Secret Santa Blog Hop

Welcome to Mona’s stop on the Secret Santa Blog Hop.  Gotta say, that hot guy is really getting around WHEW!!
Hope he’s not too worn out by the end of the tour.  The grand prize for participation is a Kindle Fire loaded with wonderful books. I’m sharing below how to maximize your chances to win.

My favorite Christmas tradition has been hand made gifts.  Some years it’s trays of cookies, or maybe artwork on mugs.  This year it’s going to be home made vanilla extract.  The ingredients are super simple: vanilla beans and vodka.  I’ll share the procedure tomorrow…get some nice glass containers, enough to hold about 1/2 cup each.

There are THREE WAYS to get more entries for the drawing. One for following my blog. One for leaving a comment and another for answering my question.

For that first chance, here is tonight’s QUESTION

I’ve been involved in purebred dogs for over forty years and since tonight (12/16) is the finale of the AKC Invitational Show in Florida, my first question is going to be dog related.  But don’t worry, you don’t need to be a dog person to answer.

Question for December 17: What was Bethany’s dog’s name in Teach Me To Forget?

I’ll be posting something new every day so you can hop back over here for a couple more chances to win the Kindle loaded with books and/or a great gift card.  You’ll want to link back to Blog Hop Central to gather up lots of chances for those prizes, and that’s here:

For those who haven’t been following my blog this last year, this is my first year without my husband Tom. Last Christmas his hospital bed was in the middle of the living room, and he was able to spend his final days surrounded by our love.  To heck with fancy gifts, hug those who love you and forgive those who can’t.


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20 responses to “Secret Santa Blog Hop

  1. Oh what fun, a Kindle fire. Where does one put the answer to the question? Which, having read the book, I know.


  2. You can respond here, just wait until tomorrow, when I’ll have another question. Then you bop over to Bog Hop HQ. If you go there now you can hit some of the other blogs and increase your entries. BTW, I was reading Morgan’s story, and looking for the next installment. Foot tapping impatience here!


  3. His name is Baron 🙂
    I’m an email follower
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


  4. Lasha

    The dog’s name is Baron. I liked on FB.
    Happy Holidays,

    mslasha at gmail dot com


  5. His name is Baron
    I’m an email follower, too.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and Merry Christmas.
    I’m off to visit the other blogs now. 🙂


  6. kimberly holgate

    thanks for the hop
    fallow by email
    kaholgate at ymail dot com


  7. Crissy M

    Baron…I follow by email.. 😀


  8. Toni Cosgrove

    So sorry about your husband, My kids: dad passed away unexpectantly last year right before has been hard. This year isn’t great either but we are together and life is precious.I will enjoy following you. The dog’s name is Baron.


  9. JanD

    Looking forward to your post on how to make vanilla extract.
    Bethany’s dog is called Baron.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com


  10. April Holgate

    Her dog’s name is Baron
    Thanks for the Awesome Hop!


  11. Joy F

    The dog’s name is Baron. Thanks for the great hop. I follow by email.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com


  12. Sarah_Madison

    Gracious, it never even occurred to me you could *make* your own vanilla extract! As someone who needs to purchase gluten free products now, I might very well make my own now I had no idea that regular vanilla extract wasn’t GF either)! Thanks for the recipe and the excerpt too. 🙂


    • Sarah, The cool thing about doing these things for ourselves is the control over ingredients. if you go trolling back through the old blog posts you’ll find quite a few low carb/gluten free recipes. I’m really loving the cauliflower/cheese “bread”


  13. Trix

    He’s Baron!


  14. Shadow

    Im sorry for your loss. Its very hard. I hope you all are doing good. Remember, hes there with you in spirit.
    What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! And the dogs name is Baron! 🙂 Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!


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