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The Abundance Mind-Set

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

This gift-sized book, a little smaller than your typical book, gives you some big things to think about! It’s also a handy size to carry with you if you are planning any summer travels. Written in Joel Osteen’s easy-to-read, conversational style, The Abundance Mind-Set (FaithWords, hardcover) feels like Osteen is right there speaking to you through the pages, like an encouraging friend. I thought Osteen brought up some great things about what it means to live an abundant life. It’s uplifting and encouraging—and we all need to be uplifted and encouraged, right?

Osteen, a New York Times bestselling author and pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, talks about what an “abundance mind-set” is in the introduction of his book: “We all have vision. Every one of us has a picture in our mind of our self, our family, our future…. What does your picture look like? Do you see yourself…living an abundant life? Or do you have a picture of yourself struggling, defeated…never getting good breaks? The pictures you allow in your mind will determine what kind of life you live…. The Scripture says that as a man thinks, so is he.”

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Broccoli-Cheese Casserole

Sometimes we just need a little comfort food, and comfort food often involves cheese, right? I had been wanting to make a really cheesy, creamy broccoli casserole for some time, and finally had the chance to create one! I love how super-creamy and cheesy it is—and the buttery cracker topping is pretty wonderful too! 🙂

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Dilly Pretzels and Veggie Dip

Dilly Pretzels and Veggie Dip @ NancyC

If you’re looking for a new snack to try, these Dilly Pretzels and Veggie Dip recipes are just the thing! They’re both so easy to make—the pretzels are coated with a mix of herbs, seasonings, and Ranch dressing mix (how could that not be good?!)—and the dip is a savory mix of mayo, sour cream, herbs, and dried onion flakes. The pretzels are great on their own, but if you love dips (which I do), they’re really good with this veggie dip! You can also serve the dip with fresh veggies or potato chips, so it’s pretty versatile!

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Zesty Potato Spears

If you’re looking for a new way to fix potatoes, this is a good recipe to try! I found this at and happened to have just the right amount of potatoes to make it. These Zesty Potato Spears are made with both white and sweet potatoes, but if you only have white potatoes on hand, you can make it with just those.

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Chocolate Chip Chocolate Syrup Brownies

Awhile ago, I bought an old cookbook from the ’70s at a flea market and found several recipes tucked inside it that had been clipped from newspapers and magazines. And there was an old recipe card, too–for Chocolate Syrup Brownies. Since I already had some chocolate syrup in my fridge, I decided these brownies would be the perfect recipe to try out first. There was a little note on the recipe card that said these brownies had a mild chocolate flavor, so I thought I’d up the chocolate flavor a bit by adding some mini semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter! Continue reading