My Favorite FREE Kindle Books of the day

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes Around The World (Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes) [Kindle Edition] by Rachel Ryan

Description on Amazon:

Perhaps you’ve tried to vary your routine but are simply having a hard time finding unique recipes. If this sounds like you then this recipe book may be just what you have been looking for!
Full of flavorful ethnic dishes, this recipe book will pull you out of your cooking rut and get you back on the right track to enjoying your meals again.
In this recipe book you will find a variety of ethnic dishes from traditional Italian favorite like Chicken Cacciatore and Spaghetti with Meat Sauce to African and Indian dishes you may never have heard of. You may find after trying something like Chicken Tikka Masala that you have a taste for ethnic food and, before you know it, you will be cooking up a storm!
Another great thing about this book is that all of the recipes can be made using your slow cooker. You do not have to spend hours preparing complicated ethnic meals – in 30 minutes or less you can fill your slow cooker with delicious ingredients and return home from work to find a hot, home-cooked meal ready to enjoy.
The cookbook contains ethnic dishes from the following cuisines:

  • Italian
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Indian
  • French
  • Asian
  • African
  • American

Guitar Adventures: A Fun, Informative, and Step-By-Step 60-Lesson Guide to Chords, Beginner & Intermediate Levels, with Companion Lesson and Play-Along Videos (Steeplechase Guitar Instruction) [Kindle Edition]

Description on Amazon:

Guitar Adventures is 90-page book and video course for learning chords, songs, guitar techniques, and music theory. It is designed to work very well in Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Smart Phone, Tablets, and eBook platforms. Guitar Adventures geared to beginner and intermediate guitarists. It follows a step-by-step lesson format where each lesson builds on the previous one in a clear and easy-to-understand manner. There are 60 lessons in the book. You learn the chords, techniques, and music theory through songs, which you can play along with on the free, Play-Along Videos. A lesson checklist at the end of the book helps you keep track of your progress and plan out your practice goals.

Ready or Not (Aggie’s Inheritance) [Kindle Edition] by Chautona Havig–I really enjoyed this book.

Description on Amazon:

Aggie thinks that she is prepared for anything life can throw her way.  Think again, Aggie!

After the abrupt loss of her sister and brother-in-law, Aggie is stunned to find herself the sole guardian of their eight lively children.  If learning basic parenting skills wasn’t complicated enough, she must also battle the children’s half-crazed grandmother, survive a massive remodeling project, and navigate the waters of new friendships-alone.

She has little experience with children and none with housekeeping, and it shows.  What she has going for her is grit, a double dose of determination, and the confidence that this is exactly where the Lord wants her to be.  With an unlimited P-mail account and enough hymns to keep her spirits bolstered, she tackles one catastrophe after another.

It seems like nothing Aggie does is right, but ready or not, here she comes!

Country Baking Quick Breads and Muffins (Delicious Recipes) [Kindle Edition] June Kessler

Description on Amazon:

Quick Breads can be made in minutes, since they do not require the prolonged kneading and lengthy rising and proofing. Instead of yeast, these breads are made with rising agent such as baking powder or baking soda that begins to release gas bubbles the moment it is moistened. When making quick breads, it is important to blend the wet ingredients separately and combine then just before baking. Swift, gently mixing is essential because if the batter is beaten too vigorously, the gluten in the flour will strengthen the mixture and the texture of the loaf or muffins will be tough. Also added some of our favorite coffee cake recipes, perfect with morning coffee, snacks or desserts.


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Another Favorite Find: Great Price on Snapfish Photo Prints

Snapfish has some great deals on photo prints this week:

You can get 500 of their 4×6 prints for $45, shipped
Just use code DADPRINT500.

Or 300 for $29 with code DADPRINT300.

Or 100 for $10 with code DADPRINT100.

Offers include shipping! Ends 6/23.*


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My Favorite Find of the Day: Picaboo Photo Book for $10

I say that I scrapbook–but I really don’t as I don’t have the time for it.  I have 2 paper boxes full of pictures and momentos that I have to scrapbook, and I keep taking more pictures!  So one year ago, I started making digital family scrapbooks.  I still plan on doing my children’s scrapbooks by hand sometime.

The first few digital scrapbooks I did were free 8″ x 8″ scrapbooks that I got from Shutterfly.  I still had to pay for shipping, so they cost $8.  I figured with a cost like that, it was cheaper to make digital scrapbooks than printing the pictures and buying the supplies.  It also saved me a ton of time, and the books take up a lot less room.

Right now, Living Social has a voucher you can get for a classic photo book from Picaboo that is only $10.  That includes free shipping!  I have ordered from Picaboo in the past, and I really like all the options they offer in their digital scrapbooks and calendars.


Here is the information about what you can get with the voucher:

  • 20-page, 8.5″ x 11″ photo book from Picaboo with a custom hard cover
  •  $10 ($48.98 value) for hardcover photo book + free shipping
  • PAID VALUE EXPIRES ON June 17, 2018

the fine print

  • Limit 1 per customer, up to 2 additional as a gift
  • Limit 1 per transaction
  • Entire value must be used in a single visit
  • Free ground shipping is included
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Other conditions apply

As of 6/17/2013, there are 10 days left to get this deal.

Go here to buy a voucher or for more information!


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Sanctified Sundays: The Faith of the Patriarchs, Hebrews 11:13-16

101_6475Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The Faith of the Patriarchs: Hebrews 11:13-16

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

When we look at verse 13, we see the word “these.”  What does this word mean?   It is talking specifically of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob–the patriarchs of the Jewish people.  It could also include Sarah since verses 11-12 just discussed her.  None of these patriarchs ever saw the fulfillment of God’s promise, yet they believed.  I love the words that God uses to describe their faith.  They were “persuaded of the promises,” and they “embraced them.”

Many of us are persuaded of the promises that are left us in God’s Word.  We have believed and put our faith in Christ to save us from our sins.  But do we embrace the promises?  Here are a couple definitions of the word, “embrace” which could be used to help us understand how readily these patriachs believed and how deep their faith really was:

  1.  to take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug
  2. to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly: to embrace an idea

Again, have we “embraced” God’s promises to us?  Do we eagerly latch on t0 His promises and do not let circumstances cause us to waver?  If we do waver, do we get back up in faith, confess our sin, and go on trusting that God will keep His Word?  When we look at the lives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we see that they did have moments of doubt and unbelief; but that did not characterize their life.  We see that when they were rebuked, they did not turn away from God’s promises but that they continued on in faith.

Do we have the same mindset as these patriarchs that we are just pilgrims and strangers?  That we will never fully fit in, and we are looking for that heavenly city?  Verse 15 points out that they could have returned to the country they came from if they had desired to, but that they did not because they kept their focus on their heavenly home.

In this devotional, I feel like I am making broad generalizations and that many people will not feel the way I do; but I think that many times I am keeping one foot in this world with only a 50% focus on my heavenly home.  God has not called me to leave my home and wander around with the promise that eventually he will give me the land I am standing on.  Most of us have not taken such a big step of faith as these patriarchs, and in our busy world with so many distractions–many of them good and necessary distractions–it is easy to lose our focus.  To remember that we are pilgrims.  To get busy with our earthly homes and problems and to get sucked into this world’s philosophy and system and to forget what our priorities should be!

The only way these patriarchs were able to live with the difficulties that they encountered was because they always believed the promises they had been given.  They did not lose their faith; they kept their eyes on the ultimate goal.  Most of us will experience some grave difficulties in our lives.  Loss will come our way; grief will overtake us.  But we can still have victory and hope and even joy–if we remember we are just pilgrims.  That one day we will go to a better country where God has prepared for us a city!

Because they kept this perspective, they finished their life strong.  They “died in faith.”  They died as they had lived.  I want to finish strong.  When I reach that better country, I want to hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!”  We know these patriarchs heard that, because God commended their faith in the written Word of God.  How did they die in faith?  Well, they lived in faith every day.  If we want to finish strong, to die in faith, then we must daily live our lives faithfully resting in God’s promises.


My favorite quote for these verses:

Spurgeon’s devotional from Morning and Evening –  “These all died in faith.”

Behold the epitaph of all those blessed saints who fell asleep before the coming of our Lord! It matters nothing how else they died, whether of old age, or by violent means; this one point, in which they all agree, is the most worthy of record, they all died in faith. In faith they lived-it was their comfort, their guide, their motive and their support; and in the same spiritual grace they died, ending their life-song in the sweet strain in which they had so long continued. They did not die resting in the flesh or upon their own attainments; they made no advance from their first way of acceptance with God, but held to the way of faith to the end.

Faith is as precious to die by as to live by.

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Scattered Saturdays: Our Week in Review

This week was the week to try to settle into somewhat of a summer routine.  If I don’t have a flexible schedule, I’ll flitter the day away!  So we started on Monday using a schedule I taped on our refrigerator.  The beginning of the week went great; Friday and Saturday did not as we had “extracurricular” activities going on.  However, it did help the kids and me stay more focused.

I then penciled in the times.

Our flexible schedule

It was also the beginning of swimming lessons for the four oldest children.  We do them for 2 weeks (10 days).  For two years, we had done private lessons as Kaylin had gotten stuck in group lessons 3 years ago.  There were so many children in her group class, they did not get to practice swimming much.  This year we decided to go back to group lessons as private lessons were so expensive.  But the Lord answered our prayers and wishes about not having crowded classes.  We did swimming at an outside pool, and Karis and Kristi are the only ones in their class.  Joshua and Kaylin only have one other child in their class, and as Kaylin is in level 6 they are swimming pretty much the whole time.  It also looked like we might get a lot of rain, but no days of swimming were canceled!

Just the beef burritos!

Just the beef burritos!

I babysat Monday and Wednesday (people were amazed to see me come to swimming with 6 children :)), and I made about 60 burritos on Wednesday and Thursday.  They are in the freezer awaiting Father’s Day and family vacation.  My dad always wants burritos for his Father’s Day present, and I am happy to make them as I don’t have to go searching for something he really doesn’t want or need.

Monday night, we walked down to the “duck pond” and fed the fishes!  There is a little pond right at the end of our street where ducks used to live a few years ago.  Now we mainly feed the fish as the ducks have moved away.  There also were a couple of turtles, and one was huge.  It was an absolutely gorgeous night!

Thursday, a group of moms from our church met at a local park for a picnic and play time.  It was a beautiful day, and it was fun fellowshipping with other ladies.

Friday, I finally got to go garage saling!  My husband’s day off in the summer is Friday, and group of us–usually 4-5 ladies–go garage saling every Friday morning.  I call it my sanity-saver for the rest of the year.  It is my adult interaction time:  we laugh and make fun of each other and bargain for each other.  We buy presents for our children (and grandchildren), and I buy clothes for myself and my children.  I find scrapbooking supplies and even school supplies.  Yesterday, I got 2 pairs of rollerblades, so now I have a pair for each of  my girls.  We also came across a big basket of brand new gift wrap and bridal gift bags.  We have a lot of showers and weddings at our church, and we were able to go together and get 50+ rolls of gift wrap and many gift bags for $11.  I also bought some little trinket items to  put into the shoebox gifts that my children plan to give for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child program.

I got 6 clothing items for $10.

I got 6 clothing items for $10.

In the afternoon, the girls had fun building with Lincoln Logs; it’s been a long time since they pulled those out!  Friday evening we went to see Karis’s and Kristi’s t-ball game.  It is close enough that I got to walk there and back, and so I got a little exercise!   It was fun to talk to all the other moms and dads on the sidelines while my husband coached.101_7603

Today, Joshua had a birthday party to go to, and the other children got to go play in the gym while my husband played basketball in our church’s summer open gym basketball ministry.  I went to a ladies fellowship and education meeting about healthy eating.  Five different ladies presented healthy eating advice centered around their area of expertise such as gluten-free meals, dealing with diabetes, and preparing food that is not processed and/or not relying on sugar, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, etc.  It was very interesting and gave me much “food” for thought!

Now I have to finish cleaning the house for our Father’s Day meal–and finish making some of the food (which is high in sugar!)  I also have to make my husband’s present while he is gone–I’ll take a picture and show you it next week.  I  hope it works out the way I’ve planned!

To all the wonderful daddies–have a great Father’s Day tomorrow!

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Another Favorite Find of the Day: FREE Chili’s Flatbread Giveaway

You can get a FREE CHILI’S FLATBREAD by joining Chili’s email club or by updating your email preferences.  I got an email since I am already part of Chili’s email club, and I updated my preferences just a few minutes ago.  You can choose to get your flatbread June 11-16 or from June 17-24.  The offer is  good for the first 1,000,000 people who claim it.

Also, if you are a member of Swagbucks, you can get 22 swagbucks by signing up for this offer through them!  It is one of Peanut Labs Special offers.

Go to to sign up for Chili’s email club  (or sign up through Swagbucks)!

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My Favorite Find of the Day: Promotions and Freebies Available for Father’s Day 2013


Here is a list of specials and promotions that is available for Father’s Day!

Thanks, Capitally Frugal!

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Freezer Fridays: Cheddar Beef Enchiladas

Here is another recipe that I have made for years, and it is nice to prepare if you freezer cook with a friend.  It makes two 13″ x 9″ pans, so it is enough for two families!  Or you can do what I did:  Make both pans and use one for dinner right away and freeze the other for  later!  Below is what the enchiladas look like before cooking them.  I forgot to take a picture of them after they were cooked–I think life got a little busy!


I put the original recipe below–but I did change it a little, as I do quite often with recipes!  I am not big into “spicy”, and my children definitely are not yet lovers of spicy food.  So I included my notes of what I did in italics.

Cheddar Beef Enchiladas


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 10 to 12 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in rice. Cook and stir until liquid is evaporated.  (This mixture was a little too spicy for my taste–my children and I have mild taste buds, so I added more rice to the mixture.  This also allowed me to squeeze one more enchilada in each pan, which is helpful in our seven-person household!)

    Meat and rice mixture

    Meat and rice mixture

  • Spread about 2 tablespoons of refried beans, 1/4 cup beef mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese down the center of each tortilla; roll up. Place seam side down in two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes.  (Since I had more enchiladas than the recipe called for, I did have to open another can of refried beans.)
Enchilada ready to roll up!
Enchilada ready to roll up!
The two pans of enchiladas all prepared--Now just the sauce and cheese has to go on top.
The two pans of enchiladas all prepared–Now just the sauce and cheese has to go on top.
  • Combine salsa and soup; pour down the center of enchiladas. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Bake one casserole, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Cover and freeze remaining casserole for up to 3 months.
  • To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 2 casseroles (5-6 enchiladas each).

This was originally published in Quick Cooking magazine.

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Love Always, Mom–An e-book that is free until Saturday, 6/15/13!

Here is an ebook that is free until Saturday, and it sounds great!

Love Always, Mom [Kindle Edition] by Dr. Judith Rolfs

“The Bible tells of the amazing things God has done for man. We like retelling the story of God’s amazing miracle in our son David’s life. Remember the ebook Love Always, Mom is free today through Saturday on Amazon. Please tell any friends who might need encouragement about God’s presence & power in their lives.”

An exciting true story! God’s response to a young man’s faith and His mercy to a family devastated upon learning their son would soon be dead. Two diagnoses of cancer and getting hit by a drunk driver while jogging couldn’t match the unfathomable love of God. Learn how this family drew closer to God and one another as they sought answers.

Love Always, Mom brings together the emotional, physical and spiritual forces that are necessary for physical healing.

Yes, God still heals. Miracles do occur. You’ll find out when, why and how He works today as described by Dr. Judith Rolfs, a licensed psychotherapist whose doubt turned to deeper faith. Her family researched healing and found the simple, Biblical principles that still work!

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My Favorite FREE Kindle Finds of the Day

Please check to see if these books are still FREE before you buy them–prices are subject to change!

Saved Without A Doubt: Being Sure of Your Salvation (John MacArthur Study) [Kindle Edition] by John MacArthur Jr.

Description on Amazon:

Am I really saved? Am I going to heaven? How can I know for sure? Every believer has wrestled with these questions at some point in their journey. Saved Without A Doubt,/i examines Scripture to uncover the truth of salvation, while addressing tough questions that can hinder our faith. Readers will develop a Bible-based theology of salvation and be encouraged to securely rest in their personal relationship with Christ.

Aimee’s Gift [Kindle Edition] by Kathleen Sprout

Description on Amazon:

Aimee McPherson is seemingly abandoned by God and estranged from her only living relative. Overpowered by guilt, she has become a recluse. When bad things begin happening to the small Hispanic community nearby, she has to choose . . . Keep on hiding? Or save the people she’d come to love like a family.  She enlists help from handsome Luke Forsythe, a man she only knows by reputation. Romantic sparks fly between them, but how long can she hide her secret from him, while still helping her friends?

HOMESCHOOLING – An Essential Guide for Parents and Teachers [Kindle Edition] by Wells Emery

Description on Amazon:

Here is a good resource to read when considering homeschooling. It outlines the benefits and downsides of homeschooling and it can be helpful for anyone who wants to learn the whole process of homeschooling from early childhood years through tertiary level. In addition to sample homeschooling curriculum, this book laid out essential learning processes and teaching methods that parents and teachers need to practice and observe when homeschooling.

How To Build a Blog That Makes Money – The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Starting and Profiting From a Blog [Kindle Edition] by Eric Allyn

Description on Amazon:

Do you want to build your own blog that makes money but don’t know where to start?

This simple to follow tutorial will teach you how to start a blog on your own domain and get it making money!

Eric Allyn is a professional content publisher and has built more than 50 blogs since 2008. He has sold more than $500,000 worth of products and services, and generated thousands of leads for online companies using the blogs he has built from scratch. He teaches you what he has learned over the years to create a blog that generates income.

So skip all the crazy techniques out there and learn the right way to make money from a blog.

The Staycation Jar: 200 Family Fun Ideas For Creative Meals, Main Events, Silliness, Love Projects [Kindle Edition]  by Erica McNeal

Description on Amazon:

The storyline and all ideas come directly from our recent Family Staycation where we filled our days with creative meals, main events, silliness, and love projects. All proceeds will go directly to Faith Like A Child, Inc.

I don’t know about your family, but we often have a difficult time planning a vacation. Don’t get me wrong I could organize an insanely awesome vacation on the cheap, in about three hours from top to bottom. This vacation would be filled with energizing experiences, down time, new activities, and awesome deals for our family to enjoy every day, complete with an excel spreadsheet. I’d already have the hotel picked out, airplane tickets purchased, and even a couple of freebies here and there. Yes, I am that person. . . . This has been an on-going problem for our family for most of the nine plus years my husband and I have been married. But, we finally found a solution, one that actually is cheaper, and in our experience, was more enjoyable than some of the really nice vacations we have taken in the past. No hotels. No airplanes. No jet lag. Less stress. More spontaneity. No keeping two young children occupied for twelve plus hours of travel, while giving your spouse the death look that says, “We are NEVER doing this again!”

35 Homemade Bread Recipes – Fresh Out Of The Oven, Buttered and Gone (Hillbilly Housewife Cookbooks) [Kindle Edition] by Hillbilly Housewife

Description on Amazon:

There’s nothing more scrumptious than a warm piece of homemade bread fresh out of the oven. And with these 35 recipes, you’ll have more than just the basic bread to delight your taste buds. From chocolate chip pumpkin to banana to potato, there’s a wide variety of flavorful recipes to choose from.
Use them as a tasty breakfast treat or turn a simple soup or stew into a tasty and filling dinner with the addition of baked goods still warm from the oven.
Homemade bread is a staple in my frugal household and I’m sure it will become one in your as well.

How to Double Your EBay Profits [Kindle Edition] by Dale Calvert

Description on Amazon:

“Implementing these 2 Awesome Ideas will Immediately Increase any Ebay Sellers Income” THANKS SO MUCH!  Lisa Davenport   This book is for experienced eBay sellers that want to increase their profits.  This information is designed for people that already know the mechanics of successful eBay selling.   This book is not about increasing the number of items you sell on eBay.  In this short concise report you will learn two inside Internet Marketing methods that will increase your eBay profits 10%, 20%, 30%, 50% or more.  If you are ready to increase your profits, without increasing your work load or the number of items you sell, this book is for you!

Container Gardening Season by Season (The Weekend Gardener Series) [Kindle Edition] by Gloria Daniels

This container gardening book will help keep your containers fresh all year

  • Do you love container gardening, but have a difficult time keeping everything looking great?
  • Do you often wonder what you should be doing when, so that everything is on schedule and all parts are working together to create a beautiful picture?
  • Do you envy people in your neighborhood that always seem to have their garden containers looking their professional best?

Then this is the book for you

Here is also a great resource that gives links to 26 free classic public domain e-books!

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