Sweet and Juicy Blackberry Crumble

This is the first Blackberry Crumble I’ve made. I’m a big fan of blackberries, but had never made a crumble with them, so I looked at some different recipes and came up with my own version. Not having made one of these before, I wasn’t quite sure what a typical blackberry crumble was supposed to be like…mine isn’t as gooey as I thought it would be—it’s more sweet-syrupy-juicy. The blackberries have just the right amount of sweetness, with a little punch of flavor from the lemon juice, and the buttery, brown-sugar crumble topping is a great finishing touch. I like using oats in the topping, too—anything with oats always seems a little healthier to me! 🙂

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Vintage Brownies

These brownies could very well be the type of brownies your mom or grandma used to make. My friend Greg told me about these brownies, and here is how I came to make them (in pre-Covid-19 days when I was working at the office):

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Simple Veggie Pasta Salad

Salads and pasta salads make great hot-weather meals, and I really like this Simple Veggie Pasta Salad because it’s easy to make and the only cooking involved is for the pasta. I also like it because it’s so colorful! The orange bell pepper, shredded carrots, green onions, grape tomatoes, olives, and Cheddar cheese all combine to make this dish a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy! 🙂 The dressing that you toss everything in is simply your favorite Italian salad dressing (I used Olive Garden dressing). How easy is that?

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Yogurt with Strawberries and Pistachios

For a summer breakfast or brunch, especially when it’s too hot to bake, here’s a quick, easy, and healthy recipe that looks really pretty, too! Yogurt with Strawberries and Pistachios could also double as a snack or dessert. It’s made with Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, honey, and pistachios—a really yummy combination! If you’re not a big strawberry fan, you could use other fruit like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwifruit, mango…really, just about any fruit you like!

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Praying for America: 40 Inspiring Stories and Prayers for Our Nation

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

When I first heard about the new book Praying for America by Dr. Robert Jeffress, I thought the timing of its publication couldn’t have been better. With all that we have going on in our country, our nation so desperately needs prayer!

In the introduction of Praying for America (FaithWords, hardcover) Dr. Jeffress, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, reminds us that Jesus taught, “…the purpose of prayer is not to get our will done in heaven but to get God’s will done on earth.” He explains that he wrote this book “…to encourage you to ask God to bless America and to accomplish His perfect will in our nation.” Each of the 40 chapters have a prayer topic and include an inspiring story about how the power of faith and prayer made an important difference in the history of our county, along with a special prayer and Scripture relevant to each topic.

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