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For ten years, I was a hairdresser. One of my long ago patrons gave me this recipe I used in my latest release, Hill Country Redemption. Larae Collins returns to her hometown to sell her childhood ranch since her dad recently died. Though the single mom has kept her daughter, Jayda, a secret for eight years, she soon learns her daughter’s father, Rance Shepherd lives right next door now.

Since Rance dumped her back in high school, Larae assumes he’s still irresponsible and wants to make a clean exit without him learning the truth. But Rance sees Jayda. At first he assumes she isn’t his since she’s small for her age. Until Jayda innocently tells him how old she is.

Both Christians now, Rance and Larae determine to work things out and do what’s best for their daughter. Larae invites him over for dinner to reveal who he is. Rance and Jayda end up putting the yummy (Eagle Brand and pineapples) in the million-dollar cake.


Pineapple Million Dollar Cake


Yellow Cake Mix

Oil & Eggs (according to package directions)

1 can Eagle Brand Evaporated Milk

1 20 oz can Crushed Pineapple

1 8 oz Cool Whip

Shredded Coconut

Chopped Pecans (optional)



Prepare and bake a yellow cake mix according to package directions in a 9 x 13 pan. Let cool ten minutes. Poke holes all over cake with a straw about an inch apart. Pour the Eagle Brand over cake and into holes. Spread evenly with a spoon until the cake soaks up the milk. Pour the crushed pineapple over the cake. Spread evenly with spoon. Let cool completely. Top with cool whip. Sprinkle with coconut and pecans.

Question for Readers: What’s your favorite recipe you got from someone else and who gave it to you?

While you’re waiting for the cake to bake, check out Hill Country Redemption By Shannon Taylor Vannatter. Leave her a comment on the blog to be entered in her giveaway.

Giveaway Details: Ten copies of Hill Country Redemption will be split among commentors on Shannon’s blog tour. Winners will be revealed on Shannon’s Blog on April 13th. 


Hill Country Redemption

By Shannon Taylor Vannatter

This cowboy has one more chance to make it right…

He already lost her once…

Now he’s fighting for her—and their daughter.

When Rance Shepherd takes a job stocking cattle for a local rodeo, he’s shocked that his new client is his ex-sweetheart, Larae Collins. Now he’s determined to prove to the single mother that he isn’t the restless cowboy she remembers. But when he discovers her little girl is his, they both must forgive past mistakes for a second shot at a future together.

Get your copy:

Hill Country Redemption – Amazon

Hill Country Redemption – BarnesandNoble

(Available at Walmart from mid-March until mid-June)


About the Author:

Award winning author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter writes contemporary Christian cowboy romance and has over a dozen published titles. A romance reader since her teens, she hopes to entertain Christian women and plant seeds in the non-believer’s heart as she demonstrates that love doesn’t conquer all—Jesus does.

She gleans fodder for her fiction in rural Arkansas, where she spent her teenage summers working the concession stand with her rodeo announcing dad, and married a Texan who morphed into a pastor. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her husband and son, flea marketing, and doing craft projects.

Links: Shannon’s Website, Shannon’s Facebook. Sign up for her Newsletter to get a free e-book and behind the scenes info: Shannon’s Newsletter