Thursday, April 20, 2017

Autumn's Kiss Blog Hop



Welcome to Creative Hodgepodge!

Last year, I wrote a short story called Autumn Vows, and it was part of a lovely anthology called Autumn's Kiss. Seven other sweet romance authors collaborated on the project, and the result is a lovely collection of stories based on an autumn theme. We celebrated the release with a blog hop during autumn 2016, but then we realized that not everyone experiences the season at the same time - so we decided to recognize fall in the southern hemisphere by having another blog hop!

We decided that this time, we'd share our favorite autumn recipes. Since Autumn Vows takes place in my native West Michigan I decided to post instructions for making Spiced Apple Cider. In this part of the country we have lots of apple orchards, so apple cider fills the grocery store shelves all season. I love the smell of apples and cinnamon as it's simmering on the stove. There are lots of great recipes, but my favorite is quite simple: Take a gallon of cider, heat it in a large pan, add a little brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Let it simmer for a half hour (or until you can't wait any longer) and enjoy!


I like to sip on the cider as I'm writing, crafting, or watching TV. I keep lots of coasters around to protect my furniture! A friend showed me how to make these cute fabric coasters and since I've always got scraps of fabric around from recent projects, I made some four out of various colors of gingham to give away to a random commenter. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me about your favorite cool-weather treat! I'll choose a winner on Monday morning, April 24.


But before you go, be sure to enter the Gift Card giveaway (one $100 prize and one $20 Gift Card) by entering your name, email addy and my favorite fall treat (see two paragraphs above) in the form below:
Be sure to visit the blogs of all six participating Autumn's Kiss authors and follow instructions at each one in order to qualify for the Gift Cards, as well as the individual author giveaways. Here are the participating blog links:


20 comments:

  1. I like eating taiyaki during the cool weather! I haven't been able to find a really good one lately, but there was a version where the batter had a little bit of mochi in it so the outside would be crispy but there was a thin layer of chewiness.

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    1. The only time I've ever eaten taiyaki is when relatives ship it to us from Japan! Recently there have been more Asian food stores popping up, so I think I'll have to check out their treats sections. Thanks for reminding me of it!

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  2. A hot chocolate hits the spot when the weather turns cooler.

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    1. It sure does! Especially after a long day. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I like a hot cup of tea and chocolate.

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    1. I love both of these, too! I drink a lot of hot tea (mostly because it has fewer calories). Thanks for stopping in!

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  4. Hot cocoa or warm cider. 2 more reasons I love autumn!

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  5. I enjoy a cup of hot tea while reading a good book in the Autumn! ;)

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    1. I can't think of a better way to spend an autumn afternoon!

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  6. Hot tea or hot chocolate are my go to for the cold months.

    Those little coasters are cute! I have some scrap Christmas material I should make some to use at Christmas time.

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  7. I absolutely adore your little coasters. We can't get apple cider here and I so wish we could. It sounds delish!

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  8. Cocoa is always a favorite

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  9. Hot cup of tea is my 'go-to' drink in cold weather.

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  10. my favorite fall treat would have to be warm apple crisp with whipped cream

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  11. I like eating good 'ole mashed potatoes when it's cold. It's my comfort food!

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  12. Hot Chocolate with lots of mini marshmallows is my fave treat in the cold

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  13. I love a good cup of coffee on a cold day. If I'm feeling adventurous, I make it a mocha, with whipped cream!

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  14. for drinks, my favorite cool weather treat is a hot toddy. Though, when I'm at work, it's mexican hot chocolate. I love the spiciness with the sweetness.

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