Happiness Recipe – What’s So Great About Encouragement?

strawberry dumplings in a bowl, June Cline, Sandy Weaver Carman, Voicework on Demand, Open Heart Communications, happiness, recipe, happiness recipeCan you remember a person in your youth who encouraged you? Can you think of ways that you encourage others? Do you want to make money with something you’ve written or will write? If you can answer “yes” to any of those questions, you’ll resonate with June Cline and Sandy Weaver Carman‘s guest, Cheryl Kaye Tardif. Episode 16 of Happiness Recipe radio is a conversation with the prolific Canadian author, who shares the story of the teacher who encouraged her to follow her writing passion, the husband who supported her when the time was right, and the way she made over $200,000 in one year selling eBooks.

In their wide-ranging conversation, June, Sandy and Cheryl discuss writing, publishing and selling secrets, the death of Cheryl’s brother and how that affected her writing, and dog-eared vs. dog ears!

June and Sandy also learn about a new (to them) dessert – strawberry dumplings. Cheryl even suggests that if you’re about to sell your house, making this recipe might just net you a quick contract!

Cheryl Kaye Tardif’s Strawberry Dumplings

Sauce ingredients:
1 bag of frozen strawberries (600g, or about 3 cups)
1-1/2 cups orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tbsp butter

Dumpling ingredients:
1-1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp oil
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
Ground cinnamon
2/3 cup milk
mint leaves

In a large wok or frying pan (with lid), combine the sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, except the mint and cinnamon. Stir with a fork until mixed well, but don’t over mix. Divide the dough into 8 spoonfuls and drop carefully into sauce, allowing the dumplings to sit on top of the sauce. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover and simmer on medium heat for about 12 minutes.
Serve in a bowl with some of the sauce and a sprig of mint.

Variations: add a splash of rum or brandy to the sauce; or use raspberries, peach or wildberry mix.