Author Archives: nancyc

Dark Chocolate Caramel Bars

Chocolate and caramel are such a great combination! And I’m very partial to dark chocolate so I love these Dark Chocolate Caramel Bars! This is a really good and easy recipe—it uses cake mix as part of the ingredients for the yummy chocolatey crust, so it’s simple to put together. I usually prefer making things from scratch, but sometimes a mix comes in handy if you’re in a time crunch. And these bars are so good you may not mind that they’re made with cake mix!

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Pumpkin Pie Magic Bars

I’m a big fan of Magic Bars, but never would have thought of adding a pumpkin pie flavor to them–what a great idea! When I did a review a for a cookbook that came out several years ago, Dessert Mash-Ups, I found this yummy-sounding recipe, and I can tell you that these bars definitely taste as good as they sound!

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When Women Pray

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

“This book is a call for women of all generations…in every community to dream like their daughters and pray like their grandmothers,” T. D. Jakes writes in the introduction of his new book, When Women Pray: 10 Women of the Bible Who Changed the World Through Prayer. He shares about 10 women who had faith that their prayers would change things—and through their stories we see the power of prayer and the importance of prayer…we find inspiration, encouragement, and strength from their example.

The book presents the stories of these 10 women of the Bible so compellingly, I was immediately drawn into the book. The 10 different chapters focus on 10 different women whose experiences and struggles are amazingly relatable to issues women face today. They all believed God would hear their prayers and that their prayers would bring about change—and their stories show how God was faithful to answer their prayers.

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Chexicago Party Mix

A friend of mine made this Chexicago Party Mix for a holiday open house one year. I could not stop eating it! I like the Original Chex Party Mix, but I think I like this even better! It’s called Chexicago Party Mix because it’s inspired by the sweet-and-salty caramel and cheese popcorn combination that’s popular in Chicago. I started mixing up my popcorn that way about ten years ago, and had no idea it was a favorite Chicago treat! I really like the sweet and salty (and cheesy) combination of flavors, so I have to say that I think Chicagoans have great taste when it comes to snacks! 🙂

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Autumn in November

It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.

—SARAH ADDISON ALLEN, American author

NOVEMBER…when nature’s colors get richer, the weather gets colder, and the days get shorter. We enjoy the coziness of home more…scented candles, hot cider, warm blankets, and pumpkin bread fresh from the oven. We look forward to Thanksgiving and gathering with family and friends. We savor this quieter time before the busy rush of December and pause to reflect on all we are thankful for—the people in our lives, the comforts we enjoy, the health we are blessed with, and so much more. The arrival of November not only brings us the beauty of the colorful outdoors, it also brings us special moments to enjoy inside…and time to remember all the wonderful things that warm our hearts throughout the year.

May November be a special month for you as you enjoy the autumn and Thanksgiving season!

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