Monthly Archives: March 2016

Yogurt Pie

Thanks to guest author, Alice V. Roberts, for dropping by my garden today to share her recipe for Yogurt Pie which goes great with any fruit.  I can just imagine enjoying this delicious summer dessert at the beautiful Hilltop Inn, the setting for Alice V. Robert’s new book, The Hilltop Inn: A Wedding.   It’s available in both paperback and Kindle at this  AMAZON.com link.

 

Yogurt Pie
1 container of Cool Whip- thawed
3 small containers of yogurt with fresh fruit in it
1 graham cracker crust
1 extra Cool Whip- thawed and stored in frig for serving

Directions:
Mix yogurt, fruit and Cool Whip together and pour into the graham cracker crust.
Freeze over night. 20 minutes before serving remove from freezer and set on counter. Put  a sliced piece of yogurt pie on dessert plate. Top with a spoon of Cool Whip and fresh fruit the same as in the yogurt. Great summer recipe that is cool and refreshing.

The Hilltop Inn: A Wedding by Alice V. Roberts is available in both paperback and Kindle at
AMAZON.com

The Hilltop_Inn_A_Wedding_Nine months ago, Jackie Bowers, now widowed for almost three years, had moved from California to Ponderosa, a small town located in Northern Arizona. Jackie had purchased and moved into The Hilltop Inn, a bed and breakfast, satisfying a long time dream.

When her washer died she went to Soap Suds Laundromat where she met widower, Brian Williams, a contractor, when he came to pick up his grandmother, Gram.

Brian did all the renovations at the Inn. During the course of the renovations Jackie and Brian fell in love and are now engaged to be married.

An Open House and a Chamber mixer were held for the community to announce the Inn is ready for guests. The renovations are complete and the Inn is officially open for business.

Neither Brian nor Jackie ever thought they would fall in love again, especially since they were almost sixty years old. But they have had nine months getting to know, love and respect each other. And falling in love felt so right to them. Love can come at any age and be so fulfilling and Jackie and Brian area testament to that. And both of their families have come together and are excited about the up-coming wedding.

As guests come and go, Jackie and Brian must deal with serious family health issues, bad weather conditions and planning a wedding. Will their love and faith help Jackie and Brian to face and conquer these challenges?

Will it all come together? Will Jackie and Brian have the beautiful wedding of their dreams?

About Alice:
Alice V. Roberts was born and raised in Los Angeles, California around the entertainment industry living her entire growing-up years in Hancock Park. She attended Third Street Elementary School, Marymount Junior School for girls and Marymount High School for girls. She spent her weekends at the family ranch in Vista, California where she used to read books and dream about writing.
Alice has previously published two other books in a different genre. The Hilltop Inn, a Novella- is the first in a three book series. The Hilltop Inn was Alice’s debut into the Romance genre and she is excited for this new adventure.

She had a dream to write Romance and her father told her to follow that dream. And so she dedicated her first Novella to her late father which was published both in paperback and e-book format in October, 2014.

Alice’s husband died January 2, 2015, but he made her promise she would complete the three-book Novella series. Book two, The Hilltop Inn – A Wedding is dedicated to her late husband and was released in February, 2016, both in paperback and e-book format. Alice is currently writing short stories that will only be available on e-readers. The final book in the series, The Hilltop Inn -The Cottage will be available in September, 2016.

Alice is a member of The Arizona Author’s Association, Romance Writers of America and the Desert Rose Chapter for Romance Writer’s of America in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Alice lives near the “Red Rocks” of Sedona, Arizona with her Siamese cat. She has two daughters and six grandchildren (one boy and five girls).

To learn more about Alice V. Roberts, stop by her website  at https://alicevroberts.com/#thehilltopinn

#thehilltopinnawedding

You Don’t Need Luck

I hope you had a fun time celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day.  I believe Saint Patrick would agree with me.  You don’t need the “Luck of the Irish,” if you have Jesus.

If you were born in America or any Christian nation, you’re blessed. Psalms 33:12  “Blessed is the nation who’s God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage.

You can be blessed with every spiritual blessing. Ephesians 1:3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”

You can be blessed as a co-heir with Jesus Christ: Romans 8:17: “Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his suffering in order that we may also share in his glory.”

 Ephesians 1:4-6: “(4) even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, (6) to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”

Regardless of your circumstances, you can be blessed, and be co-heir with Christ.  It’s as simple as the ABC’s we learned in first grade.

  • Admit you are a sinner. Romans 3:10 “None is righteous.”
  • Believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He died on the cross to pay your sin debt.   John 3:16 “For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
  • Confess and tell others about Jesus Christ and His love for you and them.                    Romans: 10:9 “Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

I pray that you will pray a simple prayer and invite Jesus into your heart.  Then you can forget about luck, because you won’t need it.  You’ll be blessed beyond measure.

 

And the Winner Is…

Congratulations to Kay Morrow who won the autographed copy of “My Mother’s Quilts: My_Mothers_QuiltDevotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith” by Ramona Pope Richards.  Keep watching because Ramona will be my guest soon, and my subscribers will have another opportunity to win a free copy.

This book will make the perfect Mother’s Day Gift.

http://www.amazon.com/My-Mothers-Quilts-Devotions-Needlework/dp/1617956120/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457995935&sr=8-1&keywords=my+mother%27s+quilts

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My Mother’s Quilt

Last week. God blessed me with the opportunity to be the speaker at the Franklin First United Methodist Church Women of the Vine’s Quiet Meal.  As I looked over the sea of expectant faces, I wondered, What am I doing here? God reminded me that I’ve been commanded to tell others about Jesus. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you .And behold I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Why is it that I am willing to go to the other side of the world and share my testimony, and not travel three blocks from my home church and do the same thing?

A few weeks ago, a mentor asked me if I’d considered public speaking and I felt the same knot in my stomach as when God asked me to write a book. When God asks me to do something, my knee-jerk reaction is to say, “I can’t do it.” Because of my mentor’s question, I’d had time to think about public speaking. Therefore, when I received the request, I’d had time to work through my typical knee-jerk response and said, “Yes.”

The Quiet Meal is an annual event, and the women who attend are asked to refrain from speaking, to sacrifice the opportunity to enjoy conversation. We gathered in the sanctuary, lit by candlelight and listened to soft music and prayed silently. After a simple meal, eaten in silence, I spoke from Exodus 35:29

All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord.

I love that the scripture above includes the word anything. There are so many times in my life when I feel inadequate, useless, and flawed. But this scripture reminds us that we have something to sacrifice to the Lord and perhaps my “anything” to sacrifice last week was my pride, or my willingness to risk appearing foolish, in an effort to grow His kingdom. I’m not a professional speaker, and I could easily come up with a dozen reasons to decline the request to be the guest speaker. But on this one occasion, I complied with God’s urging, and the women blessed me with encouragement.

God gives everyone gifts and offers us the opportunity to be a part of His plan. He doesn’t need us, but I’m so very grateful for his patience with me when I’m a reluctant servant. He blesses me far more than anything I could ever deserve.

The special blessing I received after the program, was delivered by a friend from my high school days. Years ago, my friend’s house burned and her family lost everything. It’s not unusual for citizens in my hometown to respond to such an incident by showering the homeowners with gifts, but my mother’s gift to her was unusual. It made my heart soften to listen to my friend describe a treasured quilt Mama delivered to her.  Others might buy something new, but Mama preferred to offer gifts that included a piece of her heart. My friend said she still cherishes the quilt.

My friend, like my Mom, has faced many storms, but I have rarely seen her without a smile. She stands firm in faith, lives her life with joy, and knows that, “…Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5 

I appreciate hearing this story about my mother and I am thankful for my friend who appreciates the effort and artistic ability a hand-stitched quilt requires, when others might prefer blankets purchased at retail store.

My_Mothers_QuiltIn honor of Mama’s gift, I want to offer a present to one of my readers. My Mothers Quilts: Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith written by my friend, Ramona Richards releases this week. I’ll draw a name from my subscribers on Monday morning, March 14, 2016 and announce it on Facebook. I’ll include the name of all my subscribers in the drawing. If you don’t win the book, you might want to considering purchasing it as a gift book for Mother’s Day. But I’ll warn you, you won’t want to give away your copy.  http://www.amazon.com/My-Mothers-Quilts-Devotions-Legacy-ebook/dp/B017AOK41I/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1457475017&sr=8-2&keywords=My+mothers+quilts+by+ramona+richards

The author, Ramona Richards, has promised to be a guest on my blog in a few weeks, so please subscribe. You won’t want to miss her post.

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