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:

RED VELVET CUPCAKES

Ingredients:

* 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

Directions:

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.
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52 comments:

  1. Great giveaway I am so glad that I found your blog.I am now following you via GFC and twitter. Have a fantastic weekend!

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  2. Yikes forgot to leave my email address so that you can sign me up for your newsletter. kittycrochettwo at msn dot com

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  3. please sign me up meandi09@yahoo.com

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  4. Thanks so much! I just subscribed with Leighav AT Hotmail DOT com

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  5. Life really IS better with a cupcake. So yes, I'll sign up :)
    (Click on my blogger profile for my email address)

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  6. OMG this is an awesome prize pack! I want to read your Christmas Cafe book! Thank you :) Erika Messer, abbyswarriormom(at)aol(dot)com :)

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  7. Thanks so much! I subscried via ann [dot] m [dot] vuong [at] gmail [dot] com

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  8. I've subscribed!
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  9. Carolyn - caroaz [at] ymail [dot] comNovember 16, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Such fun prizes. Thank you for being part of the hop! I've followed via email.

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  10. bookaholicholly at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the chance.

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  11. What an adorable apron! Baking is one of my favorite things about the holidays--my family always has a cookie bakeoff and it's so much fun!

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  12. I do like the apron and cupcake recipe is great. Thanks :)

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  13. I love that apron and I always wear one when cooking. Great giveaway. michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. i follow via gfc and email. molli vandehey

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  15. this is awesome! :D
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  16. Ah I follow via email at xeno_turtle@yahoo.com

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  17. I signed up crystaley73 at yahoo dot com
    Thanks for the recipe and the great giveaway

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  18. Looks like a warm and delicious giveaway!
    Following via ghtough email.
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  19. CUPCAKES! (that apron is almost criminally adorable)
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  20. Oh you are teasing me with the cupcakes!! I just signed up for your newsletter :)
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  21. The newsletters and blog emails are the only reason that I get up in the mornings;) I love getting my literary infusions!
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  22. fantastic prizes!! here is my email address for newsletter: kissyjensen at gmail dot com

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  23. I signed up for your newsletter

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  24. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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  25. This is great!

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  26. I so want that apron that is just the cutest thing ! I also loved the cupcakes! Red velvet cake is my favorite I only make it around the holidays because no one else eats it but yum I love it. I signed up for your newsletter. thanks amybowens34@yahoo.com

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  27. Love the cupcake apron! (: Thanks for the giveaway! (:

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  28. Thank you very much! kumquat8 at hotmail dot com

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  29. Ooo... I love red velvet cupcakes! Thanks for sharing!
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  30. Thank you for participating in the fun and making me lick my lips in anticipation of this sweetness ;) I subscribe dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

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  31. I think red velvet cake/cupcakes are my fve.
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  32. Yum Cupcakes!
    I am an email subscriber darleneysaguirre @yahoo dot com

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  33. my email is worley.la at gmail dot com I subscribed

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  34. Email: jesse.kimmelfreeman@gmail.com, I subscribed to your emails, but I don't know it that's the newsletter.

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  35. Thank you!
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  36. I subscribed, thank you so much!

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  37. awesome ty for the chance

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  38. I signed up for your newsletter! Thanks for the great giveaway! I'd like to invite you to join our book-loving community at Booknificent Thursdays on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina

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  39. Thank you for your part of the Hop.
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  40. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  44. Thank you for the amazing giveaway!!

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  45. Thank you, happy thanksgiving!!!

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  46. Oh I would so love to be a cupcake making machine...mine are usually the story brand mix lamely frosted kind.
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  47. Thanks for the chance!
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