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World’s Ending Today?

~More on Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

It’s snowing today. It’s the first  snow of the season. It really looks like Christmas. Here in Cleveland, Ohio, it’s a good day to bake cookies and watch the kids make snowmen. What are you up to? Are you nervously thinking, “I wonder if there’s any merit to the idea that the world will end today?”

End of the World?

My pastor sent a message that went something like this: End of the world? Sound far-fetched? Not to a lot of people. Inmates in a Russian women’s prison near the Chinese border are said to have experienced a “collective mass psychosis” so intense that their wardens summoned a priest to calm them.  The Turkish village of Sirince expects to receive over 60,000 visitors tomorrow, as New Age mystics believe its positive energy will aid in weathering the “catastrophe.”

Another report indicates panic buying of candles and essentials has been reported in China and Russia, along with an explosion in sales of survival shelters in America. In France believers were preparing to converge on a mountain where they believe aliens
will rescue them.

Go Ahead with Your Plans Today

I come back to Jesus’ words in Acts 1:7–“It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.” He says similarly in Matthew 24:36–“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” This is not the end of the world but the end of the Mayan calendar which rolled over to zero like your odometer on your car. Scientists do say that today, the Winter soltice, our Earth and the Sun will be in line with the center of our galaxy. That means this is the longest day of the year.

Bigger Problem Than End of the World

Our problem here in the United States isn’t about rebuilding and being the strongest and the best after 9/11 or the mortgage crisis fallout. The real issue is where we putting our trust and confidence. If we put our trust in our own efforts, then all the muscle power in the world won’t make a hill of beans of difference. The real issue is we have turned away from God as a nation. What does it say on your money? It says “In God We Trust.” This country was founded on those very principles but that’s no longer true. We have pushed God out of our schools, our homes, and out of our lives — out of our hearts.

Wake-up Call

Nine – eleven (9/11) was a wake-up call for our country. For a while people did go back to church. However, today God is warning our nation and this should be a wake-up call for you too: Turn Back to God! So if the alignment of our Earth with the Sun or China or North Korea creates a nuclear event, you’ll be in good hands ~ God’s hands and well-able to navigate the days ahead.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

God Bless You!


December 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

Winter Can Really Make You Feel Lousy ~ The Winter Blues

~In keeping with the many great things in my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland, here is news on a very important health issue.

Since the weather is changing and the snowflakes will soon fly, I thought this would be a very good time to share this message with you all –again. I wish each one of you a good winter season, the ability to be really productivity when there’s lot of sunshine or when there’s none. Besides all that, I wish you a wonderful Christmas, good health, and a lot of joy!

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!



Feeling a Little Sad or Even Depressed?

Depression can happen to any of us at any given time. It can be due to changes in your life, a new baby, loss of loved ones or a job, and a host of many other things including chemical changes in the brain. If you are feeling sad, having difficulty functioning; there is no shame in getting help from a professional if you need it. Please discuss any difficulties with your physician. If you don’t have a primary care physician, it’s time to get one!


The Winter Blues

Got the winter blues? In Cleveland, about 20 percent of us are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Since we have so many cloudy days here, the lack of sunlight hinders the brain’s ability to make a chemical called serotonin. Low levels of serotonin can cause you to feel sluggish and depressed. Good remedies to improve your well-being include taking a walk in the early morning hours when there is sun and increasing your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids by eating oily fish like salmon, herring, or sardines. Also make sure your diet includes at least 800 units of Vitamin D daily and foods rich in Vitamin C. For good brain functioning, get seven to nine hours of sleep a night, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

If you are still experiencing problems after monitoring your diet and exercise, see your doctor to discuss your symptoms and concerns. Your doctor may recommend you spend ten to fifteen minutes in front of of a therapeutic light box with 10,000 LUX (no UV rays).

Visit or for more information on purchasing therapeutic light boxes.


Helpful Websites

Below are some very useful tools from Mental Health America’s website which can help you feel your best. Also check out their link for depression screening:

10 Tools ~ to Feel Your Best

These proven tools can help you feel stronger and more hopeful. Check out each page for specific, easy-to-follow tips.

  1. Connect with othersStay connectedTool 1
  2. Stay positiveStay PositiveTool 2
  3. Get physically activeGet Physically ActiveTool 3
  4. Help othersHelp OthersTool 4
  5. Get enough sleepGet enough sleepTool 5
  6. Create joy and satisfactionCreate Joy and SatisfactionTool 6
  7. Eat wellEat WellTool 7
  8. Take care of your spiritTake care of your spiritTool 8
  9. Deal better with hard timesDeal with hard timesTool 9
  10. Get professional help if you need itGet HelpTool 10

December 4, 2012 at 7:57 am Leave a comment

Gifts You Can ~ Bake This Christmas

~ More great resources to help you save money and enjoy more of your life ~ all in keeping with my new book Fresh HopeCleveland.

I’m continuing the theme of “gifts you can make for Christmas.” Why? Because so many people overspend on gifts for one reason or another. Whatever the reason, don’t — I repeat, don’t get yourself in debt this Christmas. Save that for another year — just kidding! Staying out of debit means you can sleep at night, you’ll have greater peace of mind, improves your credit rating, and helps with your debit ratio so you can get that house you’ve been saving and praying for. Being debit free also gives you choices which in turn brings you power and options for your life.

Tips for Baked Goods Presentation

 I visited a Joann Fabric store yesterday and saw something wonderful that would be perfect for your  home baked gifts. I noticed they had decorative paper baking pans for all your holiday goodies. This way your home baked goods will look fabulous! Give it a try!

Gifts to Bake This Christmas

Snowflake Cookies

~ makes 5 dozen cookies using your cookie press. Decorate using all sorts of colored sugar. Bake 350 degrees for 10- 12 minutes. Enjoy!

2-1/4 c. flour

1/2 t. salt

1/4 t. cinnamon

1 c. butter (softened)

3 oz. cream cheese

1 c. sugar

1 large egg yolk

1 t. vanilla

Combine flour, salt, + cinnamon in bowl. Beat butter and cream cheese in mixer on medium speed until smooth.

Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vnilla with mixwer on low. Gradually add flour mixture just until blended.

Instert snowflake or desired disk into cookie press (using 1/3 of dough). Pipe the dough 1-1/2″  apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Decorage; bake; cool on wire racks.

Cranberry Date Bars

These have always been a big hit at the holiday. They’re topped with an orange glaze and have 2 grams of protein in each bar! The recipe makes 32 or so bars. I put mine into holiday liners and pack them into gift boxes.

1-12 oz. package of fresh cranberries

1 8-oz. package chopped pitted dates

1 t. vanilla

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2 c. flour

2 c. rolled oats

1-1/2 c packed brown sugar

1/2 t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

1 c. margarine or butter, melted

1 recipe Orange Glaze

Filling: in medum saucepan comtine cranberries and dates. Cook, covered, over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes or till cranberries pop, stirring frequently. Stir in vanilla. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Stir in melted butter till well blended. Pat half of the oat mixture on the bottom of a 13x9x2 baking pan. Bake 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Carefully spread filling over baked oat mixture. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture atop. Pat gently. Bake for 20 – 22 minutes more or until golden. Cool on a wire rack. Drizzle with Orange Glaze. Cut into bars.

Orange Glaze: In medium mixing bowl stir together 2 c. sifted powdered sugar, 1/2 t. vanilla, and enough orange juice (2 to 3 T.) to make of drizzling consistency. Makes 3/4  cup.

Have fun making these goodies ~ your children might like to help you especially with the Snowflakes Cookies!

God Bless You!


November 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm 1 comment

Xmas Gifts You Can Make

~ More great resources to help you save money and enjoy more of your life ~ all in keeping with my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Greetings! Now since the Christmas season is offically in swing, I want to share with you some great gifts you can make this holiday. If cash is tight, you and your family will enjoy making some of these things. And if cash is plentiful, you’ll still enjoy these projects. These ideas make great inexpensive gifts that you can have fun making with family or friends. This year whatever you do, don’t get yourself in debit for Christmas!

From the text of my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland on page 16 – item #2 in the Services in the Community section under At Home lists the following idea.

Make Cards and Gift Tags

Make your holiday and birthday cards. Also make your holiday gift tags (I’ve added this text). Card stock can be brought very inexpensively. This could be a great family project. Purchase card stock and art supplies here in the Cleveland are at Hollos Papercraft at 1878 Pearl Road in Brunswick. (Look for other art supplies in your area.) Low prices and a large selection of art supplies will make the drive well worth your time and gas!

Gifts to Whip Up in the Kitchen

Besides making cards and gift tags, you can make some of these yummy treats — dipped apricots, apple butter, or Kahula Hot Fudge Sauce. The recipes are below. Give them in artfully decorated boxes and jars and you’ll receive many hugs of thanks this year.


Dipped Apricots

This is a simple recipe. After the chocolate has dried, pack into tissue paper and foil-lined boxes.

Dip dried apricots in melted dark or semi-sweet bits.  Dip in chopped pichachos.

Apple Butter

You’ll need sterile jars with lids and a foley food mill for this recipe. The process takes about 3 – 4 hours altogether.

12 – 14 cooking apples (16 c. chopped)

2 c. cider

2 c. sugar

1 t. cinnamon

1/4 t. cloves

Dash nutmeg ~ add all spices to taste ~ add the nutmeg and cloves carefully in small amounts into the apples.

Cook apples on top of stove until they are done; make into sauce with foley food mill (will be thick). Put the sauce back into the pan and cook — and cook – and cook until is very tick and rich in color. Put in sterile canning jars.

Kahula Hot Fudge Sauce

Everyone I’ve ever made this for loves it — loves it! This flavorful sauce is wonderful over ice cream. I also make a killer chocolate cake and I don’t ice the cake. Instead I serve the cake with vanilla ice cream and this Hot Fudge Sauce!

3/4 c. butter

12- oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips

1-1/3 c. evaporated milk

2 c. sifted powdered sugar

1/2 c. Kahlua

1 t. vanilla

Melt butter in medium saucepan. Add chocolate chips; when melted add evaporated milk. Add powdered sugar slowly (make sure it’s sifted or it will be lumpy.) BEAT with electric mixer for 1 -1 2 minutes or until smooth. Heat to medium heat- not boiling. Then add Kahlua and vanilla stirring constantly over heat. While hot, pour into hot sterile jars.


God Bless You!


November 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

Better Than Black Friday ~ Xmas “Blessing” Book Tour

~ More on Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

If you’re a Black Friday Shopper you’ve got it all wrong! Instead, I’ve got a way for you to enjoy the leftover turkey, watch football, and bless someone right from your own home. Hey, you won’t even have to take off your slippers for this shopping event! Now that’s livin’!

New Rules for Home-based Black Friday Shopping

Anytime from now, November 23, until December 5, you can take that good feeling way down in your heart and bless someone else this Christmas. Sorry, this version you won’t get any sugar cookies left at the fireplace but what you will get is a satisfying feeling being part of the solution for someone else’s difficulties this holiday. “Giving” and “Blessing” someone else is really what Christmas is all about. Isn’t it?

Details: Xmas “Blessing” Book Tour

Be a part of the Xmas “Blessing” Book Tour between November 23 – December 5. Make someone’s life brighter and filled with “Hope” this year for a single mom, family with kids, or someone unemployed — buy them a copy of my new book Fresh Hope …. Cleveland. Really anyone could use my book. I’ve shared all the resources  in my book at the Resources in Fresh Hope tab so you can see how helpful my book can be.

Join the Xmas “Blessing” Book Tour

See the Xmas “Blessing” Book Tour tab for the details on how to shop from your home computer and join the Xmas “Blessing” Book Tour.

Bless Someone Else This Holiday!

God Bless You!


November 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

Thankful Tuesday: What are you thankful for?

~ More thoughts in keeping with Nanci’s new book of resources  Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Somewhere down the line they made the attitude of being thankful a national holiday. That says a lot about the importance of chosing ‘thanksfulness” for our lives doesn’t it?

After a little research I found that the United States first began to celebrate Thanksgiving as a national holiday during President Lincoln’s term in office. It actually took 242 years to make Thanksgiving an official holiday. Here’s more from Wikipedia.

History of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has officially been an annual tradition since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26.

The First Thanksgiving

The “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621.  This celebration lasted three days, and was attended by 53 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans. Back in the day, the New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought, though the 1621 events were likely not a religious observation.

Thanksgiving Today

Our country was founded as “One Nation Under God” and Thanksgiving originally was all about “Giving Thanks” to God. Today it’s sad that the orginal idea of acknowledging God has given way to turkey, football, and Black Friday. And by the same token, it’s given way to living our lives without God.

Thankful Tuesday ~ Share  Your Thoughts

What are you thankful for today, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving? I’m a nine year breast cancer survivor and I’m thankful to God for making these last nine years possible. I’m also thankful that God loves me and has a wonderful plan for my life. He loves you too and has a wonderful plan for your life as well.

What about you? What are you thankful for? Does God fit into that plan? If you’d like to know more about having a personal relationship with God, please see the Relationship with God tab on my blog.

Xmas “Blessing” Book Tour

Be a part of the Xmas “Blessing” Book Tour between December 1 – 5. Make someone’s life brighter and filled with “Hope” this year for a single mom, family with kids, or someone unemployed — buy them a copy of my new book Fresh Hope …. Cleveland. See the Xmas “Blessing” Book Tour tab for the details.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

God Bless You!


November 20, 2012 at 9:07 am Leave a comment

Updated Blog ~ View the “2” New Tabs

~ more about my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Look! I’ve added two new tabs to my blog! I actually published this a day early so lots of people could check out the new stuff on this blog!

The two new tabs are:

1. Xmas “Blessing” Book Tour

Information on how you can “Bless” someone else this Christmas. Check out the details ~ it’s the last tab on the blog.

2. Resources in Fresh Hope … Cleveland

Here you’ll find everything you want to know about the resources in my book and where I got them. For now, I’ll keep that a secret. You can check it all out when you have time. You’ll be astonished all the things that are there!

God Bless You!


November 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment


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