July 23, 2014

Summer Sweetness

Last week I babysat our little grand baby. While there, our youngest daughter decided to take a photo shoot of Emma. The pictures turned out adorable. Here are a few of my favorites below. 

She loves her books and her NEW bag! 
Wearing the dress and hat I made for her
Precious
She loves her Dolly
Clapping Baby
And speaking of sweetness, this is fair week for us, which began last Saturday with the foods competition. Abbey baked a pecan pie, a braided almond ring, and a Lady Baltimore Cake and won Grand Champion and Reserve. We've been enjoying the treats all week. Hope you're enjoying your summer! 

July 21, 2014

Book Preview ~ Until I Found You

 Until I Found You, Victoria Bylin

Kate Darby has grown from an orphaned girl into a high-powered advertising executive living in Los Angeles; Leona Darby, her grandmother, is the only family she has. When Leona suffers a debilitating stroke, Kate has no choice but to return to Meadows, the rural California mountain town of her youth, where she meets Nick Sheridan. A freelance writer for the newspaper Leona owns, Nick is also a former womanizer who has found God and made a pledge: no dating for one year. The camaraderie between Kate and Nick is easy from the get-go, and Kate's presence soon challenges Nick's vow. As comfortable as life becomes in Meadows, Kate still has responsibilities in LA. And then there is God. Nick is committed to his faith while Kate struggles to believe that God exists. Bylin, who has written several historical romance novels, pens a strong character-driven story. Deftly handling the faith element, she brings an authenticity to Kate's search and Nick's steadfastness that will resonate with readers, regardless of their religious persuasions. Purchase the book HERE. 

Victoria Bylin is a romance writer known for her realistic and relatable characters. Her
books have finaled in multiple contests, including the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and RT Magazine's Reviewers Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky, where their family and their crazy Jack Russell terrier keep them on the go. Learn more at www.victoriabylin.com.

July 18, 2014

This Week's Recipes

Here are this week's new additions at Country at Heart Recipes. Tomorrow night the Vogts Sisters will be performing at Riverside Park in Oswego, KS from 7-9:00 PM. If you're in the area, we'd love for you to join us! 




and a Cookbook Preview of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook

July 16, 2014

Old Soldiers & Sailors Reunion

Every year we celebrate what we fondly call "Bean Week" in our hometown. This year marks the 141st Annual Old Soldiers and Sailors Reunion that first began in 1873. 

Last night we attended the annual rodeo and watched participants from many different states compete. 

Here's a shot our youngest daughter took of a barrel racer. 

On Friday night, navy beans are served in huge black kettles to anyone who wants them. Folks from miles around bring their pots and containers to collect beans for their family supper. 

Here's the recipe:

1400 pounds Great Northern Beans
125 pounds bacon
50 pounds onion
Water as needed
Salt and Pepper to taste

7:00 AM - Wash and soak the beans. Hang 53 cast iron kettles on steel-pipe cooking racks. Divide beans among the kettles; divide and add other ingredients.

11:00 AM - Ignite wood kindling beneath the kettles, adding wood as needed. 

6:00 PM - Serve the beans! 

July 14, 2014

Book Preview ~ The Captive Maiden

The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

Happily Ever After. 
Or Happily Nevermore? Gisela's childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father's death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke's son, Valten---the boy she has daydreamed about for years---is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten's eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined. Purchase the book HERE. 

Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama. Learn more about Melanie and her writing HERE. 

July 11, 2014

This Week's Recipes

Here are this week's new additions at Country at Heart Recipes. Tomorrow night the Vogts Sisters will be performing at Cutter's Smokehouse in Eudora, KS from 8-10:00 PM. If you're in the area, we'd love for you to join us! 



Featured Author, Carla Stewart, shares her recipe for Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

July 9, 2014

Drive into the Flint Hills

Every time I have the chance to visit the Flint Hills, I try to turn off on a side road to take some pictures.


On my latest trip to Chase County, I managed to get some beautiful shots of the wildflowers. Enjoy!


Purple Coneflower


Showy Evening Primrose


Butterfly Milkweed


Cattle Pens


Water Crossing
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