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Martha Roger's Mammy's Southern Pecan Pie

Martha Rogers is a free-lance writer and multi-published author from Realms Fiction of Charisma Media and Winged Publications. She was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009. She is a member of ACFW and writes the weekly Verse of the Week for the ACFW Loop. ACFW awarded her the Volunteer of the Year in 2014. Her first electronic series from Winged Publications, Love in the Bayou City of Texas, debuted in the spring of 2015. 

Martha is a frequent speaker for writing workshops and the Texas Christian Writers Conference. She is a retired teacher and lives in Houston with her husband, Rex. Their favorite pastime is spending time with their eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visit Martha online HERE. 

Martha's Latest Book Releasle: Christmas at Stoney Creek

News reporter Tom Whiteman befriends a homeless man, Joe, and brings him home to Stoney Creek, a town that accepts people for who they are and not how they appear. Tom’s journalistic instincts suggest there’s more to the old man than appearances tell. A carpenter by trade, Joe works at odd jobs around town and makes many new friends including Faith Delmont, a girl who grew up with Tom. 

Contradictions in the man’s manners and way of speaking whet Tom’s nose for news and raises even more questions. As he and Faith seek the truth, they learn that God’s love can turn tragedy and loss to triumph and true love comes to those who seek it. Buy the book HERE



Martha's Mammy’s Southern Pecan Pie

1 cup brown sugar, packed                               
1 tablespoon flour                                                  
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup Karo (light or dark)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon butter                                                           
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pecans (halves or chopped)

Mix sugar and flour, blend in softened butter. Add eggs and syrup, beat well. Add butter, vanilla, and pecans and mix well. Pour into prepared pie crust and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Serve warm with whipped topping or ice cream or just plain. Good either way.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Here's an easy recipe to make when you want a little something different for your meal. Loaded with vitamin C! 

4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/3 cup salted butter
1/4 cup half and half cream
1/2 teaspoon sea sat
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

In large saucepan, cover sweet potatoes with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook until potatoes are tender, about 12-15 minutes. Drain. 
Add butter and cream to potatoes and mash with a hand masher. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with a dollop of butter. Serves 4-6. 

Molasses Crinkles


Here's an old recipe we enjoy when we want something with a little spice. Baking these will make your kitchen smell wonderful.

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 1/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt

In medium mixing bowl, cream together shortening and brown sugar. Add egg and molasses and mix well. In small bowl, combine flour, soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Add flour mixture to shortening mixture and beat well. Roll into balls the size of large walnuts. Dip tops in sugar. Place on greased baking sheet. Bake until set but not hard 10-12 minutes. Makes 3 dozen.
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Tanya Eavenson's Cinnamon Pecans

Tanya Eavenson is a bestselling author who enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Word Weavers International, and writes for Christ to the World Ministries. You can find her at her website http://www.tanyaeavenson.com/ 

Tanya's Latest Book Release: RESTORED

Sometimes love arrives when you least expect it.

Dr. Steven Moore is known nationally for saving lives. If only he could save his own. Unable to deal with his cancer prognosis, he retreats to a happier time in his past—to the woman who once stole his heart.

Four years after the death of her beloved husband, bookstore owner Elizabeth Roberts still struggles to sustain her faith and joy in the Lord as she raises her two sons. She strives to find a way through her family's grief, never suspecting a man from her past might offer hope for her future. But how can there be a future when he's only come to kiss her and says good-bye. Buy the book HERE. 


Tanya's Cinnamon Pecans

·       1 cup pecans
·       ¼ cup white sugar
·       1 teaspoon cinnamon
·       ¼ teaspoon of water
·       1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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·       Place cinnamon, sugar, and water in a medium-sized skillet. Mix, allowing the mixture to heat to a light boil. Add pecans and stir to ensure full coverage. Remove from heat and continue to stir. As the mixture begins to cool in the pan, add vanilla extract and continue to stir. Allow to cool.

Be warned! The hardest part of this recipe is allowing the pecans to cool prior to eating. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Streusel Topping


Here's a yummy way to make pumpkin pie when you want something a little different.

Crust:
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons shortening
1/4 cup cold water

Filling:
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 can pumpkin
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
12 oz. can evaporated milk

Ginger Streusel Topping
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped Glazed Walnuts (see recipe here)
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped crystallized ginger

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In small bowl, mix together flour and salt. Cut in shortening until resembles small coarse crumbs. Add half water, mix dough, and then add remaining water and mix until dough forms a ball. Roll out pie dough onto floured surface the size of your pie plate. Transfer to plate and crimp edges. Set aside.

In large bowl, mix all filling ingredients together well. Pour into prepared pie shell. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes and then lower oven temperature to 350 degrees, and bake an additional 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in small bowl mix together flour and sugar to make the streusel. Cut in butter. Stir in walnuts and ginger.

Remove pie from oven and top with the Ginger Streusel. Return to oven and bake an additional 10-15 minutes until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack. Serve with whipped cream. Serves 8.
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Easy Macaroni and Cheese

Here's a recipe my mom used to make for me when I was a girl. Our girls like it even better than the Kraft version. 


16 oz. elbow macaroni, uncooked
4 quarts water
1 teaspoon sea salt
5 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk
10 oz. cheese loaf, cubed (like Velveeta)
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper


In large saucepan, bring water to a rapid boil. Add salt and macaroni. Boil 9-11 minutes until tender. Drain. In same saucepan, melt butter. Add milk, cheese cubes, and cheddar cheese. Cook on medium low until cheese is melted. Add drained macaroni and mix well. Sprinkle with pepper. Serve warm. Enjoy! 
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Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Here are a few Thanksgiving recipe ideas to serve with your turkey next week. 
Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 








Coconut Pecan Pie


Here's a twist on your regular pecan pie that you might enjoy. Very rich, but very delicious! 

Crust:
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons shortening
1/4 cup cold water

Filling:
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup melted butter
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups pecans, halved

In small bowl, mix together flour and salt. Cut in shortening until resembles small coarse crumbs. Add half water, mix dough, and then add remaining water and mix until dough forms a ball. Roll out pie dough onto floured surface the size of your pie plate. Transfer to plate and crimp edges. Set aside.



In a medium bowl, combine eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, and salt. Mix well. Add unsweetened coconut and pecans. Pour filling into unbaked pie crust. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is no longer runny. It will continue to stiffen as it cools. Place on wire rack and allow to cool before serving. Serves 8
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Rosemary Garlic Artisan Bread

Here's a recipe my mother-in-law found on Frugal Living. The recipe actually comes from the book: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking. Now, I'll be the first to tell you that I enjoy making bread. I love getting my hands in it, kneading it, and shaping it into beautiful loaves. But this recipe is really, really simple. It's fast and quite tasty. It's very comparable to the hard sour dough bread you buy for $4 or more at the grocery store. I made my first batch yesterday and turned out two loaves, saving enough dough for another loaf later. I'm eager to let the dough sit in the refrigerator for a week to try some sour dough bread and see how it turns out. I'll be sure to report back here on that. So, without further ado, here is the recipe (with my additional toppings):


3 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 tablespoons yeast (I used instant yeast)
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


In large plastic container with lid (I used a gallon ice-cream pail) combine water, yeast, salt and flour. Mix together well with a wooden spoon until ingredients are combined. Dough may be sticky. Cover with lid and allow to rise in warm place for 2 hours. At this point, you may place the dough in the refrigerator to use at a later time. There will be enough dough to make 3 loaves. 


To make a loaf of bread:


With floured hands, scoop out a third of the dough (about the size of a small cantaloupe) and form it into a smooth ball, working the edges with your fingers and tucking it under until top is smooth. Place the dough on a pizza peel or parchment paper dusted with cornmeal. Cover and allow the loaf to rise for 30-40- minutes until double. 


Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. I like to preheat my baking stone at this time as well. Add a small pan of water to the lower rack to create steam. May need to add water to this if you're baking more than one loaf of bread. I used an aluminum cake pan. 



Once loaf has doubled, score 3-4 times with a sharp knife. Wash the top with egg wash (1 egg + 1 tablespoon water). Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon crushed rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Transfer loaf to baking stone or baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes until dark golden brown. The loaf should sound hollow when tapped with your knuckle. Remove from oven and allow to cool on wire rack. When ready to serve, slice with a sharp bread knife. Enjoy! 
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Carole Brown's Fruit Salad

Besides being an active participant of many writing groups, Carole enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense, tough topics, romance and whimsy into her books, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons? Learn more about Carole HERE.

Carole's latest book release: Undiscovered Treasures 

Caroline Gibson is co-owner of Undiscovered Treasures, a shop of antiques, collectibles, and junk in rural West Virginia. Inside the shop is a music box that Caroline particularly relates to, believing that her own life is similar: forever spinning and never going anywhere. She dreams and prays for the right man to turn up. But when family and friends hint that the local artist could be the guy, Caroline forgets about trusting God and takes matters into her own hands. Besides, she could never love a man who paints such depressing pictures. 

Andrew Carrington, painter of said depressing pictures, insists there’s always one redeeming trait to each of his works. He’s loved Caroline since they were kids and thinks he’s not handsome enough, strong enough, or rich enough to impress this woman. But when God—or is it?—suddenly sends contracts begging for his signature, Andy thinks this just might be the way to win the only woman he can ever love. But there’s a hitch in their plans. Someone is stealing Andy’s pictures, and why would they do that when he’s an unknown--so far? Do they know something Caroline and Andy don’t know? Is it mischief? Or something deeper that neither understand? Andy gets the chance to work with Caroline, and she must put aside her on-going battle to avoid Andy and his art so they can discover the art thief in Appleton before Andy loses the chance of a lifetime to ‘make it big. Buy the book HERE.


Carole's Recipe for Fruit Salad

This is a super easy, super delicious dessert that works for holidays or summer. I'm sharing my standard recipe, but be creative (hint example: Christmas: include lots of cherries and kiwi for the color!!)
Lots of tropical fruits including kiwi, papaya and pineapple - If you use cans of fruit, do not drain. Include the juice in your mixture. I also add Mandarin oranges, bananas and whatever else I happen to have in the fridge that's suitable. 

1 small box of instant vanilla pudding (french is extra rich/extra good!)

Mix fruit and pudding together in a large bowl and refrigerate.

This is really good over slices of pound cake, sponge cake, or even cookies.
Try it with seasonal fruit, like peaches, apples, strawberries and/or melons.
Add your own touches to it to suit your taste, like a dab of (light) whip cream on top
Or spread it over pancakes, etc. Most of all, enjoy!

Sourdough Carrot Cake with Ginger Buttercream Frosting


Here's a recipe our youngest daughter took to the county fair and received Reserve Champion on. It's a great way to use your sourdough starter. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of it when it was cut...

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cups canola oil
2 cups sugar
1 cup UNFED sourdough starter
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

Ginger Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup butter, softened
4-5 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 teaspoons crystalized ginger, finely minced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Place carrots and coconut in a food processor and pulse about 8 times, until finely chopped. 

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, oil, sugar, and sourdough starter. Mix in eggs one-at-a-time, beating well after each, along with vanilla. Fold in pineapple, carrots, coconut, and walnuts. Add dry ingredients to the batter, stirring just to combine. Spoon batter into two round cake pans sprayed with cooking spray and lined with waxed paper. Bake for 30-32 minutes until cake tests done in the center. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. 

To prepare frosting, in a large mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add powdered sugar and milk in three parts, alternately, mixing well between each addition. Stir in vanilla. Frost cake layers and garnish with ginger. Serves 16-20. 
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Pumpkin Bread

Here is a favorite pumpkin bread recipe I like to make. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It's lovely with a cup of International coffee or tea.

1 cup oil
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 can pumpkin (15 oz)
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
3/4 cups mini chocolate chips
1 cup pecans or walnuts

In medium bowl, cream together oil, sugar, eggs and pumpkin. In separate bowl, mix together flour, soda, salt, and spices. Add to creamed mixture. Fold in chips and nuts. Pour into 2-3 greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Enjoy!

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Cookbook Preview ~ Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, by Ina Garten

For America’s bestselling cookbook author Ina Garten there is no greater pleasure than cooking for the people she loves—and particularly for her husband, Jeffrey. She has been cooking for him ever since they were married forty-eight years ago, and the comforting, delicious meals they shared became the basis for her extraordinary career in food.

Ina’s most personal cookbook yet, Cooking for Jeffrey is filled with the recipes Jeffrey and their friends request most often as well as charming stories from Ina and Jeffrey’s many years together. There are traditional dishes that she’s updated, such as Brisket with Onions and Leeks, and Tsimmes, a vegetable stew with carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and prunes, and new favorites, like Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken and Roasted Salmon Tacos. You’ll also find wonderful new salads, including Maple-Roasted Carrot Salad and Kale Salad with Pancetta and Pecorino. Desserts range from simple Apple Pie Bars to showstoppers like Vanilla Rum Panna Cotta with Salted Caramel. For the first time, Ina has included a chapter devoted to bread and cheese, with recipes and tips for creating the perfect cheese course. With options like Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschettas and Challah with Saffron, there’s something everyone will enjoy.

From satisfying lunches to elegant dinners, here are the recipes Ina has tested over and over again, so you too can serve them with confidence to the people you love. Purchase the book HERE. 

Ina Garten is a New York Times bestselling author and the host of Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa, which has won three Emmy Awards. She lives in East Hampton, New York, with her husband, Jeffrey. This is her tenth book.