Holiday Baking with Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag

The following is a promotional post for Stevia In The Raw®. 

Our family's time spent baking multiplies around the holidays. Extra treats for parties, extra desserts prepared for guests, delicious homemade gifts, we end up cooking so much. And then elastic waistbands are necessary if we eat even a little of everything we make. When my Grandparents were next door, I was more aware of substituting alternatives to sugar because of their health. Now I'm trying again to be more aware as I cook for my family that healthy substitutions in my recipes can help us all. Enter Stevia In The Raw® Baker's Bag. 

Stevia In The Raw® provided some recipes for us to try, and  I experimented with it in some of my traditional recipes, too. I discovered homemade cranberry sauce, banana bread, and even my morning mug of cafe au lait can taste delicious without sugar when I replaced it with an equal amount of Stevia In The Raw®. 

The makers of Stevia In The Raw® are introducing decadent recipes that allow bakers and their guests to enjoy seasonal treats with less sugar and calories. From cookies to tarts, these recipes using Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag will give you something to be joyful about!

I was looking forward to trying the Chocolate-Expresso Pizzelles recipe. The ingredients were all things I already had. But the expresso powder was rancid. I had no idea that could happen, so if you have it in your pantry, take my advice and go smell it. So, as happens often with most of the new recipes I try, I made a few modifications. After omitting the expresso powder, my daughter and I made chocolate pizzelles. I read that waffle bowls were easy to make just by placing the hot fresh pizzelles in bowls to form. We made chocolate waffle bowls and filled them with ice cream then added extra pizzelle pieces as a crunchy topping. Delicious! Next, we made lemon pizzelles. We didn't miss the sugar in either flavor; the Stevia In The Raw® sweetened them perfectly. 


Which recipe do you think you'd like to try first? Or would you replace sugar with Stevia In The Raw® in one of your own recipes?

It's so easy to use this in recipes as it measures equally like sugar.

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Disclosure: “The product, information, and gift card have been provided by the makers of In The Raw® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of the makers of In The Raw® sweeteners.”   


Scripture and a Snapshot

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear. Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters. Proverbs 25:11-13 

     They've called it the Louisiana blizzard of 2018. For us, it meant cancelled events and more family time for the part of our family that is home. (Three are in Nicaragua sharing about the sweet love of Jesus.) And for me, this was the first time to see powdery snow instead of the icy slush we've gotten in years past. We built snowmen, ate snow, ran and kicked it, and enjoyed the novelty as our plans were momentarily cancelled. Our electricity went out. My son and my dad arrived back from the deer camp just in time to bring us a hot meal and start a fire in my parents' wood stove. My daughter and I (and her oldest cat) went there for the night and read books by flashlight. The ACT was postponed, and we drove around and looked at other snowmen and snow covered beauty. I'm thankful for that extra time just to enjoy the wonder of snow with people I love. It has been refreshing indeed. 

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She Reads Truth Bible Review

A friend who is also a pastor's wife shares images of lovely Scripture pictures attributed to She Reads Truth on Facebook. Each one is an inspiring work of art straight from God's Word. That's where I first heard of the website. After I received the She Reads Truth Bible, my daughter researched the translation which was new to me. It is the CSB or Christian Standard Bible which she discovered is a newer revision of the Holman version. 

Our heart for the She Reads Truth Bible is not to add or improve on the perfect and complete gift of Scripture God has given us. Rather, our heart is for everything we've included in this Bible to point back to God and His Word. Each devotional seeks to show the gospel in every passage. We believe God is the main character of every story and it is our delight to find Him there.”

The quotes shared in art form, 66 in all, each are representative of one of the books in the Bible. Each illustration is a key verse to illustrate the theme of each book. 

This large hard bound Bible arrived in a case which matches the cover. Two long ribbon bookmarks are sewn in, white and gold. 

There are tools in the front such as how to read the Bible as well as explanations of key features. The pages, like those in most Bibles, are very thin. Devotions are included, boxed to differentiate from the Scripture verses. They reference passages from both the New and Old Testaments. 

Product description:  https://youtu.be/jrvnRyBR3Tc
The She Reads Truth Bible aims to live at the intersection of beauty, goodness, and Truth. Featuring devotionals by the She Reads Truth team, and Scripture reading plans that include supplemental passages for deeper understanding, this Bible invites every woman to count themselves among the She Reads Truth community of "Women in the Word of God every day." The She Reads Truth Bible also features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization.   

Features include: almost 200 devotionals, 66 artist-designed key verses, 35 full-color timelines, 20 full-color maps, 11 full-color charts, reading plans for every book of the Bible, one-year Bible reading plan, detailed book introductions, key verse list, carefully curated topical index, smyth-sewn binding, two colored ribbon markers, and wide margins for journaling and note-taking. 

This Bible is available at http://www.shereadstruth.com

You can enter to win one of seven copies here: https://www.blessedfreebies.com/she-reads-truth.html 

Disclosure: B&H Publishing by Frontgate Media provided a copy of this Bible for this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions shared are my own and that of my family.


Scripture and a Snapshot

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. John 12:46

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Kutless CD Review

Kutless has a new CD filled with old favorites. 

Alpha/Omega features favorites from the past seventeen years. 

Your Great Name
Strong Tower (reprise)
King of My Heart
You Are Love
Great Are You Lord
Your Love Awakens Me
Shepherd of My Soul
Gave It All (I Surrender All)
No Wonder (Roar of the Rugged Cross) 

About Kutless:
Since signing to BEC Recordings in 2001, Kutless has transformed from a new rock band to a staple artist in the industry that has multi-format, top-charting hits, sold millions of records and more than eight million streams. Launched by original members Jon Micah Sumrall (lead vocals) and guitarist James Mead, the band formed first as a modern rock/worship band at Warner Pacific College in Portland in 2000. Kutless has two RIAA Gold-selling albums for Strong Tower and Live from Portland. The band has had 12 No. 1 radio singles across all formats including their major hits "Strong Tower,” "What Faith Can Do" and "Carry Me To The Cross.” 
After more than 15 years together and reaching fans around the world, Kutless continues to be focused on sharing the Gospel with a younger generation that is searching for answers. 
“We really believe that music can make a difference in people’s lives,” shares Jon Micah Sumrall. “Music is an incredibly powerful tool that can break down walls and allow us to communicate a message of hope to people who may not listen otherwise. We are still recording and performing because we really do believe it makes a difference. We hear stories all the time from people who share with us how a concert or a song has radically impacted their life, and it’s these types of testimonies that keep us going year after year.” 
In 2012, Kutless formed EOTA Ministries (End of The Age) to expand their evangelistic outreach around the globe. EOTA is the non-profit arm that aids Kutless in hosting large, free outreach concerts and events. In 2015, they partnered with other organizations to bring concerts to Kiev, Ukraine and other cities for six events - the largest of their kind in that country. The next year, Kutless returned to 11 cities in Ukraine as well as in Belarus, a communist country, where more than 100,000 heard the Gospel and over 40,000 commitments to Christ. 
With their upcoming album ALPHA / OMEGAKutless has created a collection of rock and worship songs of both original and cover tracks that are true to who the band has been for the last 17 years. They wanted to create a project that would engage the Christian community and have the greatest impact. The songs are true to who the band is at their core - rock and worship. ALPHA / OMEGA features a new version of “Strong Tower” as well as the debut radio single “King of My Heart.” 
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Scripture and a Snapshot

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I Peter 1:3 

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Book Review: Live SoulFULL

Scott and Ginger Tabot are a husband and wife team and they have combined their talents in this book/cd combination. Her songs were written to compliment and reinforce God's Word. They call the book music driven, and the book and cd are meant to be used together.

Product Description:


Live SoulFULL is a music-driven, gospel-centered, interactive Bible study that’s all about how God fulfills your deepest needs. It’s a fun, yet challenging way to help you build a strong, confident faith in knowing God as the Giver and Filler of life.

Each song and corresponding chapter work together to walk you through the Bible’s answers to some of life’s biggest questions.

Recorded by award-winning Nashville musicians, the music ranges from up-tempo, roll-the-
window-down grooves to passionate, heart-stirring ballads. As you listen, read, and learn, you will discover the fulfillment and joy that Jesus offers in the midst of everyday life. 

Live SoulFULL Includes:  

  • 11 Chapter study book
  • 13-song CD
  • Download code for digital copy of album 

Disclosure: A review copy was shared for the purpose of my honest review. No other compensation was received.


Scripture and a Snapshot

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
II Corinthians 9:11

     Friends have been joining me this week on Instagram to daily share things that we are thankful for. So much! I am thankful to God for so much! Last week on his way to his parents, my husband got a flat tire on his truck. Then Saturday afternoon, a blow out on a fairly new tire on our camper caused three holes under the camper. But each time, my husband and kids were safe. The girls and I are heading to the coast for the weekend, and yesterday he got two new tires for my van. My dear husband watches out for me and the kids. And he does things just because he knows that it will make us happy. How much more does our God do that! This clothesline was built by my husband just because I wanted one. I have precious memories of hanging clothes out with my grandmother and then my daddy doing that for her. I'm thankful as I hang things on the clothesline. 

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Catherine Marshall’s Christy

The following post is a review of this 50th anniversary version of the book Christy. 

My mom bought me a paperback copy of Christy when I was in high school. It was my first book to read by Catherine Marshall, but it and her book Julie remain among my favorites. She shares stories on such a way that you can see God working in their lives even in harsh circumstances. 

This edition of Christy celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved novel's first appearance on the New York Times Best-Seller List in November 1967. Millions of readers fell in love with Christy, and this modern edition will appeal to readers of all ages. For the first time ever, the novel will be available as an e-book! 

Based on the life of Catherine Marshall's mother, Christy captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series. Around the kitchen table at Evergreen Farm, as her mother reminisced, Catherine probed for details and insights into the rugged lives of these Appalachian highlanders. 

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The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.  But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her --- and her one-room school --- as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two equally strong, but different men. Yearning to make a difference, will Christy's determination and devotion be enough?

Learn more about Catherine Marshall here.

Disclosure: Litfuse provided a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are my own. 
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Innovators Tribe Engineer Course

The following is a review of Think Like An Engineer from Innovators Tribe with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew. 

Thinking Like an Engineer

Thinking Like An Engineer is an online course. One subscription allows access for our entire family. My son started the course first, but my daughter also expressed interest and may work through it in the future. 

“Mr. K” is the course guide and teacher. Some components are videos, and some are slides; all are displayed through their interactive player. We tried the course in a touch screen laptop and on an iPad and found that, for my son, the lessons were easier to navigate when using the iPad. When it progressed to using the downloaded program, he changed to his laptop computer. Hands-on activities are built into the lessons which makes them even more engaging. 

The "Learning Targets" pictured below show just how much more value is built into this course. These are charact er lessons! 

After the first lesson, music and sound effects are also incorporated into the videos. Lesson two introduces students to fourteen different types of engineers. Aerospace engineer and agricultural engineer both had my son's interest. And the program has held his interest. He keeps sharing little things he has gleaned from the lessons. 

Each activity has a suggested time to complete. Some are quick, but most take longer than a typical classroom time.  In our homeschool, we enjoy focusing on one subject for an extended time instead of the typical classroom way of doing lessons in every subject every day. This program fits well with our family's style. 

Some lessons do share links to other websites outside of the Innovator's Tribe website such as the EPA's website for directions to build a water filtration system. 

Initial lesson activities called for things easily found in most homes such as books, paper, and tape. Some challenges required more preparation. We saved the water filtration activity for later in November after our family visits the beach; my son took a screenshot of the supplies and is planning to get some smooth sand while we are there. 

There is an order to the lessons, but they can be viewed more than once. My son noticed he has to click next lesson on the corner of the video for that lesson to be marked as completed; just clicking on the next lesson in the menu isn't sufficient. 

Innovators Tribe What You Get

Challenge two 

Eleven heavy books flattened my son's paper the first time he tried the second challenge. As he tried again, while thinking like an engineer, he made a more stable base for a taller structure. 

Joseph showed me how the design software that he downloaded has similarities to both Corel and Minecraft, but also has features not available in those programs he was familiar with. As he built, for example, he could change the structure to metal and then change the type of metal. 

As he progresses through the program, future units cover engineering roller coasters and bridges. These lessons have all held my son's interest, and he is indeed learning to Think Like An Engineer. In addition to homeschool families, I think these lessons would also benefit students in classrooms such as STEM or STEAM.

Be sure to click the graphic below to read other crew reviews from Innovators Tribe. In addition to Think Like An Engineer, they also offer Think Like An Artichect, and are planning another course: Think Like A Carpenter. We also received access to a bonus course Think Like An Innovator which you can try, too. Visit their website!

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