Friday, December 19, 2014

ShortBread Cookies #HolidayRecipe and an #Excerpt for A Cruise to Remember

This is last years recipe but I enjoyed it so much thought I'd put it out early for those already looking for holiday treats.

SHORTBREAD COOKIES (whipped) 6 dozen

3 cup granulated flour                                    1 lb. butter – soft            
1 cup icing sugar                                               A few drops of vanilla or almond flavoring
½ cup corn starch

Place butter in a large bowl and cream with an electric mixer or beater.
Add dry ingredients and flavoring – beat until light and fluffy
Drop by a teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet
Bake at 325 F about 15 minutes

(Rice flour may be used 1 cup rice flour mixed with 2 cups regular flour)

Amnesia, a cruise ship, a jewel theft ring and attempted murder combine to make it a cruise to remember. Hallie Donald has been in an accident and has amnesia. She’s traveling on the cruise as a companion. And someone is trying to kill her.
She doesn’t remember anything but someone   Interpol agent Eric Norby searches for jewel thieves on a Caribbean cruise, but his main suspect is the woman he loves.
   “You’re still shaking. Come on over here where it’s quiet.” Eric found a sheltered corner, away from most of the passengers. “Sit down, doctors’ orders. I’ll be right back with two drinks. You could use something to relax you. They have special sail-away drinks. You okay with that you?”
   He slipped his uniform jacket off and draped it around her shoulders, over her shawl.
   “Sounds great, but it’s not necessary.” She felt warmer in the jacket and his musky male scent enveloped her. It was pleasant and sexual. She knew didn’t react to all men’s scent this way. She looked up and noticed his lip curled slightly as he smiled.
   “Yeah, it is. Keep the jacket on to help warm you up. I’ll be right back.”
   Hallie sat on the edge of the chair. She forced herself to take deep, calming breaths. She relaxed slightly and leaned back. Eric’s jacket slipped from her shoulders to the deck. She bent to pick it up when she felt rather than heard a buzzing sound, something like a mosquito, past her left ear.
   She sat back up and twisted around to adjust Eric’s jacket. There was a hole in the back of the deck chair.
   Funny, I don’t remember it being there before I picked up the jacket.
   She ran her finger over the hole.
   “Here we go.” Eric carried a couple of tall, red, orange and yellowed colored drinks topped off with parasols.
   “What were you doing?” he asked.
   “I’m not sure. There was a funny sound, like a mosquito, and I think this hole just appeared.”
   “What the hell...?” Eric placed the drinks onto a nearby table. He ran his finger over the hole.
“It’s a bloody bullet hole.”
   “A what? You’re kidding?”
   “No, I’m not. Where were you when it happened?” Eric looked at the hole. He squinted back in the direction it would have come from.
   “I guess that’s when I bent down to pick up your jacket.”
   “My God, you could have been killed.” Eric pulled Hallie into his arms and squeezed her against his chest. “You’re sure you’re all right?”
   “I think so. I mean, I wasn’t hit or anything. I can’t figure out what’s happening. This has to be one of the worst nights of my life.”


I’m Canadian and live in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, BC. It’s beautiful country and I love it here – in the summer. There are large lakes, beautiful beaches, orchards of apples, pears, peaches plus raspberries, blueberries and lots of other fresh produce. And of course, it’s wine country. We have world class wines which I feel is my obligation to taste.
 I write, edit, workout and spend a lot of time on the computer. We also have mountains and great skiing, both downhill and cross-country, however, in the winter, I snowbird with my husband, and two Shiba Inu dogs.

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Thanks for sharing,



  1. Thanks for having me, Anita. I love sharing recipes, especially at Christmas. Merry Christmas!

  2. Those look yummy! I've sworn off baking this year since my hubby is the only one here to eat! :) All the best with your book!

    1. Thanks Melissa. I understand completely. I've cut back on my baking because I end up eating it and I don't need the calories. Merry Christmas!

  3. Never made shortbread cookies before, Thanks for the recipe.I enjoyed reading your excerpt.
    Have a nice Holiday.

    1. Thanks Rosie. They're really easy and yummy. Happy Holidays!