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After a particularly wet and cool spring, it looks like it’s going to be Hot in Europe this year – the weather report from the official sites are announcing a hotter and muggier than usual summer, so everyone is gearing up to beat the heat.
There are few air conditioners here, but most people have fans. We have three in our apartment, one in each bedroom and one in the living room, and when it gets really hot we hang a wet sheet in front of it to cool the air by evaporation. Does anyone else do that? Since there are few bugs, windows stay wide open to catch the breeze, but when the sun hits, the shutters close. So what to wear? This year Indian cotton is in, as are Indian type skirts, sandals and loose, flowing dresses. Shirts and dresses sparkle with sequins and beads, and even make-up is shiny this year. My newest eye-liner has gold-sparklys in it. Very chic. Ethnic is in. Preppy is out. The brighter the colors, the better the look. Flower prints are everywhere in Paris. And in the shops, Brazilian style bikinis have started to make their appearance. The bottoms are skimpy, without being strings, and the tops are colorful triangles often beaded or sequined. Hot styles on the beach include the mis-matched bikinis – a solid bottom with a bright print top. Toss your beige, white, and navy blue clothes and go for orange or purple (the season’s hottest colors) lime green, fuschia and buttercup yellow. Forget drab…this summer’s coolest look is Brilliant! And to welcome summer officially, I’m going to make watermelon salad – my favorite cool, sweet salad !
•1/4 cup balsamic vinegar – reduced
•6 cups diced seedless watermelon
•4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
•1/4 cup mint leaves
•2 tablespoons olive oil
To make the balsamic reduction, put balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil until thick and reduced, about 4-5 minutes.
•In a large bowl, combine watermelon, goat cheese, mint leaves and olive oil.
•Serve immediately, drizzled with balsamic reduction.
Twins Carl and Meagan Cadet are the youngest herders in the Federation. Their parents and younger sister were abducted by the enigmatic Raiders, and now they are alone with their horses. Aware of the dangers, they continue to herd the horses that somehow open passages between planets.
They are on Tauii 3 when Luke Jeffries arrives on the scene with his herd. Luke and Meagan are pulled together as they come to grips with their losses. When raiders capture Meagan and Luke, they become prisoners working in mines on an isolated asteroid. Escape seems impossible, but they encourage each other to keep up the hope even as they begin to fall in love.
But before they can escape, they must somehow unlock the mystery of the horse passages.
About the Author:Jennifer Macaire lives in France with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating French chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.
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