Chewy Brownie Bites filled with Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups {Recipe}

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I had an epiphany the other day.

If you can stuff a cookie, surely you can stuff a brownie…stuffed brownies…Right?! Absolutely!

So, in my favorite apron, I decided to find the best chewy brownie recipe I could find and stuff it with one of my absolute favorite things…mini Reese’s peanut butter cups!

Well, my hubby isn’t usually a huge fan of peanut butter but he deemed these scrumptious brownie bites “to die for” good. So, I guess that means I get to make them again, LOL

Because I seriously thought these were going to fabulous (which they totally are!) I made a double bath for a total of 24 brownie bites. I used my regular sized muffin (cupcake) pans to to get the desired effect.

Here y’all go, I hope you make them and enjoy them as much as we did!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) softened to room temperature
  • 2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 24 mini Reese’s peanut butter cups

Directions: 

Preheat your oven to 350º F and grease your muffin pans with shortening. Set aside.

In a large bowl,combine your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.

In another large bowl or stand mixer, add your butter and sugar. Cream until fluffy. Add in your vanilla extract and eggs. Mix until completely combined.

Slowly add in your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and using a wooden spoon (this helps make chewy brownies), mix completely.

Take your pans and a kitchen spoon (small cereal spoon) and scoop a heaping amount of batter into your muffin cups. Make sure to cover the entire bottom of the cup with batter. Fill all of the cups this way.

* Now add your unwrapped mini Reese’s peanut butter cups to the middle of each muffin cup. Going back over your muffin cups with a large dollop of brownie batter to cover the peanut butter cup.

If measured correctly, you will have enough batter to fill and cover for 24 brownie bites.

Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the side of the brownie comes out clean. If you test the brownies, make sure to stay away from the middle where the peanut butter cup is.

Let cool for 10-15 minutes before removing from pan. Enjoy!

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* Do not push the peanut butter cup too far down, it will then stick to the pan and the brownie will tear and fall apart. Don’t ask me how I know this, lol

In His Grace.

Callie

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Fragrance Friday {Scentsy Pick of the Week} – Sno-leil

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For a few years now I have been selling Scentsy smelly stuff and pretty household decorations to those around me. I LOVE the scented wax and all of the pretties that go along with them!

  • Warmers
  • Scented Wax
  • Room Sprays
  • Scent Paks
  • Buddies
  • Laundry Products
  • Bath Products

So, today, I am going to share my pick of the week from the current Scentsy catalog, along with the product link on my direct selling site.

- This week I have picked – Sno-Leil as my Scentsy Scent of the Week -

I hope you find something you LOVE and please feel free to message me with any questions about the Scentsy products or the company itself, I would be happy to help!

You can visit my Scentsy site, Mama Loves Smelly Stuff, any time to check out the current specials, place an order, set up a party and so much more!

In His Grace.

Callie

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Oversized Strawberry Muffins {Recipe}

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There comes a time when an average sized anything just won’t cut it around here.

I have a growing boy, man-boy actually, that can eat as much as a small island of natives. He is 13 1/2 years old and I do believe that the child has a hollow leg.

Therefore I cannot simply make a batch of 12 muffins, I must improvise, double the recipe, and make oversized muffins. You know the kind, right? The ones that the grocery stores sell. The giant ones that after one, a normal person is full? Yeah…those muffins.

Thank goodness for my Wilton 6-Cup Jumbo Muffin Pan or this man-boy would be Out. Of. Luck. You will also need to grab some Giant Muffin Cups to fill up with yumminess!

With a lot on my plate (sometimes literally! lol) I need a recipe that is fairly simple. If you visit often you know that I tend to prefer recipes that are simple, Raspberry Chocolate Chip Crumb Bars and Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites are some of my favorite easy peasy ones.

So, make sure you have ink in your printer and plan on making this for breakfast tomorrow!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk *
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and diced

Directions

Preheat your oven to 400º F and prepare your muffin pan(s).

In a large bowl combine your flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk together the dry ingredients.

In a medium bowl whisk together your buttermilk, egg, applesauce, and vanilla.

Make a well in your dry ingredients and gently pour in your wet ingredients. Mix batter until all ingredients are combined. Do Not Overmix – batter will be thick.

Gently fold in your strawberries.

Add your batter to your muffin pan, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes until edges are lightly browned or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

* To make buttermilk, put your allotted milk amount into a bowl and add a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. This will create the consistency you need. It will thicken and be lumpy, but it is divine stuff!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and as always, let me know if you change it at all!

In His Grace.

Callie

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{Book Review} Parenting Unchained by Dr. James D. Dempsey

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I post a lot about the books I read because I want to share some of the knowledge that I pick up along the way. Well, I recently finished reading Parenting Unchained: Overcoming the Ten Deceptions That Shackle Christian Parents from Dr. James D. Dempsey and I wanted to share some valuable lessons I learned as I read.

My first lesson is that this book will totally change how you parent. If you are anything like me, you may often wonder if you are really messing up this parenting thing!

Let me offer you some hope…if you worry, then you just might be on the right track. Another truth lesson, the only way to parent better is to lean way deep into the arms of God. The Ultimate Father.

As I began reading the book, I felt like my life preserver was finally within reach. I felt that this man, Dr. Dempsey, seriously knows what he is talking about.

The lies that I have been told about parenting…well, they sort of blew me away when I read this book. How could I have been so blind?! This was a question I asked myself numerous times during my reading.

The devil is a sly old fox for sure. I fell hook, line, and sinker for some of the lies. There are two in this book that hit me especially hard in my heart:

  • You’re Capable; You Can Do This

I so Can Not do this! This parenting gig is hard and I am now, with eyes wide open, finally seeing this and leaning on God way, Way, WAY more.

Oftentimes I am overwhelmed and think, I am not cut out for this parenting thing. Then I remember parts of what I have read and the truth is this, God gave these children to me, not someone else, therefore He must think I can do this…call on Him more, rely on Him more, pray more, talk more…More HIM and way, way less of me.

  • Why and How You Discipline Don’t Matter – Just Make Them Obey

I remember saying a long time ago, “As long as they are polite and respectful, that’s all I am concerned about”. Let me tell you how well that worked out…{crickets}

I have heard the phrase “heart parenting” but I seriously didn’t really get it until I finished reading the chapter about discipline. I was immediately convicted about my lack of heart parenting and how many times I have disciplined a child for an action instead of seeking out the truth and heart of the matter.

I learned that obedience comes from the heart, the willing heart that wants to please and obey. {Putting myself in my kids shoes…the willing heart that wants to please God} This is what I haven’t been doing for years. I have since been able to readjust my view of issues and try to find out the “heart” issue instead of reacting to the discrepancy issue.

Why this Book Matters

The book is not just a sharing of the Ten Deceptions that Christian (truly all) parents face, it goes much deeper than that.

Parenting Unchained is about showing you the deceptions but also showing you the truth from God’s word proving that the deceptions are just that…deceptions.

With each Deception Dr. Dempsey points you straight back to the Bible and shows you just how incredibly loving, just, and grace giving our God truly is. That these lies do not define you as a parent, that the devil simply has created a sticky complex web of lies that ensnare us as parents and try to convince us that they are truths.

I am beyond blessed that I was able to read this book and be able to share it with you. Because now, I feel empowered. I feel stronger. I have Bible verses now that I didn’t have before that show me that the Ultimate Parent, Our Father God has laid out my parenting plan. A well laid out plan, one that is full of blessings and gifts, if I do my utmost to follow it according to His way.

This amazing book is worth it’s weight in gold to me. I feel richer now that I can see how much I have been deceived. I am gladly adding this to my parenting book collection as of right now. As I know that when the deception scales start to form again, I will need to reread and find my way back to the plan and the light.

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You can pick up the Kindle eBook for .99 a savings of 93% – But hurry, this offer is only good until the 14th.

The paperback is $12.38 and a wonderful tool to have on hand for highlighting and note taking.

I hope you enjoyed this review and please feel free to join us Tomorrow, December 11, at 9pm ET / 6pm PT for a Facebook Release Party.

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In His Grace.

Callie

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Memories and a Christmas Blessings for 2014

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A Christmas Memory

But first a little background.

I am the youngest of 5 children. I was a “surprise” (thankfully not to God) but because I was a “surprise” I am eight years younger than my closest sister Stephanie, my big brother Garry is 10 years older than me, my (younger) older sister Amy is twelve years older than me, and that makes my oldest sister Penny sixteen years older than me….so….

When I was thirteen I lived in Florida with my mom. I was the only kiddo left at home. Each Christmas there was always high hopes that each sibling of mine would be able to come home for Christmas. This Christmas I was especially prayerful because two of my sisters, Penny and Amy, had brand new babies. Both born within hours of each other, on separate days back at the beginning of November. So excited to see tiny sweet babies (along with my other family, of course).

After so much praying and hoping it was the day before Christmas Eve. The Day that Christmas happened at mom’s house. If Any family comes to visit, it is on Christmas Eve.

It was late, after dinner, so it was dark outside. There was a knock on the door. The porch light was not on, so there was no other way to check to se who it was unless you opened the door.

As I opened the door, I saw a baby snuggled in a car seat setting on the landing. I just knew that it was a sisters’ baby!

There only way to know for sure which it was to see close up. It was a baby boy! That meant it was my sister Penny’s son! YAY for New Nephews! The family was there from Georgia!

My mom and I took the baby into the house. It was a few minutes until my sister and the rest of her family pulled into the driveway. They had put the baby on the porch and driven to the corner where we could not see the van. Such a sweet surprise.

After the family had come into the house, there was much laughter and tears.

About 15-20 minutes later there was a man that was walking along the road. He was filthy and looked a little rough. He looked like he really needed a bath and a good meal. He also looked like he needed some Christian charity.

My mom saw him while helping my sister Penny unload her van. So this man walks up our driveway (remember it is dark outside) and asks if they had any money so he could get something to eat. My mom said no, but she could offer him something from the house. As he got closer to the house, it became obvious that this scruffy, dirty man was actually my oldest brother Garry!

Playing one more joke on my mom and me, he had surprised us also. He had made his way to Georgia from Ohio where he was in school, met up with my sister Penny, they planned this huge surprise for us.

After much joyous laughter we welcomed everyone in the house for a wonderful reunion.

The best part?!

The next day, Christmas Eve, my other sister Amy and her family made their way from Southern Florida to spend Christmas with us too! YAY!!

My other sister Stephanie lived in the same town as me and my mom, so it was an incredible Christmas as we all got to spend time with each other.

A Sweet Christmas Blessing for sure!

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I am co-hosting a wonderful giveaway this year with W2W Ministries and I want to offer you a chance to enter to win this AH-mazing prize of $410 of PayPal cash!

This Giveaway is from Right Now (Dec. 1, 2014) -until Dec. 14, 2014.

We are praying that this collection will be a huge blessing to just the right person this Christmas season. There are so many that may need this blessing and you have lots of chances to enter.

Everyone is free to enter. Here is more information:

Giveaway Rules: No purchase necessary. Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Open to US & Canada residents only. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or associated by Facebook. By entering this giveaway, you agree to release Facebook, Woman to Woman Ministries and all participating bloggers of all liability. Contest ends at 12:01am EST on December 15, 2014. Winner is randomly chosen by Rafflecopter and will be emailed.

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Please stop by and visit our participating bloggers!

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I hope you visit all of these woman and show your kindness to them. And a prayerful blessings to you during this beautiful Christmas season!

In His Grace.

Callie

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Parenting Unchained Giveaway {Over a $300 Value}

With so many parenting books out there, it is a wonderful thing to find one that is based on Biblical truth. And one of the book reviews I have coming to you soon, is just that type of book!

Dr. Jim Dempsey is a man that loves The Lord and has written a book that every Christian parent should read. Parenting Unchained, Overcoming the Ten Deceptions that Shackle Christian Parents is full of encouragement and sound Biblical truth.

I will have more to come in my full review which is due out in the next few weeks. But until then, I  will be sharing some good tidbits throughout the coming weeks about this book. Quotes, phrases, and more. But here is the AH-mazing news I hinted at yesterday.

Check It Out!

Parenting Unchained Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Parenting Unchained: Overcoming the Ten Deceptions That Shackle Christian Parents, I are joining other members of the Launch Team in a wonderful giveaway filled with a Kindle Paperwhite, $25 Amazon Gift Card and several biblical parenting products! A value of more than $300!

Here’s what you could win:

Kindle Paperwhite 6″ eReader ($119 value)

Unlike tablets, Kindle Paperwhite is designed to deliver a superior reading experience:

  • No screen glare in bright sunlight
  • Read with one hand—over 30% lighter than iPad mini
  • Battery lasts weeks, not hours
  • Built-in light—read without eyestrain

Your Kindle comes loaded with 2 biblical parenting books right at the start:

Parenting Unchained Kindle Edition ($4.99 value)

In Parenting Unchained – Overcoming the Ten Deceptions that Shackle Christian Parents, Dr. James D. Dempsey reveals the ten most destructive lies about parenting. He writes from the heart about the way these lies infected his own parenting, and illuminates the Bible’s powerful truths that counter each lie. Both Biblical and practical, each section ends with home activities to help parents take immediate steps to develop their kids’ character–character that lasts when they leave home.

Home Improvement Kindle Edition ($4.99 value)

This book contains eight principles every family needs written by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. You’ll learn practical, handon ideas for helping your kids deal with their anger, constructive ways to end discipline times, and keys that will help children change their hearts, not just their behavior. Turansky and Miller offer tried and true strategies in a refreshingly new family-friendly format. This is the parenting book you can read to your kids.

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Buy even more books for your new Kindle!

The Christian Parenting Handbook and Companion Guide ($39.85 value)

The Christian Parenting Handbook contains nuggets of parenting wisdom condensed into 50 short chapters, each one biblical, practical, and relevant for parents of children ages 2-18. Learn appropriate ways to correct, instruct, and set limits. Glean wisdom for dealing with emotions, conflict, and developing closeness in your family… and much more. These 50 strategies provide you with hands-on tools for parenting children of any age.

The Companion Guide is a workbook of 50 lessons along with 50 audio tips to take you through The Christian Parenting Handbook step by step. Each lesson contains advice from Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller in a 5 minute audio tip and then offers teaching, an assignment, a Bible verse, and a prayer to help you apply each idea or strategy in your family. The tips are available to you as MP3 downloads and access to them comes in the workbook.

The Family Toolbox ($99.95 value)

The Family Toolbox has 8 lessons. Each one has a 1-2 minute scene of a family living life and experiencing common challenges in their relationships. A discussion guide prompts dialogue between parents and teens and a 10-minute teaching session for parents featuring Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN gives practical tools to use right away.

As your family works through the lessons, teens learn 16 Life Success Principles and parents learn valuable tools.

Philippians in 28 Weeks Digital ($18.95 value)

It is easier to share the Word of God when it is etched upon your heart. Philippians in 28 Weeks™ is a delightful and painless way to commit the entire book of Philippians to memory. This streamlined approach uses memory cards carefully constructed to present Philippians thought-by-thought, copywork versesjournal questionsweekly reflections,recitation charts to test your retention, and an optional tracking tool called “The Log.”

To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter below. U.S. residents, age 18 and older. Void where prohibited by law.

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Join us for the Parenting Unchained Facebook Release Party. There will be even more prizes and giveaways there and the author of Parenting Unchained will be present to answer your questions!

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So much more to come – Do Not miss out on this incredible giveaway, just in time for Christmas! I will be tweeting about this giveaway, posting about it on Facebook, and Instagram in the next few weeks, as to keep it in your feeds!

In His Grace.

Callie

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I Will Always Chose Him and a Peek at Choosing Him All Over Again

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There has been times that I look at him and wonder how in the world I got where I am. How did I, the girl that no one really liked, get one of the best guys around?

What did he see in me and why can’t I see it too?

He looks at me with a gleam in his eye. My skin tightens and my breath quickens. This guy really likes me. How did I get so lucky?!

Let me share a short story with you.

There once was a young woman that at the tender age of 19 thought she needed to get married and begin her life in the adult world. This young lady set up the whole wedding just like her little girl memory remembered. The dress, the cake, the flowers, bridesmaid dresses, and all the rest of the froufrou stuff.

The day arrived and, at the last possible moment, this young lady’s mother approached her and asked her one more time if this is truly want she wanted to do.

With an empathic and resounding yes, this young lady carried out her plans.

With a heavy heart I have to admit that that this joyous occasion ended in complete and utter failure. The marriage lasted not even 3 years.

This young lady did not have a close personal relationship with Jesus and let the world (the devil) talk her into escaping her marriage and her responsibilities. She let those small quiet voices turn into shouting voices and ruin what she had.

Now, many years later, this same young woman tried to get straight with God and He saw her heart and knew just one more way to try and woo her back to Him.

This young lady met the most determined, caring, successful, and funny man one day.

This man, took this young woman on one date (after him being turned down many times…he really was determined!). After so much heartache and pain, this young woman had found a white knight in the most unconventional place; A small apartment community office.

Now, almost 15 years later, I am happy to say, that this man’s determination was successful. My husband and I have been together for many years and married almost thirteen of those years. My husband believes in me, works hard for our family, gives with every part of his being for all of us. He is such a good man and I thank God for him every day.

By God’s unending grace and love, He allowed me one more chance to correct so many wrongs. He allowed me to heal, to forgive, to ask forgiveness, and ultimately, to be happy. He provided me a man that I am truly unworthy of.

There have been ups and downs, but all in all, my marriage is blessed by God and He now runs the show. Not me, not my husband, God. I determined that I screwed up one time before, I choose not to do so again. I Choose God first, my husband second…the way it should be.

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I shared all of this because I want you to know that no matter the past, no matter the issues, no matter the regrets…God loves you. He wants the best for you and He will always fight for you..and your marriage.

I have mentioned this before; God loves marriage and Satan hates marriage.

Therefore, if you need some more encouragement, other than this post. Please check into the newest book that I am blessed to review. Choosing Him All Over Again, A Story of Romance & Redemption by Juana Mikels.

You will be encouraged, blessed, and know that you are not alone in your struggle.

You can visit Juana’s site here and preorder her book here. I will be back soon to share some more goodness from this amazing book!

In his Grace.

Callie

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Delicious Jazzycakes Coconut Almond Waffles {Recipe}

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There is a woman that I would like to introduce to you. She is a mama to 3 kiddos, incredibly talented singer and baker, (and most importantly) she LOVES Jesus!

I have been blessed to know her from school and when I finally made my way into Facebookland, I was so excited to reconnect with her!

Jessica Rivera (also know as @sing_pray_bake on Twitter and Instagram) is a fantastic cook and baker and she has readily agreed to let me share one of her recipes with y’all today!

I hope you enjoy these delicious waffles she is sharing today.

Good morning! It’s too early on a Saturday morning and I can’t sleep. Hopefully, you are! When you awaken from your blissful slumber do yourself a favor and make these waffles! Your family will thank you –

Note: I get that not everyone loves coconut like I do, just use all milk. I get that not everyone likes almond extract like I do, just use all vanilla extract. Yes, you can use regular sugar, or splenda, stevia, or whatever it is you use in place of the brown sugar…but come on…its brown sugar!

…but my recipe…just the way it is…just YUM!

Jazzycake Waffles

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups unbleached, all-purpose or Cup for Cup GF substitute
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Cup good quality canned coconut milk
3/4 C milk
2 beaten egg yolks
1/2 cup good quality butter, melted but not hot
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 egg whites whipped till stiff

Directions:

Waffle iron heated to medium high

Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate small bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks. Make a well in the center of the four mixture and add the egg yolks, butter, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix until JUST incorporated. Yes, your batter will be lumpy!

In another bowl, whip the egg whites until you have stiff peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the batter being careful not to deflate them. Fold in completely, but do not stir. Yes, your batter will be very lumpy!

Cook waffles according to your waffle iron and preference.

Happy Saturday!

Seriously, are these not the most incredible sounding waffles EVER!?

I would love to know if you try them and if you change the recipe at all. I am thrilled to bring this recipe to you and maybe, just maybe I will be able to share something from Jessica again soon!

In His Grace.

Callie

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{Product Review} Snake Oil from Out of the Boxes Games for Family Game Night

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Okay, here’s the low down. If you ever come over to our house and ask if we want to play a board game, you got it. BUT, this is your only warning, This family, well, we play to win!

Now that we are on the same page about games and Family (or Friends) Game Night, I must share our latest review from Out of the Box Games called Snake Oil ($19.99).

First, make sure you have plenty of time to play this game. Because once you get going, well, between the giggling and out of this world sales pitches, you might need some time set aside for all of the fun!

736085_10151353685788497_1152067551_o_zpsf4217ec8Now, the ages on the box state from ages 10 to Adult, but with a little help, our 6 year old Joseph plays. So. Much. Fun.

A little background about Snake Oil. A long time ago, like wild west days, there was a term used for certain (not all) men that were traveling salesmen. They were called snake oil salesmen. But these men were not just your average traveling salesmen, these guys were crooks trying to sell their, “snake oil”. As defined by Wikipedia, “Snake oil is an expression that originally referred to fraudulent health products or unproven medicine but has come to refer to any product with questionable or unverifiable quality or benefit. By extension, a snake oil salesman is someone who knowingly sells fraudulent goods or who is himself or herself a fraud, quack, charlatan, or the like.”

Okay, so now that we know, snake oil isn’t a real thing and that there were men that used to try to sell this stuff, well, here is the idea behind the name of the game!

This game is best played with 3 to 10 players, the more the merrier! Each player gets WordSquare-SO-for-web-rbg_zps07a8a9f0 Cards and then one of the players gets to pick a Customer Card. The other players then have to choose 2 of their Word Cards and then “pitch” their two word product to the “customer”.

Seriously So Much Fun!

The kids and I have played a few times and the laughter that went on, well, they do say laughter IS the best medicine!

Isaiah (13), Ana (10), Joseph (6) and I set up the game. So super east to set up and get started within 5 minutes. Each of us got our 5 Word Cards and then Ana was chosen to be our first customer. She was a caveman. LOL Considering the cavemen were never known to speak, you can only imagine her reaction! Each “salesman” has to choose the two best words from their Word Cards to use in their pitch to try and make the item something the “customer” really has a use for!

Isaiah went first and his “pitch” was a Rock Pillow. Each “salesman” has to “pitch” their product for at least 30 seconds. You don’t know how long 30 seconds is until you are in the “pitch seat”!

This is a think on your feet game essentially and the things that we were coming up with in mere seconds was amazing!

Here are a few of the “customers” and the salesmen’s “pitches”:

Salesman Ana to Customer Joseph → Diamond Bone for a Caveman, “You can chew on it all the time and never have to get a new one!”

Salesman Mama to Customer Ana → Snow Fan for a Model, “When you need the perfect snow day picture this is the product you want! You get the snow without the cold part!”

Salesman Mama to Customer Isaiah → Bone Coat for a Couch Potato, “You can eat all the chicken wings you want and drop the bones in your coat pockets! Once the bones are in the pockets, the coat will magically compost them and hey will disappear!”

Salesman Ana to Customer Mama → Silent Bacteria for a Ninja, “When you have allergies and you are a ninja and trying to spy on someone and you really have the urge to sneeze. Just use Silent Bacteria. This product helps keep you silent!”

Salesman Ana to Customer Joseph → Day Wig for a Zombie, “You can wear it so that night time is not the only time you can go out. This way you look human again and no one knows differently!”

Once all of the “salesman” pitch their product to the “customer” then the customer has to pick the best “pitch” and that person wins the round, this is signified by that player getting the “customer” card. Once everyone has been a customer at least once, the round is finished and the winner is the player that has the most “customer” cards.

We ended up playing well over an hour one time, well after bedtime because it is such a fun game. The tears and the laughter are a side effect that is genuinely fantastic! All of us loved the game and we have played it a few time since the first go round. So, if you ever want to come over for Game Night, be prepared to play this incredible, laughter invoking, side splitting game!

There are a few other games mildly similar on the market, but nothing compares to the originality of Snake Oil. An ingenious idea and one that is so much fun!

The kids enjoyed it for pure fun, so school wasn’t really mentioned. But the company, Out of the Box Games does have this game set up to align with the Common Core standards required in a lot of states.

Check out what my fellow reviews had to say about Out of the Box Games too!

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Would you like to follow Out of the Box Games via Social Media?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OutoftheBoxGames
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OTBgames
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYAQiV5S9ZQ&feature=c4-overview&list=UUTEAg1uDVwq0LNxFAwM7N5Q

This is the Final Review for the 2014 TOS Review Crew! So stick around and see what is coming over the holidays and then get ready for the New Year and the newest products!

I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for reading our latest review!

In His Grace.

Callie

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{Book Review} Purposeful Design by Jay Schabacker

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I now know this to be true. We were beyond blessed to review a new book that I cannot wait to tell you about.

Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation is by Jay Schabacker and a book that I am so excited to now have in my collection for science and for the discussion of the creation.

A bit about the author Jay Schabacker. This man has been the closest to the heavens. He worked for years at NASA on the Apollo Moon Program. So, it would make sense to me that he has some idea about what is involved with the vastness of our spectacular heavenly bodies. He is the closest human I know that can relate the impressiveness of creation because he was the closest to the source.

And describe it he did! This book gives us a step by stunning step look into each day of Creation.  This hard backed book is simply gorgeous from the moment you lay eyes on it. The cover says it all with the image that is on the front. It shows the vastness of space and our incredible Earth being held in the palm of God’s hand. As with everything in our life, God is in control. It is a powerful image to behold.

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This is not a simple science book like those we usually use for school. This book is full of amazing images and easy to understand language for all ages. A wonderful addition to all of the other books we have on hand for enjoyment and for school.

The book does a day by day explanation of the days of creation but it also breaks down further for more in depth learning. For instance, the amount of information about the sun and the moon and all of the benefits that are provided due to those two heavenly sources was amazing. The diagrams and the explanations were wonderfully easy to articulate to my younger children.

Just because my kids have been told about the fabulous benefits of the moon, it was so nice to be able to sit down and show them all of the fantastic images as well give a science lesson along with Biblical fact in regards to the moon, an object that we sometimes forget has so much influence in our daily lives.

This review was for more than just a book though. Jay Schabacker also recreated some downloads that you will have access to. There is a Student workbook that has day by day lesson work. The Student workbook goes along with each one of the “days” being talked about in the physical book. There are a total of 30 pages, each with questions to answer, some memory verse work, some drawing for the student, and a closing prayer after each lesson is discussed.

Also, there is a download for 43 pages of the Teacher’s Key and Certificates of Completion available. Once you and the student(s) have gone over the material, there is a certificate of completion for you to give to your student. Once you have completed all 7 days, there is a course completion certificate too.

All of this creation science curriculum is available for $18.95There is also a multi purchase discount option for small groups and larger groups. A wonderful way to share this good news book about creation as well as offer a lovely gift.

We really enjoyed the book and are incredibly pleased that this book is now in our lives. I am so in love with all of the gorgeous pictures used though out the book and I would highly recommend this book to others. Not just for the school aspect but because it is so full of details about our purposeful and meticulous design by the Master Creator Himself.

If you would like to connect to Jay Schabacker, follow the links below:

Blog: www.Jayschabacker.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaySchabackerAuthor

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/Jayschabacker (@Jayschabacker)

Check out what my fellow Review Crew members had to say about this book:

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I hope you enjoyed our latest review and that we found something you love! Visit soon to see what comes up next on the blog for review! See you soon!

Callie

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