We have some amazing cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip cookies here in our office this morning (thanks, Ashley and Annie!), and I have indulged. I had little willpower to avoid temptations like this before I was pregnant, and now I have none. “The baby wants one!” is something I find myself saying a lot lately. In my defense, I am counteracting my indulgences with plenty of healthy foods, water, exercise, and prenatal vitamins.
It really is hard not to use the “eating for two” excuse to succumb to all my cravings, especially when temptations seem to smack me across the taste buds when I least expect them. Like last week when I was just innocently reviewing Debra Ullrick’s new Heartsong The Bride Wore Coveralls, and wham the mention of a funnel cake made me want to beeline for the nearest fairgrounds. Good thing my town’s homecoming starts on Wednesday so that I can humor this hankering. :)
Other Heartsongs in the works that have contributed to my cravings include Pamela Griffin’s Sweet, Sugared Love, Lisa Harris’s A Matter of Trust, Wanda Brunstetter’s Betsy’s Return, Debby Mayne’s If the Dress Fits, and Jeri Odell’s Always Yesterday. I’m sure there are more. Just know that if you mentioned a specific food anywhere in your story, it probably made me want to eat it!
I have been heard around the office to say, “Heartsong authors needs to stop writing about food while I’m pregnant!” But I’m just kidding. What’s a good story without some good food? I think readers especially enjoy when authors include a recipe for a dish mentioned in the book. I know Wanda Brunstetter, Birdie Etchison, and Kathleen Y’Barbo have done this in Heartsongs. There are probably others who have, too. What about you? What’s a family favorite recipe that has found its way into one of your stories? Feel free to send me a sample :)