Although Joanna explains her plight to Crockett, he continues on to his interview. Getting her off his mind is no small task though. Now he needs to figure out if his kidnapping was all a part of a bigger plan that God had in mind for him - one that includes a young lady named Joanna.

My Thoughts

Although the obvious storyline in Stealing the Preacher revolves around the developing romance between Joanna and Crockett, the underlying story of Joanna’s father was equally as wonderful. With a past that involves running from the law and a man determined to keep it all hidden, the growth in his character is so fun to watch - humorous at times and touching at others.

Joanna was such an amazingly sweet character to ‘meet’ and I had completely forgotten about Crockett, one of the Archer brothers from Witemeyer’s book Short Straw Bride. It was SO much fun reading his story as well. 

Karen Witemeyer is an author that I know I will always enjoy, no matter the book. Stealing the Preacher proved to be another wonderful addition to her list of books.

Find Out More

Stealing the Preacher is available in both paperback and Kindle format from Bethany House. See all of her available books on the Bethany House website.


This book was provided for review by Bethany House. All opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Earn FREE Books from Tyndale

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Tyndale Rewards Program 

Who likes free books? I know I do! If you love sharing via Facebook and other social media outlets, you need to check out the all new Tyndale Rewards program.



It is super easy to join and earn points. I’m already having fun earning points toward free products. I happen to know a little girl who wants a ‘real’ Bible as she calls it {grins}. I’m thinking one of the above Bibles would be perfect for her!

Incentives in the program include a free gift on your birthday, chances to share your recommendations on products, and free books in the areas of fiction, Bibles, parenting, youth, non-fiction, and audio books. Earn points as quickly as you would like and earn products for ZERO dollars. That’s a great number, isn’t it?

Tyndale even put together a fun video to give you the basic overview of the program.

Additional ways to earn points in the program including:

  • taking a survey
  • subscribing to a devotional or newsletter
  • joining a focus group
  • joining the birthday club
  • reviewing a Tyndale product
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