Monday, March 27, 2017

Authors in Bloom - Blog Hop!

Welcome! I hope you're enjoying the 6th annual blog hop. This is my first year to participate, and I'm excited about it!

I'm a USA Today Bestselling Author of small town romance and women's fiction. I have two series. Please click on the group of covers to learn more about each series.

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Now--about Spring, and Blooming...I live in a studio apartment, so when the local farmers' market starts up, I really get jazzed. Here's a photo of some goodies I bought last year. Zucchini, summer squash, strawberries, and the bread lady's fabulous sourdough. Mmmm.

My favorite summer lunch is sauteed veggies. Sometimes I add thinly sliced carrots, and/or broccoli, but here's my favorite:

Summer Vegetable Sautee
Sautee in extra virgin olive oil: Summer (yellow) squash, and zucchini, washed and sliced 1/4 inch thick, and sweet onion--diced. Sprinkle with creole seasoning. Stir occasionally. A few minutes before done, add cashews as desired. (I try not to cook the cashews too long.) Can be served alone, or on a bed of wheat spaghetti.


Do you have a local farmers' market? If so, what are your favorite finds?

Answer that question in the comments, below. You must include your email address in your comment to be eligible for the grand prize at the end of the hop. (The organizers will be checking that everyone visited all the blogs. Plus they need a way to get hold of you, if you win.)

Your comment also puts your name into the hat for a random drawing to win one of my paperbacks. I'll put up a post announcing my winner on April 7th.

Good luck!

Be sure to visit all of the participating blogs, listed below. The tour ends April 5th at 11:59pm EST. The grand prize winners will be posted April 7th, on blog #1 (Dianne Venetta) and #50 (Bloomin Thyme).

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  1. Yes, we have a Farmer's Market. The tomatoes are always amazing.


  2. My favorite item to buy at the local farmer's market is sweet corn. It's a wonderful treat, not only when it's fresh in the summer but also out of the freezer during the winter months.

  3. yes they open up on april first an i wlll be going to go ther and get some plants foor my garden and then i try to get my veggie i can eat when they open up on weekend

  4. Yes we have a farmer's market. We buy tomatoes and cabbage but a lot of items we also grow ourselves. Thanks for being in the hop.

  5. My husband loves going to our farmer's market. We have a couple- one local and another a few miles to a larger town. He finds very good tomatoes and cucumbers at our local one.

  6. Signed up for your newsletter. Thank you for the Hop. I LOVE going to the farmer's market. I can't wait for it to open. I love to get all the fresh tomatoes, and cukes, and berries and jams and bread and, and, and!! I so look forward to it every spring. Sharon catwoman-1(at)cmcast(dot)net

  7. Thanks for the chance.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  8. Yes when I lived in California I did. But now I live in Colorado, and I haven't seen any.
    Christina /

  9. I've had sauteed veggies like you described at restaurants, never attempted it at home. I have farmers markets around me, but I have yet to go to one.

  10. The only farmers' market near me is on Wednesday mornings, when I'm at work.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  11. We do have a local farmers' market. I love their corn, apples and strawberries! turtleemiwee(at)hotmail(dot)com

  12. don't have one

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  13. I'm not sure, I actually don't visit it if I

  14. Thanks for the giveaway! I love to find fresh veggies and baked goods at Farmer's Markets.

  15. We don't have a farmers market. Thanks for the giveaway! 💖

  16. I'm sure we do have a farmer's market in town but I've never been. Thanks for the chance! vipersweb(at)gmail(dot)Com

  17. Unfortunately the family farm near us closed a couple years ago, but I always went there for corn on the cob and flats of marigolds. You can't beat fresh! Now I grow my own veggies in growboxes and I did try corn one year, but it needs a lot of space so I only got a few ears. Nowadays I stick to cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, peas and radish. Yum! I may try squash again because I know it can do well in the growboxes from what I've seen in pictures.