Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Authors in Bloom in the Stars

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Welcome to starrwords, the blogging home of author *lizzie starr. I'm so glad you're joining us on this blog hop. As you hop from blog to blog you'll find gardening tips, recipes, and contests. It's not any different here. 

My main gardening tip--let someone else do the hard work. Just enjoy the beauty. Now, I don't mind getting my hands dirty, and the results are well worth the effort. But if all I had to do was wander, look, touch, dream, and inhale, I'd be delighted. 

Nature has a fascination with the star shape, just like I do. Although... most of the earthly star shapes aren't really the shape of an actual blazing, gaseous star, are they? 

 From wildflowers to cultivated lilies to cacti and succulents, those marvelous star shapes are everywhere.

Even in cooking. I'm not a fan of star anise, but the star fruit--that's a different story. In fact, I'll bet some star fruit would make a tasty addition and some delightful decoration to the following simple salad.

Awesome Apple Salad

4 apples cored and diced
1/3 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cup grapes-cut in half
2 large cans mandarin oranges-drained

Mix everything together gently. Chill and serve.

I have a giveaway, too. Let me know your favorite star shaped item--whether natural or man made--along with your email in the comments section below for a chance to win your choice of either a double strand, stretchy, spring flower bracelet or your pick of any download from the starr library. And hey, if you sign up for my newsletter and let me know that in your comment, your name will be entered not twice, but three times! Already get News from the Starr? Let me know and you'll get those three entries. Sounds like a deal to me! 

I know you're excited to visit more authors in the hop and increase your odds of winning our Grand Prize, so just click below for the list of blogs. 

Thanks for visiting! 
I hope to see you again, soon!

*lizzie always made up games and stories to keep her company. So, a cunning witch lived in Grampa’s weather research station and was only held at bay by waving a certain weed. An ancient road grader morphed into a boat carrying wild adventurers to islands filled with fierce lions and dangerous cannibals, which really looked a lot like sheep. Now, filled with fantasy, love, and romance with a sparkling twist, the stories of her imagination swirl their way into the mundane world. When *lizzie must return to a more routine life, she’s *the Lunch Lady* at a private school. Author and lunch lady~~what a combination!