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Writerly Wednesday: A Peek from my Novel-in-Progress: Chapter 15 Giverny: Money’s Water Garden

Giverny is the setting for a pivotal scene in my novel in progress.
It occurs in Chapter 15.

Help Me Choose a Book Cover: Take a Look at These Two Covers and Tell Me "Pink" or "Blue"



Slower Cooker Italian Wedding Soup ~ Minestrone MashUp : Stunningly Delicious

We made this soup on a recent snowy was the perfect light dinner to have in front of the fireplace.


1 quart chicken stock
1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 14 oz can of kidney beans
1 13 oz can of garbanzo (chickpeas) beans
2 carrots rough diced
2 celery stalks rough diced

1 cup small tube pasta
1 small bag frozen chopped spinach or fresh Swiss Chard chiffonade

8 oz ground sausage
1 egg white
3 Tablespoons breadcrumbs
1 Tablespoon Italian seasonings


1. Put first six ingredients in slow cooker and cook on high for two hours, or low on four hours.

2. Turn slow cooker to High, add pasta and spinach

3. Form 1 inch mini-meatballs and add to soup, cook on high for 45 minutes.

4. Serve soup with a grating of parmesan cheese on top and rustic bread on the side.


Week-Ending: The Illustrated Devotional - Psalm 112

Psalm 112
What about the man who trusts in God and is committed to His will and purposes?
Heis a man who is rich indeed Even amid the circumstances of poverty, the wealth and blessing of God are within his reach.
He is a man with purpose and meaning in his life. Even amid the disorder and void of this temporal existence, he is aware of God's concern and love for him.
He is a man who walks unafraid. The threats of violence or prophecies of doom do not detract from his validity nor alter his course.
He is a man who relates to his fellow beings. He identifies with them in their sorrows and complaints and share with them his life and his gifts.
He is the man who is truly happy  and through whom our God is working out His purposes in this world today.

I'm currently reading Your Beautiful Purpose:Discovering and Enjoying What God Can Do Through You by Susie Larson. It's an amazing book that I believe will speak to anyone who is thinking about their life's purpose, dealing with fear of failure as …

World's Best Quiche Lorraine : Trust Me

Honestly, this is the absolute BEST Quiche Lorraine I've ever made or tasted.  Really. Truly. Trust. Me.

1 pre-made frozen pie crust (or your own from-scratch pie crust)
4 eggs
2 cups whole milk
2 cups grated gruyere cheese
4 or 5 pieces cooked bacon
Suggested seasonings: salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 400F....bake frozen piecrust for 10 minutes. Take out of oven and let cool. Reduce oven temp to 350 F.
2. While the pie crust is baking... Cook bacon and pat dry on paper towels Grate gruyere cheese - the cheese is the key to the wonderful taste of this quicheWhisk together milk, eggs, and seasonings (to taste)

3. Scatter half of crumbled bacon on bottom of pie crust. Add shredded cheese. Carefully pour egg/milk mixture into pie crust, filling to top. Scatter remaining bacon on top, sprinkle with paprika.
4. Bake at 350F for 35 - 45 minutes, checking often during the last 10 minutes. Center will be slightly jiggly, firm not soupy.…

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