Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Southern Living Party Cookbook

 The Souther Living Party Cookbook
Disclosure: I received a copy of this product from the publisher (Oxmoor House, a division of Meredith Corporation), in exchange for a honest review. There are affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you click on a link and make a purchase. All opinions expressed are my own. 

The Southern Living Party Cookbook
 
If someone would have told this Jersey girl, that she would be living in the South one day, I think I would have laughed. Fast forward many years, and here I am. I absolutely love where I live though. I have made amazing friends here, my boys go to a wonderful school, we found a terrific church, and my husband and I have found jobs working for a company that appreciates our hard work. I get all four seasons, but nothing too extreme. I see beautiful scenery and there truly is no hospitality more elegant and graceful, than here in the South. I was excited when I heard of the release of the The Southern Living Party Cookbook by: Elizabeth Heiskell, because I can't wait to join my friends in planning gatherings.  

The Southern Living Party Cookbook
 
The inspiration behind this cookbook, comes from the original 1972 Southern Living Party Cookbook. The author, Elizabeth Heiskell comes from generations starting with her great-grandmother, of knowing the importance of being a hostess and entertaining family and friends. Elizabeth is now the go-to caterer in Oxford Mississippi for many events, is a TODAY show food contributor, and has appeared on many shows inlcuding Chopped. She sells homegrown gourmet items under the name Debutante Farmer, and is also a wife and mom. 

The Southern Living Party Cookbook

The cookbook is full of ideas and recipes on how to plan events such as wedding showers, baby showers, picnics, fish fry's, holiday dinners, and even just simple get together's with friends. It also includes table etiquette, invitations, notes, and so many more wonderful incentives. There is expert advice given through the introductions of each section, and even through the recipes to have each event be flawless. The advice given by the author is easygoing and comfortable, and she advises each hostess, "The more relaxed you are, the more fun your guests will have." The majority of the recipes include gorgeous and colorful pictures, which I love because I am visual. If I can see what something is supposed to look like, I can usually do a good job of making it or putting it together.

The Southern Living Party Cookbook

The recipes include delicious appetizers, salads, main dishes, drinks, and desserts. These can range from dainty dishes for showers or mimosas for a girls day out, to full meals. My husband and sons were very impressed with the Cowboy Steaks and Lowcountry Shrimp Boil. I feel there is a recipe in here to not only appease every appetite, but will have that guest at the party going for at least a second serving! I would highly recommend this cookbook to anyone, and I am excited to start making some amazing dishes for my family and friends. Thanks for reading my review, y'all!

The Souther Living Party Cookbook

Blessings,

Kelly



 

Monday, January 21, 2019

30 Days to Understanding the Bible

Thomas Nelson Bibles
If you are anything like me, learning the Bible as an adult has had its challenges. My parents instilled in me the best they had to give, and that was the belief in God and in prayer. We didn't go to church often when I was a child, and I really had no idea what Sunday School was, or what VBS stood for. (Vacation Bible School) I was baptized as a baby. It would be 25 years, with the birth of my oldest son, that I became baptized as an adult. Learning the Bible is important to me, and I was so excited to hear about 30 Days to Understanding the Bible by: Max Anders.

The edition of this book is actually celebrating 30 years since the book has been written! This new edition has been expanded and updated for today's readers, and also contains fan-favorite bonus content, previously removed.  In just 15 minutes a day, for a month you can grasp a better understanding of the Bible. This includes learning about the Bible's key people, events, and doctrines. It has been recommended by Bible teachers and pastors for the last thirty years. The book also has a 13-week plan that can be used in small groups or group discussions.

The author uses an easy to follow format, and encourages you with What you can learn tomorrow is built on what you learn today! Each of the chapters is built on this concept, and it makes the learning a straightforward and joyful progression. He relates the Bible to historical periods to make the time periods easier to understand, makes the geography uncomplicated, and the math used to remember the Old and New Testaments books amazed me.  

I originally thought I would be going through this book with my husband. My husband, unlike me, grew up in the church. He has definitely learned some things in this book though, as  I summarize what I have learned. I would love to be able to go through the rest of this book, as a group discussion with some of my friends. I would highly recommend this book, as it can give you a better understanding of the Bible.

30 Days to Understanding the Bible

Author Spotlight:

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Dr. Max Anders is the author of over 25 books and is the creator and general editor of the 32-volume Holman Bible Commentary series. He has taught on the college and seminary level and is a veteran pastor. Max was also one of the original team members with Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. He provides resources and discipleship strategies at MaxAnders.com to help people grow spiritually.

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Blessings,

Kelly

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Bible Orientation: A Bible Survey Curriculum for Children Volume 1 (Review)

Bible Orientation: A Bible Survey Curriculum for Children Volume 1 (Review)
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Bible Orientation: A Bible Survey Curriculum for Children; Volume 1: Law & History, as part of the Homeschool Review Crew, in exchange for a honest review. 

Over the years, I have seen many different types of Biblical children’s curriculum. Not only do my husband and I teach our sons Biblical lessons, but we are also a part of the Kid’s Ministry at our church. The one thing we have noticed about some of the curriculum materials on the market is much of it is too easy for the children, doesn’t cover reading the Bible, and requires the students to write or really give any kind of comprehension or interactive study. They don't go into depth of the Biblical story being studied, which at Second Grade level, I think many of the children could understand. I am proud to say that these issues were resolved when we got a chance to review Bible Orientation: A Bible Survey Curriculum for Children; Volume 1: Law & History.

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Blessings,

Kelly

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I received a free copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.