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Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Sweet Treat: Red, White, 'n' Blue Salad for the 4th of July (Taste of Home)

This is the "sweet treat" that I'm going to prepare for the 4th of July festivities on Monday.  I've never made it before, but it has great reviews, and I'll finally put my trifle bowl to good use.  You can find the recipe here at Taste of Home.


  • 1 package (3 ounces) berry blue gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 2-1/2 cups cold water, divided
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (3 ounces) raspberry gelatin
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • Whipped topping and additional berries, optional


  • In a large bowl, dissolve berry blue gelatin in 1 cup boiling water; stir in 1 cup cold water. Add blueberries. Pour into a 3-qt. serving bowl. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Add the cream and sugar; cook and stir over low heat until gelatin and sugar are completely dissolved. cool to room temperature. Whisk in sour cream and vanilla. Spoon over the blue layer. Refrigerate until firm.
  • In a large bowl, dissolve raspberry gelatin in remaining hot water; stir in remaining cold water. Add raspberries. Spoon over cream layer. Chill until set. Garnish with whipped topping and additional berries if desired. Yield: 14-16 servings.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz - Book Trailer and Preview

                                    About Laura Frantz:
Laura Frantz credits her grandmother as being the catalyst for her fascination with Kentucky history. Frantz's family followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky in the late eighteenth century and settled in Madison County, where her family still resides. Frantz is the author of The Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons (from the Revell website).

About The Colonel's Lady:
In 1779, when genteel Virginia spinster Roxanna Rowan arrives at the Kentucky fort commanded by Colonel Cassius McLinn, she finds that her officer father has died. Penniless and destitute, Roxanna is forced to take her father's place as scrivener. Before long, it's clear that the colonel himself is attracted to her. But she soon realizes the colonel has grave secrets of his own—some of which have to do with her father's sudden death. Can she ever truly love him?
Readers will be enchanted by this powerful story of love, faith, and forgiveness from reader favorite Laura Frantz. Her solid research and deft writing immerse readers in the world of the early frontier while her realistic characters become intimate friends (from

The Colonel's Lady is scheduled to release August 1, 2011.  You can find more information about Laura and her books by visiting Laura's Blog.

I've read Laura's other books, and they are without a doubt, two of the best books I have ever read!  I highly recommend both of them!  You can read my reviews here . . . The Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little.