Authors In Bloom Giveaway Hop- Welcome Spring With A New Kindle

Posted Apr 9 2012, 4:00 am in , , , , , , , , , ,

Spring is my favorite time of the year! It’s always exciting to see the snow melting and the start of new flowers and new babies. Spring definitely makes me happy and so when the opportunity to participate in this blog hop came up, I jumped at the chance.

Every author in the Hop will be posting a favorite recipe and/or a gardening tip. And while it’s not ‘quite’ gardening weather here in Alberta, I thought I’d pass on my favorite tip.

Gardening Tip:

Embrace your zone. This may seem like a fairly simple tip BUT there’s a reason that I’m sharing it with you. When my husband and I bought our first house I had big dreams to create this lush, green, garden paradise in my back yard. I bought gardening magazines and books. I sketched designs and created big plans. Then…I realized that I live in Alberta. When it comes to designing garden plans, it turns out that the zone you live in is a pretty major factor. Almost every plant on my list wasn’t available for my area or was considered an annual.

For awhile I moaned and groaned, but then…I learned to embrace my zone. It turns out that no matter what gardening zone you live in, you can grow beautiful things and have a stunning garden. But don’t fight it…love it!

Favorite Recipe:

I love to play around with recipes and food for my family but I seldom have a recipe. However, I do love my granola. I’ll try to approximate the recipe here:

3 cups Oats (I actually use spelt flakes)

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup flax seeds

1/4 cup chia seeds

Mix all ingredients together. Mix last three ingredients in a separate bowl.

1 Tbs coconut oil- melted

1 tsp honey or maple syrup

1 Tbs water

Toss dry ingredients with honey mixture and stir well. Spread on cookie sheet and bake in oven until slightly toasty.

**Enjoy with almond milk, Greek yogurt or chilled coconut milk.

But the blog hop isn’t over yet…

Enter to win a Kindle Fire by participating in the blog hop. Check out all of the great websites of some talented authors and look for the line to the story. To be eligible for the grand prize, readers must copy a short phrase that will be posted on each author’s blog post and assimilate them into the complete passage:  “Authors in Bloom,” a vignette about a women’s personal growth and empowerment.

Here’s my line: Line 54: flowering into womanhood.

AND….I’m getting in on the giveaway too! I’ll be giving away two electronic copies of my newest release Sugar Crash and a $25 Amazon gift card. All you have to do to be entered is leave a comment on this post and if you want even more chances to win…For two bonus entries, sign up for my newsletter and ‘like’ my Facebook fan page.

And everyone’s giving stuff away. Don’t forget to visit the other authors involved in the hop, check out what they’re up to, enter their contests and grab the phrase so you have a chance to win a new Kindle or Nook!

1. Dianne Venetta 2. YA Author PJ Sharon
3. Vickie Taylor 4. Alexa Grace
5. Marilyn Brant 6. Celebrating Spring
7. Diana Layne Blog 8. *lizzie starr
9. Darcy Flynn 10. Off Kilter
11. Marci Baun 12. Amber Kallyn
13. Sarah Gilman 14. Renee Pace
15. A Cozy Reader’s Corner 16. Children’s Author Maria Dismondy
17. Indie Author How-To 18. Deb Sanders
19. Fresh Start Stories with Beverly Nault 20. Aris Whittier
21. Darcyholic Diversions 22. Once Upon a Time: world of symbols
23. YA author Katharina Gerlach 24. Chick Lit (Bridget Jones’s Diary meets The Office)
25. Beate Boeker 26. Jessica Chambers: Straight From The Heart
27. Gotta Have YA 28. Karl Fields
29. Sally Clements 30. Dina Silver
31. Sybil Nelson 32. Priscilla the Great
33. Nina Benneton 34. Caron Rider, YA Author of Silver Knight
35. Tara Woolpy 36. J.M. Kelley
37. Susan Mallery Cooks 38. J.L. Campbell
39. Amy Saunders 40. Kaira Rouda
41. Michael Scott Miller 42. Samantha March
43. Marika Christian 44. Elena Aitken
45. No Hope for Gomez! 46. Nearly Brilliant
47. WHO GOT LIZ GARDNER 48. Amy Lignor – Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles
49. Jolene Perry – Night Sky 50.
51. DeeSWhite-Author, Inspirational Speaker, Vocalist 52. Tracy Marchini – Hot Ticket
53. STAY TUNED – Lauren Clark 54. TwoCanDo Books Mary Laudien’s Website- Follow the Blog!
55. Maria Geraci 56. Pandora Poikilos – Peace from Pieces
57. Christina Wible 58. ALMOST HUMAN – venomous vampire series
59. Walking with Justice 60. Author Darien Gee and the Friendship Bread Kitchen
61. K.E. Saxon 62. Cynthia Vespia Author of Thrills and Chills
63. Louisa Mack – Cooking Up Trouble 64. Cheryl – Books, Products and More!
65. Sloane Wolf – Margay Leah Justice 66. Daddy, Come & Get Me
67. Author Mia King (Good Things, Sweet Life, Table Manners) 68. Welcome to the Woods
69. More Than Words-S.Carol Crovo 70. But What Are They Eating?
71. Sheila Seabrook – Tripping My Way Through Life 72. Alicia and Roy Street
73. Indie Pub Promos 74. RS Author Stacey Joy Netzel
75. Doing Italians, Oops!, Italy



25 responses to “Authors In Bloom Giveaway Hop- Welcome Spring With A New Kindle”

  1. YJ says:

    Mmm the granola looks good! Please enter me for the giveaway! Thanks 🙂

    • Elena Aitken says:

      It is yummy!
      You’re entered in the draw, YJ. Don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter and like my page on Facebook for extra entries.

  2. Finished Sugar Crash yesterday! It was so good!!!

  3. I loved the “embrace your zone.” I just moved cross-country and am learning that very thing right now, having moved from a hotter climate to a milder one. I’m learning the names of the plants in my yard! It’s also a great metaphor for life, too. 🙂

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Oh, Nadine. It is a GREAT metaphor for life!
      I’ve fought my ‘zone’ for years. As soon as I started to embrace it…things really started to bloom. 🙂

  4. Tobi Helton says:

    Thank you for doing the blog hop! I am enjoying the contest and discovering new to me authors!!!

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Great! Thanks Tobi. You’re entered three times!
      Therea re some great authors participating. So fun for me too!

  5. savannah miller says:

    Thanks for the chance to win:)

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Great, you’re entered Savannah. Don’t forget you can get extra entries by liking my Facebook page and signing up for my newsletter too!

  6. bellamella says:

    Your book is getting added to my Goodreads list–sounds so good!

    I also like you on FB & have signed up for your newsletter 🙂 Thanks so much!

  7. tamalyn roberts says:

    great competion have found lots of new books to read, x

  8. Sabrina-Kate Eryou says:

    This book looks interesting! Fingers crossed 😉

  9. Doodle says:

    Your granola sounds amazing!
    I subscribed and liked on fb: Emily Rencich

  10. I have never made granola before. I like the looks of this one. I think we will have to do this as a rainy day project!

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com
    FB: Mel Bourn
    Newsletter: bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  11. catherine c says:

    i will be trying this recipe-yum! thanks for the chance to win!

  12. The blog hop has been so much fun! I’m discovering authors and compiling a long to be read list!

  13. Maria says:

    THank you for the great blog post!

  14. throuthehaze says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  15. throuthehaze says:

    Like you on Facebook-Rae Pavey
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  16. Amy Wenndt says:

    I cannot wait to try your mix. My kids will love it.
    Also added you as one of my Goodreads author. Helps me remember what to read next.

  17. Your recipe looks great! are right about gardens – just plant what you love, no matter how big ( or small ) your garden is..!
    I would love to enter your giveaway! thanks so much!

  18. Shadow says:

    Thank you for the fun hop and for the awesome giveaway!
    Facebook: Shadow Kohler
    Newsletter subscriber

  19. bn100 says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    I signed up for your newsletter.

  20. Elena Aitken says:

    Thanks everyone for playing!! Check out the winners of the blog hop HERE…

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