Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Groundhog Day Giveaway: Six More Weeks or Not? Comment to Win from Cleo Coyle

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day, a very special day to me for two reasons. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, where Punxsutawney Phil (the famous groundhog), prognosticates the weather annually. Groundhog Day is also my birthday. That’s right, I was born on a very cold day one February 2nd, which is why I’m throwing an online party this week with a fun "comment to win" giveaway! (See rules and prize below...)

Cleo Coyle, author of the
Coffeehouse Mysteries, born on
Groundhog Day. See a resemblance?

My birthday dinner this week will include a generous helping of Lomo Saltado topped by shoestring fries (see photo below).

If you'd like the recipe for this dish, you can find it by clicking here. It's posted at the wonderful Vintage Cookbook blog of librarian Amy, who has been a guest here in the past.

"Lomo Saltado" is one of my favorite
comfort foods. Click the photo to get my
recipe for this popular
Peruvian dish.
Instead of my favorite orange-vanilla Creamsicle cake (click here for the recipe), I'm taking a break from the oven and enjoying a decadent stack of Krispy Kreme doughnuts topped by a single candle. My age? Well, I'm turning 39 again -- and if you ever saw the movie Groundhog Day, then you know how very apt that joke is. And speaking of Groundhog Day...

As I type these words, half the United States is waking up to a world covered by a beautiful blanket of white. Or, if you’re not a fan of winter, a brutal new storm with yet another round of dangerous blizzard conditions and subzero temperatures.

Had enough? Or want more? That decision may just rest in the capable paws of Punxsutawney Phil...

So help me celebrate my Groundhog birthday.
Leave a comment with YOUR prognostication:

Will Phil see his shadow and give us
six more weeks of winter?

Or will we have
an early spring?

The comments and guesses are in! Thanks to every one of you who left comments. Thanks also for your heartwarming birthday wishes. I sincerely appreciate them!

And now, the two winners
of the retro Krispy Kreme
"road sign"coffee mugs are...

My Blog Winner is:

"Lo-Mo" aka Lori of
Little Kitchen on the Prairie 

Lori correctly predicted that Phil would not see his shadow and we'd be in for an early spring (we can only hope!). Congrats, Lori, you were right (about Phil's prediction, at least) and your comment was chosen by random number generator to win a pair of retro "road sign" Krispy Kreme mugs.

My Facebook Winner is: 
Nancy Hill Bradford

Nancy also predicted no shadow on my facebook post. Congrats, Nancy! You were right, too, and you also win the  mugs by random number generator.

Thanks again to everyone for
your comment/entries.
If you did not win this time,
hey, keep hope alive...

Watch this blog or
Coffeehouse Mystery web site
for future chances to win my
fun, instant giveaways!

Groundhog Day!
~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

To get more of my recipes, win free coffee,
or find out more about my books, visit me
 at my *virtual* coffeehouse:

Click on the book covers above
to learn more about Cleo's culinary mysteries.


A final, quick note for our mystery reading fans.
The latest Mystery Readers Journal with the theme Hobbies, Crafts, and Special Interests is now available.

The issue, edited by Mystery Fanfare's Janet Rudolph, includes many mystery authors who have guest posted for us over the past year. You can check out the contents by clicking here, which will also give you info on how to purchase a copy (hard or electronic) for yourself.



  1. Here in Oregon, we're already seeing crocuses! I forecast an early spring and a hot, miserable summer. (I kind of hope Phil proves me wrong!)

    I'm so excited about your birthday! I hope it is filled with fun. I'm sure the Krispy Kreme will be tasty! Donuts are bliss.

  2. Happy Birthday Cleo. Hope you have a wonderful birthday. Here in Georgia we have our own version of Phil and he's called General Lee. Since rain is predicted for tomorrow, I'm not sure if we'll have an early Spring or not. I know I'm ready for one and we've only had about 8 inches of snow. Have a great day.