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Guest blogger: Kallie Lane

21 December 2014

Kallie LaneThe Mystery of the Claddagh Rings

In this short story based on the five gold rings of the Christmas song, Fin and Ryan have only known each other a few days before they fall in love and decide to get married. A whirlwind of preparation follows, although they are ‘stepping in’ for another couple and most of the groundwork is done. But Fin and Ryan are determined to make the wedding their own.

Fin doesn’t change a lot on the food menu, but she does add a few of her favourites to spice things up. And Ryan chose a fancy drink he thought everyone would enjoy. After all, it is an Irish wedding!

Cheese log
· 8 oz cream cheese
· 1½ cups grated sharp aged cheddar
· 2 tblspn maple syrup
· crushed pecans or walnuts for rolling

Combine everything except the nuts in a food processor, blender, or you can mash with a fork. Form into a log or ball. Chill for a few hours. Cover sides with more maple syrup and roll in nuts. It takes about 5 minutes to prepare and puts commercial cheese logs to shame.

Pear and parsnip soup
· 4½ cups chicken stock (I use Campbell’s in the carton)
· 4 cups peeled and chopped parsnips
· 3 cups peeled pears (I use Bartlett)
· 1 large onion chopped
· 1 tspn curry
· ¼ tspn pepper
· 1 bay leaf
· 1 cup 15% cream (I use 10%)

Boil parsnips, pears, onion and seasonings in chicken stock until soft enough to put through blender or food processor. Let cool to room temperature and remove bay leaf before blending. Blend to desired thickness and then gently add cream. Add more cream if soup is too thick. It freezes beautifully. Serve cold in Summer and hot in Winter.

Baileys Midnight Mint
· Fill a shaker with ice. Measure 25ml Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur, 25ml mint liqueur and 25ml Smirnoff Vodka into the shaker.
· Shake the mixture vigorously until the surface of the shaker feels chilled.
· With a cocktail strainer, strain into a wine glass.
· Place a mint leaf on top of the drink to garnish.

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I wish you a wonderful, festive season, one that fulfills your dreams with friends and family around you! HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

Kallie

The Mystery of the Claddagh RingsThe Mystery of the Claddagh Rings

Worried about her family, Fiona returns home to find her mother in danger when the Claddagh rings resurface along with the hit men searching for them. Approached by an FBI agent who offers to protect her in exchange for the rings, she must decide—trust a mysterious stranger who is not all he seems. Or go it alone and lose everything…maybe even her life.

Under pressure to retrieve the rings, Agent O’Shea is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, even if it means putting Fiona in the crossfire. He never imagines her strength and spirit will touch his heart, leaving him with a choice—give in to his desire for her or ignore the danger she’s in to clear his father’s name.

As they join forces to beat the odds, will he be able to keep her safe…or will he surrender to the legacy of the Claddagh rings and let her go?

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Kallie Lane writes suspenseful romantic fiction with a touch of humour to lighten the dark moments. She understands the rough edges of alpha males and loves to write about them, helping them find the women who complete them in every way that matters. She excels at hard hitting action and complex relationships that end with the heroine and hero building a life together.

Kallie loves to write stories with realistic characters, intricate plots, and happy endings. With her Shadow Soldier series, she has had the pleasure of meeting many military men who fit the bill. And while she loves doing extensive research, many of the locations and perils in her stories stem from personal experience. The isolated cottage in Dark Abandon is her own, her boating disasters serving as inspiration for her heroine’s. Her recent release, Reckless Abandon, takes place at a rodeo where she spent much of her time. She was thrilled when the novel was rated Best Book by Long and Short Reviews.

Kallie lives in Canada, was born and raised there, and loves winter in the cool blue North. Ever the optimist, she claims a hot toddy by the fire can work wonders after dragging oneself through snowdrifts and -45C degree temperatures. The perfect setting for hatching romantic suspense novels.

You can find Kallie here: website | Facebook | Twitter

2 Comments
  1. Jeanie M permalink
    21 December 2014 4:37 pm

    Kallie, those recipes sound delicious, particularly the soup. I think I’d love to be a guest at Fin and Ryan’s wedding!
    Hope you have a lovely Christmas🙂

    • 21 December 2014 10:35 pm

      Hi Jeanie! I hope you love the soup. I know I do! Happy holidays!

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