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Welcome to Heartstrings.Thanks for stopping by. I am a mother, a grandmother, and an author of historical western romance and contemporary romantic fiction. Ethan's Heart, book one of The Blackwood Brothers' series won the 2017 Maggie Award for Excellence. Book two, Escorting Darby Bloom, features Blackwood brother Isaac and will be released in December 2017. Stay tuned for more books in this series. If contemporaries are more your thing, check out Carly's Rule and Dusty's Fate. They are both Amazon Best-Sellers.

Friday, May 5, 2017


Ever heard of leather britches? This isn’t the kind that hugs your curves. LOL Back in the day, people would use string and a large-eye needle to help preserve their green beans for the winter. One by one, they threaded the string through the middle of the green beans. When they had strung a length of about three feet, they tied off the ends and hung the beans in a dry place. My Mammaw hung hers from the rafters of her enclosed porch. When the green beans had dried, they would turn brown and leathery, hence the name, leather britches. When Mammaw was ready to cook a pot, she would take down a string full of beans, reconstitute them in water, and then cook them. My mom said they were delicious.
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