Monday, December 12, 2016

Chappy Debbie's Week-In-Review


MERRY CHRISTMAS, MATEYS!!!!




CONGRATULATIONS TO SUSAN FER WINNIN' ME NARNIA BOX AND BOOK! I WILL BE CONTACTIN' YE SOON, MATEY!!



THANKS FER COMIN' ABOARD ME BLOG. CHAPPY IS TAKIN' SOME SHORE LEAVE UNTIL AFTER CHRISTMAS! SEE YE BACK ABOARD WHEN I RETURN. AND HAVE YERSELF A MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

GOD BLESS.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Chappy Debbie's Week-In-Review





Ship's Log

November 28th thru December 4th



                    Ahoy Mateys! Welcome aboard, find yerself a nice spot on the deck and enjoy.


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BOOKS

CHOOSING REAL
by Bekah Jane Pogue



I had the privilege of reading/reviewing this book for Barbour Publishing. It's a very inspirational tool for those times when things just refuse to go as planned. 



(From Amazon)

Are you ready to release your control of needing to be everything for everyone? . . . The invitation is yours. In Choosing REAL, author Bekah Pogue walks with you into life’s unplanned circumstances--specifically frantic schedules, pain and transition, feelings of unworthiness, loneliness, and tension. . .  And she'll remind you that it is in these very moments that God invites you to notice, respond, and even celebrate how He shows up in every little detail.


(You can buy a copy HERE)

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An "everyday Jane," Bekah Jane Pogue is an author, speaker and heart-felt encourager.

Her debut book, Choosing Real: An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned, releases December 1, 2016. Bekah loves communicating, whether in small groups or large conferences, as if you were sitting on her couch and catching up as old friends. She loves coaching new writers in their journey. 

Bekah attended Azusa Pacific University, where she received a degree in Liberal Studies, with a Spanish emphasis.

You can find her at the beach, reading, baking, rearranging furniture or flea-marketing. She and her husband, Bryan, have been married a dozen years and have two energetic boys. They reside at the Pogue Cottage in Southern CA, where dance parties are a regular occurrence.

If you’re looking for vulnerability, down with talking about hard things and desiring real join Bekah at www.BekahPogue.com.





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MOVIES & TV




Since Chappy's Giveaway this week focuses on NARNIA The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, I figured I'd share about the movie again. It's a wonderful book and movie. I highly recommend the entire Narnia series and movies. Even though I've yet to read any Narnia books past this one, I'm sure the rest are just as adventurous. 

(About the movie)

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.


(Read more about the movie and cast HERE)


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NEWS WORTH SHARING

This week on Facebook there are some great parties happening, so I thought I would share them with you! 


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Join us as we celebrate the release of Terri Wangard's newest book Soar Like Eagles! Come chat with Terri, learn about her newest release and enter to win some great prizes.

The fun begins at 3pm PST/ 4pm CST/ 6pm EST. See you there! Here is the LINK.

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This is the party I am excited about....what a wonderful book! The whole series is great! Elaine Cooper is a fantastic author and such a sweet lady. 

Celebrating the release of the third and final book of the Deer Run Saga! Come join us on December 8th on Facebook. Drop in anytime from 8 am til 8 pm, Central Standard Time. I'll be posting photos and facts along the way and answering questions you may have. Plus—drum roll please—PRIZES for those who participate in the fun and share about the release on their social media! More details forthcoming. In the meantime, please invite your friends! The more the merrier!  Here is the LINK.


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Come join the authors of ACFW Virignia as they showcase what they've written, spend time with readers (that's you!), and give away prizes.

Schedule (all times are Eastern):
5:00-5:30pm Welcome! (Includes author giveaways. ;) )
5:30-6:00pm Megan Whitson Lee
6:00-6:30pm Elizabeth Maddrey, Author
6:30-7:00pm Novelist Carole Towriss
7:00-7:30pm Toni Shiloh, Author
7:30-8:00pm Sarah Hamaker
8:00-8:30pm Heather Gray
8:30-9:00pm Jan Elder
9:00-9:30pm Elizabeth Maddrey, Author
Here is the LINK.



(I HOPE YE CAN ATTEND AT LEAST ONE OF THESE SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK! IF YE GO TO ELAINE'S, MAKE SURE YE SAY HELLO TO CHAPPY!!!!)


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BLOGS TO SHARE


Wow, this lady really does Christmas BIG. I came across it while googling Christmas blogs. Head over and check it out.

Read about Debbie HERE.

And check out her DEBBIE-DABBLE CHRISTMAS BLOG HERE


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SHIP'S GALLEY

              NO BAKE COCONUT SNOWBALLS


Ingredients: 
  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbls maple syrup
  • 2 tbls unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • organic dark chocolate
Directions:
  1. Place 1 cup shredded coconut and 3 tsp coconut oil into the bowl of a food processor.  Process on high speed, scraping down the sides every once in a while, until it reaches a butter consistency.
  2. Add the maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and salt and process on high speed until all of the ingredients have combined.
  3. Add 3/4 cup of additional shredded coconut and process on high speed until all of the ingredients have combined and formed a batter.
  4. Shape the coconut mixture into 1” balls and coat with the additional shredded coconut. Refrigerate for at last an hour or up to a week.
  5. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Chocolate Snowballs
  1. If you’d like to make these extra special, omit the final coating of shredded coconut in step 4 above. Allow the the shaped coconut balls to firm up in the refrigerator, preferably overnight.
  2. Once the coconut balls have firmed up, melt the dark chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat. This should only take a minute or two.
  3. Once the chocolate is melted, dip the coconut balls into the melted chocolate and sprinkle them with the shredded coconut. Allow the chocolate to harden by placing the coconut balls back into the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
THESE SOUND YUMMY!

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GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

THIS WEEK CHAPPY WILL BE GIVIN' AWAY A SPECIAL NARNIA EXPLODIN' PICTURE BOX AND A PAPERBACK COPY OF THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER TO ONE COMMENTER. SO WHAT YE NEED TO BE DOIN' IS TELLIN' CHAPPY IN THE COMMENTS THAT YE WISH TO WIN. PLEASE LEAVE YER EMAIL ADDRESS, SO THAT I CAN CONTACT YE IF YE WIN. (SORRY...US RESIDENTS ONLY) WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN ME NEXT BLOGPOST. 

HERE BE THE BOX AND BOOK:






I did the flaps differently this time....instead of placing pictures on the underside flaps, I put journaling tags. So, the winner can write special notes about the pictures that are placed in the box. 





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CONGRATULATIONS TO CARYL FER WINNIN' THE TWO BOOKS FROM ME LAST POST! I WILL BE CONTACTIN' YE SOON!




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THANKS FER COMIN' ABOARD! GOD BLESS.

















Monday, November 21, 2016

CHAPPY DEBBIE'S WEEK-IN-REVIEW




Ship's Log

November 14th thru November 20th



              Ahoy Mateys! Welcome aboard, find yerself a nice spot on the deck and enjoy.


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BOOKS



A few weeks ago, Chappy went through all of her books, sorting them into categories: Read, TBR and Giveaway.

Here are two books that I am going to be giving away this week. They are beautiful books with some great advice for parents and grandmothers. 



(From Amazon):

A Grandmother's Prayers

It’s not uncommon to hear someone say, “If it weren’t for my grandmother’s prayers, I wouldn’t be walking with God.” Offering inspiring stories, Scripture-based prayer topics, and practical ideas for fostering loving relationships, A Grandmother’s Prayers leads you on a sixty-day journey of prayer for your grandchildren. Throughout the pages of this devotional prayer guide, you’ll find insightful and uplifting daily readings, sample prayers, activities and conversation starters, and questions for reflection and application. Author Kay Swatkowski encourages you to talk to God about your grandchildren, talk to them about God, and pass on a strong spiritual legacy from one generation to another.

(You can buy a copy HERE)

Prayers for Your Children

Many parents have witnessed the power of faithful prayer over their child’s life, praying for health and healing from heartbreaks and for spiritual awakening and future direction. Inside Prayers for Your Children, pastor and author James Banks offers ninety accessible, Scripture-packed prayers you can pray for your kids during every season of their lives. Filled with heartfelt wisdom and truth, these ready-to-use prayers cover specific needs, including knowing Christ as Savior, loving the Lord and others, experiencing God’s protection, and walking in purity. Witness the power of prayer as you glean through the pages of this book and talk with God on behalf of your child.

(You can buy a copy HERE)


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A Grandmother's Prayers author Kay Swatkowski:


Kay Swatkowski is a Christian Counselor working at North Point Church in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois. As a former women's ministry director and children's ministry director, she realizes how important it is for parents and grandparents to provide a spiritually encouraging environment for children. As a mother of four married children and grandmother of six, she has come to believe the greatest gift she can give to her children and grandchildren is the gift of prayer. Kay has been married to Ray for forty-one years. Together they have been church planters in St. Louis and in Menton, France. Kay and Ray are nature lovers and avid readers, both passions which they hope to pass on to their grandchildren. Their grandchildren range in age from eighteen years to five months. Their last grandchild is joining their family through adoption.


(Learn more about Kay's books HERE)


Prayers for Your Children author Dr. James Banks:

Dr. James Banks' bestselling writing on prayer has encouraged well over a million people in many countries around the world. His books have been translated into several languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese and Dutch. James is a writer for Our Daily Bread, has been a pastor and church planter for over 25 years, and is a popular speaker at churches, conferences and retreats. He and wife Cari have been married 31 years and have two adult children. For more information visit JamesBanks.org, PrayersForProdigals.org and James' Facebook Author Page.


(Learn more about Dr. Banks' books HERE)


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(MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE GIVEAWAY SECTION BELOW FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN PAPERBACK COPIES OF BOTH OF THESE BOOKS)

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MOVIES & TV



The Butler and I watched Star Trek Beyond this past week and I was a bit skeptical at first. I had a few qualms coming into this new movie, but I figured I'd give it a chance. HUGE STAR TREK FAN HERE. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. We both enjoyed the movie....not as much as the first two movies, but it was entertaining. 
One of my concerns about this movie was the fact that the actor who played Chekov, Anton Yelchin, had died in real life recently. I will miss him in future movies, he was an adorable and lovable young man. 
Another concern I had was the franchise wanting to please the LGBT community....making the character Sulu gay. It is just a minuscule scene and nothing bad....I still do not approve, but as long as they do not ever expand on it, I will continue to watch future movies.

I still crack up when I think of these characters. Bones and Mr. Spock are hilarious!

(Read more about this movie, the plot and the actors HERE) 


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NEWS WORTH SHARING

Any Narnia fans out there? Chappy is thinking about having a special December giveaway featuring a Narnia Exploding Picture box and a paperback copy of the book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Does that sound like something you would be interested in winning? Let me know what you think in the comment section below. (This is the question you need to answer in order to be entered to win the two books above.)


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BLOGS TO SHARE




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SHIP'S GALLEY

Another easy Thanksgiving idea. 



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GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Okay Mateys! If ye be wishin' to win paperback copies of A Grandmother's Prayers and Prayers for Your Children, then ye need to scroll back up to the NEWS WORTH SHARING section and find the question I posed. Answer that question in the comments below to be entered. Even if ye don't wish to win the books (which would make great Christmas gifts) ye can still give Chappy yer input on the question. The giveaway be fer US residents only...sorry. Please be leavin' yer email address, so I can contact ye if ye be the winner. 


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Congratulations again to Betti for winnin' me special Christmas Explodin' Picture Box on the Stitches Thru Time blog!!!! And congratulations again to Winter Rose fer winnin' the digital copy of The Falcon and The Sparrow by MaryLu Tyndall!!!!


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Thanks fer comin' aboard, Mateys!