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Authors in Bloom Blog Hop Winners!

The 3rd annual hop has come to a close. Congrats to Savannah M. for winning the Williams-Sonoma eGift Card in my giveaway!

Savannah has also won the grand prize – a Kindle or Nook! Mary Preston won the secondary $25 gift card. Congratulations to all the winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated and entered! See you next year!

Win A Kindle Fire Or Nook In The 3rd Annual Authors In Bloom Blog Hop!



Welcome to the 3rd annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop! This is your chance to win your choice of a Kindle Fire or Nook plus a $25 gift card. One second place winner will also get a $25 gift card.

To enter to win the grand prize and second place prize, you must visit every site on the hop and leave a comment in their giveaway post with your email address (so they can contact you if you win!). The hop runs until April 16, 11:59 p.m. EST. Visit Dianne Venetta’s blog or A Cozy Reader’s Corner for complete details.

Plus, you can win additional prizes on each blog in the hop! Since part of this hop is about baking and gardening, I’m giving away a $25 eGift Card to Williams-Sonoma. My contest is open to the US only. Scroll on for details and to enter!


Along with each contest, everyone posts recipes and/or gardening tips. I’m always about the dessert recipes! This time I’m sharing a delicious twist on plain old brownies.

The basic recipe is a combination of my mom’s brownies and a recipe from Cooking Light. (I stole their lesser amount of butter. But melting it makes the brownies much moister in the end!) But the Pioneer Woman’s Monster Cookies inspired the extra touches. Together, you have swoon-worthy brownies!

Fudgy Brownies Packed With Goodies

3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbps butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup Rice Krispies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour through salt. Add the melted butter, vanilla extract, and eggs and mix until combined. Now comes the fun part – adding the goodies!

Measure them out or eyeball it and mix. You can add more or less of any of the extras as you see fit. Feel free to try anything else delectable in your cabinets! With this sort of thing, I encourage experimentation. And taste-testing.

Once you’re satisfied, scrape the batter into an 8×8 inch greased pan and bake between 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (I always set the timer for less than it may need just so I don’t overbake.) Cool in pan on a rack…if you can wait that long.

And that’s it! Eat, enjoy, share. Everyone loves these things.


Now for the giveaway – a $25 eGift Card from Williams-Sonoma! (Redeemable in stores and online.) Open to the US only. Contest ends April 16 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winner will be picked by and notified by email. The winner will also be announced on this blog and on Dianne Venetta’s blog.

There is no mandatory entry, but you can earn extra entries two ways.

Leave a comment. This is required if you’re entering for the grand prize!¬†Please include your email address so they can contact you if you win. (+2)

Share this post/giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, etc. (+5 for each link)


Be sure to check out the other sites in the hop to qualify for the grand prize and to enter to win more prizes! Click here for a full list of participants.

Thanks for visiting! Enjoy the rest of the hop!

>Writers’ Meet & Greet and a New Blog


Happy Friday everyone! I thought I’d use today’s post to mention two new things going on around here. First, I’ve joined the A Life of Crime bloghop hosted over at the Meet & Greet for Writers by Tessa. If you’re a mystery/crime/thriller writer and have a blog, please join us! You can do so by using the tool on the left sidebar or by visiting the main page for the bloghop. If you’re not in that genre, there is a new bloghop added about every week so check back until your genre appears!
Second, I’ve started a side blog called writerly. I’m using it to publish short and random things that don’t really belong here like writing prompts, interesting news items, cool photos, and other blurbs. And I would like to make it interactive. So if you’ve thought up a fun writing prompt, stumbled across an interesting news piece, or have a favorite quote, you can submit it for inclusion on my blog! How cool is that?

What’s new with you?