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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 random.org 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!

Authors in Bloom Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop! The Grand Prize is a Kindle Fire or Nook! And each blogger is giving away her own prize. Because the second book in my Belinda & Bennett mystery series comes out in about a month, I’m giving away a paperback copy of the first book, Cliffhanger!

Here’s how to enter for the Grand Prize and my giveaway:

Enter to Win a Kindle Fire or Nook: By April 19, 2013 at 11:59pm EST, LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS on my blog (and any participating blogs) to be entered to win! The hosts of this blog hop will choose a winner from the comments via Rafflecopter. (Visit Dianne Venetta’s site and A Cozy Reader’s Corner for more info.)

Enter to win a paperback copy of Cliffhanger: My contest is International and also runs cliffhanger_kdpthrough April 19 at 11:59pm EST. Fill out the form below to enter. The winner will be chosen at random.org, notified by email, and announced here and on the hop host sites. Here’s how to earn extra entries:

+1 for leaving a comment (if you’re entering for the Kindle Fire/Nook, one comment counts for both)

+1 for subscribing to my email newsletter

+1 for following my blog (see sidebar for options)

+1 for following me on Twitter

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Now for my easy dessert recipe! My mom always made these when I was a kid and I still love making them today. If you make your own pie dough, it’s a good way to use up the scraps!

Sugar ‘n Cinnamon Stickies

Pie dough (rolled out into a rectangle)

2-3 tbsp sugar (add more or less depending on the amount of dough)

1 tbsp cinnamon

1-2 tbsp butter

Roll out the pie dough into a rectangle. Blend the sugar and cinnamon together and spread over the dough. Roll the dough into a log, then slice the log into 1/4″ pieces. Melt the butter in a skillet and place slices face down. Cook until browned evenly on both sides. Best eaten right away!

That’s it for me! Use the list below to keep moving through the hop! Have fun!