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Kentucky Christmas Cookies

I've eaten a lot of sugar cookies in my lifetime and these are, hands down, my favorite. I've been baking these for over 25 years now and this is the tried and true recipe. I don't frost them as prettily as these shown here. Honestly, we eat them too fast. Here's...

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A book beneath the tree

There are so many reasons I love Christian fiction. This image by my publisher, Revell, captures it beautifully. UNWRAP HOPE & LOVE THIS HOLIDAY. So much of what the world offers fails in this, especially fiction. I recently asked readers on my Facebook author...

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday…

I have rich memories of Kentucky Thanksgivings at my granny's house. She'd cook for days beforehand, hardly taking her apron off till she went to bed. One magical happening was going onto the back porch and opening what she called the back closet. There, on many...

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Novel Faces

Recently a reader asked where I draw inspiration for my characters. Such a thought-provoking question deserves a worthy answer! Here's a collage of novel faces {I also have a Pinterest board devoted to the same} that inspires me to create the characters in my novels....

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Chapter One…

So I'm about to begin another novel. Years ago, when the publishing door opened, I felt I'd be blessed to publish one book. Now, ten years later, I thought it might be fun to revisit those first lines of past novels if for no other reason than I don't want to repeat...

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My Kentucky Kitchen Chili

Some chili recipes are just ho~hum. This isn't one of them. Plus you can spice it up or down as you wish. I like to add a couple cans of drained hominy, white & yellow. Sometimes I even add a bit of dark chocolate and cinnamon. Just have fun with it. Great for...

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