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Skillet Cornbread

Since it’s getting close to Mother’s Day, I wanted to post a recipe taught to me by the black lady who helped raise me. Her name was Blanche Love and she was and still is an inspiration to all who remember her. She worked for my Grandmother for 48 years and held sway over almost everything in that household. She was a brilliant cook, but she could also sew, work on cars, garden, and do just about anything she set her mind to. She was a great advocate for Christianity and Civil Rights. She was a woman of substance and I’m proud to have known and loved her.

I got my love of cooking in iron skillets from Blanche. The two I use daily are invaluable. They are very, very old and seasoned just right. Hope you enjoy trying this cornbread recipe!

Blanche Love’s Perfect Skillet Cornbread 

1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups buttermilk- I make this by adding a tablespoon of vinegar to milk, let it set for a minute or two and it will clabber

2 Tablespoon oil- Blanche used bacon fat

a pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Set a large skillet with a fat dab of oil or bacon fat in it  [about a 1/4 cup] in the preheating oven. Mix the ingredients together. When the skillet is hot, pour the cornbread batter into it. Bake for 20 minutes.

My hubby likes a tall glass filled with chunks of this bread and then topped off with real buttermilk as a meal!

Hope you enjoy Blanche’s recipe. LNF, Grace

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Beach Roses

My Rocking Chair Porch on the Beach

My Rocking Chair Porch on the Beach

I wanted to post some images of my porches this morning. They are the place I go to decompress, read my Bible [ I’m currently working my way through The Story version of the Bible], drink my morning coffee and afternoon tea, and spend quality time with my hubby.

I’m a porch girl from way back. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of sitting on my Grandma’s porch in the evenings with our huge extended family. The ladies did a whole lot of talking on those sultry evenings. The men were mostly quiet. And the kids ran through the yard with empty pickle jars seeing who could capture the most fireflies [Lightening Bugs is what we called them]- We all lived together, a thing that was not that uncommon, once upon a time.

I cherish those memories, but I don’t worship them. Now is a good time in my life too. And sitting on one of the  porches, sipping coffee, hearing the waves, and watching the roses is pretty sweet. I am beyond blessed. Hope you’re feeling as blessed this morning! LNF, Grace

Beach Roses

Beach Roses

How to Host a Medieval Feast

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I love to throw themed dinners for family and friends. We’ve done a Bible Feast for Easter one year, a Greek Celebration, and an Authentic Italian Party for 35 of our Sunday School buddies.

So in honor of the third installment of The ChristKeepers , Magpie’s Masque – release date June, 1st, I thought I’d give a link for a great download from fellow author Ginger Garret for hosting a Medieval Feast.

She’s got tips and recipes and loads of other fun stuff to help you throw a great historical party. Even though the Tudor Era is a little further down the timeline than The ChristKeepers setting, most all the elements of the feast would likely be the same. So with a tip of my hat to Ginger, I pass along her download link:  Medieval Feast

Also you can go to my website: www.gracewalton.com or follow this link: Grace’s Recipes to get recipes from my novels- especially the one featured in MM for a tasty Medieval Posset

Link For Magpie’s Masque Book Trailer

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Here’s the link to my YouTube channel and Magpie’s Masque book trailer. It gives a good high level teaser for the novel which releases June, 1st. Hope you enjoy! Just click on the book title below.

Magpie’s Mask Trailer 

Thieves Oil in Magpie’s Masque

Thanks to Farm & Family for the Image!

Thanks to Farm & Family for the Image!

I’m a big believer in the use of Thieves Oil. My husband’s aunt got me started on it years ago and now I can’t live without the highly scented stuff. Every time I sit down at my desk to write, I rub a dab of it between my hands.

Instantly the room is heady with the smell of spices. This is a great aid to my writing, especially my historical writing.

And because I love this stuff so much, I have included it in my newest Medieval novel, Magpie’s Masque. It is only featured briefly, in a scene about The King’s Evil – known today by the name Scrofula. Let me hasten to add that Thieves Oil is not a remedy for this horrible disease. But I use it as a plot device during the culmination of the novel.

I get my Thieves Oil on eBay. I had a recipe for it at one time, but have no idea what happened to it in our recent move. I believe my use of this oil makes me more inclined to not get colds and the flu. I very rarely get either, even when members of the family suffer with them.

When you read Magpie’s Masque, look for the mention of Thieves Oil and how it is used in a blackmail plot.

Oh, before I go today, I got a call from my marketing lady last night. She says the Magpie’s Masque book trailer is up on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, & at my website- http://www.gracewalton.com

Hope you’ll go by and check it out!  LNF, Grace

Count Down to New Book Release

Magpie from Magpie's Masque

Magpie from Magpie’s Masque

Life always gets so exciting for me when I get to the one month release count down for a new book. I’m feeling it already for Magpie’s Masque, the third installment of The ChristKeepers series.

I’ve been deep in Medieval London and Scotland all winter. It’s always a wild ride to see where the characters are going to take you. And Rafe and Magpie were especially adventurous.

They veered off outline so much I got to the last three chapters and had to do a rewrite of the first half of the book. But it made for a much tighter read. I’m really pleased with this story and hope you will be too.

I got to see a preview of the book trailer last night. It’s pretty crazy to see your novel interpreted through visual media. I was impressed by how it gave a teaser for the book in under two minutes.

As the release date approaches for Magpie’s Masque, I will be telling more details of the story and even offering a free chapter on my website. But until then, I will let you know that Rafe and Magpie share some unforgettable moments- heartbreaking, romantic, & spiritual.

I’ll be writing more as the release date nears. LNF, Grace

Sneak Peek at Magpie’s Masque Cover

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The third installment of my Medieval Inspirational Romance Series, The ChristKeepers, will be released June 1st. Here is the cover. Thanks to wonderful cover artist Amy DeLoach.  The book trailer will be up on my You Tube channel by the middle of the month.

This novel is Magpie’s and Rafe’s story. There will be a free chapter to read up on http://www.gracewalton.com the last week of May to whet your appetite.

Hope your life is wonderful right now! LNF, Grace