Winter Blogfest: DeeDee Lane

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Favorite Christmas Gift

For years I yearned for ice skates…not just any ice skates but I wanted the white ones, with white laces, figure skating ice skates. With lots of brothers around I had my choice of blank and brown hockey type ice skates. I dreamed of the white ones, laced together and slung over my shoulder as we ventured out over snow encrusted fields to a nearby pond. Sure I learned to skate using the hockey skates and had a blast on our winter time outings, but those hand me down skates were just not the same. I knew if I could have the white skates, I’d twirl and whirl like the Olympic figure skaters I loved to watch. Looking back I’m sure my parent’s reluctance to buy me ice skates was mostly to do with my growing feet. From one year to the next my feet were changing size rapidly. I would imagine buying new skates every winter was not in our family budget.

Until…
One Christmas morning, under the tree I found a heavy, square, box with my name on it. I knew immediately what it was and eagerly tore off the wrapping. After church and Christmas dinner we trooped out to the pond. In the Wisconsin cold and wind I felt nothing but anticipation for my first “real” skate. It was magical; my feet were so light they skimmed on the ice. I did discover these were a bit less sturdy then the hockey variety I was used to. I spent a good part of the first hour on my backside. Still it is a wonderful memory, of a gift I anticipated and then was even better in reality then in my imaginings.
May your holiday time bring you joy on ice and anywhere else you happen to land!


My Traveling Man – Alice Hanstrom prefers books to people, facts over feelings, and in her world, “adventure” is just a word in the dictionary. That is until the night she braves shadowed hallways of the Cowboy and Western Museum in pursuit of a long-lost diary. Her search of an antique covered wagon halts abruptly when the museum slips Alice back in time.
Thomas Bristol is an experienced wagon master. On a daily basis he deals with cholera, exhausted oxen, and river rapids on the treacherous journey to Oregon Territory. But he’s completely flummoxed when a mysterious woman appears in Big Blue River.
On the trail, Alice and Thomas strive to balance his love of roaming adventure and her desire for predictable orderliness. As the wagon train reaches Independence Rock, the sparks between them catch fire. But can such different people become equal partners in love…and can their love survive the slip in time?
My Traveling Man is the fourth installment in the Slip in Time Series

About the Author: DeeDee Lane is a Seattle author and a member of Romance Writers of America. Her mystery scenarios and characters turn up on boat cruises and many corporate and private events around Puget Sound. She and her husband love to go on road trips, especially if there’s time to check out a tinfoil rooster or the largest truck stop in the world. Originally from central Wisconsin, DeeDee was raised on a farm and surrounded with book shelves filled with Louis L’Amour tales and other stories of the West. DeeDee is author of the Slip in Time series including My Mountain Man, My Gambling Man, My Law Man, and My Traveling Man. Also check out an interactive blog DeeDee just started with a group of eight other Wild Rose Press authors: www.novelconcepts1.blogspot.com

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Winter Blogfest: DeeDee Lane

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Favorite Holiday Memory
By DeeDee Lane

One of my favorite holiday memories is actually a new tradition inspired by my friend Debbie, who grew up in England. Each year her mother made Cheese Straws which are essentially just like they sound a non -sweet shortbread type crust with lots of cheese in it and cut into three or four inch long and ½ inch wide straw like shapes. When Debbie moved to America her mother would send a tin of these savory treats across the miles. As these things happen, her mother advanced in years and the baking project became too intensive especially after she passed the 88 years old mark!

Since Debbie is not a baker she didn’t feel confident she could whip them up at least not to the standard expected. Debbie knows how much I love to bake and especially try new things so she asked me if I would be willing to make her Mom’s cheese straws.

To say I was reluctant was an understatement. Add up the facts, I’ve had something resembling cheese straws once in my life at my southern grandparents 50th wedding anniversary, I’ve never seen a recipe for them, and this is CHEESE STRAWS…cherished family memory. If you’ve ever made your husband’s favorite recipe from his mother you know what I mean. Sometimes what we love to eat and remember is simply not repeatable by someone else who doesn’t share those same memories.

However, in August 2012, I found out Debbie’s Mom was coming to Seattle for a visit and spotted my opportunity. If I could bake with her, learn the recipe from her, ask her how much to stir, roll out, and shred, I might be able to create a similar baked product and memory for my friend. So I spent a morning with Mrs. W. learning all about how to make cheese straws.

It is one of my fondest memories and has led to Debbie and I getting together each holiday season to make a tin of cheese straws. There was still a lot of refining to do. For example…self-rising flour. If I lived in Georgia this would not be a problem but…the northwest? So, for our first batch, I got on line and figured out how to make self-rising flour. The cheese was another stumbling block – we soon realized the English cheese they’d used was not comparable to cheddar cheese and we needed a sharper cheese with more bite.

Now the recipe I wrote down with Debbie’s Mom is filled with notes and scribbles. Each mark is a reminder of how to get the final product closer and closer to the cheese straws of Debbie’s memory. I’ve enjoyed the experimentation and even the year I cut them way too thick Debbie proclaimed them “just perfect!”

I’ve learned something important about how to re-create a food memory. Sometimes people don’t remember exactly how something tastes they just want to taste something delicious to remind them of a past holiday time or someone they love.

Phebe Brooks is single, cynical—okay bitter—and fighting to stay out of jail by doing community service at the Cowboy and Western Museum. While cleaning a jail cell in the “Lawmen of the West” exhibit, Phebe slips back in time and into the arms of a man who resembles her first love, Rafe Morrow.

Newly hired as Eagle Rock’s sheriff, Rafe, a former sharpshooter in the Union Army, came west to start anew. This seems possible until his town is overtaken by a sassy female constantly complaining about wearing a dress and then a band of outlaws set on robbing the gold from an incoming stagecoach.

Can Phebe and Rafe cooperate long enough to save the town? For Phebe, it’s worth the risk. She’s determined to let go of past mistakes, get herself on the right side of the law, and have a future filled with love and passion.

My Law Man is the third installment in the Slip in Time Series.

About the Author: DeeDee Lane is a Seattle author and a member of Romance Writers of America. Her mystery scenarios and characters turn up on boat cruises and many corporate and private events around Puget Sound. She and her husband love to go on road trips, especially if there’s time to check out a tinfoil rooster or the largest truck stop in the world. Originally from central Wisconsin, DeeDee was raised on a farm and surrounded with great stories of the West. DeeDee is author of the Slip in Time series including My Mountain Man, My Gambling Man and My Law Man. The final novella in the series, My Traveling Man will release in early 2017.

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Winter Blogfest: Las Vegas Christmas by DeeDe Lane

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Las Vegas Christmas by DeeDee Lane

A Christmas away from home and family is never easy so one year when my husband was working in Las Vegas over the holidays we decided to take our Christmas on the road. We left Seattle, took a road trip through snowy Oregon and meandered our way into Nevada. After three days on the road, we landed at the Residence Inn in central Las Vegas about two hundred yards from my husband’s work site for the next month and about 1500 (give or take) miles from our families in Wisconsin and Texas.

On Christmas Eve we decorated our hotel room with a fake plant size tree, multi-colored lights, and the beautifully decorated presents sent by my Mother-in-law. For appetizers, we had cashew crunch and Wisconsin cheese sent by my Mom. We dressed in our finest road trip apparel, a fluffy skirt for me and jeans and a suit jacket for my husband, then set out for a casual dinner at Wynn Casino and Resort. After dinner we took in the show Le Reve, The Dream an acrobatics, water extravaganza show. It was a lovely night and far different from anything either of us had ever experienced on Christmas Eve.

The next morning we were both a bit lonely. So we lit a fake log in the hotel room fireplace, put on some John Denver Christmas carols and reminded ourselves we were lucky to be together, lucky to have this chance for work, and lucky we had families to call and wish a very Merry Christmas. For our Christmas dinner we set out to a friend’s home, who lived just outside of Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada. He and his wife were hosting an “orphans” holiday dinner for people like us who were away from family. There we enjoyed turkey, stuffing, German potato salad (my husband’s favorite) and our friend’s specialty – a German red cabbage dish that I will truly never forget it was so delish.

The conversation sparkled with topics ranging from recycling in Las Vegas to costume breakdowns in the Zumanity Cirque du Soleil show. Zumanity describes itself as a “highly eroticized, cabaret-style show that spotlights sensual imagery and stunning aerialists,” so that part of the conversation was not G rated but made for a lot of laughter at our table of orphans. We both hugged our host and hostess goodbye and realized in that moment we had celebrated our Las Vegas Christmas with family. So our Christmas in Vegas had family, counting our blessings, love, good food, and laughter.

Happy Holidays wherever you are and in whatever way you celebrate.

perf5.000x8.000.inddSlip in Time Series
Addy Spencer, Assistant Curator at the Cowboy and Western Museum, is putting the finishing touches on a mountain man exhibit when she slips back in time and into the heart of the rugged West. Big Jake’s sizzling green eyes and gorgeous physique are a dream come true, just what Addy has always wanted.

When Big Jake saves Addy from a randy group of trappers set to rendezvous at the Snake River, their love seems possible. But can Addy open her heart to this mountain man knowing that at any moment she could be whisked back to her own time? One thing’s for sure, Addy can’t resist her mounting desire as she uncovers more cowboy delights than she ever imagined.

MY GAMBLING MAN – 2nd installment of the Slip in Time Series releases December 16, 2015

About the Author:DeeDee Lane is a Seattle author and a member of Romance Writers of America. Her mystery scenarios and characters turn up on boat cruises and many corporate and private events around Puget Sound. She and her husband love to go on road trips, especially if there’s time to check out a tinfoil rooster or the largest truck stop in the world. Originally from central Wisconsin, DeeDee was raised on a farm and surrounded with great stories of the West.

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