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Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

on April 6, 2016



Happy Spring! I’m participating in the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop sponsored by author, Dianne Venetta.Over the next ten days, authors and bloggers will be sharing gardening tips, recipes and giving away books on their blogs.

There is also a grand prize for the entire blog hop of one ereader and one gift card. In order to be entered for the grand prize, you must comment on all the blogs participating in the blog hop. You can find the entire list of blogs participating here.

On my blog, I’m sharing a fun Garden Muffin Recipe as well as giving away a copy of my sweet contemporary romance, SWEETHEART COTTAGE.This is the first book in my sweet contemporary romance series, Cranberry Bay.

To be entered to win a copy of SWEETHEART COTTAGE AND the grand prize drawing for the blog hop of an ereader and gift card, please leave your name, email address and one comment about what you love about spring. Please only one comment per person. (US and INT entries)

Sweetheart Cottage by Mindy Hardwick_Final Ebook

Garden Muffins is from one of my favorite cookbooks, Keeping Good Company, by Roxie Kelley and Friends.

Garden Muffins

4 Cups Flour

2 1/2 C Sugar

4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp nutmeg

4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

2 cups grated carrots

2 cups grated zucchini

1 cup chopped pecan

1 cup coconut

2 tart apples peeled and grated

6 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup buttermilk

2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, nutmeg cinnamon and salt. Stir in carrots, zucchini, pecans, coconut and apples. In smaller bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients and add to the flour and vegetable mixture.Β  Stir until blended. Spoon batter into greased or paper lined muffin tins, filling each cup 2/3 full. Bake 22-28 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched. Cool for five minutes before removing from the pan. Makes about 2 dozen.










32 responses to “Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

  1. Chris Mason says:


  2. I love all the blooming plants, even here in the desert! Jeanna Massman jeanna_massman@hotmail.com

  3. James Robert says:

    I love knowing this snow will be gone soon and warmer weather ahead
    mijamesr82 at gmail.com

  4. I love watching the plants start to grow again! Soon it will be time for me to pull my hoard of amaryllis out of the basement. Unless we have another snow storm! πŸ™‚ cchant86@yahoo.com

  5. Zana712 says:

    My favorite thing about Spring is the rainy days. They can be such a great way for friends and family to spend time together playing board games, baking fun treats, and watching tv shows and eating comfort food….and the occasional view of a double rainbow!

  6. The flowers and spring air are my favorite things about spring.

  7. throuthehaze says:

    I love all the pretty flowers.
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  8. Amber Ag says:

    I love the flowers that come with Spring πŸ™‚

    kissedbymidnight AT gmail.com

  9. Shannon says:

    I love having picnics with my kids in Spring.
    Shannon blueskid29@yahoo.com

  10. Lori H says:

    I enjoy gardening and seeing my Iris flowers in bloom.

  11. Nancy Burgess says:

    I love spring it’s like watching everything wake from a winters sleep.The smell of the first lilacs always cheer me up. Nancy Burgess jean60212@gmail.com

  12. ACM (@acm05) says:

    I love the end of now, though it snowed here yesterday.


  13. Joye says:

    My favorite thing about Spring is that I get to sit out on my patio and read. I can listen to the birds sing, smell my flowers, and enjoy the nice weather.

  14. Savannah Miller says:

    I love that both of my boys are playing baseball, watching them play ball is one of my favorite warm weather activites πŸ™‚

  15. isisthe12th says:

    Hello Mindy, your garden muffins sound delicious β™‘ My favorite thing about spring is watching flowers bloom. Thank you isisthe12th@gmail.com

  16. Rita Wray says:

    I love the warmer weather and planting flowers in my garden.


  17. Carly Carson says:

    Where I live, we don’t have spring. But I love the idea of spring. πŸ™‚

  18. Alisha Sienkiel says:

    My favorite thing about spring is the warmer weather! Of course right now its cold and does not feel like April 😦
    sienkiel1821 at yahoo dot com

  19. bn100 says:

    the flowers

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  20. Sorchia D says:

    Sounds tasty. Blooming flowers and singing birds in Missouri along with thunderstorms.

  21. Michele Hayes says:

    I love all the flowers that bloom in the spring. (mybeach52 at yahoo dot com)

  22. tfs93 says:

    I love that all my trees are regaining their leaves

    videoclimber at yahoo dot com

  23. Those muffins sound yum!

    My favorite thing about spring is setting up my vegetable garden plan and starting all of my seeds from scratch.

  24. Jackie Wisherd says:

    The vest thing about Spring is the flowers bringing color to the world.

  25. ELF says:

    I love watching the seeds sprout (literally, which is why some of them don’t make it to the garden in time, lol). Thanks for the yummy muffin recipe!
    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

  26. rsbrandt44 says:

    I love in the springtime when our azaleas come into bloom.

    rsbrandt44 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  27. Daniel M says:

    nice to see everything turn green again! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  28. Deborah says:

    I love Spring because it is warm, but not humid!

    Happy Spring!

    sprocket 215 at g mail dot com

  29. Linda Kish says:

    I love that it’s not too hot yet to be outside enjoying the weather. Summer is just too hot. Spring is just right.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  30. amy bowens says:

    The garden muffins sounds great. I love spring nice weather and flowers blooming

  31. BookAttict says:

    My fave thing about Spring is the longer days.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  32. Mindy Hardwick says:

    Congratulations Shannon! You are the winner of the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop at my blog! Please check your email for instructions on how to claim your book. Thanks so much for stopping by everyone.

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