In The Spotlight~Fran Thomas~ The Lady is a Mayor ~#cleanromance #keylimepie

Hi everyone! Today’s spotlight shines on Fran Thomas. She is here telling us how she celebrates Thanksgiving In Florida and sharing her favorite and unusual pie recipe. Hello Fran!

For the past couple years, my husband and I have eaten Thanksgiving dinner at our local Moose Lodge. They don’t charge for dinner, but we always donate a turkey ahead of time. The Women of the Moose do a fantastic job, and I really am grateful that I don’t have to cook a multiple course extravaganza for just the two of us.

Here in Florida, the pie of choice tends to be key lime, even for holidays. I found this non-traditional recipe years ago in a newspaper and have modified it a bit since then. Purists will probably turn up their noses at it, but we like it. We use key limes from the tree in our backyard.

Key Lime Pie

Prepared 9 inch graham cracker crust

1 envelope (4 servings) instant, sugar-free lemon pudding mix

1 cup skim milk

1/3 cup fresh key lime juice

½ cup low-fat lemon or key lime yogurt

1 cup fat-free non-dairy whipped topping (i.e., Cool Whip)

Combine pudding mix, milk, juice, and yogurt until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping. Pour into the crust.

Refrigerate until set. This will take a minimum of 2 hours, but overnight is better.

Makes 8 servings.

Title    The Lady Is a Mayor

First book in Calusa Town Tales series

Author    Fran Thomas

Publisher release date  2016

Pages    174

Genre    clean romance

heat        mild

Economy versus ecology

When the mayor of Calusa takes off in the middle of the night after emptying the bank account, Geneva Porter is left with the job of keeping the small, Florida town afloat. All she has to do is convince its quirky citizens to play nice. And keep her distance from the swoon-worthy hotel mogul. Northern property developer.

Seth Connor thinks he’s found the perfect town for his new hotel. The gorgeous lady mayor is an added bonus. Half of the citizens are thrilled by his project, but the other half is determined the hotel isn’t going to happen. He is not about to take no for an answer from the town or from Geneva.

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Meet Fran

Fran Thomas was born in Pittsburgh. She never intended to live in Florida, but Fate had other plans for her. She resides with her husband on an island in the Gulf of Mexico and spends her time observing its opinionated denizens and their antics.

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Book 2 in the series

Southern Hospitality

Book 3 in the series

 Island Dream

What kind of pie is on your Thanksgiving table (or just your favorite)? Here is pumpkin. This year though I made a pull apart pie.

5 responses to “In The Spotlight~Fran Thomas~ The Lady is a Mayor ~#cleanromance #keylimepie”

  1. Cathy, you’ll have tell me what a pull apart pie is. Mine would be pumpkin. Fran, don’t you love when fate steps into our lives with its own plan? Enjoy your warm weather. I love the blurb for your book.

  2. As a Florida Cracker, I have included Florida in each of my books and so much enjoy reading it in others’ books as well. Kudos on including it in your delicious sounding story and your very interesting information about Thanksgiving. We did have a key lime pie on our Thanksgiving table, and also pumpkin, peanut butter, and chocolate. I really need pumpkin this time of year, and I think I am the only person among our current family members who has to also have English peas. Best wishes and thanks, Cathy, for the fab post.

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