Pages

Monday, December 5, 2016

Sponsored: A Holiday Recipe and How to #GetReliefFromTheFeast with IMODIUM®



Every December since my cross-country move from Oklahoma to New York on that June day 5 1/2 years ago, I am very fortunate to be able to fly home to Oklahoma and visit my loved ones for a Christmas visit. It is a time for treasured memories made with loved ones, but lengthy air travel and lots of road miles driven paired with a hectic schedule and holiday celebration overeating with menus overflowing with rich and sometimes spicy foods can catch up with you very fast, says the voice of experience.

Beginning with the airport food you encounter along the journey, no matter how you plan to avoid certain types of foods, certain symptoms from your body being thrown out of whack from the travel rush can cause discomfort and made the rest of your travel miserable if you are not prepared. I have found a tried-and-true travel sidekick to help me during the holiday hurry with whatever digestive issue comes my way with IMODIUM®



Let IMODIUM® help you be empowered to take on the holiday season and FEAST on the food, not FEAR it!

I am a third generation in my family to rely on IMODIUM®, an effective and reliable for frequent digestive sufferers to restore your body’s natural digestive balance, without causing constipation. It is the #1 brand with frequent sufferers, and the #1 doctor recommended brand. IMODIUM® has been helping diarrhea sufferers for over 35 years, with many products to choose from to help treat your symptoms in just one dose.


You can find IMODIUM® and and all the products you need to be prepared for the holiday at your nearest Walmart!

Learn More About Digestive Health Products At Walmart

New IMODIUM® A-D Softgels- the same proven, powerful diarrhea relief you have relied on for years, now in a fast liquid gel form that works within 1 hour to soothe diarrhea symptoms. 


Shop All Digestive Health Remedies At Walmart

This recipe is my favorite go-to for incorporating Meatless Monday into the holidays with a creamy pumpkin penne dish.




 "Creamy Pumpkin Penne"

Serves 4

1 (12 oz.) package penne rigate pasta 

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped oregano

  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin, pureed OR 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree 
  • 1/2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar 
  • Optional garnish: chopped oregano 
In pasta-size cooking pot, add water and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring salted water to a boil and add pasta, cooking pasta according to directions on package. Reserve 2 cups of the pasta water; drain pasta and set aside. In same pasta pot, add olive oil and oregano. Cook on medium heat for 1 minute.Carefully watching pot to avoid hot oil spattering, add pumpkin puree, minced garlic, half-and-half, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese,  vinegar and 1 cup reserved pasta water to pot. Stir until well-blended and heated on medium heat for through 2- 3 minutes, stirring after each minute.  If sauce is too thick, add 1 teaspoon of remaining reserved pasta water until sauce reaches desired consistency. When ready to serve pasta in individual dishes, pour 1/2 cup of sauce over pasta. Garnish each before serving by sprinkling, if desired, with 1/2 teaspoon of oregano. Enjoy!
Do you have favorite holiday foods you hate to skip during this season because of trying to avoid digestive issues? Let IMODIUM® be your ally to put your life back in rhythm as it naturally should be. 

Sponsored Post: Children's Christmas Book Gift Guide with Zonderkidz and a Giveaway


Disclaimer: I received this collection of books for the purpose of my honest book reviews  and I am being provided one of the books for a giveaway prize. I was not financially  compensated for this blog post. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.

I was given the opportunity to review the newest Christmas-themed book releases from the Zonderkidz division of Zondervan Publishing. I have had the most fun reading this wonderful collection of books and I look forward to sharing them with some of the special children in my life this holiday season and want to share about them with you today.



 A Night of Great Joy 
 Author and Illustrator: Mary Engelbreit   
 Retail Price: $16.99
This book is a splendid way to introduce young children to the "The Christmas Story" so many of us hold dear to our hearts, with this precious re-telling of the Bible story told in Luke's gospel, paired with the bright and beautiful illustrations of Mary Engelbreit. It is keepsake quality for a special child to delight them for years to come and it is also a wonderful gift idea for the grown-up Mary Engelbreit fans in your life.

Here is an adorable preview trailer for this glorious book:

 You can find more information about the book here.

Christmas Love Letters from God
Author: Glenys Nellist 
Illustrator: Rachel Clowes
                     Retail Price: $16.99                                

I am such a fan of the "Love Letters from God" book series and this one touched my heart with its whimsical re-telling of seven beloved Bible stories about the birth of Jesus along with love letters from God written especially for the young reader. I found this beautiful story collection paired with the love letters from God to be such a special and lasting Faith message for a child in your life that can impact them for years to come. It also makes a heartwarming read for the seasoned Believer.

Here is the precious preview trailer for this book:


You can find more information about the book here


Goodnight Manger
Author: Laura Sassi
Illustrator: Jane Chapman
Retail Price: $8.99 
This story about Mary and Joseph trying to get Baby Jesus to sleep in the noisy stable is told in gentle, lulling rhyme, perfect for spanning the ages of young readers and can't help but be an inspiration to parents of young children. This would also make an ideal "First Christmas" gift for an infant to grow up hearing this as an adorable and tender bedtime story. I love this as a gift idea for young parents of young children and expectant parents, as well.


Here is the beautiful preview trailer for this book:



You can find more information about the book here.

The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel
Author and Illustrator: Mike Berenstain
Retail Price: $3.99



This beloved family of bears who delighted me in my own childhood are still entertaining young readers with their adventures which always come with learning an important lesson. In this story, the cubs make a Christmas Angel in the snow, and learn a lesson about God’s angels from Mama and Papa Bear.

Here is a delightful preview trailer for the book:
  
You can find more information about the book here


The Berenstain Bears Christmas Fun Sticker and Activity Book
Author: Mike Berenstain
Illustrators: Jan and Mike Berenstain  
Retail Price: $6.99

This newest Berenstain Bears sticker and activity book is packed with Christmas fun for kids. It is full of colorful stickers and cute puzzles featuring this beloved bear family along with their friends and neighbors in Bear Country. This makes a cute gift for children in your life. What a wonderful stocking stuffer this would make to occupy its young recipients on Christmas Day. This would make a great holiday road travel activity for kids and also a great gift for the beginning of the Advent season. 

You can find more information about the book here.


Ready, Set, Find Christmas! (a look-and-find book) 
Retail Price: $8.99


This colorful look-and-find book follows Mary and Joseph's journey on their way to Bethlehem on Christmas night with precious illustrations. A precious gift for the youngest of readers.  


You can find more information about the boohere.

 A Royal Christmas to Remember       
  Authors: Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson 
Illustrator: Omar Aranda  
  Retail Price: $14.99 

This is the newest book in the Princess Parables series and it is a beautifully-illustrated Christmas storybook that teaches an important lesson about the true meaning of Christmas. This makes such a special gift for young girls in your life. On the night before Christmas, Princesses Joy, Grace, Faith, Charity, and Hope go on an adventure that includes an exciting rescue as they pray to God for courage and safety. They share in a royal Christmas celebration of family and God’s love. 

                          You can find more information about the book here.

Giveaway:

One of you will win the book of your choice from this Christmas collection to share with a child or children in your life this season and in Christmases to come. 

To enter, please leave a comment below and let me know if you have a favorite Christmas book from your childhood. Entries close Wednesday, December 7th at 5:00 pm EST. 

Open to US and Canada residents only. 

If you are not able to leave a comment, please e-mail me at angelaskitchen@rocketmail.com with "Giveaway Entry" in the subject line and that will count as your entry.

Disclaimer: I received this collection of books for the purpose of my honest book reviews and I am being provided one of the books for a giveaway prize. I was not financially compensated for this blog post. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Holiday Music Review and Giveaway: Amy Grant "Tennessee Christmas"

I was given the opportunity to do a music review for Amy Grant's first Christmas album in 33 years, "Tennessee Christmas" and I am happy to share my review with you today.


For many fans of Amy Grant, me included, this is a long-awaited follow-up to her 1983 Christmas album titled "A Christmas Album". This recording is a new and intimate look at Amy Grant's family Christmas. All of the songs are personally special to her. She creates an personal feel for this album you will "see" as soon as you open the cd holder and see the sweet family Christmas pictures she chose to include with the album and you will "hear" as she shares some her favorite Christmas memories between the songs. 

She is joined by her husband, Vince Gill for a fun version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside". She is also joined by their children, who she says are comprised of their blended family of her children, his children and their daughter, who all come together to make one family. When I hear her sing the adorable song, "Christmas Don't Be Late" with daughters Jenny, Corinna, and Sarah, I smile so brightly. 

Amy says of her new Christmas album, “I’ve loved traveling the world with my guitar, but my favorite musical memories have happened right here at home around Christmastime with family and friends. I hope we’ve captured some of that magic to share with all of you this holiday season!”

This is a collection of thirteen new recordings, including the title track, "Tennessee Christmas".  I feel it combines a perfect blend of celebrating her beloved originals with Amy putting her own spin on some treasured Christmas standards. So many emotions of the season are invoked listening to these songs. Many of the desired and joyful emotions like love, peace, harmony, but as someone who lives with grief, I appreciate that she chose to include songs that include this undesired holiday emotion of grief, as we miss our loved ones during this season which brings to mind so many memories with them. Of all the holiday emotions invoked, I most appreciate having songs on my holiday playlist where I can remember my loved ones who have passed away and celebrate our precious holiday memories. This aspect of the recording adds to the "real and intimate" quality I feel when I listen to the songs. 



The album was recorded in her home studio in Nashville and she collaborated with producers Mac McAnally (Jimmy Buffett, Martina McBride), Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard, Frankie Ballard) and Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band).

You can listen to one of the songs on the album, the beautiful "To Be Together" here:



You can purchase here  and one of you will WIN your own copy of this cd! (ARV $8.89) This giveaway is open to residents of the continental U.S. To enter, leave a comment below and let me know if you have a favorite Christmas song. If you are not able to post a comment, you can e-mail me at angelaskitchen@rocketmail.com with "Contest Entry" in the subject line. Giveaway will close on Tuesday, December 6th at 5:00 pm EST.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Hallmark Keepsake for the Holidays- Review and Giveaway: Keepsake Miniature Tree and Miniature Ornament Set

When I was a young girl, visiting my local Hallmark store with my Mom was such an amazing experience and our visits during the holidays always felt magical. Hallmark's Keepsake ornaments always fascinated us and I hold dear to my heart several of these treasures she gave me through the years as I likewise did her. As I entered my teenage years, I began collecting Keepsake ornaments and meticulously maintaining my collection.  Mom has been gone for 16 Christmases now, but everytime I walk into a Hallmark store, I somehow still feel her hand in mine. As an adult, I treasure my opportunity to be a Hallmark blogger and every project I begin, I think about how my Mom would love that particular item. This season, I was excited to receive two new Hallmark Keepsake offerings for holiday season enjoyment in my home. 

This year, Hallmark began offering a Keepsake tree for displaying favorite ornaments and I was instantly drawn to this beautiful "keepsake" in itself. The miniature display tree has a gold finish and is perfect for displaying these miniature ornaments atop a table or mantel.  This Hallmark© Keepsake is perfect for reflecting on those "golden" moments that make the holidays so special. 


I am going to be making use of this tree year-round in my home, transitioning it after Christmas into a New Year's greeting tree, with my wishes for family and friends as well as my personal growth in the coming year. Then I will be using it for a valentine tree and incorporating it into other holiday and special occasion celebrations throughout the year.

This year, Hallmark has also debuted a miniature porcelain ornament collection, perfect for displaying on the miniature tree. This year's collection has a "12 Days of Christmas" theme and were released in sets of 3 to make 4 sets in the collection. The 1st set includes a partridge in a pear tree, a turtle dove and a calling bird. 



The white and gold miniature ornaments are Hallmark's trademark brand of keepsake quality, made of porcelain with gold detail, dated 2016 and pre-packaged for easy gift giving, preservation and storage.


The tree retails at $29.95 and each set of the 3 miniature ornaments in this collection retail at $24.95.  You can find out more information about the tree and ornaments as well as a purchase link on Hallmark's website here

Thanks to Hallmark, one of YOU will win a Keepsake miniature tree and the first set of 3 ornaments in the "12 Days of Christmas" collection, with a total value of $54.90 worth of Hallmark Keepsake goodness!

To enter, leave a comment below and let me know if you have a favorite ornament in your life from holidays past. If your comment does not show up below, please e-mail your entry to me at: angelaskitchen@rocketmail.com with "contest entry" in the subject line. Giveaway closes Sunday, November 27th at 8:00 pm EST so the winner can receive the tree and ornaments in time to be enjoyed during this holiday season.   

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway: "The Blessings of Unity: God's Best for Our Marriages" by Richard T. Case

This year my husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. "The Blessings of Unity: God's Best for Our Marriages" by Richard T. Case is a 138-page softcover book filled with ways to bless the bonds of unity in marriage and keep your marriage a top priority. We both found this book to be an invaluable read as a couple.

About the Book:

The Blessings of Unity offers insight and ideas for creating godly unity in our marriages centered around two key concepts:

1) Abiding in the Vine and walking in the Spirit, and
2) Learning and applying the concept of unity.

Unity is achieved when a man and woman strive for agreement with God by processing His Will on every decision and in every issue. Through Biblically-centered discussions of discord, division, unity, discipleship, and prayer, and through exploring Biblical examples of unity, Richard Case offers husbands and wives practical and spiritual advice for working together in unity in the Spirit so that they can more perfectly present themselves to God for his divine approval."

I love the easy to understand language in this book. I like the fact that the layout is designed in an organized manner. I enjoyed the content and I really like the fact it is filled with useful tips and suggestions to use towards developing unity as a couple, listing key verses of Scripture paired with the author's advice to help us relate it to our own relationships. This book would make a wonderful engagement gift, wedding shower gift as well as a wedding gift for new couples and seasoned married couples alike.
About the Author:
                     
                                                                                                                                                   Before his current role in developing retreats and serving this ministry, All for Jesus, Richard Case worked for many years with Fortune 500 companies in management and consulting roles. He holds a BS in Management and Finance from Bradley University, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a seminary Masters degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Richard has been a featured speaker at conferences and seminars; he has hosted a radio show and is a published author. Richard and his wife, Linda, answered the call from the Lord to Abide in Him through the Spirit. Together, Richard and Linda have started up several churches that remain strong today, and have served as interim pastors of troubled churches, bringing reconciliation and new vision to these situations. Richard and Linda began conducting marriage retreats in 2001. Richard and Linda currently live in Castle Rock, CO.

You can find out more information about the book, including how to purchase it here.

Mr. Case also has a free e-book, "Unshakeable", from the All for Jesus ministry available for download by going to the landing page here.

Giveaway:

One of you will win a copy of "Blessings of Unity" (ARV $14.95).

To enter, please leave a comment below to let me know you would like to win by
 Tuesday, November 22 at 5:00 pm CST. Open to US and Canada residents only. 

If you are not able to leave a comment on this blog post, please e-mail me at angelaskitchen@rocketmail.com with "Giveaway Entry" in the subject line and that will count as your entry.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Friday, November 4, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway: "Christmas Cookie Swap!"

The holiday hostess in me has had a wonderfully "sweet" time reviewing this holiday cookie resource book. "Christmas Cookie Swap!", published by Oxmoor House, is a 256 page book featuring over 100 recipes and beautiful photography in six chapters covering a variety of sizes and shapes of cookies, including cookie bars, decorated cookies and a confectioners chapter abounding with fudge and truffle recipes. 




One of my favorite aspects of the book is that rather that showcasing only the cookie recipes, they include an entire chapter on "Christmas Cookie Basics" that focuses on the how-to aspect of getting ready for cookie swap. Besides ideas on how to host a cookie swap, there are tips on how to display your cookies to look their best, baking tips, packaging tips, the best frosting recipes to use for decorating cookies and cookie decorating tips. I love that they include a metric equivalents page at the back of the book for a handy measurement resource. My two favorite chapters are "Cookies for Santa" and "Christmas Classics", which both have an abundance of beloved cookie recipes.

I tried the recipe for Java-Toffee Cookies and served them at a neighborhood gathering.    

They were well-received at the gathering and they have become one of my husband's favorite cookies. I love the flavor combination of English toffee and java with instant coffee crystals.

This makes such a wonderful addition to any holiday cookbook collection.

Giveaway:

One of you will win a copy of "Christmas Cookie Swap!", valued at 19.95! To enter, please leave a comment below to let me know if you have a favorite Christmas cookie tradition or cookie. Giveaway closes Sunday,  November 6 at 5:00 pm EST. Open to US residents only. 

If you are not able to leave a comment on this blog post, please e-mail me at angelaskitchen@rocketmail.com with "Giveaway Entry" in the subject line and that will count as your entry.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book for the purpose of my honest review and a copy will be provided to the giveaway winner. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Autumn Meatless Meal: Creamy Pumpkin Penne

I have several friends in my life who inspire me with the understanding that health and fitness are not to be a temporary fix, but a way of life. So during this season of thanks, I offer up gratitude and thanks to Lori, Amy and Kyndra. Several among them have incorporated this type of Monday menu for their household meals as a way of going meatless one day a week. These ladies have each been inspirations to me along the way and tonight for dinner, I have incorporated Meatless Monday into our dinner menu using a favorite of the season for a creamy pumpkin penne dish.



                              "Creamy Pumpkin Penne"

Serves 4



1 (12 oz.) package penne rigate pasta 

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped oregano

  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin, pureed OR 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree 
  • 1/2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar 
  • Optional garnish: chopped oregano 
In pasta-size cooking pot, add water and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring salted water to a boil and add pasta, cooking pasta according to directions on package. Reserve 2 cups of the pasta water; drain pasta and set aside. In same pasta pot, add olive oil and oregano. Cook on medium heat for 1 minute. Carefully watching pot to avoid hot oil spattering, add pumpkin puree, minced garlic, half-and-half, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese,  vinegar and 1 cup reserved pasta water to pot. Stir until well-blended and heated on medium heat for through 2- 3 minutes, stirring after each minute.  If sauce is too thick, add 1 teaspoon of remaining reserved pasta water until sauce reaches desired consistency. When ready to serve pasta in individual dishes, pour 1/2 cup of sauce over pasta. Garnish each before serving by sprinkling, if desired, with 1/2 teaspoon of oregano. Enjoy!