Friday, May 9, 2014

Re-blog: Tracy Krauss - "Expression Express": Romance, Suspense and the Christian Reader

I re-blogged this post from an author whose blog I follow because it speaks my own thoughts. Sometimes readers of Christian fiction feel cheated by the lack of authenticity in many Christian novels. My own stories have been known to turn heads. They're real to life yet still show my characters' journey through their faith in God. I love this post by Tracy Krauss! Just click on the below link to go to her blog and read the entire post. It's great.

Tracy Krauss - "Expression Express": Romance, Suspense and the Christian Reader: Romance and suspense. It’s a winning combination. No wonder it’s such a hugely popular genre, even within the Christian market. So what...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Gluten Free Hushpuppy Recipe

My daughter is wheat allergic (gluten sensitive) so anything I cook must agree with her diet. We enjoyed catfish Saturday evening. Yum! I created a gluten free coating for the catfish, but I needed to develop a gluten free recipe for hushpuppies. A fast one since the fish were in the pan at the time. I grabbed the gluten free Bisquick out of the pantry and some gluten free cornmeal and ta-da fast gluten free hushpuppies. Here’s the recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family did.
Buttermilk (I didn’t measure mine, just used enough to moisten the mix)
2 eggs
1 finely chopped onion
1 cup gluten free Bisquick mix
1 cup gluten free cornmeal (I used Bob’s Red Mill as it’s readily available in my town)
1/8 to ¼ cup granulated sugar (my Momma would cringe. She never used sugar in her hushpuppies!)
1 teaspoon sea salt
Pepper to taste
Cooking oil
You may also add chopped hot peppers or other ingredients as you like to the hushpuppies
Mix the dry ingredients then add the onion and eggs and stir together with a big ‘ole spoon until smooth (the onions will be chunky, of course). After this add just enough buttermilk to moisten the mix to a thick consistency that handles well when scooped onto a tablespoon and dropped into the pan of hot oil.
Heat cooking oil (I cannot say how much I used. Maybe around 1 to 2 cups) in a deep pan until sizzling hot. Beware! The hot oil will splatter on you as you add the hushpuppies to the pan for cooking. Drop hushpuppy mix by rounded spoonfuls into the oil. The hushpuppies will float to the top of the oil once they begin to cook. If you’re concerned about cooking the hushpuppies grab my recipe and dash over to YouTube for a video reference on how to fry the hushpuppies. I love looking up recipes at YouTube. It doesn’t take much to thrill me, I guess!
Cook the hushpuppies until they are golden and beautiful. Drain them on a plate covered with paper towels. Eat them when they’re cool enough to enjoy. Some people dip them in their choice of sauce. I like to eat them along with fish or dipped in Tartar sauce.
My grandmother used to say that as the old timers cooked up their fish and hushpuppies at a family fish fry, they’d holler, “Hush puppies,” to the dogs who yelped and begged for fish then toss a few hushpuppies at the dogs. True or not, we kids loved that story.
Enjoy your hushpuppies.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all who celebrate it. God bless!
Traditional St. Patrick's Day badges from the early 20th century photographed at Museum of Country Life, Ireland.
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Where's 80 Acres and a Book?

The Vanishing Blog (This is a repost from my other blog, Arabian Gems)

If you've wondered why my blog(s) and web site disappeared, I set them to 'private' view. Why? On January 24 of this year (2014), I learned quite by accident that my publisher had gone out of business. Yet, the book they'd published, When Morning Breaks, was still being sold. Trust me, there are around 1500 other authors in this sinking boat with me. I set my blogs to 'private' view and tore down my web site while I dealt with this issue and rebuilt my sites--removed all purchase links to my book.  Even though a traditional publisher has offered to republish my book, it does not take away the sorrow and embarrassment I've endured because of this matter.

I've been fairly busy on the editing side of the writing world (I'm now working as an editor) and have yet to find time to do any of this. Oh well, my blogs are back up. My web site is not. I've managed to remove my book from online retailers, for the most part. Keep in mind that if you purchase my book, I'll not see a dime of the royalties---I've not been paid royalties for quite some time. All I care to say about that is I'm praying for the other 1500 authors, the editors, and many more people who have been affected by this situation. I would ask that you join me in prayer. God knows the entire situation.

And please, bear with me while I revamp my blogs and web site. As to When Morning Breaks, I am currently revising it to create a tighter plot and better characterization. I hope to see it back on the market along with book 2 within 1 1/2 years.

Many blessings,
Stephanie Boles
Still writing!