Thanksgiving flowersHi Friends,

I want to thank you for your support, encouragement, and kind reveiws of my books! I appreciate every reader who invests their time reading my stories. I hope they are a blessing and encouragement to you.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I enjoy decorating the house, setting a pretty table, and sharing the day with family and friends. I look forward to making some of our family’s favorite dishes for our Thanksgiving meal. We’ll be roasting a turkey and making stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and 7-layer salad. For dessert I’m making a gluten-free apple pie and mini pumpkin tarts.

7-layer Salad

Melissa decorating the 7-Layer Salad

Creating the 7-Layer Salad is a fun project you might like to try. We cut colorful peppers into small squares, and then use them to add a special design to the top of the salad. The design usually relates to some event in our family that year. We’ve featured the flag of Sudan when our daughter Melissa and her husband Peter were working there. The year our son Ben married Galan, we created a design with wedding bells and their initials. Last year we topped the salad with the name of our daughters’, Megan and Lizzy’s, new business, Dog Wash Depot. I’m smiling just thinking of all the fun we’ve had. Here’s a link to the recipe.

7-Layer Salad 2


No matter what the circumstances are for you this year . . . there is always one thing that never changes . . . and it’s always a great reason to be thankful:

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
1 Chronicles 16:34
I hope your Thanksgiving is fun and relaxing and you enjoy some good food and fun times with family and friends. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!


Hi Friends, There are a few special recipes that we pull out and prepare each year at Christmas time. When we gather with family and friends here are two that we usually make and enjoy sharing.

7-Layer-SaladSeven layer Salad

  • Romaine Lettuce – 1/2 medium head, thinly sliced
  • 2 Cups Baby Spinach
  • Red Cabbage – small wedge, thinly sliced
  • 1 Can Water Chestnuts, sliced
  • 1 Small Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 Ounces Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 Pkg. Frozen Petite Green Peas, defrosted and well drained
  • 1 Red Pepper, for decoration
  • 1 Green Pepper, for decoration
  • 1 Yellow Pepper, for decoration
  • Fresh Parsley

Salad Dressing:

  • 1 Cup Light Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt, Plain and Non-fat
  • 1/2 tsp Curry Power


Place the sliced Romaine in the bottom of large clear glass bowl. Add a layer of baby spinach, then add sliced cabbage, water chestnuts, red onion, cheese and peas in layers. Mix the dressing in a separate bowl. Spread it over the salad, covering it completely. Decorate the top with a design made from pieces of red, yellow, and green pepper, and parsley. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until time to serve. This salad can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time.

Gingersnap-CookiesGingersnap Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cup flour (I use half whole wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 11/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup white sugar (to roll the cookies in before baking)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cream brown sugar and butter. Add the egg and mix. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until thoroughly blended. Pinch off small amounts of dough and roll into 1 inch diameter balls. Roll each ball in sugar and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, or until tolls are rounded and slightly cracked. Makes 5 dozen cookies.

Pumpkin Bread, Tortilini Soup, Lemon Curd, Zucchini muffins . . . Would you like to see more of my favorite recipes? Visit my Pinterest board!

What is one of your favorite recipes to prepare at holiday time?

Blessings and Merry Christmas!