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Dovie’s Oatmeal Bread

Aunt Dovie is known by some family members to pick up boarders quicker than a dog picks up fleas. Dovie’s house in Winston- Salem, NC (home to Krispy Kreme donuts) is always open to those in need of some good nutrition and love. Women move in for as long as they need a place to stay, enjoying her company and care. Along with raising butterflies and hens, Dovie bakes oatmeal bread.  She serves it at meals with a mound of fresh butter. At each meal her prayers end with “Amen and Amen!” Then she’s been known to dance around the kitchen with a tea towel. The fact that she can’t dance to the music’s beat never stops her. Dovie believes in being jovial. Her bread recipe is full of warmth, and will make your mouth and tummy smile.

Dovie’s Oatmeal Bread

    • 1 cup old fashioned oats (not instant)
    • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
    • 3/4 cup molasses
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 2 cups warm water
    • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
    • 4 cups bread flour
    • 4 cups whole-wheat flour
Combine the oats and boiling water in a large mixing bowl and let sit for at least thirty minutes. Add the molasses, oil and salt to the oatmeal mixture, combining well. In a separate bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add to the oatmeal mixture. Stir in the flour, one cup at a time. Once the dough starts to pull from the sides of the bowl, turn onto a floured surface and knead in the rest of the flour until smooth. Continue to knead for about eight minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning it so that all sides are coated. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise until doubled in size, about an hour. Punch down and divide dough in half. Shape into two loaves and place dough in two greased lof pans. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes to an hour. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place loaf pans in oven for five minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 40 minutes. Loaves should brown and will be ready to take out of the oven when they sound hollow when lightly tapped.


It’s hard to concentrate when the past keeps shoving its way into your

After returning home from teaching in a refugee camp in the Philippines, Samantha Bravencourt enjoys her quiet life working at her mother’s clothing boutique near Washington, D.C. When she receives an invitation to her friend’s wedding in Winston-Salem, NC, she’s excited to reconnect with her college pals.

But the wedding turns out quite differently than Sam expects. A chance encounter leads to a reunion with Carson Brylie, a fellow teacher and the man who once broke her heart, and Lien, a young Amerasian girl who desperately needs Sam and Carson’s help.

But working with Carson might put Sam’s tender heart at risk once again. Is she willing to forgive the past and take another chance on love?

Press for more information on the book, A Wedding Invitation


Alice J. Wisler was born in Osaka, Japan, daughter of Presbyterian missionaries. She loved to write from an early age, frequenting the local stationer’s shop for pencils, notebooks and scented erasers.  After majoring in social work in college, she worked at a refugee camp in the Philippines, teaching English to southeast Asian children.  Now she lives and writes in Durham, North Carolina. Her four inspirational novels are RAIN SONG, HOW SWEET IT IS, HATTERAS GIRL and A WEDDING INVITATION.  In addition to writing, she teaches grief-writing courses both online and at seminars and
conferences across the country. Learn more about her at her website.

About Jess Keller

I'm an author, speaker and chocolate eater who's chasing hard after my dreams.

4 responses »

  1. Alice that picture of the bread makes my mouth water! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  2. The featured author, Alice Wisler, has some excellent resources on her website and blogs for helping people deal with grief.
    Well worth a look.


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