Happy Wednesday everyone. I'm excited to welcome my "Killer Voice" sister, Dana Lynn, to the Cafe today. Dana sold to LIS with me back in 2014 when the editors ran their Search for a Killer Voice contest. Her 2nd book for LIS is out this month.
Please join me in giving a Yankee Belle welcome to Dana.
Thank Goodness for Teenagers and 4WD
Dana R Lynn here. I'm so happy that Cate Nolan invited me to be on Yankee Belle Cafe today. I had a post all planned out, but then God got my attention. So, I'm going to focus on gratitude.
Like many of us, I live a busy life. I have three kids involved in various activities, a husband with a very demanding job, and I work full time. Oh, yeah, and I have this writing thing. I just accepted a three book contract with Love Inspired Suspense, so I have deadlines. (Yay!) Sometimes, things get hectic. Just a bit. And sometimes I forget to count my blessings.
Let me explain. My hubby, wise man that he is, insisted I needed a vehicle with 4WD, so he bought an old pick-up truck. It's not the most attractive thing, and I have trouble getting in it (I'm only 4'10"). And for most of the winter, it has sat in our driveway. This past month we have been hammered with a couple of snow storms. And now I love my old, ugly, plows-through-snow-like-butter truck. Then yesterday, we had the worst storm yet. My kids got a snow day. Me? I work in a different district and had to go to work. That's when God showed me how blessed I was. My 16 year old (my nurturer) got up to make me a bagel and fix my lunch. Leftover lasagne, which I will tell you about in a bit. My varsity wrestler went out and started and cleaned off my car. And my 12 year old took care of the pets. Then they all said a prayer for my safe travel. I am so blessed!
So now to the lasagne. ..I am grateful for the ability to provide for and nourish my family. And I'm grateful that it's so easy to do. I love food that's easy and this recipe doubles well, so I can freeze half. Plus, it uses oven-ready noodles, so I don't have to pre-boil them.
Here's the recipe:
1 lb. Ground beef or sausage, cooked and drained
1 pint ricotta cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese
Oven-ready noodles (12)
28 oz of spaghetti sauce
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Mix ricotta, 1 cup of mozzarella, 1/4 cup of Parmesan, eggs and spice together.Mix sauce and meat. Put 1/3 of the sauce on the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Top . With 4 noodles. Top with half of cheeses mixture. Repeat process. Cover cheese with last 4 noodles. Cover with remaining sauce and then sprinkle with the rest of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.Cover with double layer of aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour. Yummy.
Oh...wait. I'm supposed say something about my book. INTERRUPTED LULLABY is now on shelves. I love this cover. My sweet and silly hubby calls it Swingset Adventures. Lol.
This is what it's about:
Maggie Slade's been on the run since witnessing her husband's murder, hiding from a killer who wants evidence he believes she has. A killer who was dressed as a LaMar Pond policeman. And she'd better run fast, because it's not just her life on the line -Maggie now had year - old twin babies. But then she's attacked again, and rescued. .. by a LaMar Pond cop. Trusting Lieutenant Dan Willis is frightening. Letting him take get back to LaMar Pond to find her husband's killer is terrifying. But to protect her babies, she'll risk anything. Even her life. And as she draws closer to Dan and learns to trust again...she may even risk her heart.
I loved writing this story. And I'm again reminded of gratitude. For even in the midst of danger, God provided for Maggie, giving her a worthy protector. Just like he used my children and husband to provide for me and show His awesome love.
I can't help but say God is good...all the time!
Cate here - I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm suddenly craving lasagna!