Susan Spess Shay

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PS:

pumpkin-cake

PS:

I asked Beth (my book winner) for her favorite recipe, and she responded right away with this link to Kraft!

Here’s what it says:

1-3/4 cups  flour
1 pkg.  (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 Tbsp.  CALUMET Baking Powder
2 tsp.  pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp.  baking soda
1/2 cup  butter, melted
1 cup  sugar
1 can  (15 oz.) pumpkin
2 eggs
1/3 cup  chopped PLANTERS Walnuts

Make It

HEAT oven to 350ºF.

MIX flour, dry pudding mix, baking powder, spice and baking soda; set aside.

WHISK butter, sugar and pumpkin in large bowl.  Blend in eggs.  Add flour mixture; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Pour into 8×4-inch loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray; top with nuts.

BAKE 1 hour to 1 hour 5 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, covering loosely with foil for the last 20 min.  Cool bread in pan 10 min.  Remove from pan to wire rack; cool completely.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Special Extra
Slice the bread loaf, then spread with softened PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese.  If desired, you can heat the  bread slices in the microwave before spreading with the cream cheese.
Variation
Instead of sprinkling the nuts on top of the batter in the pan, you can stir them into the batter before pouring the batter into the pan. Or, you can stir half the nuts into the batter and sprinkle the remaining nuts on top.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute
No pumpkin pie spice on hand?  No problem!  Here’s an easy way to make your own.  For each 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice needed, just combine 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, 1/8 tsp. ground allspice and 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg.

Thank you, Beth AND Kraft!!!


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Winner, Winner, But Not a Chicken Dinner

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Congratulations, Beth of E. Lizard Breath Speaks blog won the drawing for my book.

I gave her a choice–

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To School a Cowboy

or

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Blind Sight

Beth chose Blind Sight. 🙂 I’ll be sending it to her today.

For those of you who are terribly disappointed because you didn’t win (That’s what all the wailing I hear is about. Right?) you can order my books (paperback or Kindle form) from The Wild Rose Press or from Amazon.

Okay, commercial over. 😉 More about Beth.

047_biggerThis picture is from Beth’s twitter page.

She from a Small Town World in Virginia, and loves to travel all over. Her blog is full of pictures of places she’s visited. She and her hubby of eight years love to take the scenic route through Small World America.

She and her husband love kayaking. That could makes me a tad jealous. Wouldn’t it be cool to vaca with a kayak and a camera to see how many streams and rivers you could get down?

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She enjoys movies and reading and funny stories and decorating and baking and crafting and making people laugh.

She started blogging in order to “meet new folks, bloggers, people from Virginia. folks that I have something in common with–likes and dislikes.”

Beth writes, “my purpose … I really like folks to lighten up their lives … giggle, be silly & laugh. Not take things so seriously. I like to uplift (lift up) folks & make them smile. Life is so stressful normally I think blogging is meant for fun & entertainment. I do at times take on the serious side of things but I prefer the lighter side.”

I think we might be related. LOL.

Beth, I’ve enjoyed “meeting” you (and everyone who signed up for the contest.) Hope you enjoy Blind Sight!