Monday, April 29, 2019

A Witch to Remember

A very warm welcome to our friend, Heather Blake! Heather writes the Wishcraft Mysteries and A Witch to Remember is the 9th book in the series!

Heather is giving away a copy today, and because I have a book coming out tomorrow, I'm throwing in The Diva Sweetens the Pie, too.

Don't forget to enter at the bottom of the post!

In my latest release, A Witch to Remember, the ninth book in the Wishcraft series, my main character, Darcy Merriweather, has instituted family-and-friend dinners on Sunday nights. Big meals, shared with loved ones, to catch up on the week behind and to start the week ahead off right. (Of course in Darcy’s world nothing ever goes quite right, and let’s just say that there’s only so long cheesy bread can keep in the oven.)

The inspiration for Darcy’s dinners came straight from my husband’s family. They always had weekly spaghetti dinners growing up. Once I joined the family, I found something so comforting about knowing that every weekend we’d be together, enjoying my mother-in-law’s amazing spaghetti sauce and meatballs. There were plenty of laughs and lots of love (and I didn’t have to cook—bonus!).

In my family growing up, we didn’t have weekly extended-family meals, but it seemed like we celebrated every good life event under the sun with a barbecue. Having a baby? Barbecue! New job? Barbecue! New house? Barbecue! Graduation? Barbecue! I even had a barbecue after my second wedding (same man—a church wedding a year to the day after we were married by a justice of the peace).

To this day, when there’s some sort of big family event happening, we tend to barbecue, and this recipe (also my mother-in-law’s!) is always on the table. It’s an easy dish to throw together, and in my opinion, is even better the second day as leftovers.

At some point over the past decade, our weekly family dinners stopped happening, and I miss them. Maybe it’s time to reinstate them—perhaps as a weekly barbecue?

Does your family have celebratory barbecues or weekly dinners?

Macaroni Salad
1 lb box elbows
1 green pepper, diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 cup green olives, sliced in half
4-5 stalks celery, diced
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup milk
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¾ tsp. sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
*Adjust sugar, salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste

1.     Cook the elbows according to the directions on the package. Drain and rinse in cold water.
2.     Toss elbows with the remaining ingredients and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

*Note from Heather: This makes a lot of macaroni salad, at least 8 servings. These pictures are from a half-batch.

Heather Blake, aka Heather Webber, is the author of more than twenty-five novels. She loves to read, drink too much coffee and tea, birdwatch, crochet, and bake. She currently lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, and is hard at work on her next book.

To enter the giveaway to win a copy of A Witch to Remember and a copy of The Diva Sweetens the Pie, please leave a comment with your email address so we can notify you if you win. Good Luck! 


  1. Our daughter works near our house so we love it when she stops over for dinner. And I will definitely miss this once she marries and relocates closer to her fiance’s job. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity...I love both these series. Kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

  2. Thanks for the opportunity. cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

  3. The book looks terrific & I would love a chance to win. Thanks for your great generosity.

  4. When I as a kid we had extended family dinners for every birthday and holiday. These days the family is scattered all across the country, so the family dinners sort of fizzled out. I miss those days. Please put my name in the hat for this great giveaway! My email is

  5. Would love to read this book, and a great bonus of the macaroni salad. Thank you.

  6. Thanks to both of you for the chance to win. pjcoldren[at]tm[dot]net

  7. Thanks for the chance. When I was a kid we use to have spaghetti with sausages and meatballs every sunday. I miss those days.

  8. When my daughter was growing up, we would have dinner once a week at my In-Law's house. I really looked forward to it, and my daughter loved being with her Mimi and Papaw. Also, Mimi is an awesome cook! Thanks so much for the great giveaway ~

  9. I’ve never had the opportunity to live close to extended famy, so no family dinners. Thanks for the chance.

  10. My family dinner days have been over for a long time..kinda sad really. Thanks for the chance

  11. Would love to read this book. Growing up, every Sunday we went to my dad's brother's house for dinner and to watch Disney in color. Sadly my parents divorced and the family Sundays ended.

    1. Oops, my email is Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. The salad sounds yummy! And thank you.
    idlivru1 (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. Thanks for the chance of getting a new book and a yummy sounding recipe. My email is

  14. I love your wish craft series. Thank you for the chance to win. My email address is

  15. want to read the book and make the macaroni salad

  16. We always had big dinners when I was growing up. I think that was part of my appeal for my then-boyfriend-future-husband. Lots of noise and good food. We can't do it so much today because we are spread across the country. The macaroni sounds good. I've been making my mom's recipe for years but maybe I'll give this a try. Thanks for the great giveaway. sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. Macaroni salad is great. It's so versatile! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Heather!

  18. We haven't done any big family dinners for a while. We're too scattered. But we do usually try something for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Depends on who's in town!

  19. My family used to meet for dinner about once per month. Now we all live too far apart for that to happen, but do get together when possible.
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  20. We have big family dinners about once a month. I'll have to make this macaroni salad. But I might just eat it all myself because I love it so much.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  21. We always used to get together to have Sunday dinner with my parents when growing up. Now we are living in different states but we still get together as much as we can.

  22. The recipe sounds good! I would love to win the books! Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. Yes! Reinstate that weekly meal. What a gift that will be for the whole family.

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  24. I used to have weekly family meals at my house when I lived on my own. I have MS and about 1.5 yrs ago I joined households with my older son and his family. My DIL likes doing most of the cooking and cooks from scratch almost every night. They usually bring mine on a tray for me to eat upstairs in my room, since keeping the kids exhausts me and that avoids another trip down and up the stairs. But their family eats together every night (three young sons.) I love various pasta salads and this recipe looks good. Ty for the chance to win the books too! Legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com

  25. I love macaroni salad and will try this for summer. Thanks. Cute cover of the book.

  26. We celebrate on holidays, but that's about it.

  27. Yhe recipe sounds grade & I'd love a chance to win these books. Thanks for your great generosity.

  28. I have added the recipe to my recipe box! We usually have our "big" meal on Sunday with family. I would love to win a book! My email is: Thanks for the chance!