Monthly Archives: February 2017

31 Verses to Write on Your Heart

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After reading reviews on Liz Curtis Higgs’ previous books I knew I needed “31 Verses to Write in Your Heart.” With Lent just around the corner I have been trying to discern what I can do to up my prayer game. This book is perfect for me because it can be read and studied in small chunks. In my current season of life I don’t have large chunks of time all at once, but will have a few minutes here and there throughout the day and this book is easy to pick up and feed my soul a little bit throughout the day. This book is perfect for anyone that wants to increase their knowledge of scripture or anyone that wants to tiptoe into the practice of scripture memorization (like me). I highly recommend this book!

I was provided a copy of this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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Cook with your kids…with The Dumpling Galaxy Cook Book

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How is it almost February?!  Well, I suppose it is time to finalize my New Year’s Resolution (what, are those supposed to be finalized before the New Year?) which is to cook with my kids at least once a week.  That may not sound like much, but for me it will be a huge undertaking.  I love cooking with my kids, I just don’t do it very often.  Enter The Dumpling Galaxy Cook Book.  I wanted a new cook book that would make it easier for me to cook with my kids and this is definitely that book.  I love the idea of letting my kiddos squish together some dumplings and help me make the dough.  We love Chinese food and have not found good Chinese food where we live (luckily, there is great Thai and Japanese, though).  In The Dumpling Galaxy cook book the author, Helen You, gives recipes and instructions for making dumpling dough and pictures to guide the shaping of each type of dumpling.  I know my dumplings will not be nearly as pretty as the ones pictured in the book…but they should at least be better looking than my kids’, right? 🙂

Why I love this book:

  • the food pictures are incredible!
  • the recipes are exotic, but attainable
  • there are recipes for basics and ideas for mixing it up…the galaxy of flavors breaks down the “building blocks” of dumplings and makes me feel like I really could come up with my own combinations

All of the recipes in the book look and sound amazing so it is hard to narrow down the list of the ones I am planning to tackle first.  I am going to start with the dumpling wrappers (obviously, but I am going to try them the step by step way and also try to make the dough in my bread machine…I LOVE my bread machine), duck and shiitake mushroom dumplings, shrimp and celery shumai, pork and chive dumplings, the spicy beef and curry beef dumplings and all of the dipping sauces.  I highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in trying something new and having some fun in the kitchen.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. 

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