Cream Cheese Dip by Sue Perry

Ingredients

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups sour cream (I used light)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup sliced green onion
Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 F.
Combine softened cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon and green onion. Spoon mixture into a 1-quart baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and hot. Serve with bread slices, crackers, or veggies.

 
 
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Hash Brown Casserole from Daily Moment Recipes

Ingredients

3 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 (2 lb.) bag frozen hash browns

1 onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1 cup ham, cubed

10 eggs, beaten

1 cup cheddar cheese shredded

Salt and pepper, to taste

Heat the oil in a skillet. Add hash browns, onions and green peppers. Cook until potatoes begin to brown. Spray a 9 x 13 in. pan with vegetable oil spray. Spread potato mixture in bottom of pan. Top with ham. Pour beaten eggs over the top and season with salt and pepper. Gently stir to coat all ingredients with egg. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. Bake covered for 25 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove foil and bake five more minutes.


 
 
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Meet Hallee Bridgeman. . . She's a best-selling Christian author who writes action-packed romantic suspense focusing on realistic characters who face real world problems. Her work has been described as everything from refreshing to heart-stopping exciting and edgy.

An Army child turned Floridian, Hallee finally settled in central Kentucky with her family so that she could enjoy the beautiful changing of the seasons. She enjoys the roller-coaster ride thrills that life with a National Guard husband, a teenaged daughter, and two elementary aged sons delivers.

Hallee is a member of the Published Author Network (PAN) of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) where she serves as a long time board member in the Faith, Hope, & Love chapter. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the American Christian Writers (ACW) as well as being a member of Novelists, Inc. (NINC).

Hallee loves coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. Above all else, she loves God with all of her heart, soul, mind, and strength; has been redeemed by the blood of Christ; and relies on the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide her. She prays her work here on earth is a blessing to you and would love to hear from you. You can reach Hallee at hallee@bridgemanfamily.com or visit http://www.bridgemanfamily.com/hallee/ for a complete listing of her delightful books.



 
 
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I was inspired by an autistic girl's crystal clear voice singing the National Anthem this week.

The doctor who survived Ebola helping the infected.

A friend who took time to walk with a man and listen to him grieve for the wife who passed suddenly.  He thanked her, and told her how much it helped him.

All around the world while the bad events are happening, the good ones still outweigh them. And God is so good. He's powerful and only a prayer away. I asked Him into my heart when I was five years old, so you can imagine the kinds of things I asked, but He's always there for the little things and the big things in my life. I like that He's just a prayer away. Tonight, I'm thanking him for this beautiful sunset.
What good thing have you heard about or that's happened to you?


 
 
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Hannah Conway has  new book out. You won't want to miss this one.

Read about it below:
Welcome Hannah Conway, Author

Letting Freedom Ring ~ Gal. 5:13

www.hannahrconway.com

Battles Raging Within Are The Ones You Have To Win.

 WHITLEIGH HAYNES dreamt of a happily ever after in Fort Carson, Colorado with her newlywed husband. Army Private First Class COLLIER CROMWELL loved God, his wife, and his country, though the military demanded he pay a high cost.

When an unexpected deployment during the height of war sends Collier away for another year, their lives tumble down a path marked with struggle, and fatalities. Marred with deep-seated, unseen emotional wounds, and crippled faith, Collier’s homecoming only increases their trials.

The angry, defeated hermit at Whitleigh’s side barely resembles the loving, faithful hero she married two years before. Concerned about possible career repercussions, admitting his need for help proves difficult for Collier. His behavior worsens.

Angry outbursts and a cold, callous nature aren’t the only things that provoke Whitleigh to pack her bags. Collier seeks solace for his private suffering in the worst possible places leaving Whitleigh to walk away from shattered pieces of a broken marriage.

Will Collier be able to seek the healing he desperately needs in time to save their marriage, or is it over? Are there wounds too deep, marriages too broken, and lives too far gone that they are beyond even God’s ability to restore?

- See more at: http://www.hannahrconway.com/p/books.html#sthash.6ExKxF1E.dpuf



 
 
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Tell us about yourself . . . .

As for why I started writing…I’m not one of those writers who always thought she’d grow up and write books. I thought I’d do something like ride horses in rodeos or maybe jump those hurdles. But I was always a reader, and checked out books before I went to school. Had to use my mom’s library card because kids couldn’t have cards unless they were in school. Now how crazy is that?

Anyway, when I was thirty-five I was having trouble sleeping, and these people set up residency in my head, telling me their story. And they wouldn’t shut up until I wrote it down. And it was pretty good, so I sent it off to Woman’s World, and wonder of wonder, they bought it. And that’s how I started writing stories.

That was 34 years ago. And my first book came out last February. Yep. Took me 34 years to get a book published. So, I’d like to tell unpublished writers out there—DON’T.GIVE.UP. Learn the craft of writing, either from writing books—and there are a lot of them out there—writing retreats, conferences and workshops. Another thing is to write every day. The discipline will come in handy after you get a contract.

Oh, some of the writing books I’ve used: Susan May Warren’s workbook Writing Your Novel from the Inside Out, her Kiss and Tell workbook, James Scott Bell’s Write Your Novel from the Middle, Stanley Williams’ The Moral Premise.

If your mind goes blank, set a timer and write for 5 minutes. Anyone can write for 5 minutes. And most of the time, you’ll discover you can write for a much longer time. When I’m writing the first draft of my novel, I set a word count of 3,000 words. That means I have to turn off my internal editor. I’ve found it takes a lot of will power to write and not go back and edit. But it can be done.

My second book in the Logan Point series just released--A Promise to Protect. Here’s the back cover blurb:

In a steamy small town of danger and broken promises, can a woman prevent her secret from being revealed?

Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn’t heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn’t mean he can get her—or their whirlwind romance of ten years ago—out of his head. When she calls out of the blue it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. But when Tony dies just days later, Ben is charged with a different task—protecting Leigh and her nine-year-old son, TJ, from the killers. But how can Ben keep an eye on Leigh if she’s doing everything in her power to avoid him? And could the secret that Leigh is keeping change Ben’s life forever?

Suspense, intrigue, and a touch of romance make A Promise to Protect perfect for readers who like their stories with a hearty dose of mystery.

I hope you will enjoy. You can find me at:

www.patriciabradleyauthor.com
www.facebook.com/patriciabradleyauthor
https://twitter.com/PTBradley1

And on Pinterest you can find a board with the characters of my 4th Logan Point Book!


 
 
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Meet Tamera Kraft . . .
Welcome Tamera! Meet Tamera Lynn Kraft, author of Christian historical fiction  . . .

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio.

Tamera is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She has curriculum published and is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

You can contact Tamera online at these sites.

Word Sharpeners Blog: http://tameralynnkraft.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TameraLynnKraft

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tamerakraft


By Tamera Lynn Kraft . . .

A Christmas Promise:

A Moravian Holiday Story, Circa 1773

During colonial times, John and Anna settle in an Ohio village to become Moravian missionaries to the Lenape. When John is called away to help at another settlement two days before Christmas, he promises he’ll be back by Christmas Day.

When he doesn’t show up, Anna works hard to not fear the worst while she provides her children with a traditional Moravian Christmas.

Through it all, she discovers a Christmas promise that will give her the peace she craves.

Julie Lessman, author of Love at Any Cost and Dare to Love writes: Revel in the spirit of a Colonial Christmas with this achingly tender love story that will warm both your heart and your faith. With rich historical detail and characters who live and breathe on the page, Tamera Lynn Kraft has penned a haunting tale of Moravian missionaries who selflessly bring the promise of Christ to the Lenape Indians. A beautiful way to set your season aglow, A Christmas Promise is truly a promise kept for a heartwarming holiday tale.

A Moravian Christmas in 1773: 

In the wilderness of Ohio in 1773, a band of missionaries and Lenape Indians celebrated Christmas at Schoenbrunn Village, the first settlement in Ohio. They’d come to this wilderness and started the village a year earlier to preach the Gospel to the Lenape, also known as the Deleware who had been forced out of Pennsylvania.

Life was hard in Schoenbrunn. Cabins were quickly made and community gardens were planted that included beans, corn, and squash. Most villages also planted potatoes and turnips next to their cabins. The rest of their food came from hunting. But the real danger came from the many Indian tribes surrounding the village, some of them hostile.

The villagers were excited to celebrate their first Christmas in their new church. They had many traditions that we still use today. They would have a candlelight Christmas Eve service called a Lovefeast. During this service, they sang Christmas hymns, shared sweet rolls and coffee together, and prayed for each other. The service concluded when they gave each child a bleached beeswax candle and a scripture to hang on their trees at home. The white candle symbolized the purity of Christ and the flame showed that Jesus is the light of the world. A red ribbon would be wrapped around the candle to symbolize how Jesus shed His blood for a lost world.

In every home, families decorated artificial Christmas trees with candles and papers with scriptures written on them. The trees were made by putting together a wood frame and decorating it with real pine branches. The family would also make a putz, a nativity village that included the nativity scene, the wise men, and other Biblical scenes and place it under the tree. Most Moravians gave small gifts at Christmas, but resources were so limited that the children in Schoenbrunn were happy with their candles they received at the church. After a Christmas feast, the family would read the verses hung on the tree and talk about God’s blessings at Christmas.

A Christmas Promise is a story about a family who celebrated Christmas and faced dangers in Schoenbrunn in 1773.

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Have you got a stain on your favorite shirt?

Try this: Wet the stain, coat with Oxyclean powder, spray with Oxyclean spray and let it soak on top of the washer for an hour. Put the shirt in the washer as it is. You don't need to rinse it. You can include any other like colored clothing. This has worked for me numerous times. I hope it helps you!
 
 
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Granny’s Cocoa Cream Pie

It’s simple and tasty. This really was a simple desert often used during the 30’s and 40’s.

½ c. cocoa
¼ cup cornstarch/or arrowroot powder (or ½ c. all purpose flour)
3 egg yolks
1 ½ c. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix cocoa, cornstarch, beaten egg yolks; sugar and salt, then add milk gradually, while stirring in a pot over med-high heat. Cook until thick, beating it smooth. Cream pies take some time to thicken, so stir... and stir (10-15 min). Using a heavy bottom pan really helps. Pour into a pre-baked pie shell. Put in the fridge to chill. Add whipped cream if you like or use the left over egg whites for a meringue topping!

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Susan Page Davis is joining me today. She's a published author and I'm featuring her book, Westward Christmas Brides. Tell us about yourself, Susan.  1.     How did you get your idea for this story?

I have done a lot of research on the Oregon Trail, both for other books and for family history. My husband’s family had several branches that went West in the 1800s, and some of their true stories are heart-wrenching. My own family mostly stayed in New England, but I always felt drawn to westerns and historicals in other faraway places. One of my husband’s ancestors, Daphne Haynes, the mother of several children, became ill and died along the trial (in Iowa). Another, Mollie Perkins, saw her little sister accidentally shot along the trail in Arizona.

 2.     What is the direct tie-in with your story?

In Another Christmas Story, my novella in the Westward Christmas Brides collection, the tale opens with another tragedy. Beryl’s father has been shot in a hunting accident and is critically wounded. His dire condition forces Beryl and her little brother, Sam, to leave the wagon train and stay with the family that runs the nearest trading post on the Oregon Trail. Their mother has previously passed away, and with their father’s death imminent, Beryl has to make some hard decisions. Will she take Sam on to Oregon, as her father had planned, or go back East to live with relatives there? In the meantime, they are stranded by bad weather with the Lassen family for the winter. Beryl can’t see what’s ahead, but God has plans for her and Sam’s future.

 3.     What is your writing day like?

I usually get to my desk by 7 a.m. and do morning tasks such as e-mail, banking, and marketing chores. Then I break for breakfast. Around 9, I start writing on my “WIP,” my work in progress. I spend three or four hours on that, usually producing at least 2,000 usable words a day. In the afternoon, I tend to writing-related chores like editing and revisions if needed. Today is a bit different. This morning I had a phone conference with two editors about the next book I will write. This afternoon I will also spend some time preparing for sessions I’ll be leading at a conference in a couple of weeks.

 4.     What are you working on now?

I am writing a cozy mystery called The Not-So-Civil War, and I just finished a full-length historical romance called The Outlaw Takes a Bride. Both will release in 2015.

 In Westward Christmas Brides, take the journey into the American West alongside nine women who are chasing their dreams—Cynthia, for security; Beryl, for a new family; Adeline, for freedom; Molly, for marriage; Beth, for a new start; Belinda, for a place to heal; Suzette, for adventure; Juliet, for peace; and Caroline, for a future for her children. Celebrate Christmas alongside these pioneers as love finds them in nine distinctly different romances penned by leading Christian fiction authors, including Wanda E. Brunstetter, Vickie McDonough, Melanie Dobson, and more.

 Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 50 novels and novellas in the historical romance, mystery, and suspense genres. She is the mother of six and grandmother of nine. A Maine native, she now lives in western Kentucky with her husband Jim. Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com

 Links for Westward Christmas Brides

Buy from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Westward-Christmas-Brides-Collection-Historical/dp/1628368128/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1407968261&sr=1-1

Buy from Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-westward-christmas-brides-collection-wanda-e-brunstetter/1118019084?ean=9781628368123

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    Pre-order today on Amazon Available in ebook and bookstores July 7, 2015.

    A modern new century brings a young Amish woman an unexpected new life—and a chance to discover love's true way home…


    Ohio, 1899.  Soft-spoken midwife Becca Yost lived by her Amish faith's strict rules—until her fiancé jilted her before their entire community. She's never been away from home, but the bustling Englischer town of Massillon, Ohio, is a welcome unexpected refuge. Especially when she goes to work for Dr. Matt Carrington, who shares her passion for healing those in need. His outgoing spirit and gentle strength show Becca a surprising new world of choices—and irresistible love. But there is one formidable obstacle: Matt's wealthy mother is determined her son will marry a society woman.

    With her newfound resolve challenged, Becca decides that she and Matt must not be destined for each other after all. She accepts that she will have to forge a life alone—until a wrenching crisis and life-changing revelations teach her that true faith lies in all things, especially impossible second chances. . .

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