featuring guest authors; crafting tips and projects; recipes from food editor and sleuthing sidekick Cloris McWerther; and decorating, travel, fashion, health, beauty, and finance tips from the rest of the American Woman editors.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Today we’re featuring a recipe for Creamy Frozen Fruit Salad, courtesy of author Ruby Merritt. You’ll find this recipe and many more wonderful desserts in Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Loveand Writing.

Ruby Merritt is a teacher and an author who writes stories because they won’t leave her alone until she does. Her debut novel and first book in her Spirited Heart series, Ella’s Choice, takes place in 1870s Wyoming. Learn more about Ruby and her writing at her website.

Creamy Frozen Fruit Salad

2 cups of sour cream
2 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 banana, sliced
8 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 cup sliced maraschino cherries

Mix all together and freeze in individual desserts cups. Thaw 5 minutes before serving.

Ella’s Choice

When Ella Hastings is captured by the Blackfeet Indians at age nine, then adopted by the Lakota Indians, she is thrust into a new way of life and transformed into Little Brave, adopted daughter of their revered and peaceful chief, Grey Owl. Ten years later the white man returns. Their soldiers storm her tribe’s village and bring reminders of a world she’d almost forgotten. Suddenly, she is confronted by the question: To which world does she now belong? Her only hope in discovering who she really is lies with the enigmatic army scout, Beech Richoux.

Son of a French trapper and Lakota mother, Beech Richoux was raised in a white man’s world after his mother’s death.  Acting as an army scout to raise money for his horse ranch, he’s unaware of the Army’s true intent to annihilate his mother’s people until it’s too late. And the white woman he finds living among the Lakota only adds to his desperation to save his people. Now the narrow path he has created to balance himself between these two worlds is tipped by the mysterious white woman known to the Lakota as Little Brave.

Can two people robbed of their own childhood learn to live together in such differing worlds? Can Little Brave and Beech forge a new path into a life where they both are finally set free?

Buy Link


Ruby Merritt said...

Thank you so much for hosting me today, Lois. Creamy frozen dessert is one of my absolute favorite desserts because it's so tasty and easy to make--mix a few ingredients together, pop into the freezer for a couple of yours and viola.

I'd like to give away an ecopy of Ella's Choice to a commenter. Ask me a question about me or my book, or share your favorite dessert.

Meanwhile Happy Tuesday!

Ruby Merritt

Angela Adams said...

This dessert looks yummy, and I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Ruby Merritt said...

I hope you enjoy it, Angela. It's especially tasty in summer heat.