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Author: Sally Jadlow

Sally is an award-winning author and likes to write historical fiction, poetry and short stories. She teaches creative writing and serves as a chaplain to corporations in the greater Kansas City area. Sally is the wife of one, mother of four and grandmother of fourteen.
A Very Blessed Day

A Very Blessed Day

Some days are full of surprises–Like Christmas, only no one told you it was coming. I had one of those last Friday and Saturday.

I was packing to go to a writer’s conference with my friend Rebecca when the phone rang.

“Mrs. Jadlow, this is Larry Gunderson. Could I stop by for a minute?”


Larry grew up next door to us. He came in from St. Louis for a funeral. We chatted for a little while before he had to leave. It was so good to see him again.

Old neighbor, Larry

Rebecca came and we were on the way to Fort Scott. We arrived just after noon and headed for the NuGrille, the local diner. The place was packed. As we hunted for a table someone called my name. It was my high school friend, Judy, who now lives in Nassau, Bahamas. She was headed for Kansas City to a wedding. We took a quick picture and then parted.

Sally & Judy

Later, Rebecca and I took a tour of the town, checked out the local stores, and settled beside a lake at the  park for a time of quiet writing. It was one of those perfect days–mild weather, gentle breeze, and singing cicadas.

Gunn Park Lake






The next day the skies dripped with a steady rain. We discovered the night cook, Julia, standing on the porch of the motel. She hadn’t brought an umbrella and hoped the rain would ease a bit so she could walk the two miles home.

“Where do you live?”

“Down on 3rd Street.”

Rebecca pulled up to the porch.

I said, “Hop in. We’re going that way.”

We arrived at the retreat just in time to put our books on display. I made a couple of new friends and enjoyed the company of old ones while we learned new tricks to help us research and put software to better use. One of my new friends is going to use God’s Little Miracle Book as a morning devotional with her home-school kids.

I’m so glad Rebecca talked me into going. I would have missed so much fun.


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Spinning with a Spiralizer

Spinning with a Spiralizer

Ever wonder what to do with those vegetables from the garden that seem to multiply when you’re not looking?

This summer I broke down and bought a spiralizer at Bed, Bath & Beyond. The first time I saw one I thought, what a stupid idea. Now that I have one I’m using it almost every day. I crank zucchini through it and it comes out looking like spaghetti (but without the carbs.) Potatoes become Suzie-Qs like we used to get at the local burger joint. Cucumbers become a yummy salad either hot or cold. Throw in some chicken and you’ve got the whole meal. More delicious recipes come in the box.

If you still have a lot of zucchini, run it through the spiralizer and put it in plastic bags in the freezer to use later.

Here’s a recipe I added chopped chicken to:

Lemon Butter Sauce


1 lb. zucchini cut with the large spiral attachment
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup finely minced parsley
1 whole lemon
1 red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced (optional)
salt and Pepper, to taste


Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add your favorite spiralized vegetable (I used zucchini), and red pepper and cook for a few minutes to your desired consistency. If you want to add cooked chicken, do so now.
Add the juice and zest of half a lemon. Salt and pepper to taste and mix thoroughly.

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God’s Little Surprises

God’s Little Surprises

Until a couple of weeks ago, I had as my summer goal, to find a reader to read my God’s Little Miracle Book ( I, II, & III). I hadn’t done anything toward attaining that goal. It was like I was in a holding pattern.

On a Friday night I was up half the night unable to go to sleep. When this happens, I often get up to write my prayers. This night I felt the Lord telling me to lay down my plans. I didn’t know what those plans were, but I obeyed.

The next morning I hauled out of bed to get to the 9:00 a.m. prayer meeting at church. After the prayer meeting, a girl I had only met a couple of times at that meeting said to me, “I just love to listen to you read.”

No one had ever said that to be before. I don’t feel I read well. Was I to read my own books?

She said with a laugh, “You look like you’ve just seen a mountain.”

“I have,” I replied. The thought of recording those books myself was overwhelming.

Quickly I said, “A recording studio is very expensive. Sixty-five dollars an hour, at least.”

“Oh, that’s no problem. I have some friends who have a recording studio.”

Was this some kind of conspiracy? Did God really intend me to read? I gave her my card so she could give it to her friends.

I didn’t hear from anyone by the next Thursday when I was at the library. I checked out their new MakerSpace that has a sound-proof recording booth for–free! All I had to do was make a reservation online as if I was reserving a study room and I was in.

On Friday, a blog I read regularly had an article about recording your own book.  Just in case I missed it, a good friend sent the same article to me. Everywhere I turned His will kept popping up.

It’s a new learning curve for an old dog, but given enough time and the help of the Lord, I’ll get these tracks down. Then I can upload them to Amazon ACX and those books will be available for those too sick or blind to read. Hopefully, this work will strengthen and encourage them.

I never cease to be amazed at God’s plans that are far above and beyond anything I could dream up or imagine!

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Ice Cream in a Bag

Ice Cream in a Bag

Our family always likes ice cream, but few want to crank the gallon and a half until it’s frozen. Some want strawberry, others desire blueberry. The purists want plain vanilla.

With this recipe, each person can make their own flavor. and it only takes about five minutes.

I must warn you–it’s habit forming! This and other recipes are found in my book Family Favorites from the Heartland, available on Amazon at the link below.

½ cup milk (for richer version use half &  half)
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons table or rock salt*
4 cups crushed ice
1 quart sized bag
1 gallon sized freezer bag

Add milk, vanilla, and sugar to the small bag. Seal it and put it in the other gallon size bag. Add the ice and rock salt to the large freezer bag.
Mix and shake for 5 minutes or until the milk mixture becomes ice cream.
Wipe off the bag and enjoy.

Replace the regular milk, vanilla, and sugar with chocolate, strawberry or root beer milk.

*Kosher or rock salt works best. If using table salt, bigger granules work better.

This recipe makes a single serving so take that into account when measuring.


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Sarge and I

Sarge and I

I spent a lot of time at my grandparent’s home near Nevada, Mo during the turbulent years of WW II. Dad was first stationed in Fort Leavenworth, then Oregon. He spent a brief time in Waynesville before he shipped out for France, then Germany with the Army’s 70th Division. He arrived on the battlefield just after the Battle of the Bulge, 1944 at age 34.

Since Mom held the position of store manager for the Edmiston’s Department Store in Fort Scott and Ottawa, KS, I was shuffled back and forth to Grandma’s often.

One of my companions was a collie named Sarge. When I went outside, he was always beside me. Here we are in Grandma’s side yard. I write about these years in Hard Times in the Heartland. Hard to believe this was over 70 years ago!

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A Birthday Present

A Birthday Present


Look to me and remember well
the days gone by and those who fell,
giving their lives for freedom’s sake
knowing their sacrifice was no mistake.

Look to me and remember the present.
Pray for each and every resident
who lives in this great land of ours
that by God’s grace we’ll be empowered.

Look to me; remember those yet to come
who’ll stand in our stead and march to the drum
0f a land established for God’s glory;
a place of freedom to share His story.

In 1997 I attended my first critique group at Colonial Presbyterian Church in Kansas City led by Dan Quisenberry. He served as a great pitcher for the KC Royals and was also an accomplished poet.

A few months later someone asked him in the entry hall after church to write a poem for the dedication of our new flag pole in the church’s front yard.

Without hesitation, he turned to me and said, “Sally can do it for you.”

I’d written poetry for years, but kept it tightly hidden under the bed. Could I pull this off? Dan thought so, so I’d give it a try. The above poem is the result.

Now, twenty years later, my work has appeared in many publications and ten books carry my name on the cover. Who would’a thunk it?

Can you think of someone you could encourage in some way? Why not give our nation a birthday present by sharing a good word with another person. Let us hear about your adventure.

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One of the things I love about summer is fresh veggies. This is a great way to cool off on a hot day.



2 cups V-8 juice, divided
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 dashes hot pepper sauce
1 ripe tomato, peeled and cubed
1 cup diced peeled cucumber
1/4 cup green pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
1/4 medium onion, sliced
optional: chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers and croutons


In a blender or processor combine one cup V-8 juice and next seven ingredients at medium speed for a few seconds.
Add tomato, cucumber, green pepper, and onion.  Process until tomato is evenly chopped, but do not puree.  Add remaining one cup of juice.

Pour into covered one-quart container, and chill for four hours or overnight.  Garnish
servings with chopped vegetables and croutons if desired.

SERVINGS:  4 to 6

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Life in Ottawa, KS

Life in Ottawa, KS

While Uncle Sam shipped Dad to France and then Germany during WW II, Mom and I stayed in Ottawa, Kansas. Here we are in front of our home at 212 W. 5th. The house still stands today.

Mom managed a clothing store there. She hired a sitter, Leota, who was probably in her late 50s at the time. She’d never married. Usually Leota took care of elderly people. I proved to be quite a handful for this dear lady who was not accustomed to small children–especially those who never stopped.

Mrs. Kingsley lived next door. She had a boyfriend I called Smiffy. I often visited Mrs. Kingsley. We’d have tea and cookies together. I don’t ever recall Smiffy joining our tea parties.

When the war was over in 1945 Dad got to come home in October. Soon we moved back to Fort Scott, Kansas. Mom stayed home for a while and Dad managed Edmiston’s Department Store until he and his brother-in-law opened an Oldsmobile dealership in about 1950. With the war over, everyone wanted a car they had been unable to purchase during the war years.

I cover these years in my book Hard Times in the Heartland.

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Jesus’ Fishnet

Jesus’ Fishnet

I read a blog the other day which reminded me of a poem I wrote over forty years ago.


My Lord is making a fishnet.
He is making it fine.
His Spirit wound with us is the twine.

Each one is a knot;
It is a very fine net
To catch up many fish
In this fine mesh.

Jesus is the fisherman;
The harvest will be plenty,
According to His greatness.

Mend your nets, oh My people;
Mend your nets and make them strong
For it won’t be long before I am ready.

If Jesus said that to me over forty years ago, we are forty years closer to his return. From the looks of the world in this day, I am more and more convinced His return in imminent.

What are your thoughts on the subject?


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Grilled Pork Kebabs with Honey BBQ Sauce

Grilled Pork Kebabs with Honey BBQ Sauce

Kansas City is known for it’s BBQ. Try this one on to see how it fits your taste buds.

2 tsp. granulated garlic
2 tsp. paprika
2 Tsp. granulated onion
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger root, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
3 Tbsp. honey whiskey
3 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
1 1/2-2 lbs. country-style pork ribs, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes.

Combine spices, red pepper flakes, ketchup, soy sauce, ginger root, sesame oil, whiskey and brown sugar in a large bowl; add cubed pork and let marinate for four to six hours.

Heat an oiled grill over medium-high heat. Remove pork cubes from marinade, reserving marinade, thread marinated pork cubes onto soaked wooden skewers, leaving approximately 1/4 inch space between each cube. Grill uncovered for 10-12 minutes, turning every two to three minutes to brown evenly until cooked throughout.

Meanwhile, bring reserved marinade to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat; boil for two to three minutes, then remove from heat. Serve kebabs with warm sauce. (Boiling the marinade makes it perfectly safe to use.)

I got this recipe from the summer 2017 issue of Kansas Living Magazine.

Try it and let me know what you think.


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