01 April 2011


Update #2:  Giveaway ends Friday - sometime!  I will draw a name hopefully in the morning on Friday as I plan to be gone in the afternoon, helping out a friend with some design/sewing.  So hang in there, it's coming:) 

Update:  Well.  The temp might have gone above 65 but it's rainy.  I know, I know, I'm being picky.  But it's my blog so I can do what I want.  Ha. (that's one delightful thing about a blog - you can do what you want - heehee.) 
So anyhoo, I'm leaving the giveaway open till oh, say, this Friday, the 8th.  That will give me several more days that I don't have to come up with another blog post:)

Anyone who knows me very well at all, knows that I am past ready for spring.  In fact I'm ready to head right on past spring and soak up some serious summer heat.  I guess I'm getting old before my time because these bones of mine just cannot handle the cold.  I've been telling my husband that it will soon be cheaper to just take me somewhere warm for the winter than to heat the house as warm as I want it!!

Anyway.  The weather forecast says the temps are going to rise - a little.  So spring is near.  Of course it is!  God promised that seed time and harvest, summer and winter, cold and heat would never cease as long as the earth endures!  And it's still enduring.  It is groaning and travailing but it is still enduring.

So to celebrate the promise of spring I'm going to host that giveaway I promised you. 

How many of you are part of Pioneer Woman's 50,000+ readers?  I've heard of her and I know some of you are avid readers of her blog.  I have to admit I don't read it much.  and not at all till recently.  My sister gave my brother PW's cookbook for Christmas.  I looked through it and must say I was hooked from page one.  Then my sister gave ME PW's cookbook just for anyhow:)  YAY for sisters!!! 
PW's blog is well worth reading.  She's a great writer, will keep you in stitches.  But her blog is one that takes longer to load and with my computer slowness issues plus my busy sewing schedule, plus homeschooling.... do you get the picture of why I don't read her blog real often?  But it's worth it when I do!  It's on my list of favorite blogs.
To say the least I've been enjoying PW's cookbook.  To get a little more intense about it, I'm 'in love' with this cookbook!!!!!  It's the best.  It's kicked my cooking skills back into gear.  My family has been pleased - well at least my husband.  My kids aren't quite as impressed.  But then it's hard to impress people who think boxed mac and cheese and hot dogs are the best thing since sliced bread.
This photo is residing on the desktop of my computer right now.  I may need to remove it.  Or make more cinnamon rolls.  Honestly I've never had such wonderful cinnamon rolls.  True gooiness all the way through.  Nothing dry about these.  And the icing is to die for.
French Breakfast Puffs.  Yum.  Middle Sister didn't like all the decadent cinnamon/sugar they are coated with.  Too sweet she says.  Too gritty.  She's crazy.
Potato/Leek Pizza.  Yummmmm.  Must buy the Pampered Chef Mandolin.  The potatoes need to be really thin.  So do the Leeks.  I don't have the patience to slice all this stuff so thinly with a knife.  It takes too long.  Anyone who knows me very well won't be surprised that I have no patience for something like spending a loooong time slicing stuff!
Cowboy Calzones.  Girls weren't impressed with these.  Hubby and I were.  But next time I am going to put in the HOT sausage she called for instead of regular.  One thing I've decided - these recipes are already perfect.  No need to change a thing.  And no substitutions.  Make it like it says to make it!!!!!
Marmalade Muffins.  These were made even better because of the beautiful helper I had.  Still in her jammies, but hey, it was Saturday.  Never mind the fact that jammies are, more often than not, normal attire, for the young females in this house.

So,  to get to the point of this post - you thought I never would didn't you?  Sorry, they didn't call me 'windy' as a child for nothing.  I bought PW's cookbook a couple weeks ago to give one of you!  So you can join me in making gooey cinnamon rolls, yummy potato/leek pizza, cowboy calzones, muffins and all the other great recipes.
The Rosemary Potatoes are out-of-this-world.
PLUS Pioneer Woman is funny!  I have yet to make a recipe that doesn't have me laughing loudly:)  She's great.

So just leave me a comment, any old comment and you will be entered.  If you can spare the time, I'd dearly LOVE to know how you found my blog and what makes you read it.  Especially to those of you in that list of followers that I don't know.  There are quite a few of you now that I don't know.  So please share if you will!!

oh yes, giveaway ends, oh, lets say when the temperature here goes above 65 again!!!!!
Happy Commenting:)


Blogger Belle.Rebecca said...

This could be FUN!!! I love cooking!!!

April 1, 2011 at 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanna win!! I've only ever made a few of her recipes but they have been delicious!


April 1, 2011 at 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fun cookbook to have! I like trying new recipes! Especially when I know they will probably be good!

April 1, 2011 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger cody.nat said...

Oh I would love this cookbook! I love reading your blog and seeing all of your creations. You give me inspiration in my sewing!

April 1, 2011 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Jody said...

Don't put my name in the drawing...I already own the cookbook. AND......I will most definitely second the cinnamon roll recipe as being the best ever. Never in my life have I tasted such gooey cinnamon rolls. I need to dig out her cook book again. Thanks for the inspiration. As for reading your blog? I read it when I want to feel tired!!! Just kidding. But it does make me tired to read about all your projects.

April 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

Awesome giveaway! Don't put my name in either, b/c I already have it, but want to say how much I enjoy all your creativity sprinkled with realness and inspiration. :)

April 1, 2011 at 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't own her cookbook, and I could use some pick-me- up with my cooking these days. I love my ruts, but how boring.....
Loved Jody's comment about reading your blog when she wants to feel tired! You are one busy woman;)

April 1, 2011 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger holly bowser said...

I love Ree, only to be saddened by the fact that I wish I was her and am not!:( Ah, well. Maybe if I win her book, I could atleast cook like her. My favorite recipe of hers is the Best Chocolate Cake Ever! YUMMO!

April 1, 2011 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Kelley said...

Oh I love PW... and I would love her cookbook! I don't know why I haven't bought it yet. You should try her Dreamy Apple Pie ~ it's my husband's new favorite pie! I think I found your blog through my dear friend Barb (Joyful Living) around the time you made those adorable dresses out of men's shirts :) Have a great day - out here in CA it's almost 80! We'll soak up some sunshine for our Ohio friends ***

April 1, 2011 at 4:58 PM  
Anonymous marty carpenter meeker said...

New blogging and having fun surfing the blogs. Sometimes I just next blog from my blog to see what is out there in this world. That is how I found you! Like everyone else, I want to win!

April 1, 2011 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Kristy Kay said...

All the food pictures are making me hungry! Looks good Jill :) Blessings

April 1, 2011 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I'm a fan!The PW cook book is great. I own it, so don't enter me.
Try the Brisket, Mashed Potatoes, Jalapeño Poppers, Olive Bread, Sour Cream Pancakes, Breakfast Burrito's and the Chocolate cake but not all at once!

April 1, 2011 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger amber miller said...

Jill - I WANNNA WINNNNN!! I never win anything but I'm pretty sure you'll cheat for me and find my name :))) I don't know.....my family might be sad if I made something besides hot dogs and mac & cheese....;)

April 1, 2011 at 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I found your blog when I was browsing blogs one day....I keep coming because because of your creative projects and good photography...though heaven knows I do not have a desire to sew! LOL I am a PW fan, love her blog and awesome recipes.
Jenn Adams

April 1, 2011 at 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Brenda said...

I read her blog everyday & I do not have her cookbook!

April 2, 2011 at 12:56 AM  
Blogger deborah said...

I read your blog because I am your sister and I live far, far away and I like to see pictures of the girlies and see what you have been doing!! Love PW's blog, recipes etc!! She is too funny! I do not have her cookbook, but I do know where there is one close by! =)

April 2, 2011 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger hubbardgirl said...

i read PW occasionally. i read SaFS often! love to see pics of your cute kids. i got on to your blog from Joni. i would love to win the recipe book.

April 2, 2011 at 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love your blog- seeing all the pictures of your neat projects! PW cinnamon rolls are absolutely delicious, I've not made them but Jethro's mom did-- yum, yum!! I love cookbooks and would really like to add hers to my collection! I link to your blog from Jody's.


April 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh how I'd LOVE to have this cookbook!! I had never heard of her before you wrote this....guess this will go on my Christmas list. (If I don't win the give away..:))
I love your blog, Jill, and it is listed in my favorites! You always inspire me. Thanks and blessings, Betsy K.

April 2, 2011 at 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love all the recipes from PW that I've had the privilege of tasting. I don't really need the book since I can easily borrow or copy from yours!!! I'm just hoping for any of the gals that really want the cookbook. I read your blog because you are my daughter(thank you, God, for Jill!) and I love to see pics of my grands and also all your projects. Love, Mother

April 2, 2011 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Baker Family said...

Aren't her rolls the BEST?! My hubby's fav! I would love to cookbook... I currently just search her blog, but like you said, it takes forever! :)

April 2, 2011 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger Arlene said...

What's the chance you'll share the receipes from the pictures you posted? I'd love the cinnamon roll one!!

April 3, 2011 at 12:51 AM  
Blogger Mrs. K said...

I really like PW's blog, and I got her cookbook from the library but never tried any of the recipes. I have made several of her recipes from her blog, Blackberry Cobbler is the one that comes to mine here that we LOVE. Well, those of us who love cobbler anyways :o) Great giveaway!

April 3, 2011 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

Ahhh! What a fun giveaway. (Please ignore Amber. She should know better than to tempt you to cheat.)

Anxiously awaiting a WIN!!!

April 3, 2011 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Tonia said...

I need revival in the kitchen! :) I've tried your cinnamon rolls and heard all about the other recipes from you....maybe I should try it myself???

April 3, 2011 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger laura said...

Now THAT is a great giveaway idea! Love to read PW (though I don't have much time anymore) and the recipes I have tried are delicious! Count me in!

April 3, 2011 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger SusanT said...

Need the cinnamon roll recipe for my 9 yr old. Marmalade muffins should be in my house as I make my own marmalade.

April 3, 2011 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I've never tried PW's recipes myself but all of my sister in laws have the cook book so I am kind of "out of it". I don't remember how I found your blog, through someone else's I am sure but I enjoy seeing your projects. Blessings!

April 4, 2011 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Not sure if this giveaway has ended yet...it is above 65 degrees! Maybe you're out celebrating?! I used to read her blog diligently, now it seems I don't have time. Fun giveaway! My question is: If I win, can you stick in a pan of those cinnamon rolls, please?? Thanks!

April 4, 2011 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Footpather said...

I found you via 'next blog' and thank goodness for that. Those cinnamon rolls look divine. The book sounds wonderful and I love the photos on your blog. They say a picture paints a thousand words. So true! Thanks for doing the giveaway as it's nice to hope for something you don't NEED but you would LIKE (very much).

April 4, 2011 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger carol said...

I've been enjoying your blog for a little while now. You always manage to put a smile on my face and I love how your love of the Lord comes through. Please keep blogging for a very long time:)

April 4, 2011 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Bettina Groh said...

I would love this cookbook too... and I am more than ready for warmer weather! Wouldn't you know that our best day so far this year ( yesterday 87 degrees) I had to be inside ALL day!

April 5, 2011 at 12:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Include me in this one although I'm sure I couldn't win 2 from you! I love to get new cookbooks from the library to get ideas but it would be even more fun to have a new one to keep! I love to read your blog to watch your girls grow up since we live too far apart to let them grow up together. God bless your week. Love, S.S. from VA

April 5, 2011 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Colista said...

ahhh, if it is not too late, you can stick me in for the drawing! her cookbook looks delish. :) {or maybe it was your rolls that looked delish} ...
i enjoy bopping by your blog every now and then to see what you all have been up to! :D {{i fail to comment unless there is a giveaway}} ;)

April 5, 2011 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger karen said...

i think i'd like to own this cookbook. i love pw's blog and randomly read it when i'm on the phone at work.

April 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM  

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