Recipe for a Single Mom

By Dawn V. Cahill

Many years ago, my three-year-old son discovered a love for food preparation. He’d come up with all kinds of concoctions. Here’s one of them:1-19-16 a


½ gallon of milk

2/3 quart chocolate milk powder

8 tablespoon salt

¼ can of pepper

¼ jar of onion powder

½ box of petit fours


In a saucepan, mix all ingredients together on medium-high heat, stir, and enjoy. Note: In order to capture every subtle flavor of each ingredient, it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to prepare before 6 a.m., while everyone else is sleeping. I promise it will fill your home with a mysterious yet enticing scent, guaranteed to bring the rest of the family scurrying to the kitchen.

Doesn’t that look scrumptious? A half-gallon of milk mixed with chocolate powder sounds like a promising beginning, doesn’t it? Funny how life can imitate recipes. In my own case, life as a single parent started out not so bad. Once I rid my home of my alcoholic husband’s toxic influence, the atmosphere lightened as if the house itself breathed a big sigh of relief.

But then life threw a lot of salt into the mix. And way too much pepper. One of my sons began getting in trouble at school for disruptive behavior—at only six years old. His grades nosedived and his behavior grew increasingly unruly as the long year wore on. As this was happening, another son, the chef wannabe, was diagnosed with delayed development.

Sweet had turned to bitter.

I had eliminated one problem—abusive husband—but had acquired umpteen more. Child support was erratic, at best. Financial problems, like onion powder, is only tolerable in small doses.

Life had turned into a disaster that made me gag.

I decided I needed a way to sweeten up life again, and thought of the perfect solution: A delicious new romance! A purely selfish, yet pleasurable way to make life bearable again.

Of course, it didn’t work. Petit fours soaked in salt, pepper and onions aren’t so delicious anymore. Neither is romance when the rest of life isn’t working.

But here I am, twenty years later, my sanity still intact—at least, I hope it is. My aspiring chef just graduated from college. My unruly son made it through school and has been on his own for many years.

So, you might wonder, how did I get from there to here?

It’s a long story, one I’ll have to save for next time. But it’s a testament to God’s grace. His merciful concern for the widow and the orphan.1-19-16 c

For the rest of the story, visit my website at

Dawn V. Cahill’s new book, Sapphire Secrets (Book 1 in her new mystery series, Seattle Trilogy) is available now. She’s giving away a copy of her ebook novella, When Lyric Met Limerick, to one random commenter on her blog.

One thought on “Recipe for a Single Mom”

  1. Dawn says:

    Thank you for having me, Sarah! I hope other single moms will be encouraged today.

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