Cooking + Audiobooks = Unexpected Me Time {+ Recipe and a Giveaway}

*Note: This first appeared as an eblast. To read first and for more exclusive giveaways, be sure that you are subscribed to my mailing list!  One of my favorite things is cooking dinner. It’s a good thing that I like it because I cook for 11 people every night. I like to try new recipes, but I also have old favorites. It’s extremely satisfying to gather my whole family around the table every night and see my family members enjoying {Read More}

Shortcake For Fresh Strawberries

Happy day! The latest book in the Pinecraft Pie Shop series releases TODAY!! To celebrate I’m sharing a delicious recipe for strawberry shortcake from my co-author, Sherry Gore. Check out Sewn with Joy and the other books in the series for more Amish recipes. Shortcake For Fresh Strawberries 1 cup butter 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups granulated sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder 2 cups whole milk whipped cream for topping Preheat oven to 350*F. In a large bowl, crumble the butter, flour {Read More}

Must-Try Recipe: Banana Sour Cream Bread

You’ll never need another banana bread recipe again. One of the things I love about writing the Pinecraft Pieshop Series is all the wonderful food that finds itself withing the pages of these novels. Here is a recipe for Banana Sour Cream Banana bread. Can you say? YUM! Banana Sour Cream Bread ¼ cup sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¾ cup butter 3 cups sugar 3 eggs 6 ripe bananas 16 ounces sour cream 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 teaspoons cinnamon ½ {Read More}

My Favorite Cookbook

When John and I got married, someone gave us a gift certificate to a local store. We had enough to each pick out one thing. John bought a rechargeable flashlight, and I bought my first cookbook. I have to say both were put to good use over the years. The is the cookbook I bought: Better Homes New Cookbook. I can’t tell you the number of recipes I’ve cooked over the years—a lot! I love that it’s a three-ring binder, which means {Read More}

I Write How I Cook: Little of This, Little of That

I wanted to make a chicken pot pie. I’d googled a recipe the other day while I was writing my shopping list—making sure I had all the ingredients—but for the life of me I couldn’t find that recipe today. So instead I looked at three other recipes and then decided to do my own thing. It turned out delicious. Here’s the recipe. Easy-Peasy Chicken Pot Pie   1 bag of frozen chicken breast strips—Grilled and Ready® by Tyson worked great! {Read More}

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