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Eighth Anniversary and Two Books May 19, 2020

Hi friends!

Today, May 19, 2020, is the eighth anniversary of our blog, I cannot believe it!

I hope all of you are doing well. Living in lockdown is something that we will not soon forget; we have had to adapt, and I believe, that we are doing a great job, considering the circumstances we find ourselves in at this unforgettable time.

I do not have a recipe for you today, rather, I have a writing update. Later this year, I will be publishing two books!



The first book is a novel entitled: ‘Imprisoned Hearts’, it is the second book in ‘The Hidden Hearts Series’.

Keynote:

When two teenagers agree to start a relationship, their problems and secrets threaten to ruin the new love they have found, can their love survive with the struggles they find?



If you have not read my first book, check it out, it is entitled: ‘Fevered Hearts’, it is a clean romantic suspense novel.
https://www.amazon.com/Fevered-Hearts-Book-Hidden-ebook/dp/B07JP94346



The second book is for children, it is entitled: ‘Nigel and The Festival of Flames’.

Keynote:

Nigel is competing in The Festival of Flames, but he is smaller than the other dragons and does not think he can throw his flames in the sky; will Nigel be victorious and win The Festival of Flames?



I cannot wait for you to read these books! I will post the links as soon as they are published.

I know Times are tough, but we can do this!

Stay safe! God bless!
 

Activities For Kids! March 23, 2020

Friends,

If you have children, I am sure you are going crazy during lockdown from the
Corona Virus, COVID-19.

Right now, you are super parents: working from home, trying to get your kids
to do their school work, and keeping your home running. When you are tired
of the video games and screen time, you probably think: “What am I going to
do to keep them entertained?”

Here are some fun activities that I have compiled, special thanks must go to
my friends who have shared their recipes with me or on social media. Due to
COVID-19 making shopping more challenging, I hope you are able to find, or
have the ingredients to make the following recipes.



*Kari’s Edible Play Dough

1 cup plain yogurt

1 cup ish of cornstarch

Food coloring

Mix the yogurt and food coloring together, then mix in the corn starch until
the play dough is as thick as you want. Play and eat to your hearts content.
Store in the refrigerator.

I followed a Facebook post where Kari asked for ideas to keep her kids
entertained, here are some great ideas someone posted in the comments:

1. Put shaving cream on your table and let them draw in it.

2. Dump baking soda on a baking sheet, get eye droppers to put colored
vinegar on it, and watch it bubble.

3. Put acrylic paint in a baggie, seal it, tape it down to your table, and
let them draw on it.

4. Get a big bowl and put water and dish soap in it and let them make
bubbles.

5. Color light Karo syrup with food coloring and then paint with it, it
looks like stained glass.



*Elizabeth’s Sidewalk Paint

Equal parts corn starch and water.

Then add food coloring.

Use paintbrushes and your imagination!



*Eileen’s Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough Recipe

2 cups plain flour (all purpose)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)

1/2 cup salt.

2 tablespoons cream of tartar.

1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)

gel food colouring (optional)

A few drops glycerin (my secret ingredient for stretch and shine!)

Mix everything together and play!



*Madelyn is a Special Education Teacher and she teaches visually impaired
and blind children, here are her ideas:

They could make edible necklaces, slime or kids love mini pizza.

Kids could also make cupcakes and take food coloring and decorate their own
couple of cupcakes stirring with a toothpick.

They can die Easter eggs using a bag:

Pour dry rice and put some food coloring in the bag. Then, roll the egg
around. They can make the eggs tactile using stickers as well.



*Faheem shared the following website which has wonderful activities for scout groups. https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/ *My ideas:

If you have pudding, eat and finger paint with it.

For chocolate pudding, try making cups of dirt (Quantities of each item are
up to you)

1. Fill your coffee mug/paper cup with chocolate pudding. Make chocolate pie
filling from the following link:
https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/easy-chocolate-pie/ (Or use
the premade chocolate pudding cups for easier preparation).

2. Mix a few chunks of cookie in the pudding, optional.

3. Sprinkle cookie crumbs on top of the chocolate pudding so it is
completely covered.

4. Garnish with gummy worms. (watch out if you eat Gluten-Free)

5. Serve immediately or cover cups of dirt with Saran wrap and store in the
refrigerator until ready to eat. (You may want to hold off on adding the
cookie crumbs and gummy worms if the pudding is going to sit for a long time
or overnight).



Search for Wikki Stix (string covered in wax that you can mold) on Amazon;
kids can outline and color or paint around the Wikki Stix.

Play board games.

Draw on the sidewalk with ice cubes or sidewalk chalk.

Have dance parties and sing songs, play musical instruments.

Take a walk or hike. Jump rope, play hopscotch, or ride bicycles.

Cook and bake (There are plenty of recipes on the blog).

Build forts out of blankets or sheets.

Let the kids play in and color on boxes, as well as, make little towns for
their dolls, stuffed animals, or cars and other toys using boxes.

String beads onto pipe cleaners.

Write and perform plays. Write poetry. Read books. Write and illustrate stories. Aquariums and zoos are sharing videos each day to let us see their animals since they are closed to the public; a lot of museums are doing virtual tours as well.



Most of all, enjoy yourselves and stay safe!
 

Easy Way To Rehydrate Brown Sugar March 19, 2020

Hi everyone!
All I have to say about 2020 is, wow! None of us could have predicted the outbreak of COVID-19 (The Corona Virus). Wherever you are, we send you our love, and we pray that you are staying safe during this lockdown, which is so difficult, but necessary to stop the virus from spreading. Remember to wash your hands and check in with friends, family, and neighbors using technology.
Yesterday, our family endured three earthquakes; where we live, that is very unusual, luckily, there were no injuries. It took a two-hour workout, and baking banana muffins for me to relax. Here is the link to the muffin recipe.
https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/2018/09/05/banana-muffins/
When I had all of the ingredients ready to make the muffins, I discovered that my brown sugar was hard as a rock. Due to the already stressful situation, I was very irritated, and looked for a way to rehydrate the brown sugar quickly, which is what I want to share with you below.
1. Place your brown sugar in a microwave safe bowl.
2. Cover the bowl with a damp paper towel.
3. Microwave the brown sugar for 30 second intervals, until it is soft enough to break apart with a fork. be careful because the brown sugar will be hot; don’t heat the brown sugar too much, because it will melt.
4. When the brown sugar is soft, it is ready to be mixed into your batter!
I hope you are doing well!
God bless, stay safe!
 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies October 21, 2019

Filed under: Angie's Cookbook,Cookies,Dessert,Gluten Free,Pumpkin — lewissisters @ 9:38 pm
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Hi guys!

I hope you are having a wonderful fall!

Lately, life has been crazy because I have been writing and editing more books for your reading pleasure. 😊

This is the first dessert I have made this fall, so, it had to contain pumpkin.  I wanted a simple recipe and I found it in our cousin Angie’s Cookbook.  This easy and delicious recipe is from our Aunt Jane; thanks for the recipe Aunt Jane and Angie!

To make this recipe gluten-free, use a gluten-free cake mix.

 

Give it a try, you will love it!

 

Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

1 package spice cake mix (Regular or gluten-free, we used a gluten-free pumpkin cake mix.)

1 15-ounce can solid pack pumpkin

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

1 can ready-to-spread cream cheese frosting (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the cake mix and pumpkin until well blended. 

2. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts. 

3. Drop by rounded spoonful’s onto well-greased baking sheets.

4. Bake at 375° for 11 to 13 minutes.  Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for about 5 minutes.

5. Frost with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with a hint of nutmeg.  Yield: two dozen cookies.

Enjoy!

 

 

‘Fevered Hearts’ is Available! October 30, 2018

Hey guys!
I don’t have a recipe for you, rather, I am thrilled to let you know that my debut novel ‘Fevered Hearts’ is live!
I can’t thank you enough for the support! You guys are incredible!
To brighten your day, pick up a copy of my clean, romantic, suspense novel and start reading!
I hope you enjoy!
Amazon link:

Archway Publishing Link:
https://www.archwaypublishing.com/Bookstore/BookSearchResults.aspx?Search=fevered%20hearts
Barnes and Noble Link:
https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/fevered-hearts-macy-lewis/1129777819?ean=9781480868441

 

Pumpkin Muffins October 1, 2017

Filed under: Breakfast,Dessert,Gluten Free,Pumpkin,Snacks — lewissisters @ 2:13 am

Hello everyone!
Life has gotten crazy, but we’re back with a fantastic fall recipe!

The recipe is perfect for this time of year; it’s going to bring the smell of fall and holiday baking into your homes. Personally, I think that baking in the fall is a must!

I used gluten free flour for this recipe and it worked like a charm. I also used my mixer with the paddle attachment to combine the ingredients which was great!

This recipe comes from a sweet lady that I met when I was serving my mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to see what that was all about, click the following link.

https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/reflections/

I hope you try these delicious muffins; they are the perfect fall treat!

Pumpkin Muffins

 

Wisk together:

3 cups flour (gluten free)

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ginger

1 and 1/2 tsps cinnamon

½ tsp cloves.

Add and stir well with a spoon.

2 cups pumpkin

4 eggs

2 tsps vanilla

1 and ¼ cups oil (applesauce)

Pour in lined muffin tins, bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Makes 2 dozen muffins.

 

Enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Bread December 26, 2016

Filed under: Breakfast,Gluten Free,Pumpkin,Quick Breads — lewissisters @ 5:21 am

Hi guys!
Here is a recipe we have been making for as long as I can remember at Christmas time. We have passed it out as neighbor and family gifts because it is so delicious!

This recipe says “Christmas!” to my family. We always have this bread for breakfast on Christmas morning, along with, Relief Society Potatoes https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/?s=funeral+potatoes ham and fruit. We love to top our bread with butter; this bread is wonderful gluten free or regular.

This recipe comes from the Betty Crocker Cookbook; I have no idea how many editions of that book exist, but when I searched online for the recipe a different one came up. So my guess is the recipe is only found in hard copy if you have the book; that is until now!

A word about the bread, if you make a double batch, it will take a very large bowl and if you have a smaller stand mixer, the batter won’t fit; however, a single batch of bread will fit just fine in your stand mixer. One more thing, if you use the disposable bread pans, you will get a lot of bread for your money, we use a combination of regular sized disposable bread pans and Minnie disposable bread pans when we make our bread.

I hope you try this recipe next fall, or Christmas, or make it right now before you make your New Year’s Resolutions. 🙂

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

 

Pumpkin Bread

 

From the Betty Crocker COOKBOOK

 

2/3 cup shortening

2 and 2/3 cups sugar

1 (15 oz) small can pumpkin

2/3 cup water

4 eggs

3 and 1/3 cups flour (gluten free)

2 tsps baking soda

1 and 1 half tsps salt

1 half tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

 

Directions:

 

1. Mix shortening and sugar in a large bowl. Add eggs, pumpkin, and water and mix until blended. If you use a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment.

2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and spices together. Then, add dry mixture to the pumpkin mixture and mix together until mixture is blended. If you want, you can just add the dry ingredients on top of the wet and mix it in; it is much easier and saves a bowl from being washed.

3. Pour into greased disposable loaf pans big and small. Fill pans ½ or 2/3 full.

4. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

5. Cool on cooling racks and store wrapped in saran wrap in the refrigerator. We love to top our bread with butter.

 

Enjoy!

 
 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17, 2016

Top of the morning to ya!
We would like to wish all of you a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”
I have never been to Ireland, so the following is a short list of things I love about the Emerald Isle: the landscape is so green and beautiful, shamrocks and castles, the accents are amazing, and traditional Irish music is fantastic. Being a drummer and lover of classic rock I cannot forget the bands U2, Thin Lizzie and Van Morrison; some great music right there!
On a side note, I am friends with one of Ireland’s Paralympian sprinters; fastest Paralympian in the world, Jason Smyth. He is the nicest guy.
If you would like to learn more about him, visit his website: http://www.jasonsmyth.ie lets help him get to Rio 2016. Jason won gold in Rio 2016, and continues to have great success at other events!

I hope you have a wonderful day!
The Lewissisters

 

The Five Like Challenge February 12, 2016

Normally, I do not write posts like this; however, I feel like this could be a recipe for your happiness.
Yesterday when my dad and I were driving home, we heard John Legend’s “All of me” which made my dad say: “That’s a great song.” I agreed and added Colbie Caillat’s empowering song “Try”. Both songs have wonderful messages.
As the day continued I began to think about the times I compare myself to others and how it makes me feel, disappointed and the list goes on.
I was still pondering this subject as I went to bed, when an inspired thought came to me. I thought: “When you start comparing yourself to others, you need to stop. Starting tomorrow every morning you should get up and say five things you like about yourself.” I do not know why such a simple concept has never crossed my mind until now. I suppose it is because I have never thought about it for an extended period of time.
This morning, I took The Five like Challenge  and it made me feel happier. I hope everyone who reads our blog will take this challenge and start reminding yourself how wonderful you are and the amazing things you can do.
I hope The Five like Challenge becomes a routine that we fit into our day. I also hope that it brings us more self-confidence and joy.

Good luck! Remember, you are amazing!
The Lewissisters

 

BBQ Roasted Pumpkin Seeds October 26, 2015

Filed under: Gluten Free,Pumpkin,Snacks — lewissisters @ 11:34 pm

It’s McCall! My niece posted a video of different flavored Roasted Pumpkin Seeds of course the video didn’t come with measures so I had to guess. Turns out the BBQ was perfect guessing!
  
BBQ Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

1 1/2 Cups Pumpkin Seeds

2 Tbs Brown Sugar

2 tsp Salt

1 Tbs Chili Powder

1 1/2 tsp Paprika 

Dash cayenne (optional)

1 Tbs Garlic Powder 

1 Tbs Onion Powder

Cap full of Canola Oil or Vegetable Oil
Rinse seeds in a bowl of water. Pat dry seeds and stick in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 – 30 min, or until dry.

Mix together BBQ seasoning ingredients. In a separate bowl put the pumpkin seeds in and pour the oil over. Then add the seasoning and mix with your hands.

Pour seed mixture back onto your baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Enjoy!!