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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Snow on the Tulips "Amazon Reader Pack" Giveaway from Liz Tolsma!

Liz Tolsma is celebrating the release of her novel, Snow on the Tulipsby giving away an Amazon Reading Pack to one lucky winner. Find out what readers are saying about the book here.

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  One winner will receive:
  • A $50 Amazon gift card
  • Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 16th. Winner will be announced November 18th at Liz's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Liz's blog on the 18th to see if you won. (Or, better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox! Just enter your email address on the left sidebar of her blog.)

Monday, October 28, 2013

"Beloved" iPad Mini Giveaway from Robin Lee Hatcher!

Robin Lee Hatcher is celebrating the release of her latest novel, Belovedwith an iPad Mini giveaway! 
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  One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 15th. Winner will be announced November 16th at Robin's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Robin's blog on the 16th to see if you won. (Or, better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Win a Kindle Fire from Margaret Brownley and RSVP for "Tea with Margaret" on 11/7!

Margaret Brownley's latest release, Gunpowder Tea, is receiving high praise, and she's celebrating with a Kindle Fire giveaway and a "Tea with Margaret" Facebook party!
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  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 7th. Winner will be announced at the "Tea with Margaret" Facebook Author Chat Party on the 7th. Connect with Margaret and friends for an evening of book chat, prizes, and get an exclusive look at Margaret's next book!

So grab your copy of Gunpowder Tea and join Margaret on the evening of November 7th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word — tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on 11/7!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Get in my belly | Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Icing

This cake is moist, rich and delish! Definitely one of our favorites.

from Martha Stewart Living, November 1998

Serves 10

Ingredients

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
photo | MarthaSteward.com
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup <u>Pumpkin Puree</u>, or canned
1/2 cup warm (110 degrees) milk

Brown Butter Icing (Browning the butter gives this icing a nutty flavor. The consistency should be thin enough to spread but not runny.)

Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup sifted confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Directions In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat until nut-brown in color, about 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat, and pour butter into a bowl, leaving any burned sediment behind.
Add sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon milk; stir until smooth. If the icing is too thick, add the remaining tablespoon milk, a little at a time, until consistency is spreadable. Let cool 5 minutes. Use immediately.

Caramelized Walnut Halves (Use these caramelized walnut halves to top our Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Icing.)

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar
10 well-shaped, large walnut halves

Directions In a small skillet, melt sugar over medium-high heat until medium golden, about 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat. Working quickly, drop walnut halves, one at a time, into the melted sugar. If the sugar hardens, return skillet to low heat, and stir several minutes. Using a fork, turn walnuts until they are evenly coated. Transfer walnuts to a wire rack to cool completely. Use to decorate cake.

Make the cake:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-2-inch round cake pan. Line pan with parchment, and butter the parchment. Coat pan with flour, and tap out any excess.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, and beat until combined. Add pumpkin puree and milk; beat until combined. Add reserved flour mixture; beat on low speed until just combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool. Let cake rest 20 minutes.

Unmold cake.

Assemble the cake Using an offset spatula, spread icing over top of cake, and decorate with caramelized walnut halves.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Get in my belly | Jesse's Firehouse Enchiladas

These are a huge crowd pleaser. I grabbed this recipe in 2007 from Emeril's Firehouse Cook Off. I usually make the chicken version, but I also use whatever I have on hand (smoked turkey, chipotle beef, pork chile verde) or I just add peppers, tomatillos, etc... to the chicken and cream cheese mixture.

INGREDIENTS
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 medium onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 (14-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles
photo: www.talkoftomatoes.com
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground curry powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Hot pepper sauce
1 cup sour cream, plus more for garnish
Nonstick cooking spray
8 large flour tortillas
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
For garnish: chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, avocados, salsa, etc...

INSTRUCTIONS

Put the chicken in a saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring a boil and cook for 30 minutes. Remove the chicken from the water and let cool. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Dice the chicken and transfer to a medium-size mixing bowl.

Add the cream cheese, onion, half the salt, half the pepper, and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. Stir to mix and set aside. In a blender, combine the tomatoes, chiles, cumin, coriander, curry, and the remaining garlic powder, salt and pepper, and 5 to 6 dashes of hot pepper sauce. Blend until smooth. Add the sour cream and pulse to blend.

Spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray. Place the tortillas on work surface and fill each with about 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture and roll into a cylinder. Lay the tortillas evenly in the prepared pan. Pour the tomato sauce over the tortillas. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil. Cover with shredded cheese and return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, and additional sour cream.

Yield: 4 servings

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Praying for the addicted | Enter to win a Kindle Fire and learn more.


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Watching someone you love self-destruct hurts. Sharron Cosby's Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90 provides ninety devotions of strength, hope, and encouragement to families coping with addiction. Realizing you’re not alone in your struggles brings comfort and confidence to face day-to-day challenges.


Sharron is celebrating the release of her book with a Kindle Fire giveaway.

Enter today. One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Praying for Your Addicted Loved One by Sharron Cosby
Enter today by using the widget below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 31st. Winner will be announced at the Litfuse blog on November 1st. Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by the Litfuse blog on the 1st to see if you won. (Or, better yet, subscribe to their blog {enter your email in the blog sidebar} and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox)! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Glittering Promises by @LisaTBergren | Win an Italian feast delivered to your door & RSVP for Facebook Party!

Lisa T. Bergren is celebrating the release of her new book, Glittering Promisesby giving away a $200 Italian feast from Williams-Sonoma and hosting a fun Facebook party on October 29th.
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  One winner will receive:
  • A $200 Italian feast from Williams-Sonoma delivered to your door
  • The three-book Grand Tour set
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 29th. Winner will be announced at the "Glittering Promises" Facebook Author Chat Party on October 29th. Connect with Lisa for an evening of book chat, European trivia, and prizes, and get an exclusive look Lisa's next book.

So grab your copies of the Grand Tour series and join Lisa on the evening of October 29th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the books, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on the 29th!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Nancy Moser's The Journey of Josephine Cain 5 book giveaway!

The Journey of Josephine Cain by Nancy Moser follows the adventures of a D.C. socialite as she gets involved with the building of the Transcontinental Railroad right after the Civil War. Be sure to check out Nancy's fun Pinterest board for the book!

Enter to win 1 of 5 copies of the book!
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  Five winners will receive:
  • The Journey of Josephine Cain by Nancy Moser
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 26th. All winners will be announced October 28th at the Litfuse blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit the Litfuse blog on the 28th to see if you won one of the books!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Win a 'Bargain Bundle' from Stephanie Reed!

Stephanie Reed is celebrating the release of The Bargain, the first book in her new series, Plain City Peace. with a Kindle Fire 'Bargain Bundle' giveaway!
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  One winner will receive a 'Bargain Bundle':
  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Bargain by Stephanie Reed
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 27th. Winner will be announced at the Litfuse blog on October 28th.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by the Litfuse blog on the 28th to see if you won. (Or, better yet, subscribe to their blog {enter your email in the blog sidebar} and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox)!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Lynn Austin's "Return To Me" Kindle HDX Giveaway and Facebook Party | Enter and RSVP today!

Lynn Austin is celebrating the release of Return to Me, the first book in her new Biblical fiction series, The Restoration Chronicles, with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a Facebook Author Chat party.
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  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Return to Me by Lynn Austin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 22nd. Winner will be announced at the "Return To Me" Facebook Author Chat Party on October 22nd. Connect with Lynn and friends for an evening of book chat, biblical trivia, prizes, and get an exclusive look at the next book in Lynn's Restoration Chronicles series!

So grab your copy of Return to Me and join Lynn on the evening of October 22nd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word — tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on the 22nd!

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Double Kindle HDX Christmas Gift Pack from @TriciaGoyer!

Tricia Goyer is celebrating the release of her first Christmas novella, A Christmas Gift for Rosewith a Christmas Gift giveaway! 

Enter to win a NEW Kindle Fire HDX for you AND one for a friend!
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  One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX and one to give away to a friend!
  • A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer for you and your friend!
Four second place winners will receive:
  • A Christmas Gift for Rose Christmas pack (includes a recipe card, bookmark, a signed book plate, discussion questions, and a Gathering & Giving handout!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 19th. All winners will be announced October 21st at Tricia's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Tricia's blog on the 21st to see if you won one of the great prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)