Years ago, I gave my mom a cookbook for Christmas.  It was not just any cookbook, it was a collection of her coveted recipes. The ones you call up to get that you remember from your childhood. The ones that she often made without a recipe.  The ones we all loved.

I collected her recipes from all over her house – drawers, sticky notes, notebooks, her purse, and every nook and cranny you can imagine.  Because, while my mom was an amazing cook, she wasn’t all that well organized.  (Yes, I know.  I didn’t fall far from that tree).  She often couldn’t find the recipe she was looking for and would comment that someday she was going to get them together all in one place.  So I did that.  And, when I presented her with the home-printed spiral bound book, titled:”Everitt Family Favorites,” she was thrilled.

We didn’t know we would lose my mom suddently just four months later. The cookbook soon became a high demand item for family members. I printed off copies for family and friends and they quickly ran out. I printed a few more and then it was “out of print.” Until now.  My book has been used so much it’s falling apart.  So, I decided to publish it, under a new title: “Gladie’s Gift.”  It’s  dedicated to my sister, Jody, who lost her battle with cancer a few years ago.  She loved my mom’s recipes and used them daily. We all did!

Gladies Gift is available on for $12 and on Kindle for $4.99.

I am excited to offer this cherished collection of recipes to you.  The recipes are easy and delicious.  The include appetizers, soups, side dishes, main dishes, and, of course, plenty of amazing desserts.


Betty Lochner SpeakerBetty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of  Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home, and 52 Communication Tips. To find out more about Cornerstone’s services and offerings visit our website: