Members and friends of the Bonita Bay Bible Study Group have created a 250-page cookbook, Bouquet of Hope, to raise funds to support Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs.

Dedicated to long-time Hope volunteer and visionary of Joanne’s House, Donna Roberts, the cookbook combines family recipes with inspirational scriptures.

“We chose scriptures with the word hope, as well as plants or flowers mentioned in the Bible that are often edible, such as the mustard seed or grapes,” said Dee McClay, one of the 100 women who were part of the cookbook effort.

This second-edition cookbook features 30 additional pages of ideas and hundreds of kitchen-tested recipes ranging from appetizers, salads, all types of meat, desserts, breads and breakfasts.

“We even tried to incorporate gluten-free recipes,” McClay said.
“The first edition, ‘Let the Butter Fly,’ was published several years ago and was quite successful,” said McClay. “When it came time to produce the second edition, it was a natural choice for us to select Joanne’s House as the beneficiary. Many of the women in our bible study have experienced hospice through close friends and have seen first-hand the care and support it provides to families and their loved ones.”

Hope Hospice Houses, located throughout Lee County, provide quality care while offering
patients a homelike environment to make their hospice experience comforting.

Bouquet of Hope cookbooks are $25 and can be purchased online at