Authors in Bloom Giveaway Hop: Grand Prize, Kindle or Nook, Plus $25 Gift Card

I’m a part of the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop which is running from April 10-19th. Join the fun, get gardening tips, recipes and a chance to win gifts at each stop as well as a special Grand Prize (details on the Authors in Bloom main website. Just click the link on the left!)
So here is the scoop for my site!

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I’m giving away a $10 gift certificate to Amazon or B&N. Your choice.  The decision is all yours if you are randomly selected. It’s easy to join in on the fun. Just leave a comment along with with your email.

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I’d love to share a great salad that is requested often at parties:

2 packages of pre-washed Spring Salad Mix

1 half yellow pepper, cut into long slices

1 half orange pepper, cut into long slices

1 medium sized cucumber, skinned and cut into slices

1 package shredded cheese–your choice

1 small container of feta cheese, crumbled

1 cup dried cranberries (infused with blueberry is my favorite)

2 cups herb croutons

Honey Mustard Salad dressing to taste (I use Ken’s Steak House)

Optional — honey roasted pecans

Combined all ingredients and chill.



I had such a terrible time keeping my orchids alive until my hair stylist gave me this tip:

Once every two weeks, gently take your orchid out of its container (if it does not have proper drainage) and saturate with water, allowing all access to drain for several minutes. The object is to water your orchid without drowning it. Make sure there is no excess water. Place orchid back into its pot. The best place to display your orchid is on the west side of your house, for the sunset’s rays. So far this has worked really well for me.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. To be eligible for the Grand Prize of the Blog Hop, make sure to check out all the other blogs here:
-Kara xxooxx


  1. Thanks for the recipe and tip

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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      You bet!

  2. I have never tried to grow orchids before, but if I ever do try I now know how to keep them alive 🙂

    savannahm1987 AT gmail DOT com

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      I had really bad luck at first. Most important is to keep them drained. No extra water. 🙂

  3. This recipe will be taste tested at the season’s first cookout tomorrow. 🙂

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      Hope youliked it!

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      It’s a strange type of flower but worth it. Good luck! 🙂

  4. If i had known about the drainage thing my Orchid might have lived… I am not good with indoor plants… Outdoor ones yes… Thank you for being part of the hop.

    j.m.platt83 at gmail dot com

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      You bet! I am sure you can do it Jeannie. It took me awhile to finally get the hang of it. Now we’ve a house with soft water so that’s a new challenge. Bottled water with food once a month seems to be working okay. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. When I was a kid, I would visit my neighbor just to see her orchids.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

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      Nice! 🙂

  6. I think this sounds like a delicious recipe. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

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      Hope you enjoy it!

  7. Spring is bloom and I love the flowers that come along with it. The warm weather, the happy people, the blossoming of roses and sunflowers. Sunflowers have to be my favorite flowers. They are so happy reaching towards the sky. Their petals are like eyelids opening wide to look upon the great blue sky above. My mother makes the best cheesy cauliflower soup that I adore in the springtime. It’s thick and creamy and I could easily eat gallons of it!
    Anyway, thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

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      Lovely descriptions Meghan. I can almost taste that cauliflower 🙂

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      Yummmmy Ninette! Chocolate cake!!

  8. your summer salad sounds good thanks for the hop – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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      Hope you enjoy it. You can also add half an onion sliced into rings, but it’s best if you soak the onion rings in water to dampen the strength. I love adding onions when I want an extra zip to the taste. 🙂

  9. Your salad sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing and being apart of this fantastic hop! 🙂

    1. Author

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Hi! Ninette Swan is the winner on my site. Thank you everyone or stopping by.

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