This post is part of the Fall Into Romance Blog Hop. For more info on how to win prizes, please read to the end of the post!
Fall is probably my favorite time of the year. I love the colors, the cooler air after the hot summer, and the anticipation of the holidays. And the aromas of baking spicy, holiday treats. Below is a favorite of mine.
And by the way, I use fresh pumpkin for this. I cut up my pumpkin after Halloween is over and use it for this. I cut it up into four to eight large pieces, bake it in a hot (425 degrees) oven, then scoop the meat of the skin and put it in a blender, mashing it until smooth. I freeze whatever I don’t use right away.
3 cups self-rising flour (or 3 cup plain flour + 4-5 tsp. baking powder and 1 tsp. salt)
3 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups cooked, mashed pumpkin
1 cup melted butter
Sift dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
Form a well in the center and eggs, pumpkin, and butter.
Stir until moistened.
Pour into 2 well-greased loaf pans
Bake at 350 degrees, 45 – 50 minutes.
This post is sponsored by one of my favorite fall stories that I’ve written, Guardian of the Grimoire.
Librarian Jess O’Rourke already has her hands full with her father’s declining health and the under-staffed, under-funded library she runs. A new preacher in town waging war on her books is just an annoyance at first, but an attractive mysterious stranger warns her that there’s more behind the reverend’s campaign than she can guess. The new preacher is a human possessed by a demon and he’s searching for an old grimoire that’s part of an uncatalogued collection of books stored in the library’s basement.
Gabriel Sutton has been the guardian of the book for a long time, a very long time, he claims, since that has been his penance for crimes he committed as a soldier during the Civil War. He convinces Jess that she needs to find the grimoire and use it to return the demon to where he belongs.
Their time gets short when the reverend realizes she’s searching for the book and resorts to desperate measures to either retrieve or destroy it.
Now, about those prizes:
Grand Prize for the hop is a collection of ebooks from the Scribbler authors.
My prize will be awarded to one commenter, chosen by random, so leave your email addie with your post. It’s an ebook copy of one of my two Christmas stories, Blue December or A Vampire’s Christmas Carol. Winner gets to choose.