Christmas Questions~Play Along?

by adustyframe ~ December 12th, 2017

Christmas Meme–play along if you like!

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate is always great. James likes “egg milk” (he doesn’t call it this anymore!)

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? We don’t do Santa

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? white lights

4. Do you hang mistletoe? artificial. Nathan loves to grab it and run around and kiss us.

5. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
stuffing, mashed potatoes but I don’t really eat carbs anymore

6. Favorite childhood holiday memory? Just my goofy family!

7. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I can’t even remember. We just did Santa for fun and it was never a big deal.

8. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? When I was a kid we did, but now we do a simple Christmas so we save it all for Christmas morning.

9. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? red bulbs, the old favorites, candy canes

10. Snow! Love it or dread it? I don’t like driving on snow–of course I like having a “white Christmas”

11 What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? making room for Jesus in our hearts. Thinking of others. Spending time with family.

12. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
all of it unfortunately **see #5

13. What is your favorite holiday tradition? reading Christmas books each day in December.

14. What tops your tree? a red glittery star.

15. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? I definitely love getting gifts–it’s my love language but I do prefer to give. (That is also a part of gifts being my love language)

16. What is your favorite Christmas song? Angels We Have Heard on High. But honestly as a musician? I love them all.

17. Favorite Move… It’s a Wonderful Life

18. Candy canes: for decorating. I don’t really eat them. We stick them in a mug of hot cocoa sometimes. 21.

Tag you’re it–Let me know if you play along


by adustyframe ~ December 11th, 2017

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by adustyframe ~ December 6th, 2017

Listening to this today
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Getting Ready For Christmas

by adustyframe ~ December 1st, 2017

I’m up late tonight getting the Advent calendar together. It’s not that it was a big deal. I just procrastinated!

Every day there will be a little treat and an idea of something fun to do as well as readings from The Jesus Storybook Bible.

If you haven’t seen this for your little ones, check it out. It’s beautiful and often the readings move me to tears!

We brought up the Christmas music awhile ago.
My friends are saying this is a good one. I may grab it this year.

But tonight I’m listening to this one.

I’m going to try to start reading this on the first. I started last year, but didn’t get very far.

My cookbook is available on Amazon for .99!

If you’re shopping on Amazon this year, you’re free to use my link on the side bar (wink wink)

Over the weekend, we hope to get the tree up and all the decorations out. I do love this time of year.
We have a few things going on but it’s not too crazy. I like to keep this time of year as low key as possible.
I do have some sewing projects for the nephews I better get started!
What about you? Any projects going or good books or music to share with me?


Happy Thanksgiving

by adustyframe ~ November 22nd, 2017



Anyone have exciting plans?

We’re going to be home with our little family.

I’m hoping to have a restful weekend.

Praying for you and yours to have a blessed day remembering all the things to thank God for.


Christmas Mood

by adustyframe ~ November 20th, 2017

For the first time ever, I’m totally in a Christmas mood early. I don’t know why but it’s fun.

We haven’t gone crazy yet. Just a couple tiny trees are up and Christmas music once in awhile. We’re listening to the Three Tenors right now.

And Christmas oils in the diffuser.

I can’t really explain why other than I guess I’m just ready to enjoy the season.

I think starting early will give me a little more time to enjoy some fun projects with little guy. I need to peruse my Pinterest board and see what kind of preschool Christmas things I saved before it’s too late to do them.

I think we want to go see The Star movie. One of our local theaters offers a day with $5 movies so I think we’ll go then.

I’m trying to decide if I want to put the tree up this weekend or not…….hmmmm.

What about you?


Murder In Disguise A Preston Barclay Myster by Donn Taylor~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ November 16th, 2017



About The Book:

Official verdict: Suicide.

But why would that vigorous department chairman kill himself? To avoid disgrace? Those rumored ventures on the dark side? Some other secret life? Visiting professor Preston Barclay wonders. But his questions bring no answers, only anonymous threats. He has enough problems already, proving himself on a strange campus while radical faculty do all they can to undermine him. Worse yet, that sexy siren assigned as his assistant complicates his courtship of the beautiful Mara Thorn.

While Press keeps asking questions, Mara’s research reveals a cancer of criminal activity that permeates the community and even the campus itself. The more Press questions, the more dangerous the threats against him become, and the more determined he grows to clear his friend’s name.

But can Press and Mara’s stumbling efforts prevail against the entrenched forces of the police, the campus radicals, and an unseen but powerful criminal organization that increasingly puts their lives in danger…?


About the Author:


With a PhD in English literature (Renaissance), Donn Taylor taught literature for 18 years at two liberal arts colleges. Now retired, he has published suspense novels, mysteries, and poetry. His historical novel “Lightning on a Quiet Night” was a finalist for the 2015 Selah Awards. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences. In a prior incarnation, he led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. He now lives in the woods near Houston, TX, where he writes fiction, poetry, and essays on current topics.

To learn more about the author visit his site. 

** His bio is fascinating by the way!

My thoughts:

This is a new author to me and I was glad to discover that the books stand alone even though they’re in a series.

I always enjoy finding a new author and this was no exception.

I appreciated the music references and trying to figure out “who dun it”.

The story is well written and a great read especially if you’re looking for a something different.

To see what other reviewers thought, check out this Litfuse Page. 



Disclaimer~I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own. 


DIY Ranch Dressing Mix

by adustyframe ~ November 10th, 2017

I like ranch dressing quite a bit. I’m working on having healthier options around here–a never ending quest!

I laughed the other day when I saw an ad for ranch kegs–huge barrels of ranch. Ok, I don’t love it THAT much.

My sister has a recipe for the mix that I follow loosely but I can’t find it right now. Since I follow it loosely, I’ll just give you the basic info and tell you what I do.


2 Tablespoons parsley

2 Tablespoons dill

2 Tablespoons minced dried onion

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1 Tablespoon salt

1 Tablespoon garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp. black pepper


Stir this all together and add a tablespoon at a time  to a mixture of 1 c. mayonnaise and 1 c. sour cream. I use it as a dip just like this.

If you want to thin it for dressing, try milk or cream or buttermilk until it’s the consistency you  like.


When I want ranch, I don’t premake this mix. I just dump these ingredients into the sour cream and mayo and taste. I add more salt or garlic, etc until it tastes exactly like I want it to taste.

Either pre-mixing the mix or dumping these herbs and spices into the base ingredients works! They’re both a quick and easy way to make ranch without undesirable ingredients.


How much do you love ranch?

If you’re interested in learning where ranch dressing originated, check this out. 



by adustyframe ~ November 8th, 2017

In our weekly Bible study at church, we’ve been studying Elijah.

He had quite the trials to deal with because of the sin of Ahab and Jezebel. One week, we learned about the miracle on Mt. Carmel in 1 Kings 18. God worked in miraculous ways showing Himself mighty.

Elijah’s beliefs were validated and proven correct in a huge way.

And then right after that in 1 Kings 19, Jezebel put out a hit on him! He was as good as a dead man.

What struck me is that even though God had worked mightily in Elijah’s life and worked a miracle, the trials in Elijah’s life weren’t over.

Elijah was faithful. Elijah obeyed. Elijah saw God move. Elijah was still hunted.

I’m not even quite sure what I’m trying to share here (ha!) other than trials do not mean that God is not at work.

Enduring trials doesn’t mean God doesn’t see.

Enduring trials doesn’t  mean that you are disobedient.

Enduring trials don’t always get wrapped up neatly and tied with a pretty bow.



He Restores My Soul

by adustyframe ~ November 1st, 2017

I heard this for the first time today at Bible study. Beautiful.

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