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Crawfish Etouffee Cornbread Bites with Honey Mustard Sauce

I love summer time. I love the heat, the summer showers, the smell of sunscreen. I love watching my boys play in the pool and get dirty in the yard. I love the carefree attitude and I love the food! Summertime food calls for something quick and easy. Something that doesn’t require a lot of though or preparation. However, too many people associate quick and easy with boring and tasteless. I am here to prove them wrong with my Crawfish Cornbread Bites. They are loaded […]

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Freedom to Choose

Choices, choices. I’m one of those people who scrutinizes and agonizes over an expansive menu. It all looks good. How do I choose? My husband knows right off what he wants. If he’s had it before and it’s good, he goes for it. My family waits for me…I usually end up asking for a recommendation from the waiter. My husband is convinced he’s steering me to the most expensive dish. I tend to think the waiter has my best interest in mind. I choose in […]

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New Corporate Policy: Unlimited Vacation!

Sorry I’m late to the porch belles but I forget it was the 5th Thursday. Anyway… I was sitting in morning prayer when one of the people had to leave for work. As he went, he mentioned the corporate changes happening at his company. Among other things, a group of interns were told the company was going to or considering “unlimited vacation time.” Whoa! What? Unlimited? Like, you can take off any time you want? As much as you want? And this is not a […]

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When Baking Brings Back Memories

One of the most popular desserts of the 1960s was Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. The way I remember it, there rarely seemed to be a gathering where someone didn’t bring one, and church suppers often featured two or three. At home, my mom sometimes made one when it was her turn to host her weekly bridge group or monthly League of Women Voters meeting. Upside-Down Cake is easy to make. It was one of the first desserts my mom and I made together, although I doubt […]

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Cornbread, Zumba and the Perfect Plan

Our fellow porch buddy, Shellie T. had several scrumptious posts these past few weeks. Good enough to eat and I think that was the plan. She kindly -and wisely – gave us her recipes accompanied with perfect photos of delicious-looking foodstuff. Cornbread. Pies. Breads. All amazing. I love food. I like to cook. I am not a foodie. And I am not a great cook. My daughter is a wonderful cook. My mother is absolutely a Julia Child, Food network caliber cook. I like to say I’ve […]

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Building Characters from Spare Parts

I think everyone who has ever written fiction gets the question at one time or another. Is the heroine/hero you? Especially authors who have recurring characters who appear in book after book. I can’t speak for everyone, but my characters definitely aren’t me. And then again, all of them are me. I didn’t set out to write about anyone in particular in any of my books. Only, there are some distinct similarities between my characters and actual people in my life. Delilah, from Appalachian Serenade, […]

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Don’t Blink

We were playing with our tractors on the living room rug, just the two of us, when I made a loud motor sound that tickled Weston the Wonder Boy. He looked up and smiled at me and I saw him do a literal double take, looking back down at his tractor and then back up at my face, at least the part of my face he could see. The downward tilt of my head meant a lock of hair had been falling in my eyes […]

Rachel Hauck

Gone to NYC

Hey all, Heading out the door to NYC for the Romance Writers of America conference. Check Facebook for pictures. Until next time!

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Things You Didn’t Know About Harper Lee

Being hailed as a historic literary event, the publication of Go Set a Watchman has been all the buzz. Reportedly a “newly discovered novel,” this book is the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers  — yep, that’s right… BEFORE To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, but we […]

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What God Taught Me Through a Chicken Coop

A few weeks ago, my husband built our laying hens a chicken run. A large, fenced-in area reinforced by electrical wire and a screen ceiling to keep predators out, the run provided the chickens with plenty of dirt to scratch and bugs to eat. Regardless, the hens remained inside, their combed heads tilted so one of their beady eyes could remain fixed on the square of light pouring into the dim little coop. Sometimes, one of the hens would totter up the board, latticed with […]

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Books Are Better (10 Good Reasons To Read)

Happy Monday, everyone! Wherever this weekend found you, I hope it found you with a good book in hand. Is there any better way to spend a long, lazy summer afternoon than lost in a good story? In a world increasingly filled with distractions, gadgets, and electronic entertainment, I sometimes wonder if we’re losing the joy of reading. Just in case there’s someone in your life who needs a bit more encouragement to read, here are ten good reasons to pick up a good book, […]