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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Things Rudolph never told you...

Seven Things Rudolph Never Told You
by Teri Wilson, Author of Sleigh Bell Sweethearts



Tis the season for Christmas trees, carols, Nativity scenes, sleigh rides...and reindeer. Sleigh Bell Sweethearts, the Christmas book in my Alaska series for Love Inspired, tells the story of Zoey Hathaway, a charter pilot who unexpectedly inherits a reindeer farm. And the reindeer come with an even bigger surprise -- their brooding ranch hand, Alec Wynn.

Just in case you find yourself in Zoey's predicament, here are seven surprising facts about reindeer...

1. Both male and female reindeer grow antlers.

2. Reindeer legs make a unique clicking sound when they walk, so they can find one another in a blizzard.

3. Reindeer noses have the ability to warm the air before it gets to their lungs.

4. Reindeer can run up to 48 miles per hour. Whether or not they can fly is debatable.

5. Male reindeer shed their antlers at the end of mating season in early December, which means that Santa's sleigh is run by girl power!

6. Reindeer are the only mammals whose eyes appear to change color. In the winter, their eyes appear blue, but in the summer, when reindeer experience almost constant sunlight, their eyes are gold.

7. Reindeer feet are the widest of any deer feet. The special width of their hooves act as snowshoes for walking in Arctic snow.

On top of all that, they are adorable!




Owning her own plane is all charter pilot Zoey Hathaway's ever dreamed of. So when she inherits a struggling reindeer farm, with three dozen unruly reindeer and one dangerously attractive ranch hand, Zoey's well-crafted plans seem to fly out the window. Now she must put her trust in Alec Wynn, and hope that the troubled cowboy's past won't interfere with her plans to save the farm. Zoey knows that if she wants to succeed, she can't do everything on her own. But as she accepts Alec's help, she'll soon realize it's not just her farm that's at stake—but her heart.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Favorite Christmas Movies

Hi everyone! Christine Johnson here. This time of year I love sitting down with my all-time favorite Christmas movies. Like old friends, they warm my heart and bring a smile to my lips. I'm partial to the classics: It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street (the one with Maureen O'Hara), and A Christmas Story, but I enjoy the television movies too.

film reel


I've written books set in the early 1920s, when movies were still silent, though talkies loomed on the horizon. That got me to thinking. What was the first Christmas movie? Turns out there were several Christmas shorts produced in 1897. Wow! 1897.

Do you have a favorite movie version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol? It turns out that goes way back too, with the first movie version, Scrooge (or Marley's Ghost) produced in the UK in 1901. Here's the partially restored short:




Interesting without sound, isn't it?

Let's hear about your favorite Christmas movies. Do you love the classics or are you partial to a newer movie?

carolers


Christine Johnson
Suitor by Design (LIH, Oct. 2014)
Love by Design (LIH, May 2015)
Love's Rescue - Revell, June 2015
http://christineelizabethjohnson.com
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Twitter @ChristineJWrite

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Loving the Blessings and Joys In Life!

Merry  CHRISTMAS! Debra Clopton here feeling blessed beyond measure and praying the same for you.

I'm loving this season! We went and bought our tree at the local Christmas tree farm which is right down the road from our place and had a wonderful time with the family. Then my oldest granddaughter came home with me and we started decorating the tree. What fun and what cherished memories!


My granddaughters were old enough to really enjoy it this year. I thought I'd share a picture of each of them with you of the day. 
My plan this year is to spend more time enjoying the joys and blessings of my life, to romp and run more with these sweet girls! I'm praying each and every one of you find joy in your days too and not let your blessings slip away with the business of life! May we each and everyone celebrate Christ birth this year and the Joy and Peace that only He can give.
 
I've written  a lot this year and I'm excited about what is coming in 2015 with my books and I'm hoping that something I've written brings you joy and makes you smile!
 
As I've been promising 2015 will have 4 new Mule Hollow Stories that are connected to the book that came out this year HER MULE HOLLOW COWBOY they'll be RAFE, CHASE, TY AND DALTON named after each cowboy hero of the book. I hope you'll sign up for my newsletter here so you'll be able to know when the books are available http://debraclopton.com/contest
 
But coming Febuary 17 and ready for preorder now is my 1st book in my Four of Hearts Ranch series from Harper Collins Christian BETTING ON HOPE
Description:
A bet gone wrong. A small town’s meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.
Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it’s beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie’s bosses know this is the opportunity she's been looking for to launch her career—and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.
Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he’d like, but he knows it's the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru’s fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do—for her own good.
In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires.

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 ~~~MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MY HEART  TO YOURS!~~~
  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Craftie Ladies - Love Inspired Suspense December 2014 Releases




Listed below are the upcoming releases from our talented Love Inspired Suspense writers here at Craftie Ladies of Romance.  To purchase any of these wonderful books, just click on the book covers.  And to learn more about the authors, click on their names.


The Yuletide Rescue
By Margaret Daley

MISTLETOE AND MURDER 

When Dr. Bree Mathison's plane plummets into the Alaskan wilderness at Christmastime, she is torn between grief and panic. With the pilot—her dear friend—dead and wolves circling, she struggles to survive. Search and Rescue leader David Stone fights his way through the elements to save her. David suspects the plane crash might not have been an accident, spurring Bree's sense that she's being watched. But why is someone after her? Suddenly Bree finds herself caught in the middle of a whirlwind of secrets during the holiday season. With everyone she cares about most in peril, Bree and her promised protector must battle the Alaskan tundra and vengeful criminals to make it to the New Year. 
Alaskan Search and Rescue: Risking their lives to save the day

Saturday, December 13, 2014

FEATURED BOOK AND INTERVIEW: Yuletide Baby by De Kastner





A Christmas Surprise  
Shawn O'Riley is shocked to find a baby girl abandoned at his church on Christmas Eve. He's a pastor and a cowboy—not a daddy! Haunted by family tragedy, he's not sure he can risk his heart to baby Noelle—or to anyone else. But he needs help. Experienced foster mom Heather Lewis was anticipating a quiet holiday. When Shawn pops up at her door, she's happy to show him the ropes of baby care—but isn't prepared for the way he melts the walls around her heart. Can Shawn and Heather give each other the best Christmas gift of all—family and love?  
 Cowboy Country: Surprise babies lead to unexpected love in Texas
Interview:


1. Pastor Shawn O’Riley, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
There was a time in the not-so-distant past when I wouldn’t have known how to answer that question. I’m a cowboy and a pastor—but now I’ve suddenly been thrust into the role of foster daddy, and let me tell you, that’s no easy feat. So, yeah, the most interesting thing about me is the baby that was left at my church on Christmas Eve. Her name is Noelle and she’s the cutest little thing—when she’s not crying.

2.  What do you do for fun? I raise pigs on my farm for extra income. I enjoy spending time in the outdoors. I think Noelle does, too. I just strap her into a front pack and she comes along with me when I do my chores.

3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it?
If I’m being honest, I’m not in a big hurry to see Noelle adopted. I know her best-case scenario is going to be in a loving, Christian home with both a mother and a father, but giving her away is going to break my heart.

4.  What are you afraid of most in life? That I’m going to let someone down, not be there when I need to be. <> Sometimes that’s a matter of life or death.

5.  What do you want out of life? Well, up until Noelle came into my life, I was pretty comfortable being a single man working as a pastor and a cowboy. Now? I’ve started thinking more and more about what it would be like to have a family someday, even if the very thought terrifies me. I’ve been spending a lot of time with local foster mom Heather Lewis and her three children. She’s not only assisted me with Noelle, but opened my eyes to the joys of family life.

6.  What is the most important thing to you? After God? It’s not a what, it’s a who. Baby Noelle. And if I can help Heather with some of her problems, all the better, since she’s been such a good friend to me.

7.  Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book? Theology. Philosophy.  Church history. The lives of the saints. I know. Boring, right? But I think we can learn a lot from the past, and maybe not make the same mistakes again. <> Wow. Now I sound like a preacher.

8.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? <> I would be more cognizant of my surroundings. I tend to be so much in my head that I miss what’s going on around me.

9.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet? I’ve got a whole barn full of animals, everything from pigs to horses to chickens. Would you like a kitten? They’re cute little gray tabbies and they’ll grow up to be great mousers.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why? <> Give me a second. This one is tough. I would go back to the moments just before my brother David died. I would do everything differently. If I had, he’d be with me now. But you can’t change the past, can you?
  
BIO

~~Love Courageously~~
Award-winning author Deb Kastner’s contemporary western romances contain sigh-worthy heroes and strong heroines facing obstacles that draw them closer to each other and the Lord. She lives on Colorado’s beautiful Front Range with her husband and a pack of miscreant mutts.  She has three grown daughters and two wonderful grandchildren.  Spoiling the grandkids is her favorite hobby, but she also enjoys movies, music, reading and musical theater.


Book for Giveaway: (please limit to US only)

YULETIDE BABY

A Christmas Surprise

Shawn O’Riley is shocked to find a baby girl abandoned at his church on Christmas Eve. He’s a pastor and a cowboy—not a daddy! Haunted by family tragedy, he’s not sure he can risk his heart to baby Noelle—or to anyone else. But he needs help.

Experienced foster mom Heather Lewis was anticipating a quiet holiday. When Shawn pops up at her door, she’s happy to show him the ropes of baby care—but isn’t prepared for the way he melts the walls around her heart.

Can Shawn and Heather give each other the best Christmas gift of all—family and love?

COWBOY COUNTRY: Surprise babies lead to unexpected love in Texas



Friday, December 12, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree, Er, Oh Christmas Books



Above is a picture of a Christmas tree.  Granted, it's a bit funny looking. And, what do we see?  Names!  Names of Love Inspired authors.

What does this mean?

Well, next Friday, there will be photos of real trees, straight from these authors homes (and maybe one from a front yard - how cool is that!)

By each tree will be a clue.

Below all the trees will be a list of LI author names.  

You will get the chance to read the clue, look at the tree, and try to match the tree to the author it belongs to.

Whoever gets the most right by ten Mountain Time (if there's a tie, we'll do a drawing), will get a book from each participating author.

If you have questions, feel free to comment.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Book Club Fun!

Debby Giusti here!

My local book club met last night. We've been together for ten years and always enjoy our monthly meetings. We each brought a wrapped book for a "Chinese book exchange." Each person can choose from the pile or "steal" one of the books already selected, which adds to the fun.

 
The hostess then picks a story for our January discussion from the exchanged books, and everyone goes home with a new read for the New Year. 




To add to the festivities, our hostess, Rita, dubbed the evening "Tacky Christmas Sweater Night" and asked everyone to wear the oldest, silliest, tackiest Christmas sweater they could find. Don't we all look cute in our holiday finery!




Our December book was MY MOTHER'S SECRET, by J. L. Witterick. The poignant Holocaust story was set in Poland, and Rita fixed a delicious Polish dinner complete with stuffed cabbage in honor of the story. 




The night ended with a cookie exchange with lots of yummy goodies from which to choose. Some of the cookies were eaten on site and the rest divided and taken home to share with our families. Are you in a book club? Do you have a special celebration for your December meeting? What have been
your favorite reads for 2014?


Wishing you a joyous Christmas!
Debby Giusti

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, THREE MILITARY MEN OF HONOR MUST DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO SAVE CHRISTMAS

Mission: Christmas Rescue by Debby Giusti 
On the run from a killer, Elizabeth Tate must accept U.S. Army Captain Nick Fontaine’s protection for the sake of her young niece and nephew. Now her life is in the hands of the very man who broke her heart years ago.

Special Ops Christmas by Susan Sleeman 
Researcher Claire Reed’s top secret project is stolen, putting her at risk of being kidnapped to unlock it. Her undercover bodyguard—her former love, Green Beret Travis Chapman—is on his most dangerous mission yet.

Homefront Holiday Hero by Jodie Bailey 
When someone tries to kill the daughter of a military official, U.S. Army major Tyler Rainey must keep Kelly Walters from harm…while guarding his own heart against very unexpected feelings.

Click here to order your copy. 


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's a Beautiful Morning in Florida!

Ahhh....sweet sunshine in the state of Florida today.

If only my fingers weren't so COLD!!!!

Today is bright blue with hint of bite in the air. Here's a picture I snagged of a plant growing outside my house. It's the neatest little guy, growing in a pot, and I have no clue what it is. My rose bush is still blooming too. Go figure!



What's blooming in your neighborhood? What is your favorite flower?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Sweets


Hi, this is Margaret Daley. This is the time of year to indulge in sweets. Like a vacation, calories don’t count during the holidays. I wish that were really true. Oh, well, we can always dream. I want to share a new recipe I came across from Braum, which is a chain of stores that specializes in ice cream and diary products in my area of the country.

Peppermint Cake with Marshmallow Cream Frosting
2 cups of melted peppermint ice cream
1 box of white cake mix
3 eggs
½ cup chocolate mint flavored baking chips
4 oz. softened cream cheese
1 7 oz. jar of marshmallow cream
1 stick of softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
small pieces of peppermint candies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray nonstick cooking spray in a Bundt pan. Combine the cake mix, eggs and melted ice cream in a large bowl and then beat those ingredients  together for 2 minutes with an electric mixer. Stir in the baking chips until they are all mixed in. Fill the Bundt pan with the batter and bake for 35-40 minutes. It should be golden and cooked thoroughly. When you remove the cake from the oven, turn the Bundt pan upside down onto a plate and leave the pan over the cake for at least 4 hours.

For the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth with an electric mixer. Add in the marshmallow cream and vanilla and mix together. Finally put in the powdered sugar slowly mixing in ½ cup at a time. Spread the frosting over the cake and decorate with bits of peppermint.

Do you have a favorite holiday sweet you would like to share with us?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Craftie Ladies - Love Inspired Historical December 2014 Releases




Listed below are the upcoming releases from our talented Love Inspired Historical writers here at Craftie Ladies of Romance.  To purchase any of these wonderful books, just click on the book covers.  And to learn more about the authors, click on their names.


A Cowboy for Christmas
By Lacy Williams

Redemption Ranch

After an accident leaves her injured, Daisy Richards stays secluded at her family's Wyoming ranch to avoid the town's gawking stares. Yet handsome cowboy newcomer Ricky White insists she can do anything she dreams—ride a horse, decorate a Christmas tree…even steal a man's heart.

Once a reckless cad, Ricky is to blame for what happened to Daisy. Now reformed, he wants to make amends by setting things right for his boss's beautiful daughter in time for the holidays. But Daisy doesn't know Ricky's responsible for her predicament. When the truth is revealed, will he lose the greatest gift he's ever received—her trust?


Wyoming Legacy: United by family, destined for love

Saturday, December 6, 2014

FEATURED BOOK AND INTERVIEW: The Yuletide Rescue by Margaret Daley



When Dr. Bree Mathison's plane plummets into the Alaskan wilderness at Christmastime, she is torn between grief and panic. With the pilot—her dear friend—dead and wolves circling, she struggles to survive. Search and Rescue leader David Stone fights his way through the elements to save her. David suspects the plane crash might not have been an accident, spurring Bree's sense that she's being watched. But why is someone after her? Suddenly Bree finds herself caught in the middle of a whirlwind of secrets during the holiday season. With everyone she cares about most in peril, Bree and her promised protector must battle the Alaskan tundra and vengeful criminals to make it to the New Year. 
Alaskan Search and Rescue: Risking their lives to save the day



Interview:
Today we're welcoming Bree Mathison, the heroine of The Yuletide Rescue, written by Margaret Daley, a December 2014 by Love Inspired Suspense. 

Wow, you've just had quite an adventure.   
1.  Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in the midst of such suspense.
I was returning from my month at a clinic in northern Alaska when the plane I was in went down. Thankfully I was rescued by David Stone before some scary men descended from a helicopter. 
2. Tell us a bit about him/her.  What was your first impression David Stone?  When did you know it was love? 
My first thought was relief because he came to rescue from the plane that had crashed. When I realized he was there for me no matter what I knew I was in love with him.    
3.  What strengths/skills do you have?  What is your greatest weakness? My greatest and sometimes weakest part of me is that I believe in people. But I've ended up hurt because of that.      
4.  What scares you?
The dark, which in Alaska can be a long time in the winter.  
5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Being afraid to risk my heart again.
6.  Where are you in your faith at the start of your story?
My faith is strong but is tested.  
7.  Where are you in your faith at the end of the story? I learned God is with you no matter what.
8. You've got a scripture at the beginning of the story.  Tell us why this scripture is significant.
It's Joshua 1:9 about being strong and courageous. I chose it because both myself and David had to be strong and full of courage to do what we needed to live.
9. If you could be a dessert what would you be and why?
Baked Alaska because I grew up in Alaska and love the place.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Sisterhood with Missy Tippens

Our Beloved MISSY


Family Status: Married for 25+ years with three kids. One is grown and working as a youth minister. The middle son is in college studying physics. The youngest is a senior in high school. Yes, I'll be an empty nester soon!
What Is Your Favorite Beverage: Diet Dr. Pepper
What Is Your Favorite Food: Spaghetti with freshly grated parmesan. Lots of parmesan! And that might hold a tie with brownies--gooey dark chocolate brownies. :)
What Is Your Favorite Thing to do During Free Time: Read or catch up with DVR'd shows with my daughter.
Who Has Been the Most Influential Person in Your Life: Probably my husband. But also my Bible study leader, Dotty Gunby.
First Book You Fell in Love With: Anne of Green Gables.
A Book You Wish You’d Written: There are several that have made me cry, wishing I could write like that.
First Book Published: Her Unlikely Family from Love Inspired in 2008.
Most Recent Book: The Guy Next Door from Love Inspired (October) and Hope for the Holidays Contemporary Collection, an indie published boxed set with fellow authors from the Seekerville blog (November).
Available Now!
Out Next: The Doctor's Second Chance from Love Inspired in May.
How Many Have You Written: 8
What Do You Know Now That You Wish You’d Known Then: How to better balance work/writing with family and "real" life.
What is Your Favorite Bible Story: The story of Esther (really enjoyed Beth Moore's study!).
What is Your Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
What is Your Favorite Hymn: So many!! I can't pick one. But right now, I'm excited about singing the traditional Christmas carols.
What is an Ongoing Prayer Request You Have: For my children to discover and follow the path God has planned for them.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Recipe for Romance

A great gift idea for Christmas!  Several of the Craftie Ladies have stories and recipes in this collection.  But the best part...the proceeds go to BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
Help us donate to this worthwhile non-profit organization that serves the needs of children by snagging a copy for yourself and anyone else who might enjoy 22 short romances and 22 recipes.  You might even find something new to make for Christmas!

P.S. The authors would love to hear how you like the stories and recipes. Reviews are most appreciated.



Here's the links for your convienance




Or, if you'd like to order through the Createspace store, the royalty is approx $5 to the charity: https://www.createspace.com/5124721 


Excerpt from Second Chance in the Northwoods by Lyn Cote

Heading to a job interview at 9 a.m., through the thick green forests of far northern Wisconsin to Rhinelander, Carrie couldn’t shake the feeling that people were watching.
She knew it wasn’t true. But she was hiding the truth, afraid someone would find out. She turned off Highway 47. Ahead, she saw the sign along Lincoln Street for MIKE’S AUTO REPAIR. Her heart pounded at the thought of what this job could mean for her. If she didn’t find work, and soon, she wouldn’t be able to stay here near . . . She slowed.
A horn beeped behind her, prompting her to turn in. She pulled up to the area near the door. Already the sound of tools emanated from within. Two bay doors stood open. She got out of the car, pressing down her bad case of nerves. Most of the time she felt as if she’d accomplished a lot in the past two years. Now that feeling deserted her.
She entered the building. The desk was unattended. Of course. She was here to apply for the position of receptionist and parts manager. She shifted, uneasy about what to do. Finally, she walked to the door marked “Shop” and opened it.
The noise level shot up. She stood at the doorway, debating the best way to get someone’s attention. A German shepherd stood up and walked slowly toward her. A guard dog? Her alarm rose.
Then the power drill, or whatever it was, stopped. A mountain of a man – Mike? –climbed out from beneath a vehicle on the hoist. She gasped, and her back bumped against the door.
In worn jeans and a gray T-shirt with “Mike’s Auto” on it, Mike commanded attention. He moved with a grace she didn’t expect from such a large man. Then she glimpsed his deep-brown eyes, his gentle gaze telling her not to be afraid. Jeannie had assured her that the Becks had lived in this area forever and were good people.
“Hi, I’m Mike Beck. Are you Carrie Baker? Jeannie McClure’s friend?” He wiped his hands on a towel attached to his belt. The dog moved to his side, the animal’s sharp eyes trained on her.
It still pained her that no one knew Jeannie was more than her friend. She cleared her throat. “Yes.”
The man’s large, slightly greasy hand gripped hers and shook it vigorously. The dog woofed once in welcome.
“Glad you could come. I didn’t want to advertise if I could find someone who knew someone. I heard about you when I took Greta to Jeannie’s husband, the vet.”
Greta sat back on her haunches, panting.
Carrie’s head swam with all of those connections. She’d grown up in a large city, feeling invisible, but here it seemed everybody knew everybody.
Then Greta lifted a paw toward her. Carrie automatically shook it, watching the big man beam at his pet.
Mike tried not to stare, but this young woman with long dark hair was so pretty and looked so nervous. “I hear you qualify as an executive assistant?”
Her head bobbed.
“Great! You need to fill out an application and then start work.”
Her eyes widening, Carrie didn’t immediately respond. It must have been tough for her trying to get settled among strangers. The vet’s wife had told him Carrie was shy. Or maybe his size made her nervous like it had others.
“Start?” she squeaked.
“Sure. If you want the job, it’s yours.”
Carrie hid her surprise as best she could and hurried to keep up with her new boss. And that’s how she got the job at Mike’s Auto Repair.

(continues…)

Lyn’s Tart and Cheesy Green Beans

2 tablespoons margarine or butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon onion flakes or ¼ onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
½ cup plain yogurt or sour cream
2/3 cup cottage cheese or ricotta
3 cups fresh green beans, cooked/drained
½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup  breadcrumbs
2 slices crisp bacon


Melt butter. Stir in flour, salt, onion, pepper, yogurt (or sour cream) and cottage cheese (or ricotta). Mix well. Heat to bubbling. Stir in green beans and ½ cup breadcrumbs. Pour into sprayed casserole dish. Sprinkle on the rest of the breadcrumbs and cheddar. Crumble bacon over top. Bake in 350-degree oven for 20 minutes. Serves 4.