Our Relay for Life Team

My apologies. It’s been way too long since I’ve posted but I’m sure you’ll understand. I’ve been in a frenzy writing a cookbook for our Relay for Life team the Marvelous Purple Spuds.  My daughter decided to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, and enlisted her parents as team mates, go figure.

Initially, I was stumped as to how to raise money, but after a little brainstorming, I finally figured out what I could do. I was surrounded by cookbooks planning a birthday celebration for friends which would take place over the course of three days. Lightbulb flash! I can cook, and plan menus. I’ll write a cookbook, my husband, who works in printing, will design and print it. I am a genius. Bonus, I can use the party-goers as guinea pigs!

I’ve been making brunch for twenty years, it is my forte, so a brunch cookbook seemed doable. I had plenty of recipes that I’ve doing for years, already tried and true meals I felt comfortable utilizing. I could have just thrown all those in the book and been done with it, but no. I had to have an angle, a theme beyond brunch, something to design around.

But wait. The insecure writer in me reared her ugly head and taunted me to justify my offering up a cookbook as I have no formal culinary training. Doubt began to creep in. Who are am I to write cookbook? Then I began recalling how many times a year I actual make brunch, how many years I’ve been doing it, and who my audience is. My friends, my family, my neighbors, they’ve all been eating my food for years and they keep coming back for more. Yes, darn-it, I have enough experience and knowledge to back this up. If I write it, they will buy it.

The final concept, Brunch-a-Month: A Year of Menus and Recipes. WooHoo. Let’s do this thing!

March 23rd I began entering the recipes, researching sources, rewriting every recipe, deciding which ones needed testing or retesting, and imagining what the final menus would look like. Ack, the printer gave me deadline of May 17th. What? I can’t write a cookbook in 8 weeks.
Guess again, mon frere.  Although I didn’t quite have everything ready for him, and he’s still waiting for the Introduction, I did have the majority of it finished by the deadline. I have a few more tweaks to make on two recipes I’ll be making for friends this weekend. But, mostly it is done.

Paul’s done a beautiful job on the interior and cover. Though it is a fundraiser, and the quality isn’t expected to be that high, we have a reputation to uphold and we both hate the idea of putting something out there that someone wouldn’t be proud to own, or give as a gift.

I’ve been considering posting an ebook version for those who don’t live in our area.  Maybe they can make a donation through me to The American Cancer Society, and download it. Just speculating.

And I did buy the domain www.brunchamonth.com for what purpose I’m not sure as yet. Could be just for fundraising. I’ve never seriously considered being a food blogger. But now it feels like an endeavor I could meet the challenge of. Of course does the world need another food blog? Could I generate enough interest? Can I learn enough about photography to make it worth while? Putting that line of inquiry away for now.

Whew. Now that you know what I’ve been up to, I hope you’ll forgive me the lengthy pause between posts. So much has happened since the last one. I’m sure you can imagine, I might have something to say about the bombing of my hometown Boston. I did start a post about it but it was too close to my heart to do justice to, too raw to express. I needed perspective only time can give you. I’ll get back to it soon. And I’ll have a review of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to self-publish a book by Guy Kawasaki.

Cheers for now!

I am a cancer survivor. Check out my Relay for Life page.



  1. I love how you moved past your doubts, Lynne! What a worthy undertaking. I think an e-book version is a terrific idea. Best to you ~

  2. Forgiven, of course. This sounds like a labor of love, and honesty, a fun project to be involved with. As for the domain, you’ll figure it out.

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