A Giveaway!!

During my mother’s session, Keeper of My Heart: How God Transformed My Home, she mentioned a book that helped her tremendously as a brand new christian and homemaker. The session is needed very much in today’s world and is worth another listen! Somehow the book that was going to be a prize, Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman by Anne Ortlund, was lost in all the conference busyness. I decided it would be fun to have a blog giveaway so that you still have a chance to win a copy.IMG_5252

There are two copies to win and I’ll mail them (or hand deliver if you live close enough) to each winner. Contest opens today, Tuesday, November 13th and closes Wednesday, November 21st at midnight. I’ll be picking the winning names out of a hat here at home, all fancy-like. Watch for the winners to be announced on November 22nd!

 HOW TO ENTER TO WIN:
Just write a comment on this post about this year’s  2018 Home & Vision Conference, whether you were there in person or listened in online afterward! If you haven’t listened in yet, check out the 2018 Sessions here and then you can try for the prize. 

~Shannon

2018 Printable Downloads

Very pleased to finally be able to share the art prints that were mentioned at the conference. Sarah Meadows created both of them for me and I am so thankful for her talent and willingness to help her poor aunt out! She said to share them with you all free of charge.

Our theme verse this year for conference helps us to remember constantly to reevaluate where each choice is taking us every day. Ponder the path of your feet and make sure you aren’t losing focus! Let this  beautiful printable be an encouragement to you through your days.

Click HERE to download  Psalm 119:59 art print!

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And another somewhat sarcastic printable for those kindred spirits out there who like to say it like it is. In my first conference session I shared about how important it was to create a Bible addiction and that Sarah had made me a pretty little print for Christmas last year. Now it’s all yours, too!                                                                                                    We say it jokingly around here, but there is truth in jest. 😉

Click HERE to download Read Your Bible art print!

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~Shannon

How to Study the Bible (with sermon link)

At the conference last week I shared my version of how to become addicted to your Bible. I’ve had the addiction for a number of years and I was thrilled with the chance to introduce a new way to dive into Scripture to so many women all at once. Many have been intrigued by the ideas I shared.

Here is my Bible Addiction Challenge in a nutshell:

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My Bible reading plan is based on John MacArthur’s sermon I listened to many years ago.   It changed my life! I recently looked it up again and gave a listen and enjoyed it even more this time through. I promised to share it with you and here it is.

John MacArthur’s How to Study the Bible

I want to do what John MacArthur talked about and am concentrating on the New Testament for my Bible challenge and am starting in on reading through the Old Testament in a year using the Blue Letter Bible Chronological Reading Plan.

Let me know what you think!!!

~Shannon

Our Favourite Things

Here’s a list of links (in no particular order) to some of our favourite things that were mentioned at the conference this year:

Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox, Kate Rheaume-Bleue

Gluten-Free Baking, Kristine Kidd

Todd Wilson:
http://familymanweb.com/
https://thesmilinghomeschooler.com/

Jesus Storybook Bible

Waterlogue App

Loving the Little Years, Rachel Jankovic

Covenant Eyes internet filter and accountability

Sally Clarkson’s blog

Sarah Clarkson’s blog

Holly Myers Art

Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman, Anne Ortlund

The Messies Manual, Sandra Felton

 

The Indestructible Houseplant, Tovah Martin

The Renewing of the Mind Project: Going to God for Help with Your Habits, Goals and Emotions, Barb Raveling

A Woman After God’s Own Heart, Elizabeth George

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Recipes!

Thank you for all the kind comments about the meals. I promised some recipes, and since I can’t remember which ones in particular were requested, here’s all of them.

~Charmin

 

Best Cheese Ball, from Company’s Coming Appetizers

  • 2 x 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. onion flakes
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • Pecans or walnuts, finely chopped*

Measure first 7 ingredients into bowl. Mash and mix together. Shape into ball. Roll in nuts. Put cocktail knives and crackers nearby so guests can dig right in. Leftovers may be reshaped rewrapped and frozen if not going to be used within a week. Makes about 3¼ cups.

*For the conference, I rolled the ball lightly in a mixture of paprika and dried parsley instead.

 

Dilly Dip, from Company’s Coming Appetizers

  • 1 cup mayonnaise (Hellmann’s!)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp. dry onion flakes
  • 2 tsp. dry parsley flakes
  • 2 tsp. dry dill weed
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt (Hy’s!)

Mix all ingredients in bowl. Chill. Serve with potato chips, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, celery sticks, carrot sticks, bread sticks, radish, cherry tomatoes, green pepper slices and any other vegetable you can think of. Makes 2 cups.

 

Picnic Potato Salad, from an old Purity Cookbook

  • 1½ cups mayonnaise (Hellmann’s!)
  • 3 tbsp. sweet pickle juice (I use the brine from the dill pickles)
  • 1 tbsp. prepared mustard
  • 2 tsp. salt (I start with one and add more to taste)
  • Pinch pepper
  • 8 cups cubed cooked potatoes
  • 1½ cups thinly sliced celery
  • ½ cup chopped green onion
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced radishes
  • ¼ cup chopped dill pickles
  • 2 hard cooked eggs, chopped (original recipe says 4)

In small bowl combine mayo, pickle juice, mustard, salt and pepper. Set aside. In large bowl combine vegetables, pickles and eggs. Pour dressing over and toss gently. Season to taste. Chill at least three hours.

In case you’re wondering, a triple batch uses 10lb potatoes and fills a punch bowl!

 

Grammie Matheson’s Apple Pudding, family recipe from St. George, New Brunswick

  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ⅓ c. milk
  • 1 cup sliced apples
  • 1¼ cups hot water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together white sugar, flour, baking powder, milk and apples. Put in 1 quart casserole. Mix hot water, brown sugar, butter and vanilla together and pour over batter. Do not stir. Bake at 350°F for 50 minutes.

This works well with other fruits – try your favourite!

 

Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/11/14/gluten-free-apple-crisp/print/

 

Overnight Oats

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/overnight-maple-oatmeal/

 

Gluten-Free Raspberry Oatmeal Muffins, from Gluten-Free Baking by Kristine Kidd

For the conference, I used blueberries instead of raspberries, and I skipped the initial browning of the oats. I often substitute millet flour for almond meal. I leave the nuts out of the topping and use cinnamon in place of cardamom.

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Pumpkin-Date-Walnut Bread, from Gluten-Free Baking by Kristine Kidd

I often substitute cornstarch for potato starch, and didn’t add walnuts for the conference.

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Sally Clarkson’s Heavenly Oatmeal Muffins, from The Lifegiving Table

When I add a cup of raisins or chocolate chips or fruit, this easily makes 24 muffins instead of 12 as the recipe says.

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Wild Blueberry-Buttermilk Muffins and Pumpkin-Pecan Muffins, from Rise & Dine Canada

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Sunshine Muffins and Apple Pie Muffins, from an old Berwick School fundraiser cookbook

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The apple pie muffins are small, so I mixed up 1 1/2 batches to make the 24 muffins served at the conference.

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Ted Reader’s Memphis-Style Creamy Coleslaw

I leave the onions and pepper out and reduce the mustard powder to ½ tsp. I don’t know if Memphis cabbages are smaller than ours, but I usually end up doubling the dressing ingredients.

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Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Coat a boneless pork loin with lots of taco seasoning. If you have time, wrap it up and let it sit in the fridge overnight. I’ve been trying homemade mix recipes, and this one seems pretty good: http://inashoe.com/2012/07/homemade-taco-seasoning/

Slice up a few onions and put them in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the pork on top and add a cup or two or chicken stock. Cover and cook on high until the pork shreds easily with a couple of forks: I plan on 5-6 hours on high or 10+ on low. If it doesn’t pull apart, easily, it’s not done! After you shred it all up, add salt and pepper if necessary. I like to serve BBQ sauce on the side so we can all add it to taste.

I do a whole 8lb loin cut in two pieces in my 8 qt slow cooker and slice up four onions for the bottom. Great way to feed a crowd!

 

Cakes!  Sarah increased all cake ingredient measurements by 50% in order to make 3 layers, and used 8″ pans so the cakes would be nice and tall.

Pink Vanilla Birthday Cake

http://sweetapolita.com/2011/06/love-cake-sprinkles/

 

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

https://www.hersheys.com/kitchens/en_us/recipes/hersheys-deep-dark-chocolate-cake.html

 

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

http://thechurchcook.blogspot.com/2010/10/chocolate-buttercream-frosting.html

 

Hershey’s Best Brownies

https://www.hersheys.com/kitchens/en_us/recipes/hersheys-best-brownies.html

To make them gluten-free, I substitute an equal amount of oat flour for the all-purpose flour. I increased this one by 50% as well and baked it in a 10×15″ jelly roll pan for the conference.

Uncle Marty’s Famous Egg Casserole recipe coming soon!

Must Read!

Jaquelle’s book is AWESOME! I simply cannot wait to meet this young woman in person. As if it’s possible, it makes me even more excited to sit in on her sessions.

I hope whether you are a teen or not you all read This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years. The message applies to my 41 year old self just and much as my 18 year old. Don’t let the word ‘teen’ under the title scare you away. Read it!

But if you don’t have a chance to pick it up or order it before, you will be able purchase a copy at the conference and chat with the author. I’m sure you will want your teens to read it along with you. 😉

We are continuing with our work to make this years conference the best one yet. Stay tuned as I get more details out to you.

We would appreciate your prayers through the preparations of the next couple of months as we wrap it all up pretty for you.

~Shannon

Books for the Soul

It’s like they reach right into my soul and put words to paper for what they find there. The Lord has used many books to build up, and tug at me, the way the Scriptures have already taught me.

I really appreciate book lists made by other women of their top reading choices. I’ve read a number of books on someone else’s recommendation that I would not have considered otherwise. One of the most recent examples of this would be Sir Dalton, by Chuck Black.

All that to say, maybe sharing a few of my favourites, just a few mind you, may give you a chance to break out of your norm and try something a little different. And if you see something that interests you, check with Cheryl @ HomeGrown to see if she has it in stock. Her prices are great!

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So, here are some of my top book choices in no particular order:

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
Didn’t take long to get through this one. A great true-story of a muslim who is transformed by meeting Jesus. Absolutely amazing story and will make you want to know your Bible a lot better and the box you have God in may get a whole lot bigger. 😉

Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe by Todd Wilson
SO ENCOURAGING. A quick read and down-to-earth common sense. If you are a homeschooling mom, you need to read this book. Also, Todd is going to be the speaker at the HENB conference in New Brunswick this year. Can’t wait to listen to him in person and chat with his family! Maybe I’ll see you there?!

Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis
This one gave me a whole new perspective on mission work both abroad and here in my own home with my own children. Humbled and encouraged me. Absolutely worth the read.

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
A must read in my opinion. One I will be reading yearly. If you have read it you know what I’m talking about. It’s powerful. In chapter 10 Christian explains to Hopeful:

“They think that these fears are prompted by the devil (though in reality they are wrought of God) and, thinking so, they resist them as something evil that would unbalance the mind. They also think that such fears will undermine faith (what they have is only fancy, not faith), and they harden their hearts against them. They presume that fear is a weakness, and that it is wrong to be afraid. Therefore, in spite of their sincere convictions, they become unduly self-confident. They see that fear tends to destroy their happiness and their pitiful self-righteousness; therefore, they resist it with all their willpower.”

God Isn’t In a Hurry by Warren Wiersbe
Another encouraging book that won’t take long to read. It was passed on to me through my dad. Want to get rid of what I call ‘white-washed tomb syndrome’? This book will give you a glimpse into areas of your life that you just might be behaving like a pharisee. I loved it. It was a huge help to me.

Born After Midnight by A.W.Tozer
Oh. My. Goodness!! I love Tozer. Anything I’ve read by him has been highlight-able. (I’m known for underlining and highlighting like there’s no tomorrow!)

 “To me it has always been difficult to understand those evangelical Christians who insist upon living in the crisis as if no crisis existed. They say they serve the Lord, but they divide their days so as to leave plenty of time to play and loaf as enjoy the pleasures of the world as well. They are at ease while the world burns; and they can furnish many convincing reasons for their conduct, even quoting Scripture if you press them a bit.
I wonder whether such Christians actually believe in the fall of man.”

Keep A Quiet Heart by Elizabeth Elliot 
Daily constant encouragement from this well-known author. Short chapters for a mom on the go. Short chapters, but packed with good stuff. All women need this kind of reading on their coffee table!

Our Search for Serenity by Dr.Stephan & Gigi Tchividjian (Also titled A Woman’s Quest for Serenity, depending on the year)
In a time when I was young, discouraged, and overwhelmed I was given this book. The elderly lady that handed it to this young wife & mother didn’t know how much of an impact it would have…. or maybe she did. 😉 I have since thanked her for it and told her how much of a help it was. It’s out of print now, but I find copies here and there in used book places and always pick it up so I have giveaway copies. I’ve also bought some used copies on amazon.

Mimosa by Amy Carmichal
What a beautiful, brain-stretching story!! Please read this book! It was my niece’s favourite and let my mom borrow it. Mom was fascinated and passed it on to me. Now I buy it and pass it on. Another one that will force you to take God out of the box you have created!

Sir Dalton by Chuck Black
I had googled ‘Christian Women Book List’ (or something like that) and a lady had a number of my all-time favourite books on her list, so I figured we had similar taste. Sir Dalton was on her ‘must read’ list for every christian woman. That’s a kids book! Fiction! I am not one to give my time to fiction.  My kids have been enjoying a number of Chuck Black books for a few years so I rummaged around and found it. An allegory and heavy on the importance of Scripture… It was SO good!

Happy Reading! And feel free to share your own book recommendations in the comments. I’d love to know what your all-time favourites are!

~Shannon

Add this to your Bible Challenge!

Another Bible Challenge update for you. This time I’ve added one of my favourite and most helpful ideas to the video. You just might want to adopt it as well! 🙂

New here? Check out the previous videos to catch up:

Bible Challenge Introduction 
Bible Snippets 1
Bible Snippets 2  

Have you been trying the challenge out? I’d love to hear from you! The testimonials I’ve heard so far have been wonderful!

~Shannon

Nikki’s Testimony

In our 2017 conference you were able to listen to my cousin give her amazing testimony within just a few months of her salvation. Since then Nikki has learned, and taught me, so much!! She’s been voraciously studying her Bible and discussing it with her church family here… and had much opportunity to share her faith with others. It’s so exciting to continue to watch the Lord use her in amazing ways.

I promised that I would be sharing the testimony that Nikki gave on the website, so here it is! Have another listen… and be ready for her to share again at the 2018 conference of all that God has been doing in her life since you saw her last! 🙂

~Shannon