How Michele Got Published

Yes, I am going to be published, but it is not a book.

It all happened a few weeks ago when I got an envelope in the mail.   I said to myself “Great! I’m even getting a reject letter from them.”  Then I opened it and it was a letter stating my submission was going to be published with a release date of June 2013.   All I had to do was sign a release letter and mail it back to them, which I did.

The Letter

Here are excerpts from the letter:

“Dear Michele,

Congratulations! We’re delighted to let you know that your recipe Old-Country Cake, will be included in our upcoming cookbook, Hometown Christmas, along with your name and hometown!

…Thanks again for sharing with us!  We’re always happy to hear from you anytime and enjoy receiving your favorite and original recipes, tips, crafts and memories.”

The letter is from Gooseberry Patch.  There will be a special private and shareable announcement when the book is published.

What I Did

I was at their site awhile back and they asked for submissions the new cookbook.  So I got out paternal grandmother’s recipe and emailed it to them.  After trading emails back and forth about some clarifications, I then received the letter.

So watch your local bookstore and/or Amazon.com for the June release.


Favorite Recipes Part 3

Author’s Note: If you got here from the link at CBCMagazine.com,


You have landed in my special summer series “Swingin’ Summer Saturday’s and Sunday’s.”  A series of recipes and survival tips designed to get you through the hot summer.  This weekend the series is running from Friday – Monday and I’ve decided to share some of my favorite recipes that have appeared on this blog.

Hopefully you will find a recipe or two this weekend.  If not, check out the “Swingin’ Summer Saturday’s and Sunday’s category for more wonderful recipes.

Thanks for clicking over from CBC Magazine.  On Tuesday I will get back to the business of grief, extended unemployment and current adventures in my life.

Have a fun and safe weekend and see you on Tuesday.

This recipe was also originally published last December during the “40 Days of Joy” series

Friendship Quiche

Yes, this recipe is more work than what I originally intended when deciding to do recipes but my readers are my friends.

So from one friend to another…

Friendship Quiche

Lori Comer,  NC

 This is a wonderful recipe given to me by a friend. The French fried onions really give it a fabulous flavor. I bake this quiche every Christmas and take it to our office…our maintenance man always seems to come by at just the right time for the last slice!


1 refrigerated pie crust

1-1/3 c. French fried onions, divided

1-1/2 c. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

6 eggs, beaten

1 c. half-and-half or milk

1/2 c. bacon bits

Optional: 1/2 green pepper, finely chopped


Unfold pie crust and place in a 9″ pie plate. Sprinkle 3/4 cup onions evenly over bottom of crust; sprinkle with cheese. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half or milk, bacon bits and green pepper, if using. Pour mixture over cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until center tests done. Sprinkle remaining onions on top. Bake an additional 5 minutes, or until golden. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Makes 8 servings.

Patch, Gooseberry (2009-07-01). Christmas with Family & Friends Cookbook: Favorite recipes, homemade memories and little touches that make the holidays warm & cozy. (p. 22). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

Michele’s Notes

Several months ago, I downloaded Kindle for PC.  In researching recipe’s for today’s post, this  cookbook was listed as “Cookbook of the Week” on Gooseberry Patch.com.  Also, it could be downloaded for free (on Friday 12/16/11).  Hey, I’m unemployed!  I’ll take free anyday.  Check out the site, not sure if you can still download it.

This is very flavorful and delicious.  I love the addition of French-fried onions rings.    I see this as something different to take to someone who is having a tough holiday season besides the traditional Lasagna.

Friendship Quiche


Mad Chef Michele’s Latest Experiment – Southern Oatmeal Cookies

Good Morning.  Hope your day is filled with sunshine. FYI – There is a special post at OgleOhio.com today and tomorrow.

I am going to be making the following recipe for the GriefShare group at church this week.  Only I will be tweaking it.

Southern Oatmeal Cookies

Dawn Fannin/Ravenna, TX

(pg 295 Gooseberry Patch “Blue Ribbon family favorites: tried & true recipes from Gooseberry Patch family & friends)

These are the best oatmeal cookies you’ll ever taste.  They’re great with a glass of cold milk.


1 c. butter, softened

1 c. sugar

1 c. brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

1 t. vanilla extract

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1 t. baking soda

1 t. salt

3 c. long-cooking oats, uncooked

1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans


In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer at medium speed, until fluffy.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition.  Add vanilla; set aside.  Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.  Fold flour mixture into butter mixture; stir in oats and nuts.  Form rounded teaspoonfuls into balls and place on greased baking sheets 2 inches apart.  Bake at 350 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes.  Let stand on baking sheets for 4 to 5 minutes before moving to wire racks to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.  Makes 4 dozen.

How Mad Chef Michele Will Tweak The Recipe

I will be adding in dried cranberries, dried blueberries, coconut and white chocolate chips.  This is being done to hopefully replicate the discontinued Blueberry Bar mix from Tastefully Simple.  How much of each I will be adding has yet to be determined but will probably be 1 c. of the cranberries, blueberries and white chocolate chips.

Will keep you updated on how this turns out.

Well off to the grocery store.