Carolyn has worked with animals for most of her life (prepare yourself, the list is long): cats, dogs, horses, cows, goats, sheep, rabbits, turkeys, ducks, chickens, guineas, and geese. She was married to a cowboy for twenty-five years and during that time lived on seven different cattle ranches. She learned how to give shots to cattle, brand cattle, castrate bull calves and close the head catch in time to capture the beast that was flying through the working chute like a streak of lightning. She also learned to back the truck up to the trailer hitch and get it right the first time.
When a teen, she attended horsemanship clinics and schools, and competed in horse shows that included dressage and jumping. She owned and trained seven of her own horses. After having two children, both of whom she homeschooled until they passed the SAT with flying colors (which is absolutely no credit to her as they both reside in the genius category and continually leave her wondering what the heck is going on) she dove into homesteading, learning how to make her own bread, make soup stock from scratch, butcher chickens, rabbits, goats, sheep, and cows, and one year had so much fun canning everything in sight that when she counted the full glass jars in the pantry, she was shocked to discover there were over a thousand.
Her knowledge of settings used as the basis of her stories is diverse due to the fact that she has lived in many different states including Idaho, Montana, California, Texas, Missouri, Virginia, Indiana, New Jersey, Washington, and Arizona. She now resides near Seattle. Her hobbies include knitting, crocheting, soap making, and, of course, writing. Oh, and her favorite author? P. G. Wodehouse.
Hello everyone! I can’t tell you how pleased I am with this artist and what she designs for my book covers. Each one is unique and fun, and they perfectly capture the essence of the story.
Daisy is a new mother, recently widowed, and she needs a job. Catrina, our beloved matchmaker, tells her about a teaching opportunity in Northern California at a horse training facility. Since Daisy went to the Olympics on the U.S. Equestrian Team, she’s excited at the chance to be back in the world of horses.
The owner, Danielle, is thrilled to hire her and has great plans for Daisy to teach English riding lessons since that is her area of expertise. However, her brother, Dakota, suspects Daisy is simply an unwed mother who is lying about her illustrious experience as an athlete.
When Dakota is confronted with a woman bearing an infant who is supposedly his, Daisy shows him compassion, even after he has treated her poorly. That, coupled with her phenomenal horse instinct that is equal to his own, has Dakota rethinking his opinion of her.
How could I not post a picture of pumpkins today? In my opinion, the best part of the Fall season is pumpkins, and there’s just something about the month of October that makes me first think of pumpkins, then beautifully-colored leaves, then apples, in that order.
I’ve always loved pumpkins. I’m not sure why. Maybe because they seem so cheerful. They’re fun to grow; it’s so rewarding to watch their vines take over the garden and produce these massive bright orange balls.
In honor of the Holiday Season, which is rapidly approaching, I want to share with you my grandmother’s recipe for a hot water pie crust. It is, without a doubt, THE best recipe for a pie crust. You simply must try it.
3 c. all purpose flour, sifted before measuring
1/2 c. lard
1/2 c. butter
1 t. salt
1/2 c. boiling water
Measure the flour into a bowl and set aside. Place the lard and butter into a bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Stir until it is creamy. Add the salt and mix well. Then add the flour. Don’t worry about over mixing, as in this recipe, it doesn’t matter. When the ingredients are combined, chill for several hours or overnight. Then roll out as usual.
I think we all do that. Totally. Even though we know we shouldn’t. We can’t help it. It was a difficult decision for me to give in to that reality. I love my homemade book covers, they were so fun to make, and I’d hoped people might decide to read my work anyway, even though the cover wasn’t professional, but I learned that it just isn’t that way. So I found a wonderful graphic designer and she came up with what I think is a darling cover for my first book.
I also did some updates to go with the new cover, and this edition includes recipes! Since Bethany is a baker, I had fun selecting some of my favorite recipes for Chocolate Cake, Double Chocolate Cookies, Blueberry Pie, and Cherry Cobbler.
. . . and Romantic Comedy, I have my first two books available on YouTube. Just search for my channel: Carolyn Kay Hanson. Or the name of the book: The Baker & the Cowboy and The Dancer & the Cowboy. I hope you enjoy! My goal in writing is to make people laugh, and forget about their troubles for awhile. ❤