Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wartime Wednesday: Florida Slaw for Six


Wartime Wednesday: Florida Slaw for Six


With the “dog days of summer” upon us, the thought of turning on the stove or the oven is probably not your idea of a good time. Next week, I’ll be posting a no-bake dessert, but this week I’m sharing a side dish that is a great accompaniment to just about any entrĂ©e. I’m visiting my dad who lives in Florida, so I was pleased when I found this recipe.

Did you know the word cole slaw comes from the Dutch “koolsla” meaning cabbage salad? The anglicization of the word came as far back as the middle of the 18th century. According to Wikipedia, the original recipe was found in a 1770 Dutch cookbook whose author gives credit to his landlady. Too bad we didn't get her name!

As I read the recipe name, I wondered what made this particular dish Floridian, so I did a bit of poking around. The recipes I found claiming to be Florida slaw were nothing like the one below and most included lime juice (a nod to its tropical climate, I suppose), so perhaps the origins of  this “old time favorite” as my cookbook Better Meals in Wartime touts will remain a mystery unless one of you can shed some light! Meanwhile, enjoy!

4 Cups cabbage, shredded fine
½ green pepper, minced
¼ Cup minced sweet pickle
1 Tablespoon mustard
¼ Cup vinegar
½ Cup thin cream
1 Tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
Shake of pepper

Mix the cabbage with the green pepper and pickles. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over cabbage. Toss slaw thoroughly and chill. Serve “as is” or with lettuce lining the salad bowl.

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Love’s Allegiance:

With most U.S. boys fighting for Uncle Sam in far off countries, Rochelle Addams has given up hope for a wedding in her future. Then she receives an intriguing offer from a distant relative to consider a marriage of convenience.

Conscientious objector Irwin Terrell is looking forward to his assignment at Shady Hills Mental hospital to minister to the less fortunate in lieu of bearing arms. At the arrival of the potential bride his father has selected for him, Irwin’s well-ordered life is turned upside down. And after being left at the altar two years ago, he has no interest in risking romance again.

Despite his best efforts to remain aloof to Rochelle, Irwin is drawn to the enigmatic and beautiful young woman, but will time run out before his wounded heart can find room for her?

Inspired by the biblical love story of Rebekkah and Isaac, Love’s Allegiance explores the struggles and sacrifices of those whose beliefs were at odds with a world at war.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Traveling Tuesday: Florida and WWII


Traveling Tuesday: Florida and WWII


I’m visiting my dad this week, so I thought it would be fun to delve into Florida’s association with WWII.

Like many other U.S. states, Florida sprang into action immediately after the attack at Pearl Harbor. Thousands of young men rushed to enlist. As uniformed service became available to women, they signed up too. Eventually, over 250,000 Floridians would serve.

It wasn’t long before the military showed up in force. Because of Florida’s warm climate and vast amounts of vacant land, it was an ideal location for military bases. The number of military installations increased from eight to 175! At 180,000 acres, Camp Blanding became the state’s fourth largest city and housed 55,000 soldiers. Naval stations were reactivated in Key West, Tampa, Valparaiso, and Pensacola. In addition, there were forty airfields that trained pilots and crews, including one in Pensacola where Jimmy Doolittle and his crew trained for their dramatic raid on Japan.

Overcrowding on the bases became a problem, so the military took over hotels and resorts for housing and in some cases, hospitals. With the tourism industry at a crawl during the war, perhaps the facilities were glad to have the business. Three years into the war, Florida became a popular destination for soldiers on furlough.

Shipyards in Tampa, Panama City, Pensacoloa, and Jacksonville produced Liberty ships, and in Dunnedin, amphibious vehicles were designed and manufactured. Even landlocked Orlando built 9,000 assault boats. At one point, Florida considered changing its nickname from The Sunshine State to The Steel State. The citrus industry boomed and surpassed California in production for the first time during the crop year of 1942-43. Shortly thereafter, citrus growers patented the process to make concentrated orange juice. The U.S. Department of Agriculture authorized the temporary importation of 75,000 Bahamians and Jamaicans to work in south Florida fields.

In the early days of the war more than twenty-four ships were sunk off Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts, so the “Mosquito Fleet” (the fast wooden PT boats used by the Navy) was created to patrol Florida’s coastline to help eliminate the threat of submarines. Thousands of volunteers were also trained to keep track of air activity.

Folks on the home front “did their bit” by collecting scrap and holding “money drives” to help build ships and planes. Victory gardens flourished (Tampa officials estimate 10,000 gardens in their city alone), and people learned to do more with less.

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Love's Allegiance

With most U.S. boys fighting for Uncle Sam in far off countries, Rochelle Addams has given up hope for a wedding in her future. Then she receives an intriguing offer from a distant relative to consider a marriage of convenience.


Conscientious objector Irwin Terrell is looking forward to his assignment at Shady Hills Mental hospital to minister to the less fortunate in lieu of bearing arms. At the arrival of the potential bride his father has selected for him, Irwin’s well-ordered life is turned upside down. And after being left at the altar two years ago, he has no interest in risking romance again.

Despite his best efforts to remain aloof to Rochelle, Irwin is drawn to the enigmatic and beautiful young woman, but will time run out before his wounded heart can find room for her?

Inspired by the biblical love story of Rebekkah and Isaac, Love’s Allegiance explores the struggles and sacrifices of those whose beliefs were at odds with a world at war.


Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2KCMyke

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Release Day!


Release Day!

Love's Allegiance (Wartime Brides, Book 4) is Now Available

for the special price of $0.99 for a limited time.




With most U.S. boys fighting for Uncle Sam in far off countries, Rochelle Addams has given up hope for a wedding in her future. Then she receives an intriguing offer from a distant relative to consider a marriage of convenience.

Conscientious objector Irwin Terrell is looking forward to his assignment at Shady Hills Mental hospital to minister to the less fortunate in lieu of bearing arms. At the arrival of the potential bride his father has selected for him, Irwin’s well-ordered life is turned upside down. And after being left at the altar two years ago, he has no interest in risking romance again.

Despite his best efforts to remain aloof to Rochelle, Irwin is drawn to the enigmatic and beautiful young woman, but will time run out before his wounded heart can find room for her?

Inspired by the biblical love story of Rebekkah and Isaac, Love’s Allegiance explores the struggles and sacrifices of those whose beliefs were at odds with a world at war.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wartime Wednesday: Oberlin and the Civil War


Wartime Wednesday: Oberlin and the Civil War


Statistics vary, but suffice to say there are 4,000 to 5,000 colleges and universities in the United States, so it’s not possible to know about all of them. Thanks to Tamera Krafts Ladies of Oberlin series, I now know about Oberlin College, originally Oberlin Collegiate Institute.

Located about forty miles southwest of Cleveland and approximately ten miles from Lake Erie, Oberlin has a fascinating history. Founded in 1833 by two Presbyterian ministers in response to what they saw as the immoral West, the town began as a religious community and a training facility for missionaries. It is named for the Alsatian minister Johann Friedrich Oberlin who taught in poor areas in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

The school was chartered a year later with a motto of “Learning and Labor,” and the first class had four students. Oberlin is the oldest coeducational liberal arts college in the U.S. and the second oldest continuously operation coeducational institute of higher learning in the world. Its conservatory is the oldest continuously operating conservatory in the U.S. In 1835, Oberlin was one of the first colleges to admit African Americans, and two years later the first to admit women.

Abolitionist and preacher Charles Finney was named president in 1850, and he served until 1866. Under his leadership the college’s faculty and students increased their activity in the abolitionist movement. Oberlin was a key stop in the Underground Railroad.

As most of you know, I’m an avid reader of historic fiction. I love the combination of entertainment and education. Tamera Kraft’s novel Lost in the Storm does both. Here is my review:

This is the second in the Ladies of Oberlin series, but the book was easily read as a stand-alone. I am well-versed in the Civil War era, yet I was unaware of how the history of Oberlin College fit into this period. I have greatly enjoyed my journey through time learning about this intriguing segment. I loved Lavena. She was spunky and sassy without acting modern, and she was very relatable as she tried to forge her way in a man’s industry (journalism). She plowed ahead, and had realistic responses when things went awry, but took her commitment to getting the story seriously and continued on despite fear and trepidation. Cage is a wonderful hero, a fascinating mix of integrity, confidence, and doubt as he struggled with past issues. I loved his relationship with the Chaplain (who I hope gets his own book!). The author has obviously done her research which enriches the story with societal, cultural and colloquial references. Highly recommended.

I was provided an Advanced Reader Copy from the author. A positive review was not required, and all opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Yowza! All the Books! Giveaway Final Winners


Yowza! All the Books! Giveaway Final Winners




Congratulations to Lucy Reynolds who is yesterday's winner of the Yowza! All the Books! giveaway. You have won an autographed copy of Linda Shenton Matchett's latest release Love's Allegiance (Wartime Brides, book 4). Check your email for official notification and instructions!

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The GRAND PRIZE winner of all TWELVE books is...

Jennifer K.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Yowza! All The Books, Day 12: Linda Shenton Matchett

Linda Shenton Matchett
Love’s Allegiance (Wartime Brides, Book 4)


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I’ve been scribbling stories since I was seven or eight years old after my folks gave me a notepad and package of pens and told me to write to my heart’s content. They kept me supplied in paper for years. I even published a family newspaper called The Good Times. (Long before self-publishing was a thing. HA!) I stole the New York Times’ motto of “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” and held all the jobs of columnist, weather girl, and editor.

A voracious reader, I was about thirteen years old when I finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and decided I wanted to write and publish stories that affected people like her book affected me. College and career got in the way, but after some freelance magazine opportunities came along about fifteen years ago, the passion to write a novel was reignited, so I began to pursue learning the craft and seeking publication.

My favorite childhood books are the Babar and Curious George series. I recently discovered that the Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George series were German-born Jews who escaped Paris in 1940 by bicycle. They ended up in America, and their first book was published in 1941.

Because I’m such a history and research geek, my idea of the perfect vacation is anywhere that includes historic sites, especially associated with World War II. My husband has patiently trekked through museums, historical societies, graveyards, forts, encampments, castles, and numerous obscure locations. I was fortunate to visit England in 2015, and we plan to go again in the next couple of years with Bletchley Park and Churchill’s War Rooms on the to-see list.

When I was in college I need to fill an elective course, and I had gotten to know one of the professors of Old Testament fairly well because I attended his church, so I signed up for his class on Jeremiah. (I might have been hoping for an easy A. Not a chance!) Class was too many years ago to count, but I still remember much of what Dr. Garner taught, and my favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”

About Linda:
Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII where she meets the most interesting people.

About Love’s Allegiance:
With most U.S. boys fighting for Uncle Sam in far off countries, Rochelle Addams has given up hope for a wedding in her future. Then she receives an intriguing offer from a distant relative to consider a marriage of convenience.

Conscientious Objector Irwin Terrell is looking forward to his assignment at Shady Hills Mental hospital to minister to the less fortunate in lieu of bearing arms. At the arrival of the potential bride his father has selected for him, Irwin’s well-ordered life is turned upside down. And after being left at the altar two years ago, he has no interest in risking romance again.

Despite his best efforts to remain aloof to Rochelle, Irwin is drawn to the enigmatic and beautiful young woman, but will time run out before his wounded heart can find room for her?

Inspired by the biblical love story of Rebekkah and Isaac, Love’s Allegiance explores the struggles and sacrifices of those whose beliefs were at odds with a world at war.


Connect with Linda:


Your turn!
Visit Linda’s website to be able to answer the following question to be entered into today’s giveaway of Love’s Allegiance releasing Thursday, August 15th. Love’s Allegiance is the last book in my Wartime Brides series. What is the title of Book 1?

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Yowza! All the Books, Day 11: Nancy J. Farrier


Nancy J. Farrier, The Ranchero’s Gift

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I was a voracious reader. I went to the library and checked out a stack of books every time. I remember loving Walter Farley’s, Black Stallion series. I’d have to say he was probably my favorite childhood author. But if I could spend time with a literary character, I would love to sit down for tea and second breakfast with Bilbo Baggins. That would be such fun as long as he didn’t bring out the pipe.

I’ve always loved stories and enjoyed writing from an early age. I didn’t think I would ever be an author – long story – but then God made it clear that He wanted me to pursue writing for Him. I would rather write, although research and revising can be fun too. Writing, when the words are flowing, is like nothing else. I love it. Sometimes the names are there right away with my characters, but that doesn’t happen too often. I go through the Social Security site for popular names for babies during the years when my characters would have been born. I also note names I like on worker’s badges and have a note file on possible names.

My idea of the perfect vacation is going somewhere with all my kids and grandkids. I prefer the mountains, but will go just about anywhere if they are with me.

My verse for writing is Habakkuk 2:2 – “Then the Lord answer me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it my run.” I love the idea that those who read my stories might be lifted up spiritually and be encouraged in their faith.

About Nancy:
Nancy J. Farrier is a multi-published, award winning author of historical and contemporary Christian fiction. She writes Southwest fiction with real life issues. She lives in Southern Arizona in the Sonoran Desert with her husband, cats and dog. She has five children and six grandchildren. Nancy loves reading, hiking, bicycling, needlework, and spending time with her family.

About The Ranchero’s Gift
Her greatest desire is to be free. Can his gift fulfill that desire?

When Maya Garza’s step-father drags her to the cantina, planning to auction her off to cover his debts, she is desperate to escape. Her step-brother’s best friend, Rafael—her worst nightmare—is eager to purchase her. She sees no hope as she stands atop the table with a room full of men leering at her.

Yaniv Madrigal is searching for his brother, Rafael. They were to leave Los Angeles today to return home. The wagons and family are waiting, but Rafael has disappeared. He can’t believe his eyes when he finds his brother bidding for a young woman. A woman who has the look of a trapped animal.

As Maya travels with Yaniv and his family, she must avoid Rafael’s advances, and try not to fall in love with the man who purchased her. Yaniv always puts family first, but now he struggles as his heart is torn. Will Yaniv and Maya fid a solution to their trouble before the unthinkable happens?

Connect with Nancy:
Twitter (@nancyjfarrier)
Facebook (@authorNancyJFarrier)

Your Turn!
What is your favorite setting for a book? City? Country? Cold Northwest? Southwest desert?


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