Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

200th Post GIVEAWAY!

YAY!! It's finally time! And without further ado, here it is!

Click here to go to the blog for Homegrown and Handmade to find out more about this great book, and the wonderful woman who wrote it. You can also look at the blogs I follow and find Antiquity Oaks, another blog Deborah writes.

Ummm...this is sort of sounding like an advertisement, but it's not. Deborah doesn't even know me, or that I'm writing this post.

I have, however, found Deborah to be a very knowledgeable and practical person. She's got some wonderful down to earth homesteading know how to share with us all on her blogs, and most especially in her book. In her book are chapters on gardening and using your produce, raising animals for milk, meat and fiber, and using your milk, meat, and fiber. The animals she and her family raise (or have raised) are chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, angora rabbits, Dexter cows, pigs, goats, Shetland sheep, lamas and alpacas. I think that covers it, but I'm not positive. Her book is an excellent reference for lots of great information, and would be equally at home in the kitchen with your cookbooks. There are wonderful recipes for dairy products, canned goods, bread and soaps. I'm especially interested in the soap recipes right now, since I'm planning to learn that craft as soon as I have milk to make goats milk soap.

So, if you'd like this book, please leave me a comment to let me know. I'll get your name in the pot. :) I'm going to give you all until Sunday, November 12th (while I take some time off of blogging). I'll be back on Sunday afternoon to get all of the names, add them to the pot, and draw a winner (though you're all winners to me).


  1. Oh, Oh, pick me!! This is one that's been on my wish list!!
    Congrats on getting to 200 posts!!

  2. Yes, add me, add me! Congrats on all these fabulous posts, and thanks for the opportunity to win this great book! :)

  3. Patty..It's funny you should bring this up. About a week or two ago I was trolling through other blogs sidebars (YOURS) looking for new and interesting blogs that I've never seen, and came across Antiquity Oaks and IMMEDIATELY added it to MY sidebar. I enjoy her writing and agree with your post.

  4. Congrats on 200 Patty! I follow Deborah's post and would love the book.


  5. woo hoo , sounds like a great book. I'd love to have my name in on the drawing. Thanks so much.


  6. She's nearly at my back door. Would love to meet her someday.

    Congrats on your milestone post!

  7. What a super giveaway! But don't put my name in the hat because I just ordered her book about a week ago and have been waiting eagerly for it to arrive. I have a feeling it's one of those books that I'm gonna want to sit down and read cover to cover. I know it's going to be a great reference book because she's an author who is actually DOING IT!

  8. Congratulations on 200! Definitely put me in the hat!

  9. So glad to discover this homestead blog! I would love to be part of the drawing.

    Mel O.
    Richfield, Mn.

  10. Hope I'm not too late....I'd like to be in the drawing!


  11. Please add me to the hat...I apologize if this is a repeat entry as my internet went haywire on me earlier and I am not seeing my comment.

  12. Hi patty thanks for joining my give away. I would love a chance to win this book. It sounds like it has a lot of things I would interesed in.I also checked out your other blog. That mill was huge.

  13. FF- If I don't end up drawing your name (but of course I hope you do! ;), you should keep it on your wish list. Great book.

    MamaTea- Thank you, and you are welcome.

    Tami- I'm so glad you liked her blog. I think she's quite an amazing woman. How she does so much, well, I guess I'll never know. :)

    APG- Ooh! I think you should go meet her. Did you know that she welcomes people to do "internships" on the farm. You could stay a week or two! ;)

    Mama Pea- How do you like the book so far?

    Erin- You're in. It's so nice to have you back!

    Mel- It's been so nice getting to know you and your family! Keep in touch! :)

    Sue- You're not too late! I'll check comments and then draw a name tomorrow afternoon.

    Kelsie- It was nice to "meet" you through your blog today. :)

    Michelle- It was also nice to "get to know" you thorugh your blog today. I'm going to love browsing through your posts!