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!

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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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  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

    • 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

    • A hotdog tastes so much better roasted over a fire. Good call, Susan. And I like marshmallows black. Let ’em burn!

  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 🙂

    • My mom wasn’t a great cook. My dad taught me how to fry chicken. And I like it cold too. Thanks for stopping by, Michelle.

  4. Savannah Miller

    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 🙂

    • You are welcome. It is realllllly good. My mom sometimes added crushed pineapple to it. Happy Easter.

  5. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Leslie Rodriguez

    fried chicken yummy 🙂

    • We take cold fried chicken camping with us all the time. Good choice. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Thanks for the great recipes!

    • You are welcome. This is a fun hop. I’m getting great recipes and learned about my roses!

  8. I love participating in these blog hops~ I always come away with a longer TBR as well as new bloggers added to my Bloglovin’ feed 🙂

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

    • Thanks for stopping in. I’ll check you out on Bloglovin’ too. Happy Spring!

  9. It wouldn’t be a picnic without WATERMELON!!! greeniejoey at gmail dot com

    • I can’t wait for watermelon to be back in season. The orbs they sell in the winter LOOK like watermelon but has no taste. Yeah, summer.

  10. bn100

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  11. I was wondering what circus peanuts are. Since I’m from Germany, I’ve never heard of them.

    • 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.

      • 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.

      • A river cruise down the Rhine is on my bucket list.

      • If you decide to visit Northern Germany, we could meet and I’ll show you a couple of interesting places. 😉

      • Wow. What a great offer. That would be fabulous.

      • You can contact me through my website any time.

  12. Wow! I haven’t have circus peanuts since I was a kid. This recipe sounds yummy.
    My favorite picnic food is cucumber sandwiches.

    cchant86 @

    • My sister loves cucumber sandwiches. And I hope you like the recipe if you try it. It’s a great summer dessert.

  13. Dovile

    Sandwitches with cucumber and any meat.

  14. BookLady

    My favorite picnic food is pork barbecue with spicy sauce. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    • Thanks for participating. Do you like shredded, chops or ribs?

  15. kishanpaul

    Yum that recipe sounds really good. I’ll have to try it out.

    • Please do. Your kids will thank you. Thanks for stopping by.

  16. Sliced tomatoes and cucumbers in vinegar! Summer’s the only time I make it, with just-picked garden veggies. Yum! casey 4 4 6 at hot mail dot com

    • There is nothing better than fresh veggies from the garden!

  17. 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

  18. BookAttict

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

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

    • I love feta cheese and fresh crusty bread. Thanks for stopping by.

  19. Jeanette (jeannie) platt

    Farm and Fleet… wow brought me back home… except its FleetFarm lol,,, I love cucumber salad and strawberry short cake… easy and very yummy.

  20. Alisha sienkiel

    My favorite picnic food is potato salad. Thanks for being a part of the giveaway!

  21. Favorite picnic food? German potato salad from our local deli! Your Circus Peanut Salad sounds totally decadent! I love those things!! Henry’s Christmas book looks like a fun read.


  22. 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!

  23. Daniel M

    usually just sandwiches and fruits

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