Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Literary Heroine Blog Party

Here is a link to the literary heroine blog party hosted by Kellie at Accordion to Kellie: http://kelliefalconer.blogspot.com/ . Be sure to enter the give away too!

 I love to read, and talk about books so I could not pass up this opportunity. : )
1.     Introduce yourself! Divulge your life's vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random! My name is Sarah and I am a Christian, a seamstress, a country girl and, a collector of vintage books. This past weekend I filled up 3 large boxes  with some of my vintage books. It was at this point I realized I have a lot of books. : )2.     What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine? A true heroine is a woman of strength and purity. She is unwavering in her stand for what is right.

3.     Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. Edna Earl from “St.Elmo”, Valancy from “The Blue Castle” and Polly Milton from “An Old-Fashioned Girl”.

4 .   Five of your favorite historical novels? “To Have and To Hold” by Mary Johnston (a story of the Jamestown settlement), “Inez” by Augusta Evans Wilson (a story of the Alamo), “Doctor Hathern’s Daughters” by Mary J. Holmes (the civil war), “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott (the civil war) and “St. Elmo” by Augusta Evans Wilson (I think it is meant to be pre-civil war)

5.     Out of those five books who is your favorite main character and why? Out of the five books my favorite main character would have to be Edna Earl of “St. Elmo”. At the time “St. Elmo” was written many schools, buildings, boats, girls etc. were named Edna Earl after her character simply because she was symbolic of godly womanhood. Edna would do what was right no matter how difficult it was and she loved those around her unconditionally.

6.     Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why? Mrs. March from “Little Women” is my favorite secondary character. She too is a wonderful example of a godly woman.
7.     If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there? Admittedly I am not much of a traveler, but I do think it would be fun to visit the southern states someday.
8.     What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? I love to read books that take place in the south during the Civil War
9.     You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation - what is your act comprised of? Well, the audience would be in for an unpleasant surprise. I really have no talent for performing. I might try to play the piano, but I am quite out of practice!
10.     If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? That is a tough choice to make! I think a character from “Anne of Green Gables” might be fun or “Little Women”. Maybe Meg, I have always related to Meg being an oldest daughter too.
11.     What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate? Personally I am a big fan of chocolate, especially when paired with peanut butter. There is seldom a week that passes when I haven’t had some chocolate.
12.     Favorite author(s)? I have many favorite authors. A few favorites are Augusta Evans Wilson, L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, E.D.E.N. Southworth, Lawana Blackwell and Grace Livingston Hill.
13.     Besides essentials, what would you take on a visiting voyage to a foreign land? I guess a camera, so I could capture all of the beautiful new places for my family to see.
14.     In which century were most of the books you read written? The 19th Century, I absolutely love reading the “domestic’ novels of that century.
15.     In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is… Barney Snaith from” The Blue Castle”.
16.     Describe your ideal dwelling place. A quaint country farm house with a bright cheery kitchen.
 17.     Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence. I would like to think my style was 1940’s-1950’s country.
18.     Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name? No, I can’t think of any.
19.     In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is... The White Witch from Narnia.
20.     Three favorite Non-fiction books? “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp, “Then Sings My Soul” by Robert J. Morgan and “Invincible Louisa” the biography of Louisa May Alcott.
21.     Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon? First I would probably make myself a nice cup of tea, and then I might read or work on my current needlework project.
22.     Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character. I don’t look good in hats, so I can’t say that I have a dream hat. : )
23.     Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year. The most exciting events have been planning my wedding, and planning paint, curtains etc. for my future home- which is a quaint farmhouse in the country.
24.     Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently. This past week have been enjoying the book of Nehemiah in my quiet time. “For the joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10b.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day

I am always looking for tasty recipes for snacks that do not include a lot of sugar or other unhealthy ingredients. Recently I found a couple delightful recipes on Pintrest that are not only healthy but delicious! Today I made up a double batch of Crispy Chocolate Almond Butter Bites. I altered the recipe a bit by changing out the almond butter for peanut butter. This recipe is definitely one I will be making again. : )

Crispy Chocolate Almond Butter Bites

♦ 1/4 cup coconut oil

♦ 1/2 cup cocoa powder

♦ 1/2 cup smooth almond butter or peanut butter

♦ 1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup

♦ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

♦ 1 cup crispy rice


Melt the coconut oil in a microwave or stovetop. Add all the ingredients (EXCEPT THE CRISPY RICE) in a blender or food processor. (I prefer my food processor) Blend. Dump in the crispy rice and stir

Place the mixture in silicone trays or mini muffin tins with muffin tin wrappers. Put in the refrigerator or freezer to set. (Minimum 10 minutes.) If using a silicone tray and you want a smoother finish, really press them firmly into the tray. You may have to play around with a few!

Happy Valentine's Day!