Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (06/14/2015)

Sunday Snippets

It has feels like it has been forever since I’ve participated in Sunday Snippets! Now that I have graduated, I am happy to be back. Hopefully, I will be able to get back into regular and consistent blogging and participating here. I missed it!

So, to play catch up, here is the rundown of my post from the last few months:

Book Review: Together With You

Book Review: An Amish Cradle

The Saints and Feasts in June 2015

You Are Marvelous in His Eyes (Some encouragement for those who are struggling)

Book Review: Not Cool

The Sacred Heart = Compassion (must watch video!)

Blessings!

Book Review: The Paleo Chef

paleo chefFrom the book description:

Acclaimed international chef and television personality Pete Evans takes a whole new approach to making gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free meals that are worthy of a restaurant but effortless to prepare.

My comments:

I have never heard of Pete Evans, but when I had the chance to read/review this book, I snapped it up. Since going gluten-free, I am alway on the lookout for yummy and easy recipes to try.

Now, these recipes are not inherently budget-friendly; however, if you are the frugal-type, you can probably find many of the items needed for some of the recipes on sale or through coupons. And, they weren’t as “effortless” or as quick to make as I expected. But, the recipes I tried are DELICIOUS!

I haven’t tried all the recipes yet, the seafood recipes, and a few of the meat recipes, are a bit above our budget at the moment; however, the ones I have tried, I have absolutely loved, loved, loved. These yummy recipes make eating healthy so much fun, and it is almost feels like I am splurging, and not eating in a healthy way.

My favorite section? Belive it or not, it is the “vegetables, sides and snacks” section. The “cauliflower rice” was a revelation, and the “brussels sprouts in bacon and garlic” is one of my new all-time favorites. I love brussels sprouts, but my hubby and son, do not, but I don’t care. 🙂 I am going to make this recipe over and over again!

I also enjoyed reading the introduction and the “About Ingredients” sections. Chef Evans gives a brief, but thorough synopsis of the Paleo lifestyle, and I learned a lot about fermented foods. And, who knew about the importance of activating nuts? Not me!

So, whether you are a die-hard Paleo follower, or have no clue (or care) about this lifestyle, I absolutely recommend you give the recipes in this book a try.

I give The Paleo Chef four (4) stars.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books <http://bloggingforbooks.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (November 30, 2014)

Sunday Snippets

Another week for Sunday Snippets. Here are my posts from this week:

Weekly Goals

Book Review of An Amish Second Christmas

A Funny Thanksgiving video

Reminder about the St. Andrew Novena

Wishing you all a blessed Advent as we prepare for the most wonderful Solemnity of Jesus’ birth! Will pray for you, and ask that you pray for me that we will make the most of this sacred time. God bless.

 

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (June 1, 2014)

Sunday Snippets

Another week for Sunday Snippets. My two posts for this week include a book review for my friend Catherine Francis’ new book, Christian America: Shattered Dreams in a Veiled Society and a “blurb” about the Ascension.

Question of the Week:

May is the month of Mary.  Are there an Marian devotions other than the rosary which you use?

Every Saturday in May, and sometimes other Saturdays of the year, I pray the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Also, one of my prayer books, Handbook of Prayers, contains a series 31 days of short prayers/meditations for the month of May that use.

 

Book Review: My P-R-A-Y E-R Journal by Ralph Spiller

My PRAYER Journal Review

From the Book Description

Does God answer your prayers? Would you like to have more power in your prayer life? My P-R-A-Y-E-R Journal will help you develop a more powerful, disciplined prayer life on the order of the first-century apostles and Church. You may ask, “Is that possible?” Many miracles were accomplished by God through the disciples in the first century. Can God do the same in the twenty-first century through you? Could you pray with such intention to glorify God?

My Comments

I am struggling with this review. I wanted so much to love this book but I didn’t. The book is supposed to be a daily journal, using PRAYER as an acronym (praise and thanksgiving, repentance through confession, ask [for needs of others and self], yield to the father, examine and reflect). So, each day the reader is to read the scripture and quote guides and then write our her prayer response. At first glance, this looks like the My P-R-A-Y-E-R Journal would be a great prayer guide but unfortunately, it fell short.

One of the issues is the fact that only the Kindle version is available for review. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful to the publisher and the BookLook Blogger’s review program for making a copy available to me for review. And in truth, I already have a prayer journal, so it didn’t affect me too much. However, I can see how it would be a problem for others, especially those who are new or unsteady in their prayer life because having to use the Kindle and a separate notebook is a little cumbersome. Ideally, the book would be more effective it was a paperback copy with lots of writing space included.

The other issue is that apart from the preface, which reminds the reader that prayer is nothing without scripture, there is no clear direction or oder to the book. Each page has a space for the date, and then under each letter of the acronym there is a scripture quote (and I am assuming that the bound version of the book has space for writing but I’m not sure). To me, these scripture verses seemed randomly chosen with no theme or purpose in mind. And maybe that was intended. However, it made no sense to me and I didn’t find the verses helpful at all.

Finally, my last problem with the book is that the book did not live up to the book description. I have a regular prayer life and I know that God can work miracles and answers prayers. I have seen it in my own life. I know how to use pray and how to use the scriptures to develop a powerful prayer life. But, if someone new to prayer or someone struggling with prayer read the description and then picked up the book, he or she would be left without guidance. Apart from a couple of sample pages on how to use the pages, there is no real guidance to help the reader actually use the included scriptures to build “a more powerful, disciplined prayer life on the order of the first-century apostles and Church.”

Some people may find the various scripture quotes helpful starting points for prayer, but overall I am not a fan of the book. I give the book two (2) stars.

 

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (02/16/2014)

Sunday Snippets

It’s time for Sunday Snippets! I haven’t been around much because of my classes so here are my posts from the last couple of weeks:

Book Review: An Amish Miracle

Why God Made Dogs

3 Take-Away Life Lessons from the Olympic Athletes

Question of the week: Name a favorite book and tell us what you like about it.

That is way too hard to answer, so I have to follow RAnn and say I don’t have one. There are just too many to choose from!

Book Review: Biff and Becka’s Stupendous Vacation

Biff and Becka's Stupendous Vacation

From the Book Description:

“Biff’s anticipated family vacation takes an unexpected turn. How will he deal with bitter disappointment? Is his summer ruined? Will he be humiliated by his friends? In interesting twists and turns, the author takes Biff and his rabbit family through a trying time that has a surprising outcome.”

My Comments:

I owe an apology for the publisher, Booksneeze in taking so long to getting this review up! Between college work and finals, it took extraordinary longer than normal to get the book read and the review written. Thankfully classes are over and the review is here!

In order to give a balanced review, I read this book to my eight-year-old son. He loved it! I  read one or two chapters a night and he would beg me to read more. He couldn’t wait to find out what happened next! However, he was pretty disappointed with the ending. He felt that it wasn’t complete and there were too many unanswered questions. His exact words were, “The ending is not satisfying at all.”

For my part, I enjoyed reading the book to my son. It was a cute story with Christian principles weaved throughout, in a non-preachy kind of way. I liked how the book dealt with bullying and sibling disagreements. I liked the family activities throughout the book which gave me ideas of things to do in our own family. I liked the adventure and the family discovery toward the end. However, I have to agree with my son. The ending falls a little flat and it seemed like the book ended just for the sake of not making the book longer than it was.

Having said that, the overall story is very good and worth reading. My son and I are in total agreement in recommending the book and giving it four (4) stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

(Linked to RAnn’s Sunday Snippets. Come join other Catholic bloggers who share their favorite posts from the week!)

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Didn’t get much done at all last week:

1. Pray at least one decade of the rosary each day.

2. Get up by 6:30 am each morning. (Mostly got up by 8am…)

3. Pray over devotional for bible study I am participating in. (I missed several days, but I made up most of them so I’m counting it. 🙂 )

4. Blog at least twice.

5. Write review for “Biff and Beckas Stupendous Vacation.

6. Finish oral presentation for Literary studies class. (I was a nervous wreck, but I survived. 🙂 )

7. Write first drafts for both research papers.

8. Work on final project for Health, Healing and Laughter class.

9. Enjoy Thanksgiving with my family!

Here’s my goals for this week:

1. Pray at least one decade of the rosary each day and St. Andrew’s Novena.

2. Get up by 6:30 am each morning.

3. Pray over devotional for bible study I am participating in.

4. Blog at least twice.

5. Write review for “Biff and Beckas Stupendous Vacation.

6. Finish both research papers and upload them to class dropbox.

7. Work on final project for Health, Healing and Laughter class..

8. Work on final paper for Christian Tradition..

9. Study for exams!

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

I did pretty good this week, in spite of having a bit of a brain malfunction on Wednesday!

1. Pray the rosary at least twice.

2. Get up by 7:00 am each morning.

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes.

4. Blog at least twice.

5. Post review for the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link). (You can read the review here.)

6. Take Andrew to CCD . (So Andrew’s CCD is on Wednesday. I had some running around to do that day and had a doctor’s appointment and somehow I went through the day thinking it was Thursday, and totally forgot about bringing Andrew to CCD! Talk about a brain fart! I didn’t even think about it until 10:30 that night! Hopefully I’ll never do that again….)

Here are my plans for this week:

1. Pray the rosary at least twice.

2. Get up by 7:00 am each morning.

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes.

4. Blog at least twice.

5. Read “Biff and Beckas Stupendous Vacation” to Andrew and write review.

6. Take Andrew to CCD and All Saints Party.

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

(P.S. The Christmas Season is fast approaching and if you want to stay organized and sane this year, you may want to check out the Christmas Planning Toolkit that I put together. It is chock-full of templates and lists to help you make the most out of the holidays!)

 

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (October 27, 2013)

Sunday Snippets

Here are my posts for this week’s Sunday Snippets:

Weekly Goals

Book Review: Catholic Update Guide to Mary

The ‘Ultimate’ Christmas Planning Toolkit

Question of the week: Who is your favorite saint?

This is hard to answer, because I have a few! I would have to say the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph St. Martin de Porres, St. Josemaria Escriva,  and St. Jeanne Jugan are my top five. But, if I HAD to pick out of these five I would say St. Joseph. He always comes through for me when I need him and with my husband Michael on the road a lot, I know St. Joseph is watching over us. 🙂