A Few Of My Favorite Things

I decided to create a page for some of my favorite things.  Books!  Recipes!  Ideas!  Challenges!  It will be a work in progress, just like me!

One of my favorite motivational books that I have picked back up after many years is

Lose It for Life- Day by Day- Devotions for Every Day of the Year

by Stephen Arterburn, M.ED., Janelle Puff and Misty Conaway.

It is published by Integrity Publishers.  ISBN# 1-59145-249-X.

I from time to time have referred to it in my blog.  It really is just what I need each day!

Made to Crave

I bought this book in 2011 and dusted it for about 4 months.  I added it to my list of books to read during my 2012 Project 365.  I started it last week and boy is it taking me on a journey.  It is an excellent book to really get to the heart of our addictions, not just with food.

Author Lysa Terkeurst has written several books!

She is an amazing writer with an incredible testimony of her own.



One of my favorite websites is http://www.skinnytaste.com/.

Check it out for deliciously easy SKINNY recipes and while you are

at it, check out her blog too!




 Healing Is a Choice: 10 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life and 10 Lies That Can Prevent You From Making Them

by Stephen Arterburn ( I really like his work)

If you want a powerful read that will change your life than this book is for you!  I have highlighted, bookmarked, flagged and every time I pick it up I find some new truths.

I borrowed the following from the Amazon sites book description:

“From chronic physical pain to deep emotional hurts, we are all, at some level, in need of healing. And healing, writes author Stephen Arterburn, is a choice, although not our choice-it is God’s choice. While that may lead us to understand that healing is out of our hands, there are several things we do or believe that can stand in the way of God’s healing in our lives.

Describing ten choices we can make, and the corresponding ten lies that we must reject, Arterburn outlines the plan for opening our lives to God’s divine touch. For example, to be receptive to God’s healing, we must make the choice to feel; but we often buy into the lie that we need something to help numb the pain. Likewise, we can choose to embrace reality; but we often falsely believe that if we act as if nothing is wrong, the problem will go away.

Healing on all levels-spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical-is a miraculous gift from God; but it is a function of our own decisions and beliefs as well. When we make the right choices, and reject the lies, we can find the way to wholeness again”

His Princess Love Letters From Your King by Sheri Rose Sheperd

If you don’t buy another book ever again, buy this one!

This book changed my heart and my life.  It was given to me at a time when I felt like my life was worthless.  For whatever reason I felt prompted to read it as lead.  When God prompted my heart I picked up this little book.  It took me a year and a half to read it but it was a GOD timed thing for on each page I found a love letter from my King that I needed at just the right time.  The pages of my book are bookmarked, dated, highlighted and noted so I can reflect on His love for me at the hardest places in my life.

Here is a little bit about the author:

“Sheri Rose is a woman who can relate to almost any woman’s battle. This former Mrs. United States grew up in a dysfunctional home and was severely overweight as a teen. As a young woman, she battled depression and an eating disorder. She understands the pain that comes from a broken home and she knows what it means to fight for freedom from your past.

In spite of an English teacher telling her she was “born to lose” and a learning disorder—Dyslexia—Sheri Rose has (in God’s strength) become a Best Selling Author with more than One Million books sold, and her latest book won the 2010 Retailer’s Choice Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

Sheri Rose has been speaking at churches and women’s retreats for 20 years. She has a very refreshing way of bringing the Word of God to life. She knows how to renew the Eternal Hope in our hearts. Her speaking style is humorous, heartwarming and inspires every one to make their life count for eternity. She loves speaking at women’s retreats of any size and currently is on the Women of Joy Tour with: Kay Arthur, Karen Kingsbury, Lysa TerKeurst, Shaunti Feldhahn, Thelma Wells, and artists Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns and Brandon Heath.

 SO here is my Oreo CreamCheese Cookie Cake

For  cake you will need:

1 box of Devils Food Cake Mix (prepare as package directs)

For the Cream Cheese Filling you will need:

1 8oz brick cream cheese- soft

1 container cool whip-unthawed

1 package Oreos crushed

For topping you will need:

1 box Bakers Semi Sweet Chocolate (8 pieces)

2 T butter

Prepare cake mix as package directs and bake in 9″round cake pans.  Cool completely and remove from pans. In a bowl mix together crushed Oreo cookies and cream cheese until well blended.  I use a mixer.  The fold in the coolwhip.

Place one layer of cake on plate and top with cream cheese Oreo cookie filling.  Top with second layer.

In a microwave safe bowl melt bakers semi sweet chocolate pieces and 2 Tablespoons butter.  ( About 30-60 secs usually does it but check it and stir until completely melted and mixed together)

Pour chocolate over top of cake and smooth out from center towards sides.

A thick cake like pictured is everything doubled.

Refrigorate til ready to serve!

Praying the Scriptures For Your Children by Author Jodie Berndt.

An inspiring guide for mothers on how to pray scripturally for their children, filled with encouraging true stories and handy resources to begin praying powerfully today.
Description: Jodie Berndt shows you how to make the Bible a book of prayers that can powerfully influence your children’s lives. You’ll discover how to pray specifically and expectantly for their faith, character, safety, relationships, and future. You’ll gain new, biblical perspectives on God’s purposes for your children. And through the encouragement of the Scriptures and true-life stories, you’ll find out what a huge difference your prayers really make in the lives of those you love most. Discover How to Pray God’s Will for Your Children’s Lives There’s no place like God’s Word to turn to when you want to pray confidently and effectively for your kids.“Prayers permeated with the Word of God bring about changes in our children and keep us in touch with God’s priorities. This is a wonderful resource that you will want to refer to over and over.”Fern Nichols, founder and president of Moms in Touch International“If I could choose only one book to help me pray for my children, this is it! Not only has Jodie given us a rich treasure of true stories, practical prayers, and relevant Scriptures for our children, but a surprise awaits! In reading this I found my own confidence if God growing. RUN and get this book for moms and grandmoms.”Susan Alexander Yates, author of How to Like the Ones You Love“I know of no one who can speak more authoritatively than Jodie Berndt on praying for your children. Every parent who wants their children to grow into godly men and women should read this book.

Blueberry Muffin Recipe- Yields 24 Muffins


4 eggs

2 cups white sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups sour cream

2 cups blueberries


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.

  1. In large bowl beat eggs, gradually add sugar while beating. Continue beating while slowly pouring in oil. Stir in  vanilla. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt and baking soda.
  2. Stir dry ingredients into egg mixture alternately with sour cream. Gently fold in blueberries. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.

4 thoughts on “A Few Of My Favorite Things

    • I have them all too and have had my daughter go through her study. In a beautiful ceremony we were able to give her a princess ring and as a blessing Mrs. Shepherd was able to attend the ceremony! Her books are amazing a speak right to your heart! Thanks for posting!

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