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Authors In Bloom Blog Hop: A Spring Celebration

Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

April 7th – April 16th 2014

10 Days of Giveaways-Gardening Tips-Recipes-and more!

Plus a GRAND PRIZE you’ll be digging to win!

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You will have 10 days to enter each individual author contest and then submit your entry for the grand prize!! To win the grand prize, you must visit each and every author on the hop. It’s a spring celebration designed to introduce you to authors and give you a chance to win prizes: from books to swag, promotional products and more. Each author will be posting a giveaway, gardening tip, recipe or both!

The grand prize: Kindle or Nook (a $200 value)

Two $25 gift card worth of ebooks!!!


Circus Peanut Jello Salad


This has been one of my favorites since I was a kid. It disappeared first at our barbecues and the adults loved it just as much as the kids. These days, though, it’s hard to find the orange circus peanuts. I still find them at our local Farm and Fleet.

44 circus peanut candies, divided
1 cup boiling water, divided
2 packages (3 ounces each) orange gelatin
2 cans (8 ounces each) crushed pineapple, undrained
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
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Nutritional Facts
1 serving (1 piece) equals 189 calories, 3 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 16 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Cut 32 candies into small pieces; place in a microwave-safe bowl. Add 1/4 cup of boiling water. Cover and microwave on high for 45 seconds; stir. Microwave 45 seconds longer. Stir until smooth. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in remaining boiling water. Stir in candy mixture and pineapple. Refrigerate until partially set.
Fold in whipped topping. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares; top each square with a circus peanut. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

This was taken from Taste of Home. You may visit their website at

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Merry Christmas, Henry

By Aubrey Wynne

Henry, a shy and talented artist, moonlights as a security guard at a museum and loses his heart to a beautiful, melancholy woman in a painting. As his obsession grows, he finds a kindred soul who helps him in his search for happiness. On Christmas Eve, Henry dares to take a chance on love and fulfill his dream. Published by Melange Books, LLC

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Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies

By Aubrey Wynne

Pete McNutt needs customers for his new business. Spring has arrived and it’s prime time Privy Season. After much consideration, he refines his sales pitch and heads to the monthly meeting of the Women’s Library Association. Published by

By April 19th we will post the grand prize winner(s) on the main page. Individual authors will contact the winners of their author-specific giveaways. You will be required to claim your prize according to each giveaway’s terms and conditions.

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Giveaway ends April 16th at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that Dianne Venetta, host of the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop, is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.” VOID where prohibited by law.


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  1. Love your recipe for Circus Peanut Jello Salad. My dad loved circus peanuts. I think they were his favorite sweet treat! I ate them because he did! And my favorite picnic food? I’ve got to opt for hot dogs stuck on the end of a stick and grilled over a camp fire followed by toasted marshmallows, of course!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    1. Yep, hotdogs are definitely better on a stick. Glad you enjoyed the recipe. A friend of mine loves the candy but never had the jello salad. I’m making it for her this year. Happy Spring!

  2. The recipe sounds fun. My favorite picnic food — Hmmm depends on the picnic – but as Karenh said above – for just a plain picnic (if fires are allowed) hotdogs & marshmallows – otherwise w/o a fire – cold chicken 🙂 and potato salad

  3. Hmmm…My favorite of all time is my mom’s fried chicken. I know it’s probably strange, but I love her fried chicken, even if it’s cold. It’s the best in the entire world. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com 🙂

  4. I love the circus peanuts this is the first time I have ever seen them in a recipe. My grandmother asked me what I was making for an easter desert this year and I think I just found it!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. They are an orange candy shaped like peanuts still in the shell. They are soft and chewy with a sweet orange taste. I am half German and visiting Germany is on my bucket list. Love the food, wine and castles.

      1. Thanks for the info. I love food (way too much) and castles too. Wine not so much. If you want to see some really lovely castles, visit the Rhine. You get all three there.

  5. I’ve never heard of circus peanut jello salad before,… very interesting!! Thank you for sharing!!

    And favorite picnic food,… hmm sandwiches, potato salad, fruit. =)

    Thank you for having this giveaway!! I hope you have a great day!! =)

    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

  6. My fave picnic foods are Greek tomato salad with fresh crusty bread or Feta cheese & watermelon.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  7. Hi! Great post! My favorite? I love watermelon! I cant wait for this season to come around so i can eat it! 😛 lol Thank you for sharing! 🙂
    ​And ​thank you for being apart of this awesome hop!

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Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas.
Her short stories Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies won the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice in 2013 and 2014. Dante’s Gift, a holiday novella received the 2016 Golden Quill award and was a 2016 Maggie finalist.
Her upcoming series “A Vintage Romance” was inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII. Wynne’s medieval fantasy series “Medieval Encounters” will launch in 2017 with Rolf’s Quest.

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