Monday, November 4, 2013

A Rainbow of Hope

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. I spent mine going back through my two books, The Returns and the soon to be released, The Returns 2 – Showstoppers. It is such a nerve-wracking time but also one filled with anxious anticipation and excitement. I will have a book cover reveal later this week. I love my new cover art for Showstoppers. The talented artist that designed it also designed a new cover for The Returns so they look like a series. I can hardly wait to show them off to everyone!
Since it is the beginning of a new week, I try to give my readers something to laugh or think about. This week I decided to list some great inspirational quotes from one of my favorite books titled “A Rainbow of Hope” by Billy & Janice Hughey. I ordered it years ago from an educational fundraiser but found a link on Amazon for used copies. I’m sure you can still buy copies through other markets. If you enjoy these today, it would be worth checking your local bookstore for a copy. My personal copy has many of its pages marked for times when I just need some feel-good thoughts.

“What we do during our working hours determines what we have; what we do in our leisure hours determines what we are.” – George Eastman
“A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.” – Herb Caen
“Success comes before work only in the dictionary.” - Anonymous
“Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.” – Arnold H. Glasow
“Sympathy is your pain in my heart.” – Halford E. Luccock
“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” – Corrie ten Boom
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
“When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.” - Max Lerner
“The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.” – Heda Bejar

Those are just a few of the gems in this book and I will bring more for you to enjoy another day. I’ll leave you with this last prayer to start your week with a smile. There are many variations and I am not sure who receives credit for the original version so I’ll list it as Anonymous. Have a great week.
Dear Lord,
So far today, I am doing alright. I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or self-indulgent. I have not whined, complained, cursed, or even eaten any chocolate. I have charged nothing on my credit card. But I will be getting out of bed in a minute, and I think that I will really need your help then. Amen

**Recipe of the Day**

Funfetti Cheesecake Pudding Cookies
Pinned from Pinterest ~ Author: Alyssa

Serves: 24 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
•1 cup unsalted butter, softened
•¾ cup brown sugar
•¼ cup granulated sugar
•3.4 oz package cheesecake pudding mix (vanilla will also work as a substitute)
•2 large eggs
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•2¼ cups flour
•1 teaspoon baking soda
•½ teaspoon salt
•2 cups white chocolate chips
•½ cup rainbow sprinkles

1.Preheat your oven to 350 and prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.
2.In a large bowl mix together flour, baking soda, salt, and cheesecake pudding mix. Set aside.
3.In your mixer cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and mix together. Add your bowl of dry ingredients. Add rainbow sprinkles and mix together. Lastly add the white chocolate chips.
4.Scoop out the cookie dough into about 1 inch balls.
5.Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden. Let cool and enjoy!

***Pet Tip of the Day**

**Autumn is the season when snakes who are preparing for hibernation may be particularly “grumpy,” increasing the possibility of severe bites to those unlucky pups who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Pet owners should know what kinds of venomous snakes may be in their environment—and where these snakes are most likely to be found—so they can keep pets out of those areas.

**Many people choose fall as the time to change their car's engine coolant. Ethylene glycol-based coolants are highly toxic, so spills should be cleaned up immediately. Consider switching to propylene glycol-based coolants—though they aren't completely nontoxic, they are much less toxic than other engine coolants.

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