Publishing a Cookbook: Editors and Closing Day

editors

As promised, we plan on keeping you in the loop on our journey to publishing a cookbook. Today we are sharing all about the conversations with interested editors and what it looked like to land a book deal. If you haven’t already read the first post in this series, The Very Beginning Steps, make sure to catch up before diving into this post.

As we perviously mentioned, Rachel and I worked for almost 6 months creating a book proposal to send out to editors. It was at this point in the process that we really saw the value of having a literary agent. Even if we were able to create an amazing proposal on our own (which we wouldn’t have been able to), we wouldn’t even know who to send it to. Without direct connections to editors, our proposal would have been likely lost in the shuffle. Our agent, Maria, used her mad connections to get our proposal into the hands of lots of potential editors. She told us that things would be quiet for a few weeks while the editors talked the proposal over with their teams.

So, imagine our surprise when we started to hear back from interested editors within a week! In fact, we had four editors that indicated that they wanted to chat with us more. With some major schedule juggling, we lined up four conference calls with the interested editors.

Avocado Lime Salsa

Fresh and zesty avocado lime salsa. Such a great appetizer or side dish for any Mexican entree. Only takes a few minutes to make too!

Holy moly. This avocado lime salsa was delicious!

To be honest, I didn’t create this recipe to go on the blog. I originally whipped it up to go on top of a cilantro lime chicken wrap recipe that I was testing out for our upcoming cookbook.

When I realized that I had stumbled upon greatness in the form of avocados, tomatoes, lime juice and onion, I began snapping pictures. This recipe is too good to not be shared.

Fresh and zesty avocado lime salsa. Such a great appetizer or side dish for any Mexican entree. Only takes a few minutes to make too!

This chunky salsa would be a great side dish to almost any Mexican entree.

It’s fresh. It’s zesty. It’s flavorful. It’s healthy. Time to get chopping and make some of your own.

“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: July 25-31

July25-31, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Friday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

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My favs on the menu this week? It has to be Chicken Piccata and the Farm Fresh Breakfast Quesadillas. Here comes the broken record part: These are both totally freezable! So, be wise with your time, double the batch, and eat a delicious pre-made meal another time.

P.S. Did you know you can have these menu plans emailed to you to weekly? All you have to do is sign up here.

Book Review of “One Year of Dinner Table Devotions”

This well-done, biblical devotional book is perfect for families with elementary and teenage children. Parents will find it easy to use all year round.

Do you know what one extensive study shows to be the three crucial factors in teenagers retaining their faith through high school and beyond?

The first and second of those three factors are two things that you and I can start doing when our kids are young. The #1 factor is parents who model a genuine Christian faith. And #2 is teenagers who establish the pattern of praying and reading the Bible for themselves are much more likely to continue the practice into adulthood. By spending intentional time each week helping our children (and ourselves!) read and learn more about the Bible, we are influencing our kids’ faith for a lifetime. (Read more about the study and about the third factor here.)

As you may know, I really enjoy vetting good faith-building resources for my family and then sharing those with you. One book we have used off and on for years is called One Year of Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion Starters: 365 Opportunities to Grow Closer to God As a Family by Nancy Guthrie. I’m sorry I’ve waited so long to tell you about it, because it’s one of my favorites. I would say it’s most applicable to children in 3rd/4th grade through high school, but honestly I use it for my own devotional time some mornings.

2 Ways to Store or Freeze Muffins

Two easy ways to save and store your muffins. You can save loads of time and money by doubling your muffin batches and freezing them or storing them with this handy trick!

Muffins are my jam. I love them.

So much that I took time in photoshop to express my deep affection for them.
Two easy ways to save and store your muffins. You can save loads of time and money by doubling your muffin batches and freezing them or storing them on the counter with this handy trick!

To save time and money, anytime you make muffins, just double the batch and cook up twice as many. I rarely make a single batch and almost always have muffins stored in my freezer.

Because, well, I love them.

Not only do they make the easiest breakfast ever but they can be a great afternoon snack or even be packed into a lunch box when sandwich options are scarce.

Since you’re likely not going to be eating an entire batch of muffins in one day, I’m here to provide two ways to store them for future munching.

How to Store and Save Muffins