My Blog is One Year Old March 3rd!

Update: The name drawn to receive the Butterfly necklace is Rosemary from Seasonings of the Heart! I’ll contact you.  Thanks to everyone for your kind words and visiting my party!

Happy Birthday Happy Wonderer!

So I contemplated how we should celebrate the anniversary of that day.

Should I serve one of my Russian favorites that my mom bakes, Roolyet? Make sure you roll your tongue on the roo part of the word.


Or maybe I could serve this dessert I’ve made that is so simple and I’ll include the directions below.

But in the great Hobbit Birthday Tradition I decided I would give away a gift to celebrate. The winning of this gift is open to all my regular bloggy friends and bloggers who participate in the same weekly memes I do. All you have to do is to leave a comment and make sure you include a good email address so I can contact you if you win. If you’re a guy I’m sorry that this is so feminine but if you win maybe you could give it to your wife, mother, sister, or friend.

I thought this was appropriate for the hope of Spring and new life it brings.

So thanks for stopping by my party and take time to comment and enter the drawing. It’s been a fun year for me getting to know all about blogging. I appreciate the friendships I’ve developed and am grateful for y’all.

ellen b.

Easy directions for individual trifle like desserts…

Cook one larger package of Vanilla pudding (not instant) according to package directions then put plastic wrap right on the surface of the pudding and let it cool in the refrigerator. While the pudding is cooling wash and cut 1 large carton of fresh strawberries into bite size pieces. Put them into a bowl and sprinkle sugar on top of them to make them juicier and sweeter. After the pudding has gotten cold whip up 2 cups heavy whipping cream (I add 1/4 -1/2 tsp. pure almond extract to the cream). Save some of the whipping cream to top the desserts and fold in the rest of the whipped cream into the cold pudding. Now all you have to do is assemble the individual trifles. Put some of the strawberries in the bottom of a fun glass or glass bowl, then add some store bought pound cake torn into pieces or angel food cake torn into pieces, next put some of the pudding mixture then keep layering in this same order. Top with a dollop of whip cream and a strawberry.  Simple and refreshing and yummy. (You could also make the layers in a Large Trifle bowl)

Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage. I’m working on updating my blog posts very slowly.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

16 thoughts on “My Blog is One Year Old March 3rd!

  1. Congratulations on your first blog anniversary! I’ve seen you grow in the last 6 months that I’ve been blogging and your blog is a pleasure to read and the photos are beautiful. I’ve really enjoyed your field trips like the one to the Ventura Mission or the Adobe. Keep up the great work and I wish you many more blog anniversaries. 🙂

  2. Happy, happy birthday to you, Ellen!

    It seems I’ve known you longer than a year; I would have sworn it’s been nearly a lifetime! LoL

    I’m looking forward to another great year of photos and recipes, hymns and memes, and most of all encouragement from one of my favorite bloggers!

  3. Blessings back to you Ellen … I do enjoy your blog …. it is interesting and you take great pics. The famly part is a blessing in its own right … I don’t always comment but I am here often, you have been given the gift of encouragement … Looking forward to another year with you!

  4. Happy Bloggyversary, Ellen! You have certainly fulfilled your desire to encourage and bless through the means of The Happy Wonderer! Many blessings to you in the year ahead.

  5. Congratulations on your blggyversary Ellen. Indeed you should feel like a celebration. I felt such a sense of accomplishment after my first year.

    Enjoy your day and many blessing on you.. . .
    Oh and there is a job opening over at my blog. . woo hoo

  6. Congrats!!!! Yippee – do it all. Eat and get yourself a beautiful necklace that has meaning. You get the best of all worlds that way. Well done 🙂

  7. I re-read that, and it didn’t come out right. I was saying you should have the dessert and get yourself a necklace like the one you’re giving away…you deserve it all! Now, does that make better sense? …you remind me of my mom. When it was time to celebrate her b-day, she gave away gifts too (versus asking for any).

  8. What will I do to get that butterfly eh?! Gosh, I’d be dreaming of that for nights! LOL

    Happy birthday to Happy Wonderer and more power!



  9. Congratulations on your one year blog anniversary! Your blog is always an inspiration…and thank you so much for your encouragement as I was just beginning my own blog; I had no idea yours was only 4 months old at the time!

    I think it’s wonderful of you to give something away to celebrate – those Hobbits know how to do things right!

  10. One year of history behind you!! Congratulations!
    I wonder where a year from now will have taken me?
    Your Roolyet looks delicious! Can I have one little bite?
    The trifle recipe is on its way to my family cookbook!
    They both look like something good for an Easter meal!

    The butterfly is beautiful. My family has a thing for butterflies….I’ll show you something in my blog tomorrow.
    See, you gave me an idea!

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