Oh Siestas, I am so enjoying my cookbook! Are you?
Please, let us hear what you are trying in your homes and with your families and friends in the comments!
It's funny that I spent so much time putting it together and cooked nary a thing from it during those 2 1/2 months this past summer. But as I went through each page, I kept thinking, "Oooo, can't wait to try this one!"
It is such a blast to finally be eating the fruits of our labor. Truly, y'all have the best recipes in here. You must be wonderful cooks!
On Sunday we made Melissa and Amanda's Uncle Wayne's White Winter Chili (Link to this recipe here). It is my very favorite, spicy soup of the season. IN FACT, you can thank Uncle Wayne for the cookbook idea. I know I searched for his recipe at least 4 or 5 times on the LPM Blog over the past year. And in my desire to find the recipe in an easier and more efficient way, I thought, "We need these recipes in a cookbook." So thank you Uncle Wayne! Your chili is delicious, too!!
For supper tonight, we tried Cinde James' (The Barefoot Seamstress') North Woods Bean & Sausage Soup (pictured below). Everyone loved it! Even my oh-so-picky-Mr.-Chris. That's saying a lot. It was a delightfully warm and soothing fall fare! I had to substitute a couple of different beans for the northern beans, because I only had butter beans and white beans in my pantry. It was still delicious.
If you are a lover of comfort foods, like me, Joanne Heim's (The Simple Wife's) Zucchini Bread (pictured at the very top in the fall basket) is delightful!! She made some for me and Meredith last fall and shared a nice care package with me a few weeks back, when I headed to the Siesta Fiesta. It is so tasty!
Finally, Angela Cottrell's Strawberry Cake is the best I have ever tasted! I believe there is cake in Heaven just like this--and the angels use Angela's recipe. We made it for Sydney's second birthday on August 25th. Didn't my Chris decorate it beautifully? Since the strawberries for this recipes are from the frozen section of your local market, this cake can be made and enjoyed year round.
See this on my dining room table? I sent out 100 cookbooks last week with the help of Meredith (Life at 7000 Feet) and Su from Colorado. I tell you these Siestas of ours are the best, servant-hearted ladies on the planet! Please give Him praise with me for them.
Not only that, but I have even had two sweet siestas tell me that I mailed extras to them when they had already picked their cookbooks up at the Siesta Fiesta. Both of them were the sweetest and kindest ladies to me, when I made this mistake. I am so thankful that this group of Siestas looks so much like Jesus. Yes, they do! I praise Him for you, dear ones!!
On Monday, I'm receiving an order in of 200 more cookbooks. Would you like one? Email me at chrishollysmith at msn dot com. I have a feeling word is going to get out amongst your Bible studies and areas. Please help spread the word, 'cause we are just so close to the first water well, that I hope we make it to two! 'Makes me so glad-hearted for those children!! I can see them joyfully receiving the gift in my mind's eye already.