Siesta Cookbook

Ladies, our siesta Holly/CrownLaidDown is compiling a cookbook from the recipes we have all shared on the LPM blog. Isn’t that fun? You can find out all the details (cost, how to get one, etc.) on Patty and Kim’s Siesta Fiesta blog, specifically here and here.

The cookbook is going to help raise money for the drilling of a water well through Life Outreach International. Isn’t that awesome? You may recall that my parents have done some mission trips to Africa through LOI. (Read here and here.) In fact, they are at the Life Today studios taping some programs this weekend.

Holly will not publish any of the recipes without getting permission first. If you would like the recipe(s) you’ve posted to be included in the cookbook, please email her directly with your recipe at [email protected] or simply write “yes” in a comment. She will match your comment to recipes that have been posted. If you do not comment or email Holly, she will not use your recipe.

Holly also needs some pithy family sayings to go along with your recipes, about 32 words or less, including some good advice or just downright funny things your family or your grandma says. You can include these in your comments or emails.

There will be a contest for the cover design in case anyone is interested in participating. Once again, check out Patty and Kim’s Siesta Fiesta blog for details. Surely we have some artists out there! Have a great weekend, everyone!



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  1. 1
    Rachel Callahan says:

    Awesome! I missed commenting my recipes before. Can I submit some now, or is it too late?

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    juliebuggs75 says:

    Yes! You may use my recipe. It was ribeye steaks with roasted asparagus and tomatos. Julie Elrod or [email protected].

    “I’ve got my speed-a-rink-tum up today!”

    Speed-a-rink-tum: a term my sweet grandmother Muddie uses when she feels good, peppy, and a little bit fiesty.

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    Kristi Stewart says:

    I WAS JUSTING THINKING TODAY….We need a Seista Cookbook!! I will send recipes!!!


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    Sheri says:


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    Anonymous says:

    not edifying, just funny

    “Raising children is like being pecked to death by a chicken.”

    told you!
    Anne in IN

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    Julie says:

    Yes, if I contributed any you may use them.
    Can’t wait to get this book!

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    Yolanda says:


    Give your “man” lots of loving, and he’ll never go looking. My Mom…bless her heart.

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    Susan Murphy says:

    That’s awesome I will buy a cookbook since I can’t contribute to digging a water well I want to though I guess another thing on my list I want to accomplish with my finaces and doing stuff for the Lord! I got to get out of Nursing school first. Thanks!

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    Anonymous says:

    Yes you may use my recipes. I can’t remember exactly which ones I have put on here. I am so sorry for that. I do know for sure one of them was for a Strawberry spinach salad. I always get rave reviews when I serve that salad. Thanks for doing this. I think it is so cool that you came up with the idea of using the proceeds for helping other in need. Kim B. in AZ

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    Anonymous says:

    Thanks Amanda for the information!!

    Much love,
    Sharon, NC

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    His Princess says:

    I am excited. I’ll try to submit some artwork.

    M in the OC

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    Jolinda says:

    What a wonderful idea. You bet you can use my recipes.

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    Redeemed says:

    How fun!! I didn’t submit a recipe, but I would definitely like a cookbook!

    On another note, I still have a ticket to Deeper Still in Atlanta next weekend that I can’t use. If anyone would like to have it, please let me know. [email protected]

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    Carolina Mama says:

    Brilliant! What an awesome idea The Siesta Cookbook because those Chicken Enchilladas look divine. God Bless!
    Warmly, CarolinaMama

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    Nancy says:

    I am a terrible cook, just good enough to keep my family alive, but I think it’s absolutely fabulous that your proceeds are going to drill water for those in need. It’s a fantastic idea! May God bless your endeavor.
    In Him,

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    Anonymous says:

    can we still send some recipes I haven’t sent any i dont think I have God bless siesta love in Christ Victoria NC

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    Lianne in Bama says:

    Yep, you can use my recipes, whatever they were…I think there was a pasta one and maybe an eclair pudding type thing. Best wishes!

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    Betsy says:

    Here’s a funny thing my dear sweet grandma who is now in heaven used to say. After a big meal when we were all stuffed, she’d say “I’m full as a tick!” We still say that today and grin. (My daughter says it’s gross!)

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    Carol says:

    Yes, it was some easy chicken bake.
    When Grandma was asked why she cooked so many meals a day, she replied, “people are happy when they eat and I like to see happy people.”
    Don’t know where this next one came from originally, but it’s been around for awhile:
    Recipe for Happiness
    Take two heaping cups of patience, one heart full of love, two hands full of generosity, a dash of laughter, one head full of understanding, sprinkle generously with kindness, add plenty of faith and mix well; spread over a period of a lifetime and serve everybody you meet.
    And lots of great Bible verses like: He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. Proverbs 15:15

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    ABL mom of 3 says:

    I am all over that like a duck on a june bug!! Nothing like home cooking and sayings! Can’t wait to see.

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    georgia tarheel says:

    You can use my recipe but I am not sure what I submitted!

    I know I did not submit a recipe for boiled peanuts, but one of the funniest things I have ever heard a grandma say about boiled peanuts was a warning…” You have to be careful–boiled peanuts’ll suck your brain right down to your tongue.”

    I laugh everytime I pass a roadside stand selling boiled peanuts!!!!

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    cindi weber says:

    mine was the french toast recipe. pls use…

    my fave saying is “it’s better than a sharp stick in the eye.” yow!

    thanks for doing this…

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    Lisa4Him says:

    Yes, You can use my recipe…I think I posted Mexican Lasagna.

    What fun!! Can’t wait to get the Siesta Cookbook!!

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    Anonymous says:

    Hey Im so excited! I love cookbooks, and what could be better than one from recipes from my Siestas.

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    flip_flop_stamper says:

    I was thinking we should wait until Melissa has spent a little more time in the cooking cult;) or else leave a couple blank pages after each section for new recipes. We did this for a family cookbook, and it’s SO special!! I will definitely buy a couple!!

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    Anonymous says:

    What a fabulous idea!! If you decide you need more recipes I didn’t submit,but have a couple of very popular ones.

    Also, a suggestion, if you print the recipes on a half sheet of 8×11 paper and then two or three hole punch them across the top and we can find notebooks to fit them in, we can add recipes as we go…..I have one from our Christian radio station and every year we get to add new ones….They are broken down into categories, like soups/casseroles, desserts, appetizers, etc.
    I don’t want to add complications, but I love to add to a cookbook.
    Looking forward to purchasing one. Thanks Siesta’s for all your hard work to come…..
    Bible Bunny in MI

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    luvgod2 says:

    Fantastically wonderful idea! I think this cookbook will definitely be a best seller! I LOVE that it will be helping the Water For Life project with Life Outreach.
    God bless

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    Connie in WA says:

    What a great idea! On Mothers Day weekend, with a few other friends, walked a 1/2 marathon to raise money for the wells via Life Outreach! We called ourselves “Team Living Water” and raised over $2200!!
    Praise the Lord….

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    Connie in WA says:

    PS will we be able to order the cookbooks through LPM?

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    Angie says:

    You go, Holly! What an undertaking, and yet I’m not surprised in the least!

    I might just email you with a thing or two…

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    Shellie Paparazzo says:

    Sounds cool!

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    Anonymous says:

    Oh how fun!

    My mama used to say:

    “Hunger is the best spice!”

    Tammy in Montana

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    Ashton says:

    you may use my recipe
    [email protected]

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    twinkle says:



    1 cup sugar
    1/4 cup cornstarch
    3 Tbsp cocoa
    2 c. milk
    2 egg yolks, beaten (save whites for meringue)
    3 T. margarine
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 baked 9-inch pie shell

    In a two-quart bowl for microwaving mix sugar, cornstarch, salt and cocoa. Add milk and beaten egg yolks; continue mixing until mixture is smooth. Microwave four minutes, stir.
    Microwave three minutes, stir.
    Microwave two minutes, stir.
    Add margarine and flavoring and stir until well mixed. Pour into baked pie shell.


    2 egg whites
    4 Tbsp sugar
    1/2 tsp vanilla

    Beat egg whites, gradually adding 4 tablespoons sugar till peaks. Fold in vanilla. Spoon over pie and brown in 300-325 degree oven.


    1 cup Crisco (white works best)
    1 cup Miracle Whip (or any whipped) margarine
    2 3/4 cup sugar
    5 eggs
    3 cups cake flour
    1 cup milk
    2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring
    1 tablespoon butter flavoring
    Cream first three ingredients together well. Then add eggs one at a time. Alternate adding 1 cup of flour at a time with milk. Add flavorings. Mix well. Pour batter into greased and floured pans. Makes four nine-inch layers. Bake at 300 degrees until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake. Remove from pan. Set aside to cool completely before icing.
    Beat 2 egg whites until stiff (set aside)
    3/4 cup Crisco (white Crisco works best)
    1 box 10x confectioner’s sugar
    1 tablespoon pure lemon extract
    2 6-oz. packages of frozen coconut (slightly thawed)
    8 oz. jar maraschino cherries (drained and chopped)
    Mix Crisco and sugar together, adding just enough egg whites to make the icing spread-able. Even if you do not use all the egg whites, remember not to get the icing too thin! Add the remainder of the ingredients. Stir well and ice cake.

    “I’m not sure how much, I never measure!”

    This statement is from my mom. Whenever I tried to make biscuits, they never turned out like hers! I asked her to write me a recipe and she told me she didn’t know the measurements because she never measures! She’s the best cook I know but she makes it hard to imitate her dishes…

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    Anonymous says:

    Ok, I did not submit a recipe, but my grandmother always gives me recipes and at the bottom of EVERY SINGLE ONE she write, “Kissin’ don’t last, cookin’ do”.



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    Anonymous says:

    Great idea. My daughter put together a family cookbook after my Mom died 4 years ago and we have had to reorder after selling the first order of 200. Our proceeds went to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in honor of her. Her favorite saying when we were “sort of feeling too sick to go to school” was:

    “Get up and stir around and you’ll feel better”

    Worked every time!

    Can we still submit recipes?


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    kelly gibson says:

    i don’t remember if i submitted anything, but if so, you can use it.

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    katiegfromtennessee says:

    That is too cool! I’ll buy one:) I think maybe I could try to find a recipe somewhere-it wouldn’t be my own, I still get all my recipes from my in-laws and Betty Crocker:)
    (and now Melissa and the siestas:)


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    I didn’t leave a recipe, but my favorite Grandma Barb quote, “What would you like to be when you grow up?” My answer,”the queen”, her reply, “the queen doesn’t fart”.

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    Anonymous says:

    Yes, You can use my recipe “Breakfast Casserole”. Cheryl H., Huntington, WV

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    3girlsmom says:


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    Anonymous says:

    i have a recipe called Chicken Fester style i would love to submitt. email [email protected]
    Please just let me know. Thanks
    Jeanette 🙂

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    Kim Safina says:

    The Journey Continues ~

    Recipe # 1

    Scripture Cake

    ~ Ingredients ~
    3 1/2 c flour ( I Kings 4:22)
    3 tsp. baking powder (Gal. 5:9)
    1/4 tsp. salt ( Lev. 2:13)
    1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    1/2 tsp. nutmeg
    1/2 tsp. cloves
    1 tsp. allspice ( I Kings 10:2)
    1 cup butter ( Isaiah 7:15)
    2 tbsp. honey (Exodus 16:31)
    6 eggs ( Luke 11:12)
    1 ( 8 ounce) pkg. chopped dates
    (Duet. 34:3)
    2 cups raisins ( I Sam. 30:12)
    1 cup walnuts-chopped ( Sol. 6:11)
    1 cup milk ( Judges 5:25)

    Sift flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Beat eggs, butter, sugar and honey in a large bowl with electric mixer until fluffy. Sprinkle 1/4 flour mixture over the fruit and nut, set aside. Add remaining flour mix alternately with milk to the butter mixture, beating until smooth. Stir in fruits and nuts. Spoon into greased and floured bundt pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until top springs back when touched with fingertips. Cool on rack for 30 minutes. Loosen edges with knife. Cake slices best the next day. Enjoy with a cup of tea or Starbucks coffee.

    Recipe # 2


    4 cups of love
    2 cups of loyalty
    3 cups of forgiveness
    1 cup of friendship
    5 tsp. of hope
    2 tsp. of tenderness
    3 tbsp. of understanding
    4 qts. of faith
    1 barrel of laughter

    Take love and loyalty, mix it thoroughly with faith. Blend it with the tenderness and understanding. Add friendship and hope, sprinkle abundantly with laughter. Bake with lots of sunshine. Serve daily with generous helpings.

    With “Heaven Bound” blessings,
    Kim Safina ~ California

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    Kerin says:

    I bet the cookbook will be great! Is anyone going to Deeper Still in Atlanta this weekend? I can’t wait.

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    Kim Safina says:

    The Journey Continues ~

    Recipe # 3

    Steak & Shrimp for Six

    1/4 cup soy sauce
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    2 tbsp. dry sherry
    6 (1 inch thick) beef tenderloin steaks
    18 unpeeled jumbo fresh shrimp
    1 clove garlic, halved
    3 tbsp. butter, melted
    Garnish: Fresh parsley springs
    ( optional)

    Cook soy sauce, lemon juice and dry sherry in shallow dish; add steaks, turning to coat. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once. Remove steaks from marinade, reserving marinade. Peel shrimp, leaving tail intact; devin and butterfly shrimp, set aside. Saute garlic in butter in a large skillet over medium heat 1 minute. Add shrimp, cook just until shrimp are pink, stirring constantly. Remove shrimp from skillet. Add 1/3 cup reserved marinade to skillet; bring to boil. Remove from heat. Return shrimp to skillet; cover to keep warm. Place steaks on lightly greased broiler rack. Broil 6 inches from heat 4 to 6 minutes on each side or to a desired doneness, brushing occasionally with reserved marinade. Arrange 3 shrimp on top of each steak, add garnish if desired.
    Yield: 6 servings

    Bon Appetite!

    With “Heaven Bound” Blessings,
    Kim Safina ~ California

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    lbredhead says:

    Hey Amanada:
    Are there special T-shirts and totes we could order for the event in August. My friend and I are coming and we would really like to order them.

    my email is [email protected]

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    Anonymous says:

    Oh absolutely, please use the one I submitted. It was the cheesy baked potato. You used a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix and put it and the cut up potato’s in a baking bag and mix thoroughly and then bake in oven. When done sprinkle cheese on top and let melt.

    I am so excited. Can’t wait for this recipe book.

    God Bless

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    Anonymous says:

    Hello ladies,

    Here we go. I will give you the recipe I use the most in my life. I have this for breakfast, lunch and dinner sometimes. I have lived on it for over a week before.

    Here we go.

    Get a large soup bowl or mixing bowl depending on how hungry you are. Pour your favorite cereal in the bowl being careful not to spill on the counter as this takes away from the time saving aspect of this recipe.

    Here is where it gets tough. Pick out the milk you want to use (whole, skim, 2 percent, 1 percent, or something called silk) and pour it on the cereal until you start seeing the milk coming through the cereal.(again being careful not to spill on the counter).

    Now get a large spoon especially if you have chosen something like bite size mini wheats. A small spoon just won’t do. If you want really get crazy you can add straberry’s or bananas. This I usually do only for company.
    Then eat until your heart or belly’s content.

    Have a great week and yes you can use my recipe.

    Janice Meyer

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    Holly says:

    Nancy, Yes please submit recipes to my email (chrishollysmith at msn dot com) through August 8th. I will gladly use them!

    Janice, You CRACK. ME. UP!

    lbredhead, there were t-shirts and totes for sale through the Siesta Fiesta blog–linked on the left hand side bar of the LPM blog. I am not sure if they are still taking orders, though. Ask Patty.

    Love y’all!

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