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Pi Day Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Pi Day Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Happy Pi Day! In honor of Pi Day (because it’s 3/14 😉 ), I thought I’d share a recipe for chicken pot pie mentioned in Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker! Nain’s chicken pot pie recipe is a family recipe we’ve used for years! If you’d rather make things easier on yourself, you can replace the roux …

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Learning From History

Learning From History

“You can either run from it or learn from it.” Rafiki in The Lion King History is a tricky beast. Some say we should just forget it, hakuna matata, and all that. Others say that if we simply ignore it, we’ll never learn from it. As an historical fiction author, I land firmly in that …

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Manito Park Tour

Manito Park Tour

When writing Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, I knew I had to take my characters to Manito Park, but it wasn’t until I began researching that I learned that the park known today as “Manito Park” was originally named “Montrose Park.” Francis Cook, the owner of the land, named it “Montrose” because of the wide variety …

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Tales with De Sales Podcast Interview

Tales with De Sales Podcast Interview

I had the extreme honor of joining Jayne De Sales for an interview on her marvelous podcast, Tales with De Sales. This is a podcast “exploring fiction that cultivates the good, the true, and the beautiful.” We talked about Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, historical fiction, living in Spokane, and why history itself is so important. …

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I Want to Come to Your Book Club

I Want to Come to Your Book Club

What’s cooler than having the author join you for your discussion?! I had the extreme honor recently of attending a local Spokane book club and joining their discussion of my historical mystery, Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker! We had so much fun! I brought several of the books I used for research and we passed those …

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Christmas Cookies from early 1900s

Christmas Cookies from early 1900s

Join me as I try out Christmas recipes circa 1900!  This third recipe is for Christmas Cookies from a personal notebook belonging to my great-great-great-grandmother. It’s also vegan—no eggs or butter!  Christmas Cookies 3/4 c honey 1/2 c sugar 3 1/4 c flour 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 …

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Delicate Cake Recipe from 1890

Delicate Cake Recipe from 1890

Join me as I try out Christmas recipes circa 1900! This second recipe is for Delicate Cake from an 1890 cookbook. Delicate Cake 3 cups flour 2 cups sugar 3/4 c sweet milk (evaporated or whole milk) 6 egg whites 1/2 c butter 1 tsp cream of tartar 1/2 tsp baking soda ~1 tsp lemon …

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Gingerbread Recipe from 1905

Gingerbread Recipe from 1905

Join me as I try out Christmas recipes circa 1900! This first recipe is for Soft Gingerbread from a cookbook published by Pillsbury in 1905. Soft Gingerbread 3/4 c molasses 1 c brown sugar 1/2 c butter 1 c sour milk (buttermilk) 3 eggs 3 c flour 1 Tbsp ginger 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp …

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Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries Historical Research

Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries Historical Research

Author Patricia Meredith shares a little about the historical research that went into writing the Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries. The first book, Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, a new historical mystery, is available everywhere books are sold in whatever format you prefer! For a complete list of newspaper clippings outlining the building of the Spokane clock tower, …

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