Smorgasbord End of Summer Party – Day Two – Three musketeers, The A Team and Free book

Thank you so much for joining the party on day two and hope you are not too exhausted. Yesterday I featured William Price King, Paul Andruss, with some of the very early visitors to the blog who are still an important part of my support today. There was some food from Robbie Cheadle to keep everyone going, some music from Status Quo, Queen and Bette Midler.. and a FREE book.

My novel Just an Odd Job Girl is available in eBook – Mobi for Kindle and epub for all other devices. You just have to email and tell me which version –

I would love you to participate and if you have not already taken this short quiz and left your answers and links in the comments then now is your chance.

My experience with most of you reading this, is that you are very modest, and have trouble blowing your own trumpet. So to help you with that, here is a short quiz with one word answers to put in the comments alongside your links. The answers I receive may be used against you in the posts on Monday


  • Which is your favourite recording artist or band
  • Pizza or Pasta
  • Favourite Film
  • Person you would most like to meet Dead or Alive.

Then please leave your blog or website, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter Links.

Here is the link to yesterday’s party post:

Before we get started please help yourself to some coffee and this delicious fruit flan that Janice Spina has brought with her today.Janice has been a huge support for both the blog and my books from the time we first connected three years ago and she is one of the warmest friends you can have.

Janice is also an award winning children’s author with a wonderful range of books illustrated by her talented husband John. You can find out all about Janice and her books here:

Here is just a small selection of Janice’s books.

Janice has requested something by Michael Buble… and here is Crazy Lover uploaded by

On with day two and time to put a few people in the spotlight who have been amazingly supportive and generous with their time and friendship.

I wanted to say a special thank you today to those who have not only supported the blog but have become offline friends. Over the last year three of us have become close and a special thanks to D.G. Kaye ( Debby Gies) and to Tina Frisco who have been so supportive offline during our move back from Spain and as we revamped the house.

Both Debby and Tina were one of the first to visit the blog and we have now adopted the label Three Musketeers.. ‘All for one and one for all’  Tina is on a blogging break at the moment as she cares for her mother who is not well. But I hope that she will see this eventually and know how much I appreciate her warm and wise words.. And for Debby.. she has been there for many of us with a kind word and an uplifting comment on and offline.

D. G. Kaye is a non-fiction author who has shared her own struggles with her relationship with her mother in two memoirs. Conflicted Hearts and P.S. I Forgive You, as well as some non-fiction gems on various topics including verbal abuse and the menopause with a some travel advice on the side. She supports authors and bloggergenerously and if you do not already follow her on her blog or social media there is not time like the present.

Find out more about Debby and her books

Find out more about Debby’s books and read the reviews:

Connect to Debby via her 

Debby has also brought some wonderful Gluten Free Biscotti for those of you who prefer to be Gless… recipe can be found here: Biscotti

Tina Frisco is not only a deeply spiritual blogger who writes with wisdom and inspiration but is also the author of three books that receive wonderful reviews.

In Plateau – Is there any hope for humankind? Will love prevail over fear? A young tribal female is unaware she holds the answers to these questions. W’Hyani was born strong and willful and the Keeper of the Crystal Heart. In Vampyrie – What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And in a heartwarming story Gabby and the Quads – Gabby is an only child who is about to become big sister to quadruplets! How will she handle this?

Coincidentallly… Debby reviewed Vampyrie in her Sunday book post and so this is hot off the press.

Find out more about Tina’s books and read the reviews:

Connect to Tina via her website and blog:

Time for some music and here is a request from M. J. Mallon from yesterday’s comments.. Marjorie who is also celebrating this weekend with the recent release of her debut novel Curse of Time which you can buy at this link: 

Marjorie likes both U2 and David Bowie.. so I have chosen this track for her as she is having some beautiful days.


By now I am sure that you are very thirsty so here is a cocktail that we often serve at parties that you might enjoy. We were first introduced to them when we lived in Texas in the 1980s and they have played their part in the enjoyment downfall of many of our friends over the years.. I have listed the contraindications and side effects after the recipe!

The first is the favourite of many who have indulged in Mexican food either south or north of the border and that is the simple but highly effecting Margarita.

I suggest making in a large jug and I will give you the proportions per person and then I will give you the overall health benefits.

As many of you will know this is made with tequila and it is my advice that you use the top of the range Cuervo Gold as tastes much better, certainly for the first one and then you don’t really taste anything anyway.

Tequila like most of my favourite food pharmacy subjects has been used for thousands of years by the Native American Indians for both medicinal and recreational purposes. It was used as a hallucinogenic and apparently improves all aspects of stamina and enabled the imbiber to achieve the Dream State. You can see this effect for your self after your guests have sampled two or three of your concoction.

Add 1oz per person.

You will also need some Cointreau or Cuarenta y tres or triple sec, which are all orange liqueurs. I have covered the benefits of oranges in one healthy eating posts but in alcoholic form its antioxidant properties are a little subdued. Of course there is still the antiseptic nature of alcohol to compensate.

You will need 1oz per person.

Finally you will need 1oz of fresh squeezed lime juice per person. Now as everyone knows limes are full of Vitamin C and limes in particular have some special properties. They prevent scurvy, if taken every day they can prevent cholera and the vitamin C in the fruit is anti-ageing as it forms collagen that fills in wrinkles and frown lines.

Serve over ice… or keep in the freezer and pour into a cold glass with salt encrusted around the rim. (my personal choice is not salt, just plenty of ice- cubes)

I have looked on a worldwide basis for the health benefits of margaritas and this is a summary of the best I could find.

  • Apart from the obvious antiseptic, antioxidant and anti-ageing effects of the cocktail there are some other side effects that can be life changing.
  • If you have feelings of inadequacy or suffer from shyness and lack of assertiveness then drinking just one margarita may be the answer.
  • It makes you feel more confidant about yourself and your actions and encourages you to tell the world that you are willing and able to do just about anything. You will notice the effects of the margarita almost immediately. You will find that you are able to dance at a higher intensity (particularly on a table), you will be able to sing and give renditions of everyone’s favourite hits from the forties and fifties. You will also find that the dress code does not apply to you because you are not wearing one.
  • Drinking margaritas may not be right for everyone as there are some side effects including dizziness, nausea, incarceration, lustfulness, loss of motor control, loss of clothing and money, delusions of grandeur, lap dancing, headache, dehydration and an increase in appetite for snakes and lizards.

Now that you have downed a couple of my specials it is time to put them to work…

Time to find out more about some of my early visitors who took the time to comment and share my first posts and who still drop in and offer their support. I will be featuring more tomorrow.

Teagan Geneviene not only popped in and commented and shared, she also introduced me to her magical serials that she posts weekly. Three Things, Three Ingredients that captured the spirit and panache of the 1920s with added fantasy elements that draw you back each week. These are now available as books and accompany her first novel Atonement, Tennessee which is the recipient of many excellent reviews.  Here is the latest episode of her new serial Thistledown-Summer Bedlam which features many of us in this community in our fairy personas… I am Poppy Songbird…lovely:

Discover more about Teagan and her books:

Another wonderful guy who not only saw me through my first few months of blogging but who today still provides such amazing support for us all is Chris The Story Reading Ape.

Chris has not only provided a platform for us all to promote ourselves, he also spends a great deal of his time ensuring our posts get featured on all his social media sites. Last year, Chris and his sister gathered together the collected poems of their mother and published My Vibrating Vertebrae and it comes highly recommended. Discover more about Chris by clicking on his name above and you will find the poetry collection here: Poetry Collection

The third person I would like to mention today is Ali Isaac who has brought Ancient Ireland and its myths and legends into our lives. Wonderful posts that have required enormous research and books that thrill their young readers. Ali is not blogging as regularly as she used to because she has gone back to university to study this fascinating subject to degree level. Ali and I crossed paths in May of 2014 and we finally met at the Blogger’s Bash this year.. Despite the fact we only live 50 miles or so apart.

You can find out more about Ali’s books and read the reviews:

Tess Karlinski

Another wonderful support in my early months was Teresa Karlinski who shares her travels in such descriptive and entertaining style. I first travelled to China with her followed by a trip to Newfoundland. I am now enjoying China the second time around and I can honestly say that Tess has saved me thousands in travel costs. She is so detailed covering almost every aspect of the trip, including meal menus.. some of which I will skip thanks. Anyway Tess is on an extended blogging break at the moment as she looks after her grandchildren but she posts her China trip each week on a Friday.. I hope you will head over and access her archives.  Here is her latest blog posts and you can backtrack from there

Here is some music from yesterday’s comments from Brigid Gallacher –
Brigid is the author of the memoir Watching the Daisies and you can find out more details and read the reviews here:

Brigid is a fan of Thin Lizzy and ABBA with Mama Mia as her favourite film.. so here is a clip for the movie.. I knew this party would end up with girls singing ABBA.. enjoy

More guests tomorrow and just a reminder that I would love you to mingle with the other guests by putting the answers to this short quiz in the comments section along with your details. I will be picking one of the recording artists to feature and will include your details too.


  • Which is your favourite recording artist or band
  • Pizza or Pasta
  • Favourite Film
  • Person you would most like to meet Dead or Alive.

Then please leave your blog or website, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter Links.

It has been a pleasure having you over today and tomorrow on the last day of this three day party my guests will be Carol Tayler, Julie Lawford, Susan Toy.. with FREE books and dessert Bequia Lime Tart, Olga Nunez Miret, Kim Gosselin and some of your music choices.



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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at

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  3. Reblogged this on Jemsbooks and commented:
    Come join the party at Sally Cronin’s fabulous blog! Drinks and fantastic desserts for all! Celebrate and congratulate Sally on her four-year blogging anniversary! See you there! Thanks, Sally! 💕

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  4. Hi Sally, sorry i couldn’t make it for yesterday’s party but I am here today and have got my party outfit on! I shall be having a bit of that flan, and some cocktails, after all, there is no hangover with virtual ones! I see you have some wonderful guests here too for me to mingle with.
    I am loving the Macarena, it always reminds me of my Dad, how he loved to dance to that, carefully counting out the moves!
    Now here are my favourites: Band has to be Queen or Meatloaf, Pasta , canneloni, Fave film has got to be ‘Grease’ I have watched it so many times.
    Person I would most like to meet would probably be Oscar Wilde, I LOVE his razor sharp wit as I do Stephen Fry’s too!
    Here is the link to my author page.

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  5. Hi Sally, what a great party! Can’t believe I missed day one, but that’s typical Irish time-keeping for you! Your list of features and benefits of Margarita drinking made me choking on my coffee… yes, I can confirm some of those but happily my clothes always stayed on! Lol! My favourites… well, I don’t really have any, or rather, I have a lot and they change over time. But I’ll give it a go… band, well I guess Japan/ David Sylvian is quite a long-lasting one from my early teens in the 80s; definitely pizza, with a bit of rocket thrown over the top; film… well, Dr Zhivago never fails to tug at my emotions. Who would I most like to meet? Hmmm… that’s a really hard one. A literary genius maybe, like Tolkien, or Oscar Wilde or Yeats. Here’s a link to one of my fave DS songs… not exactly party dance music, but intriguing and great for inspiring emotion and creativity when writing.

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    • No worries Ali… everybody has a life especially with family and delighted to share you here as you were one of the first to leave a comment.. and we are still talking… I am going to put together some music posts in the next week to share as many as possible… Dr. Zhivago for sure.. that last scene when Lara is on the tram has always stayed in my mind.. oh and the Troika in the snow… xxx

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      • Tough challenge, Sally. Between your Margaritas and whatever I imbibe at the Sunday evening Trivia Tournament at Tink’s Cheers bar, I hope my won’t power holds. (At least sufficiently to be cogent enough to add a reminder of Day 3 to the end of my queued Monday post – with links to the first two for anyone who’s late to this fabulous party.)

        I doubt the music will be as good, but Tink’s “his” team’s mascot, so we have to be there – lol.


  6. Great party Sal! Thanks for the margarita recipe too. I’m so glad I learned about the possible side effects of this delicious drink, lol. And thanks for inviting me and Tina to the post. Great company here! ❤ xoxo

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  7. Sorry I’m so late to the party Sally… been dealing with kids! Ok so first the questions.. ..
    Favourite recording artist: so many!!! But I’ll choose Sade for today…!
    Pizza or Pasta: Pasta. Without a doubt!
    Favourite film : No question – The Jungle Book (animated)
    Person I’d most like to meet dead or alive: I always find this hard to answer but usually my mind goes to my grandparents who I never really got to know!
    And my links…
    And by clicking the following link, you get to my author profile on Amazon, where you can find the link to my poetry book, Poetic RITUals.

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  8. Did you say… margarita?!! So much fun with some of my faves here! There’s Teagan, with her faery wisdom, and then Debby, whose smile shines bright, and Tina, who shares words from the heart. Sally, you’re a gem ❤

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  9. Emergency! Send more wine (and more of that wonderful fruit tart!) – and the music has stopped due to the competition from the pub over the road and the village idiot has pulled the plug out.

    What? Oh!
    Update: cancel emergency – secret stash of wine and food has been found and the music is back on too.

    Love from me and the guinea pigs. xxxx

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  10. Hi Sally, so nice to see a lot of my friends here. Nice selection of books. I have one of Janice Spina’s wonderful books, “An Angel Among us” and loved it The music is great. I may have had “Tee’ many ‘Twoquilas—nah, can’t be that, but feeling the need for a nap after all the food and dancing on the table with John Howell. Having more fun than any human being deserves!! Now where did I leave my napping couch?

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  11. Good “morning” Sally – Tink has kept me updated on his visits to the party so far, and has shamed me into dropping by quickly before we head out for the promised walk around the nearby pond. 🙂 Beautiful day here.

    AS USUAL, my mind boggles at questions like the ones in your quiz. Superlatives always send me off on a hunt around the universe for all *possible* replies before I can settle on “best” or “favorite.” (an ADD/EFD challenge I haven’t yet blogged about – so thanks for the nudge in that direction). I’ve narrowed it down quite a bit, but couldn’t settle on a single answer for any one of them (and one word answers are *always* beyond my ADD Poster Girl brain).

    Here’s my [current] best shot:
    1. Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Dizzy Gillespie (etc.), any of the “newer” jazz cats, especially Dave Brubeck and Vince Guaraldi (LOVE his Charlie Brown Christmas tracks which I play every December!)
    — and Australian import Tommy Emmanuel, the only one on my [current] list that I’ve had the pleasure of hearing live, and several times now in small venues (his “Initiation” is incredible – a miracle of sound made by one man on a single guitar)

    2. ONLY NYC Pizza *in* New York (nobody else ever gets it right) – otherwise spaghetti (especially pasta al pesto) Gluten-free now, so any of those original delights are no longer in my diet, sadly, and I have yet to find GF versions that can compete. SIMPLE suggestions welcome! 🙂

    3. IMPOSSIBLE to pick an overall favorite film so I’ll pick my fav Christmas film: “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946 version) Close seconds are the ’47 version of “Miracle on 34th Street” and “A Christmas Memory” (Not fond of remakes & NONE colorized!)

    4. Eleanor Roosevelt, Madeleine Albright, 18th century actress Sarah Siddons, Gloria Steinem, and not to leave the men out totally, PT Barnum …
    (ONLY if I get to have an evening’s conversation with them, of course – I’ve never been a star chaser or autograph hound).

    AND, of course, every single blogger I’ve met only virtually, including YOU, Debby, Sue, Ani & Co., Dolly & the kitties, Robbie, John, Lucy, Chris, Tom. Audre & Emma, Gabe, Shey (& the Dudes, of course), Paul . . . I could go on for days and still be embarrassed to leave out more than I would remember to list 😦
    Sorry to be so wordy, everybody — you should have seen the first couple of versions. rotflol 🙂 GREAT party Sally. Tink and I will be back again (and probably still again!)

    LINK BELOW clicks to something that voracious readers may have missed and would certainly find fascinating, tho’ not surprising (my reblog linked to the entire original article that Deb generously featured on her blog and YOU were kind enough to support here) – with a bit of research about the amazing brain and health benefits of reading BOOKS.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  12. After laughing my way through your description, I HAD to try your margaritas before Tink and I headed out, which then inspired me to pay close attention to the Macarena fun.

    It might have been the tequila, of course, but I did little better than the audience members pulled onstage at the end to join the dancers who had been entertaining me with the clever choreography (with some great twists to the basics). LOVED it – but Tink is running out of patience with me, so we are out the door for a while.

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  18. Day Two is winding down – only a few die hards still here. But I had to come back to see if any of that delicious looking fruit flan was left. Flan is one of my favorite desserts – and this looks quite like a tart, so I simply must try this version before I head back to bed to rest up for tomorrow.

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  21. Hi Sally, What a great party. With an Italian husband, you gotta love both pasta and pizza. I love Canadian bacon and pineapple pizza. A few months ago we discovered a new, amazing ukelele player named Jake Shimabukuro. He’s amazing.
    Favorite person to meet: guess that would be my mom and grandpa. Hopefully, that will be a while. However, there are so many left here to meet. Blogging has enlarged my world.
    My websites: and
    Thanks for the margarita. I like it with strawberries. Love a good sangria, too, or anything with medicinal chocolate. 🙂
    Nice to meet everyone. Great party. 🙂

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