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God Loves You. ~Chester Blue is my favorite book, of all the ones I've published to date.  Yet, despite glowing reviews, it languishes in last place in my book rankings. 

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But I won't give up on this charming inspirational tale.

I finally took the long-ago offered advice of my sis-in-law Kathy,  and commissioned ten illustrations for the interior of the book and for the cover.
I am over the moon with the results. 
Ursula Andrejczuk, the illustrator  I found via,  has created these beautiful illustrations which truly  bring Chester Blue's story to life. I cannot wait to share them with you! And I will, in just one month...
Chester Blue's story has also been professionally edited, not once, but twice. Now he's waiting to have a brand new interior design for his book.
Which means he will be ready to make his 'new' debut just in time for the holidays.
P.S. Just in case you're wondering when I'm going to stop playing a…

Beer enhanced slow cooker chili for a chilly day

The first crisp days of autumn call for chili. This recipe can be assembled in 15 minutes and then left to cook in the slow cooker, while you watch a football game or go for a leaf watching hike with your dogs.


1 lb beef stew meat
1 red bell pepper
1 medium onion
1 bottle beer of choice
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 small can of tomato paste
1 14 oz can chili beans
1 14 oz can black or kidney beans
1/2 can chicken stock or water to thin chili if needed
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Hot sauce or cayenne pepper (optional)


1. Brown stew meat.

2. Chop onion and bell pepper and place in bottom of slow cooker, add browned meat and remaining ingredients.

3. Cook on low for 8 hours, or 4 - 6 hours on high. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Serve with toppings of shredded cheddar, sour cream, frito chips.

Writerly Wednesday: Pre-Made Book Covers from

Ta Da! Here's the new book cover for INSPIRED! my first cookbook. I found the cover at a terrific source for pre-made book covers at incredibly affordable prices. 
James has a huge assortment of book covers for every genre, fiction or non-fiction, and your greatest challenge will be narrowing your choice down to just one. 
Of course, as usual, I couldn't decide between two...but in the end I chose this one because I felt it carried the theme of the enthusiastic title.

And I think it's a far-sight better than my 'homemade' book cover. HA!

Meatless Mondays : Omelets Are Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

omelet pre-slide and flip

Omelets are an easy one pan dinner that can be ready in five minutes. Perfect for those nights when you get home late from work and are too tired to cook, but don't want another frozen dinner or overpriced  take-out. Pour yourself a glass of wine to enjoy while the vegetables sauté. Suddenly the cares of the day can slip away and you can enjoy the simple elegance of a well made meal.

3 large eggs
dab of butter
handful of your favorite vegetable
handful of your favorite grated cheese

Essential Pan: Large Non-stick skillet

Begin by sautéing your favorite vegetable quickly in the pan until just soft. In this case, I sautéed five baby Portabella mushrooms (in not-so-meatless bacon fat from the 2 slices of bacon I'd fried first and then crumbled).
Remove vegetables from pan.
Add a dollop of butter to the pan, swirl around to coat the bottom of the pan. 
Pour your whisked eggs into the pan, gently swirl the pan so that the egg mixture…

INSPIRED! My First Cookbook .99 cents!

Ta da! My first cookbook: INSPIRED! Fast, Easy, Healthy Recipes Inspired by the World's Greatest Chefs, available on for .99 cents.

This little ebook features 30 fast, healthy and fun recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 
As the title suggests: the book was inspired by my cooking adventures through the bookcase of cookbooks that I've collected over the years.
Like these multigrain waffles inspired by The Joy of Cooking.

Or this 4-ingredient chicken pot pie.

Summer pasta, inspired by one my favorite chefs: Ina Garten

And it wouldn't be a cookbook without chocolate chip cookies!
I hope you'll enjoy my first little cookbook.
I look forward to sharing more recipes in the future.

Reviewer Wednesday : We Need Your Feedback!


If you've read one of my books in the past few months, would you take a moment to write a review on

Reviews are such an important part of a book's success and your reviews really matter to readers (like me!) who read reviews before choosing a book.

Here are the links to each book...many thanks in advance.

Your feedback really does count!

Waiting with God - a 31-day devotional

God Loves You. ~Chester Blue

Mrs. Tuesday's Departure

Thank you!