Monday, December 17, 2012

Southern Poppy Seed Chicken

Southern Poppy Seed Chicken

This past Thanksgiving, I spent it down in Tennessee with my fiancé and his family. A few days after Thanksgiving, my fiancé's mother took left over turkey and even cooked some chicken to make a dish called Southern Poppy Seed Chicken. This past Saturday, December 15, 2012 my family had two couples, two ladies, and my fiancé coming over for lunch, so I decided to give it a whirl and make a double batch of Southern Poppy Seed Chicken by doubling the recipe below for everyone. It turned out very well, and this will be a dish I will be making again in the future!

  • 3-5 Cups Cooked Chicken or Turkey
  • 1 Can Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 8 oz. Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) Butter, Melted
  • 2 Cup Ritz Crackers, Crushed (About 1 1/2 Rolls of Crackers)
  • 1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Boil raw chicken with salt and pepper until done. Let chicken cool slightly and pull apart chicken into smaller pieces. Place chicken in a 9X13 casserole dish.
  3. Mix together the condensed cream of chicken soup and sour cream. Spread over the chicken.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together the crushed crackers, poppy seeds and melted butter. Sprinkle over the chicken and sauce.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top of the casserole is browned and the sauce is bubbly.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Veil of Pearls

"Veil of Pearls"
MaryLu Tyndall

She thought she could outrun her past...

It is 1811, and the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with plantation owners, slaves, and immigrants.  Immigrants such as the raven-haired Adalia Winston.  But Adalia has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados.  Skilled in herbal remedies, Adalia finds employment with a local doctor and settles into a quiet life, thankful for her freedom but still fearful that her owner will find her.

Born into one of Charleston's prominent families, Morgan Rutledge is handsome, bored - and enamored of the beautiful Adalia, who spurns his advances.  Morgan's persistence, however, finally wins, and Adalia is swept into the glamorous world of Charleston high society.

But Adalia's new life comes at a high price - that of denying her heritage and her zeal for God.  How far is she willing to go to win the heart of the man she loves?  And when her secret is revealed, will that love be enough, or will the truth ruin Morgan and send Adalia back into slavery?

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My Review

Finishing MaryLu Tyndall’s eleventh book, but second single novel she has written, I have found myself once again transported back in time deep into the storyline.  “Veil of Pearls” takes place in the year 1811 right before the war of 1812 between the Americans and the British.  Adalia Winston escapes as a runaway slave from Barbados to Charleston to seek out freedom, but realizes later on she may have not truly escaped to freedom.  Morgan Rutledge is a man who is born into a prominent family where he gets easily bored with his life and seeks adventure where his family does not approve of to where he is afraid of losing something that seems important to him.  Reading through how the relationship between Adalia and Morgan takes way, will snatch your heart away.  Find out how wavering Adalia’s faith in God takes control of her, and if Morgan will find out his true purpose in life from God or not.  An outstanding part about MaryLu’s novel, “Veil of Pearls”, is that this time there are discussion questions at the very end of the book to leave you or anyone thinking more about what happened throughout the story, and to think about how your very own life with relating to all this!  If you like to read Christian Historical Romance novels where it will leaving you wanting to know more of what is going to happen with the main characters of the story, this novel will be right for you.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Falcon and the Sparrow

"The Falcon and the Sparrow"
MaryLu Tyndall

A Reluctant Spy Captures More Than She Bargained

London of 1803 is a wild as Rome before the fall of the Empire as the rich seek to feed their insatiable hunger for pleasure while ignoring Napoleon's resurgence.

Into a dark London townhouse walks a timid woman set upon saving her brother's life, even if it requires her to commit treason upon the country of her birth.

Admiral Chase Randal is intrigued by the new governess in his home and cannot deny that his grieving heart is beginning to awaken as he watches Dominique Dawson with his son.

Dominique loves the admiral's son, but how can she understand an attraction for the admiral when he claims to deny the existence of God?  For only through God does she find her courage to spy for France.

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My Review

This single novel, "The Falcon and the Sparrow", written by MaryLu Tyndall has lots of action, trickery, and romance. The sparrow, Dominique Dawson, is forced to become a spy for France by them keeping her only brother captured. The falcon, Admiral Chase Randal, needs a governess for his son, William, after three years of his deceased wife, so he can still be out at sea. Dominique becomes the governess William needs, but in the process she is also sent to steal the Admiralty documents from Chase's home in London for the French or the French will execute her brother. As time goes on Dominique learns Chase has lost and turned from God, she grows deeply to care for him to help him see the truth again of God, though as she tries she feels her own faith wavers at what she is doing and seeking guidance from God. Read this wonderful historical fiction novel to see what happens with Dominique and Chase throughout this intense adventure!