Are You Dreary?

We are still gloomy and cold in the Seattle area, weather wise.

We are suppose to get some rain and hopefully it will wash all this fog away.

In the meantime I’m setting a sparkly table for Cuisine Kathleen’s Snow and Ice challenge.

I used the same setting modified for the birthday meal we served our son Josh and our daughter in law, Laura, on Sunday. I’m off my game because I didn’t take one photo of the food I served. We had lamb shanks in a merlot tomato sauce and roasted potatoes with a cucumber/tomato salad. Yum!

I’m getting organized for my 1,000,000 hits giveaway. Stay tuned…

Duck, Duck, Goose!

Quackers the Duck ~

There is duck by the name of Quackers
Every night he eats animal crackers
He swims in a lake that’s clear and blue
But he’ll come to the shore to be with you!

Jake the Duck

Jake the Drake likes to splash in the puddle
Take him home and give him a cuddle
Quack, Quack, Quack, he will say
He’s so glad you’re here to play.

Honks the Goose

Honks the goose likes to fly away
South for the Winter he will stay
When Spring comes back, North he’ll fly
And swim in ponds and lakes nearby!

Congratulations to Elsie who won my little game. I really liked the other guesses, too.

Have a great Wednesday everyone. I’m trying to get a little energy going after a busy fun packed Tuesday. I had a great Women’s Bible Study time in the morning and ended the evening with a Sounders Soccer game where we won our 3rd straight U.S. Cup trophy. Fun times but a late night for this old gal. Blessings on your Wednesday!

My Cookbook Winner!

Thank you, thank you to everyone who entered the chance to win our Mennonite Girls Can Cook cookbook! It was great to read something about each of you and see where you are from. If you have a blog I hope to visit you soon.


Rosemary lives in Colorado right now but will soon be moving back to her home state of Wisconsin.

Rosemary, I’ll contact you soon requesting the correct address to mail the book to! Blessings…

To those of you who didn’t win keep watching the MGCC blog for more giveaways in the future.

Speaking of giveaways head over to Feminine Farmgirl for a review and giveaway.

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.

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.

And the Winner Is ~


 So I am happy to announce the winner of my bloggy giveaway! The generator chose #33 from the 797 comments left on my blog for this giveaway. Whew I’m tired just thinking about it. So who is #33 you ask….

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2008-02-01 14:01:14 UTC

My number 33 commenter is (drum roll please!) Barbara H. from Stray Thoughts!!!!

Here’s her comment ~

on January 28, 2008 at 6:44 am33 Barbara H.

Ellen, that’s gorgeous! You know I love hearts. -) Count me in!

So Barbara you were counted in and you were the winning number. Congratulations. I’ll be emailing you for your address. Blessings and may love flow from your heart when you wear this necklace or give it away….

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway.

Bloggy Giveaway Carnival ~ January 28th – February 1st




Welcome to my bloggy giveaway. This time around I have a piece of jewelery from Cookie Lee that I am giving away. It’s great for the Valentine Day season that is upon us. Here are some photos.



The heart pendant is reversible with the black center on one side and silver scroll on the opposite side.


All you have to do to win this necklace is to leave a comment and a valid email. The close of the contest is on Friday at noon.  I will use a random number selector to pick a winner from all the commenter’s. I will announce the winner on my blog by 5PM Friday the 1st of February. You do not need to have a blog to enter. Please only enter once. I am opening this contest to the United States, Canada and Europe. My past winners have both been from the East Coast. I live on the West Coast.

To see many more giveaways click on over to Shannon’s Bloggy Giveaways. I’ll have the link available at 8 AM Central time on Monday morning…

Photobucket is holding all my photos I stored with them from 2007-2015 hostage. They have blacked out all those photos on my blog posts. OH BOTHER! I’m slowly cleaning up my posts.

Fall Y’all! Bloggy Giveaway ~ October 29th – November 2nd

As of June 2017 Photobucket has blacked out all my photos that I had stored there and are holding them hostage. Hopefully I can update my photos on all the posts they have ruined, over 4000 of them.

Update: Besides the U.S. and Canada I’m also opening up this drawing to anyone in Great Britain or Ireland just because I’m so drawn to these countries…

Ellen B. at the Happy Wonderer is giving away an Apron for the Fall Giveaway sponsored at Shannon’s


The apron I’m offering is an April Cornell Classic Floral ~ “Bring nature into your home with classic colorful floral prints.”



Hope you enjoy my Classy Ironing Board Model!


Just leave a comment with a good email address and I will randomly draw the winner when the contest is over. Blessings on you all and may the best Homemaker win 🙂  My giveaway is open to anyone in the United States or Canada! Giveaway will close at noon on Friday. I will announce the winner by 6:00 PM on Friday!

To see many more giveaways go to