Monday, June 12, 2017

What a CALAMITY if You Don't Enter to Win!

by Amy Flowers of the Down South Cafe Mystery Series by Gayle Leeson

As I'm sure you probably already know, the authors over at Killer Characters are all about encouraging people to read over the summer. To promote their cause, they're giving away books every single day during the month of June. How great is that?

My friend Gayle Leeson--yes, the one Aunt Bess was griping about last month (although Aunt Bess did make up with her when Gayle got her some cookies)--is promoting my adventures here at the Down South Cafe. One lucky winner will win a copy of THE CALAMITY CAFE and a copy of SILENCE OF THE JAMS. If the winner lives in the United States, (s)he will win one signed, paperback copy of each book. If the winner is international, ebooks will be given (Kindle or Nook). All you have to do to be in to win is to comment below with your favorite summer dish to take along to picnics or reunions!

Here is one of my favorites:

Granny's Oatmeal Pie
(contributed to THE CALAMITY CAFE by Suzie Welker)

Yield: 10 - 12 Servings

1 pie crust (you may use frozen; a recipe for the crust is in the book)
4 large brown eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup softened butter (I use only butter, never margarine. Soften by leaving out of fridge for about an hour, do not put into mixture hot/boiling, as this will cook the eggs, creating a bad-tasting pie.)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal, uncooked

Preheat oven to 350 for metal pan or 325 for glass.

Beat eggs until frothy. Sift sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. The sifting mixes the dry ingredients together for a better blend. Add eggs to the dry mixture. Stir well. Mix corn syrup, butter, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add to the first mixture. Slowly mix in oatmeal. Stir 2-3 minutes to ensure even distribution of oatmeal.

Pour into pie crust and bake for 45 minutes.


Don't forget to enter the giveaway! Just comment below with your favorite dish to take to a reunion or picnic (even if it's a bucket of KFC) to win a signed copy of THE CALAMITY CAFE and SILENCE OF THE JAMS. Remember, if the winner is international, he or she will win ebooks. Good luck!


116 comments:

  1. does ice cream count?
    wskwared at yahoo dot com

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  2. My favorite dish is a recipe my son in law gave me which is called Isralei Salad. A combination of red, yellow,orange peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, combined with a small amount of olive oil and a special spice. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  3. <ine is a tuna noodle salad made gluten free.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. A nice refreshing fruit salad.
    harbingerdc(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. My grandmother used to make the best fruit salad. :)

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  5. A delectable lemon, orzo salad with peppers, cucumbers, and kale.saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I usually take either a no-bake strawberry pie or 7 layer dip. Sometimes spaghetti salad. Love the chance to win both books. Thank you for having such an awesome giveaway. lady(dot)janel(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Janel! All your dishes sound great. :)

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  7. Thanks for your great giveaway. We take cut up watermelon, and a refreshing chopped salad filled with diced tomatoes, and greens. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Sounds delicious. I love watermelon. :)

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  8. Everybody wants the Taco Salad. Lettuce, cheese, tomatoes,
    crushed taco chips, and Italian dressing. Bring some sour
    cream for those who want it. Cool dish for a hot day outside.
    thanks for the offer of the books.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. I like to take mac and cheese to Reunion. BBQ spareribs always taste better when you have mac and cheese as your side item.
    xzjh04(at)gmail.com

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    1. True! My son considers himself a mac and cheese connoisseur. :)

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  10. Macaroni and Tuna salad. It always disappears.
    mommomsworld(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. My boyfriend's vegan apple cake. It doesn't need to be refrigerated and always disappears.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  12. I love making different pasta salads. They are easy but I can get creative too.
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  13. I usually take potato salad and keep it cold.

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    1. I love potato salad, but the yellow potato salad is my favorite. :)

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  14. I take chocolate chip cookies. lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. Who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies? :)

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  15. The pie sounds intriguing.
    Is there a substitute, like honey, for the corn syrup?

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. I'm not sure, Libby. The recipe was contributed by one of my readers. I'm sure you could Google to see if the substitution would work. :)

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  16. My favorite thing to make is a simple strawberry pie made with strawberries and strawberry jello in a graham cracker crust. It can even me made as no-sugar added for diabetics. Yummy!

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  17. Anything that we can grill and fruit salad

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  18. Cabbage and tomato slaw...goes everytime fast at events. Thank you..
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  19. Love strawberry shortcake

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  20. pasta salad and freeze pops for the grandkids..thanks for chance
    greeneyes2755@yahoo.com

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  21. I like to take a simple cucumber salad. Just mix cukes, sour cream, and an onion with vinegar and just a teaspoon of sugar. Add a dash of salt and pepper and you've got a tasty dish.

    suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Cold watermelon and roasted corn on the cob

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  23. We usually bring pasta salad or a dessert.
    Thanks so much for the chance!

    jackielizn at gmail dot com

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  24. Asian marinated cucumbers - rice vinegar, oil, soy sauce, garlic, sugar and red pepper flakes.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  25. My favorite dish to take in the summer is my Mom's Corn Salad. It's one of my favorites. This is a new series to me, would enjoy reading.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I love a good fresh tomato, cucumber and onion salad. Fresh tomatoes are the best. Thank you. This is a new series for me and sounds so good. Sharon catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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  28. Tomatoes or watermelon. These books sound awesome and I love the covers. jawdance@yahoo.com

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  29. I like to take my homemade potato salad.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  30. Macaroni salad is my favorite thing to take to a picnic. Thanks for the chance to win! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  31. Favorite summer picnic dish is pasta salad. It's easy and tasty! mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  32. Our families old time fave is potato salad with a dicing of 3 colors bell peppers for a confetti effect. They look like good reads. I am looking forward to reading them. Hope this will make it sooner. Rather than later. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  33. A home-made fresh fruit salad is always a hit.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  34. For children: Jello jigglers. For adults: Fresh fruit salad.
    servedogmomATyahoo.com

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  35. Stuffed potatoes or spaghetti and meatballs.

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  36. Pulled pork sandwiches

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  37. It always seems like whenever we have a family get together that the one thing everyone says is, "You are going to bring your potato salad, right?" Yes guys, making it is already on my to-do list because who knows what the reaction will be if I don't. Lol. That's usually our branch of the family's contribution along with about 3 different desserts. Thank you for the chance to win. robbfan141729(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I like to take cut up watermelon and cantaloupe. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  40. I like to make orange or strawberry salad or a red velvet cake with vanilla, sour cream, cream cheese icing.
    tiggercat24alisha(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. Fave dish is spinach dip. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. My grandma's peach cobbler
    goozylucy71@gmail
    Michelle

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  44. homemade pasta salad with homemade dressing

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  45. Tropical cheesecake with fresh blueberries and raspberries. This disappears FAST!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  46. Pea salad is still a big favorite. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  47. It depends on the weather whether I take something hot or cold, but my signature potluck item is a pasta salad loaded with fresh vegetables mixed in a vinegar dressing rather than mayo.
    kat8762(at)aol(dot)com

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  48. I like to bring homemade fudge.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  49. Cornbread casserole
    kckendler at gmail dot com

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  50. Easy-peasy slaw or Nutella brownies are two favorites that are simple to make and transport. Thank you for the giveaway! bskts4unme@hotmail.com

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  51. I bring my favorite (and everyone else's) potato salad. Thanks for a chance to win.
    babemomara@att.net

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  52. I would bring either a pasta salad or a dessert, probably brownies.

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  53. I'm going to say potato salad. Thank you so much for the chance to win both books. They look great!!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  55. Mine is rice pudding. I love these books. Rayscooby1@yahoo.com

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  56. Potato salad is my family's fav. Grilled diced onions and diced bacon are the not-so-secret ingredients that make it awesome. Jennifer connectwithjenking@gmail.com

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  57. I bring potato salad and probably cookies or pie. debbie.erickson14@gmail.com

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  58. Pasta salad with chopped ham, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives and Italian dressing. You can add whatever veggie is in season.

    Pugpower63@gmail.com

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  59. cheesey potatoes - parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  60. Watermelon for sure!
    Tinahertzel@gmail.com

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  61. thanks for your i would love these i love to read

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  62. For over 30 years, my job has been to host the family reunion. I bring the papergoods, everyone else brings the food! we'll have anywhere from 75 to 200 people. Cheers@MarjimManor.com

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  63. Frozen Fruit Pizza (sugar cookie base with cream cheese. powdered sugar, and fresh or canned fruit).

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  64. deviled egg potato salad! kim7corn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. I like to make a fruit salad, with plenty of peaches and watermelon. Thanks for the chance to win!

    salvatoresmom71 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  66. My favorite dish to take is ranch styled beans.

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  67. I was going to say an empty dish since there are so many good things usually to choose from. lol! But seriously I usually take brownies or cookies for a dessert and as a main course I like to make pasta salad. With the pasta salad I don't need to worry about food poisoning since I use an Italian dressing on it. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway and to learn more about Gayle Leeson's books. Fingers are crossed that I'm chosen.

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  68. Cukes in vinegar and sugar

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  69. It's not a picnic for me if I am cooking! I will gladly being the hot dogs, buns and condiments with paper plates so I can lounge around and read a good book on the beach or swim!

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  70. It's not a picnic for me if I am cooking! I will gladly being the hot dogs, buns and condiments with paper plates so I can lounge around and read a good book on the beach or swim!

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  71. For some reason, the website prevented me from replying to everyone, but I do appreciate all your comments and your dishes sound delicious! :) And now on to our winner... The random number generator has chosen TRAVELER! I'll email you to get your information Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who entered.

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  72. I make a strawberry and blueberry parfait that is so good.

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  73. I like to take something gluten free, so that I know there will be something I can eat!!

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  74. amy guillaume lindermanJune 13, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    i love to make a rhubarb raspberry crisp with fruit from my garden

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  75. Ice cold watermelon.

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  76. I always take a cold pasta salad and some salsa with chips. These seem to go first. I love potlucks since I get introduced to some good eats!
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  77. Peanut Butter Cookies. norbert8bubba(@)yahoo(dot)com

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