Thursday, November 14, 2013

Gratitude Blog Hop

Welcome to my Gratitude Blog Hop! I’m offering a number of prizes and giveaways and all you have to do to enter is sign up for my newsletter! And you will want to do that because I only send newsletter when I have something remarkable to say. So, leave your contact info in the comment box and viola! You’re subscribed and entered. (If you wish to unsubscribe—after the contest, of course—that’s easy to do. Although I hope you won’t.)

Here are the prizes.

1st prize: A cupcake apron, cupcake cookbook and free coupons from my newly released novella, A LIGHT IN THE CHRISTMAS CAFÉ.

And for everyone who signs up: A coupon for my novel LOSING PENNY

And a bargain for everyone who comes by: You don’t want to miss the chance to buy this box set of 11 Christmas stories discounted to $0.99 for ONE WEEK ONLY. (My novella is #6)

And, just to whet your appetite, here’s a recipe from the Cupcake Cookbook:



* 1 2/3 cups sugar
* 5 tbsp vegetable shortening
* 1 large egg white
* 1 large egg
* 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
* 1 one-ounce bottle red food coloring
* 2 1/4 cups flour
* 1 tsp salt
* 1 cup reduced-fat buttermilk
* 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
* 1 tbsp white vinegar
* 1 tsp baking soda


First, beat your sugar and vegetable shortening for five minutes. You can do this by hand, but a mixer will help save some elbow grease. Next, add both the egg white and egg and beat them into the mix. In a different bowl, stir the cocoa and food coloring together and add it to the mixture. Alternately add a little bit of the flour and buttermilk until it’s all in there and mixed well. Stir in your vanilla, and then in another separate bowl combine the vinegar and baking soda. Stir it together well and add it to your mixture. The mix is finished now and ready to be poured into your cupcake pan or a lined muffin tin. Then bake it in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176.6 degrees Celsius) for about 20 minutes.

But wait--before you rush into your kitchen and get out the cupcake pans, please go and visit all my blog hopping friends to see what else is on the menu.