When I was given the opportunity to read a children’s book by Max Lucado, I JUMPED on it! I was sure it was going to be good, and I’m happy to report I wasn’t disappointed.
Hermie and his friend Wormie have always felt common. They don’t have stripes
or dots, they aren’t very strong, and they can’t find anything special about
themselves. But every time they pray, God tells them that He loves them all the
time just as they are and that He isn’t finished with them yet. When Hermie
becomes a beautiful butterfly, he realizes just how special God’s plan is for
This book is everything I’d hoped it would be. A completely sweet story, beautiful pictures that kept my kids enraptured, and more. The message is powerful and uplifting, but is put in a simple, sweet way so that my kids didn’t feel they were being “taught a lesson”. They simply enjoyed themselves while I read the dear message shared. This is a book I’ll read time and again to my kids, and that will open doors to many discussions in the future. As I mentioned, the pictures are vibrant and beautiful. Designed for a level 2 reader, the story itself will be enjoyed by a wide range of ages.
I’m giving this book 5 Stars: I LOVED IT!
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review. I received the book free of charge from BookSneeze in
exchange for my honest review. The opinions are mine, and mine alone.
Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your ChildrenTM was launched in 2001 by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Family Day is a national movement that informs parents that the engagement fostered during frequent family dinners is an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free. Dinner Makes A Difference!
I hope we can all sit down with our kids at dinner today…and if it’s not possible today, that we’ll find at least ONE day this week to do so. What a worthy cause, and enjoyable too!
The menu plan for this week is:
Monday – GF Chicken fingers, fruit salad, corn on the cob
Tuesday– *Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas, salad
Wednesday - Leftover night
Thursday – Breakfast…pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham or sausage, fruit
Friday - Peach smoothies
Saturday -Dana’s Corn Salad, grilled chicken
This recipe for Lemon Bars came from the book, The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten Free by Jules E. Dowler Shepard.
1/3 cup butter
¼ cup sugar
1 cup Nearly Normal all-purpose flour*
¾ cup sugar
2 Tbsp Nearly Normal all-purpose flour
2 tsp finely shredded lemon zest
3 Tbsp lemon juice
¼ tsp GF baking powder
powdered sugar, optional
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer at medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugar; beat until combined. Beat in the flour until crumbly, being careful not to over mix. Press the dough into the bottom of an ungreased baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden.
Combine the eggs, sugar, flour, lemon zest, lemon juice, and baking powder in a bowl; beat for 2 minutes or until combined. Pour the filling over the baked crust. Bake for 20 minutes, or until set and lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars when completely cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.
*You can use any gluten-free all-purpose flour if you have it. I made a homemade blend that I got from the above-mentioned book, titled Nearly Normal all-purpose flour.
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Another week, another menu…I feed my family of four on a monthly budget of $300. That budget includes any going out to eat, diapers for my son, and general household needs (toiletries, cat food, etc). I wanted to post what we eat on a weekly basis to give you an idea (an asterisk indicates a new recipe I’m trying) :
I’ve done so terribly sticking with the meal plan this month….which means you’re going to see some repeats. The good news is that we’ve eaten from home, and I didn’t even do a grocery shopping trip last week! First week of my adult life that I haven’t gone grocery shopping, so I’m proud of myself. Maybe now this week I’ll impress myself again and actually STICK to my plan!
Monday – *20 Minute Teriyaki Chicken and Rice, fruit salad
Tuesday – Creamed Tuna over rice, salad
Wednesday - Baked Taco Rollups, green salad, fruit salad
Thursday – *Honey Chicken Kabobs, fruit salad, veggie tray
Friday – leftover night
Saturday – *Brown Sugar Chicken, crockpot baked potatoes
Sunday – Dinner at my mom’s
For more great recipe and meal plan ideas, visit OrgJunkie.com