August 27, 2014

Our Trip to Branson

Last week our family went on a mini-vacation to Branson, thanks to our daughter and son-in-law who belong to a vacation time-share program and invited us to join them! The last time we were there was for our tenth anniversary. Things had changed a bunch since then! 

Our granddaughter (now 17 months old) had such fun catching bubbles on the patio. 

We also swam, watched movies, played foosball, ping-pong, and a game of miniature golf at the Pirates Cove.  

We ended our time together by eating at Lambert's Cafe, where we caught a few rolls and celebrated our youngest daughter's 18th birthday! 
What about you? Did you go anywhere fun this summer? 
Share with us in the comments below.

August 25, 2014

Book Preview ~ In The Field of Grace

In the Field of Grace, by Tessa Afshar

Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi's, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation. But
God has other plans for her life.

While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor. Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi's chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from harm, but his heart knows better.

Based on the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that
ultimately changes the course of Israel's destiny and the future of the whole world. Purchase the book HERE.


TESSA AFSHAR was voted "New Author of the Year" by the Family Fiction sponsored
Reader's Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, lived there for the first fourteen years of her life, and attended an English boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last twelve years in full- and part-time Christian work. Learn more about Tessa and her writing HERE. 

August 22, 2014

This Week's Recipes

Here are this week's new additions at Country at Heart Recipes. This weekend our daughters, The Vogts Sisters will perform at Homer's Coffee House in Overland Park, KS. If you're in the area, we'd love for you to join us there! Enjoy your weekend! 




Featured Author Mary Hamilton shares her recipe for Incredible Whole Grain Waffles.

August 20, 2014

Flint Hills Road Trip

Here are some of my favorite pictures from Road Trips into the Flint Hills. Do you enjoy taking a day and just driving to see some country? If so, share with us in the comments below.  

 Cattle Guard Crossing

 Flint rock covers the ground

 A low water creek bed crossing 

 Low water crossing

 High Pole Gates

A roller coaster road?

Hoping to see some wild horses near Teter Rock.

Always remember--pack a spare tire, water, your camera, and a map.

August 18, 2014

Book Preview ~ Full Steam Ahead

FULL STEAM AHEAD, by Karen Witemeyer

Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston and finds her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, he's only ever focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.

Vowing to secure a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it's too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But when her father's rivals come after the dagger, she's forced to change her destination.

Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed since the fatal boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana that nearly took his life. He will do anything to stop such disasters. Even hire a female secretary. Sure he can ignore the distraction of her pretty face, he's not sure how to proceed when drawn to her clever mind.

Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grows between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to an unsuitable candidate? And worse, when her father's rivals discover her hiding place, she will have to choose between that love and her family's legacy. Purchase the book HERE.

Two-time RITA Award finalist and winner of the HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award,
bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to provide the world with more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher and shower singer, and she bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more at www.karenwitemeyer.com.

August 15, 2014

This Week's Recipes

Here are this week's new additions at Country at Heart Recipes. This weekend, our daughters, The Vogts Sisters will perform at Vintage Paris in Hollister, MO. If you're in the area, we'd love for you to join us there! 



Featured Author, Sara Thomas shares her recipe for Slow Cooked Beans and Cast Iron Cornbread

August 13, 2014

Spa Party

This next week, our youngest daughter will turn 18 years old. In celebration of this milestone, we hosted a Spa Party for her and her friends this past weekend. 

We planned for weeks, collecting items needed for facials, manicures, and pedicures. Then we recruited helpers (slaves for the day) --her oldest sister, grandma, and moi. 

The celebration began with a salad luncheon, complete with infused spa water (cherries, cucumbers, lemon, and mint with carbonated water). 

After that, we did the facials. We ordered these cool masks online that left our faces tingly fresh!

Next we treated the girls to the manicures and pedicures. Delightful + chocolate.

To finish the afternoon, we ate some more (cupcakes and this delicious sparkling cherry limeade juice we found at Dollar General). And then a Disney Movie - Tangled. 
What more could a girl want? 
Party = Success!!!  
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