I recently visited Betty Bolte’s Musings and shared this post for her Tasty Tuesday Blog.
In my book, The Redemption of Emma Devine, Emma is not known for her culinary skills. As a matter of fact, burnt toast is her specialty and a grilled cheese sandwich highlights her inadequacies. Who among us hasn’t made a mess of the simplest thing? Enjoy!
Emma’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Place two pieces of toast in toaster.
Give in to the whining of the four-year-old who wants to help.
Caution her that the grater is sharp.
Push the button on the toaster.
Get sidetracked by a dog who needs to go outside to do her business.
Calm the hysterical four-year-old after she’s grated her finger along with the cheese while “helping.”
Throw the bloody cheese out, place a band-aid on the injured finger, kiss away the tears, thank the four-year-old for her help, and suggest she go find her father.
Mentally wonder if there is any beer in the fridge.
Remove the burnt toast from the toaster, ready to toss it in the garbage and start over.
Have second thoughts when the father yells from the living area, “Is supper ready?”
Place burnt toast on a plate teepee style and offer it to the father who has been oblivious to the chaos while he watches a ballgame.
David’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Send frazzled mom to take a warm bubble bath.
Let dog in and instruct four-year-old to feed the dog and pick up her mess to keep everyone out of the doghouse.
Heat heavy cast iron skillet.
Cut off crusts.
Thinly spread one side of each bread with butter.
Skip the grated cheese and unwrap the pre-made cheese slice.
Thinly spread the other side of the bread with mayo and place mayo side down in pan. Throw on the cheese and when it is halfway melted, flip the other piece of bread on top and press lightly.
Remove from heat and cut in four triangles to prevent fit from four-year-old.
Allow four-year-old to eat in the den watching TV, knowing the dog will eat half.
Take an ice-cold beer to the frazzled mom in the bathroom, offer to scrub her back and enjoy the rest of the evening.
© Nancee Cain, 2018
THE REDEMPTION OF EMMA DEVINE
A Pine Bluff Novel
After the upheaval of being dumped by his girlfriend, David Patterson leads a quiet life as a high school teacher in the small Southern town of Pine Bluff, Alabama. Soon to enroll in seminary, his dreams are within his grasp.
But a chance encounter with Emma Devine changes everything. She’s on the run, desperate, and surviving by any means possible. His pastor’s heart longs to help her—and the rest of him is rather intrigued as well.
His random act of kindness brings them together, but Emma makes an unfathomable decision—one that threatens to destroy two lives, though her intention is to save one.
Four years later, Emma returns, seeking redemption. But can David—whose dreams took a very different course after their last meeting—forgive her and risk losing everything?
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