Friday, December 11, 2015

Celebrate: Home Cooking & Giveaways!

What I'm celebrating this week:
1)  Did your mom have a meat grinder like the one above?  Mine did. I'm sure most of you have bought food processors over the years, but those are expensive, so this week I bought myself one of these old, hand cranked meat mincers.

Times are tough for a lot of people, and as I've been trying to cut costs, I've found myself  thinking back to my childhood and trying to remember the things my mom used to make. That woman knew how to stretch a buck!  I never imagined that at this point in my life I'd be grateful for knowing how to do things on the cheap, things I was actually a bit embarrassed about when I was a child.

My first adventure will be mincing chicken and making Chicken Kofta, an Egyptian dish that's a bit like meatballs only with ground chicken, tomatoes, onions, and lots of spices.  I hope it turns out ok!

Do you find yourself doing things your parents did that you didn't think you'd do?

My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Celebrate The Small Things Linky:

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** To see who’s posted for the hop look at my Celebrate The Small Things Blog Roll, left sidebar bottom **

 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)

Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Friday Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors

Here are Foxy's suggestions for Dec 11, 2015:

Free New Series of 3 YA Dystopian Novels by James Dashner – Win all three books of NYT bestselling author James Dashner’s (author of The Maze Runner) new series Mortality Doctrine about a gamer searching for a killer inside the VirtNet gaming world. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends Dec 17)

Free YA Fantasy Hardcover Novel from Richelle Mead – Win Soundless, the new release by Richelle Mead, bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (US only; ends Dec 18) 

Free 3-Novel Detective/Mystery Omnibus – Win three books in one in the omnibus The Winemaker Detective by Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noel Balon, which contains the mystery novels Treachery in Bordeaux, Grand Cru Heist, and Nightmare in Burgundy. Enter via Entry Form on the France Books Tours blog. (ends Jan1)

Free Family Saga eBook – Win Siblings by KJ Janssen, an exciting drama about a wealthy family of doctors, their sins, trials, and tribulations, via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends Dec 13)

Free Audiobook, Boxed-set of 4 Paperbacks, or Set of 4 eBooks – Win Dying Light, the newest release in the Jesse Sullivan Paranormal series about a supernaturally powerful girl who fights monsters like Buffy. Author Kory M. Shrum is giving away the audiobook, all 4 series books in paperback, and all four books in eBook. Enter via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends Dec 28)

Free $10 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of 29, a YA Contemp Romance about a high school girl who falls for a secretive guy classmate who’s being investigated by her brother’s military unit, author Nancy Pennick is giving away a $10 Amazon card via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends Jan 5)

Free $15 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of her short story collection Doll Parts (a haunting trio of tales about love, obsession, and secrets) author Azzurra Nox is giving away a $15 Amazon card via rafflecopter on Mythical Books blog. (ends Jan 8)

For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)
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