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Posts made in August, 2013

How Life Gets Easier

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Most Popular Posts, Previously Published Articles, Read Her Blog | 5 comments

How Life Gets Easier

I suppose I’ve always liked to control things — to plan my career or vacations or schedule my day in half-hour increments, for efficiency’s sake. It was a gift, I thought, this mapping out of my life so I didn’t waste time reaching my goals. That was until I found myself in the emergency room unable to breathe at age 25. I squeezed my husband’s hand so tightly his fingers pulsed as the doctor told me a football-sized tumor entangled my lungs. And to complicate the situation more, I...

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Dutch Baby Pancakes

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Her Favorite Recipes |

Dutch Baby Pancakes

In the 15-plus years that I’ve cooked for my family, I only have a handful of recipes I repeat. I’m a recipe sampler. The only caveat to this therapeutic activity is that it yields inconsistent results. Thankfully, my family doesn’t mind my dabbling in the kitchen. Especially when I stumble upon a recipe that is restaurant-style good. In my secret stash of repeat recipes, this over-sized pancake meets that standard. Baby Dutch Pancakes, as we incorrectly call them, were discovered one...

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How to Make the Most of a Writers’ Conference

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Publishing/Cut Chapters | 8 comments

A few people have asked how I finagled a contract with Tyndale House Publishers. It wasn’t easy, and even though I felt this uncomfortable compulsion to finish this project, I had no guarantee the book would be picked up. The following is a guest post I wrote for my agent, Rachelle Gardner. Whether you’re a writer or business owner, I think there’s a lesson here to be learned. When God puts a desire on your heart, run after it. Please. *** I’m not a writer, per se. I’m a...

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