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Captains Bride (Northern Lights #1) Book Review

Title: Captain’s Bride (Northern Lights #1)

Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren

Pages: 400

I must begin this review by saying I LOVE the ocean and anything to do with its beauty and grandeur. With that said I absolutely loved this book. I enjoyed the ties each character shared yet the individual life events the tore them apart. These life events were so relevant I found myself reflecting on how I would handle similar situations.
Plot: There are several stories happening within the central overall story line. There is just enough shifting between stories to keep your attention, but not so much as to get you lost and confused.  

The story begins in Norway with a group preparing to embark on a journey to America. All planning to begin a new life in a land of promise. Once the immigrants arrive in America, their stories break off to follow the happenings in the lives of these new Americans.
Characters:  I really enjoyed each of the “main” characters in this book. They were so real and believable I found myself calling for vengeance, smiling, laughing or agonizing over certain events in the book. Elsa and Peder take center stage as they are the captain and bride.  Karl is Peter’s best friend and First Mate. Kaatje is Elsa’s best friend who comes to America looking for a new start with her husband. Torah is Elsa’s little sister,  who is willing to stop at nothing to reach her personal dreams.
Themes:  The main topic of this book I would say is beginning anew. Leaving home for a new land, everyone is focused on what future America has for them.
Emotion: This book drew emotion from me immediately. The steady pace kept me caught up in this story of hope and disappointment, joy and pain.
Overall: This was an excellent book. I truly enjoyed it and planned on immediately grabbing the next book in the series to see what happens to my new friends. The story is one that continues to grow. Each of the characters holds their individual lives, yet they intermingle with their native countrymen. I found myself falling in love with some of the stories and honestly disliking others. This made the story that much more enjoyable.

No-Bake White Chocolate Chip Protein Energy Poppers

blogger-image--333294641Everything I make is typically “Big Batch”. Partly because of the size of my family and partly because I figure if I’m in the kitchen I might as well get a bang for my buck. So the majority of the recipes I post will give you enough to enjoy immediately and some to freeze for later.

No-Bake White Chocolate Chip Protein Energy Poppers

Ingredients:

3 cups (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
1 cup crushed Frosted Mini-Wheats
1 cup crushed Kashi Go Lean cereal
1 cup almond butter
1/4 c Nutella
5 heaping Tbsp natural cocoa
1 heaping scoop vanilla protein powder
1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
1 Tbs. vanilla

Method:

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Use a small to medium cookie scoop and scoop mixture onto freezer friendly plate. Freeze poppers for 30 minutes to and hour and then transfer to freezer bags. The ones you want to eat immediately you can store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Makes about 3 dozen poppers

 

No-Bake White Chocolate Chip Protein Energy Poppers
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Recipe type: Sweet Treat
 
No-Bake White Chocolate Chip Protein Energy Poppers
Ingredients
  • 3 cups (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 1 cup crushed Frosted Mini-Wheats
  • 1 cup crushed Kashi Go Lean cereal
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • ¼ c Nutella
  • 5 heaping Tbsp natural cocoa
  • 1 heaping scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1½ cup white chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Use a small to medium cookie scoop and scoop mixture onto freezer friendly plate. Freeze poppers for 30 minutes to and hour and then transfer to freezer bags. The ones you want to eat immediately you can store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  2. Makes about 3 dozen poppers

Natural Cleaner for Around the Home

Vinegar is an excellent all-purpose natural cleaner. I use this for everything from mopping my floors to cleaning produce.

I get the big container of vinegar from Costco. I typically start out with a bottle 3/4 full. I also get my lemons from Costco. I drink a warm mug of lemon water every morning. Instead of tossing the rind into the trash I cut off the skin and plop it into my vinegar bottle.
The lemon marinating in the vinegar gives the vinegar a more refreshing scent. I even use this when my kids have been out playing in the grass and are super itchy. I pour 1-2 cups of the lemon vinegar into their bath water, and it works wonders.

Items Needed:

Container to hold vinegar and lemons

2:1 ratio of vinegar and lemons.

For every 2 cups of vinegar use the rind of 1 lemon.

Let mixture sit for 2-3 days and then use a filter to separate the vinegar and lemons.  Store vinegar in an airtight container.  Lemons can be reused 2-3 times.

A few ways I use the lemony vinegar around the house.

Fabric softener for towels

  • Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Regular fabric softener can make towels less absorbent,  vinegar deodorizes and softens them.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • Measure 2 cups of vinegar into the bowl at night (It is so frustrating to put it in during the day, and one of the kids immediately needs to go potty); in the morning use a toilet scrubber to scrub away the yuck.

Windows, Mirrors, and Glass

I use a 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar for an inexpensive yet powerful glass cleaner.

Laundry Bleach

I use 1 cup of white vinegar in my dark clothes to keep them from losing their color.

 

 

Prayer…my weapon of choice!!!

 


These are three of my most favorite books of all time!!! Why, you ask????
These three books have been with me over the past 10 years and have assisted me in covering and protecting the people I hold most dear.

If you haven’t read any of Stormie’s books, they are a must for wives, mothers and women!!!!
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