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  • Foodie Fridays: New Year’s Resolution Mashed Potatoes | KristinHarmel.com
    still very creamy Here s the result Now I m challenging myself to come up with a healthy but still delicious version of low fat macaroni and cheese Stand by for that For now here are my New Year s Resolution Mashed Potatoes New Year s Resolution Mashed Potatoes ratingval from reviews reviews Print Recipe Type Side dish Author Kristin Harmel Prep time 15 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 45 mins Serves 6 A creamy low fat version of the beloved side dish Ingredients 2 lbs small red potatoes scrubbed and halved Water for boiling 1 2 cup fat free half and half 8 ounces fat free sour cream Plenty of salt and pepper to taste Instructions Boil potatoes in water for 30 minutes until they re very soft and can be mashed easily with a fork Drain potatoes and transfer to a large mixing bowl Using an electric mixer beat the potatoes until they re smooth They ll still be somewhat chunky especially if you ve left the skins on as I do This is perfect and gives the dish a rustic edge Slowly beat in the half and half followed by the sour cream Stir several times with wooden spoon just to ensure ingredients are incorporated evenly Season liberally with salt and pepper If potatoes are too dry add more fat free half and half one Tablespoon at a time until they reach the desired consistency Notes To make roasted garlic mashed potatoes preheat oven to 350 degrees Before you begin boiling the water for the potatoes peel 20 garlic cloves or use pre peeled cloves which can be found in the produce section of the supermarket toss with 1 tsp of olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper and wrap tightly in foil

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  • Style Thursdays: Work to Date Night | KristinHarmel.com
    Clips about Kristin Author About Kristin Harmel FAQ Home What I Want Wednesdays The iPad Mini Foodie Fridays New Year s Resolution Mashed Potatoes Style Thursdays Work to Date Night Posted on January 3 2013 by Kristin Harmel For Christmas my boyfriend s wonderful parents got me this lovely dress from Alfani Petites It s sleek black and knee length and is completely work appropriate but paired with some black pumps and a statement necklace such as this one from Anne Klein which incidentally I also got for Christmas it s also perfect for a night out So here s what I ll be wearing this month for a perfect meeting to cocktails look Now if only I could get my legs to look like this model s Back on the elliptical This entry was posted in Style Thursdays and tagged Lucky Bookmark the permalink What I Want Wednesdays The iPad Mini Foodie Fridays New Year s Resolution Mashed Potatoes 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

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  • Style Thursdays | KristinHarmel.com
    paired with some black pumps and a statement necklace such as this one from Anne Klein Continue reading Tags Categories Style Thursdays Tagged Lucky Comments Off Style Thursdays Team Spirit Posted on Dec 27 2012 by Kristin Harmel With my alma mater The University of Florida currently ranked in top 10 in NCAA basketball and in the top 3 in the BCS poll college football I m feeling a surge of Gator pride I love to wear my team Continue reading Tags Categories Style Thursdays Tagged Lucky Comments Off Style Thursdays Holiday Visits Posted on Dec 20 2012 by Kristin Harmel I live in Orlando so during the holidays and the summer too relatives and old friends tend to descend on my city I suspect it s the siren call of the theme parks especially now that the new Fantasyland has opened Continue reading Tags Categories General Style Thursdays Tagged Lucky Comments Off Style Thursdays The Writing Life Posted on Dec 13 2012 by Kristin Harmel As a novelist I work from home most days when I m not traveling for book signings or research When I meet people and they realize that my office is literally in my kitchen

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  • What I Want Wednesdays: The iPad Mini | KristinHarmel.com
    Kristin Author About Kristin Harmel FAQ Home Travel Tuesdays Ten Places for 2013 Style Thursdays Work to Date Night What I Want Wednesdays The iPad Mini Posted on January 2 2013 by Kristin Harmel I currently have an iPad but I admit I m lusting after the iPad mini Not only would it fit much more easily into a shoulder bag but it would be more convenient to read novels on and I use my iPad for its Kindle app more than anything else So why not just buy a Kindle or Nook I love the fact that the iPad gives me the world at my fingertips and for me being able to write on the device using a Bluetooth keyboard is just as important as being able to read Oh yes and catching up on my favorite TV shows Priceless This entry was posted in General Bookmark the permalink Travel Tuesdays Ten Places for 2013 Style Thursdays Work to Date Night 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

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  • Kristin Harmel | KristinHarmel.com | Page 3
    Thursdays The Writing Life Posted on Dec 13 2012 by Kristin Harmel As a novelist I work from home most days when I m not traveling for book signings or research When I meet people and they realize that my office is literally in my kitchen I know they often visualize afternoons spent Continue reading Tags Categories General Style Thursdays Tagged Lucky Comments Off What I Want Wednesdays Holiday Shopping Edition Posted on Dec 12 2012 by Kristin Harmel In the last two weeks I think I ve logged more time at the mall than I have in the entire last quarter combined As I shop for my friends family and boyfriend I can t help but ogle the things I d Continue reading Tags Categories What I Want Wednesdays Tagged Lucky Style Comments Off Book trailer for the Italian version of my book Posted on Jul 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 Continue reading Tags Categories Books General Stuff I like Comments Off What I m Loving Right Now Posted on Jul 23 2012 by Kristin Harmel You know me Terrible at keeping up with a blog schedule One of my problems is that on Mondays in particular I like to simply dive in with writing first thing in the morning and that doesn t leave me with Continue reading Tags Categories General Stuff I like Comments Off Foodie Fridays Tilapia Ceviche Posted on Jul 20 2012 by Kristin Harmel Sometimes I m craving something so strongly that I manage to override the little voice in my head

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  • Travel Tuesdays: Ten Places for 2013 | KristinHarmel.com
    bloom the markets are overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables and the city begins to come out from its winter hibernation While you re in Europe head over to Marseille France and Košice Slovakia Both have been named European Capitals of Culture for 2013 That means the European Union has designated them spots to go for a full year long slate of exhibits shows and other cultural exhibitions Both cities will be putting their best foot forward Another 2013 hot spot in Europe will be Amsterdam This year will see ten amazing milestones in Amsterdam history including the 400th anniversary of Amsterdam s canal ring the 125th anniversary of the famed Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the 40th anniversary of the Van Gogh Museum It ll be a year full of celebrations in this beautiful city Closer to home try The Dominican Republic It s still inexpensive but tourism is on the uptick so 2013 will be a great year for value in this island nation before things start getting pricey But if you re seeking a less tropical trip try Alaska This is a great year to visit our northernmost state in the winter Why the coldest time of year Because that s when the northern lights aurora borealis show themselves from now until March And according to NASA 2013 is supposed to be one of the best years for the northern lights in the last half century If you re ever dreams of seeing this beautiful phenomenon now s the time to go If braving the cold isn t your idea of a holiday try Orlando One of the country s tourism capitals it will also be a great place to visit in 2013 Walt Disney World has constructed a whole new Fantasyland which is huge news for Disneyphiles

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  • Writing Mondays: Writing a One-Page Synopsis | KristinHarmel.com
    other identifying characteristics A beginning Where is your main character as your story opens A twist that kicks off the action What happens to set your character s life spinning in a different direction An idea of what your character will learn In women s fiction and young adult fiction particularly your main character should grow throughout the course of the novel Considering this now helps you to shape the plot around lessons learned and personal growth Complicating factors What are some of the obstacles that stand in your main character s way A general idea of the resolution This doesn t mean you need to know exactly how it ends yet You ll figure that out later in the outlining stage But you need to know the basic trajectory of your story at this point So using the numbered points above to show you exactly how each piece comes into play a short synopsis for a book idea might look something like this and please excuse the lack of perfection here I m doing this off the cuff with an idea I m just thinking up now so that it mirrors the kind of rough work you d be doing on your own first draft 1 Alison Walker 35 is an oncologist at a Boston area hospital 2 Her life seems perfectly scripted and well thought out She has the perfect job the perfect townhouse the perfect professional life Her personal life might be a little lacking but she figures she has time for that later Now she has proverbial mountains to climb and boxes to check off 3 Then the headaches begin Actually they ve been happening for a while but Alison has attributed them to being overtired overworked overstressed When she finally sees a colleague for an examination at the colleague s insistence after he sees her nearly collapse from what she writes off as a migraine she finds out that she has a rare form of brain cancer one that is widely considered inoperable 4 Now Alison who has always assumed that she could live her real life after she got her professional goals out of the way realizes that she may be running out of time She must learn to let go of the markers of success that she always held so dear and instead focus on the things she s always put on the back burner family friends and even love But once those doors are opened Alison begins to realize how little she s been living up to this point and how dearly she wishes to have more time in this newfound life 5 Her colleagues tell her there s no cure but she meets a Hawaiian oncologist at a medical conference who tells her that he s pioneering an experimental surgery that might just save her Now she must choose between quietly slipping away in Boston where she s begun to build a real life or taking the risk of a lifetime

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  • Writing Mondays | KristinHarmel.com
    with a Movie Star Books Foreign Editions Interviews Press Television Appearances Clips about Kristin Author About Kristin Harmel FAQ Home Category Archives Writing Mondays Writing Mondays Writing a One Page Synopsis Posted on Dec 31 2012 by Kristin Harmel This is part of an ongoing series about how to write a novel Step 2 Turning your idea into a synopsis Last time on my blog s Writing Mondays thread we talked about formulating an idea for a novel Today we ll Continue reading Tags Categories General Writing Mondays Comments Off Writing Mondays Formulating an Idea Posted on Dec 17 2012 by Kristin Harmel When I meet readers at book signings and during book club chats one of the questions I get most often is How do you actually go about writing a book So I figured I d begin sharing some basic tips on Continue reading Tags Categories General Writing Mondays Comments Off 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

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