Monday, October 31, 2011

Contest Winner!


Sierra is the winner of Just Your Average Princess by Kristina Springer!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

On The Go With Kristina Springer

Please welcome Kristina Springer. Her new novel Just Your Average Princess is on the shelves now! Please leave a comment to win your own copy.

You have been given your Dream Vacation. Where are you going and what are you doing?

Traveling throughout Europe for the summer with my hubby and kids. And the kids are all way well behaved: no one is fighting, they are feeding and dressing themselves and wiping their own butts. Bliss!

What if you could travel to a different time period?

Ooh, shoot me off to the future please. I’d like to see what’s up 100 years out.

What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you on vacation? 

On the last day of our big Disney trip, Hubby lost our car keys on the Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios and we couldn’t get into our car to get to my 8-year-old’s big birthday celebration dinner back at the Crystal Palace in Disney World. Solution? We piled the six of us into a friend’s minivan with the four of them (yep, ten of us), and all of their luggage, and made it to the dinner only a little bit late. Hubby went back to Hollywood Studios later that night and found the keys in the lost and found. Yay! We drove back to Chicago that night.

About The Book:

Jamie Edwards has loved everything about growing up on a pumpkin patch, but ever since her cousin Milan Woods arrived, things have really stunk. Jamie can’t imagine it was easy for Milan to leave her life back in Los Angeles and move to Average, Illinois, population one thousand. But it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for her since (a) Milan’s drop-dead gorgeous; (b) she’s the daughter of two of Hollywood’s hottest film stars; (c) she’s captured the attention of everyone in town, including Danny, Jamie’s crush since forever; and (d) she’s about to steal the title of Pumpkin Princess right out from underneath Jamie!

“This cheerful and heartwarming novel set in a small town will appeal to teens who enjoy YA chick lit.” --VOYA

About The Author:

Kristina Springer is also the author of The Espressologist, a A Society of School Librarians International Book Award Honor Book, My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours, which Meg Cabot calls, “Irresistible as a fluffy kitten. I laughed out loud and so will you!” You can visit her online at or follow her on Twitter @TinaSpringer, or friend her on Facebook at 

Please leave a comment to win your own copy! 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Creepy Cake N Bake: Witch Cupcakes

To me Halloween has always meant witches. As a kid, I dressed up like a witch almost every year, and now that I'm advancing in age, I invite my fellow crones to a special Witches Luncheon on Halloween. Naturally my creepy baking traditions are witchy too!

I begin with black bottom cupcakes, a college dorm favorite, and since I trick-or-treated into my mid-twenties (young for a witch, I assure you), they fit nicely into our family traditions. Here's our fifteenth batch of witch cupcakes:

Black Bottom Cupcakes 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcake tins! The recipe says it will make 24, but I usually only net 18 or so after a bit of "potion testing," if you know what I mean...

Step #1 In a small mixing bowl beat the following ingredients to create the filling:
8 ounces of cream cheese
1 egg
1/3 cup of sugar
1/8 teaspoon of salt
Next stir in:
6 ounces (about 2/3 cup or so) of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Now set this mixture aside.

Step #2 Sift together the following:

1 1/2 cups of flour
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of sugar

Set this mixture aside too.

Step #3 In a mixing bowl combine:

1 cup of water
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon of vinegar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Step #4 Now combine the sifted dry ingredients with the water/oil/vinegar mixture. Beat on high until smooth. Note: the batter will be a tad thin & won't taste as rich as many chocolate cake batters. That's okay, I promise!

Step #5 Cupcake Time!

Fill your cupcake liners about 1/3 full with the chocolate batter. Top each with a heaping spoonful of the cream cheese mixture. Bake for up to 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean, or the cream cheese on top turns a golden brown.

Frost with cream cheese frosting, tinted your best witchy green. To create the witches, you'll need: peanuts in the shell, candy eyes, red gummy candy (cut to make mouths), mini chocolate chips, and black shoe-string licorice.

Here's a short video about how to decorate your cupcakes (I apologize for the shakiness--my videographer was on a bit of a sugar high!)

The Creepy Cake N Bake-a-Thon is ON! Vote for your favorite entry by commenting below. You can comment on EVERY Cake N Bake post, one entry per post, for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble or an official Creepy Cake N Bake doll! Please include your email in order to be entered to win. Trophies will be awarded on Halloween for the top creeptastic creations. Winners will be chosen by our special Celebrity Judge, Adam Rex, author of such deliciously creepy creations such as FAT VAMPIRE, FRANKENSTEIN TAKES THE CAKE, FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, and PSSST!

Check the list of contestants and their post dates so you don't miss any of the fun: Mon Oct. 3 - Saundra Mitchell Wed Oct 5 - Stacey Jay Friday Oct 7 - Erin Dionne Saturday Oct 8 - Sydney Salter Mon Oct 10 - Brenna Yovanoff Wed Oct 12 - Tara Hudson Friday Oct 14 - Karen Healey Saturday Oct 15 - Robin Bridges Mon Oct 17 - Michelle Zink Wed Oct 19 - Julia Karr Friday Oct 21 - Victoria Schwab Saturday Oct 22 - C.Lee McKenzie Sunday Oct 23 - E. Kristin Anderson Mon Oct 24 - Natalie Zaman Wed Oct 26 - Stephanie Burgis Friday Oct 28 - Dawn Metcalf

Thanks for joining me for our Creepy Cake N Bake!