#Sponsored: #TastingGrace: A Mentoring in the Kitchen Bible Study

sampleDisclaimer: I received a copy of the Tasting Grace book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
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If you are a regular reader around here, you are probably aware that I am not a whiz in the kitchen. In fact, while I have several recipes here on the blog, that’s not what this blog is about. And, it’s for good reason.

Growing up, my mom worked. A lot. And she traveled. A lot. While I did spend time with several women who did know how to cook and were amazing homemakers, I never really learned how to work in the kitchen. I knew how to order from a menu, and I knew what my favorite dishes were at every restaurant we frequented. Meals around the table at our house were basically non-existent, though I do recall a few… many after Daddy became sick and mom spent more time at home.

I will never forget my Home Ec class my junior year. Our assignment was to make biscuits. Easy, right? HA. My biscuits turned out like hockey pucks, and they were inedible. Not only did I get a “D” on the assignment, but the teacher also felt the need to tell me that I would never be able to make biscuits, and that I should just learn the proper way to order from a menu like my mom did. OUCH. From that moment on, I didn’t even want to try in the kitchen. I didn’t care.

After I had my daughter, Ashley, I learned how to make the basics: mac ‘n cheese, grilled cheese, ramen… we could survive. And, then I got married. And started having kids. LOTS of kids. Over the years, my ability in the kitchen has grown, but I have never felt like I knew what I was doing.

Then I met Leah Adams. Y’all. I wish you could meet this woman in real life. What a heart she has for Jesus!

Leah started her Tasting Grace ministry, and Ashley and I attended one of her sessions. Wow, wow, wow! We made chicken and dumplings and pound cake, and she also taught us the proper way to make biscuits. While the food cooked, and after we had cleaned up, Leah held a short Bible study. What an amazing opportunity for Ashley and I to spend the afternoon together, to learn how to make a meal our family would enjoy, AND hear the word of God surrounded by new friends. It was truly one of the best days of my life, and it’s something I will never forget.

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Several weeks later, Carly and I made biscuits together. They came out golden and flaky. Absolutely perfect, and a far cry from my Home Ec class all those years ago. Before Tasting Grace, I never would have had the confidence to even try to make biscuits again. Because of Leah and her ministry, I am so much more confident in the kitchen, and now I want to learn to make all the things!

So, when I found out Leah would be releasing a book called Tasting Grace, and that it would be a Bible Study, I knew it was something I had to share on my blog.

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You all know how I feel about Titus 2 women, and I believe Leah and her ministry are the perfect example of ways older women can mentor and teach the younger women. I know there are many women in my generation and younger who don’t know how to do anything in the kitchen, and it’s because there wasn’t someone there to teach us. I am in no way tearing down my mother for not being home, she did what she did to take care of us. I just wish I had been a little more experienced before I got married and started a family of my own.

I highly recommend that every woman on earth have a copy of Tasting Grace in her kitchen. Whether you are an older woman who has a desire to mentor the younger women, or you are a younger woman who wants to learn and grow spiritually and in the kitchen, this book is just right for you! Maybe you’re like me – somewhere right in the middle, who has a desire to teach her own children and younger women around her how to live for Jesus and how to make a meal their family will love, but you still feel like you have so much to learn. This book is excellent for us as well! I promise you will love Leah’s book as much as I do. It will touch your heart and have you excited to be in the kitchen. And just wait until you see all the wonderful things you can make!

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Tasting Grace is now available for purchase on Amazon for just $14.99. It is truly worth every penny, because it may just change your life – or the life of someone you love!

I also want to encourage you to learn more about Leah Adams and all of her ministries and books. She is a wonderful woman who is sold out for Jesus, and I just know you’ll want to know all about her. Learn more about her on her website, www.leahadams.org. You can also learn more about Tasting Grace the book by visiting the publisher’s website: tastinggrace.warnerpress.org.

OxiClean Dishwashing Booster {Review}

Having as many kids as I do, my dishwasher gets run a minimum of 3 times a day. It gets pushed to the limits every day. My dishwasher is decent. It’s definitely not the most expensive dishwasher on the market, but it’s not the cheapest, either. We had to purchase it when we moved into our new house because the old dishwasher didn’t work at all. And, believe me, having any kind of dishwasher is better than having to wash my dishes by hand. I do wish we had gone for a nicer model, though – one with a stainless steel inside, because every time I make some kind of pasta dish, the inside of my dishwasher turns a new shade of orange.

Recently, Mom Central and OxiClean sent me the OxiClean Dishwashing Booster to test out on my dishes.

The first time I used it, I did it with a full load of dishes. I just just made a huge pot of homemade mac and cheese, and the inside of the pot was a mess. Usually I will soak that kind of pot before I put it in the dishwasher. If I don’t, it either won’t come clean, or all the other dishes will end up foggy. But, I wanted to see exactly how well the OxiClean Dishwashing Booster would work, so I didn’t rinse off any of the dishes before I put them in the dishwasher. {GASP!} I didn’t know what to expect when I opened up the dishwasher.

Let’s just say that I was more than pleasantly surprised. Everything came out sparkling clean! Even my glassware that always looks foggy after a trip through the dishwasher came out crystal clear. MomCentral also sent me a serving tray to use and wash in the dishwasher, and it came out sparkling clean as well. Even with the great big pot of mac and cheese and all the other dirty dishes.

Recently OxiClean ran a dishwashing survey. Here are some of the results – with my thoughts added to them:

  • 69% of respondents either do not know what phosphates are (14%) or that they were banned from dishwashing detergents (55%) {Truth be told, I have no idea what phosphates are or that they were banned from dishwashing detergents!}
  • 49% feel frustrated because they don’t know what’s causing the spots on dishes {That would be ME! All I know is that I hate those darn spots!}
  • Top three things that consumers believe cause the spots/cloudy dishes are dishwashing detergent (50%), hard water (34%), dishwasher not working well (30%) {I just assumed those spots came from not having a rinse aide or the type of water.}
  • Over half (56%) have switched their detergent 2-5 times {Yep. That’s me! I’m always changing things up.}
  • 88% agree or strongly agree that it is embarrassing to serve on dishes that have spots or are cloudy {Amen, amen, amen!}
  • Almost 1 in 3 (32%) say their biggest kitchen challenge is achieving sparkly dishes; 30% say spots on dishes are their biggest kitchen complaint {I want sparkly dishes. I want to pull my dishes out of the dishwasher and not cringe when I go to put them in the cupboard. It’s much more fun to share things with others when they sparkle!}

Where do you fit in each of those statistics?

The OxiClean Dishwashing Booster is SO easy to use! With the first wash, you fill your rinse aid cup with the Booster, and add two squirts of the booster into the bottom of the dishwasher. Then you add your detergent to the cup as normal. After that, just fill the rinse aid cup with the Booster as needed, and no other rinse aid is required! {For tough films and stains, add two squirts of the booster into the bottom of the dishwasher again.} It really does make all the difference, and the OxiClean Dishwashing Booster will be the ONLY “rinse aid” product that I will purchase for my dishwasher from now on.

To learn more about OxiClean and their new Dishwashing Booster, visit the OxiClean website: www.oxiclean.com

You can also find OxiClean on Facebook.

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of OxiClean and received a product sample and serving tray to facilitate my review, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Spice Things Up with Mrs. Dash (Review)

During my last pregnancy, I ended up with pre-eclampsia. My blood pressure hit stroke level way too often, and I almost lost my life because of it. It was the scariest thing I have ever faced, lying there helpless, unable to do anything to change what was happening.

As a precaution during this pregnancy, the doctor has asked me to limit my intake of salt and find ways to reduce my blood pressure. At first, this proved to be quite difficult. After all, I love salt, and the more the better.

Mrs. DashBut then, I was introduced to Mrs. Dash thanks to Mom Central. I had no idea that giving up salt would be so easy. Mrs. Dash just makes everything taste better. And, because all of her seasonings are sodium free, I don’t have to worry about using them. I can spice things up as much as I’d like!

I started using the different seasonings a few weeks ago. My absolute favorite is the Italian Medley on chicken breast… or pork chops. Mmmmm. So good! I’ve also swapped out salt for the Garlic & Herb seasoning in my mashed potatoes. My kids haven’t even noticed, but now they’re asking for seconds and thirds on the potatoes.

This past week, we’ve been snowed in – unable to get up our driveway or anywhere we need to go. Luckily, I’d stocked up the freezer with chicken, ground beef, and pork chops. We’ve had plenty of time to experiment with Mrs. Dash’s seasonings, and the kids have been loving it. Each night, they pick a different seasoning to try out, and we all give it our rating. It’s been a great way to get the kids involved in making dinner, and it’s made them much more likely to finish their dinner too! Thank you, Mrs. Dash!

I also have to mention: I am NOT a cook – by any means. Typically, if it doesn’t come from a box, I can’t make it. But, using Mrs. Dash has really helped to change that. I still wouldn’t call myself a chef, but now I’m not near as scared to try new things and experiment with food. In fact, I’ve found it kind of fun!

I am super impressed with the Mrs. Dash seasonings, and it’s great to have a way to lower my sodium intake and keep my blood pressure under control. And, I really have to wonder if cutting out all the salt I used to use is what’s helping keep my weight down this pregnancy. Typically, by now the doctors are telling me to watch my weight and try not to gain any more. Not this time, though. I’ve gained less than 10 pounds in 28 weeks, and since I was already overweight, that’s fantastic news. I’m not sure if Mrs. Dash had something to do with that or not, but I do know that I’m eating better, and enjoying what I eat!

I’ll be participating in a campaign with Mom Central and Mrs. Dash over the next year, and every few months, I’ll put up a new post about how I’m using the seasonings. If you decide to try the Mrs. Dash seasonings, let me know. I’d love to hear what you think of them, and if they’ve changed how much salt you use in your recipes.

To see all the flavors of Mrs. Dash seasoning, and to find some seriously yummy recipes, check out www.MrsDash.com

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Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Mrs. Dash and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.