All month long, we’re featuring some of our favorite authors, along with a quick Q&A and some of their favorite recipes. We’ve got daily giveaways with chances to win some amazing (and steamy!) reads plus a month-long Recipes for Romance Grand Prize Giveaway for a box filled with books and more!
Today Chelsea M. Cameron stopped by with a recipe for Pumpkin Vanilla Cake!
**Q&A with Chelsea M. Cameron**
For me, it’s just getting ready for Christmas. Putting out the little manger scene we have, the ornaments and the lights on the tree and putting the angel on top of the tree. And watching It’s a Wonderful Life, of course 🙂 I love that it’s the same every year, and we use the same ornaments and the same cloth under the tree and the same stupid singing lights that drive me nuts.
That would probably be the year that I ended up getting a keyboard for Christmas, because I usually knew what I was getting, and it just showed up out of the blue. I hadn’t even asked for one, but a woman my dad worked with had bought it for her son and he hadn’t touched it, so she gave it to us. I still have it.
I’ve never been lucky enough to be caught under mistletoe with an eligible young man 🙁 But I’ve always had that fantasy…
I got a, um, battery powered device once. That definitely takes the cake.
PUMPKIN. ALL THE WAY.
My bff does a themed tree every year and she did purple and silver once and it was so pretty.
I love the icicle lights. We have them on our porch and I love seeing them when I come home.
I LOVE giving gifts. So much that when I’m asked what I want, I never know what to say. I’m too busy trying to figure everyone else out.
**About Chelsea M. Cameron**
Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA and Adult New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.
We can’t wait to try out Chelsea’s delicious recipe for:
**Pumpkin Vanilla Cake**
Message from Chelsea:
The GREAT thing about this cake is that it’s much healthier than a regular cake, and you get some additional nutrition from the pumpkin. You can also omit the frosting if you want to be REALLY healthy.
- 1 box your favorite brand of vanilla cake mix
- 1 can of pureed pumpkin (I recommend One Pie)
- 3/4 to one cup of water
- vanilla frosting
- other toppings (nuts, sprinkles, colored sugar, etc.)
- Okay, this is pretty much the easiest thing ever. Preheat the oven per the instructions on the cake box.
- Take the cake mix, put it in a bowl. Add the pumpkin and water. If it’s very thick and hard to stir, add a little more water.
- Stir until it’s blended, and then pour in your greased and floured pan(s) of choice.
- Bake according to the times on the back of the cake box for your pan(s) size.
- Let it cool, frost and add any other toppings/decorations.
**About Christmas Catch**
Two years ago, when Ivy Emerson bailed from the tiny fishing village she’d grown up in to go to Columbia, Sawyer McCallister was the only thing she was sad to leave behind, and she still didn’t look back. But when her mother guilts her into coming home for Christmas, she crashes headfirst into Sawyer, who’s also returned after being away.
Now that they’ve both been dragged back to Saltwater, Maine, they might just realize it’s where they belong. Together.
Other Books by Chelsea M. Cameron:
- Dec 10 — Zoe Dawson, author of Brave
- Dec 10 — Sawyer Bennett, author of If I Return
- Dec 16 — Breena Wilde, author of Frosted Midnight
- Dec 28 — Magan Vernon, author of Off the Market
Don’t forget to enter our month-long Recipes for Romance Grand Prize Giveaway for a box filled with books and more!
The Steam Team