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Friday, May 12, 2017

Poetry & Prose ~ "The Eyes of My Heart"

Mom, the eyes of my heart will forever see,
            Just how special your love will always be.
Throughout the years you were always there,
            With gentle smiles and many heartfelt prayers.

Unwavering in your unconditional love for everyone,
            Your embraced us in the warmth of your love.
When the storms and trials of life came our way,
            You always had words of wisdom for each new day.

You freely gave of yourself to give us a better life,
            Putting aside your own desires, making many a sacrifice.
You laughed with us through the joys we shared,
            And cried with us showing how much you cared.

Now that you've gone home to be with our Lord,
            I know that I will see you on Heaven’s shore.
You are with that great cloud of witnesses watching from Heaven above,
            Cheering us on in prayer, surrounding us with your love.
From the depths of my heart, I thank you once again,
            For being my mom and for being my friend.
For it is the eyes of my heart that will always see,
            Just how much your motherly love means to me.

From your loving daughter, forever.

Contributed by Lesta of Heartsong Treasures. 

Happy Reading in Poetry's Presence & Happy Mother's Day!

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Poetry & Prose - "The Light of Your Presence"

The Light of Your Presence and the Fire of Your Glory set my heart ablaze.
            Forever I will love you and for all eternity I will sing Your praise.
My spirit is refreshed in the Water of Life flowing from Your Throne.
            Gladness of heart and fullness of joy are found in You alone.

I will lift up my eyes unto the hills where my help comes from.
            You are the Rock upon which I stand and into Your Presence I run.
For You alone are my hiding place and I put my trust in You.
            You lift me up on Eagle’s wings and my strength is renewed.

When the storm clouds gather with waves crashing all about, 
            You are a very present help in trouble removing all fear and doubt.
Even in the midst of the raging seas and all hope seems to be gone,
            You fill my life with joyous laughter and my heart overflows with song.

Your refreshing Wind blows over me like a gentle breeze,
            Touching my heart with Your mercy, grace and peace.
 Your loving kindness breathes new life into my soul.
             The sweet Rain of Your Spirit revives me and makes me whole.

You fill me with Your song in the midnight hour and You are my living hope.
            You mean everything to me for You are my eternal home.
 Let Your Light shine through me as I learn to walk in your ways.
            Lord, let me live in the Light of Your Presence every single day.

Contributed by Lesta of Heartsong Treasures.  Used by permission.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sweet & Savory ~~ "Poppy's Pancakes"

Truth be known, I've never been much of a pancake fan no matter where they were prepared or served until my husband fired up the recipe below.  Then I became a believer!  The reason that I disliked pancakes prior to this time is because most of them were too heavy or tasteless.  There is a key ingredient that makes these as light and fluffy as can be in addition to being heart healthy. Perhaps I should qualify that last statement.  The "heart healthy" would probably depend upon how much butter and syrup you applied to each one.  So, please accept my challenge and plan to prepare this recipe for anyone you know who does not order pancakes from the restaurant menu or declines your weekend breakfast invitation.

  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2/3 cup old fashioned oats (not the quick cooking variety)
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, optional - to be served on top of cooked pancakes
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, optional - to be served on top of cooked pancakes

  • Preheat griddle to 400 degrees.
  • Combine oats with buttermilk and let stand in small bowl for 12 minutes.
  • Spoon flour into a measuring cup and level with a butter knife.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon, stirring well.
  • Lightly beat extra large egg in small bowl.
  • Add the maple syrup and vanilla.
  • Stir this into the oat mixture.
  • Combine the oat mixture and the flour mixture, stirring until just blended.
  • Using 1/4 cup measuring cup, pour batter onto preheated griddle.
  • Cook about 3 minutes until bubbles appear on top of the pancakes and the edges look somewhat dried out.  Using pancake turner, flip the pancakes to the other side and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • This recipe yields about 6 medium sized pancakes.

  • Serve with other fruits such as bananas, cranberries, peaches, etc.
  • I like to butter the pancakes, apply a small amount of pure maple syrup, and then add the blueberries and heart healthy walnuts on top.
  • These make great snacks or leftovers.

  • The key to this entire exercise/project is the white, whole-wheat flour.  It is sold as pastry flour in some stores, but please check the label to make sure it reads, "white, whole-wheat flour."  What's in a name? Well, it depends on the name.  And in this case, that's the exact name.

Happy Dining!

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

For those of you who read Book One of The Sabblonti Series and either emailed, texted, wrote a snail mail letter or called inquiring as to whether or not Sarita Sabblonti was making the biggest mistake of her life by getting engaged to drifter Wyn Moreland, well now's your chance to finally find out! Also, just how flush is that Sabblonti outfit when it's all said and done?  Inquiring readers want to know!

It's with great joy that I announce the release of A Stormy Year, Book Two of The Sabblonti Series, which has been fifteen months in the making.  I'm reminded of a quote from Allen Saunders, "Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans."  I guess I could add a few more words to the end of the previous sentence, "or writing a novel."

The cast of characters has blossomed considerably following the publication of Jantzi's Jokers, Book One of this western series.  And that's not the only thing in full bloom in the high desert mountain region ~~ several romances, some old and some new, have developed into a lovely bouquet despite repeated intrusion from the Black Raven.

The hottest country western singers, The Tall Blues, rodeo announcer Cord Calhoun, and rodeo clown Caper Sadler along with Slim Shade's rodeo stock help to make the 75th Annual Ignee County Rodeo & Roundup the best ever!

It was a double blessing to participate in this literary endeavor with Idaho Award Winning photographer, Sharon Breshears, along with premier illustrator, Cathie Richardson. 

Here's the scoop to dial up your copy today which is available online in either print or digital format: 

Print Version:

Digital Version:

I'll leave you with a quote from a young woman who plowed right through this book,"I felt like I was watching a mini-series as the characters rode across the western landscape."

If you would like a personal autographed copy, please visit my Etsy shop.  I chose to sign this book in rich purple ink to match the stellar color!

Happy Reading & Ride On!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Poetry & Prose - "The Work of Your Hands I See"

In all of Your creation, it is the work of Your hands I see.
            Your fingerprints are everywhere, proclaiming Your majesty.
You hold the universe together by the power of Your spoken Word,
            And all of creation cries out in praise proclaiming Your matchless worth. 

When the morning sun rises and is ever shining bright,
            I am reminded that You alone are the light of my life.
When I gaze into the midnight sky and see the countless stars,
             Knowing You named them one by one overwhelms my heart. 

In the early spring when Your gardens burst forth with vibrant flowers,
            I see Your awesome wonders and I sense Your mighty power.
Rainbows remind me of Your everlasting covenant, Your promises forever true, 
             And what You have said in your Word, You are faithful to do.
Just like the summer rains that fall upon the desert sands, 
             Your love rains down on me and I am safe in the palm of Your hand.
 And just like the waters of the sea that needs the oceans’ shore, 
             Oh how I need your presence in my life,  I need You more.  

 Even in the midst of a raging storm and all hope seems to be gone,
            You fill my life with laughter and joy, my heart overflows with song.
In all of Your marvelous creation I see an intricate design and plan,
             I feel the power of Your love, and I see the works of Your mighty hands.

Contributed by Lesta of Heartsong Treasures
All  rights reserved.  Used by permission.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Winter Vacation ~~ The Perfect One Day Writing Getaway!

Phyllis Nettleton, Sheila Eismann, Carol Green, and JoEllen Claypool

Who are the four smiling authors in the featured photo? Why, they are none other than the co-founders of ICAN, i.e., Idaho Creative Authors Network who are getting reading to host their Second Annual Spring Writers Symposium on March 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Parma High School Commons Room, 137 Panther Lane, Parma, Idaho 83660. Actually, one of the reasons for their large smiles was the near 100 degree temperature on the date the photo was taken in July of 2016 compared to the teeth-chattering 29 degrees as I type this blog post . . .

Our group is pleased to offer opportunities for already published authors as well as those who are just entertaining the thought of writing.  Our event includes writing contests, writing instruction, writing activities, a networking luncheon, and hands on activities including designing a book cover. Plan to bring your laptops!

Workshop No. 1 will feature published author and Texas Writing Academy participant, Carol Green Kjar, who will be presenting techniques on how to add power to your writing and strengthening the overall process.

Workshop No. 2 will cover preparation of your manuscript and titles presented by conference speaker and inspirational author, Phyllis Nettleton.

Workshop No. 3  will be an interactive workshop with Sheila Eismann, author and publisher of soon to be 10 books, dealing with the many aspects of manuscript development.

Workshop No. 4 deals with a most important aspect of any kind of writing ~~ edit, edit, and still more edits presented by children's & inspirational author, JoEllen Claypool, who pastors Sand Hollow Baptist Church along with her husband, Dallas Claypool.

Workshop No. 5 is the grand finale which will include instruction on designing a book cover.  If you bring your laptop for the day, this workshop promises to be ultra instructional & functional taught by premiere Social Media Coach, Carol Green, a/k/a Running Granny Green, author of The Hard Run along with her children's books with the Gary Learns theme.

February 4th is the deadline to register for the Spring Writers Symposium and to enter the writing contests. Here is the Eventbrite link with all of the details and to register:

Your paid registration includes the workshops, writing contest submission, and luncheon catered by Laura McCullough, a Treasure Valley favorite.  She is back by popular demand of our former attendees!

Attending events is far more enjoyable if you plan to go with a friend or fellow writer.  So dial them up, plan to register, pack your laptop or memo pad, and join us for a fabulous day!

For additional information regarding ICAN, please check out our website:

Happy Writing & stay warm, happy & healthy this winter!

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sweet & Savory ~~ Refried Bean Dip

With all of those football playoff games and the Super Bowl right around the corner, here's a great suggestion for your fans!

  • 1 - 16 oz. can refried beans
  • 1 cup medium Picante sauce
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 - 4 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened to room temp.
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Tortilla chips, scoop variety; crackers; or artisan bread of your choice.

  • Combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Transfer to a medium sized slow cooker (crock pot).
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or until mixture is heated completely through, stirring occasionally. 
  • Once the mixture is hot and melted together, turn to warm or low setting on your crock pot.
  • Serve with chips, crackers, or bread.

Enjoy & may your favorite team win!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sweet & Savory ~~ Shepherd's Pie

With our continued snowfall, slush, and cold temperatures, a hot comfort meal is such a welcome relief!

Here's my variation of Shepherd's Pie:

  • 1 1b. ground beef
  • 4 medium Idaho Russet potatoes or instant potatoes
  • 1 - 16 oz. can kernel corn
  • 1 cup beef bouillon 
  • Hot Hungarian Paprika

  • Brown ground beef & add seasonings of your choice.  I used Seasoned Pepper.  Drain meat prior to placing it inside casserole or baking pan.
  • While beef is browning, cook potatoes until tender. Mash them adding butter & milk.
  • Place ground beef in bottom of casserole pan.
  • Pour beef bouillon over ground beef.
  • Spread corn over meat.
  • Add mashed potatoes and sprinkle with Hot Hungarian Paprika.
  • Cook for 45 minutes at 350 degrees, during which time the beef bouillon may bubble toward top of casserole or baking pan, so you have ready made gravy when the pie is removed from your oven.
  • The Hot Hungarian Paprika adds a nice zest to the whole mixture.

Happy Dining as you stay warm & happy!

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