Welcome to the Summer Treat Blog Hop. Wild Rose Authors present a bouquet of blogs dedicated to surviving and thriving during the summer heat. Each blog gives you a treat—a recipe, a summer life hack, a vacation spot—as well as a fantastic selection of books to read. In addition, enter the Wild Rose Summer Treats and Reads contest to win the grand prize of a Kindle Fire–donated by The Wild Rose Press. You can read posts and enter contests from July 22 through July 30. Winners will be announced notified the following week. Many authors are offering additional prizes on their own blogs, so visit as many as you can. If you enjoy the blog hop, let us hear from you in comments. We hope you find helpful info and a bevy of favorite authors. Each author provides the Linky Link so you can blog hop your way through the week. Rafflecopter link at end of post.
In addition, 1 commenter to this post will win a copy of Cinderella & Prince Dom & Red & Her Big Bad Dom, books 1 & 2 of my Once Upon A Dom Series (BDSM Erotica–check the website for book info)
I thought I’d share a bit about myself and one of my summer projects: fairy gardens. I thought it would be cool if my gardens were a fun place to explore for my grandchildren. The start of my medicine wheel garden before shrubs planted around the circle. Okay, I have one granddaughter who is only a year and a half but hey, it will take me a while to do what I have in mind!A few years ago, I put in a circular medicine wheel garden as part of my love of Native American culture (I write as Susan Edwards, NA/western historical romance). I have circle (26 ft) of Rose of Sharon Shrubs. An inner walkway all around, and 4 sections with spoke going to a small circle in the middle. Each section was given an element and its corresponding direction. An archway of climbing roses is the entrance. It was very cool.
Unfortunately, an injury, deadlines, and life kept me from being as attentive, and hot, triple digit weather in the summer kept many of the plants from surviving (including me working out there!) I went out there during this last spring and was greeted with a Secret Garden! And the thought that I needed to rethink my original purpose (enjoyment) and plants. There were wild brambles (where the heck did they come from, weeds waist high and an total air of neglect.
I came up with converting it into a fairy garden. My first section will be a terraced village built up by cinder blocks in my “Fire” section. A water scene is planned for the “Water” area, complete with lighthouse, and yes, a fairy boat. At the moment, I’m working on clearing the pathway and widening it and bricking it. In the meantime, as I started the brick path leading to the archway, I needed a place to dump the dirt. So I created a cinderblock planter on the patio. I’ll be adding 3 more (great way to use all that excess dirt). Eventually, I’ll add my progress to my website but in the meantime, enjoy my pictures of my fairy planter.
The houses are Bernstein Bears. The roofs come off to reveal a scene inside the house. My little granddaughter as she gets older will enjoy those. I glued them onto rock slabs and added bits to create a home and yard. A very fun project. For the other gardens, both planter and garden, I’ll be taking bird houses and making fairy houses. Pinterest is a gold mine of ideas.
In the meantime, as this is a more spicy blog, here is a recipe for one of my favorite summer vegetables
Erotic Food. Did you know that Asparagus is considered an erotic food? Here is a great recipe. (Original article on my blog here http://www.sydneystclaire.com/erotic-food-asparagus/
Asparagus Garlic Parmesan
Olive Oil Cooking Spray (or you can use enough olive oil to coat a 9×13 pan, 1 lb Asparagus with tough ends cut off. I break off. Seems to break where it gets too tough to eat, ¼ cup of Parmesan Cheese grated. You can also use Romano or Asiago, 1 tsp Salt (I use sea salt) or you can let everyone salt to taste after its cooked, 1 glove garlic or more. Or ¼ tsp garlic powder. Depends on your love of garlic!
Preheat Oven to 400 degrees, Spray 9×13 pan, Sprinkle asparagus with parmesan cheese, salt and garlic, Roast until tender—approx. 12 minutes.
Erotic Food #2 The yummy avocado is also touted as being a food good for great sex? Sex requires energy and a healthy libido and avocados can give you both!
Berry Avocado Salad & Honey Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
2 ripe Avocados (Peeled & diced, 1 package spring mix salad (5 oz.) or your own combination of lettuce, 1 can mandarin oranges drained well. (11 oz.), ½ cup glazed walnuts (chopped coarsely), ½ cup sliced, green onions, 1 ½ cup fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or combo)
Dressing 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup raspberry vinegar, 1 ½ Tbsp. honey, 1/2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard, 1/4 tsp. salt Instructions:Mix lettuce, mandarin oranges, walnuts and green onions in a bowl. Mix oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, and salt in a small separate bowl. Drizzle over the salad ingredients in your bowl then toss until the lettuce is well coated.Add avocados and raspberries to the lettuce mixture then toss lightly. Grab plate & fork and enjoy a nice refreshing taste of summer Full article here http://www.sydneystclaire.com/erotic-food-of-the-month-avocados/
So what is summer to you? Is it a time to work outdoors, redo gardens, enjoy summer veggies? What is your favorite summer vegetable? Feel free to share special summer treats as well.
Check out all the fabulous writers and their blogs
|1. Sorchias Wild Rose Summer Treats Post | Visit blog|
|2. RV Memory | Visit blog|
|3. Tricia Schneider | Visit blog|
|4. Anna Durands Spunk & Hunks | Visit blog|
|5. Judy Ann Davis Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog|
|6. Spicy Summer Treats with Mia Downing | Visit blog|
|7. Linda Nightingale. . . Wordsmith | Visit blog|
|8. Jana Richards – Journeys with Jana | Visit blog|
|9. Summer Memories of books well read @ Peggy jaeger. com | Visit blog|
|10. Summer on Cape Cod ~ Kathryn Knight books | Visit blog|
|11. Summer Fun at the Beach, with Katie OSullivan | Visit blog|
|12. I Believe Ill Go Canoeing – C. B. Clark | Visit blog|
|13. Summertime Love is Sweeter with. . . Frozen Mango? @ Kimberly Keyes blog |Visit blog|
|14. Wild Rose Summer Treats Blog Hop @ Brendas Blog | Visit blog|
|15. Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog|
|16. Midsummer Magic on the Isle of Skye! | Visit blog|
|17. My Guilty Summer Treats from Lori Sizemore | Visit blog|
|18. Wild Rose Press Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog|
|19. Hywela Lyns post for the WRP Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog|
|20. Wild Rose Press Summer Treats & Reads | Visit blog|
|21. Camping is a Recipe for Summer Treats and Reads | Visit blog|
|22. The Snarkology | Visit blog|
|23. Summer Survival Tips @ Nitty Gritty Romance | Visit blog|
|24. Wild Rose Press Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog|
|25. Nell Castle – Summer of the Sweat Lodge | Visit blog|
|26. Myth, Magic & Wonder Susan Edwards, Breathing Life into the Past | Visit blog|
|27. Romance with Spice, Sydney St. Claire | Visit blog|
|28. Author Kat de Falla | Visit blog|
|29. Anni Fife. Exciting new author of Steamy Romance with Irresistible Heroes | Visit blog|
|30. Summer Vacation, Victorian-Style, AND a Giveaway | Visit blog|
|31. Wildfires, Monsoons, and Mojitos – Author Susabelle Kelmer shares how she keeps cool in a climate that is on fire! | Visit blog|
|32. Casi McLeans recipe for Hot Reads and Cool Treats | Visit blog|
|33. Cool Summer Reads: Jeannie Halls Romantic Suspense Blog – Where Hearts Tremble From More Than Attraction | Visit blog|
|34. Summer treat – Adult Slushie | Visit blog|
|35. How to Rediscover the Magic of Bicycling | Visit blog|
|36. Charlottes Tips on How to Stay Cool in HOT New York City | Visit blog|
|37. Caryn McGill | Visit blog|
|38. Hywela Lyns Inrerplanetary Summer | Visit blog|