Monday, July 9, 2018

Discount Books for Bookworms

Do you love to read??????

As an avid reader myself, I know it can be difficult to find books at reasonable prices. That's why in this post I'll be sharing my two favorite resources where you can buy books in great condition (and sometimes new condition) for low prices.

*Neither of these websites have every single book you may be looking for, but they do have a large varied selection.*

The first website is Thrift Books.  I've ordered many books from here and have been pleased with all my purchases. For each book available, they usually have a format and condition option from which you can choose. If there is a minimum of $10.00 in your cart, you'll receive free shipping on your order. Additionally, if there is a book you'd like to buy but it's not in stock, you can click the button 'add to wish list' and you'll receive an email once the book becomes available for purchase. (You do have to sign up if you want to add books to your wishlist.)   If you would like to receive a coupon for 15% off your first order made within the next 14 days, click here.

Next up is Abe Books. They are similar to Thrift Books in that they have various book condition options to choose from. I've found that the books listed at the top of the page are usually free shipping to U.S., but as you scroll farther down, those are the ones that have shipping expenses. Their book prices are really great, and I've been happy with all the books I've received. I did want to mention that my books arrived with a small bar-code sticker on the front that doesn't come off easily.  Here's what I do. (And this works for almost any book that has a sticker that doesn't peel off easily.) Scratch off as much as the sticker as you can. Place a few drops of lemon essential oil on a paper towel and scrape off. It works fabulous. And there's no sticky residue on the cover either! 

So there you have it! I hope you check out those websites and find some great deals on books.

Have you heard of or ordered from either of these sites before? Do you know of any other websites that sell books at discounted prices?  Would you like to see more book related posts in the future? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Fruit Pizza

Hey friends!  

Today I'm sharing a recipe for something delicious....fruit pizza!

Note: I make my own crust, but you can also use purchased pizza dough or sweet dough. 

Ingredients for the pizza crust: 

 1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

(If you're interested in substituting honey for sugar, I've made it that way before and it tasted great. I would add a little less than 3/4 cup if you add honey, just because you don't want to add too much. Add according to taste.) 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Mix in egg. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into creamed mixture until just blended. Press into ungreased (pizza) pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.  Set aside to cool.
NOTE: If you use purchased dough, follow the directions on the can for how to cook it.

Ingredients for the frosting: 
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

(I've made the frosting with honey instead of sugar before too, and have found that it actually tastes a little better than it does with sugar. I'd recommend adding a little less honey than 1/4 cup, and then tasting the mixture just to be sure you didn't add too much honey. You can always add more if need be.) 
Combine the frosting ingredients with a rubber spatula. Stir until smooth.
Once the crust has cooled, spread on the frosting.
You can really use any type of fruit to decorate the pizza. Here's what I used. 
 (usually I use mandarin oranges from a can, but since 
we didn't have any, I just peeled a small orange and used that.)

Once you have all your fruit washed and cut, it's time to decorate! 

For the middle, I just cut up grapes and blackberries. 
Ta-dah - there you have it! It's a simple, fun recipe to make for a party or holiday. 

Have you ever made fruit pizza? If you make this recipe, I'd love to hear how yours turned out! 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Renew Your Mind

Romans 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
 Ephesians 4:21-24
If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the trust is in Jesus:
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
 Colossians 4:5-6
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Psalm 104:33-34
I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
My meditation of hims shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord. 
 2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
 Galatians 5:24-25
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
 Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
 Ephesians 5:19-20
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
 Philippians 2:3-5
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not ever man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
 James 3:17-18
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The U Poem

Hey there!

I wanted to share a really neat poem with you all that I found in my drafts the other day.  It's called: 

The U Poem

Before U were thought of or time had begun, 
God even stuck U in the name of His Son.
And each time U pray, you'll see it is true,
You can't spell JesUs and not include U.

You're a pretty big part of His wonderful Name,
For U, He was born, that's why He came.
And His great love for U is the reason He died;
It even takes U to spell crUcified.

Isn't it thrilling and splendidly grand,
He rose from the dead, with U in His plan?
The stones split away, the gold trUmpet blew,
And this word 'resUrrection' is spelled with a U.

When JesUs left earth at His upward ascension, 
He felt there was one thing He just had to mention.
"Go into the world and tell them it's true,
That I love them all - Just like I love U."  


Isaiah 31:3
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Mother-Daughter Trip

Happy Saturday! 
This is a long overdue post, but I'm finally sharing about a trip my mommy and I took earlier last month. :) Hope you enjoy! 

On the morning of May 10th, my mommy and I left for a mother-daughter trip to South Carolina. A young lady we know was getting married at Pretty Place in Cleveland, S.C. on Friday. That evening, we arrived in Greensboro. A couple from our church lives there and they graciously allowed us to stay with them. The next morning, we drove up to Cleveland.

This was my first time driving in the mountains - it was pretty fun!
On our way up the mountain to Symmes Chapel, there was a pull-off spot at which we stopped for a few minutes.
This place is appropriately named Bald Rock Heritage Preserve. The whole top of the mountain is covered with graffiti, but the overlook is just amazing.

 Here's Symmes Chapel...

The wedding went beautifully even though it did rain for a very short time during the ceremony.
 The wedding reception was held at Table Rock Lodge in Pickens which was about a 40 minute drive from the chapel.

Table Rock Mountain was clearly visible from the deck of the lodge and it overlooked a serene lake.
On Saturday, the 11th, mommy and I drove to Table Rock State Park and took a hike. 

This was at a pull-off spot on the way to the park...



The trail we chose was Carrick Creek. It was a pleasant hike with many pretty flowers and beautiful waterfalls. 

Bald Rock Mountain...we visited it once more after the hike at Table Rock Mountain.
This is what the mountain looks like from the bottom, on a trail.

We spied this waterfall along the road as we traveled toward Greensboro. It was such a beautiful, neat place. There were two little kids and a dog playing in the pool.

 On the left side of the waterfall, there were these steps. (They are where the person in the blue is standing in the picture above.) At the top there was another waterfall.

There was a little ice cream shop called Dillard's that we stopped at. My mom and I both agreed that it was the BEST ice cream we've ever had! If you're ever in that area, I highly recommend making a pit stop for some ice cream. :)

 On Sunday we headed south for home. A stop was made to attend a small church...and meet one of my blogging friends! I was thrilled to meet Bri from Forget Not His Benefits. She is just the sweetest thing and we had a lovely time talking.  :) 
 Since it was Mother's Day, the church passed out roses to all the mothers.

For lunch, we ate at this little place called Olde House Cafe. It's owned by a Christian couple and was nice to hear hymns playing in the background. :)

A little later, we took a detour and drove around the historic downtown of Charleston. 
We didn't arrive in Winter Garden, Fl. until late at night. Sarah's friend from college, Anna, lives in Winter Garden and she had brought Sarah home with her from college. So we stayed Sunday night there. Monday morning, Anna and her mom took us downtown where we visited Zion's Hope. Our family has received Mr. Rosenthal's magazine, Zion's Fire, for years, so it was neat to be able to visit the place.

 The Silver Shekel shop is on the bottom floor. We all were able to take a tour of the second story, where the offices and studio are located. We even had the privilege of meeting Marvin Rosenthal as well as his son.
 And that concluded our vacation...what a fun and special time it was! :) 

For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone. Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. 
~Psalm 86:10-12