Monthly Archives: September 2011

Getting Ready for ACFW Conference

I leave tomorrow for the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. I’ve got my one sheets, my business cards, my pens, and my clothes packed. I’ve got my pitch–long version and elevator version, too. I’ve got singles for tips and snacks for our room.

I’ve got a positive attitude because many people are praying for me. Whenever panicky butterflies flap too hard, I douse them with a prayer of my own.

One of the most important items in my backpack is my stack of scripture cards. I have about ten verses I’ve copied on 3/5 cards. I flip through them for an extra dose of courage.

The one on top is Deuteronomy 31:8, “The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Great advice from the Original Author, the Creator,  the Sustainer.


Welcoming Home WWII Vets

My family and I attended the welcome home party for about 102 WWII veterans from their Flight of Honor experience in Washington, DC this week.  What a great party. The Broughton High School band played patriotic songs for at least an hour. Friends and family members waved flags, banners, and signs bearing messages like, “Welcome home, Granddad!” “Hubert is our Hero!” “We love you, Grandma!” Poster sized portraits of handsome young men and beautiful young women flanked the area at the airport around the moving sidewalk that glided the veterans through the crowd of well-wishers. Many tears and many cheers greeted these special Americans.

I noticed a veteran with what I thought was a birthmark on his cheek. Another one moved passed me with the same reddish feature on his cheek. The realization hit me late that the birthmarks were actually kisses. Almost all of the veterans sported lipstick kisses on both cheeks.

My uncle, Leon Howell, Pearl Harbor survivor and widower of my Aunt Myrtle, had both cheeks branded and a grin stretching from ear to ear when I spotted him. He’d had a great day, as usual.

Most of the veterans responded to our thank yous with, “Thank you for coming.” “Thank you for being here.” How gracious. How humble. How exactly like the young people they were when they sacrificed so much so many years ago for all of us. The Greatest Generation indeed.

Rachel’s Oreo Dessert

For the last official weekend of summer, how about a yummy, easy, no-bake recipe? A dear friend of mine shared the following recipe with me in July. I’ve prepared it several times because it’s simple, doesn’t heat up the kitchen, and it’s a delicious treat especially when the temperature is on the hot side of ninety degrees. From their first bite, my children loved it and declared me the “” I took that as a compliment.

Here’s the original version”

1 9×13 dish

1 package Oreo cookies

6 regular-sized Butterfinger candy bars

1 stick butter, melted

1 carton vanilla ice cream, softened

Crush the cookies and candy bars together in a food processor. Mix the cookie and candy curmbs with the melted butter. Press half the mixture into the dish to form a crust. Freeze for several minutes. Press half the ice cream on top of the crust. Freeze again, if necessary. Then sprinkle the remaining cookie crumbs on top of the ice cream. Freeze until firm, probably overnight.

When I prepare this dessert, I make the following changes: I use maybe three-fourth’s of a package of the low-fat Oreos. Once I used half Butterfingers and half Kit Kat bars. I use only a half a stick of butter. Using less butter is fine, but you really have to work to incorporate the crumbs with the butter. They’ll be more crumbly without all the butter. I also use frozen yogurt instead of ice cream

And even with all the changes, I serve this recipe to rave reviews. Next time, I ‘m thinking abou tusing cofee flavored frozen yogurt. Doesn’t that sound good?