Ronnie (Between the Cracks Volume 5) by P.D. Workman

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This is the first book I have read in the series but I don’t feel like I have started in the middle of anything. I just thought I was reading a standalone book. It’s quite lengthy, which I personally like because I enjoy being able to continue to read a story when I am enjoying it. I have been very impressed with the author’s ability to draw me into the story.

Ronnie Coleman has disappeared, leaving no trace of her whereabouts. Her kids were found at a park, alone and cold, with no idea where their mother had gone. Her husband underwent a thorough questioning by police in case he had something to do with her disappearance.

Ronnie Plum has been missing for over 11 years, when her son spots her on the street. He calls the police because she doesn’t admit that she knows him. Where has she been and why did she run from her husband and kids?

Ronnie Simpson is a young girl who has suffered sexual assault at the hands of her father and then been removed from the home and placed in foster care. She is constantly under pressure to be a good girl and no trouble so that she could later be adopted by her foster parents. But it isn’t easy when there is so much to forget, so much not to remember. It couldn’t be true- her father would never hurt her. It had to be someone else, right? Her mother would never allow it, right? It’s all a big mistake.

This story was well written and heartbreaking. It’s the story of how easily a child can be manipulated over and over and still not understand how badly she’s been mistreated. How the very system that is supposed to keep children safe can fail them. And how the ones we trust the most can do the most horrific things to us and get away with it.

You can get a copy of Ronnie (Between the Cracks Book 5) at Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/Ronnie-Between-Cracks-Book-5-ebook/dp/B078N66TVF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515889480&sr=8-1&keywords=Ronnie+PD+Workman

 

 

 

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Holidays Are Made Better With Montreal Baking Tools

15 Inch Disposable Bags

15 Inch Disposable Bags

A big part of my Holiday is cooking. I love making all of my family’s favorites for our Holiday get togethers. Everyone has something they want me to make. With all of those requests, I have to have good quality tools to work with. I tried a couple of really great tools this Thanksgiving from Montreal Baking. The first is the Industrial Strength 15 Inch Disposable Piping Bags. These are larger than most piping bags and come in a roll box of 100. They’re made from 100% food grade materials and I don’t know what the mil is but they are industrial grade and very strong. The roll is perforated so you have to carefully tear down the perforation to get them apart, then fill and go!

 

Montreal Baking Silicone Pastry Brush Set

Montreal Baking Silicone Pastry Brush Set

 

I can’t believe how easy these were to use. I am sold on them for sure! Whipped cream, frosting, you name it, these bags can handle it! And with 100 in each box, you’ll have plenty in stock! Pair these with their decorating tips and bag clip and you have all you need for professional looking cooking and cakes in no time!

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Montreal Baking Silicone Pastry Brush Set

I also got a 2 pack Silicone Pastry Brush Set. This set includes a Large Black + Small Green Size pastry brush that is made from 100% food grade silicone that is HEAT RESISTANT UP TO 446⁰F / 230⁰C — Can withstand temperatures up to 446⁰F / 230⁰C. This makes these brushes excellent for use while cooking, barbequing, making candy, most any time you need to brush or baste food with sauce or liquids.

 

Montreal Baking Silicone Pastry Brush Set

Montreal Baking Silicone Pastry Brush Set

 

I love how well they brush without getting ruined like other types of brushes. It’s especially nice how easily they clean up after use! I find that a cool rinse with soapy water first gets most stuff off, then I can wash them in hot water or even toss them into the dishwasher. And having different colors makes it easy to designate one for savory, one for sweet. This is really a nice set at a great price!

Montreal Baking Silicone Pastry Brush Set can be found at Amazon here:

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Montreal Baking 15 Inch Disposable Bags can be found at Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MY7SA8I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

I purchased this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

Ozeri: Products You Can Count On!

I have been trying out some new products from Ozeri and I thought I’d share what I came up with here so you can see what I thought of them. Here’s what I found:

I’ve always wanted to try frothing my milk like a cappuccino so I got the Ozeri Deluxe Milk Frother and Whisk to try out. It’s a cute little stainless steel frother with 4 attachments for frothing, beating eggs, or mixing cocktails, etc. It will froth my kidlet’s cocoa in less than 20 seconds, leaving a creamy, luscious bubbly top of cocoa yumminess. I can even put some whipping cream in a small glass and whip it in seconds, then spoon it onto my drink. Oh, yeah! The Ozeri Deluxe Milk Frother and Whisk comes with a stand and 4 attachments, and works with 2 AA batteries. It can be used with any type of milk or liquid suitable for frothing. I am going to love using this on Thanksgiving!

My husband was diagnosed with cancer back in 2011 and has developed a habit of taking his blood pressure regularly ever since. His blood pressure monitor stopped working so I needed to get a new one. I got the CardioTech Pro Series Digital Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor from Ozeri and I am really impressed with it. We tried another wrist monitor and he was forever trying to get it to work, but it would say his wrist was either too high or too low to take the reading. It took 6 or 7 tries on average to get a reading. I was concerned that this might be an issue with these typed of monitors but the first time I took my blood pressure, it worked perfectly! There is a list of do’s and don’ts for best results but they are pretty straightforward. The blood pressure cuff fits on the wrist and is able to adjust from my tiny wrist to his pretty good sized wrist with no effort at all. It has a Velcro adjustment so you just place it on your wrist and adjust the Velcro, then you are good to go. Press the start button and it will automatically inflate and take the blood pressure in about 20 seconds. The reading is displayed in big numbers on the right side of the screen with the systolic and diastolic pressures, followed by the pulse rate, then the time. The CardioTech Pro Series Digital Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor from Ozeri will tell you if there is an irregular heartbeat or hypertension, and it also stores up to 180 blood pressure readings (up to 2 people at 90 readings each) along with dates and times for reference. This is a very handy blood pressure monitor and takes up very little space, takes 2 AAA batteries to operate and even has a hard plastic box to keep the monitor safe. I am impressed!

I’ve been looking for a new bathroom scale for a long time. My old scale works but it looks so old fashioned in my bathroom. I just wanted to update the look and get something that would be even more accurate. The Ozeri ProMax Digital Bath Scale looked to be the perfect fit for me. With the ability to weigh up to 500 pounds, I can weigh myself AND my dog with no issue whatsoever. It works in either pounds or kilograms and is precise down to 0.2 lb. or 0.1 kg. The Ozeri ProMax Digital Bath Scale uses 4 AAA batteries and has a blue backlight LCD screen that is large and easy to read in light or dark conditions. It displays the weight quickly, then shuts off after about 30 seconds, so it conserves battery life. I am very happy with this scale and would definitely recommend it!

Ozeri products can be found on Amazon at the following links:

Ozeri Deluxe Milk Frother and Whisk:

https://www.amazon.com/Ozeri-Frother-Stainless-4-Frothing-Attachments/dp/B00BISKPMG/ref=sr_1_4?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1510365521&sr=1-4&keywords=Ozeri+Deluxe+Milk+Frother+and+Whisk

Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series Digital Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor:

https://www.amazon.com/Ozeri-BP01K-CardioTech-Hypertension-Indicator/dp/B004FO2DSE/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1510365279&sr=8-1&keywords=CardioTech+Pro+Series+Digital+Wrist+Blood+Pressure+Monitor

Ozeri ProMax Digital Bath Scale:

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I purchased this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?: Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife by Jennifer Grant

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When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?: Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife by Jennifer Grant is a poignant, tongue in cheek set of stories commemorating the sudden realization that time has indeed flown by and midlife has entered in, with all its glorious infirmities and losses of body and mind function. When exactly did that happen? I found myself nodding in agreement over and over as if Ms. Grant were telling me my story. This book is so relatable that most will easily be able to find humor, tears, and wonder in many of the stories.

Java Factory Trick and Treat Pumpkin Marshmallow Flavored K-Cup Coffee

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Java Factory has such a great selection of regular coffees, but I especially love their seasonal coffees. One such coffee is their Trick and Treat Pumpkin Marshmallow Flavored K-Cup Coffee.

This is a wonderfully complex coffee, with hints of warm pumpkin spices and lovely marshmallow flavor. It isn’t sweet like candy- just gently flavored enough to give you that warm happy feeling that so many of Java Factory’s coffees give. Add some sugar and whipped cream and you’ll swear you just paid the big bucks at a fancy coffee shop. I love to spoil my kids and make them a special coffee like this. They feel pampered and I save a good chunk of change plus I don’t have to leave the house.

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Java Factory makes their coffee so that each cup brews to perfection, using 100% pure Arabica beans. Their filter system offers more taste per cup.  They are compatible with Keurig K-Cup brewers, including 2.0 brewers, as well as many off brand brewers. And Java Factory’s Trick and Treat Pumpkin and Marshmallow Flavored Coffee can be purchased in either a 24 or 40 count box. 

I fell in love with this coffee and I can hardly wait for Fall now, so that I can have an excuse to brew a cup (or two) of this wonderful coffee. Join me?

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Java Factory’s Trick and Treat Pumpkin and Marshmallow Flavored Coffee as well as many other flavors can be found online at:

https://www.amazon.com/Java-Factory-Seasonal-Single-Coffee/dp/B00N78GS80/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1477791427&sr=8-1&keywords=Java%2BFactory%2BFall%2BSeasonal%2C%2BSingle%2BCup%2BCoffee%2C%2BTrick%2Band%2BTreat%2C%2B40%2BCount&th=1

Connect with Java Factory on social media here:

Facebookhttp://bit.ly/JavaFactoryFB

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/javafactory

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/javafactoryroasters/

Amazon Linkhttp://bit.ly/JavaFactoryShop

 

I purchased this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

Gluten Free Murder by PD Workman

 

 

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In Gluten Free Murder by PD Workman, Erin Price moves to the quaint little town of Bald Eagle Falls to open a gluten free bakery after her Aunt Clementine passes away and leaves her home and tea shop to Erin, her only surviving relative. But chaos soon prevails when Erin finds out that the residents of Bald Eagle Falls don’t think kindly of newcomers trying to edge out their local bakery owner, Angela Plaint. And it seems like someone has been trying to put the spook into Erin by making it seem like the old tea shop has a ghost. When opening day for the new bakery comes, vinegary Angela Plaint stops by to check out the competition. Soon after, her body is found in the basement. Sure, she was deathly allergic to flour and nuts, but Erin doesn’t sell anything with those in it. So how did she die? Was it an accident or murder? And since Erin is the newest member of the town, she’s the first one on everyone’s tongue. Or is she in danger, too? This book has plenty of twisty turns and spooky secrets galore. This was my first book by this author and I’ll be back for more!

 

I purchased this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

Matt Redman’s newest release Glory Song plus a giveaway- U.S. only

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I’m always looking for the newest, freshest music to worship and praise God. Today it comes by way of Matt Redman’s newest release, Glory Road. This is a much awaited CD by two-time Grammy winner and popular praise and worship singer and songwriter of  10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord), which was also later certified RIAA gold, named ASCAP’s Christian Music Song of the Year and Billboard’s Top Christian Song.

There’s good reason why Matt Redman has been so successful in his musical career. He pours his heart out in musical form. His music is rich in testament, and flows easily- with great instrumentals and vocalists that harmonize well, each song is an opportunity to give praise and lift up the Lord. Most of his music is what I would call a love letter to God. It’s what I imagine when I think of David singing his love songs to God as he danced in the streets. The emotions are clear and real. Some songs are quiet and reflective, others are more uplifting in spirit. Each song brings its own special message to the table.

Mr. Redman’s music has been recorded by Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith, Israel Houghton, Jeremy Camp, Jesus Culture, Passion and many more. He has hit the #1 slot on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart numerous times, including Your Grace Finds Me in 2013, and Unbroken Praise in 2015. He continues to balance his musical career with being an active worship leader for the Passion conferences around the world.

About the album:
Matt Redman teamed up with several of his worship-artist friends for this album, first releasing the track “Gracefully Broken (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard).” Tasha Cobbs Leonard also released her own version of this song on the same day! The album also features Kierra Sheard, Guvna B, Madison Cunningham, and Kim Walker-Smith.

Social Corner:

Gracefully Broken Top Of The Tower Live Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__haUJns_b8

Gracefully Broken (Lyric Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJNR0lxbIP4

Gracefully Broken (Song Story): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LeKJYkhIo8

Buy Link: http://capcmg.me/GlorySong?IQid=flyby

#GlorySong  #FlyBy

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Girl of Blood by Norma Hinkens

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Girl of Blood is the third book in the The Expulsion Project Series. The first 2 books introduced us to our heroine, Trattora, who was one of the Four- the children catapulted away from the planet Mhakerta in pods in the hope that they would land on planets that would take them in and they would be safe. The children were separated and knew nothing about their backgrounds until years later, when they discovered the truth as Trattora fought to save her planet and was taken by Oremongers. In Girl of Blood, Trattora , Velkan, and Phin face trial for the death of the Fleet Commander, the punishment being either banishment to Skytus, a penal planet, or death. They are rescued at the last minute by Ayma, as she makes a deal with an unlikely pair to infiltrate the ship as it’s headed to the penal planet and take Trattora and Velkan with them. The pair soon find out that Ayma has made a deal with Crank and Sarth, who soon turn against the group in an effort to make a killing on Cwelt’s prized possession, dargonite. Trattora soon finds herself back on her home planet only to find that it has been taken over by Maulers and her father and mother have been murdered. She vows to take revenge on those responsible and restore peace to her planet once again. This book brings the series to completion in a very satisfying way and answers all of the questions I had. Norma Hinkens, you’ve done it again!

Ascension of Larks by Rachel Linden

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I was intrigued by this book first of all, because it was listed as Christian fiction. I am always on the lookout for faith-based reading material and I’m happy to read and review those books in the hopes that I will find a new author to add to my ever widening list of favorites. However, I would not have listed this as Christian fiction, as there was only the smallest mention of Christianity, Catholicism, or Faith- not what I would expect to be a faith-based story.

That being said, I enjoyed the story immensely. It begins in South America, where Maggie Henry is in the middle of a photo shoot in a remote village. She receives word from her friend Lena that Lena’s husband, Marco Firelli, has died. She makes the trip back to the San Juan Islands, back to the beach house that she has spent countless summers with the only man she ever loved, her best friend Lena- the woman he married, and their 3 children. She’s never been able to settle down with anyone since Marco and doesn’t know how she’ll go on without him. Even more, she now has to resolve herself to the fact that she’ll never have the chance to be with him, the chance that she secretly always thought she might have somehow, some way, someday. Instead, she goes to be by Lena’s side and try to understand what happened to Marco. In the days that ensue, there are more questions than answers, more puzzles to be solved, more problems to be figured out. Each day Maggie recognizes more and more that Lena is in denial and something is definitely wrong. But when Lena makes a choice that changes things for them all, Maggie is forced to make some tough decisions that will change her life forever.

This book had plenty of great plot twists, lots of beautifully descriptive scenic backdrops, and well developed characters. Although it doesn’t state that it’s part of a series, I can totally see it being the part one to a series. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

Egg Roll Wraps from Nasoya

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I tried the Egg Roll Wraps from Nasoya and made Lumpia using a recipe my friend gave me. I was a little clumsy and had a hard time getting them to roll tightly and seal well, but it was because of a hand injury- not because of the product. I actually thought the Egg Roll Wraps were awesome and worked well. They tasted great and cooked up nice and crisp- just like my friend’s! #trynatural #gotitfree
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