{foodie friday} a writing update + a quick weeknight recipe

I am almost finished with edits on book 2. Maybe this weekend? It’s taking longer than planned because 1) work has ramped up lately (thank the Lord) and 2) according to my latest tally, I have added 11,000 words since my first draft! Hooray!

And I’m encouraged because my critique partner didn’t show me huge chunks to delete this time 🙂

Can I just tell you how amazing my critique partners are? There have been a lot of blog posts circulating about the importance of a writing community. I love and appreciate the people on my team. Can’t thank God enough for working things the way He did. I need to write about it. I need to write about a lot of things! With these edits under my belt, you can expect to see a lot more of me around here. I have lots to share.

Before I go, I’m going to share a delicious dinner recipe for you to make this week. After all, it is…

foodie friday


Last night, I made RealSimple’s Roasted Tomatoes with Feta and Shrimp for the second time.


It was relatively easy and quick to make with bright lemon, sweet roasted tomatoes, tangy feta cheese, and juicy shrimp. I subbed basil for the parsley, and it was just as divine as the first time I made it. The ingredients were fresh, which I think was key! Okay, so maybe I ran to the grocery store last-minute to whip up something for dinner. But it must have been delicious or my toddler wouldn’t have done this:


My recommendations: on the last step, don’t leave it in the oven quite as long so the shrimp don’t get overcooked. Remove it from the heat with the shrimp get pink and curl into a C shape. Oh, and you’re going to want to make sure you have lots of crusty bread for serving. You will want to sop up the scrumptious juices on the bottom of your baking dish. Trust me.

As always, enjoy with someone you love!

Are you a seafood fan? Did you try any new recipes this week?

{foodie friday} an anniversary dinner to remember

This week has been a whirlwind for me, a convergence of several big projects due at once. Thus is the life of the self-employed, huh? It keeps me on my toes, and I could not love and appreciate that more!

But today, I’m going to post about food. Write what you know about, right? I’d like to institute Foodie Fridays on the blog because 1) food is pretty much the universal symbol for love, 2) I can never, ever run out of content, and 3) there is some kind of foodie element to all of my books.

Plus, I am still dreaming of our anniversary dinner from last weekend.


To celebrate six years, my husband and I ventured to downtown Tulsa to investigate a new-to-us restaurant that was a surprise for me. TAVOLO. One, it was Italian, and two, I love trying new places. So my husband did very well in making his Italian foodie wife feel known and loved.


We started with the chef’s choice bruschetta, which changes seasonally. It was a crunchy, buttery crostini with a house-made local goat cheese spread, a delicious peach jam, and basil chiffonade. Easily made the top 10 things I’ve ever eaten list.


Since it was our anniversary, we decided to go big. Because we definitely weren’t going home. JT got the filet, which was perfectly cooked and tender. It was served with delectable caramelized onions, a roasted fingerling potato hash, pancetta, and broccolini.


Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I tasted my own dish, which I ordered without any hesitation. I mean, I jump when I see the combination of sweet corn, basil, and crab. Especially in a pasta. It was just as delicious as I imagined, but the real clincher was the broth. The chef who walked by explained she simmers parmesan rinds in a pot with the usual aromatic suspects, resulting in this silky creation. Spot-on!

So, Tavolo, we will definitely be back for our special occasions. Thanks for making our anniversary delicious and memorable!


What is the best meal you’ve had recently? What restaurant can we not miss when we visit your city?