Diana Brandmeyer's Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread


Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. She’s also written We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families. Learn more about Diana at www.dianabrandmeyer.com

A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee
(Releases May 2012)

Heaven’s Stolen His Heart 
After witnessing the ravages of the Civil War, Travis Logan vowed to give up doctoring. But when fellow steamboat passenger Caleb Wharton collapses at his feet, Travis knows he must lend his aid. As the old man lies dying, he makes Travis promise to take care of his land and find Heaven. Travis can’t help but wonder what Heaven has to do with a real place, so he heads to Caleb’s farm to fulfill his promise.

Weeks of facing marauders and caring for her father’s home have finally taken their toll on Heaven Wharton. When an unknown young man charges the house, Heaven attempts to fire a warning shot but ends up shooting the man instead. Shocked, she and her sister, Angel, drag a semi-conscious Travis into the house and nurse him back to health. As Travis and Heaven both struggle to control their destinies, will they learn that only a heart that follows God can ever find peace on earth?


Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread 
2 3/4 cups Blanched Almond Flour (I use Honeyville almond flouDescription: http://www.previewshots.com/images/v1.3/t.gifr)
1/4 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 cup raisins
2 Large Eggs
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Agave Nectar
A pinch Caraway Seeds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the Blanched Almond Flour, Celtic Sea Salt, Baking Soda and raisins in one medium bowl. Whisk together the Eggs, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Agave Nectar in a small bowl. Combine the wet into the dry ingredients. (If you let it sit for a moment, the vinegar will react to the baking soda and will froth a little bit. It’s pretty cool.) Mix well. Sprinkle with pinch of Caraway Seeds. Grease a pan with a dab of Grapeseed Oil. Plop the dough on the pan and mold it into a 8 inch circle that’s about 1 1/2 inch deep. Using a serrated knife, score a cross into the dough that’s about 1/2 inch deep. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Turn the oven off, but leave the bread in the oven for an additional 10 minutes. Take the loaf out of the oven and let it cool for 30 minutes. Eat!

Cara Putman's Mexican Pasta

As the mother of 4 young kids who often meets herself at the door, Cara Putman is always looking for food that will satisfy all the different appetites in her family. One day, when the desperate what-am-I-going-to-serve-for-dinner question appeared around 4 p.m., Cara desperately rifled through her panty and freezer for inspiration. The concoction below is the result…

Mexican Pasta
1 box of pasta of your choice (whatever’s in the pantry) cooked per pkg instructions
1 can of fiesta nacho soup
1 can of corn, drained
1 can of diced tomatos
1 can of black beans (optional)
1 can of green chiles (optional)
1 can black olives (optional)
1 pound of hamburger, cooked (seasoned with taco seasonings optional)
1 container of cottage cheese
1-2 cups of grated cheddar cheese

Stir together, pour in a 9x13 greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until heated through. Serve with a salad and/or tortilla chips. Reheats well.

Cara's Latest Release: A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island 

Attorney Alanna Stone vowed long ago to avoid Mackinac Island. Although it may seem the perfect place to heal, for Alanna it holds too many memories of a painful past. But an exhausting high profile case and an urgent plea from her parents have brought Alanna home. Moving into the house next to Jonathan Covington doesn’t help her. Jonathan may have been her first love, but he was also her first lesson in betrayal. Now Alanna must protect her privacy and her heart. Then Secrets and a murder intersect, and she’s thrust into controversy again as tragedy turns public opinion against her and potentially her family.

For years, Jonathan has stubbornly resisted the urging of his family and friends to date, believing he’s already found the perfect woman. With Alanna’s return, he begins to wonder if he’s waited too long for someone who isn’t the right one after all.

Cara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She’s an attorney and a teacher at her church as well as lecturer at Purdue. She has loved reading and writing from a young age and now realizes it was all training for writing books. She loves bringing history and romance to life. Cara is an author chasing hard after God as she lives a crazy life. She invites you to join her on that journey. Learn more about Cara and her books on her author website:  http://www.caraputman.com