A Time to Bake

She’s an impulsive risk taker. He’s got trust issues and a secret past. Can they be the perfect combination or a recipe for disaster?

Alison Dahl works as a pharmaceutical rep for a struggling company. Not wanting to see if she’s next to be laid off, her entrepreneurial spirit kicks in. With a leap of faith, she quits her job and heads to the lake town she loves to open a cupcake shop.

Chad Hastings, a widowed dad known for his loyalty and dependability, has his hands full with a son and a few overzealous matchmaking friends.

When Chad is hired as the general contractor for the cupcake shop remodel, his friends see him and Alison as the perfect recipe for a sweet ending.

Chad’s secret could melt away any hope of a sweet ending.

Can she look beyond his past mistakes?

Can he look past her impulsive risk-taking?


Book Sale

There are only a few days left to grab A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee for $1.99.  On Monday, November 6 it will go back up to $3.99.

Why the sale? It has a new cover and discussion questions have been added!


What do you think of the new cover?

And did you know you can gift e-books? All you have to do is go to the book page, look on the right-hand side for a box that says gift this book. Click it and fill out the information.


12 Brides of Christmas Bestseller



It’s true! The 12 Brides of Christmas is a bestseller again this month on the ECPA list.

ECPA Bestseller December

I’m so excited that I’m offering a free giveaway on 3 of my books!


Read more about this fun Christmas book here.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The 12 Brides of Christmas Collection by Mary Connealy

The 12 Brides of Christmas Collection

by Mary Connealy

Giveaway ends December 17, 2015.

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Also making the CBA best seller, is Mind of Her Own! Read more about this book here

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Mind of her Own by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

Mind of her Own

by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

Giveaway ends December 17, 2015.
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Goodreads Book Giveaway

We're Not Blended, We're Pureed by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

We’re Not Blended, We’re Pureed

by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

Giveaway ends December 16, 2015.

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 Read more about We’re Not Blended We’re Pureed a survivor’s guide to blended families here

Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze

This morning  there was a familiar but not recognizable smell in our home and it wasn’t from last night’s dinner. This smell triggered happiness and youth, but I couldn’t figure out what it was or where it came from.

Copyright: idal1981 / 123RF Stock Photo

Then I noticed the curtains dancing in front of an open window. A memory clicked into place.

Summer mornings waking up to white sheers billowing over my bed. A summer breeze was the best, notes of fresh grass, moisture from the dew and possibly, could it be hoped for? A cooler day?

Our house didn’t boast central air, not even a window unit graced our home. We had fans and soaked washrags in cold water to cool ourselves. A summer breeze offered refreshment that couldn’t be obtained anywhere in my neighborhood.

Now we have air conditioning all summer long–or at least we did. Ours in now waiting to be repaired which is why the window was open, and today I’m glad.

Every year we go from heat to air conditioning because of allergies. We’ve become insulated from some gifts that God brings us in the morning. Today, I was reminded of a time when summer breezes woke me with a curtain kiss.  I closed my eyes and breathed in the sweet air and remembered when the house was quiet, brother was asleep, and if I was quiet I could sneak past his room and have cherished time with my mom.

This song was a hit when I was a teenager and it makes me think of summer too.

What’s your best summer memory? Please share in the comments.
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The Color Yellow and Vitamin D

Yellow the Sun Color and Vitamin D

a2z: the letter Y


It’s January and I’m craving the color yellow. Between now and March where I live there is a noticeable lack of sunshine .

The gray cold days take over offering shivers rather than the prefered warmth and happiness that I thrive on. I find if I go to my room I feel better. Clothed in yellow walls I’m surrounded by the color of the sun. My mood improves, soon I’m feeling happy.

It could be I need more vitamin D this time of year. People with celiac have difficulty in absorbing D vitamins from the food we eat. There are subtle signs of deficiency, fatigue, bone pain and weak muscles. It’s always a good idea to get tested before adding vitamins to your daily routine. I have been tested–hate that as I don’t like needles, and found that I do need to take vitamin D.

So I’ll take an extra dose, and hang out in my yellow room more often.

Yellow sewing room


Do you live where there is a lack of sunshine in the winter?
What do you do to improve you happiness level?
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What’s Your view for 2013?

The View Ahead

a2z: the letter “V” for View


It’s here, the New Year 2013 and everyone is asking what are your resolutions? I prefer to ask what is your view for 2013?

I’m a visual person. I get more done when I visualize what I’m working toward.  One year I made a vision board slide show that I kept on my desktop. Every morning I watched it. That was a very good year for me.

My view for 2013 is centered around what God wants me to do. The problem for me is figuring out what that looks like. While I prefer to think God would like me to be comfortably well off-food, health insurance and a fat savings account, I have a feeling that’s not His vision for me.

So how am I going to figure it out?

I’m not.

I’m resting on this verse. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

But in case God needs a view of MY 2013 and the beach I’d like outside my door:

sandy ocean beach view

My View for 2013?


My View for 2013?


What’s your view of 2013? Tell me in the comments. I’d really like to know.









Under the Christmas tree

Best Christmas Gift

a2z is for the letter “U”

It’s Christmas!

Maybe you have snow, or maybe you are celebrating where the sun shines bright and warm today.

Christmas, tree, Jesus

White Christmas


The packages are opened, paper crumpled and tossed in fun, bows are stuck on top of heads. What? You don’t put them on your head?

red Christmas bow

Wear it!

The tree once beautiful with all the packages looks a little bare.
Christmas tree with white lights

Not my tree!

Wait! There is another gift!
Jesus in  a manger
Now the baby Jesus in this picture was born Jewish, so I think he’d have dark hair, brown eyes and a little darker skin. It doesn’t matter what he looked like though.
What is important is to know what Jesus did for me, and for you if you want to follow Him.
In case you missed the birth announcement of Jesus Christ let me tell you about him.
God sent his only son to live among us to keep the Jewish laws perfectly. He lived as Jewish man the way God wanted us to live, but we find impossible. We break the commandments all the time. We are not perfect people. Jesus was and he did follow God’s laws.
He did it for us. He came here for me, to take my sins, the ugly mistakes and things I’ve done that I’m not even aware of being wrong. Because of Him I get to stand before God, my father without fear of damnation. Grace has given me eternal life. I hope that you also decide to follow Him.
Merry Christmas

eMeals Makes Potato Casserole Gluten-Free

eMeals does it again!


It’s dinner before Advent services time again at my church since going gluten-free I haven’t gone . There is another family at my church that is also gluten-free. We were sad about never getting to eat with our church family. So we started bringing our own dinner to share. I turned to Emeals for help because I have been cooking for 2 people not 8 for several years. They didn’t fail me!

I wish I had a photo of this dish. I took it to church for the dinner before Advent services and it seemed kind of odd to pull out my phone and snap a photo!

Trust me, read the ingredients and you’ll understand without a photo why these are so amazing!


The recipe came from Emeals on their holiday menu. I am an affiliate so if you are interested in the company please click my link to check it out. I make a small amount of money which feeds my necco wafer and diet dr Pepper habit.

Twice Baked potato casserole Gluten Free

Recipe Type: side dish
Author: e-mealz.com
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
  • 8 medium unpeeled potatoes
  • 14 oz. sliced bacon
  • (cooking spray)
  • (1/4 t salt)
  • (1/4 t pepper)
  • 3 cups sour cream
  • 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Poke potatoes with a fork.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool for 20 minutes.
  4. Cut raw bacon with scissors into small pieces. Place in a 2 quart saucepan and cover. Cook over medium-high heat until browned and crispy. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Cut baked potatoes into 1 inch cubes. place half in a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. sprinkle with half the salt, pepper and bacon.
  6. Top with half the sour cream and cheese.
  7. Repeat layers.
  8. Bake uncovered, for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and center is hot. Sprinkle with onions.

****** Cook potatoes and bacon ahead of time!!!!!


I wrote another post earlier about emeals and offered a recipe there too. Read it here.