Just Because…

….it’s June and the sun came out for a few minutes, and the Mennonite Girls Can Cook now have a page on Facebook, and because I promised, I’m having a Mennonite Girls Can Cook giveaway. The cookbook I’m going to give away is signed by all the girls! Leave a comment telling me something about yourself and what region of the U.S. or Canada you are from. Yes…my giveaway is limited to the U.S.A. and Canada. Make sure you leave a blog address or a good email address so I can contact you if you win.




The giveaway book was signed after we had a lovely meal at Lovella and her wonderful husband’s shop in May to celebrate the release of the book.


The following day we did book signings at Lepp Farm Market and Winks in Chilliwack.

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Comments will close Saturday at 6:00 P.M.  Pacific Time. I will announce the winner on Monday June 6th!

Photobucket replaced all my photos with blurred out versions and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

90 thoughts on “Just Because…

  1. I live in Southern Manitoba and am the mother of Jeanine (The Baking Beauties) and would love to win the book. I’m thrilled to have met Betty R.

  2. I live in Southern Ontario, and I love to cook and bake. Sadly, I recently found out that I can no longer have dairy, gluten or soy, but if I won a cookbook I’d be willing to try and revise recipes to I can eat them!

    • I have 3 married children and my oldest daughter has 3 children of her own. I love being an Oma.

  3. I have enjoyed making many of your recipes and my family is loving them. We live in western Manitoba on an acreage.

  4. I come from Mennonite Heritage and when I started reading through the book and looking at the pictures, it brought me back to my Omi’s house!!! I live in the beautiful Fraser Valley with my husband and two children!

  5. I live in a small community in Saskatchewan and work for a local caterer. I love trying new recipes and I am so thankful for my Mennonite heritage! I have recently gotten back into making my own pasta and what a thrill to get rave reviews from my family!

  6. Hello, came across your book at my moms place! Loved your book!! Well about me, I love to entertain!!! My husband and I just found out that we have the “gift of hospitality”! What a gift it truly is! We love getting to know new people! Just recently I was asked if I could oversee the “single moms ministry” at our church and community! ( I myself being a single mom for 10 years know the challenges!) My husband and I just recently are in the leadership team at our church and we host a potluck every friday night for singles single parents! What a joy to share with others not only our food, but our hearts!

  7. I am from a suburb of Vancouver in beautiful British Columbia and I love cooking and baking. I love the recipes on the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog so I would dearly love to win this autographed copy of the cookbook.

  8. I’m a mennonite girl, who is trying to cook! Born and raised in rural Manitoba on the beautiful Canadian Prairies, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

  9. I currently live in Abbotsford and while I’ve lived all over the world I’m a BC girl through and through. My grandmother is Mennonite. We didn’t really grow up with too many of the traditions but I’m trying to learn about them now and yes – I love to cook!

  10. I love the look and feel of your book. Can’t wait to try out your recipes. Your book is a big hit at the Mennonite Heritage Village where I work part time.
    Take care & God bless.

  11. We’re living the dream in Abbotsford, BC 😉 It would be so fun to win a copy of the book, thanks for running the contest!

  12. I was born and raised in Abbotsford and still reside here. Although I don’t have a lot of time to cook I love your recipes because they have awesome flavor and are easy to whip up. They are always a hit in my house!!

  13. I would love to win this great treasury of mennonite recipes. I check the website daily but there is something special about a cookbook that transcends the online version. I live in abbotsford. Best of luck to all who enter

  14. I’m so glad to know so many of you already! Judy, Marg, Kathy and Bev. I’ve been meaning to buy the cookbook since it came out, just haven’t found the time between homeschooling, dairy farming and trying to keep in touch with all the wonderful women in my life! Love living here in the Valley, although a little sunshine would brighten my life! Love the website, the book and all of you for supporting our Mennonite heritage the way you do!!! It has blessed me!

  15. I’m in the Fraser Valley and have been enjoying the blog site for years but would love to have the cookbook!!!

  16. Heh. Looks like it finally took my comment!!

    Ok I am Sarah I live kinda sorta near Dallas TX uh. We’ve been blog buddies for about 3 or 4 years now so there’s not much you don’t know about me….. Hmm. I’m 36 years old and really excited that my hair is almost 1/2 way to totally silver!! And right now since it’s crazy thick I’m letting it grow and on the anniversary of another blog bud’s breast cancer diagnosis next year I will give it all to locks of love!

  17. I currently live in Atlantic Canada and have been following Mennonite Girls Can Cook for quite some time. I have enjoyed the blog/recipes and would love to win a cookbook. I like cooking and sharing with others.

    Thank you for offering the cookbook.

  18. I live in beautiful Abbotsford. As a child I would love cooking and baking with my Oma. Unfortunately, she never wrote any of her recipes down and just recently passed away. I’m kicking myself now thinking I should have made notes when we baked/cooked together. Win or lose I will find and buy a copy of that cookbook. 🙂

  19. Congratutalions on the “Mennonite Girls Can Cook”!!!!! Greetings from Paraguay,South-America;).

  20. Hi Ellen
    I live in Winnipeg, (yay for prairies!). I have followed with interest as you ladies have embarked on this part of your life’s journey.
    We drive by the TTV store on Henderson Highway several times a week, so I was pleased to see the photo on facebook this morning.
    Would love to have an autographed copy!

  21. Way to go on the success of your blog as well as your book. I would love to get my hands on a copy!

  22. I am from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. My grandparents (and mother until she left the church) were Old Order Mennonite. My husband and I live right in the middle of Mennonite country in Rockingham County! Would love to have a copy of your book!

  23. I live near Calgary, AB and I’m a Mennonite. (Why did that just sound like my first time at an AA meeting? lol) I love your food blog – a lot of it is stuff I grew up on… my favorite recipe so far is the Bruschetta Chicken Bake. Love anything bruschetta! 🙂

  24. So thoughtful of you to offer such a delightful giveaway! Grew up with lots of Mennonite connections during our years in Winnipeg. Our daughter married into a Mennonite family; hubby got his schooling at well-known Mennonite schools; my favorite guest speakers at the church where I grew up were professors from those schools. Loved finding your Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog and have watched your fabulous rise to success. Am thrilled you are donating the profits to a worthy cause! Blessings on you all! Good to see you on facebook!

  25. I currently live in Waterloo, ON, recently moved from Langley, BC. My girlfriend in Langley turned me onto this site and I have been following it ever since. I am always looking for new recipes to cook up for my large family and I would LOVE to win a cookbook…I am not the most talented chef and need all the help I can get!

    Keep up the great work!

  26. Hi,
    I’m currently living in Phoenix AZ , but grew up in Abbotsford! My family and I are moving back sometime this summer.
    Can’t wait to check out your cookbook!!!

  27. Hello I’m Justin from New York and I hope it’s ok for a guy to want to cook like a Mennonite Girl. Good luck on all your success with the wonderful cook book.

    • Justin, We love men who can cook like a Mennonite girl or just a plain old Russian girl… :0)

  28. I’m from Abbotsford, B.C. and had the pleasure of meeting Lovella at a little soap shop in Clayburn Village. I’ve been eyeing the Mennonite Girls Can Cook cookbook for awhile now so how could I not join in on the fun!

  29. We live on a small farm just south of Charlottesville, VA and I just came across one of their recipes yesterday! I would be honored to win a copy of this lovely cookbook! Much success to these wonderful ladies!

  30. I was raised Mennonite and I am a “Girl That Can Cook! I have been following your blog for just over a year. Love all the recipes and the memories the recipes and pictures evoke. My maternal grandparents (Tiahrt) were charter members of the Aberdeen Mennonite Church, Aberdeen, Id. I loved seeing some of the family names written on the inside cover: Wiebe, Klassen, Bartel and Penner. Even if I don’t win your giveaway, I will be ordering several books to pass on to my girls that are learning to cook and one for me!
    PS – So happy you’re on FB!!

  31. Thanks, but no thanks. I’m going to wait for the book to come out as a movie.

    Who do you want to play you? I’m thinking Sally Fields.

  32. I live in beautiful Mission, B. C. Very close to Lepps Market. I love cookbooks and would love to try the Mennonite recipes. I would love to win a cookbook cause I never win anything ♥

  33. I live in Martensville, Sask. I have two grown sons (no grandchildren yet). I married a Mennonite boy and was introduced to Mennonite cooking by my mother-in-law. She never used a recipe so I was never able to duplicate any of my husband’s favourites. Now, after finding the site I have success after success after success! I’d love to win the signed copy.

  34. Been following you gals from way back before and always enjoyed many recipes and blog posts … thanks for the chance to receive a signed copy!

  35. After buying a copy of the cookbook for my Mother for Mothers Day I have been drooling over it and would love a copy of my own! Here’s hoping! Thanks, Trish

  36. I live in Richmond BC. I recently lost both of my Omas and miss them a lot. Nobody can cook like an Oma can! Fortunately, my mom and aunts have carried on their recipes and I hope to one day cook them for my family as well.

  37. I am Catholic but have a good friend who is Mennonite. She is a great baker and over the years she has shared some of her wonderful recipes with me. I didn’t realize they were traditional mennonite recipes until I started following MGCC, I thought she just made them up! I want to surprise her with this book. Angharad

  38. I love to cook, too! I live in Sylvan Lake, Alberta and have 17 grandchildren all located in Alberta! I would love to win a cookbook from you and share your recipes with my family!

  39. It would be so fun to have this. I have several foodie blogs that I click on for recipe help….Mennonite Girls Can Cook is always first. It’s a place of comfort. I “liked” you ladies on Facebook.

  40. I am in Port McNeill on the Northern tip of Vancouver Island. I grew up in a Mennonite Community and remember many a family meal cooked in the big church kitchen! I made rhubarb platz from the recipe on the blog and it tasted just as good as the Harmony Heart version!

  41. I’d love a signed copy! I’m currently living in Colorado, but will soon be going back to my home state, Wisconsin. Thanks for the give away, Ellen. I’ve followed you and also the MGCC website since it began, and the recipes are great.

  42. I’m a faithful follower of your blog which inspires me. I’m almost ready to get to the kitchen and make/bake some of your recipes. I would love a copy of your book.
    Nice to see you on Facebook.

  43. Hi Ellen,
    Wow, quite a crowd showing up for your give away!
    Let’s see…I am a retired school teacher , mom to one and nana to 4. I live on the east end of Long Island in Southampton, NY, and spend way too much time blogging! 🙂
    Now you know all the news that is fit to print! 🙂

  44. I’m a collector of Cook Books, I have them from all over the world and even 2 my late Mil wrote. Congrats to the Menonnite Girls Can Cook! I’d love to win one in fact, I’d be so thrilled, I wouldn’t believe it!… and have the MGCC signed!!! Don’t worry, if I win I have a USA address too! I’m a fan of your blog! Thank you very much for hosting this give away! Lots of hugs.

  45. LOL…this is great fun! As you know…I live in the Sacramento Valley, in a town with it’s roots deep in the Agricultural history of California. We like good food here…all kind of good food.

  46. 30+ years of marriage and five kids later and now, grandchildren…truly blessed…:)… but I would like some new inspiration. Your cook book would be wonderful to have. We have a gluten free diet in the house, a LDL control diet and egg and lactose intolerance diet. I have found many recipes on you site that I can use for my daughter, my husband and foods that my youngest grandchild can enjoy…I love the MGCC blog, for the recipes as well as the wonderful words of encouragement that I take with me in my day.

  47. Hi Ellen,
    I live in Southern California about 11 miles from the beach. Oh yeah, in that town where you USED to live 🙂
    Love Willow

  48. So many responses – well I would love to have that autographed copy!! That would be so special. And I’m from PEI which you know – but hey I’m following the rules!! xo

  49. Love the cookbook and have made several recipes already.
    I would love to win a book so I can give it to my daughter-in-love.
    We live in North Carolina. I love all your blogs as well. The
    pictures are wonderful and I dream vacation when I look at them
    and read about these places.
    Sandy in NC

  50. Hi am from the middle of America or near it….I live in Jefferson City, MO the capitol of Missouri. A nice bedroom community…..Very peace ful…..I’d love to have a cook book…..
    I see all the lovely table setting and so glad to see people are still concered with lovely tables. I was raised that way and my home economics teacher drilled in our heads. It is so sad the children of today don’t have that experience. I am trying to teach my grandchildren the method of having a good table setting it drives me mad to sit at a table where every thing is just thrown on the table. I tell them we don’t live in barn……So thanks for being very dedicated to keep the table manners …….

  51. Great giveaway! I grew right by Amish Country in Ohio and let me tell you, yes, Amish and Mennonite girls CAN cook! I live in SC now, great cooks too! Thanks for the chance to win, Nan

  52. I am in northern VA. A bit about myself… I love visiting your blog. 🙂 Love the MG’s recipes. I have made a few winning dishes with your recipes. Thanks for the giveaway.

  53. Congratulations on publishing your book! Having published one myself, I know how much work goes into it. Mennonites are known for their fabulous cooking, so I bet it is an awesome piece of work. Blessings, and thanks for your visits to my blog. EstherJoy

  54. I am a big city girl because I live in Las Vegas, NV. Everyone thinks we are all just visitors and no one lives here and there are no homes, churches etc. I love MGCC because it centers me and makes me think of others. I am a recipe junkie and love to read all the blogs. Please, please keep them rolling. I feel you are all my friends even though you don’t know me. I am the one standing in the back behind the potted palm wanting to join in.

  55. I live near the shores of gorgeous Lake Michigans eastern sand dune beaches. Returned to our hometown, 13 years ago when my husband retired from the military. I found you through my friends in northern Indiana facebook pages, Rebecca and Carol. If I don’t win your book, I will buy it at Rebecca’s next time I visit. Had to go check your blogs, oh food and aprons….. I am swooning over the recipes mentioned.

  56. Your recipe web site is a must every morning with my first cup of tea for the day. I have tried many of your baking recipes. So often they are similar or the same as baking I grew up with but have lost touch with. Your site is my ray of sunshine regardless what the weather is like outside the window.

  57. I live in southern Manitoba and love to cook as does my daughter in southern Ontario. If I win I may just give the book to her!

  58. Hi,
    I would love to win a signed cookbook. I read cookbooks like novels. Love the mgcc can cook site and am slowly checking out all of the girls sites. I love the aprons, I have my Grandma’s last apron hanging in my home.
    I am from Southern Ontario but have lived on both coasts of this wonderful country. Hope you have a wonderful summer and for now I will say Go Canucks!!!!! Next season it will be back to Go Leafs Go
    Blessings to you and yours

  59. I’m originally from from Nova Scotia but have lived in Alberta for 9 years now and love it here. I collect cookbooks and love to read them like most people read novels.

  60. I am so excited for this giveaway! I love recipe books and this one sounds amazing!!!
    (and that I am finally commenting on your blog! Long story short..I went to return your lovely visit to my post, so it brought me to your profile page. and I clicked on the blogs you have shown and went to visit and leave a return “thank you” comment for your visit (but was a wee bit of an airhead and didnt realize until I left my comments that I was commenting on not your blog, but on one of the ones that you follow!) Anywho…it was nice to meet Kathy on Memories and Moments! yikes! I hope she wasnt totally confused about my visit :o)

    I’m off to Facebook now :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!

  61. It would be an honor to own this cookbook!!
    Thanks for all that you ladies do ~
    An Ohio Mennonite

  62. I had all Mennonite grandparents and was raised Mennonite, as well. It has been a delight to find recipes for foods I ate as a child. Although I already have a copy of your wonderful cookbook, I’d love to have an extra one to share. Thanks for all you do to keep these great recipes coming each day.

  63. I’m from Arizona in the beautiful Southwestern U.S. My sister-in-law is Mennonite and she is the very best cook that I know so I would love to win the cookbook. I was thrilled to find this blog today before the contest was over!

  64. I’m from the Dakotas and my family enjoys food. My church family enjoys food. I enjoy food. Great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

  65. Oh, what an exciting, exciting giveaway! I would be honored to be entered into this!

    I’m Jenny. I live in Arizona but I am farm girl at heart…always. My husband and I live in a huge suburb of Phoenix, but I am dreaming of having a small farm in Prescott or Northern California. Just have to figure out how to steal my grandkids and get them there with me!

    Thanks for the fun chance!

  66. My e-mail is linked to my comment, but just in case I happen to be the lucky winner (fingers crossed, toes crossed!) jennymatlock at cox dot net

    Thanks again!

  67. I just discovered your blog today and have been enjoying it. I’ve seen some great recipes already in just the few minutes I’ve been looking through the site. I would love a cookbook, but if I don’t win, it will definitely be on my birthday wish list! I am from Hesston, KS.

  68. I’m a Mennonite from Oregon. I’ve enjoyed looking through the blog at the s great pictures and recipes. I haven’t explored some of the Canadian/Russian Mennonite recipes and I’m looking forward to trying them in the future.

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