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  • Writing Mondays: Formulating an Idea | KristinHarmel.com
    wrote a decade ago about the founder of the charity Give Kids The World who also happens to be a Holocaust survivor So if you want to write a novel get used to thinking like a novelist That means filing every conversation and experience you have into that little closet in the back of your brain where ideas take shape When I talk to a friend I m never consciously thinking Hmm this idea could lead to a novel one day But I try to think long and hard about the things that are bothering people the things people are wrestling with the issues that keep coming up again and again If an idea keeps resurfacing or if you find yourself thinking a year later about a conversation you had with a friend it s worth jotting down I keep an Ideas File on my computer for just that purpose Other novelists often draw ideas from newspaper and magazine articles or from things they see on the news So read often and stay up to date on what s going on in the world You never know what will trigger an idea that stays with you But books are more than just basic ideas Once you have the seed you have to water your garden and wait for it to grow Sometimes an idea you jot down won t stick around in your head for long That s okay if it vanishes it wasn t meant to be the basis for your book But other ideas stay with you and haunt you They re the ones that keep you up at night They re the ones that you think about while you drive while you re in the shower while you do your dishes Those are the ideas that are

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  • Foodie Fridays: Easy Pantry Pasta | KristinHarmel.com
    on hand I didn t expect much but the results were pretty great and in fact Jason raved about the pasta It couldn t have been easier and I d be willing to bet that you have almost all of these items on hand anyhow If not they re easy and cheap to pick up Serve with a salad crusty bread and a nice bottle of red Simple Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce ratingval from reviews reviews Print Recipe Type Entree Author Kristin Harmel Prep time 5 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 20 mins Serves 2 3 A couldn t be easier Italian meal Ingredients One 14 5 ounce can diced tomatoes preferably Italian style or with roasted garlic onion One 8 ounce can tomato sauce I used Hunt s Basil Garlic Oregano One or two pinches crushed red pepper flakes 1 4 cup cream I used fat free half and half 1 4 cup vodka 8 ounces half a box penne pasta or whatever pasta you have on hand Parmesan cheese optional Instructions Boil water and prepare pasta according to package directions Drain one minute before pasta is al dente Meanwhile in a large pot bring diced tomatoes with their juices and tomato sauce to a boil If you re using plain diced tomatoes sautee some garlic in olive oil first if you have them on hand and add a teaspoon or two of Italian spices basil oregano etc whatever you have in the pantry Add a pinch or two of crushed red pepper flakes more or less according to taste Once tomatoes are boiling add cream and vodka Return to a boil and continue boiling over medium low heat stirring occasionally for 8 10 minutes while the pasta cooks When pasta is ready and drained add

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  • Book trailer for the Italian version of my book! | KristinHarmel.com
    The Blonde Theory How to Sleep with a Movie Star Books Foreign Editions Interviews Press Television Appearances Clips about Kristin Author About Kristin Harmel FAQ Home What I m Loving Right Now What I Want Wednesdays Holiday Shopping Edition Book trailer for the Italian version of my book Posted on July 27 2012 by Kristin Harmel I know Fridays are supposed to be for recipes or food talk on here but I just saw this lovely book trailer last night and couldn t resist sharing It s for the Italian version of THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING In Italy they re calling it AS LONG AS THERE ARE STARS IN THE SKY I absolutely adore this one minute trailer This entry was posted in Books General Stuff I like Bookmark the permalink What I m Loving Right Now What I Want Wednesdays Holiday Shopping Edition Comments are closed News PEOPLE magazine has named THE LIFE INTENDED a top pick saying This engaging eighth novel from former PEOPLE reporter Harmel is a GHOST like love story that will keep you guessing Home Author Books When We Meet Again How to Save a Life A Novella The Life Intended The Sweetness of Forgetting

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  • Books | KristinHarmel.com
    Fridays are supposed to be for recipes or food talk on here but I just saw this lovely book trailer last night and couldn t resist sharing It s for the Italian version of THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING In Italy Continue reading Tags Categories Books General Stuff I like Comments Off The U S Holocaust Memorial Museum s Remember Me Project Posted on May 16 2012 by Kristin Harmel I ve always been fascinated by stories from the Holocaust so much so that my upcoming novel The Sweetness of Forgetting explores the fallout 70 years later in the life of a woman who survived Paris s massive 1942 roundup the Vel Continue reading Tags Categories Books General Holocaust Inspiring Comments Off Books Made into Movies as seen on TV Posted on Apr 22 2011 by Kristin Harmel As seen on WESH NBC s morning newscast on Friday April 22 With Water for Elephants and the upcoming Something Borrowed making big waves on the big screen and with movies such as The Help The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Harry Continue reading Tags Categories As Seen on TV Books General Stuff I like Comments Off News PEOPLE magazine has named THE

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  • What I’m Loving Right Now… | KristinHarmel.com
    something new Perhaps on Mondays or every other Monday I can blog about stuff I like because I often discover these things over the weekend So here goes Cornhole Okay I m 33 and I realize it s fully ridiculous that I ve never played this game before But I finally learned how yesterday at a barbecue at my friends Kelly and Dan s house and what do you know I m not terrible I kind of can t wait to play again Big 10 4 Speaking of Kelly and Dan Dan is the lead singer of an incredible and underrated band called Big 10 4 Love these guys Check them out Their web site has a great music player that features one of my favorite songs Good Girl Here s a great clip of a live acoustic version of the song Where We Belong by Emily Giffin Emily Giffin s latest due out tomorrow July 24 is her best novel yet I think She s a wonderful writer and a wonderful person and I couldn t be happier to see her doing so well If you re looking for an excellent summer read this is a great choice The Chi Air 1 Flat Iron I Am Obsessed I ve always avoiding getting a Chi because they re so darned expensive But after battling with my current flat iron for the last few months Note The flat iron not my hair always wins I decided to suck it up and give the buzzed about Chi a try I should have known It s finally the perfect weapon for straightening my hair and taming my all over the place bangs Now when I look like I stepped out of a hurricane tunnel you ll know I have no excuse at all

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  • Things to Do in the UK During the Olympics | KristinHarmel.com
    Sleep with a Movie Star Books Foreign Editions Interviews Press Television Appearances Clips about Kristin Author About Kristin Harmel FAQ Home Foodie Fridays Easy Sauteed Lemon Shrimp Dinner Foodie Fridays Tilapia Ceviche Things to Do in the UK During the Olympics Posted on July 19 2012 by Kristin Harmel Are you lucky enough to be going to the Olympics this year If so please consider packing me in your luggage and taking me with you I fold up nicely Really Otherwise check out these tips which I shared today on Life Love Shopping a new television shows which airs weekdays at 9 30 a m EST on WE tv There s plenty of advice for before during and after the Olympic games Enjoy Check out the tips here This entry was posted in General Bookmark the permalink Foodie Fridays Easy Sauteed Lemon Shrimp Dinner Foodie Fridays Tilapia Ceviche Comments are closed News PEOPLE magazine has named THE LIFE INTENDED a top pick saying This engaging eighth novel from former PEOPLE reporter Harmel is a GHOST like love story that will keep you guessing Home Author Books When We Meet Again How to Save a Life A Novella The Life Intended

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  • General | KristinHarmel.com | Page 3
    by Continue reading Tags Categories Foodie Fridays General Comments Off Things to Do in the UK During the Olympics Posted on Jul 19 2012 by Kristin Harmel Are you lucky enough to be going to the Olympics this year If so please consider packing me in your luggage and taking me with you I fold up nicely Really Otherwise check out these tips which I shared today Continue reading Tags Categories General Comments Off Foodie Fridays Easy Sauteed Lemon Shrimp Dinner Posted on Jul 13 2012 by Kristin Harmel It s summer and that means the less time I spend heating up the kitchen the better Precooked jumbo shrimp were on sale at the grocery store today so I figured I d incorporate them into tonight s meal but merely serving them Continue reading Tags Categories Foodie Fridays General Stuff I like Comments Off Get my new e recipe book FREE Posted on Jul 12 2012 by Kristin Harmel THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING comes out in just under four weeks and to celebrate we re running a very special promotion For anyone who pre orders the book or tweets about it or pins about it on Pinterest or posts about it on Continue reading Tags Categories General Comments Off New interview about The Sweetness of Forgetting Posted on Jul 12 2012 by Kristin Harmel Hi folks Lovely journalist Jennifer Purdie of the web site Miss A just posted this fun interview with me about THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING Check it out Thanks Jennifer Tags Categories General Comments Off Catch me tomorrow Wednesday July 11 on The Daily Buzz Posted on Jul 10 2012 by Kristin Harmel I am VERY excited to be guest hosting THE DAILY BUZZ tomorrow morning with two of my favorite people hosts Andrea Jackson and Andy

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  • Foodie Fridays: Reduced Fat (but still yummy!) Fettuccine Alfredo | KristinHarmel.com
    Friday for something new and yummy or click on Foodie Fridays anytime for a growing archive of recipes and links So without further ado here s the recipe I came up with this week for reduced fat Fettuccine Alfredo The traditional cream is replaced by fat free half and half plus a quick flour based roux to thicken it and the traditional amount of butter is cut in half and replaced by margarine Honestly you won t even taste the difference LOWER FAT FETTUCCINE ALFREDO Ingredients 16 ounces uncooked fettucine 1 3 cup margarine 3 Tbsp flour 1 1 2 cup fat free half and half 1 1 4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tsp ground pepper 1 tsp salt Chopped fresh parsley optional Preparation Cook fettuccine as directed on package Meanwhile in a large saucepan melt the margarine over low heat Gradually blend in the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until the margarine and flour begin to froth together The consistency should be thick This is called a white roux and it will thicken your sauce Add fat free half and half and whisk using a wire wisk until everything is incorporated Turn heat up to medium low and cook 3 minutes Add cheese and stir until melted The consistency should now be that of a thick sauce Add salt and pepper Continue to heat stirring occasionally over medium low heat while fettuccine finishes cooking When fettuccine is done cooking drain pasta while retaining 1 2 cup of cooking water Add drained pasta to the pot of Alfredo sauce and stir well to combine while sauce is still over medium low heat If consistency of pasta sauce is too thick gradually add the retained cooking water until you achieve the consistency you desire Remove from heat spoon

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