The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

Don’t you just love the cover of this book?  I do.  Yes Ma’am, I do.  Pst – that’s my pillow and my plate and even my cake-laden silver fork! I bought The Coincidence of Coconut Cake for one reason.  Ok, maybe two reasons, neither of which have anything to do with the contents of the…

The Big Adventures of Tiny House

 LOOK WHAT THE MAIL MAN BROUGHT!!!  (I’m excited, can you tell?) My new favorite Tiny House book! I “met” Susan Schaefer Bernardo through the Facebook group “Tiny House People”, recommended by Macy Miller, and through NaNoWriMo, and then I discovered her children’s books and they are spectacular!  If you’ve got kids, you are going to…

Blushing Eggs

I’ve been researching the various ways authors include food in their writing.  Some authors weave the recipes right into the story, others mention the food and then include recipes in the book.  While that seems like it would narrow the options down to just two, each author does this in their own unique way and…

What Falls from the Sky?

Here’s another of my favorite books.  Esther Emery’s What Falls from the Sky: How I Disconnected from the Internet and Reconnected with the God Who Made the Clouds.  It’s currently out in hardcover and Kindle from Zondervan. I read this one, then loaned it to a friend.  Then when she returned it I ended up…

Food and Fiction

Last weekend I dropped by the Library for a little research.  I checked out a stack of books that feature food in some way or other, hoping to learn what I liked and didn’t like by way of using food in a work of fiction.  Here’s what I learned. I started with Like Water for…

I Laughed So Hard I Cried: Writing Comedy and Tragedy, with Rachel Smith

I’m taking a creative writing class at Stanford and it has been the most amazing experience.  I have learned so much.  Professor Rachel Smith is excellent, her lectures are insightful and well written, and she provides excellent and highly personal feedback to our work.  My classmates have been a delight and have produced exceptional work. …

New BonBons!

I’ve created a few bon-bons for a new book Who Am I If You’re Not You. Here are my favorites from the collection. To preorder your copy check out this page. For more information on the graphic design service I provide to authors check this out. Thanks for dropping by,

New Goodies

 I enjoy creating quality graphic designs for authors to use in their marketing, and it’s one of my very favorite things!  There are three main reasons this work is so close to my heart.  First, I respect what it takes to get a book from one’s imagination to the page and through the publishing process. …

Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World

I read Shirley Hershey Showalter’s memoir:Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World as a part of The God Project. I also grew up Mennonite and as with any great book, this one made me stop and think.  Showalter tells of taking a large stockpot of sweet meadow spearmint tea in a red Radio Flyer…

We will Persist.

I was inspired AGAIN by the words of Georgia Kolias this morning. (so here they are) And if you’re curious about the first time Georgia’s words rocked by world, scoot on over to the Huffington Post for this article called Haunted by Family Rejection which was her very personal response to reading Cooking for Ghosts…

Novel Food

I’m so pleased that two of my recipes are a part of Novel Food #28. I love the concept, the title, and I love being included!   My Shrimp Rohini was chosen,   Along with my Ridiculously Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes.   And the book that inspired it all: Yummy!

Jack-O’-Lantern Spice Cupcakes

It’s time for another yummy cupcake recipe inspired by the book Cooking For Ghosts by the marvelous bestselling author Patricia V. Davis, who happens to be one of the coolest women I know.  And I’ll put a link right here for those amazing Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes in case you missed those, yum!  Today’s recipe features…