Thursday, October 17, 2019

Andersons' Grandmother's Ginger Cookie Recipe

  Hello! In my book, Leaning On the Everlasting Arms, Grandmother tells a story about when she had made ginger cookies as a girl. Here is the recipe she made and passed down to her children and grandchildren. I made two batches of this recipe on Tuesday, and they were all finished before we went home! I hope you enjoy!

1 teaspoon baking soda
2 ¼ c flour
3 ½ teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
1 c white sugar + more for rolling
6 tablespoons brown sugar
¾ c butter, softened
1 egg
½ c molasses

  I know it's odd that there is a crossed-off molasses on the list. I guess you'll have to read the story to find out why!

The first step is to cream the butter and sugar together. 

Then, mix in the egg.

In a separate bowl, add flour, salt, and baking soda.

Add the spices.

Doesn't that ginger smell good?

Combine the two mixtures. 

Preheat the oven to 350, and get out a bowl of sugar. Shape the dough into small balls, roll in sugar, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press down on each one.

Place in oven and cook for 10-12 minutes. 

I like to take mine put before they're completely done. They usually can finish cooking if you leave them on the hot pan.

Move them to a cooling rack. Wait till they are completely cool before moving to an airtight container.

Enjoy!!! And please comment below if you try these!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Leaning On the Everlasting Arms COVER REVEAL!

  Hello!!! Today is the cover reveal for Leaning On the Everlasting Arms! I'm so excited about this! Before I show you the cover though, I want to tell you a little bit about the book.
  Leaning On the Everlasting Arms is a novelette. It is a chapter book, but just a shorter read than most. This is due in part to the fact that I can't make it much longer without distracting readers from the plot. I hope you'll still enjoy it though.
  It's a fiction book set in the late 1800's. Here's the synopsis:

 In the year 1897, Meg Sonnenfeld is orphaned. Along with her little sister Hannah, she goes to live with the Andersons, a large family several hours away. Most of them are very friendly and try to make the girls feel at home, but one of them, Lissie, is making Meg feel very unwelcome. As she struggles to find her place there, disaster strikes in the form of cholera. As Meg watches her sister's health decline, she struggles with questions. Will Meg learn to Lean On the Everlasting Arms and find peace? 

  And now for the cover! (Drum roll please)

  I'm going to make you scroll down a bit...

  Keep going!

  Almost there...

  Here it is! Annie Grace designed it and I'm so happy with how it turned out! You can visit her blog HERE.

  Here's a picture showing the whole thing, in case you want to read the back.

    I'm going to be announcing the release date on Monday, so stay tuned! I'm also planning to do a post introducing all of the Anderson children soon, and also an interview of Meg, the main character. Be sure that you're following me so you don't miss out!

  That's all for today! I'll also be posting on my Instagram page about the book, so be sure to go visit and give a follow! And comment below what you think of the cover!

  Have a great rest of your week!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Exciting Announcement about my Book!

photo from Unsplash

 Hi again! I have an exciting announcement about my book, Leaning On the Everlasting Arms!
  I’m going to be doing a cover reveal on October 1! On that day, I’ll be sharing the cover picture, a synopsis of the story, and giving a publication date! I’m really excited! Once it gets closer to publication, I’ll also be doing a giveaway, and lots of fun posts about the book!
  For now, here's a few things about the story:

  • Takes place in 1897-98
  • About an orphan girl who learns to trust in God
  • Cholera is a big part of the story

  Would any of you be willing to post about the cover reveal on your blog, social media page, or magazine?  I’m going to be making a bookmark with a verse from Leaning On the Everlasting Arms on in it, since that’s the theme song of  the story
  Anyone who participates in the cover reveal will receive a free bookmark! I'm going to be putting a sign up form below. If you'd be willing to share about the cover reveal on or around October 1st, please sign up below, and it will be a great help to me!

  Thank you all so much for following!!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A Flame was Lit

A flame was lit
In the heart of man
T'was never quenched
For no one can.

In the fourteenth century
As Wycliffe read
A new thought came
Into his head.

The common folk—
Not only we,
Should have the Bible
To freely read.

So many a copy
Was written by hand
In languages the people
Could all understand

Many were angry,
His Bibles were banned
People must burn them
All through the land.

But were they diminished?
Are they all gone?
No, Wycliffe's Bibles
Today still live on.

In the fifteenth century
Another stood strong
He stood by the Bible
And spoke against wrong

The Emperor summoned him
"We won't lay a hand,"
So Jan Hus bravely went
To that far-away land.

When he got there, they took him
Threw him into a cell
Where they left him for months
Till a trial befell

They condemned him to death
Yes, they burned Jan Hus
They thought that that would
Stop the fuss.

But as he suffered,
He sang and prayed
Even in the trial
His faith was stayed

Will this now
Make people scared?
For sufferings thus,
Are they prepared?

Somehow this took away their fear
By thousands they were slain
They wouldn't deny Jesus
For any earthly pain.

It still lives on
This flame inside
It wasn't put out
Though so many have tried.

Will you stand up
Though great the price,
Is Jesus worth
Our sacrifice?

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Beads of African Grace

The beads of African grace
Are beads of a interesting taste
A warmer weather and culture
You see

It’s dancing and singing and laughing
All family and comfort you’ll find
Relax - we don’t fret, or worry
You’ll leave with a calmer mind

We share what we have
Though it be small
We’ll eat it together
Yes, we’ll split it all

We’re really like family
Thought different in face
On our red roads we’ll run
The incredible race

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Ten songs on YouTube I love!


Hi! Tomorrow is my 3 year blogiversary, but I don't really have anything planned for that. Instead, I'm just going to be sharing some of my favorite songs! Enjoy!

Did you enjoy any of them? What are your favorite songs?