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Homemade Yogurt Fruit Leather

Yogurt Fruit Leather

Special thanks to Lucky Star 14 LLC for providing samples of their dehydrator sheets to use in our home for evaluation. The post may contain affiliate links.

Recently, I heard about a twist on regular fruit leather – yogurt fruit leather. It sounded like a snack that I’d really enjoy. We have lots of yummy fresh berries at the farmers market this time of year, so it was a perfect time to give them a try. (You can also used thawed frozen berries, if needed, which is what I did this time as we ate all of the fresh berries before I could make the yogurt fruit leather.) I chose to use plain, full-fat yogurt in my mixture. You may or may not want to add a little honey for extra sweetness as well as a dash of vanilla.

Yogurt Fruit Leather Ingredients

You can play with the ingredients according to your taste, but I used 2 cups of plain, organic yogurt, 1 cup of mixed organic berries, 1/2 tsp. homemade vanilla extract, and honey to taste. Keep in mind that flavors intensify when they are dehydrated. If you don’t want a sour yogurt fruit leather, you’ll want to make sure that you’re yogurt and fruit mixture is sweetened to your liking. The amount of sweetener needed will vary depending on the sweetness of the fruit.

Yogurt Mixture

You’ll combine all of the ingredients in a blender. (If you don’t want any seeds in your fruit leather, you’ll want to place the fruit in the blender and then strain before combining with the yogurt, vanilla, and honey.)

I used my Excalibur dehydrator set at 135 degrees. I lined my trays with dehydrator sheets.*

Yogurt Fruit Leather on Dehydrator Sheets

You’ll spread the yogurt mixture equally on two dehydrator trays lined with the non-stick sheets. It’s important that you spread the mixture evenly, so it will dehydrate at the same rate. Normally, the mixture will take from 6 to 8 hours to dehydrate depending on the temperature and humidity level. You’ll want to start checking the mixture around 5 hours if you’re in a really dry, warm climate, or you’ll end up with yogurt fruit leather that’s a little too crisp. (Yes, I’m speaking from personal experience.) Generally speaking, the yogurt fruit leather is done when it starts to peal up from the edges.

Yogurt Fruit Leather Sheets

If you haven’t kept the mixture in the dehydrator too long, like I did, then you’ll have yogurt fruit leather that can be rolled up and stored. If it was in the dehydrator too long, you’ll end up with yogurt fruit leather sheets. They’re still yummy, but you won’t be able to roll them up. Instead, you’ll just store them in sheets.

Dehydrator Sheets

*A word about the dehydrator sheets:

I received the dehydrator sheets from Lucky Star 14 LLC that come in a pack of 9 for $16.99 (at the time of this posting). The Excalibur brand dehydrator sheets, on the other hand, generally run around $25 for a pack of 3. I was quite interested in seeing how these dehydrator sheets compared to the more expensive Excalibur brand.

Both sets of dehydrator sheets are non-stick, reusable 14″x14″ squares. They can be cut to size if you’re not using an Excalibur dehydrator. They are both really flexible. The dehydrator sheets from Lucky Star 14 LLC are Teflon coated and BPA free. They are both dishwasher safe, but they are so easy to clean by hand that I don’t see trying to wash them in the dishwasher.

The Excalibur dehydrator sheets are a little thicker and have a shinier, more smooth surface. That being said, they both performed pretty much the same when used in the dehydrator. If you’re looking for a more affordable dehydrator sheet, I would definitely recommend checking out these dehydrator sheets.

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Graduation Gift Idea: Let the Journey Begin by Max Lucado

Let the Journey Begin by Max Lucado

Special thanks to the publisher and Family Christian for providing a review copy of this book. This post may contain affiliate links.

As Munchkin’s graduation date quickly approaches, we’re spending time wrapping up her high school studies and planning for her graduation party. I’m searching for meaningful gifts that I believe will help her in the future. When I graduated (many years ago), I received a variety of different “for the graduate” books, and I enjoyed reading the different quotes and words of wisdom contained within.

Max Lucado has taken the traditional words of wisdom and turned them into something a little more special. This book, while perfect for the graduate, can be used for anyone starting a new journey, a new adventure in their life.

The book is broken down into 5 different sections:

  1. God’s Plan for the Journey of Life — A Road Map for Success
  2. Stop, Look, and Listen — Good Habits for a Good Journey
  3. A Fork in the Road – Deciding Which Way to Go
  4. Dangers and Detours Ahead — Slow Down, Avoid Disaster
  5. Two Is Fine Company — A Friend for the Journey

Within those sections, you’ll find words of encouragement and wisdom presented in a conversational style. Key points are highlighted. I could definitely see writing these sayings, quotes, verses onto post-it notes or notecards as reminders throughout life’s journey. Knowing me, I would probably make some sort of graphic and print it out. In fact, I may make some post card sized graphics for Munchkin and print them onto card stock.

The end of the book has a place to write down a personalized prayer for the book owner’s life. It has a journal for recording 3-month goals, 6-month goals, 1-year goals, 2-year goals, 4-year goals, and lifetime goals. It also has a place to record the steps taken towards reaching each of those goals. Finally, there is a spot to record favorite scriptures, quotes, poems, and sayings.

Let the Journey Begin by Max Lucado

Let the Journey Begin Book Details:

Graduation is a time of excitement and uncertainty. For graduates the question is, will they face the future with or without God? Let the Journey Beginrepack is filled with godly wisdom, encouragement, and guidance from bestselling and trusted author Max Lucado for students about to embark on new steps in their life journey. Graduates will be reassured that they are not alone—God is with them every step of their way.

This bestselling book will include thirty-two additional pages of new content, all consisting of excerpts, quotes, and scripture as well as an updated interior design to appeal to a new generation of graduates. Included are pages for personal goals, favorite verses of scripture, and prayers.

About the Author:

Max Lucado is a preacher with a storyteller’s gift—a pastor’s heart and a poet’s pen. He serves the people of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has been on staff since 1988. Max and his wife Denalyn have three grown daughters and two son-in-laws.

Let the Journey Begin Details:

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718030494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718030490
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Retail Price: $14.99
  • Digital Editions also available
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Graduation Gift Idea: Jord Wood Watch

 

JORD Wood Watch Cowgirl Style

High school graduation is such a milestone event in a child’s life. As a parent, you want to find a gift that marks the occasion in a special way. When I was given the opportunity to receive a watch from JORD, I knew it would make the perfect gift for Munchkin. You know that when you’re giving a gift for a big occasion, you also want the packaging to be just so. Well, maybe that’s just me. lol! When the package arrived, I was immediately impressed with the lovely packaging of the watch. It came in the gorgeous wood box which slid open to reveal the watch. Talk about an excellent first impression!

Jord Watch

I debated whether or not to give Munchkin the watch right away, but it was so pretty that I couldn’t wait. I thought it was really cool that JORD will size the watch for you based upon your measurements. Since many of the watches are men’s watches or unisex watches, it’s a nice service to offer. If you don’t have them size it for you, you can also take it to a jeweler or if you have the proper tools, make the adjustments yourself. Without any links taken out of the watch band, it actually fit Daddy’s wrist, but it can easily be sized down to fit both my wrist and Munchkin’s wrist. (My wrist is slightly smaller than hers.)

Jord Watch

Munchkin loved the look of the wood watch. It was unique which, of course, is totally her style. We both liked the fact that it’s not over-the-top fancy, so it can be worn with casual attire. At the same time, it’s classy enough that it can easily be worn with dresses or even formal attire.

Jord Watch

It’s a little larger than something that she would normally wear, but it fit comfortably and looked great on her wrist. She said it looked classy and timeless. A wood watch is definitely something that not everyone is wearing around. Of course, she doesn’t wear it when she’s working with the horses or doing other activities that may end up damaging the watch. She says that is probably the only thing she doesn’t like as she is used to wearing waterproof watches that don’t require much thought about what she does while wearing them. These watches are okay for some splashing but definitely not for dunking in water.

Sporting the Jord watch while sketching

At first, she wasn’t sure if a wood watch would be comfortable, but she quickly found that it was really comfortable. In fact, it was easy to forget that it was on while going about daily activities. To me, the watch looks like a cross between a watch and a bracelet. Because the band can be adjusted (with tools), you can wear it tighter like a watch or a little looser like a bracelet.

Jord Watch Details

Daddy was impressed with the craftsmanship on this wooden watch. The details are truly beautiful. It even has the date (day of the month) on the watch face which was something new for Munchkin. This Ely watch has a black face which really complements the color in the natural wood grain of the watch. It has a smaller face which makes it work well as a woman’s watch.

With all of the beauty in this watch, one of the features that we liked the most is the clasp/buckle. You simply press on the buttons on either side of the watch band to release the clasp. It is sturdy, secure, and easy to use which we all love. In fact, Daddy said he wished his watch had this type of clasp.

The JORD wood watch ended up being the perfect gift for Munchkin’s high school graduation.

Wood Watches by JORD

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Fitness Friday: 21 Day Fix Week 3

21 Day Fix Week 3

Week 3 is in the books. It’s hard to believe that I’ve actually made it through the entire 21 Day Fix program. While I’m still not able to do the entire program without some modification, I am definitely in better shape and feeling stronger. I’ve decided that I’m going to do another session as my new goal is to be able to make it through the complete program without modification. I’m not sure how long it will take, but it will be interesting trying.

This week, I added some heavier weights to some of the sessions. Previously, I was using the 2 lb. weight as my light weight and 3 lb. weight as my heavy weight. I’ve now changed it so my 3 lb. weights are my light set of weights and my new 5 lb. weights are my heavy set of weights. I’ve also added additional stretching exercises during the day as I needed to try to get some of my flexibility back.

D gave me a new yoga pad that actually has some padding to it. The new mat has really helped make the various exercises easier on my joints, hands, knees, elbows…. He decided on the fold up pad rather than a pad that rolls up. I really like the choice that he made for me. :) I love how supportive and encouraging he has been all throughout this process.

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The Quiet Professionals Character Highlight: Falcon

Falcon by Ronie Kendig

The Raptor Team – Meet Falcon

Name: Salvatore Russo

Rank: Warrant Officer

Specialty: Expert in Ops/Intel

Weakness: Anger, Temper

Strength: Loyalty, Passion

Physical Characteristics: Latino/Italian Heritage, Muscular, Inverted Rifle Tattoo on Bicep

Other: Known as the team “daddy”

Sal “Falcon” Russo is an intense individual who struggles with demons from his past. His ability to focus on the task at hand and gift for strategy make him a natural warrior.

Special Forces Soldier

As a member of the Rapid Fire Task Force, I received a review copy of this book.

A Closer Look at the Book:

Falcon is the third and final book in the Quiet Professionals series. If you’ve read Raptor 6 and Hawk, you know that you’re in for an intense ride. It was difficult waiting for this book to be released because I needed to know what happened to the Raptor team. I was interested in seeing how things would play out between Falcon and Cassie as things certainly did not look good towards the end of book 2. This book sheds more light on why Falcon and Cassie have such turmoil in their relationship. The team definitely had a rocky road ahead of them.

Ronie has done it again with this intense, fast-paced military novel. You do not want to start reading this before bed because you will not want to put it down. The twists and turns, betrayals, suspense, love, hate, and action will keep you turning the pages to the very end. The characters are well developed. You’ll find yourself both loving and hating Falcon as his character doesn’t easily fit into a tidy little box. Falcon is yet another excellent book that is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat.

Giveaway:

Ronie has this wonderful giveaway for a signed copy of Raptor 6, Hawk, and Falcon, plus an Osprey Raptor 6 Hydration Backpack!

Enter the Quiet Professionals giveaway using Rafflecopter

The Day of Deadly Reckoning has Arrived for Raptor Team

Falcon Book Description:

Special Forces operator Salvatore “Falcon” Russo vowed to never again speak to or trust Lieutenant Cassandra Walker after a tragedy four years ago. But as Raptor closes in on the cyber terrorists responsible for killing two of their own, Sal must put his life—and the lives of his teammates—in her hands.

Despite his anger, Cassie is ill-prepared for his resistance and the fallout when she must protect the one asset who can end the attacks.

As allies become enemies and hostiles become unlikely partners, Raptor fights for its very existence.

About the Author:

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with four children and a Maltese Menace in northern Virginia. Author and speaker, Ronie loves engaging readers through her Rapid-Fire Fiction.

Ronie can be found at www.roniekendig.com and on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Falcon Book Details:

  • Series: The Quiet Professionals (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: SHILOH RUN PRESS (May 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162416319X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1624163197
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Retail Price: $13.99
  • Digital versions also available
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