Thursday, November 16, 2006

All Us All the Time’s Favorite Cookbook...Colorado Cravings

Colorado Cravings Book CoverI have some extremely exciting news, my sister, the illustrious illustrator, Pamela McCarville, has been working with Gail Riley, the fabulous innkeeper of the award winning Highland Haven Creekside Inn in Colorado, on the most charming lifestyle cookbook, and it gets even better is now PUBLISHED! Colorado Cravings, Recipes and Romance is hitting the bookshelves this week and just in time for the holiday season. Besides being filled with Pamela’s breathtaking watercolor illustrations, Colorado Cravings is filled with delicious recipes, delightful quotes, and inspirational creativity for entertaining and decorating.

I will be honest, I was hoping that my sister’s illustrating debut would be a book of our All Us All the Time’s, but a little hard to illustrate a book if it is not written yet. Though, there is good news on that front too. We have completed drafts of two short stories, have another started, and then we are working on a concept for our own, well let’s just say, a unique entertaining book for our favorite holiday (which if you read our October blogs, you will know which one that is). The goal is by next October we will have more exciting book news. The debut of an All Us All the Time book with our in-house writer’s esoteric prose of the curious and fantastic brought to this realm with the unearthly visions of my sister, illustrator of the macabre. After all, we do not only make entertaining eerie, but books bootiful.

Colorado Cravings Recipes and RomanceMeanwhile, in another storybook world of a quite different nature, I can’t help but be in awe of this enchanting illustrated book written by Gail Riley with Bette Milleson James published by Blueline publisher, Colorado Cravings, Recipes and Romance. Gail Riley not only uses her nearly 30 years expertise as an innkeeper, but also her love of nature and all its beauty to bring you this book of wonderful food, romantic settings, natural peace, and aesthetic satisfaction. A Coloradoan myself, I can tell you it is hard to come by a more romantic setting and rustic charm than the Rocky Mountains, and this especially holds true with Gail’s inn, the Highland Haven. The Highland Haven Creekside Inn is nestled amongst towering blue spruce on a beautiful creek in Evergreen, Colorado, where elk and deer often visit, and the Colorado sky is yours to gaze upon endlessly throughout the seasons. Gail invites you to experience some of this rustic mountain charm and hospitality throughout the pages of her Colorado Cravings, Recipes and Romance.

Colorado Cravings CookbookAs winter approaches what better time to learn how to build a snow bear, and then come inside from the frosty cold to homemade graham crackers, and delicious hot steaming minty cocoa. Then let’s not forget that Valentine’s is right around the corner, and we all know the path to true romance is...chocolate and champagne, or in this case chocolate bread pudding with sauce and Lynette Champagne. Gail shares these splendid recipes and decorating ideas to a backdrop of whimsical watercolor illustrations by Pamela McCarville. What a perfect holiday gift, a cookbook that is too special to keep tucked away in the kitchen and should be displayed proudly on a coffee table never too far out of reach.

Colorado Cravings CookbookBig congratulations to all the wonderful women who were part of this fantastic creation, Gail Riley, Pamela McCarville, Bette Milleson James, and Myrna James Yoo. A very special congratulations and thank you with love to my sister, Pamela, who some how managed to juggle the full-time job of illustrating this book while also taking on the overwhelming job of designer and business owner to create our life-long dream, All Us All the Time, stationery and gift store. I am not sure how she did it, and I know at times feathers were ruffled as she was pulled in 15 million directions at once. Words cannot express the appreciation for all her hard work, guidance and sacrifices throughout this past year.

With you as my sister,
the icicles tasted colder,
the fireflies twinkled brighter,
and the stars didn’t seem so far away.
So glad we’re sisters!
Spoonful of Stars by Becky Kelly


Dr. Fringe said...

Yaaay Pam- bittersweet (of course) but that's great-

cool check out this URL if you get a moment- too cute

- nice blog though- and thank you for the card

Bonnie said...

Congratulations Pam! You're an amazing artist. Staci makes the book sound so interesting I can't wait to check it out and see your work! Bon

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