2017 Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

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6th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

Monday March 27th — Wednesday April 5th 2017

10 Days of Giveaways, Gardening Tips, Recipes and More!

Plus a GRAND PRIZE you’ll be digging to win!

Welcome to my stop in the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop!! I’m excited to be a part of this hop once again. It’s always fun to hop through the sites and pick up new recipes or gardening tips. There’s always something to learn and new authors to meet.

This year I’m sharing a super easy recipe. Have you ever made Banana Nut Oatmeal? In a crockpot no less! If not, try this for overnight yumminess.


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 banana, mashed (ripe works best)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups skim or almond milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional garnishes: sliced bananas, walnuts, or brown sugar


Put everything in the crock pot and stir until combined. Cook low for 8 hours (overnight).

The next morning, stir to loosen the oats and spread spices around.

Dish up and garnish as desired.

My Giveaway:

A spring print Pashmina wrap, bar of Dawn’s Skin Like Silk soap (Irish Charms scent), a tissue pack, and a ribbon bookmark with When Ash Remains charm. US entrants only, please. To be included in my drawing just sign up for Newsletter at http://eepurl.com/b2TWxv then leave a comment below letting me know you signed up and what your favorite spring flower is.

I will post the winner in the comments section of my post at the end of the hop.


The Hop Giveaway:

In order to be eligible for the hop grand prize you must visit EACH and EVERY stop. So make sure you leave a comment here on my stop. This year’s hop grand prize is a Kindle Fire or Nook (winner’s choice) along with a 2nd prize of $25 gift card. NOTE: It would also be helpful if you left your contact email with your comment so we know how to reach you if you win.

Winners will be posted on both the first (Dianne Venetta) and last (BloominThyme) websites in the hop.

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“Giveaway ends April 7th at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by Rafflecotper.com and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that Dianne Venetta, host of the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop, is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.” VOID where prohibited by law.