Win a Copy of “The Good Lie” DVD

Here’s a fun Christmas giveaway you’ll enjoy!

I was just sent two copies of The Good Lie – a movie sharing the true-life story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, their lives torn apart by civil war, left to grow up in refugee camps, then given the opportunity through the efforts of church groups and other charities to embark on new lives in the U.S.  It stars Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon and some actual former Lost Boys in pivotal roles.

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I can’t wait to watch this with my family.  It seems perfect for a family movie night this holiday season.  The trailer I watched hooked me in, and I think we will all be encouraged and challenged by this movie.  I can’t say much more than that because I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet!  But who’d like to win my second copy?!

THE GOOD LIE

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.  I’ll draw a random winner on December 27.  Be watching for a post stating the winner as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen.

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Our Gift to You ~ Free $5 Gift Certificate for Everyone!

Thank you all so much for coming to our brunch this week!  As our gift to you this Christmas, we are handing out $5.00 Gift Certificates to the Heavenly Homemakers Shop.  These certificates are for every one of you, and may be used on any downloadable item in the shop. (Printed items are excluded.)

Your gift certificate code is:  CHRISTMAS5.  Limit one certificate per person. This certificate is valid until midnight on December 27, 2014.

Have a very blessed Christmas!

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Gratituesday: Early Christmas and the Need for Ear Plugs

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Our travel plans this holiday season brought on the need for our family to celebrate Christmas a few days early.  I think once you see what our big gift was for this year, you’ll understand why transporting gifts on the road was not a good option…

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You remember how I shared that three of our boys are taking music lessons this year – one piano, one guitar, and one drums.  A drum set (which we got for a fantastic deal online) was the perfect gift for our “band of boys.”  Out came the guitar, synthesizer, and microphone to join the drums – and it’s been one very loud jam session ever since.

This has been incredibly fun to experience.  It has also been incredibly…loud.  We expected nothing less, but WOW.  Today’s project has been to clean out and rearrange our upstairs “game room” so that we can transfer all instruments far away from mom’s office.  :)

We’ve had some great down time and oodles of fun with our new instrument and board games.  Now, we’re working to get ready for a huge road trip.  Praise God for all the fun and family time that Christmas brings!

What are you thankful for this Gratituesday?  Leave a comment to share!

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7 Favorite {Real Food} Sweet and Savory Holiday Treats

 

7 Sweet and Savory Holiday Treats

Today, instead of sharing a new recipe, I decided to post 7 of our family’s favorite treats from the past few years.  From sweet to savory, all of these recipes are delicious and easy – perfect for the Christmas Brunch!

Orange Cranberry Scones

Orange Cranberry Scones

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Balls

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Balls

Christmas Spice Cookies

Christmas Spice Cookies

Vanilla Muffins with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

Vanilla Muffins with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

Sweet Pepper Fritata

Sweet Pepper Fritata

Quick Eggnog Muffins

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Bacon Cheese Muffins

bacon cheese muffins

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If you haven’t picked up your free jar of coconut oil from Tropical Traditions, you need to get on it!  Offer ends Christmas night, and I’m pretty sure we’ll all be just a little bit busy that day.  :)  Free Coconut Oil!!!!!

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Hawaiian Fruit Salad

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This salad is super easy to make and super refreshing to eat.  It is perfect for our Christmas Brunch!

Hawaiian Fruit Salad

Mix together three cups combination of any of the following:

Fresh or canned pineapple chunks or tidbits
Canned mandarin oranges or fresh clementines
Sliced bananas
Coconut flakes

Stir in:

1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix well and serve.  See how easy that is?!

Hawaiian Fruit Salad

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7 Healthy Ingredient Holiday Drinks You’ll Love

7 Healthy Ingredient Holiday Drinks You'll Love

There is something about special drinks at Christmas time that I just love!  Below, you’ll find 7 tried and true holiday beverages that you’ll love too…

Homemade Hot Cocoa

Homemade Hot Cocoa

Warm Vanilla Soother

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Homemade Healthier Eggnog

Homemade Healthier Eggnog

100% Juice  Punch

Christmas Brunch Punch {with 100 juice!}

Chocolate Caramel Coffee Creamer

Chocolate Caramel Coffee Creamer

Chocolate Whipped Cream for Coffee

Chocolate Whipped Cream - Perfect For Your Coffee

Peppermint Cream Cocoa

Peppermint Cream Cocoa

What are your favorite holiday drinks?  Be sure to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win one of five $10 gift certificates to our Heavenly Homemakers Shop!

Be sure you don’t miss grabbing your free jar of coconut oil from Tropical Traditions.  This is my very favorite oil!

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Cheesy Vegetable Casserole

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This recipe is versatile so you can add your family’s favorite veggies – or be creative so you can learn to eat new ones.  The mixture of all these ingredients makes any vegetable taste great!

Cheesy Vegetable Casserole

2 pounds fresh variety of vegetables of your choice (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green beans, zucchini, or asparagus all work well)
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use Hain Safflower)
1 cup sour cream
1  1/2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar or Colby jack work well)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Chop vegetables into bite-sized pieces.  Stir all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Pour into a 2-quart baking dish.  Bake, uncovered, for 45-60 minutes in a 350° oven.

Cheesy Veggie Casserole

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 Hey, did you get your free coconut oil yet?  Go get this awesome gift!  Also, be sure to join me in taking this free Healthy Living Challenge.  You’ll be glad you did!

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FREE Coconut Oil For Everyone! ~A Very Merry Christmas Gift from Tropical Traditions

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!  Tropical Traditions is offering all of us a FREE quart jar of coconut oil again this Christmas!  I love it that they do this!  (You’ll find the free jar on this page – scroll down until you see it.)

This isn’t just any coconut oil.  This is a jar of their very highest quality coconut oil – the very best I’ve ever had.  It is delicious and super high in nutritional value.  It’s an entire quart, and it is free with any order of $19.00 or more!

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See that?  It costs $0.00!!!!!!!

We will have to pay shipping on this order, but I’m planning to put several light-weight items in my cart (like my favorite Natural Soaps!) and I’ll still make out great.

You can also get a free coffee mug in your order.  See the link on their side bar and add it to your cart.

I’m very excited to take advantage of this, and I hope you will be too.  What a lovely gift to come in the mail!

Go grab your  FREE jar of coconut oil!

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Cranberry Almond Bread with Orange Glaze

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Welcome to our first brunch recipe of 2014!  You’re going to love this one.  It’s great with a cup of coffee.  <— You know, this time last year I was just beginning to realize how awesome coffee is.  Oh how far I’ve come in a year.  Mmmmm, coffee with cream during my Bible time each morning.  How I love it.

This bread is also great with a cup of hot tea, hot chocolate, Warm Vanilla Soother, or a cold glass of milk.  Pretty much it’s great with anything you like to drink.  It’s also very easy to make, and can be baked ahead of time if you’d like to wake up on Christmas morning to a delicious ready-made breakfast.

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Cranberry Almond Bread with Orange Glaze

3 cups whole wheat pastry flour (regular whole wheat works okay, but pastry flour is perfection in this!)
¾ cups sucanat
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
1 ½ cups milk
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ½ teaspoons almond extract
3 eggs
1 cup melted butter or coconut oil
1 cup fresh or dried cranberries

Mix flour, sucanat, baking powder, and salt.  Add eggs, milk, extracts, and oil.  Mix well.  Fold in cranberries.  Pour batter into 2 well-buttered loaf pans (or six small loaf pans).  Bake 45-60 minutes at 350°.  Makes two loaves.

Orange Glaze

¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup honey
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Heat orange juice and honey in a small saucepan.  Remove from heat.  Stir in vanilla and almond extracts.  Pour mixture over loaves of cranberry bread about 3 minutes after they have been removed from the oven, but before removing the loaves from the baking pans.

Cranberry Bread with Orange Glaze

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“My Favorite Things” Giveaway Winner

My Favorite Things Giveaway

Thank you for joining all the fun in the “My Favorite Things” giveaway event!  I’m excited to announce that the winner is:

Jeri: Jrkfrd@

Jeri, email me and I’ll get all those fabulous prizes coming your way!

A special thanks to all our favorite things sponsors:  

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