Thursday, February 21, 2019

Two Women, Talking... & GIANT winter #bookgiveaway!

By: Merry Wynter & 
Jaymie Leighton Muller
From: Merry Muffin Mysteries & Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Victoria Hamilton Mysteries

Jaymie's Vintage Eats

February 2019

Hello all, Jaymie here! 

Welcome to my food blog once again! I have a guest cook today, someone I 'met' by phone a year or two ago. Meet Merry Grace Wynter, who owns a fabulous castle in western New York state, near Batavia! She is also a muffin baker extraordinaire, and is going to share a recipe and some of her muffin tips today. Take it away Merry!

Merry Grace Wynter: 

Thanks, Jaymie!

For those who don't know... I inherited (from a great uncle I never knew!) an amazing castle in western New York state. It was a complete surprise to me when I was told, and at first I just intended to stay for a while, fix it up and sell it! But... Wynter Castle has wormed its way into my heart, and even more so the folks of nearby Autumn Vale. I couldn't imagine leaving now.

Anyway, freshly moved a couple of years ago, I was looking for a way to make some money and connect with the locals. The local baker, Binny, simply refuses (!!) to bake anything so plebeian as muffins, bars or cookies, so, using my grandmother's recipes, I started a business out of the castle kitchen, Merry's Muffins. I have a few clients now - the retirement/nursing home, the local cafe, a coffee shop in nearby Ridley Ridge - and it keeps me busy.

Even though I am now moving on to a new stage at the castle - Pish (my friend) and I have big plans afoot! - I still keep up with the muffin business. Here is a great muffin recipe that my Nana used to make all the time; she always had some of this batter on hand in the fridge and could bake fresh muffins in the time it took friends to come up a few floors in our New York apartment building!

With my Muffin-a-Day recipe, you'll always have the batter on hand.

Jaymie: Thanks so much, Merry! I'll have to try these... it would be so great to have the batter in the fridge ready to go. 

So, folks... Merry would like to know... what is YOUR go-to muffin? I'm partial to any muffin that tastes like dessert... Carrot Cake Muffins, Chocolate Walnut Muffins, you name it... if it's dessert-y, I'll love it, with a fresh cup of tea or coffee, please!


GIANT Giveaway!

I will be choosing FIVE winners from the comments, and each winner can choose one EBOOK version of ANY of these books!

RULES... read and follow to be entered!

1 - include your email address in some format (eg: yourname at yourserver dot com) AND your first name!
2 - Answer the question... what's YOUR favorite muffin!!
3 - Tell me which of these books you would like to win an ebook version of!
4 - Enter by Midnight, February 22nd... entries posted after midnight the 21st will go into a queue for approval; I will approve ALL before choosing winners! 

Good luck, all... now look at these titles and choose the one you'd like to win!!!

*Special note... there will be a NEW Merry Muffin Mystery in late spring - Muffin But Trouble - and a NEW Vintage Kitchen Mystery in fall, Cast Iron Alibi!

Vintage Kitchen Mystery Titles
Merry Muffin Mystery Titles

A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder

And even choose my latest, a riveting historical mystery, A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder!!


  1. My name is Debby at debby236 at gmail dot com. My favorite muffin is a plain corn one. I used to love bran muffins but now am gf. I would love A gentlewoman's Guide to Murder.

    Thanks Debby

  2. My name is Sandy email is sgiden at verizon(.)net
    My favorite muffin is cranberry orange.
    I’d love a copy of No Mallets Intended

  3. Hi Jaymie and Merry! My name is Celia and my email is bobandcelia (at) sbcglobal (dot) net. I would love to read A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder and love the muffin recipe! My favorite muffin is banana nut ~

  4. My name is Patricia Smith pgtsmith (at)optonline(dot)net
    My favorite muffin is cranberry orange and any of the titles of those books would be great but I’d love the first of either series thanks for the chance to win

  5. Hi I love chocolate muffin it's delish & I would love the 1st series of the merry muffin mystery. The book sounds good. Thanks 4 the chance

  6. A version of the bran muffin recipe was given to me by a neighbor in the late 70s and we still love it. Another favorite is a banana-walnut muffin recipe that has chocolate chunks in it (what's not to like?). I would love to win your new book "A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder". Thank you. Name is Sharon - email is Zibbby at gmail dot com

  7. My name is Patti Smith my email is
    Blueberry Muffins are my favorite.
    I would love to win Muffin to Fear.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. My favorite muffin is banana nut.
    Maryann is my first name and my email is
    bearsgal dot sweet1964 at yahoo dot com
    Thank you.

  9. Wow great giveaway. My name is Vicki. I've read all the books listed above and own "Breaking The Mould" ( ebook). My favorite muffin is orange and cranberry ( chocolate chip comes in 2nd) . I would like to win any of the Merry Muffin series especially the new one "Muffin But Trouble" But if that's not on the list then any of the Merry Muffin series will do. Thank you. nvictoria77(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. Any muffin with chocolate in it!
    I already have A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder, so I won't ask for that.
    Breaking the Mould would be fun.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  11. I like either banana nut or chocolate chip, depending on my mood. Sometimes the dessertier the better, lol. Thanks for the giveaway! Tari H, barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

  12. I'm Daniele, email dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com. My favorite muffins are blueberry and bran. Should I be chosen, I would love to read A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder. Thank you for the chance to win.

  13. Blueberry muffins are my favorite, Breaking the Mould is the book I really want to read. Thank you for the chance. I do like banana muffins too!

  14. Blueberry muffins are my favorite
    I’d love A Deadly Grind

  15. Blueberry muffins are my favorite! I'd love to win Breaking the Mould, I love this series!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Hello! I'm Meg at Meg85242 at gmail dot com. My favorite muffin is blueberry.I would love your newest. I'm a bit intrigued by it. Historical and Murder? Perfect! Thank you!

  17. My favorite muffin is a cinnamon streusel muffin. I would really like an ebook of Leave It To Cleaver".
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com. Dianne

  18. My name is Faith and my favorite muffins are raspberry streusel. I would love to win your latest book,
    gentlewomens guide to murder. Thanks so much for the chance to win!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  19. I'm Marla at mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com. Blueberry muffins are my favorite, and I'd love to read A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder. Thanks for the chance!

    My name is Andrea.
    My favorite muffin is a Cranberry Muffin.
    I would love to receive "Muffin to Fear" ebook.
    Thank you!

  21. My name is Jess and my favorite muffin is blueberry. I would love to win the e-book for a Bran New Death. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com.

  22. Jeanie at jeaniedannheim(at)ymail(dot)com

    Enjoy pumpkin spice muffins best. I would like to win A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  24. Too many typos from auto fill so I deleted the first comment! :). My favorite muffin is zucchini with lots of cinnamon. If chosen, I would like a copy of A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder. Thanks much! My email is jwhite410 at yahoo dot com.

  25. My favorite muffin is cranberry/orange. I love it no matter the time of year. I would love a copy of A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder, since i have all the rest, lol. frybbe (@)

  26. My favorite muffin is blueberry. My name is Babe and I'd like a copy of Bran New Death. Thanks for a chance to win.

  27. Hi. I am Gale my email is I love both of these series. I would like to win Leave It To Cleaver

  28. Margo here Cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com. I love an apple muffin (maybe because we grow them on our farm). I'd love a Deadly Grind to complete my set.

  29. I have several favorites for muffins. Lemon, bran, blueberry, cinnamon, pumpkin...and on and on. I almost prefer a muffin over a
    cupcake, almost. I'm Robin and you can find me at robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com. My book choice would be Bowled Over or Freezer I'll
    Shoot. I have some of this series but somehow have missed these two. Thanks for this opportunity and keep them coming.

  30. Hi Victoria! My favorite muffin would have to be cinnamon (although chocolate chip and blueberry aren't far behind). I'd be thrilled to pick up a copy of any one of the first books in your series.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity!

    Lori (psychoticbooks(at)yahoo(dot)com)

  31. My favorite is an English Muffin with Cherry Jam. If chosen I would love to read &
    review Death of an English Muffin. Thanks for the chance.
    Carol Smith

  32. Hi Victoria! My name is Lisa Frieze and my email is My favorite muffin is cranberry. I love cranberries! I would love to win an ebook of A Deadly Grind because I'm very excited to have discovered this series and I'd like to start at the beginning! Thank you!

  33. My name is Jaime and my email is JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com. My favorite muffin is blueberry! I'd love to win Bran New Death. Thank you for the chance!

  34. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com I would love to win "Muffin to Fear." My favorite muffin is banana & walnuts

  35. Hi my name is Tiffany my email is angelcake12 at optonline dot net I would love to win the first book in the muffin mystery series and my fave muffin is chocolate chip thanks for the chance

  36. I'd like to win A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder. I love historical mysteries. Favorite muffin - Chocolate with chocolate chips. I also enjoy blueberry muffins.

  37. Hi I am Tammy and my favorite muffin is Banana nut.I would love Bran new Death. Thanks for the chance.

    Tighefan42atgmail dotcom

  38. Thank you all for entering! The winners have been selected and will be emailed shortly...