Charlsey's Accountant, in Christmas. You'll enjoy riding alongside him, whether on a train, or in the saddle. For now, let's just cozy up with a glass or cup of our favorite beverage and chat a while with him.III is the fun and funny hero who pulls you into his life within a few lines of reading his & Charlsey's story,
Harold, thank you for dropping by today. Your story starts with you on a train heading west. Tell us a bit about your life before arriving in Texas.
H: I was perfectly happy keeping books for the family businesses. It wasn't my idea to go to the wilds of Texas. Just because my father worked on the King ranch as a cowboy when he was young, he thought I should see that country.
I think the first thing that drew me into this story is that you were traveling on a train reading a , Black Bart's Nemesis. Whose works do you usually enjoy reading?
H: I do enjoy some of the popular fiction of the day, but I also love the classics.
How did the real Texas compare to your Black Bart adventure novel?
H: At first, I thought the dime novel was too fantastic, but some of the things I read in the book became real in my life.
What were you doing in a town called Horsefly, Texas?
H: My father sent me to buy cattle to ship to our slaughterhouse in Chicago. America had really learned to love eating beef.
A few things took you by surprise in Texas. What was the most surprising?
H: I really can't tell you the most surprising thing. It would give too much away. You'll just have to read it.
What was it about Charlsey that made her stand out from her sisters? What drew you in?
H: Her absolute refinement in the midst of a wild cattle ranch.
What did you miss most about her when you returned home to Boston?
H: Everything. That woman had really gotten under my skin.
Yours and Charlsey's story is so wonderfully written by Lena Nelson Dooley. How did either or both of you bring your story to her/get her to tell your story?
H: I didn't go looking for her, but she found me on that long train ride and wouldn't let go.
Did you bring a recipe to share with our readers today? If so, what can you tell us about it?
H: I had never eaten cornbread before, but Lena has her own recipe which she is sharing with you today.
Combine and stir together:
2/3 Cup corn meal
1 1/3 Cup flour
1/3 Cup sugar
In mixing bowl, mix together well:
1 Cup milk
1/3 Cup oil
Stir dry ingredients into liquids.
Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes if making muffins. Can also pour into square cake pan and bake.
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