Books

Pork Chops & Applesauce is a lighthearted collection of remembrances that focus on the joy of sharing home-cooked meals with family and friends. A recipe that’s pertinent to the story follows each anecdotal vignette. Cynthia’s apple cookbooks are Sweet Apple Temptations and Bumper Crop, both of which are full of delicious examples of her ability to turn a few apples into something rich and flavorful. Her cookbooks include humorous stories, quips, quotes and recipes that combine Cynthia’s cooking and baking experiences with the misadventures of raising her kids on a farm.

Recently, Cynthia stepped out of the nonfiction realm to write her first piece of children’s fiction, which is a Kindle e-book titled The Adventures of Lily and Leon: A Soppy Fish Tale. You can also find Cynthia within the pages of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books where she shares more of her lively stories.

SWEET APPLE TEMPTATIONS

sweet apple temptations ebook coverSweet Apple Temptations opens the gate to dessert heaven by offering over 200 apple dessert recipes. Biting into a crisp, juicy apple is a satisfying pleasure, but this book combines the queen-of-the-orchard with sweetness and baking spices to create apple desserts that taste as though they’ve been kissed by angels.

Apples are an amazingly versatile fruit that is demonstrated in this unique apple dessert collection. At your next dinner party serve the decadence of Sinful Chocolate Applesauce Tiramisu or Swedish Applesauce Meringue Cake. When temperatures rise, cool your guests with Frozen Apple Cranberry Dessert or Pineapple Plantation Apple Crisp. And, for kids of every age, there’s Snicker Apple Doodle Cookies and Tart Apple S’mores that’ll delight their lips with fruit-filled goodness.

Pork Chops & Applesauce

Pork Chops & Applesauce book coverCynthia Briggs message in Pork Chops & Applesauce is about focusing on what’s important in life; and how taking a break to reflect upon memorable family gatherings and the sharing of dinners provides a respite from the fast pace of living in today’s hectic world. Cynthia says, Your Roasted Garlic Potatoes are in the oven baking along with your Surprise Parmesan Meatloaf. The Pear Pie with Crunchy Pecan Crust is cooling on the counter. The dishes are done, the cut flowers are in a vase on the dining room table, and the whole house smells like paradise! Now, before your guests arrive, it s time relax and read one or two of the nostalgic and often humorous stories that introduce many of the recipes in Pork Chops & Applesauce. Enjoy!

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Sweet Apple Temptations

Sweet Apple Temptations book coverSweet Apple Temptations opens the gate to dessert heaven by offering over 200 apple dessert recipes. Biting into a crisp, juicy apple is a satisfying pleasure, but this book combines the queen-of-the-orchard with sweetness and baking spices to create apple desserts that taste as though they’ve been kissed by angels. Apples are an amazingly versatile fruit, which is demonstrated in this unique apple dessert collection. At your next dinner party serve the decadence of Sinful Chocolate Applesauce Tiramisu, Island Style Apple Pineapple Cake or Swedish Applesauce Meringue Cake. When temperatures rise, cool your guests with Frozen Apple Cranberry Dessert or Pineapple Plantation Apple Crisp. And for kids of every age, there’s Snicker Apple Doodle Cookies, Frosted Apple Dapple Cookies and Tart Apple S’mores that’ll delight their lips with fruit-filled goodness.

Purchase Sweet Apple Temptations on Amazon

Bumper Crop: Beginning with Apples [Kindle Edition]

bumper-crop-cover-smallBumper Crop is an assortment of recipes that never go out of style, while bringing comfort food back to the dinner table. It is a go-to, 31-recipe collection that turns your favorite apples into uniquely delicious apple soups, salads, breads, entrees, pies, cookies and desserts. Your mom and grandmother might have made these apple recipes for you as a youngster, and here they are again only served up with a twist.

ECA-Jul-2013-GSCreate a dinner tonight consisting of Curried Apple Soup, Applesauce Cornbread and Cranberry Apple Salad as a starter to your meal. Dazzle your guests with Roasted Pork Loin with Fig and Marmalade Baked Apples as a stunning entree. Then serve warm Apple Custard, Apple Cinnamon Rolls, Sour Cream Apple Pie, Apple Pumpkin Brownies Dandy Danish Dapples, or Apple Brickle Dip for dessert.

The book cover for Bumper Crop has won a Gold Star badge for exemplary design.

Eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away doesn’t get any more delightful.

Purchase Bumper Crop: Beginning with Apples on Amazon.

The Adventures of Lily and Leon

The Adventures of Lily and Leon addresses the social stigma surrounding interracial relationships. The story is told in fun, lighthearted terms so the message is easily understood by a child. It’s a tale about two young fish, Lily, a beautiful white sea bass, and Leon, a sleek black sea bass, who meet under bumpy circumstances in the deep waters of the Green Gulf.

Peer pressure from Lily’s schoolfishfriends is fierce. Bonita warns Lily, “It’s wrong to swim with a dark-scaled fish when you are white-scaled.” Leon is confused and hurt because he’s not readily accepted by the fish community.

Lily is only happy when she’s dipping and diving in Dragon Fish Lagoon with Leon. She doesn’t understand why the color of their skin should be an issue. They are deeply affected by the opinion of the local fish, which nearly keeps them from developing a close friendship. Through their underwater games and adventures, and their brush with the dangerous Seafalcons, they’re able to learn, and teach others, that we’re all alike on the inside, even when we’re a different color on the outside.

Purchase The Adventures of Lily and Leon on Amazon.

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Our Chicken Soup for the Soul Favorites

Cynthia has a story in each of the eight Chicken Soup books shown below.  Share the following Chicken Soup for the Soul books with loved ones too!  Click on a cover to buy the book on  Amazon.

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