Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sarah Smiled

Sunflower Sue encouraged me to enter a short story contest at, probably in hopes of prompting me to finish the book I've been writing forever. The hardest part was keeping the story under 1000 words.  There was so much more that I wanted to say about Sarah.  So, eventually, I'll expand on the story and see where her future leads.
I would love for you to visit the website, read my story and vote for it.
Of course, I'm partial to my story, but there are dozens of great stories that have been submitted.  If you like inspirational romance, you'll like these stories.
Happy Reading!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Foodie News: The Great Food Truck Race

Food trucks have come a long way since the first one I visited years ago.  I still remember the great sandwiches they served.  Have you seen The Great Food Truck Race on The Food Network?  Check it out the next time you're looking for something different to watch.

The Great Food Truck Race
Premiering Sunday, September 2nd at 9pm- "Even Food Trucks Are Bigger in Texas" 
The teams head to Amarillo, Texas and stop at the stadium of the Amarillo Sox, a minor league baseball team. Tyler announces this week's Truck Stop - the teams must add a ballpark-inspired special to their menu. Top ballpark concessionaire John Ciarrachi judges the dishes and awards the winner a mystery key. On Sunday, Tyler calls the teams with their Speed Bump - their trucks are all immobilized by a parking enforcement boot, but the team that won the Truck Stop realizes they've already won the key to unlock their vehicle - and get to sell food exclusively at tonight's ballgame!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Chicken Noodle Soup

I love Chicken Noodle Soup almost as much as I love Cream of Tomato Soup.  Pair it up with a grilled cheese sandwich, and I'm in heaven.  I ran across this vintage recipe in an old cookbook and thought you would enjoy it.  There is a lot of time involved in making it from scratch.  I've actually skipped the first steps and made this with canned chicken and chicken broth.  While the long version is wonderful, I don't always have the time.


  • 4 lb. chicken
  • 2½ qts. water
  • 2½ tsp. salt
  • 3 cups cooked noodles
Cut a young stewing chicken into serving pieces, bring to a boil and simmer for 2½ hours, adding water as needed. Skim off the fat and add:
  • 1 tsp. peppercorns
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tblsp. parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper
Bring to boil again and add noodles, preferably home made noodles. Cook for 20 minutes longer.