By the Stars- new release from Jessica Marie Baumgartner

By the Stars- new release from Jessica Marie Baumgartner

By the Stars Social Media CoverIf you enjoy science fiction, or just interesting fiction, you’ll enjoy By the Stars. I received a copy of By the Stars a few days ago and I’m about half way through it, even though I have been really busy and shouldn’t have taken the time to read it. Since it is on my Kindle it is harder to peek at the end the way I usually end up doing, so I’m interested to see what happens in the rest of the book.


Allie is faced with her worst nightmare as she boards a space ship that will transport her and her children from their home forever. The human population has dwindled to around 15,000 as the Earth’s become hostile. If they stay they will die.

The alien race who’s come to their rescue seem to have no concept of selfishness, but Allie has her doubts. She’s separated from her husband and left to fend for her family on her own. It’s up to her to make sure that they survive the trip across the stars.

Book Excerpt:

I used to have nightmares about this. I would wake up scream­ing as they forced me to leave. People giving up; abandoning Mother Earth. The thought alone caused my heart to race, my under arms to sweat.

Here I stand clutching my children, one on each side, as we pre­pare to be torn away from everything that’s tangible. Before me, a gargantuan structure glares from above. This beast, this ship is supposed to save humanity, or at least what’s left of it.

I’ve lived through mass devastation. It’s hardened me enough.

But leaving? It still scares me.

We have no idea what’s out there for us.

My husband has faith in the alien colony that is aiding us. They made contact just in time. Said they had revolutionized their space program and stumbled upon our signal.

I don’t know what I believe.

As the line moves forward, I pull my girls along. They stumble ahead with fright, carrying their backpacks strapped to their bodies. Our packs are the only human luggage allowed on the crowded craft. But that’s not what they’re worried about.

It’s not the new race they fear. Or even the new world. It is the missing presence of their father.

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Author bio:

Jessica is a member of The St. Louis Writer’s Guild. Her stories have been featured by Bewildering Stories, Fiction on the Web, Beyond Imagination Literary Magazine, Hellfire Crossroads, and others. She has a Paranormal Romance novelette titled Tale of Two Bookends through Cobblestone Press LLC, and a children’s book about religious diversity and acceptance titled, My Family Is Different. You check her out at

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Posted by on August 4, 2015 in Uncategorized


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The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book

I was excited to get The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book. I have a few other cookbooks by Bruce Weinstein, such as The Ultimate Ice Cream Book and The Ultimate Candy Book, as well as The Ultimate Frozen Dessert Cookbook by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough. When I first opened the book, I was disappointed to see that the binding split apart right away. While it is still usable, it is likely that pages will start falling out next.

The first recipe that I tried was Honest-To-God Pulled Pork. We raise pigs, so I have pulled a lot of pork. It was nice to have a recipe to cook it quickly when I just needed enough for my family. I also made a beef stew, by combining a few of the recipes to get the veggies that my family likes in it. My husband was thrilled that I could make a good beef stew so quickly since I haven’t made beef stew much lately since it’s hard to get it in the crockpot early enough in the day for it to be cooked for dinner.

With 500 recipes, there is a lot of variety in the book. There is also a section on using a pressure cooker at the beginning, which was handy for me since I had never used one before. There is a section of desserts, but I doubt I will end up using those much. The main dishes, as well as the soups will probably get quite a bit of use. This is a great resource, especially for those days when I forget to plan dinner until is too late to start a lot of things, since they cook considerably quicker than conventional recipes.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

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Posted by on July 20, 2015 in Book Reviews


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Bread Revolution, by Peter Reinhart

I have all of Peter Reinhart’s previous books that I am aware of. I use many of his recipes frequently, so I was excited to get a copy of his newest book, Bread Revolution. I have also heard a lot about people eating bread made from sprouted grains, but in the rural area I live in, they are not available. Now I can make my own. The first thirty pages of the book are composed of the introduction and a tutorial on the methods he uses in the book, along with answering questions on techniques needed. There are pictures of the shaping process to guide you in that as well. The following chapters are on sourdough, sprouted flour breads, sprouted pulp breads, whole grains and whole milling, the next new bread frontier, and is the road less traveled the road ahead, which uses things like peaches and coffee in the starter. There are a number of gluten-free recipes in the book, for those who either need or prefer gluten-free.There are also recipes such as Sprouted Wheat Cinnamon Buns and Sweet Rolls, for those who prefer that their indulgences be as healthy as possible. This book contains a number of intriguing recipes, such as Whole Wheat Currant Pretzels, and Seeded Multigrain Hearth Bread with “Parmesan Trap” Starter, as well as healthier versions of classic recipes, such as Whole Wheat and Raisin English Muffins, and Sprouted Wheat Croissants. There is an extensive resources section at the end of the book if you need help locating ingredients,or would like to read more about the techniques used in the book. I am looking forward to baking my way through this book, although I would warn those who live in rural areas that you will probably have to buy some of the ingredients online. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Posted by on February 6, 2015 in Book Reviews


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Observations on Awe and Wonder- We Make the Road by Walking Chapter 1

Isn’t it amazing to think what it would have been like to watch God form the stars and planets, the ocean and the mountains, and everything on the earth. These things are beautiful to look at now, can you imagine how glorious it would be to have been able to watch as they were created? Sometimes days can go by in busyness without a pause to stop and notice how amazing the universe really is, but those times when we stop to look up at the night sky, or notice the beauty of a sunset, or a horse running through a field, make you feel a sense of awe at how much beauty and variety of things God has created. There are so many strange and fascinating things on earth, that you have to wonder at the imagination of God. Have you seen pictures of some of the unusual creatures that live along the hydrothermal vents on the floor of the Pacific Ocean? Genesis tells of God looking at everything he had made and resting from his work. How often do you take the time to stop working and appreciate the beauty and wonder of God’s creation?

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Posted by on January 22, 2015 in Book Reviews, Religion


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We Make the Road by Walking

I am reading We Make the Road by Walking, by Brian McClaren. I am planning to blog about each section as I read it. It is meant to take about a year. I have read most of his other books and I think he has a lot of valuable things to say, so I’m looking forward to reading this one. As the front flap of the books says, this book is meant to help you “re-imagine what it means to live joyfully and responsibly in today’s world as agents of God’s justice, creativity, and peace.” The books says that faith is not something you find once and stay that way. It is meant to grow and develop over the course of your life. I’m hoping reading this book and reflecting on it will help me on that journey. Look for my next post on it soon.

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Posted by on January 17, 2015 in Book Reviews, Religion


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Super Stitches Sewing

Have you ever read a sewing pattern or book at wondered what the stitch it mentioned using was? I know I have. Super Stitches Sewing by Nicole Vasbinder will solve this problem.  The books discusses 70 types of stitches- 50 machine stitches, and 20 hand stitches. It also tells you how to use each stitch, as well as what the stitch may also be known as, what stitches you can substitute for it, its common uses, as well as what type of foot you need for a machine stitch, what fabric, thread, and needle type you would use. There also a helpful section at the end that discusses types of hand needles, machine needles, thread, presser feet, and sewing machines. This book is an essential reference for anyone who enjoys sewing.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Posted by on January 17, 2015 in Uncategorized


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A Little About Me

Hi! My name is Kaitlyn Sexton. I was born in a small town (less than 2,000 people small, thought I would clarify since I have heard some people refer to 30,00 as a small town and there’s a big difference) in southern Michigan. I grew up on the farm my family has owned since the mid-1800s. My grandparents lived across the road from us. I have been married to my husband Chad for 7 years. I am a mother of three kids, Brock (5), Jake (2), and Claire (5 months). I am a stay-at-home mom and I homeschool Brock, although with his love of numbers, I think he is teaching me sometimes. I love to bake and I believe that you can enjoy food and still be healthy. I also sew cloth diapers and other baby items, like a changing pad for the diaper bag that my kids will actually fit on, as well as quilting and cross stitch projects. I love books and and learning so I have taken a college class on about every subject there is. I’m really excited that I have a library in the house we have been remodeling and moved into a few months ago. I grew up on a farm and I married a farmer. Right now, we have pigs and steers at my in-laws because we didn’t have room for them at our old house. My husband grows corn, soybeans, and hay. When we get time to get fences built and the barns fixed, we plan to have pigs, cows, and horses. We are considering chickens, although neither of us are bird people, but we would like the eggs. I would never have thought I would do anything fitness related since I am very uncoordinated and never enjoyed sports or anything like that. I started exercising in college though and found that I actually enjoyed it. I recently completed my pre/postnatal fitness specialist certification and am working on completing my personal trainer certification. I am also currently writing blog posts for the Fertility Council and the Bible Feast Blog. I would like to write a book on the lives on pioneer women in Michigan and what it was like raising a family in that period someday, when I have more time to research without filling sippy cups of milk constantly.

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Posted by on January 5, 2015 in Uncategorized