Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

Last night we had friends and family over for our annual soup night. It’s one of my favorite evenings of the year. It began raining as we finished up, bringing to an end a long stretch of Indian summer days here in the Pacific Northwest. I’m not sure if the spectacular weather we’ve had will make the winter rains easier or harder to adjust to. It doesn’t matter. The leaves, colors, warm days, and crisp nights have been glorious. All reminders of God’s goodness. On this last day of October, here’s a coconut curry pumpkin soup recipe straight from my kitchen. I modified it from a recipe calling for butter and half-and-half. I love cooking with coconut oil and milk, especially now that it’s been decided it’s good for...

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Recently Read YA Novel: As Waters Gone By

Recently Read YA Novel: As Waters Gone By

I “met” Tina Bustamante years ago when she emailed me a story she’d written, asking for my feedback. A few years after that she attended a writers’ conference I taught at, and we met in person for the first time–even though by then I felt as if I’d known her for years. Then I read the next story she wrote. And a third. All along, I was sure she had a bright writing future. Her novel, As Waters Gone By, has just been published by Leap Books. I know it won’t be her last. Tina is a smart, caring person, and I’m honored to know her. I recommend As Waters Gone By–a compelling coming-of-age story set on Orcas Island–along with Tina’s blog. Both are heartfelt and full of insight into the challenges and...

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Retreat for adoptive and foster moms

Retreat for adoptive and foster moms

If you’re an adoptive or foster mom living in the Northwest consider Called to Love.  It’s a retreat for adoptive and foster moms in any stage of the process.  The purpose of the retreat is to provide renewal, connection, and encouragement in the journey of parenting an adopted or foster child. Check out more information here. The dates are Friday, November 15 to Sunday, November 17, 2013 and the location is at The Oregon Garden Resort in...

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Fall Scavenger Hunt

Fall Scavenger Hunt

This is a lot of fun for fiction lovers. I’m not participating this year because I don’t have a fall release, but I totally recommend it. Find out about new-to-you authors and enter to win an iPad Mini. You have all weekend to do the hunt! Start here.

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Here’s the cover for Minding Molly!

Here’s the cover for Minding Molly!

Here’s the cover for the third novel in my Shakespeare inspired Courtships of Lancaster County series, Minding Molly. This one is based on a Midsummer Night’s Dream. I love the model and the quilt. Perfect for the story. Let me know what you think! (Pre-orders are available! It releases February...

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