Key Lime Pie By N. N. Light
Nothing says summer like an ice-cold piece of Key Lime Pie. It’s perfect for picnics, get-togethers or a treat on a lazy Sunday afternoon. So here’s the recipe I pinched from Epicurious. Enjoy!
1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 300 ml can sweetened condensed milk
3 large egg yolks
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh key lime juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter in a bowl with a fork until well combined. Press mixture evenly onto bottom and up sides of a 9 inch pie plate.
Bake crust in the middle of the oven for ten minutes and cool in pie plate on a rack. Leave oven on.
Make filling and bake pie:
Whisk together condensed milk and egg yolks in a bowl until well combined and frothy. Add juice and whisk. The mixture will thicken.
Pour filling into baked pie crust and bake in middle rack of oven for 15 minutes. Cool pie on rack (filling will set as it cools). Chill in refrigerator at least eight hours but I recommend 24 hours.
Top with whipped cream and serve.
Title: Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella
Author: N. N. Light
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, New Adult Romance
City or Country… only Sally’s heart knows what’s right and true.
The day her grandfather died, Sally’s life changed forever.
Twenty-Two-year-old Sally Rayton returns to the family farm she deserted four years ago to bury her grandfather. Her plan: to settle her grandfather’s estate and return to her life in the city with her boyfriend, Trevor Mattson.
Her childhood friend, Jack Smith, has other ideas.
Jack convinces Sally to transform the farm into a brewery and fulfill her grandfather’s dream while keeping the Rayton Farm in the family. Sally works side-by-side with Jack while Trevor is hundreds of miles away in the city. The more time she spends with Jack, the stronger her feelings are for him. Sally’s torn between her new feelings for her best friend, Jack and her boyfriend, Trevor.
When Trevor shows up to propose to Sally right before Christmas and finds her in Jack’s embrace, she’s unsure which man she loves. Will it be her best friend and farmer, Jack, or will it be rich, successful Trevor? City or Country… only Sally’s heart knows what’s right and true.
Sally's arms were full of packages and bags as she walked up the stairs to unlock the door. She and Linda spent the rest of the day shopping. Sally smiled. She had a great time and was happy for the distraction from the farm. She dropped the bags at the front door and reached for her keys. Leaning against the door was a large package. She bent down to read the label.
"To Sally Rayton from Trevor Mattson." She smiled to herself. "I wonder what Trevor sent me," she wondered aloud.
She opened the door and brought everything inside. The box from Trevor was heavy and before she did anything else, she hauled it onto the kitchen table. She opened the box to find an envelope saying, "Open me first", in Trevor's handwriting. She pulled out the card and read aloud.
"You've always been an angel,
I've known it from the start.
You've always been my princess,
You hold my soul and heart.
Our love shines as bright as the stars.
Her heart swelled with love as her eyes blurred with tears. She ran her hands across the hand-written poem.
"I love you, Trevor."
She wiped the tears away while discarding the bubble wrap. She gasped. Inside were over twenty of her books from their apartment. She picked up the burgundy leather-bound edition of Alice in Wonderland and hugged it. Trevor gave it to her for her last birthday.
Books were her most prized possessions and Trevor knew that she probably needed her books right now.
"How does he know what I need?" She mused.
She took each book out, stacking them on the table. Twenty of her favorites in all. She looked around, trying to find the best spot in the living room to display them. The bookshelves were crammed with old books so the only available space was on the coffee table. Happily she stacked them in four neat piles. She sat down on the sofa to admire them.
A lightness filled her chest. A blinking light caught her eye. Missed calls. She went over to see the number two blinking on the answering machine. She pressed the playback button on the way back to the sofa.
"Sally, it's Jack. I'm going out of town for a couple of days. My brother invited me for his annual poker game. You'll... uh... be fine and if an emergency comes up, you know how to contact me."
Sally paled. Jack gone? What if something happened? She shook her head. Nothing's going to happen. Everything is running smoothly. She wrung her hands together; her body tightened like a coil.
"Hello sweetheart, it's Trevor..."
She exhaled, leaned back and smiled. Her body relaxed, releasing the tension.
"... I was hoping to catch you before you left for your afternoon with Linda. I've been thinking about you all day. Call me as soon as you get home. I love you."
She put her feet up and reached for the phone. She dialed.
"Is this the sweetest, most considerate man on the planet?"
"Well, I guess you got my surprise." He paused then whispered, "Did you like my poem?"
She curled her index finger through the phone cord. She grinned and kicked off her shoes.
"I did." She curled up on the sofa, tucking her feet underneath the sofa cushion. "I never knew you wrote poetry."
"What can I say? You bring out those feelings in me."
"Oh Trevor, I'm..." she trailed off. Her heart raced and she gripped the phone with both hands.
"No, don't say it. Please." He pleaded.
"I'm the luckiest woman alive. You seem connected to me, somehow." She spoke quickly before she lost her nerve. "Wait, what did you just say?"
"I..." he started. "Nothing. Forget what I just said." His voice dropped to a whisper. "Tell me again."
Sally stared up at the ceiling. Did he think she was going to break up with him?
"I love you, Trevor Mattson," she replied. "I don't know what I would do without you."
"This long-distance thing is hard on us but I hope you know I love you."
"I never knew how hard it would be, to be apart from you." She closed her eyes. "I'd give anything to have you here with me right now."
"You say the word and I'll drop out of school, come live with you on the farm."
She shook her head.
"No. You only have one more semester to go. It would be selfish to ask you to give up your life for me."
"I feel so helpless, here. I want to help you, Sally. But I don't know how."
Sally's eyes fluttered open. Someone was knocking on the door.
"Hold on Trevor, someone's at the door."
She set the phone down and went to go answer the door.
Her mouth dropped open. Standing there was Trevor, holding his cell phone to his ear, with a twinkle in his eyes.
Sally jumped into his arms with a squeal. She hugged him as tight as she could. Trevor inhaled deeply. He kissed her with such passion, her toes curled.
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Author Bio: N. N. Light is the award-winning husband-wife writing team,
They’re blissfully happy and love all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.
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Thank you for sharing N. N Light! Always a pleasure to have you drop by. And I LOVE key lime pie!