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In Death Roll Eric Cortes loved Megan’s Foster’s mojito cake. So do I and it is always a hit for carry-in events.
Here is the recipe:

Larry’s Mojito Cake:

Preheat oven to 350 F for metal 15x10 or 13x9 baking pan/325 F for Pyrex glass

Ingredients for Cake:
20 ounces crushed pineapple, undrained                
1 lime, juice of
1 teaspoon rum
1 lb angle food cake mix (do not use cake mix with 2 separate mixes for one cake)

Instructions for cake:
In mixing bowel, stir together the pineapple, lime juice, rum and angel food cake mix.
Pour mixture into baking metal pan or glass baking dish . Bake for 18-24 minutes for 15x 10 or about 25minutes for 13x9 inch pan or dish
Let cool completely in baking pan or dish.

Ingredients for topping:
¼ cup of limeade, from concentrate
8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons powdered sugar (less or more according to level of sweetness baker prefers)
1 teaspoon rum extract
2-4 tablespoons rum (add more if desired according to bakers preference.) Optional 
8 ounces of Cool Whip Lite (a little over 3 cups)
1/3 cup toasted shredded sweetened coconut
Lime zest
mint leaf for decoration

Instructions for Topping:
In mixing bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese and limeade concentrate.
Add powdered sugar to taste
Beat in rum extract and rum (if using) then fold in Cool Whip Lite
Spread over cooled cake and sprinkle with coconut and lime zest. Top each serving with mint leaf for decoration.



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Emerald History and Folk Lore:

Birthstone of May and favored in my novel: The Princess Portrait (Release scheduled for Jan/Feb 2019 by Mélange Press)

Emerald is the most precious stone in the beryl group. The name was derived from the Greek word 'smaragdos' meaning 'green stone' and over time corrupted into the word we currently use.

Emerald is the official birthstone for May and the official anniversary gemstone for commemorating the 20th and 35th year of marriage.

Colombia is the most famous source for 'deep green' emeralds, but emerald deposits are mined from many locations around the world. The Muzo Mine, northwest of Bogotá, produces legendary fine-quality stones of a deep green color.Deposits in South America, Africa and across Europe produce emeralds over the past several decades. Today, Brazil and Zambia are among the leading producers of fine emeralds along with Colombia.

The main determinant of value for the emerald is the color.The most desirable emerald colors are bluish green to pure green, with vivid color saturation and tone that’s not too dark. The most-prized emeralds are highly transparent. Their color is evenly distributed, with no eye-visible color zoning.

The tradition cut of an emerald is a special cut known as "the emerald-cut". The emerald cut is a step-cut featuring a rectangular or square shape with truncated corners. This cut maximizes the beauty and color of the stone. Emeralds are also cut into a variety of other traditional shapes such as pear, oval and round. Lower grade materials are often cut en cabochon or into beads. Highly transparent and clear materials are sometimes cut in brilliant-style.

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, jewelry collection includes the "Cambridge and Delhi Dunbar Parure", a fantastic suite of emerald jewelry which includes an emerald diadem.

Elizabeth Taylor also had a well-known jewelry collection. As an engagement present, Richard Burton gave Elizabeth Taylor an emerald and diamond brooch, which she wore with an emerald necklace he gave her as a wedding present. Earrings, a bracelet, and a ring followed.

Folklore and Myths:
Innumerable fantastic folklore and myths have surrounded this magnificent gem. The Incas and Aztecs of South Americaregarded the emerald as a holy gemstone.

The first known emerald mines were in Egypt, dating from at least 330 BC. Cleopatra was known to have a passion for emerald, and used it in her royal adornments.

Emeralds are mention in the Bible several times.

Written many centuries ago, the Vedas, the holy scriptures of the Hindus, say the following of the precious green gems and their healing properties: 'Emeralds promise good luck' and 'the emerald enhances well-being'.
Legends endowed the wearer with the ability to foresee the future when emerald was placed under the tongue, as well as to reveal truth and be protected against evil spells. Wearing an emerald was believed to reveal the truth or falseness of a lover’s oath as well as make one an eloquent speaker.

Emerald is also associated with the Greek goddess Venus- the goddess of love and beauty.The stone is believed by many to assists with the expression of love, devotion and adoration.Emerald has always been a symbol of fidelity.

This folklore makes the emerald a great choice of gemstone for a romance novel.

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