Literary Addicts October Book Hop and Giveaway (ends 10/15)

Fall has fallen ;-) and with the colder weather, many of us (me included) think of cuddling up on the couch with our favorite comforter, a roaring fire, a steaming hot beverage and a good book.  If this describes you, then you need to check out the Literary Addicts Book Hop!!  51 bloggers are each offering a book-related prize, in addition to the Grand Prize which includes Amazon gift cards, as well as some of Literary Addicts favorite books!!

The prize I am offering for the hop is the paperback version of The Darkest Edge of Dawn by Kelly Gay.

About the Book:

It takes a strong woman to keep the peace in a city of endless night. . . .

Deep beneath Underground, a cunning bid for power and revenge has begun—one that threatens to make Atlanta the new battleground in the ultimate confrontation between good and evil. The powers of hellish Charbydon have the upper hand after plunging the city into primordial night. And under the cover of darkness, a serial killer targets the most powerful Elysians in the city, the angelic Adonai. For Detective Charlie Madigan and her siren partner Hank, tracking deadly predators is all in a day’s work . . . but this case will test the limits of their strength and friendship as it draws them into a deadly world of power plays, ancient myths, explosive secrets, and a race against time that risks all that Charlie holds dear.

About the Author:

Kelly Gay is the author of the Pocket Books urban fantasy series featuring Charlie Madigan, which include The Better Part of Darkness, The Darkest Edge of Dawn, The Hour of Dust and Ashes, and Shadows Before the Sun. She is a two-time RITA Award finalist, a 2010 finalist for Best First Book from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, and a recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council fellowship grant in literature. She also writes as Kelly Keaton.

Scroll past the giveaway and visit the other blogs in the hop.  Giveaway is open to US only ages 18 and older.
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Creating Great Meals with Lucky and Thomas Cookware #LuckyMakeMemories #Sponsored

meals Lucky Thomas CookwareI participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Lucky Supermarkets. I received Thomas Cookware items to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

One of my favorite things about shopping at Lucky Supermarkets, besides the very friendly and helpful butcher counter, is the special promotions they run throughout the year.  A couple of years ago they ran a promotion with Thomas Cookware and we earned a really nice 12 inch skillet with a glass lid.  I love that pan and it looks just as good today as it did two years ago.

Recently I was shopping at my local Lucky Supermarket and I saw this display:

meals Lucky Thomas cookwareI was thrilled to learn that the Thomas Cookware promotion is back!!  From September 3rd through January 20th shoppers earn 1 bonus stamp for every $10
spent at Lucky Supermarkets and can put these bonus stamps towards receiving free
Thomas Cookware pieces, exclusively at Lucky Supermarkets.  Just look at the pieces you could buy with all the bonus stamps you earn:

meals Lucky Thomas cookwareThe Thomas Cook & Pour Cookware line includes a range of 9 pieces designed to go
straight from your stove to the oven (4 non-stick pans and 5 multi-function pots.) Many of these pieces have a unique pour and strain feature for ease of use.

I received the Thomas nonstick 10″ fry pan and the Thomas 2.8 qt stock pan with glass lid.

meals Lucky Thomas cookwareThe fry pan is large and deep- perfect for making my turkey spaghetti sauce!!

meals Lucky Thomas CookwareThe sauce pan has a built-in pour feature in the lip and the lid has a built-in strainer feature.  Perfect for spaghetti!!

I decided to make my family-famous turkey spaghetti  for the family.  I originally posted this recipe at Nap Time is My Time.  Since it was a work night, I made a few modifications.

First, I started a pound of ground turkey, 1 tablespoon of olive oil (otherwise the turkey will stick to the pan), 1 teaspoon of onion powder, 2 teaspoons of garlic powder, and 4-5 chopped baby bell peppers cooking over medium heat in the fry pan.

While the meat was cooking,  I started the water boiling in the sauce pan.  Once the water reached boiling, I threw in about 3/4 a box of spaghetti, turned the water down to medium, and set the timer or 10 minutes.

After the meat was slightly browned, I drained off the grease, and added a jar of marinara sauce (sometime it’s okay to cheat a little ;-)

meals Lucky Thomas cookwareI added 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning and allowed the flavors to sit there and blend with each other for a little bit.

Next, I drained the pasta.  That pour and strain feature sure made it easy!!

meals Lucky Thomas cookwareHere’s the fully blended sauce:

meals Lucky Thomas CookwareAnd look how yummy once you put it all together:

meals Lucky Thomas CookwareIf you’d like to learn more about the Thomas Cookware promotion at Lucky Supermarkets, you can follow Lucky on their website/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest.

What would you cook with the Thomas Cookware you can get at Lucky?

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