Sunday 4 February 2024

A Recipe and Read for Valentine's Day by Time Travel Romance Author Stella May...

If you love time travel romances, as well as dunking cookies in your coffee or tea, I've got a treat for you today. I've asked my good friend (and fellow time travel writer) Stella May to join me in my virtual kitchen, and whip up something special for the upcoming Valentine's Day. Whether you share these tasty morsels with your loved one, or savor them for yourself, love is truly in the air, and in your stomach. Wink. Please welcome, Stella, while I put on a pot of coffee and preheat the oven...

This is my hubby’s favorite cookie. I must admit it is mine, too. I hope you like them as well. My recipe makes 10 - 12 medium cookies or 7 - 8 large ones. 

Almond Cookies

4 egg whites, right out of the refrigerator*
⅓ cup organic sugar, or ½ cup for a sweeter taste
1 tsp. almond extract
1 cup almond flour (I use super-fine blanched)
Almonds, slivered or whole 

Pre-heat oven to 250° F. 

Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper. 

Pour egg whites into a glass bowl. Set your mixer on high speed. Whip until whites are very firm. 

Gradually add sugar, almond extract, and flour. Drop dough onto cookie sheet using a tablespoon or a scooper. Add an almond on top of each cookie, then set pan into oven. 

Bake for 20-25 min, then turn off the oven, but leave cookies inside for another 40-45 min. 

Remove and enjoy. 

*Store the yolks in the fridge to scramble for breakfast the next morning.

Here is a peek at Stella’s time travel romance novel for your reading pleasure. 

One key unlocks the love of a lifetime…but could also break her heart. 

Nika Morris’s sixth sense has helped build a successful business, lovingly restoring and reselling historic homes on Florida’s Amelia Island. But there’s one forlorn, neglected relic that’s pulled at her from the moment she saw it. The century-old Coleman house.  

Quite unexpectedly, the house is handed to her on a silver platter—along with a mysterious letter, postmarked 1909, yet addressed personally to Nika. Its cryptic message: Find the key. You know where it is. Hurry, for goodness sake! 

The message triggers an irresistible drive to find that key. When she does, one twist in an old grandfather clock throws her back in time, straight into the arms of deliciously, devilishly handsome Elijah Coleman. 

Swept up in a journey of a lifetime, Nika finds herself falling in love with Eli—and with the family and friends that inhabit a time not even her vivid imagination could have conjured. But in one desperate moment of homesickness, she makes a decision that will not only alter the course of more than one life, but break her heart. 

’Til Time Do Us Part is available in Kindle and Paperback at AMAZON

Talented author Stella May is the penname for Marina Sardarova who has a fascinating history you should read on her website

Stella writes fantasy romance as well as time travel romance. She is the author of 'Till Time Do Us Part, Book 1 in her Upon a Time series, and the stand-alone book Rhapsody in Dreams. Love and family are two cornerstones of her stories and life. Stella’s books are available in e-book and paperback through all major vendors.

When not writing, Stella enjoys classical music, reading, and long walks along the ocean. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband Leo of 35 years and their son George. They are her two best friends and are all partners in their family business.

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  1. Welcome to my virtual kitchen, Marina/Stella! So glad you can join me for the season of LOVE. Now, you get baking those cookies, and I'll put on a pot of coffee. Wink. All the best, my friend!

  2. Thank you for inviting me to your virtual kitchen, Sharon, you brave soul. And thanks for the coffee :)

    1. LOL! You're very welcome, Marina! Though I'm the one who thinks you're the brave soul. Wink. Cheers and Happy Valentine's Day, my dear friend!