If I were to make a blonde again, I would just go with 100% BRS, ferment low, and use a cali ale. I would be looking for something very light, and this should achieve that.
If you want more color, I would use a candi sugar/syrup to get there. Amber would work well and give you some additional flavor in there too, somewhat reminiscent of a bit of crystal 20 or so.
Don't mess with the maltodextrin, save it for a stout or somethign where it isn't supposed to be dry.
EDIT: Oh, and for hops just do a bittering addition, and maybe an aroma one. Make them small so they don't overtake the beer. I know you have already seen my blonde recipe but it sounds right about what you are looking for.
Let us know how the clarity ferm comes out...although it isn't a priority for us, it is good to know people's results.