Debra Guiou Stufflebean is a writer of historical fiction as well as Christian children's books. She has always been interested in writing. She also talks about her writing to small groups.
She was born and raised in the southeast Kansas town of Buffalo, got married, moved to Chanute, Kansas, and became the mother of three daughters. After her youngest daughter started kindergarten, she went to college, graduating Summa Cum Laude from both Washburn University in Topeka and from the University of Kansas at Lawrence.
She started her career as a paralegal, then became a marketing and business communication professor. Along came mid-life,and Debra and her husband decided to purchase the 1878 Sage Inn & Stagecoach Station, a six bedroom stone inn rich in Kansas history. It was a great experience, but a lot of hard work.
She sold the inn, using her "spare time" to write books. Some are academic books, and some are articles in journals, including the National Association.
Her true love is writing books, and illustrating her books for children. Each book is as unique and varied as Debra.
See Debra Stufflebean's website.
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At this Time, In this Place
An American Christian woman, Pamela Wentworth, and a Japanese Buddhist man, Takuho Osaki, fall in love when Tuk comes to live with Pam's family as an exchange student. Pam teaches Tuk how to restore an historic home; Tuk teaches Pam how to speak Japanese. Both teach each other about their culture - but the lessons do not end there. A mysterious box of letters brings some revelations for the two about what it really means to love someone.
Goodnight, Mary Anne
This book chronicles the Sage family’s trek from England through New York to Kansas during the pre-Civil War days of Bleeding Kansas. Some of the younger family members join the milita with John Brown.
Other family develops industries on Mission Creek which later became Dover, Kansas, in Shawnee County. They also built the Sage Inn and Somerset Hall which still exist.
It is a quick and an enlightening read.
A Star Worth Sharing
Child of God
Recipes From 1878 Sage Inn (out of print)
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from Goodnight, Mary Ann
Walter, one of the family serving in the Carolinas, died in North Carolina of typhoid fever. ...I was not with Walter when he passed away. Walter and I shared a lot in the time we were together.
...When he passed away, my grief was so overwhelming I could not bear to write to you.
Aaron found out that the best laid plans don’t pan out the way you think they will. Arthur and Kezia didn’t like living on the bottom,’ so when Ann and James built a home to the east of St. John’s, they, too, moved.
A Connecticut preacher, Henry Ward Beecher, arranged to furnish General Lane's militia with Sharps rifles, which were superior to and more accurate than shotguns. Crates of rifles were covered with Bibles. They were shipped to a church in Wabaunsee, KS. Lane's militia could intercept the wagons any time after they were unloaded from the steamship.
In March of 1857, something more deadly than Border Ruffians was in the wind: SMALL POX. We had heard of small pox wiping out entire Indian villages, so when the first case arrived in Topeka, people quarantined themselves into their homes. We had spent a lot of time that Winter discussing where wemight go or what we might do. I knew I wanted my parents to find a nice piece of land where they could build a home-some place away from the politics of the territory. My father had heard about a southwest trail leading to Council Grove. There was a lot of bottom land as it followed Mission Creek, where crops should grow in the fertile soil, and there was also a lot of native limestone. James and Squire could farm the land if we could procure some implements. With the arrival of disease the plan went into action with more urgency.
Sage Inn Recipes from Goodnight, Mary Ann
Golden Delicious Apples
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
11/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup water
Prepare apples, toss with sugar. Whisk egg with remaining ingredients to make thick batter. Add to apples. Pour into greased 9x9 pan. Bake at 350 deg for 40 min. Bring ingredients for sauce to boil in saucepan. Boil for two minutes, stirring constantly When cake comes out of oven, pour sauce over it to be absorbed.
Irish Oatmeal Scones
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 stick butter
1 large egg
3/4 cup whipping cream
4 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extraqct
1/2 c golden raisins
Combine all dry ingredients. Cut butter into pieces with pastry blender in dry ingredients to form coarse meal. Whisk egg with brown sugar, cream and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients. Add raisins. Knead raisins into dough. Roll dough into 1/2 inch rectangle. Cu t10-12 scones with biscuit cutter.
Place on sprayed baking sheet 1 inch apart. Bake @ 400 deg for 15 min.
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