Thursday, May 31, 2012

chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

I'm on a chocolate kick right now. I have this growing list of chocolate-based recipes that I really, really want to try. All involve chocolate in it's various forms: chocolate chips, Oreos, fudge, brownies - lots and lots of chocolate! If you follow me on Pinterest, you'd see I have a board dedicated solely to chocolate recipes - I'm that serious about this :) So here's a quick peek into what's on my list:

3. brownie goody bars*

*to view this recipe, you have to be a member. I'm not but I just think it's yummy to look at :)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

blogging diy: adding a signature

I'm breaking my new "three posts a week" decision but am super excited to have figured out how to add a signature to my posts! This may not be exciting to you but it was a big victory for me - we're talking a two day battle here :) I'll recap how to do this since the tutorials I found were for the old Blogger interface and led me to a bit of frustration :) I'm amazed at how simple this was!

1. Create your signature. I uploaded mine into Photobucket. Copy the direct link for the image (when you're viewing it in your album, highlight the picture and it's the second option). 
2. On the right hand Blogger menu, go to "Settings" and then "Posts and Comments." 
3. In the second option, "Post Template," insert this code using your image url where I have caps: 
4. Save and you're done! (I will say I want to remove the border around my signature but haven't quite figured that part out yet :)

post signature

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

from 4 to 3

Starting this week, I'm changing up the number of posts from 4 to 3. Still sharing yummy recipes, book reviews and everything else but it'll be on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays. I think it'll be a good change and give me a little more freedom to add some new things. Thanks for reading! And spoiler alert: Thursday's post involves chocolate. Lots of chocolate :)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

recipe: ultimate brownie

I saw this and wanted it immediately :) The official name is "Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n' Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar" and all that chocolate sounds absolutely amazing! I've not made this yet but it's moved to the top of my list of recipes to try - the very top. You can go to the direct link to view her picture-by-picture instructions but be prepared for a chocolate overload :)


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 pkg Double Stuffed Oreos
  • 1 Family Size (9×13) Brownie mix
  • 1/4 cup hot fudge topping

"Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and both sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well to thoroughly combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt, then slowly incorporate into the mixer until the flour is just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread the cookie dough in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish that’s been lined with wax paper and sprayed with cooking spray. Top with a layer of Oreos. Mix together brownie mix, adding an optional 1/4 cup of hot fudge topping to the mix. Pour the brownie batter over the cookie dough and Oreos. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for an additional 15-25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting — brownies may still be gooey in the middle when still warm, but will set up perfectly once cooled. Enjoy!!
* To half this recipe for an 8×8 brownie mix, simply half the chocolate chip cookie dough ingredients."

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

500th post!

I was writing my book review for Monday when I realized my next post would be my 500th and I thought that deserved it's own post :) Snidbits has come a long way since September 14, 2008. I like that my blog has changed as I've changed. I'm still adding things and tweaking things but I'm excited at what's ahead! Blogging has been an outlet for me. I've been able to share fun things and personal things. I've met some super great bloggers along the way and I'm looking forward to making new friends. Thank you for reading and commenting and sharing in what inspires me! 

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Monday, May 21, 2012

book review: "unleashed" by erwin raphael mcmanus

"Unleashed" is about having a barbarian faith - a faith that isn't tame or something easily contained. Those who are barbarians have a faith in God that may seem to go against the norm - it's a big faith. We can look to the Bible for examples of barbarians: "God would continually call them to believe things they could not see, become someone they were not, accomplish feats that were clearly beyond their abilities, and then hold them accountable for it."

This book is about encouraging you in your faith. It's about stirring you up to want more of God. I've read Erwin's book Soul Cravings was excited to read Unleashed! I liked that it's a short read so I could definitely pick it up and read it again when I wanted a quick read. Overall a good book. I felt at times that he was repeating himself in the point he was trying to make but it worked. I liked the touches of humor he added through out and the genuineness from which he spoke. It all came together nicely for a decent read. 

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for my honest review.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

saturday spotlight: jamie with "my baking addiction"

I don't remember how I came upon Jamie's blog but I'm sooo glad I did! She has won me over with her great recipes and though I've yet to try any, they look pretty awesome! See for yourself:

Friday, May 18, 2012

diy: flower wreath

I made my mom a wreath for Mother's Day. I thought it would look good on her mantel and yes, it does :) I'd seen some wreaths wrapped in yarn with felt flowers and decided to try my own version. I bought a straw wreath from Hobby Lobby and at first, thought I'd leave the plastic on but in the end took it off and it looked a whole lot better. I bought a roll of wide gray ribbon and wrapped it around, leaving room for the straw to show through. I didn't have quite enough ribbon to cover the entire wreath so on the side where it left off, I added paper flowers. I think it turned out well and really like the flowers. Again, the paper came from Hobby Lobby and I added buttons to the center of each. I also partially cut the paper to add a little dimension to the flowers. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

recipe: tuxedo pie

I'm basically using this recipe as a spring board because when I do make it, I want to change a few things - pretty much the whole thing - but you have to start somewhere, right? I'm not a huge cherry fan so I think strawberries would be a good substitute and I would also change the crust. I think a graham cracker crust would be quite lovely and maybe even top with a few mini chocolate chips and whip cream. Ok, so I just changed two things and left the rest as is - adding a few garnishes. So it's pretty much the original recipe :) This came from the Betty Crocker website - one of the places I go to for yummy things.

cups Fiber One® original bran cereal
cup butter or margarine, melted
cup sugar
teaspoon vanilla
package (8 oz) fat-free cream cheese, softened
cup sugar
teaspoon almond extract
can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
1 1/2
oz semisweet baking chocolate, chopped (1/4 cup)
1 1/2
oz white chocolate baking bar, chopped (1/4 cup)

  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray. Place cereal in resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and crush cereal with rolling pin or meat mallet (or crush in food processor).
  • 2
    In medium bowl, mix cereal, melted butter, 1/4 cup sugar and the vanilla. Press evenly on bottom and 1/2 inch up side of pizza pan. Bake 10 minutes.
  • 3
    Just before serving, in medium bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar and the almond extract with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spread evenly over cereal mixture. Spread with pie filling.
  • 4
    In small microwavable bowl, microwave semisweet chocolate on High about 1 minute or until chocolate can be stirred smooth. In another small bowl, repeat with white chocolate. Drizzle chocolates over filling; cool slightly. Cut into wedges.

Monday, May 14, 2012

book review: "nurture" by lisa bevere

I shared a quote from this book last month. It's the first book I've read by Lisa, though I have a copy of Lioness Arising sitting on my shelf, waiting for me to pick up :) To me, the book is about realizing the role we as Christian women have and then stepping up to embrace it. She talks about women in the Bible and what we can learn from them. And she also talks about the importance of honest prayer. "God loves it when we pray gut-level, authentic prayers. It gives Him some earthen "dirt" to work with. God has always taken the dirt and made something beautiful out of it. When we draw near and are honest, God can turn around our issues and then take what blesses and heals us on an individual basis and magnify it for the healing of many - sometimes even for the healing of nations. I doubt you could even contain the wonder of all God wants to do with and through your prayers." Lisa's book isn't directed to just women who are married or those who are single. Her point is to look for those in your life - no matter you're marital status - who you can pour into. 

While I did highlight throughout the book and think Lisa made some great points, I wasn't super impressed with Nurture. I felt like she was skipping around at times, making it a little hard to stay connected. I loved hearing her personal stories and being able to get to know her on that level and will definitely read some of her other books but I wasn't crazy about this one. 

I received a copy of this book from Faith Words for my honest review. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

saturday spotlight: mallory with "purplest pelican"

I found Mallory's blog through Mel at The Crafty Scientist, where she was featured as a guest blogger. I'm been looking at some of her projects and am super impressed. Here's what I mean:

Do you believe me now? Head over to Purplest Pelican and see for yourself what yummy and crafty stuff she has going on!

Friday, May 11, 2012

recipe: chocolate chip caramel ice cream sundae

Pioneer Woman is one of my favorite go-to people when I'm looking for something really great to make. She was the first blog I knew of to make picture-by-picture instructions (click here for photos of this recipe) of how the food should look in each step of the recipe and being a visual learner, I loved that! I've made several of her recipes and this one is going on my "to make" list. Oh my :)


  • 2 sticks Butter, Softened
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2-1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon (heaping) Instant Coffee Granules
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 8 ounces, weight Chocolate Chips Or Chocolate Chunks (more To Taste!)
  • Ice Cream, Flavor Of Your Choice
  • Hot Fudge, For Drizzling
  • Caramel Sauce, For Drizzling
  • Whipped Cream
  • Maraschino Cherries


"Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and mix together. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, instant coffee, baking soda, and salt. Add to wet ingredients in batches, mixing gently after each addition. Gently mix in chocolate chips or chunks. Thoroughly grease and flour a quarter sheet pan or a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Spread cookie dough into the pan, spreading out the surface. Bake for 15-18 minutes until done (longer if needed to make sure it's set.) Allow to cool slightly in the pan. To serve, warm the hot fudge and caramel sauces. Place a square of cookie on a plate. Top with a scoop of ice cream, followed by drizzles of both hot fudge and caramel sauces. Finish with whipped cream and a cherry."

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


I'm a visual person so when I make a to-do list, it usually requires me jotting down things on a piece of paper or a post-it. The only problem with this method is that you end up with lots of pieces of papers and lots of post-its. So I'm curious as to how the rest of the world stays organized? Do you have some nifty app for your smartphone or keep a notebook handy? There are some sites to help with this issue such as Ta-da lists and todoist but using something online just seems like one more hurdle to me. My method has served me decently well over the years but I'm totally up for embracing something new should someone have a system more effective. So please, share what works for you! How do you keep your ducks in a row?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

book review: "yeshua: the king, the demon & the traitor" by g.p. taylor & paula k. parker

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books.  A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured.  The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between!  Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card authors are:

and the book:

Authentic Media (March 1, 2012)

***Special thanks to Mike Parker for sending me a review copy.***


GP Taylor is a New York Times best selling author whose works include Shadowmancer, Wormwood, Tersias, The Curse of Salamander Street and The Tizzle Sisters. He lives on the banks of a river in the midst of a dark wood, an arrow's flight from the Prince Regent Hotel near the 'town at the end of the line'. He spends his days writing and collecting firewood. Visit him online at

Paula K. Parker is a nationally recognized playwright, author, and freelance writer whose works include the stage plays, “Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility” and “Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.” She is highly respected in the Christian entertainment industry and is frequently called upon to write about it. Visit her online at


YESHUA: The King, The Demon & The Traitor is the second volume in the “Ancient Mysteries Retold” series from U.K.-based publisher, Authentic Media. This two-volume collection recounts some of the most wondrous stories from the greatest book of all time - the Bible. The first volume, YHWH: The Flood, The Fish & The Giant included 20 stories from the Old Testament while the new volume includes 29 stories from the New Testament, specifically from the life of Christ. Far from being simply a rehash of old Sunday school stories, these are rich, compelling tales that stand up to anything Harry Potter or Percy Jackson can dish out.

Product Details:
List Price: $12.99
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Authentic Media (March 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1860248292
ISBN-13: 978-1860248290


Chapter 1

The Birth

The remnants of the evening fire smouldered in the ring of stones. It had lasted long into the night but now, the moon had set long before and the sky was filled with bright stars. They clung to the canopy of the sky as if they were diamonds sewn on to the velvet of the night.

A small boy no more than ten years old lay huddled in the long cloak that belonged to his older brother. It was wrapped around him, covering all but his sun burnt face and dark eyes. It had been discarded in the panic. He was alone. The hillside was deserted. Stirring from his sleep as if the whispering wind was speaking to him of his fate, the boy slowly opened one eye and then the other. He was fearful of what he would see.

Looking out across the valley, the stars burned brighter than they had ever done before. It was as if they had come to life and moved across the galaxy, pushed by an unseen hand. It was then that he had the sudden and dreadful feeling that all was not well. Gone was his father. Gone was his brother. Gone were the rest of the men who had been on the hillside. Gone were the sheep. Yet, the boy knew he was not alone. He had the feeling before, one night when he was seven years old. Sleeping on the roof he had dreamt that something was staring at him from the darkness. It was only when he woke from his sleep and opened his eyes that he had seen the snake at the foot of his bed. Its head had been folded back as if about to strike. The long black tongue had flickered in the darkness and then… the hand of his father had snatched it around the neck and cast it from the roof.

Now, as he lay alone on the hillside in the dark of night with only the ever-brightening light of the stars, he felt the same.

‘Do you always sleep so deeply?’ the dark voice behind him asked. The boy dare not turn. He looked at the sky, convinced that the heavens were falling as the stars drew closer. ‘Daniel – do you hear me?’ the voice asked.

Daniel turned slowly. Whoever was there, knew his name.

‘Where is my father… my brother?’ he asked as his words fell from his mouth and then suddenly stopped. Terror gripped his throat as he looked up at the biggest man he had ever seen. His mouth fell open as he panted and gripped a tuft of grass.

The man threw his head back and laughed. He loomed above the boy, bright and radiant, a long sword in his hand.

‘Fear not, Daniel. I will not harm you.’

‘What…’ Daniel answered slowly, the only word his feeble mind could think of. He licked his lips and croaked, ‘…are you?’

‘An Angel – that is what I am – a messenger of the King of kings and I bring the word to you…’

The boy-shepherd screamed in terror. With every word that the Angel spoke he glowed brighter and brighter. It was then that Daniel realised that there was not one man standing before him but a hundred, a thousand, a hundred thousand. They were not stars in the sky but Angels that swooped back and forth above his head. As if in one voice they all sang, filling the night air. The boy fell back and lay on the ground staring up at the Angel who stood over him.

‘My father….’ Daniel screamed hoping his words would be heard. ‘What have you done with him?’

The Angel laughed, bent down and then, with one hand gripped around the boy’s waist, lifted Daniel from the ground and held him in the air.

‘The Heavens declare… that tonight… in Bethlehem … the KING is born and YOU… will be a witness to HIM…’ The Angel roared, his words like the howling of a volcano that echoed across the valley and around the mountains. ‘Go… find your father and you brother… they have gone to the town. NOW RUN…’ the Angel shouted as he put the boy on the ground and nudged him in the back. ‘As fast as you can – go… quickly…’

Daniel dared not look back. He ran through the parting phalanxes of radiant creatures that stood around him. As he passed each one, they turned into wisps of silver mist. Daniel ran and ran, tears streaming down his face as the words of the Angel echoed through his mind again and again.

‘A King… the baby…’ he said over and over as he ran towards the town on the path he had walked a hundred times.

In the town below, at the back of a small tavern above where the landlord kept the animals, an old man tapped on the door.

‘Congratulations!’ The old man paused. ‘There are some men – shepherds – who want to see the child.’

Inside, a man stood up and moved to the doorway, so as not to wake the woman who slept on a small bed by the fire. ‘What?’ he asked.

‘Yosef – wake Miriam… a rabble of dirty shepherds just arrived at my house and they stink more than my animals,’ the host explained. ‘They want to see the child. I told them, “No, leave the young couple alone,” but when they told me their story, I changed my mind,’ he said quickly, his voice raising in excitment.

‘Their story?’ Yosef asked. ‘What happened… how do they know we are here?’

‘I should let them tell you,’ the old man said as he walked away.

‘Yosef?’  his wife Miriam called to him. He crossed the floor and knelt by her, giving her a drink of water. Then he lit the lamp and set it back on the top of the post. ‘What is happening?’ she asked, her voice still weak with fatigue.

‘The owner of the house said that shepherds have arrived, wanting to see our baby.’

Before Yosef could finish speaking there was a knock at the door. The old man stepped inside, followed by six dirty, disheveled men. They were hesitant and wide-eyed as they entered. Each looked around the room as if expecting to see more than was before them. When they saw the sleeping baby, they gasped and fell to their knees.

‘It is the child!’ one of them said.

‘Just as we were told,’ another agreed.

Yosef and Miriam looked at each other and then at the shepherds. ‘Who told you about our baby?’ Yosef asked.

The shepherds looked at each other as though uncertain what to say. Finally, the one who spoke first turned to them. His words were hesitant. ‘An…angel,’ he whispered. ‘We were watching our sheep nearby. It was like any other night then suddenly a man appeared in the sky. He was an angel!

The door burst open a young boy rushed in and dived into the arms of one of the shepherds

‘Father! He was huge!’ Daniel said, ‘Taller than Goliath must have been, with a robe that was blinding white!’

‘Daniel, please, let me tell the story,’ his father said. He turned back to Miriam and Yosef. ‘I am not ashamed to say that we were terrified. We cried out and fell to the ground. This…angel…told us to not be afraid. Then he said he had good news. “It will be for everyone in the world,” he said. “Today, in the birth place of King David, a Saviour has been born. He is the Messiah. You will know it is him when you find a new born baby lying in a feeding trough.’

Daniel pushed free from his father and took hold of Yosef by the hand.

‘Suddenly the whole sky was filled with other angels,’ the boy told Yosef. ‘I have never heard anything like it; it sounded like all of creation was singing. Then they turned and – flew – upwards. This child is the KING…’

His father pulled Daniel back apologetically.

‘We had to come and see the child they had told us about.’ The shepherd peered at the sleeping baby. ‘And here he is, just as the angel said.’

My thoughts: I read the first book, YHWH earlier this year and really enjoyed it. Yeshua picks up where it left off, retelling the stories from the New Testament. I always enjoy books that can bring to life the Bible for me. While I liked the book, one thing that distracted me was the use of Hebrew names instead of the ones we're used to. For example, John was Yochanan and while this isn't a huge thing, it tripped me up at times as I tried to remember who was who. Overall, this was a good book!