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Monday, July 2, 2018


By Caroline Clemmons

Sum-Sum-Summertime is here. How about a beat-the-heat recipe?

Are you a lover of hot weather? I hope so because we definitely have triple digit temperatures in North Central Texas. I prefer cooler temperatures, but what can a person do? We talk about how nice it would be to live where the weather is moderate all year but we’ll never actually move.

Recipe makes a lovely summer luncheon

So, I’d like to share a favorite recipe for entertaining and for picnics that beat the heat? Whether you like to commune with nature or observe it through a large window from your air-conditioned home as I do, you will love this recipe. You can make it a day ahead and decrease your last minute stress. Kept refrigerated, it keeps for several days--if it's not gobbled up before then.

Chicken Salad
2 cups cooked chicken breast, diced
1 cup green seedless grapes, halved (omit if you are making sandwiches)
1 cup crushed pineapple and juice
½ cup diced celery
¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted
3 ounces of cream cheese
½ cup sour cream

Toast almonds about five minutes. Whip cream cheese with pineapple juice. Blend all ingredients and chill.  

If serving as sandwiches, I suggest filling a croissant and placing green grapes on the side. As a light meal, this recipe makes a nice accompaniment to pasta salad and potato salad. Goes well with a dessert of mixed melon or strawberry shortcake.

I do hope you’re enjoying the summer. If you’re looking for a book to read, why not choose my latest release, THE RANCHER’S PERFECT BRIDE? The Amazon URL is

The book is set in Montana.
Doesn't that scenery look refreshing?

Zenobia Stanton wants to be the perfect bride. Trouble is, she doesn’t know how to cook or clean or do laundry. Although she’s never before seen a chicken or cow up close, she’s in charge of gathering the eggs and the milking. She’s determined to learn all the skills she needs to be the perfect bride for Callum McFadden, but it’s a topsy turvy transition.

Only 99 cents for a
limited time

You can pre-order the western historical romance anthology, UNDER A MULBERRY MOON, which will be released on July 19. The Amazon URL is Authors are Zina Abbott, Patricia Carroll, Caroline Clemmons, Carra Copelin, Keta Diablo, P. A. Estelle, Cissie Patterson, Charlene Raddon, and Jacquie Rogers. For a limited time, the anthology is only 99 cents!

The authors are offering a FREE sample book, MEDLEYS AND MUSINGS, at the Amazon URl Free is everyone’s favorite price, right? This sample includes a recipe or historic tidbit, the blurb, an excerpt, and the author’s bio. We hope you’ll snap up both of these. You’ll notice that four of the authors are members of this blog.

FREE for readers!

Have a happy and safe celebration this week. Remember that we are celebrating the founding of our nation and all that it represents. While you’re thinking of it, thank a veteran!

I’ll see you next month.


  1. Delicious looking chicken salad recipe! The Rancher's Perfect Bride looks good, too. Lovely cover.

  2. Lovely cover. Best of luck with promotion and sales. I'm copying the chicken salad recipe. Looks delicious. Happy Fourth of July.


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