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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Get in my belly: Delightful Mother's Day Cocktail!

We served these fun and tasty cocktails for Easter. I'm not normally a "cocktail" girl, but we had some Lillet in the freezer and these looked so pretty. I found this recipe in the April issue of Martha Stewart.

Lillet Rose, a fortified-wine blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Muscatel, has the aroma of flowers and ripe berries -- perfect for a springtime aperitif. Garnishing the drinks with edible flowers is a lovely touch.

Ingredients - serves 6

12 ounces Lillet Rose
12 ounces Ruby Red grapefruit juice
6 ounces gin
6 edible flower blossoms (optional; chefs-garden.com)


Combine 6 ounces Lillet, 6 ounces grapefruit juice, 3 ounces gin, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until well chilled. Strain and divide cocktail among 3 stemmed cocktail glasses, such as Champagne coupes. Repeat.

Garnish with flowers. Serve immediately.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Get in my belly: Romaine, Radicchio and Endive Salad

This is great served as a side salad or with grilled chicken or shrimp as a main dish.

 If you have young eaters be sure to chop all the greens very small to make radicchio and endive more palatable. It can be a smidge bitter.

The rough-made croutons are seriously addicting. So good. Plus, this salad holds up well when dressed, making it ideal for a party.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2012

Ingredients - serves 8-10

1/2 loaf rustic bread
3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup coarse-grain mustard
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
2 pounds mixed baby romaine, radicchio di Treviso, and Belgian endive (about 5 heads romaine, 3 heads radicchio, and 3 heads endive)
3 ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved into curls with a vegetable peeler


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Tear bread into bite-size pieces, and toss with 3 tablespoons oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake on a rimmed baking sheet until golden brown, about 9 minutes.

Whisk together mustard, shallot, lemon juice, basil, and remaining 1/2 cup oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Trim core ends of salad greens. Cut romaine heads in half lengthwise, and radicchios and endives into quarters lengthwise. Place half the wedges on a platter, and drizzle with 1/4 cup dressing. Top with remaining wedges, and drizzle with another 1/4 cup dressing. Scatter with cheese and croutons, and serve remaining dressing on the side.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Win a Minute-for-Mom Gift Pack from @CareyCBailey during the Cravings Giveaway!

"When I became a mom I lost my God time," says Carey Bailey. "I couldn't figure out how to fit it in, since everything but that time was a priority. So I made note cards that I set around my house with scriptures written on them. Even when my arms were too full of babies, laundry, and diapers to pick up a Bible, I could easily read God's words of encouragement that I was starving for"

And Cravings--The Devotional was born. Celebrate with Carey by entering her Minute-for-Mom Giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:
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Hurry, the giveaway ends on 5/12/12. The winner will be announced 5/14/12 on Carey’s blog!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Baroness Roaring 20's Kindle Fire Giveaway from @SusanMayWarren

Find out what the reviewers are saying here!

Expected to marry well and to take the reins of the family empire, they have their lives planned out for them. But following their dreams -- from avant garde France, to Broadway, to the skies in the world of barnstormers and wing-walkers -- will take all their courage.  And if they find love, will they choose freedom or happily ever after?

Celebrate with Susan by entering her Roaring 20's Giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • Signed copies of Baroness and Heiress by Susan May Warren

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Guest Blog of "Titanic" proportions!

My friend Tricia Goyer is blogging here at Sprightly-AmyAnne today.

Her latest book takes place on the Titanic and since today is the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, I've asked her to share with my readers how writing this story changed her.

One of my favorite sandwiches is peanut butter and jelly. It's a perfect mix of salty and sweet, and I have to wonder who thought of it first? When did those two tastes collide?

Just like a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich, there are times with two things fit together to create something wonderful. That's what happened with By the Light of the Silvery Moon.

Both things things happened around the same time, 1997. First, the movie Titanic came out--and like much of America--the movie captured my attention. Yes, there was a love story, but the ship of dreams fascinated me even more. I checked out many books at the library and bought others on the Titanic. I didn't think of writing a novel about it. At the time the only thing I was getting published was parenting articles. Still, I carried a love inside for that amazing ship and its passengers.

Around the same time I came up with an idea for a different novel. It was a contemporary telling of the Prodigal Son story. The prologue captured my attention. I saw this young boy whose carelessness caused his mother's death and brought division between him and his brother. The prologue came clearly, but the rest of the novel was a muddle in my mind. The prologue even captured the attention of editors at Mt. Hermon writer's conference, but what good is a prologue without a complete novel to go with it? When I got the idea for what came to be my first novel From Dust and Ashes the prodigal son story got put on the shelf. Every now again I'd take that idea out and turned it over in my mind a few times, but I felt God's whisper, "Not yet."

Fast-forward to 2011. I was approached about coming up with an idea for the Titanic. April 15, 2012 was the 100th Anniversary--would I like to submit a novel idea for consideration? Of course! I was excited about the idea, but there were so many possibilities. I wanted an idea that was fresh, unique, and faith-filled...where to start???

One morning I was laying in bed praying about an "Titanic idea" when the prodigal son story popped into my mind. Was it possible that the seed of the idea I had thirteen years prior fit on the Titanic? I dug back through my old computer files and I found the original prologue. Then, in my mind's eye, the story of a younger son, an older son, a woman who cared for them both and a loving father played out in my mind. That's it! I copied and pasted that old prologue into a new document and then Chapter 1 started with the story of these new characters and their life-changing journey on the Titanic.

The proposal came together, and in a few weeks I learned that Barbour wanted to publish my idea! When I hold By the Light of the Silvery Moon in my mind I'm still amazed that I was given the honor of writing this novel. It goes to show that some God-given ideas bloom overnight, while others take years until they see the light of day. It's impossible to know which is which, that's why it's so important to cling to God, and to listen to Him. We all need to trust He's set a true course for our lives--a future that's held in His hand. One that's unsinkable.

Tricia Goyer is the author of thirty books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife. Find her on her blog http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com  

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

What is "true beauty"? Join the conversation with @RachelHauck and enter to win a $200 VisaCard

What is "true" beauty? Join the conversation at Rachel's Author Chat Party Event Page. On the eventing of 4/19 we'll gather to talk about inner and outer beauty and share moments of beauty in our lives.

In the meantime, celebrate with Rachel by entering her True Beauty Giveaway!

One "beautiful" winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (Treat yourself to a spa day or weekend get-away!)
  • The Wedding Dress (by Rachel Hauck)
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So grab a few of your friends and your copy of The Wedding Dress and join Rachel on the evening of April 19th for an evening of fun.
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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Get in my belly: Maple Marscapone & Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake {Pinterest Finds}

Here are two recipes I've found on Pinterest that keepers.

The first, Maple Marscapone - delish - we served it on waffles with bacon. The second - the yogurt cake is super easy and delectable. It was gone in an hour.

Maple Marscapone:

8 ounce(s) mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoon(s) maple syrup

Directions: In a small bowl, stir together mascarpone cheese and maple syrup until just combined. (recipe adapted from Country Living's Blue Berry Tart with Maple Marscapone)

Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake:
 (From A Spicy Perspective)

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 Tb. lemon juice, divided
Zest of 1 lemon
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
8 oz. plain or vanilla, Greek yogurt
12 oz. fresh strawberries, diced
1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 325*. Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. Sift together the 2 ¼ cups of flour, baking soda and salt. Mix in the lemon zest and set aside.

With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in 1 Tb. lemon juice. Alternate beating in the flour mixture and the yogurt, mixing just until incorporated.

Toss the strawberries with the remaining ¼ cup of flour. Gently mix them into the batter.
Pour the batter into the Bundt pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Allow to cool at least 20 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Once cooled whisk together the remaining 2 Tb. of lemon juice and the powdered sugar. Drizzle over the top of the cake.

NOTE: I’ve had a few questions over the texture of the batter in this cake. What I’ve discovered is that the consistency of the yogurt and the juiciness of the berries, greatly determined the consistency of the batter. Thick, (dryer) yogurt will produce a thicker batter, in which the berries won’t sink to the bottom (top) of the cake. Either way, it is a great cake–don’t worry about the thickness.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12