Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Olives, Olives, Everywhere by Josie Riviera

Hi Everyone,
My contribution to our Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 Boxed set is A Portuguese Christmas.
The holidays—like love—can sneak up on you. And sweep you away like a riptide.

World-class surfer Krystal Walters would have appreciated the beauty of her surroundings—a quaint cottage in a fragrant Portuguese olive grove—if a wipeout hadn’t changed all her holiday plans.

Now, suffering the dizzying aftereffects of multiple concussions, she’s determined to make it home to Rhode Island for Christmas, even if she has to defy doctor’s orders. Except those orders are being enforced by Adolfo Silva. A man as arrogant as he is ruggedly handsome.

Spending every waking moment working to make the family olive farm a success, Adolfo barely has time to savor a traditional Feliz Natal. But the moment Krystal disappears under a mountain of sea water, his focus shifts to a sun-kissed spitfire with golden hair, sky-blue eyes, and a will as immovable as his own.

Keeping her safe is his first priority, but this bold, courageous woman’s wings won’t be clipped. Before they can plant the seeds of a future together, he’ll have to convince her that spending Christmas—and maybe every holiday to come—with him isn’t the end of the world. Because she’s become the center of his.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to travel to Portugal. Their Christmas holiday traditions are wonderful, and olives are always a part of the food offerings.

Here’s a simple and delicious recipe for olives, sent by one of our very own SRR readers!
1 jar of green olives
Crescent dough

Wrap one green olive stuffed with garlic in one piece of dough and bake 15 minutes at 375 degrees. Great for parties!

Do you have an olive recipe? Please share in the comments below.

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

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  1. Chopped black olives and cream cheese mixed well and spread on crackers. Yummiest!🤗🤗🤗

    1. Wonderful recipe, Robin, and it doesn't seem difficult. Thanks!

  2. This is a cheese ball that we served to our patrons at the annual library Christmas Tea.

    Olive Cheese Ball

    1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup butter, room temperature
    1 (5 ounce) jar pimento-stuffed green olives, drained and minced
    1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
    1 cup chopped walnuts

    In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese and margarine until well blended. Mix in the green olives and garlic powder. Shape into a ball, and roll in chopped walnuts to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving, but preferably overnight. Serve with an assortment of crackers.

    1. Sounds delicious, Connie. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I don't have any recipes for olives. I do use them to garnish salads.

    1. I do, too, Michele. I especially like black olives.

  4. All these recipes for olives and cheese sounded so good, I just went and made an olive cheese spread! Yeah for mini choppers! I diced a drained can of black olives, placed them aside. Broke up a large block of cream cheese into the chopper, and poured the diced olives, minced onion and some toasted, salted pecans over the cream cream. Whirled away to combine. Added cream to loosen mixture. Added a splash of soy sauce. It is setting at room temperature to marry the flavors. Husband has already had the approving taste test!!! I will serve it with cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, cheese slices and crackers. Thanx for the inspiration!!!

    1. Wow, Jennifer, it sounds wonderful. Thank YOU for sharing!

  5. Thanks, everyone, for your wonderful recipes and comments. Connie, you're the winner of A Snowy White Christmas! Please email me at to claim your prize.