And yes, here in the midwest, I'm working on a deadline, too!
(But don't we love deadlines, because that means another book is coming out!)
But the negative aspect of deadlines is that our families get the short end of the stick - at least temporarily.
We end up serving box macaroni and cheese, or pizza, or even the dreaded "you guys are on your own tonight!"
Over the weekend, with my new story down to the proof-reading stage (and not due until tomorrow!), I decided to treat my family with pie. Delicious, scrumptious...and EASY pie. I'm not kidding. It took longer to take the pictures for this recipe that it did to put it together.
Here it is: Coconut Custard Pie
2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups flaked coconut
4 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup all purpose flour (or bisquick)
3/4 cup white sugar
2 Tablespoons butter, softened
Now, here's the hard part (just kidding).
Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a 9 inch greased pie plate.
Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350°, or until golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
This is one of those pies that makes its own crust, kind of like a clafouti, or those "impossible Bisquick" pies that were so popular years ago.
Now that the pie is all done (and enjoyed by my family), let me tell you about this new story!
This is my "Ruthy story". I'd love to have a Tina, Debbie, Julie, Missy, Myra, Sandra, Glynna, Cara Lynn, Pam, Janet, and Audra story someday (those are the Seekers of Seekerville), but their names don't really fit in an Amish historical. (Did anyone notice I left out Mary? She may show up some day).
But Ruthy? An excellent name for an Amish girl. Especially one who loves children.
It's a good thing she loves children, because she's been hired by Levi Zook to be his housekeeper.
|Levi Zook, aka Merlin Olsen|
You remember Levi Zook, right? He's the guy who wanted to marry Ellie in "The Prodigal Son Returns", and if you remember right, he has ten children.
A nice guy, for sure, but he just can't find a wife to take the place of his dear Salome who passed away last year, in the fall of 1935. And his children need a mother...until then, Ruthy will be a good substitute.
But will Ruthy be able to handle ten children? And what about the mess she left behind in Lancaster County?
I love this story, and I hope you will, too! I don't have a release date yet, but I'll keep you posted!
And, of course, here is a picture of poor Thatcher, post surgery.
He didn't have to wear the cone of shame for long...and by the next day, we couldn't tell he had even had surgery.
It's hard to keep a good man (or dog) down, right?