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'Tis the season for pumpkin pie! I don't know about you, but I like it with whipped cream added liberally. I'm not a fan of recipes that tamper with my traditional pumpkin pie, but I love this one because it's basically pumpkin pie smothered with creamy goodness; wrapped in a blend of cream cheese and Cool Whip.


2 -15 oz. cans solid pack pumpkin            
1 -12 oz. can evaporated milk                 
1 cup sugar                                          
3 eggs                                                  
1 teaspoon vanilla                                                      
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
18¼ oz. box yellow cake mix
1 cup butter, melted
1½ cups chopped pecans

FOR BASE: Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with waxed paper and coat the paper with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

 In a mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, milk and sugar.  Beat in eggs and vanilla; add spices.  Pour into prepared pan.  

Sprinkle with dry cake mix and drizzle with butter.  Sprinkle with pecans.  Bake at 350° for one hour (convection ovens 325° for 50 minutes) or until golden brown.  Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.  

Invert onto a large serving platter. (If you don't have a platter large enough you can use a big cutting board.)

Carefully remove waxed paper. 

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
12 oz. Cool Whip, thawed  (NOT fat-free)

FOR FROSTING: In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.  Fold in Cool Whip.  Frost dessert.  Store in the refrigerator.  

Not unexpectedly, there were no leftovers. Even Dude was a fan!


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One would think that a book about porn addiction would only appeal to a niche market, but that's not the case with "PURE EYES, CLEAN HEART - A Couple's Journey to Freedom from Pornography." This book has something for everyone, and that's great news because I have a copy to give away!

Jen and Craig Ferguson not only speak honestly and courageously about Craig's porn addiction; they share, step by step, how they've navigated these murky waters to a place of healing. 

While I did not expect to see myself or my husband in this book, the truth is that I saw us both. The message "PURE EYES, CLEAN HEART" delivers will resonate not only with anyone dealing with any type of addiction, but with all married couples as well. That is because this book is not only about addiction but about relationships in general as well. 

See if you recognize yourself or your spouse in these words from Jen:

"I don't know about your situation, but my husband has a bit of a rebellious streak in him...He saw the rules as something designed to constrain him, thus, he would look for ways to break free from what he viewed as my tight grasp of his behavior. As such, he would engage in behaviors he knew would hurt me deeply. He would spend hours playing video games. He would neglect to help me around the house. He wouldn't talk to me about anything of real substance...

The rules we had set up to create a pathway to freedom ended up becoming a locked-down prison. The padlock was fear; the key was surrender... Everything I had done to try to save my husband only seemed to make matters worse. When I look back at myself...I can see clearly that every single one of the rules we had implemented was rooted in fear. My sneaking and scheming to try to catch him in the act was motivated by fear. My threatening and chastising was instigated by fear. I had been like a military dictator that wanted precise order and regulation because, like most dictators, I was afraid that something or someone more powerful than me would take over."

Still not sure this book has something for you? The book is divided into 6 segments and each of these consists of 3 chapters - one written from Jen's perspective, one written from Craig's perspective and a third chapter to help you work through the topic they've just presented. If you love God's Word then you will love these third chapters. They go beyond sharing relevant Scriptures and give in-depth explanations of the verses that allow you to see Scripture in an entirely new light.

If you'd like to enter to win a copy of "PURE EYES, CLEAN HEART" please leave a comment below this post. Receive an extra entry for sharing this post on Facebook or Twitter (let me know if you've done this in the comments.) Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Monday December 1, 2014 when a winner will be chosen by random draw. U.S. and Canadian residents only, please. 

AND THE WINNER IS....Beth!  Congratulations!

*I was given a copy of this book to read and critique, plus a second copy to give away but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are strictly my own.


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