Calling all Cooks



I include recipes in most of my series. I like to include a sampling of both recipes I have developed over the years as well as recipes contributed by readers. Two years ago I took some of the recipes and created this cozy cookbook which also includes graphics and a short story, and I am toying with creating another one if I can find the time.

If you like to cook I have two opportunities for you. First of all I have a Facebook group which is really a recipe exchange. Here is the link if you want to share recipes, either original or those you found online or in a cookbook, with other readers: I do not print recipes shared on this page, as it is for the enjoyment of group members only.

I also accept submissions of original recipes from readers for consideration in self published books. The recipes must be original recipes or recipes modified from a printed recipe to the point that it becomes original. If your recipe is chosen you receive a signed copy of the book, your name in the acknowledgements section of the book, and a $25 Amazon Gift Card. It’s a fun and easy way to see your name in print. Simply email me at The recipe should be typed out on a Word document with standard font (New Times Roman or similar.) If you have questions about format just email me.


I’m including a fun fall recipe from the cookbook for you to try and enjoy.

Pumpkin Patch Muffins


3 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

1 16 oz. can pumpkin (2 cups)

½ cup water

3½ cups flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1 tbs. cinnamon

1 tsp. ginger

1 tsp. ground nutmeg

½ tsp. ground cloves

½ tsp. all spice

4 cups walnuts, chopped


Combine sugar, oil, and eggs. Add pumpkin and water and mix well.


Combine dry ingredients and add to pumpkin mixture. Add nuts.


Spoon into greased cupcake pans (or use papers). Bake at 350 degrees for 28–30 minutes.


Cream Cheese Frosting (optional):

¾ cup of butter, softened

6 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

3 cups powdered sugar


Whip all ingredients together and spread on to cooled muffins.


Comment below and be entered to win a $15 Amazon Gift Card.




76 thoughts on “Calling all Cooks

  1. Kimberly Neal says:

    I just love the cover of this cookbook! It makes me want to start a batch of cookies and play Christmas music!

  2. Doward Wilson says:

    I don’t cook or bake much anymore but I enjoy reading the recipes. Some I print out for my sister who bakes much more. Thanks for the chance to enjoy your post.

  3. Amy Bryant says:

    Ohh. I love trying out new recipes and I really enjoy books that include recipes. I quite enjoy reading your books and you are a very talented author! Thanks for all the great books and recipes in them!!!

  4. Judy Weaver says:

    I don’t bake a whole lot anymore. Baking used to be my speciality. Now my daughter and my grands do the baking. It is so fun to watch them in the kitchen and eat the finished product. I still like looking a recipes.

  5. robeader says:

    I think Christmas is one of the holidays where more baking is done. My mother used to bake so much and then gift it to our family friends and relatives. Her mincemeat pies and my mother-in-law’s pumpkin rolls are two of my favorite desserts from the two of them.

  6. Taryn Lee says:

    I’ve always loved to cook and especially bake. I do a majority of my baking in the fall and winter months and also prepare several soups and stews that I can freeze for later. I also really enjoy giving out baked goods to friends and family and spend time looking for new recipes to try.

  7. Debra Woloson says:

    This sounds like a great way to get something at least partially healthy done in my kitchen. Lol. My crew will try at least a bite usually of anything first. I bet it would be great warm in the morning for breakfast. Or anytime really.

    • donnadurnell2013 says:

      I’m going to have to try thelse pumpkin muffins. They do not look to be too hard to make, and would be perfect as my treat for our church ladies bookclub.

  8. Alice says:

    This is when I start thinking about what new things to add the the old favorites that I bake every year. I love all things pumpkin!!!

  9. harley0326 says:

    What a great cookbook. I always enjoy the recipes you include in your books.
    Deana (Harley)

  10. Pam Inman says:

    Sounds like a wonderful fall recipe. I love buying pumpkins for the grandkids to make into Jack o lanterns and buy a few to bake and put away in the freezer. Great for just this kind of recipe. Thank you.

  11. Terri Crossley says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I am definitely ready for fall and pumpkin everything! The cover of the cookbook is awesome! I am ready to bake pies, cookies, tarts, and cakes!

  12. Peggy Hyndman says:

    The Pumpkin Patch Muffins sound wonderful, One of my granddaughters, two of my grandsons and I love making/trying new recipes together. I don’t have this book yet but it’s definitely on my Wish List.

  13. Marjorie Roy says:

    Pumpkin and muffins are always delicious. A muffin that is always moist, loving this giveaway. I cannot wait for fall.

  14. Amanda Wilcox says:

    I love pumpkin everything!!! Thanks for the recipe! I’m trying really hard to wait until September to bake but it’s getting harder the closer it gets.

  15. Kathleen Costa says:

    I am so excited that Fall is just around the corner…cooler weather, sweaters, pumpkin spiced lattes, and Halloween! Oh, just the environment to sit and read a good little mystery.

  16. Debbie Carney (Carnes) says:

    I ran out of flour but as soon I get some I’m making those muffins yummm 🙂
    Love the cover of the cook book ,brings back happy memories of cooking with my Grandmother .

  17. pat mccray says:

    I have a large collection of cookbooks I have collected from everywhere and anywhere since I was first married in 1965 – don’t cook as much as I use to as we are an empty nest house now – would love the book to add to my collection and be able to read it.

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