Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Cupcakes!

by Daphne Martin from Battered to Death, by Gayle Trent

"Just hear those sleigh bells ringin'...dah, dah, dah, something, do dah...." Okay, so I never claimed to know the words to Christmas carols...I just sing along, jumping in with the words I do know wherever I can.

When my niece and nephew (Leslie and Lucas) were toddlers, they once sang this in church: "Go tell it on the mountain...over the hills and far away! Go tell it on the mountain, Jesus Price is four!" Violet and Jason (my sister and her hubby) still laugh whenever they hear that song.

So the holidays aren't so much about getting it right but about making memories. If you have little ones around, a fun way to make memories is with cupcakes. They're yummy and not as much work as cookies or cakes.

Below are some links to some cute cupcakes to make for or with your favorite merry-makers:

41 Cutest and Most Creative Christmas Cupcakes
Cupcake Corner: Fun Christmas Cupcakes
Christmas Cupcakes from The Party Dress

As part of Killer Characters' "Season's Readings," my friends Gayle Trent and Amanda Lee are giving away copies of their books BATTERED TO DEATH and CROSS STITCH BEFORE DYING, respectively! Please leave your email address with your comment so they can contact you if you win. Good luck, and Merry Christmas! :)

53 comments:

  1. My List of Too Read books just keeps getting longer and longer and longer and that makes me super happy! Thanks muchly! Happy reading!
    Lynn@tangledyarn.com

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  3. Both of these series are great reads. Reading your posts reminds me of the pen name you use.

    lynettek51(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I've never baked cupcakes. We've always made cookies.
    sgiden(at)verizon(dot)net

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  5. More books to add to my TBR list, yes! sweetcandi32010@yahoo.com

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  6. Love to hear about youngsters and their interpretations of songs. I'd love to be able to make cupcakes as shown in women's magazines and on the various web sites. My list of books to read is getting longer. dbahn@iw.net

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  7. both series are on my WishList!!! what a fun way to start them!!
    thank you for the giveaways!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  8. Those both look really interesting - I'd love to read them! jlong AT parker DOT com

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  9. Thanks for the links. Some of those cupcakes are works of art. Would love to read Battered to Death. thanks, mlarkin at reitmr dot com

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  10. Kim J
    Happy Holidays to you both!
    Kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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  11. I need to bake more cupcakes. I wish I had one right now! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  12. My husband is retiring at the end of the month and we are in the process of moving to another state so we are spending the next few weeks in a motel. So there won't be any baking for me this year. I will have to look these things up next year when I will have a kitchen again. Thanks for the links! And the books sound great!

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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  13. Both books sound great and I think you're right about cupcakes!
    westoncarol@yahoo.com

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  14. They both look wonderful and would love to win! And love cupcakes!

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

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  15. Love both series
    tiggernelsie@yahoo.com

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  16. Can't wait to start these.

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  17. Love the reindeer cupcakes. I will have to try and bake some of those for the holidays. The books look great as well!
    sa7mrt@aol.com

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  18. These cupcakes would be great if they were delivered!
    libbydodd@comcast.net

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  19. Cupcakes and cross stitch! Who could choose? Both books sound like ones to be added to every increasing list of books to pick up! cmpelchat@gmail.com

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  20. The baked treats don't have to turn out beautifully to make a fun memory. Lots of our spritz experiments are what the boys talk about. Thanks for this lovely post and raffle!

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  21. Yea, another chance to win Battered to Death! I've loved all the other three books of yours, Daphne and can't wait to read this one. And Cross Stitch Before Dying would be my first Marcy Singer but I'm eager to start that series as well.

    lauraalbert@hotmail.com

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  22. I have some new unused silicone baking cups so will have to make cupcakes soon! I have CROSS STITCH BEFORE DYING sitting on top of my TBR pile but would love to win BATTERED TO DEATH.
    Merry Christmas.

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    1. Oops = forgot email! kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  23. Daphne Martin and I share the 'can't remember the lyrics' trait. Also, a fondness for cupcakes. And anything sweet. ::sigh:: This will be a good book, I'm sure.

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  24. Just got a new cupcake pan today---Baking this afternoon---maybe I should read about cupcakes tonight. Please enter me in your drawing.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  25. I think Battered to Death is one of the best titles I've seen. Good luck. tarri30@comcast.net

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  26. Thanks for the links to the holiday cupcake ideas. I'll be using a few of them!!
    harbingerdc@facebook.com

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  27. Would love to win this sounds great

    debbiec1313@yahoo.com

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  28. Love to read great mysteries, this sound like one that could curl up in my chair, read. Hope I can make the cupcakes, taste yummy. I use to cross stitch, before my eyes start going bad. Thanks, for the giveaway. Tagh08@aol.com
    Teresa
    Keep on reading it keep, the mind sharp

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  29. Lovely cupcakes, mouthwatering pictures, that is for sure.
    I have a question, I follow by email, and haven't got any for over a week now. Could someone please look into that?

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  30. I don't have human children, but my furkids make the holiday happy! I Love cupcakes too.

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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  31. Cupcake making could become a new tradition. Creating yummy things to eat & memories.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  32. Nothing says happiness like Christmas cupcakes. And fun mysteries on my to be read list. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. Thanks for the wonderful cupcake links and the Giveaway Books! Kids and adults alike would love these cute and yummy works of art! :) Both books are on my to read list now. I can't get enough Cozy Mysteries, so please keep writing more!! Merry Christmas!

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  34. Reminds me of my daughter when she was little, she sang "We Three Kings of Oregon Are". Thanks for the links for the cupcakes, I'm going to check that out now. momzillasteel at gmail dot com


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  35. Cupcakes yummmmm........new projects to stitch - talk about stress relief :)

    kkat(dot)edwards(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. Not a great decorator so cupcakes is more my style - yum! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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  37. I am eager to read both books. I eat cupcakes, no longer bake them. I no longer cross stitch or do any needlework. I sure do enjoy reading though! bobbipad@gmail.com

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  38. Thank you for the chance to win. Looks like some good books. griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  40. Both books look good. rblerner@ptd.net is my normal email

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  41. I collect cupcake recipes and cupcake decorating books. Can't get enough of them!
    Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night reading.
    Karen94066 @ aol.com

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  42. I would love to read both of them! bubs(dot)girl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. Thanks for giveaway.
    xzjh04 @gmail.com

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  44. Somehow I missed knowing about Gayle's latest book; so now that I realize that it is out, I sure would LOVE to win a copy of it. There are so many great cozy mystery writers and I try to follow as many as I can and read every one of their books, but I don't use an e-reader so buying paperbacks and sometimes hardcovers gets a bit pricey, so it would be great to have a book sent to me by an author here and there. Thank you for that opportunity. Have a joyous Holiday season. Cynthia

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  45. Cross stitch is definitely more my speed than baking, but I'd love to read both books. Happy Holidays everyone.
    pennyt at hotmail dot com

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  46. Two more great books to add to my out of control TBR list.

    bevarcher at me dot com

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  47. Thanks so much to everyone who participated! And congratulations to Mary P.! I so enjoyed reading all your comments. Merry Christmas, everybody!

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