About Nancy Radke

A USA Today bestselling author, Nancy Radke grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in SE Washinton State. She attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade. She learned to ride bareback at age 3 (Really! It was a common practice.) and when she got off or fell off, she would pull her horse's nose to the ground, get on behind its ears, and the horse would lift its head so she could scoot down onto its back. Nancy spent most of her childhood exploring the Blue Mountain trails that bordered the ranchlands. She and a friend once took a trail that turned out to be a two day trip. They always rode with matches and pocket knives, so made camp and returned the next day. These long rides worried her parents, but provided plenty of time to make up stories. Her first novel was set in the Blues, and is entitled APPALOOSA BLUES. TURNAGAIN LOVE was the first one published. It rated a four star review from Affaire de Coeur. Scribes World said "Turnagain Love has some fascinating twists and turns, unexpected complications, and charming scenes." It is light and humorous. Nancy currently has over 30 books written, both modern and western. All her stories are sweet and wholesome.  View website

The Golden Legacy: Great Wealth’s Dangers by @_NancyRadke

April might be rainy in other parts of the US, but in Seattle this year we have had some spectacular days, warm and sunny, causing our flowers and flowering trees to burst into bloom. The birds have burst into song, and I’m waiting for the moment when I, as a writer, will burst into words. So far it hasn’t happened.

The only way to write is to start writing, so that is what I’m trying to do, but I find my story has gone south the way of the geese and hasn’t flown back north yet. One of the reasons might be that I just finished a book, Dangerous Inheritance, which is my second book as part of the Golden Legacy series.

The Golden Legacy

 

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The set, The Golden Legacy, is now available for Kindle readers. This set consists of five books, with two of them (contemporaries) having been written by me. These are all rags to riches stories, almost Cinderella types, where one of the protagonists comes into a fabulous legacy. The riches have a curse attached as well as a blessing, requiring the inheritor to spend the money in certain ways. Use it wrongly, and you lose the money as well as what you already have. Because sudden wealth is often looked on with suspicion, the theme has a built-in element of danger.

The authors in this series have spanned time from the 1700s up to modern day. Suzanne’s book has a seaman getting part of the treasure. He uses it after a slave rebellion to rescue a woman he admires.

Twist of Fate

Rebecca’s story centers around a young man trying to raise his daughter and save his race horse business. The book is set in the 1800s. The young woman who helps him becomes the fulfillment of his dreams.

Race for the Gold

My two stories are contemporary, with people trying to get the woman and the money. Dangerous Inheritance (not published anywhere else) forces the hero to choose between the legacy and the woman he loves.

Nancy Radke The Golden Legacy

Katy Walters book bounces between two centuries, using a time portal and the legacy as a common item.

the price of love

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The Golden Legacy

Growing Sprouts by @_NancyRadke

Dear Gardener who can hardly wait for spring. Take this quiz:

  • What am I?
  • I am a fresh vegetable that needs no garden soil.
  • I can be eaten within four to seven days.
  • Minimal care is needed to grow me.
  • I must be grown in a closet or dark area.
  • My seeds keep for years.
  • I am not a mushroom.

If you guessed sprouts, give yourself an A. Growing spouts is fun and easy. I used to grow sprouts all the time, then stopped about eleven years ago. Hungry for them (especially mung bean sprouts in my egg omelets – Egg Foo Yung), I tried to buy some fresh sprouts at the grocery stores. No luck. Ditto at the smaller markets.

Opening my refrigerator, I found three different bags of seeds left over from my last sprouting years ago. I figured some seeds might still be viable, so I put about a tablespoon of each into separate glass jars, soaked them for six hours, then dumped off the water through a strainer, and put the jars into my cupboard. It was just that easy to start growing sprouts again.

Growing Sprouts

Here’s The Secret to Growing Sprouts

The trick is to keep the seeds from completely drying out but not sitting in water and rotting. Do this by rinsing them in cold water in the morning, at night, and two to three times a day and pouring off the water. Always return them to the cupboard and close the door. Sprouts like to grow in the dark. 

By day two little sprouts began to show, tiny ones on my alfalfa seeds and large ones on the mung beans. To prove the viability of seeds kept in closed bags in the refrigerator, I didn’t find any of them that didn’t sprout, even after all those years.

You can let them grow small leaves if you want to. I usually cap my jar and put it in the refrigerator to stop the sprouting process just as the leaves begin to develop. I had my first egg omelet with bean sprouts five days after starting to grow them. My salad mix of small seeds went into pocket bread. I mixed some of the alfalfa sprouts into my green salad.

Growing Sprouts

Growing sprouts really adds to your fresh food supply. All it takes is some seeds, a mesh strainer, and a glass jar. I use distilled water to avoid fluoride and the rest of the chemicals added to city water, so rinsed my sprouts in that.

WARNING: Only buy sprouting seeds that are meant for sprouting. You can get mung beans and alfalfa seeds at Amazon. Seed companies often treat garden planting seeds with a poison to prevent bugs from eating the seeds. So buy your seeds from a company that sells food-grade (safe) seeds for sprouting.

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The Legacy of Grand Coulee Dam by Nancy Radke #mgtab

Aerial view of Grand Coulee Dam, Washington. Columbia Basin Project, WA.

People don’t usually think of dams in this way, but they are a renewable solar energy resource. Read on to find out why we can make this claim.

I was watching a saleswoman showing off electric cars on TV, when a fellow asked her where the electricity came from.  She replied that you just plug the cord into the socket. So he asked her where that electricity came from, and she said, “the house,” and eventually, “the city.” 

She had a hard time getting back to the origins of electricity, which is created by a generator that is turned by some form of energy.  Yes, it takes energy to make electricity. There are large plants that burn coal, which can produce enough electricity for several cities. Small amounts of electricity can also be produced by wind power and solar power. 

The undisputed champion electricity makers are dams. Huge dams, like Hoover Dam and Grand Coulee Dam, produce hydroelectric power for entire states. Hoover produces about half the amount of electricity as Grand Coulee. The excess electricity from Grand Coulee Dam is even sold to California. The giant turbines move so slowly that the fish can swim right down through them, although they do need the fish ladders when they go upstream. The smaller turbine blades are 23 feet across.

The Columbia River is a constantly renewable solar energy resource (solar= water in ocean is heated by sun, water rises, sun makes the wind to move the clouds, water falls as rain, runs to river and continues in a circle).

I am especially interested in Grand Coulee Dam, since my father-in-law worked on it as an engineer. His wife kept a large scrapbook—which I have—of their progress. They invented tools and machinery when they needed something not yet made. The army made sure he finished there before he shipped out to help fight WW2, first under MacArthur in Australia, then under Patton, doing special work for both those generals. 

Grand Coulee Dam not only produces a huge amount of electricity (10,180,000 kilowatts), but it irrigates Eastern Washington and controls flooding. There are many more dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, but none quite as grand as the Grand Coulee. 

One of my books, Height of Danger, concerns an engineer building a dam in Central America. The dam will bring prosperity to the country, so the workers can’t figure out why someone is sabotaging the project. The head engineer’s daughter is kidnapped and they demand he abandon the project. This suspense-thriller is free and part of a new Authors’ Billboard set, Fabulous Freebies.

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Moose Roast (Roast Beef) by Nancy Radke #mgtab

When we were married in 1959, my husband and I lived with his folks in Anchorage, Alaska. My mother-in-law belonged to the Anchorage Woman’s Club and they put out a recipe book that I still use. Many of the women were military. These ladies came from all over the world, so the book contains recipes from Spain and Japan as well as the lower 48 (Alaska term meaning the states).

I don’t make the Spiced Moose Tongue, Jellied Moose Nose, the Stuffed Ptarmigan Breasts, or the Caribou Shish Kabobs, but I do use many other moose recipes since moose meat is similar to bison. It tastes like rich beef meat and has more vitamins in it than regular beef. Like many Alaskans, I prefer moose to beef.

The amounts in this recipe are for a very large piece of meat. You might want to halve the amounts if your roast is average. I have used this recipe with beef heart and it turns out great. Also, you might want to adapt this for an Instant Pot.

1 1/2 T. vinegar
3 T. shortening
1 T. cinnamon
1 T. ginger
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 T. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 c. water
3 c. apple juice
1 can condensed tomato soup
1 c. chopped onion
1 tsp. chopped garlic (optional)

Melt the shortening in the bottom of a Dutch oven and brown the meat. Blend the vinegar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Mix these with the water and apple juice; juice from cooked dried apples is excellent. Pour over the meat. Then spoon the concentrated tomato soup, the onion, and garlic atop the moose hump. Cover and cook in enough heat to keep the pot simmering for four hours or until the meat is tender. Thicken the gravy with flour and then give a yell, before some nose-twitching stranger wanders into your house and eats it all himself.
— Recipe by Mrs. Clayton A. Schule

One of the ladies was Peggy Loft who ran the Airport Cafe. Her recipes give quantities to serve 100 people, such as 10 loaves of bread and 200 rolls, 4 gallons of ice cream, and 3 pounds of cheese. For tamale pie, you need 15 pounds of ground beef and 20 eggs, along with the other ingredients.

My story in the New Year’s Short collection is Changing Horses, about a rancher (Glen, from Zsuzsa’s Christmas Wish) who is pursuing a lady vet. She loves someone else, and Glen has to put a brake on his feelings and search for someone who puts him first. Right now Changing Horses is only available in the New Year’s Shorts collection.

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