A New Sweetgrass Story!



Jean_ChristmasBride72dpi360x576It’s the first Christmas in Sweetgrass Springs, Texas for several new residents who have found a real home for the first time—or found home again. As Jackson Gallagher works to save his hometown from withering away by relocating his business empire there, the only gift he really wants is to marry the teenage sweetheart he thought he’d lost forever—but Veronica Patton Butler has other hearts to care for, however much she loves Jackson.

Bridger Calhoun is more than ready to make Penelope Gallagher his bride, but however much she adores him, Shark Girl is dragging her heels on tying the knot—which seems to be a maddening tradition among Gallagher women.
Come join the fun…the heartache…the sweetness, as Sweetgrass prepares for a community celebration that will bring the Morning Star Gallaghers and the Marshalls to town, along with several of Jackson’s Seattle geeks and more than one lost soul about to find a place to belong—
In eccentric, lovable, unforgettable Sweetgrass Springs…where hope never fades and love never dies

cowboy cookies NYT bestselling author Jean Brashear A treat for the tummy!


 Makes 4 to 6 dozen

3 cups flour

3 tsp. baking powder

3 tsp. baking soda

3 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

3 sticks butter at room temperature

1 ½ c. white sugar

1 ½ c. brown sugar

3 large eggs

3 tsp. vanilla

3 c. semisweet chocolate chips

3 c. old fashioned rolled oats

2 c. sweetened flaked or shredded coconut

2 c. chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with racks in upper and lower third. Line two large baking sheets with parchment or grease them

In a large bowl, vigorously whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

Place butter in mixer and beat on medium speed until smooth and light, about 1 minute. Slowly add in the white and brown sugar and beat to combine, about 2 more minutes. Add half the eggs, beat, then add the other half and beat again. Add the vanilla and beat again.

If you want large cookies, drop about ¼ c. lumps of dough onto the cookie sheets, separated by 3 inches to allow for enough room for the cookies to spread as they cook. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes, then rotate the cookie sheets front to back and top to bottom, and bake for an additional 7 to 9 minutes. For smaller cookies, use about 2 Tbsp. of dough per cookie and cook for 13 to 16 minutes, rotating half way.

Note: the top rack will bake more quickly, so adjust accordingly. If you want a chewy cookie, cook them only until the edges are browned but not the whole cookie. If you cook it until it’s all nicely browned, it will be crisp.

Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Then remove the cookies to rack or wax paper to cool completely.


daniellePlease meet my next Clever and Crafty Friend, Danielle Childers. Danielle creates creative and gorgeous quilts for every occasion, and I do mean EVERY occasion, and every member of her family (including her dog and cat.)

I asked Danielle to tell us a little bit about her quilting. 

palletteDanielle explained that the people in her office quilt as a team building activity. “It’s really been a fantastic de-stresser and bonding experience. We’re always excited to come in the next morning and see and share what we’ve been working on.” 

cat blockDanielle starts with a pallet of colors, like those shown here and then  starts building her blocks to create a finished piece. The cat block shown here became part of a quilt that is currently hanging in the accounting department of Danielle’s office. “I love animals that look sad, but aren’t,” Danielle said. She calls this block “Sad Kitty.”  


Inspiration for some of her projects come from her pets, three cats and a bulldog named Cowboy. In
addition to quilting, Danielle also
made the crocheted scarf that Cowboy wore to complete his Harry Potter costume. 

Cowboy quiltNot to be left out, Cowboy also appeared in one of Danielle’s quilts, shown here as it was being pieced. 


DillonAbby quiltAnd although we’ve highlighted several of Danielle’s animal quilts, she makes quilts for people, too. “Once you start quilting, everyone wants one, but few people realize the time and cost that goes into making a full size quilt (months and at least a couple hundred bucks),” Danielle explained. It’s not an easy task, but one she enjoys. The quilt on the left was made as a wedding present for Danielle’s brother and sister in law. 

GI quiltAmong the more unique quilts Danielle has made is an anatomy quilt, which depicts the human digestive system. “I married my husband when he was just 2 weeks into medical school, and 7 years later, he’s completing his residency, will be chief resident in a couple months, and will go on to a fellowship in Gastroenterology. He has an office now, and I couldn’t let him have the same laminated poster charts that everyone else has, so I made this. . . while he was on an overnight call. It took just under 22 hours to get the palette, trace the chart, oversize it at kinkos, cut templates, cut fabric, adhere to fusible web, place, iron and applique. It reminds me of something Poe would have on his wall. And I might be the first quilter to ever applique intestines.” 

in from the cold quiltDanielle finds inspiration all around her. Pets, holidays (especially Christmas, only 264 days to go), movies, books, and yes, even her husband’s medical practice. “I’m currently working on a quilt inspired by ‘Gidget’ the movie, not the tv series, that’s sole purpose is for use while watching Gidget or reading anything by Rebecca Wells. It’s very cheery.”

We want to thank Danielle for letting us share her projects with you!

We’d love to see some of your clever and crafty projects! If you’d like to be featured on Jean’s Clever and Crafty Friends, send an email to blogsubmission@jeanbrashear.com.


Jean Brashear

Jean Brashear