Friday, August 28, 2020

Weekend Reading ~ August 28

Hello everyone! I've not read many blog posts this week, so I took a look at my Pinterest boards for a few favorites to share. I'm still up to my eyeballs in zucchini and cucumbers. I'll have to work on that this weekend. I'm also going to sneak in a little knitting time and reading time.

The big job is laundry. I have a bunch of loads all sorted and ready to go. Mount Washmore or Mount Neverest? It's not as bad as it used to be with four kids at home, but somehow a big pile of blankets and sheets got added in that need to be washed, too.

I hope you can steal away for a bit and enjoy some of these posts. I plan to make another loaf of Apple-Zucchini bread soon!

Blessings to you all!
This is a GOOD year because it's NOW.
NOW is the BEST time!


Thoughts Think Themselves by Karen Andreola @ Mother Culture & The Gentle Art of Learning

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole by Taryn @ Joy Filled Eats — My family likes this dish a lot.

Apple-Zucchini Bread by Nancy @ NancyC — We really liked this! We used pecans.

Ways to Use Vicks Vapo Rub by Roxy @ Living From Glory to Glory

How to Pick a Perfect Watermelon from a Pinterest infographic

Biblical Minimalism Book Trailer by Cheryl @ Cheryl Smith Ministries

Thursday, August 27, 2020

I am American!

I am an American.
I was born in the U.S.A.
It's okay if you weren't, just go through the legal steps to citizenship.
It's hard, because it is a privilege not a right.

I support, respect, and pray 
for President Trump.

I respect the office of president and our election process; therefore, President Obama was my president even though I believe he did not put America's interests first. 

I fly the American flag.

I pledge allegiance to the flag 
and one nation under God.

I am a Christian,
and there is no other way to God 
but through his son Jesus.

I believe in the Ten Commandments.
Jesus summed them up in two:
Love God and Love others.

I believe in the Golden Rule.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

I obey the laws.

I believe in The United States Constitution.

I believe in the 2nd Amendment.
Keep the guns in the hands of the good guys not just the bad guys!

I believe in marriage between one man and one woman.

I believe that God created us male or female. 
It was His choice not ours.  

We must pray for our country.

There are many who are trying to destroy it to gain more power.
There are many who are blindly following them.

There are a few people who are trying to lead 
this country into a downward spiral of sin.
It's ugly. 

Elections are this year.
Vote to keep this country
the land of the free
and the brave.

Thank you Veterans.
Thank you military personnel.
Thank you military families.
Thank you statesmen who are fighting for our country.

God bless America

Land that I love
Stand beside her 
And guide her
Through the night with the light from above....

God bless America

My home sweet home!

Laura Lane

Shared at Over the Moon

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Weekend Reading ~ August 22

Well, it's not been easy to find reading time this week. It seems like there's been something extra to do nearly every day. Friday afternoon, I made bread and butter pickles. I used the Mrs. Wages packet from Walmart, but everyone loves them. Why mess with perfection?

I also made some Candy Apple Syrup. I plan to add it to apple cider or juice this fall. It was supposed to be jelly, but I was distracted and put my sugar in too soon. I also made some Zucchini Bread Jam. It didn't set up as thick as I'd like. I think perhaps I needed to shred the zucchini smaller. Oh well, it still tastes terrific. There is something meditative about canning. It connects us to the past while taking care of our future.

Have you been canning or putting up food for winter?

Be blessed,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
Seeking Canning Lids!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Persian Betrayal ~ Empires of Armageddon #2 by Terry Brennan ~ Review and Giveaway

Persian Betrayal is the second book of the Empires of Armageddon series by Terry Brennan. I recommend that you begin with his first book, The Ishmael Covenant. 

From the Publisher:
How much can Brian Mullaney risk to serve God and save lives—without losing his own?
DSS Regional Security Officer Brian Mullaney has been tasked with an incredibly dangerous mission. When a synagogue in Jerusalem is destroyed by an explosion, burying the second key prophecy Mullaney is hunting—and the deadly box that protects it—the answers he desperately needs are also crushed. How can he discover the meaning of the centuries-old prophecy now? Why are he and the ambassador he’s assigned to protect being targeted? And is there any way this lone man can thwart a nuclear arms race between three ascendant empires of the past?
An otherworldly servant of evil known only as the Turk is maneuvering all three nations into an intricate dance designed to undermine prophecy about the end times. And he won’t let Mullaney or anyone else get in his way.
Wounded in a bloody shoot-out, pressured by his wife to come home, and mourning the death of his best friend, Mullaney doesn’t need a powerful enemy. Who is he to save the Ishmael Covenant, the treaty promising peace in the Middle East? Despite angelic intervention, Mullaney wants nothing to do with his final assignment. But without him, evil will win the ultimate struggle . . . and humankind will have no hope left.
 My thoughts: 
This is the second book of the Empires of the Armageddon Series that I've read. These are intense books. Truthfully, I cannot say that I understand it all. There are so many countries, factions, and power hungry people involved. Most importantly though, "...we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12 There is so much in Scripture that foretells the end times. Although I've read the Bible, I don't understand the prophecies. 

 I had never thought about the different empires (such as Ottoman or Persian) from the past that current powers might try to resurrect whether by friendly or unfriendly means. This book has made me think. I know that many generations have felt that they were in the end times, but reading this book, thinking about the things that have been happening for the last few years, and now the new Abraham Accord, brokered by President Trump and signed on August 13, 2020 by the United Arab Emirates and Israel, immediately made me think of the Ishmael Covenant and our place in eschatology. 

 The supernatural aspect of this story absolutely creeps me out—as well it should. The characters from the dark side couldn't be darker—at least I cannot imagine them darker or more evil. Although we know that ultimately God wins, the battle can be frightening. 

 A favorite quote that seems applicable to our lives right now.
"Cleveland stared at the coffee in his mug as if he were looking into a crystal ball, searching for the future. 'There seems to be a lot of fear running rampant in the world today,' he said. He moved his hands around the outside of the mug, absorbing the warmth like bright sunshine on a spring day. 'And a lot of decisions are being made because of that fear. You know'—Cleveland broke the spell and looked up at Mullaney—'fear is not generally a trustworthy advisor. We need to be very careful not to allow fear to determine our course right now."
While I don't understand all that I'm reading, the story kept pulling me through it. There are tense moments, quiet moments, and downright intense scenes of perils from chases to gunfire to explosions. This would make a movie that I couldn't watch, but I can tone it down in my imagination. I'm giving this 4 stars, because it's a gotta finish this book kind of novel. I do recommend this book if you like end times drama or thrillers. I highly recommend reading the first book, Ishmael Covenant. The first book is necessary to understanding the second book in my opinion. The third book, Ottoman Dominon is already on my Goodreads want to read list. 

Read an interview with the author Terry Brennan.

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Terry Brennan is the award-winning author of The Sacred Cipher, The Brotherhood Conspiracy, and The Aleppo Code, the three books in The Jerusalem Prophecies series. His latest series is Empires of Armageddon, which includes Ishmael Covenant and Persian Betrayal.

A Pulitzer Prize is one of the many awards Brennan accumulated during his 22-year newspaper career. The Pottstown (PA) Mercury won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for a two-year series published while he led the team as the newspaper’s Editor.

Starting out as a sportswriter in Philadelphia, Brennan became an editor and publisher for newspapers in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and New York and later moved to the corporate staff of Ingersoll Publications (400 newspapers in the U.S., Ireland and England) as Executive Editor of all U.S. newspaper titles.

In 1996, Brennan transitioned into the nonprofit sector, spending 12 years as VP Operations for The Bowery Mission and six years as Chief Administrative Officer for Care for the Homeless,  both in New York City.

Terry and his wife, Andrea, now live in Danbury, CT.

More on Brennan can be found at He is also on Facebook (Terry Brennan) and Twitter (@terrbrennan1).
 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I use the Goodreads star system.
★               Did not like it
★★            It was okay
★★★         Liked it
★★★★      Really liked it
★★★★★   It was amazing

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Weekend Reading ~ August 15

Hello everyone! 

 I do hope you're having a lovely weekend. I did some laundry and housework this morning. Then I worked in the kitchen with my husband for awhile early this afternoon. He had brought in another zuchinnizilla, several cucumbers, some jalapeno and banana peppers, and a few tomatoes. We first used the last of the bread and butter pickle brine and made three pints of pickles. Then we made two 2 quart jars of refrigerator dill pickles. This is my first year to make pickles. I had plans for working the jalapenos and zucchini, but we ran out of steam. I decided to clean up the mess, finish the laundry, and have the girls help me straighten and vacuum the house. Now that the kitchen's clean, I hesitate to make another mess!

 I've found some nice things for you to read this weekend. If you've not read anything from Grandma Donna yet, she has some excellent advice for the times we live in. So, here's a weekend reading list for you.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Something to Think About… A Morning Prayer

“I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I have put my hope in your word.”
Psalm 119:147

Oh, but dawn is so early! I often listen to the Bible on before I even get out of bed. Prayer is throughout the day. It's so good to take a moment or two or three to just still our minds and bodies long enough to sense His presence. He's always with us. Sometimes we just need to focus our attention.

Share the love of Jesus with someone today.

Happy at Home

May I suggest?

Monday, August 10, 2020

Trust in the Lord….

Proverbs 11:28
He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

Proverbs 16:20
He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.

Proverbs 20:24
Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?

Proverbs 30:5
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Our family is walking through a difficult time. I need these reminders to be faithful and trust in the Lord no matter what my eyes see or my ears hear. God bless you all; may your trust in God grow.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not on thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall make straight thy paths.

ALL not some. We must include him in everything we say and do.

God bless!
Happy at Home
May I suggest?

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Giveaway Alert! Terry Brennan's Persian Betrayal

Watch for review on August 20th.

Weekend Reading ~ August 8

Hello ladies! I've got company coming for dinner in a couple of hours. It's a couple we've known since our kids were quite little. It will be nice to catch up a bit. I'm looking forward to relaxing a bit before making salsa and pickles tomorrow. Is anyone else having troubles finding canning supplies? 
Seize the day! 
Enjoy this weekend reading.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Review: The Gentleman Spy by Erica Vetsch With Giveaway

From the Publisher:
He only wanted a duchess for a day--but she's determined to make it a marriage for life
When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she's meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life--as a secret agent for the Crown.
But his bride has other ideas. She's determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society--the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she'd remain in the background as he ordered.
Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?

My Thoughts:
How can you tell a good book?
It draws you more chapter, one more chapter, one more chapter. It makes you keep it on top of your book pile and makes you want to read every chance you get. It makes you lose track of time and stay up too late. The Gentleman Spy by Erica Vetsch is just such a book.

My my, I adored this book. It is the perfect blend of romance, mystery, suspense, and spy story. Like in the first book of the Serendipity and Secrets series, the heroine is a young lady who is of the noble class, but has been unceremoniously oppressed by a wealthy but penurous father with a volatile temper and vile morals. It also has a young man who is an unlikely and unwilling noble man. The building of trust and love between the two is the theme.

Things I liked:

  • The gentleman is a hero from the start.
  • He is strong and protective of his family and friends.
  • She is tender-hearted, compassionate and intelligent.
  • She is a doer not just a pretty face
  • They were not just average people, they thought for themselves and made their own decisions.
  • Books play a big part of the story.
  • There was plenty of action. After all, he is a spy, and she does a bit of meddling.
  • The characters are believable even though a few are stereotypical. 
  • Stereotypical is not always bad.
  • The entertainment value was well worth the time invested in reading the book. 
  • There were educational details of the Regency period lifestyles that I was not aware of.
  • This was a PG book. I would not give it to a young teen. There are some situations that are definitely better for adults though it is in no way explicit, and I don't remember any bad language.
Things I didn't like:
  • The story ended! I cannot wait for the next one!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I use the Goodreads star system.

★               Did not like it
★★            It was okay
★★★         Liked it
★★★★      Really liked it
★★★★★   It was amazing

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.  
Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.
A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.
Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Weekend Reading ~ August 1, 2020

Just a few things I thought you might enjoy reading this weekend....