Friday the 13th!

So happy I’m not superstitious. I still have to share 5 more hats I’ve worn or am wearing but my creative juices aren’t flowing these days but rather they are dribbling. I’ll get back to those hats at a later Friday. So here are five favorites from this past week.


#1. Mother’s Day brunch with my kids that are on this side of the mountains.


#2. A few hours with these girls on Tuesday in Canada. The tall blond on the left that you probably don’t recognize is a writer who is writing a play about the Mennonite Girls Can Cook that will be staged later this year in Indiana and possibly Ohio.

Martha Bolton1#3. Lovella opened up her home for our meeting with the writer and cranked up her oven to treat us to coffee and these delicious rhubarb rolls for our morning coffee time. Delicious!

Martha BoltonThen Lovella and the B.C. girls that were free to come for lunch offered up these delicious salads and other goodies.

#4. Our new book is in the works and we got a preview on what it is going to look like. I’ll share more about this soon.


#5. Today (Thursday) Dear and I worked outside mowing and weed whacking and then we brought down our deck furniture and set it out for the season.


We are thankfully heading into a quiet weekend. We have been processing lots of emotional things this week in our extended family and quiet is good to look forward to. Of course we know that just because we think it will be quiet doesn’t guarantee it. The other thing we know is that God is in control of everything that is allowed into our lives.

I’m linking up with Five on Friday with Amy at Love Made My Home and with Friday’s Fave Five with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.

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.

21 thoughts on “Friday the 13th!

  1. Beautiful family photos! and the one of your friends also. That food looks scrumptious! I could go for a food break right now. That salad with the starburst in the middle is gorgeous and clever. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. And yes, it’s a comfort to know that God is in control of all things. Good thing I’m not. šŸ™‚

  2. Looks like you have had a busy but fun week. Such delicious looking food. Hopefully you will be able to enjoy your weed free garden this weekend and relax. B x

  3. Lovely group photos from your get togethers with family and with friends. The food looks so colourful and delicious. You have a lovely deck with a pretty awning. I hope you enjoy relaxing there in the coming days.

  4. I think your Mennonite Girls Can Cook group is so cool! Love all your projects – and your recipes, of course.

    I hope you do have a relaxing weekend to process recent events. I, too, am very thankful God is in control … and we are not.

  5. What gorgeous flowers behind you in the top photos! Glad you were able to get together with your kids on Mother’s day. We just got our patio in shape for summer, too.

    A play! Interesting!
    Those rolls and lunch dishes look so good.

  6. I can relate to the “dribbling” creative juices. Eek.

    Those are lovely pictures of you and your children on Mother’s Day! And more lovely pictures of you and the other MGCC gals! Happy smiles! šŸ™‚

    I am sorry that it has been a rough week in your extended family. Praying for His grace for all of you…

  7. The rhubarb rolls look brilliant! I must try that. I adore rhubarb.
    Hope the extended family stuff eases.
    Yay for patio furniture! You have had a lovely May!

  8. So nice to be with good friends. We don’t have much rhubarb here in SC. I can find it in the grocery, but it is not very nice. I would imagine those rolls can be made with other fruit?

    • Yes Ann, They are a variation on Cinnamon rolls, with fruit instead of cinnamon…you’ll have to add a thickener/binder to the fruit so it just doesn’t run all over the bottom of the pan.

  9. Lovely moments from your week. The rolls look very delicious! I hope that your new cookbook does really well! Thank you for joining Five On Friday, I hope you are having a good weekend. Sorry to be late visiting, I have been otherwise occupied as I said in my post. xx

  10. Oh Ellen, I am so excited about all the things that are in the works for you MGCC ladies!!! Where do you get all that energy? The food on Lovella’s table looks so amazing. So wishing you would be in Canada on May 31st!!! Someday we’ll meet …. I hope!

  11. A play?! That is so cool! Thank goodness, you’re blogging, Ellen, so I hear about these things. Inquiring minds and all that. Can’t wait to hear more. What good food you create and enjoy together!

  12. Another MGCC cook book? Yay! I looked and looked again for Marg. She must be out visiting grandbabies.
    Your patio looks so inviting! Having the cover is important šŸ™‚

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