Saturday, January 28, 2023

Old World Cooking

The Acorn Squash is from a generous neighbor's garden.
Potatoes were harvested by our family at a friend's farm.

Acorn Squash
One acorn squash
1 tbsp of butter
  1. Cut acorn squash in half and seed.
  2. Place on baking tray
  3. Put ½ a tbsp of butter in each half of squash.
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon to taste.
  5. Bake at 375 until tender. 30-45 min

Lemon Pepper Fish
4 Filet of white fish (we used cod)
Juice and zest of 3 lemons
3 Tlb of MELTED butter
2 tsp Rosemary
1 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp pepper
  1. Oil a baking sheet
  2. In a large baking bowl mix all ingredients (except fish) together
  3. Put fish in and rub with your mix.
  4. Bake at 375 for 15- 25 minutes depending on thickness of fish

Seasoned Asparagus
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp pepper
One bunch of Asparagus
Olive oil
(we cheated on this recipe and just used a lemon pepper seasoning found here:
  1. Place washed asparagus in a casserole dish.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil
  3. Sprinkle with lemon, salt, and pepper mix
  4. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

Seasoned Potatoes and Onions
7 potatoes (we used red)
3 yellow Onions
Olive Oil
  1. Slice Vegetables and place in a casserole dish
  2. Drizzle with olive oil
  3. Season to taste with Parsley, salt, and pepper.
  4. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until tender.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

The Five New Mom Mantras by Claudine Wolk


The Five New Mom Mantras by Claudine Wolk

Motherhood is a whole new world.

Here are some Ideas to help navigate it and make it a bit easier.


Mantra Number One: Manage Your Visitors


Naturally, everyone will want to come and see the baby.  Most new moms would agree that there are two kinds of baby visitors. Type number one is the baby visitor who wants to see you and the baby and brings a gift. The type-two visitor is the visitor who has come for an outing and wants to entertained. Embrace number one, shun number two!


If feels of guilt creep in at denying visitors to your home in the early weeks, remember that you’ve just had a major procedure that required hospitalization.  Speak up and do what is best for you! If you are up for visitors and would like to see people that is ok, too, just make sure the visits are on your terms.


Mantra Number Two: Take It Slow


A baby makes three and makes the household tasks that used to be easy and quick a bit more complicated.  Remind yourself in the early weeks that your job is to care for your baby and yourself. That’s it.  When you do feel up to a few household tasks, take it slow. Break up chores into individual tasks and do a bit at a time.  The dust can wait.


Mantra Number Three: Never Pass Up a Nap


Never pass up a nap to clean in those early weeks.  You are getting less sleep and it is broken sleep.  Naps are your lifeline. Naps also might help your love life.  A nap might rejuvenate you so that you might have the energy to renew your love life with your partner at the right time. Embrace your naps – even after the baby gets bigger!


Mantra Number Four: This Too Shall Pass


After two weeks of your new life with a baby, you may start to feel it.  The after-pregnancy euphoria may be wearing off and it might hit you that life will never be the same as it was, that you are responsible for another human being for (at least) 18 more years.  All parents don’t admit it, but this exact thought has crossed their minds, believe me.  What eventually gets replaced with this scary thought is the joy of having this new person in your life.  There will come a time when you cannot imagine life without your new baby.  Until then, take it easy on yourself.  Get as much sleep as you can, take it day by day, call your mom (or special friend) to report on your and your baby’s progress, and be kind to yourself and your partner.  Your new family is precious and fragile.  Treat it with love and tenderness.


Mantra Number Five: Ask For Help


A night of uninterrupted sleep is an amazing gift for new parents.  If you have someone in your life willing to care for the baby though the night so that you can sleep – anytime during those first few months of your newborn’s life consider asking for the help.  One night, my mother-in-law watched our son through the night on the couch in our family room while my husband and I slept through the night for the first time in four weeks.  What a blessing.  My son is 30 years old and I still remember the favor so that tells you how monumental a gift it was.  If you and your partner are in agreement with this kind of help, ask for it.  You would be surprised how many grandparents, siblings, or aunts and uncles would be willing to help for one night if asked. 


Best wishes with new motherhood.  Remember, you are not alone in your joy or anguish (at times).  Be good to yourself because motherhood is, by far, the hardest job in the world and congratulations!


Sunday, January 22, 2023

The 20 Little Poems for 20 Little Gnomes by Raven Howell


Discover the magic in simple moments when a child peers in the mirror to unintentionally come upon his smile, where kittens nap in boots, fairy hugs feel good, mice delight in reading books, and January snowflakes taste yummy.

 Twenty whimsical poems warm the heart and inspire cheer; a collection enticing both the young and seasoned reader to explore the enchantment of the wonderful world of poetry.


Publisher: Handersen Publishing


ISBN: 1647030757

ISBN-13: 978-1647030759

Print Pages: 28 Pages


Purchase a copy of The 20 Little Poems for 20 Little Gnomes on, Barnes and Noble, or You can also add this to your GoodReads reading list.


About the Author

 Raven Howell writes stories and poetry for children. Having published several award-winning picture books, she enjoys sharing her love of literature by visiting classrooms and libraries. Raven is Creative & Publishing Advisor for Red Clover Reader, served as Poetry Director for Monster Magnificent, and writes The Book Bug column for Story Monsters Ink magazine. Her poems are found in children’s magazines such as Ladybug, Spider, Highlights for Children, Humpty Dumpty, and Hello Magazine. She’s an editor, and collaborating author for Reading is Fundamental SoCal.


When not writing, Raven enjoys sunshine and the beach, spending time with her family, hiking, laughing, reading, goofing around with artwork, and inventing new recipes.


You can find her on:







Thursday, January 19, 2023

The Girl in Lime Green Jeans by Lindsey Miller


The Girl in Lime Green Jeans 

The girl in lime green jeans has never quite fit in. She spends her days with her trusty steed, Lucky and canine sidekick, Trixie. But when she hears about a rodeo queen competition, she finds herself yearning to become the next rodeo queen. Could this be where she belongs? As her inner light begins to shine inside the rodeo arena, she gains the confidence to just be herself and follow her dreams.

About the Author:

Lindsey Miller hangs her hat in Flaxton, North Dakota. Miller is the oldest of four children, and enjoys rodeoing, cowboy mounted shooting, and coaching young ladies eager to discover their own light. In 2016, Lindsey earned her first rodeo queen title. Winning in her favorite lime green jeans, Miller was literally "green" to the rodeo queen world. However, she did not allow that to hold her back, instead she embodied the girl in lime green jeans as she set a goal of becoming Miss Rodeo North Dakota. Since 2016, Miller has held four other rodeo queen titles, with Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2023 being the most prestigious- and to think it all started with a girl in lime green jeans who never gave up. 

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Whispering Through Water by Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler

The coming-of-age story follows Gwyn Madison, the summer after her high school graduation, as she grapples with her fast-approaching future. She’ll have to face more than she bargained for with her Aunt Delia, the family matriarch, who holds the purse strings and the final word. In the meantime, Gwyn stumbles upon a tightly held family secret. Could a mysterious letter provide Gwyn the leverage she desires? Will it only bring more family division? Or, maybe, the past was never meant to stay buried after all. Whispering Through Water navigates family dynamics, young love, and female autonomy with a little 1990s nostalgia.

Publisher: Monarch Educational Services, L.L.C

ISBN-10: 1957656052

ISBN-13: 978-1957656052


Print length: 265 pages

Purchase a copy of Whispering Through Water on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and You can also add this to your GoodReads reading list.

About the Author

Rebecca Wenrich Wheeler was raised in West Point, a small town in the Tidewater region of Virginia. From the moment she submitted her first short story to a young author’s contest in second grade, Rebecca knew she wanted to be a writer. Her love of writing led her to earn a BA in English and an MEd in English education. She spent several years as a high school teacher, during which she also developed a passion for mental health advocacy. Rebecca completed an MA in professional counseling and now works in the school-based mental health field and as a college adjunct psychology instructor. Rebecca also teaches yoga for the young and the young at heart, and she likes to infuse yoga and breathwork in her counseling practice wherever she can.

She believes the most valuable use of her time is teaching youth how to love and care for each other and the world around them. Her stories share her focus on positive relationships and a love of nature. Rebecca now lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, and two spoiled Siamese cats.

Whispering Through Water is her first YA novel and second book. Her picture book When Daddy Shows Me the Sky was released November 2021. You can follow Rebecca on Instagram @rebeccawwheeler_author and

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Little Church on the Prairie Vlog 23

 Vlog 23! Finally, I get to show you my NEW KITCHEN, build with love... and blood, yes, a little of that happened. The potato harvest, fabled apple tree, and Sunday School benches.

Friday, December 23, 2022

Witching Moon YA Historical Fantasy


Book Summary:

Every once in an eon, when the Earth eclipses the moon on a winter solstice, an immortal is born under a witching moon. Anne has always had the strangest feelings—memories she couldn’t place; strangers she inexplicably yearned for. After she rescues the enigmatic Phillip from a shipwreck, her comfortable life on the island of Cusabo is shattered, and the mystery of her destiny starts to fall into place. Anne leaves behind the life she’s always known and sets out with Phillip on an arduous journey to Amaranth, where her ancient family awaits her. But the path is dark and daunting, and Anne’s powers have only just begun to manifest.


Publisher: Belle Isle Books
ISBN-10: 1947860925
ISBN-13: 978-1947860926
Print Length: 298 pages


You can purchase a copy of Witching Moon on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and You can also add Witching Moon to your Goodreads reading list.

About the Author

K. E. Bonner, author of Witching Moon, was always the first kid to sit down during a spelling bee. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she was diagnosed with dyslexia, which explained why she always had to study three times harder than her peers. Being dyslexic taught her perseverance and kindness, her two favorite attributes. She lives in Georgia with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. When not writing, she loves to read, swim, explore new places, and meet fascinating people. If you have a dog, she would love to scratch behind its ears and tell it what a good pup it is.


Learn more about K.E. Bonner on her website or follow her on Instagram @kebonnerwrites. 

Monday, December 19, 2022

From Promising to Published

Book Summary


You’ve been writing and honing your craft for months or years and are curious about seeking publication for your latest project. Perhaps you wonder about the next steps in the process. Look no further!

This book has a little something for every writer interested in expanding their audience and sharing their writing with readers, from pre-writing and writing your drafts to choosing your market and the writing life before, during, and after publication.


Publisher: Vine Leaves Press

ISBN-10: 1925965929

ISBN-13: 978-1925965929

Print length: 184 pages


Purchase a copy of From Promising to Published on, Barnes and Noble, and You can also add this to your GoodReads reading list.


About the Author

Melanie Faith is a night-owl writer and editor who moves through the daytime world with her camera. She’s an introvert who likes to wear many hats, too, including as a poet, photographer, professor, and tutor. She’s been a doodler for years but just recently started to share her perfectly imperfect doodles. She loves to write about historical settings in poetry and prose, and this fall she taught both a Leaping Worlds class for historical fiction and time-travel writers as well as a university class about publishing. She especially enjoys creating nonfiction craft books that assist fellow authors on their writing paths, including books packed with tips about writing flash fiction and poetry. Her latest published craft books are: Photography for Writers, guides for teaching online and writing a research book respectively, and From Promising to Published: A Multi-Genre, Insider's Guide to the Publication Process (all from Vine Leaves Press). Read more about her books, classes, and arts projects at

Friday, December 9, 2022

Rebirth by Kate Brenton, Ed.M.


Book Summary

 When life is calling, often we need only the space and the support to remember our way. Sometimes we lean into our expansion, and sometimes we bolt from our greatness. The biggest shock is that big change happens in small choices. In Rebirth you will find real-life stories of people who made courageous leaps, inspiring you to make your own. It’s time to step out of line and back into the spiral of life—that’s where the alchemy is. This book fits right into the side pocket of your bag + your life to inspire you as you read others’ stories of how they listened and learned to make embodied changes in their own lives.


Publisher: Inspirebytes Omni Media

ISBN-10: 1953445261

ISBN-13: 978-1953445261


Print length: 278 pages

 Purchase a copy of Rebirth on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can also add this to your GoodReads reading list.

 About the Author

 Kate Brenton, Ed.M., educator, author, mama, and healer, used to climb trees in her childhood to sit in and read books. A lifelong teacher, from secondary English to spiritual development, Kate has the archetype for sharing wisdom to empower and elevate through online courses, inspirational speaking, and retreats. Come say hello or listen to the Rebirth podcast at


You can also follow her on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Substack.


Thursday, December 8, 2022

A Wingman for Christmas by Barbara Barth


Book Summary


The annual Sweet Water, Georgia, Christmas parade is nearing but relationships are fractured on Wild Rose Lane. Antique dealer Cheryl Calloway's holiday spirit has tanked. It's been a horrible year with her divorce, her ex marrying younger and perkier Miriam across the street, and Mama moving into Cheryl's Victorian cottage with her Amazon parrot right before Thanksgiving. A party girl in her eighties, Mama smokes up a storm, likes her nightly vodka, has a hankering for men, and now a wingman named Nigel. If that isn't enough, the Historical Society wants Cheryl to clean up all the projects on her porch waiting to go to Spivey's Antique Mall for their Christmas Open House. Her desire to work her booth is as dead as her marriage. Miriam, President of the Historical Society, chastises her, "If it ain't pretty don't put it on the porch." Then there's Alice, her strange neighbor with the six-foot fluorescent light bulb cross nailed to the huge Magnolia tree in the middle of her rose garden. Alice watches all the neighbors too closely. Just when Cheryl thinks things can't get worse, an incident shakes her to the core, and a mystery follows revealing family secrets long forgotten. Cheryl wants to believe in miracles and love again, and Dr. James may just be the man of her dreams as he helps her and Mama sort things out.


Filled with quirky characters, mystery, family secrets, and sweet love, all set in a hot Georgia small town.


Publisher: Gilbert Street Press

ISBN-10: 0983171599

ISBN-13: 978-0983171599


Print length: 198 pages


Purchase a copy of A Wingman for Christmas on You can also add this to your GoodReads reading list.


About the Author


Barbara Barth turned to writing and adopting dogs to heal after her husband died fourteen years ago. Known as ‘Writer With Dogs’, Barth currently lives with four Chihuahuas in a charming town forty miles outside of Atlanta. She is Literary Arts Chair at a small art center where she promotes writing activities, author events, book launches, and hosts an online group Walton Writers. Inspired by the wonderful artists around her, Barth started painting and has won several awards with her whimsical art. Her books are available on Amazon. Visit her Instagram page Barbara Barth Studio.


You can also check out her website.


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

My Heritage.

 Loved this AI app.

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