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Top Drawer News — Wheeling through summer

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Rusted red wheelbarrow resting on grass with sod growing in the bed. Image by HL Carpenter
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We’re wheeling through summer here in Carpenter Country. These long hot months bring hummingbirds at the feeder, rain showers every afternoon except when they happen in the morning or evening, blooming crocosmias, and leaping grass.

Each season has its own delights and drawbacks, just like the rest of us.

This summer, we’re also traveling across the internet, eating kumquat pie and blueberry ice cream (not at the same time), and thinking about initials carved in trees and leaky wheelbarrows. Sometimes we think about boxing and our favorite character in our mystery, Murder by the Books.

We started the week over at Divine Magazine with our kumquat pie recipe. The pie is cool and delicious and just the treat for a summer afternoon. You can find the recipe here.

Screenshot taken by HL Carpenter of page on Divine Magazine website featuring a Kumquat Pie recipe by HL Carpenter. Image also shows whole and sliced kumquats on a wood board beside a knife.
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

Thank you, Divine Magazine!

Later in the week, author friend and marvelous cook Sloane Taylor invited us into her kitchen, where we churned up a batch of blueberry ice cream. If you have an ice cream maker, we highly recommend you churn up a batch for yourself!

Screen capture of page on Sloane Taylor's blog featuring Blueberry Ice Cream recipe by HL Carpenter
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

Thanks for making our ice cream your July pick, Sloane!

After all the eating, we went for a walk. Scars on a tree we walked past led to our book bubble, The Deepest Cut.

Do you think of the pain of those who can’t speak for themselves?

Screen capture of book bubble by HL Carpenter titled The Deepest Cut
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

A much used and appreciated garden tool was the inspiration behind another book bubble, The Wheelbarrow.

Do you make the most of where you are?

Screen capture of book bubble by HL Carpenter titled The Wheelbarrow

We finished the week discussing our mystery novel, Murder by the Books, in an author interview on Cheryl Holloway’s blog. We talked about our boxing skills and revealed which character was our favorite to write about. Did we choose the same person you did?

Screen capture of page on Cheryl Holloway's blog featuring an author interview with HL Carpenter
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

Thanks for inviting us to share your blog, Cheryl!

Are you enjoying the delights of summer?



HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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