Mar 14

LUCKY IN LOVE BLOGHOP

Lucky in Love? Well, are you? It’s a time of luck and wealth…or not. With each romance we find ourselves in a new world of love and memories. Are these just by chance? Is it luck? Welcome to your second annual Lucky in Love Blog Hop where we want to hear about your love, your romance, and how much you love St. Patrick’s Day!!! Are you wearing green? Ready to get pinched…or wait…do you like that?

Below this post is how to win . . . so, please read to the end.

Sláinte is táinte! (pronounced – slawn-chah iss tan-chah). Now, I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, per se, as I know the history behind it and cannot condone it, BUT I do love all things Irish and do choose to join in on the fun and heritage events around me. Everything from step dancing (watching only, of course) to great food and fun. So while I wear my snake, I also celebrate my heritage .

I do consider this time of year to be lucky for me though. My youngest was born on the 17th so we’ll be doing up the cake and ice cream instead of the Guinness, lol.

So on that note, I think I’ll leave you with a recipe to use to join chocolate and Guinness . . . what could be better? Seriously?!

Guinness and Orange Moist Chocolate Cake Recipe
Photo © Getty Images

Yum. The cake is so easy to make and is a lovely Afternoon Tea treat and also perfect for St Patrick’s Day.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz/175g sugar
  • 3 oz/ 75g margarine or butter
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 4 tbsp Guinness
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 6 oz/ 170g + 4 tsp self raising flour 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ oz/15g cocoa
  • Chocolate Buttercream or whipped cream as desired

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C

  • In a large baking bowl cream the sugar with the margarine or butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add half beaten egg and 1 tsp of the extra flour and beat well, then repeat
  • Add 1 tbsp Guinness and 1 tsp flour and stir and repeat.
  • Sieve the baking powder, flour and cocoa and fold gently into the butter and egg mixture. Finally, gently stir in the orange zest.
  • Grease 2 x 8"/20cm cake tins. Divide the mixture between the two tins, and gently spread to create a smooth surface. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes until the cakes are risen, springy to the touch and have shrunk slightly from the edge of the tin. Leave in the tins for 5 mins then turn out and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  • Remove the cakes from the tins and leave to cool on a wire rack. Once cooled Sandwich together with either chocolate cream, or whipped cream as desired.

The cake is delicious filled with fresh cream, or filled and topped with chocolate butter cream.

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Now for your part . . .

Are You Lucky In Love?

From March 15th — March 18th, you can HOP around the blogs, comment on each and follow their rules, and be entered to win over 300 giveaways. Yep. I said 300+ GIVEAWAYS. Each blog will have its own giveaway, PLUS we have TWO grand prizes.

  • 1st Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (INT)
  • 2nd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! (US Only)
  • PLUS I’m giving away a $10 Amazon or ARe Gift Card to ONE commenter. All you need to do is comment (email required). (INT)

You can comment on 1 or all 300+ and be entered for the grand prizes, plus get a shot at all the great prizes out there! Good luck!

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    • Andrew T. Kuligowski on March 15th 2013 at 4:35 am

    With my 30th wedding annversary coming up, I am lucky enough not to have to consistently test whether or not I am lucky in love.
    KuligowskiAndrew (at) gmail (daht) com

  1. I am a winner in love! Hey, great recipe. I’ll be trying this one 🙂
    sherifredricks @charter .net

    • petula winmill on March 15th 2013 at 11:02 am

    That recipe looks really yummy I will have to try it. Maybe you should give your son mint ice cream. That’s green. 🙂

    p.winmill@hotmail.com

    • Wendy Pogrant on March 15th 2013 at 11:58 am

    I am not lucky in love.
    wendy_pogrant@yahoo.com

  2. I am lucky in love – been married for almost 20 years.

    kesummer69(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Maria D. on March 15th 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I am not lucky in love….at least not the romantic kind:)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

    • Carla on March 15th 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I don’t know that luck has any bearing on having a successful relationship. It’s a whole lot of work. I married my high school sweetheart right out of high school. We have been married for 17 years.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

    • mikilectureaventure on March 15th 2013 at 1:53 pm

    so far i’m not lucky nor unlucky in love. i’m still waiting for teh right one^^
    but i’m lucky to have my birthday tomorrow^^

    happy St Patrick’s day

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Melanie Hanna on March 15th 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I am lucky in love! This year makes 3 years happily married and am looking forward to many more! Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe!
    melanie.helley@gmail.com

    • Kirsty on March 15th 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks for the hop!
    My e-mail is strwberrysuprise@hotmail.com
    strwberrysuprise[at]hotmail[dot]com

    • Shelly Hammond on March 15th 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I don’t know that I would say I’m lucky in love or not. Well, maybe it’s better to say I’ve not always been lucky in love. I’ve been lucky at times and unlucky at other times. Married once when very young, divorced once, remarried someone else later and now still happily (most of the time :P) married so I would say right now I feel lucky in love .

    Thank you for the chance to enter 😀 Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone 🙂
    Shelly H
    booski24@hotmail.com

  3. I think so I have been with hubby since high school celebrating 25 years in October!!!

    josiehink122026(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Veronica on March 15th 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Haven’t been lucky in love yet, but definitely still keeping my fingers crossed it happens : )

    xo_veronica16[at]hotmail[dot]com

    • ratmom on March 15th 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I do think I’m lucky in love. I’ve been with my hubby now for 22 years.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

    • kchorak on March 15th 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I’m going to have to try this recipe out on my husband of 15 1/2 years. I think that means I’m lucky in love.

    kchorak @ sbcglobal . net

    • Ana S on March 16th 2013 at 9:56 am

    I haven’t been lucky in love so far, but here’s to hoping…

    anasmith1919 at gmail dot com

    • susan platt on March 16th 2013 at 5:28 pm

    My husband and I have been together for 12 years so that seems pretty lucky to me!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

    • Natasha on March 17th 2013 at 12:33 am

    Not yet.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

    • JanD on March 17th 2013 at 5:22 am

    No luck in love yet.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

    • Beckey on March 17th 2013 at 7:28 am

    Yeah I think I am.. My husband and I just jumped the marriage train (married on 3.13.13). We have been dating for the last 12 years…

    • Stacey on March 17th 2013 at 8:11 am

    Can’t wait to try the cake!

    I’ve been lucky in love…11 years and counting 😉
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day
    staceyprice(AT)Gmail.com

    • Lily B on March 17th 2013 at 8:36 am

    yes very lucky, love my husband going on five years <3

      • Lily B on March 17th 2013 at 8:37 am

      forgot my email 🙁 lilypondreads at gmail dot com

    • Krista on March 17th 2013 at 10:09 am

    Nope. Hopefully, one day I will be. Thanks for the giveaway!

      • Krista on March 17th 2013 at 10:10 am

      pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

    • Lisa Walker Liese2 on March 17th 2013 at 10:52 am

    Thanks for the great recipe! I have been lucky in love for a long time!
    liese1235@gmail.com

    • Veronika on March 17th 2013 at 11:28 am

    I have no luck in love. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Aly P on March 17th 2013 at 2:11 pm

    No…. I am lousy in love.
    alinutza4u2004[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk

    • Trix on March 17th 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Unlucky in that I haven’t found the right guy yet, lucky in that I haven’t been saddled with the wrong one!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

    • Mary Roya on March 17th 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks for being in the Happy St. Patrick’s Day blog hop.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, ya’ll!
    Keep writing so I can keep reading.
    roya-clan@sbcglobal.net

    • Merry on March 17th 2013 at 7:39 pm

    That cake looks delicious! I consider myself lucky in love as in addition to finding someone who’s pretty perfect, I’ve had a lot of fun in the process (and have been lucky enough not to end up with what was definitely Mr Wrong!)

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  4. Haven’t been lucky in love myself yet! Hope to be soon! Thanks for the great giveaway and for joining the hop!!!!
    Ashley A
    ash_app(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • bn100 on March 18th 2013 at 12:55 am

    Not lucky yet. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • Mimi on March 18th 2013 at 1:13 am

    No luck so far…

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    anasmithblue At gmail DOT com

    • Froggy on March 18th 2013 at 3:27 am

    I am married to my soul mate

    Happy St Patty’s Day!

    Froggy
    froggarita@gmail.com

  5. Very lucky in love. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

    divajeffersonATgmailDOTcom

    • Joy F on March 18th 2013 at 12:13 pm

    No, I have not been lucky in love.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

    • Dovile on March 18th 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Not so far.

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Terri on March 18th 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I haven’t been lucky in love but I have hope
    atthemapletable at yahoo dot com

  6. Absolutely! I found my lucky leprechaun 16 years ago. He is amazing.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

    • vampedchik on March 18th 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Not as of yet no. Im still looking though.
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

    • Krysta B. on March 18th 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Nope, not lucky in love at all.
    Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Saint Patty’s Day!

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

  7. Thank You for the Cake. I will make it at the end of the month for my birthday. I will be wishing for the Lucky in love thing. Happy St paddy’s day!

    Judy P
    strawberryrose@earthlink.net

    • vicky b on March 18th 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I am lucky in love mrsbrinius@comcast.net thanks!

    • Jolene A on March 18th 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I was lucky and married my highschool sweetheart

    june11(at)att(dot)net

    • Daniel M on March 18th 2013 at 8:11 pm

    i’ve very unlucky – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

    • Meghan Stith on March 18th 2013 at 9:48 pm

    What a great giveaway hop! I have yet to be lucky in love but I’m working on it. My favorite love book is “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. Jamie Fraser is amazing and beautiful. I enjoy St. Patty’s Day and this year I’m spending it with my best friend. We’re going to two Irish Pubs and also some dance clubs. I am also wearing green and am not a fan of getting pinched. I’m not Irish either, but many people think I am because my hair is red, my eyes green and my name is Meghan, but I’m not at all. I won’t be telling anybody that, however… let them believe I’m Irish.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  8. I consider myself lucky in love. I have lots of family and friends who love me and I love them. I haven’t met my soul mate. . . yet. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you had a happy St. Patrick’s day!
    jessangil at gmail dot com

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