April 27, 2016

Grandma's Recipes

If you've been following this blog for very long 
you know how much I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes.
My Grandma did, too, so I got it honest! 

Since her passing away one month ago, we've had the pleasure of going through 
all the treasures in her home--which included many recipe books and recipe files. 
What you see above is only a small portion of her collection. 

I love going through her newspaper clippings, and handwritten recipes and notes--
and I have been trying to make one of her recipes each week for our family.

Grandma was a school cook for over 26 years and was known for her delicious meals and COOKIES! 
Click HERE for her Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe.

April 25, 2016

Book Preview ~ Stitching a Life in Persimmon Hollow

Stitching a Life in Persimmon Hollow, by Gerri Bauer

In At Home in Persimmon Hollow, readers’ hearts were captured by Agnes Foster as she built a new life for herself in a very special frontier town amid the Florida wilderness—and found love along the way. Now, in the second novel of the Persimmon Hollow Legacy series, we meet starry-eyed seamstress Josefa Gomez.

Living with her aunt and uncle, the housekeeper and caretaker at Agnes and Seth’s Taylor Grove compound, Josefa longs for the glamorous life of a fashion designer far beyond her small town. But her dreams of designing exquisite gowns for rich women in Paris and New York alarm her Tia Lupita, who fears that Josefa’s ambitions are unrealistic for a girl of her station. In late 19th century America, a Mexican woman’s best prospect may well be a suitable marriage and a position in the household of a kind employer. When Lupita announces a plan for Josefa to move away from Persimmon Hollow to live with distant relatives in Texas and prepare for an arranged marriage, the headstrong beauty knows she has to make an audacious choice.

Will Josefa follow her dreams of glamor or submit to her aunt’s plans for stability and security? Can she find a way to use her gifts in a truly productive way? And when a choice arises between two suitors, will she choose a rich man who could give her all the outward trappings she desires, or a quiet carpenter who has fewer material goods—but a bigger heart? Buy the book HERE. 
Gerri Bauer has a B.A. in English from Stetson University, where she works in social media
and online marketing and volunteers for their campus ministry program. She was born and raised in New York City but has deep roots in Florida, where she lives with her husband, spoils her cats, and keeps tabs on a far-flung extended family. She is the author of At Home in Persimmon Hollow. Learn more about Gerri's books on her Website HERE. 

April 22, 2016

This Week's Recipes

Here are this week's new additions at Country at Heart Recipes.
Have a great weekend! 

Cookbook Preview ~ Jacque Pepin's Heart and Soul in the Kitchen

April 20, 2016

Emma's Dandelion Soup

This past year, I have been collecting old pots and pans
for Emma to play with outside when she comes to visit. 

My grandma had a bunch of little items that I added to my collection 
after she passed away. 
Emma is having lots of fun making all kinds of wonderful recipes this week.

Here is her Dandelion soup she made for Papa. 

April 18, 2016

Book Preview ~ Playing the Part

Playing the Part, by Jen Turano

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan's interest turns threatening. Lucetta's widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta's life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson's estate to hide out.

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there's much more to him than society knows.

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail's matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can't ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it'll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays. Buy the book HERE. 
Jen Turano, author of the Ladies of Distinction series and the A Class of Their Own series, is a graduate of the University of Akron. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her Website HERE.
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