Introducing “Sweetness” – My New Book!

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My latest book, Sweetness, hits shelves November 8, 2016. Click here to pre-order your copy now.

Today I’d like to introduce you to a piece of my heart, my latest book, Sweetness.

Sweetness is a cookbook with over 190 Recipes, which I dedicated to and wrote in honor of my grandparents.

The dedication:



The 192 Recipes in this one are extra special.

Several were found from digging deep into heritage recipe files and bringing back lost and nearly lost favorites from generations ago. When my Grandmama passed away I inherited her cookbook and found so many treasures to share with you from that! Some members of the Southern Plate family also shared cherished and nearly lost recipes from their grandparents as well.

And the stories, always the stories….They are the stories of who made these beloved dishes. You’ll find stories from my grandparent’s childhoods along with photos of them back in the day. Stories Grandmama made me promise I would tell after she is gone.

I can’t believe she is gone. I can’t believe they are gone. But I am so very blessed to have had them in my life and I’m grateful to you for letting me tell you about them in this book.



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  • Chapter 1: From The Cookie Jar
  • Chapter 2: Deeply Delicious Brownies and Bars
  • Chapter 3: Poke Cakes, Pound Cakes, Layer Cakes, and Love
  • Chapter 4: Homemade Pies Made Easy
  • Chapter 5: Cobblers, Puddings, and Sweet Rolls
  • Chapter 6: Quick Breads, Muffins, and Breakfast (or Anytime) Treats
  • Chapter 7: Old Fashioned Fruit Salads
  • Chapter 8: Simple Candies and Sweet Snacks
  • Chapter 9: Sweet Sippins
  • Chapter 10: Pantry Chapter – Basic Recipes (pie crusts, meringue, whipped cream, etc)

Note: There are some lower sugar recipes as well as recipes that use sugar free ingredients in this book.


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There are lots of photos (but never as many as we would all like!) and they all have a vintage feel. Plenty of Pyrex was used and lots of fun vintage Pyrex clip art can be found throughout the book as well.


192 Recipes Total, plus an abundance of stories, family photos, and passages of encouragement – lots of encouragement.

I poured my heart and a large portion of my soul and childhood into this book. The recipes are sure to become favorites for generations to come and it is my hope that the stories help us to remember and preserve the Sweetness of generations past.

This is my third published book. I do not have plans for another book and would love your help in getting word out about this one. All pre-orders count as first day sales, so the best way to get on the Best Seller lists is to get as many pre-orders as possible. 

Pre-Order The Book Below:


Available November 8th

Preorder Now At The Links Below:

Note: There was an initial cover for the book that was changed. Some of these retailers may still show the first cover image but you’ll receive the one featured in this post regardless.

Thank you so much for allowing me the honor of sharing my heart with you a third time.

Sweetness: Southern Recipes to Celebrate the Warmth, the Love, and the Blessings of a Full Life was written to bring Sweetness to your table and bring to mind the Sweetness in your life. I hope you enjoy it.


  1. Received my copy of Sweetness in the mail yesterday. Love the stories tips and especially the recipes. Simple recipes and ingredients, holidays are coming up looking forward to trying something new.

  2. So excited to get my copy! Preordered 4 copies as Christmas gifts, and Amazon says they will be delivered tomorrow. I don’t think I’ll be getting anything done because I’m so excited! 🙂

  3. Oh, Christy, I was not prepared for that dedication or the preface! I’m sitting here at lunch crying my little eyes out. I lost my last living grandparents this summer, so those hit home hard.

    I am sorry for your losses, as well! I am pretty sure they’d be so proud of your work and that you’ve allowed their stories to continue. What a legacy for them! And how precious that your children will have these stories written down for generations to come.

    Thank you for your encouragement and your sweet spirit. Best wishes for you and for the success of your new book! I can’t wait to read it…this time, I’ll be prepared with the tissue box!

  4. I’ve ordered one for me and one for a Christmas gift too. And, my friend who is getting the book is a lover of Pyrex and all things vintage so I’ve ordered her a Christmas apron that’s probably 30 years older than she is, to wrap the book in 🙂 Can’t wait to get it my books so I can wrap it up.

  5. Hi Christy,
    I am looking forward to receiving your new book to put with your other 3 books ( yes, I have your very first little book that I think you published yourself). I have just placed my pre- order on Amazon. I have my mother’s recipe files and they include many of my grandmother’s handwritten recipes. I cherish each of them. I love reading your stories because they bring back many memories of my own parents and grandparents. They are truly inspirational, and you have a God given talent for sharing them. Thank you!

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