Thursday, October 1, 2009

Giving Something Back!


Several weeks ago . . .


a group of us girls attended the local Mennonite Relief Sale.


For some time we had been thinking that we would like to thank you for all your encouragement .

This blog has been such a blessing to the Girls that post the recipes. . .
we want to be a blessing to you as well.


It seemed to us . . .that in offering a small token in return for your kind comments . . .

it should be something that is reflective of the crafts that women within the Mennonite community have been making for years.
It would be nice to be able to say that we've been crocheting in the evenings. . .
once our kitchens are sparkling. . .
but we haven't been. . .although Julie is offering to teach us how.




We saw this booth at the sale. . .

with the Granny's from Culloden Church selling the wonderful things they've made all year. . .


and we spotted the pot holders, tea trivets and dish cloths. . .


we purchased them to give away through out the coming year.


I asked them if I could take their picture. . .

holding the things they've made .. .

and they smiled. . .

and I did too.

I often look at the set of potholders that my own Grandma made. She was a tiny little Grandma that sat on a little stool in the evenings either reading my Grandpa the Rhundshau or crocheting beside him as he read the Mennonite Newspaper to her.


I was amazed when searching online for crocheted pot holders that the vintage style has become popular once more. There are vintage crocheted pot holders for sale and many patterns available online to crochet for yourself.




On the first day of each month. . .
one number for each day. . .Monday to Saturday. . .will be put in a tea pot.
On the first day of the next month. . .the secret day will be pulled from the teapot. .

and we'll go back to that day's post. . and put all that day's commenter's names in a tea cup.

We'll pick a name. . .and . . . .
the winner will be announced on the sidebar at the top of the page.
Anyone but the contributors of this blog are eligible to win.


November's Pot Holder Giveaway will arrive in time for your Christmas Tea.


If your name is selected. . .you will be asked to email us with your name and address and we'll pop it in the mail the next day!


The emails and comments we receive each day has blessed us more than you could ever imagine. . . .and we just want to give something back.


On behalf of all us girls. . .

Have a wonderful day!


79 comments:

  1. Aren't handcrafted items just the best? Too bad so few of us know how to do the delicate crocheting that is needed for items like this. Just beautiful!

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  2. That's beautiful and very sweet. This is the first time I've commented although I come and see your recipes daily.

    I miss the recipe today. Now what are we going to have for supper?LOL! Thanks for putting together a great blog!

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  3. I usually don't leave comments although I sincerely love the blog, try many of the recipes and have shared it with so many people. However, I am loving these potholders and will try to be better at commenting. Not every blog because you would be bombarded if we all did that. Just know that I really enjoy the recipes but more than that I respect where your life priorities are.

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  4. I am usually a lurker, but this is the FIRST site I check daily (and I only faithfully check three sites).

    I will try to comment daily with something profound (right!) and insightful (ahem!). The recipes are wonderful, the Sunday verses calming and inspiring, and I had a Grandma who crocheted beautiful ditties such as your give-aways. I have them strewn about my Schoolhouse (see my website!).

    Keep up the wonderful work.

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  5. I check out your blog every day and really enjoy it. I have also used some of your recipes. Keep up the good work. Your give away is really a good idea. I do some crocheting and I should look for some of these patterns and make some to give away...

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  6. Love your blog and read it each day.

    Pretty potholder, anyone would love to have one.

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  7. I love crochet items. These are beautiful. I also love your blog. I check it daily and love the recipes. You are talented ladies.

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  8. what a wonderful idea... I read your blog daily, I do not comment each time, but this will give me an incenttive, GREAT idea!

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  9. Hi there. I check your site everyday. You have often posted a recipe which I have immediately wanted to try. Some real down to earth cooking. I love what your doing now as a gift. My grandmother & my mom had these gorgeous potholders in her kitchen. A very nice idea!!
    Keep the recipes coming. So, what's for supper?

    Cheryl

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  10. My mother made items like this and cherish each and everyone of them. As hard as I try mine never quite turn out as pretty or perfect as hers. Thanks for the recipes and blog, I enjoy it every day.

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  11. Thank you for being such sweet and thoughtful women. The Spirit of Christ does shine through all your words. I love your blog and you all are such a help and inspiration to me!

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  12. Great idea girls, and very sweet of you too!
    I love the crocheted items, reminds me of when my Grandmother used to make all those potholders and trivets. Keep up the good work with the recipes, they are delicious!

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  13. aww, that potholder is georgeous. My mother used to crochet those years ago and I loved them. I am new to your site and have enjoyed all recipes, pictures and stories.

    Thanks,

    glyndia

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  14. I've been reading your blog for a few years now but I have never commented. So, I guess I should say how much I've loved your recipes and appreciate all the posts, even the devotional ones.
    Jen
    A pastor's wife and mom

    My blogs:
    www.thethingswesay2.blogspot.com
    www.whatscooking4us.blogspot.com

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  15. You have a wonderful blog! Thank you for taking the time to do it! I visit daily too and have passed it on to a number of friends! Lovely handmades. Perhaps I will win?! Linda at rgranch@pioneer.net

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  16. I really enjoy the Mennonite Girls can Cook blog spot and recipes. The recipes remind me of some of my grandmother's I also enjoy What Matters Most I have been a big fan of both websites for over a year. Keep up the insparational words.

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  17. I, too, visit you most everyday & have fixed many of your recipes. My Mom loved to crochet & left me several items to treasure. Love your blog. Jan

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  18. I really enjoy reading all the recipes that are posted and all the inspirational words that are given. I also enjoy What Matters Most. Please keep up the great words of wisdom and the recipes too

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  19. What a wonderful idea! May you all be continually blessed as you give back to others.

    Bonnie

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  20. So this means my chances are best if I leave a comment every single solitary God blessed day . . . and I can be the automatic winner if I can figure out how to eliminate every other comment right? Hmmmmmm

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  21. I'm pretty much a lurker, but I just love your site, so I will come back each day and say hi!
    Love your recipes! And I love you verses on Sunday!

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  22. I just really enjoy your blog! I think that's super-giving of you to share some many wonderful recipes! Karen

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  23. What a beautiful potholder and "giving something back " is beautiful, too.
    I love your site and recipes.
    Your values and morals are awesome, too, and I thank you.
    AG

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  24. I LOVE this blog and the recipes that you share. It is definitely one of my faves!! I love the crocheted items, the grandmother's who used to make them for me have all passed on to their eternal reward.

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  25. I love your blog, and the recipes that I have tried are to die for! Just wish that I could crochet, I have tried for years to do this, but since I am a lefty learning how has just impossible for me! Keep up the blog!

    Kim in Ky
    Kimbillingoffice@yahoo.com

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  26. These are such beautiful handcrafted items. Anyone would be joyful to receive one.
    How thoughtful of you all to get these for the express purpose of passing along to your readers. Very thoughtful!

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  27. I love this idea and I do love your posts. I see you have Anneliese's Blueberry Scones. I made these. They are super simple and I served them at a church breakfast on Labor Day. They were a big hit and I passed on Annelese's name and recipe. Thanks for sharing all your delicious recipes... I'm a big fan!!

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  28. How exciting!!! And what beautiful potholders! I just love the vintage style. And thanks again for your blog -- I read it everyday.

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  29. That is just a very cool thing to do. I want to be included of course in the fun draw. It's taken the lure of a draw to get me to comment - not good. I do love your blog and have tried some of your recipes. I have also sent your link to many friends. Comments are so encouraging. Don't think you don't encourage and bless us with your daily entries. They are exceptional, really outstanding. I'm amazed at your techie skills, photo skills and cooking skills with such an eye for presentation! These are things I'm working at too so it's all very inspirational. God bless you for this wonderful way of sharing God's special gifts to you with all of us through cyber space! Truly amazing!

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  30. Well, I have just recently started following your blog.The word Mennonite caught my attention,since I am also Mennonite.This give away sounds interesting.Keep up the good work.I am seeing many great recipes.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  31. Hello to all the contributors of this blog.
    I have made many of the recipes found here and love to try new things and enjoyed the results.
    Thank you so much for all the lovely photos that go with the recipes.
    God Bless (from fellow Mennonite)
    Blessings
    ~Betty

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  32. GREAT PHOTOS...
    i'm crocheting a prayer kerchief this week...not quite as taxing as a shawl.
    what a sweet idea...

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  33. I just discovered your blog this week and I already have saved some recipes! I will be a regular here!

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  34. I love your recipes and love the inspirational messages you give us. I never miss reading this beautiful blog each day. All the recipes I have tried have been wonderful. I feel I know you ladies and that blesses me. The crochet is just beautiful and reminds me of my precious Granny.

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  35. Just love the blue and white and hand made.
    I also love you gals for sharing all the wonderful recipes and good thoughts for the days i check in....
    thank you for all you do
    ter
    anmlvr13atyahoodotcom

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  36. Aw what a sweet gesture! You girls are a blessing to me every day!

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  37. I love your recipies they are so fun and easy to make. It is so inspiring to read your thoughts. Thank you for giving to us who are always looking for something different to cook or bake.

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  38. Great idea! I have two vintage potholders crocheted in red/white that my husbands grandmother made. One is a little tattered now, but I pull them out at Christmas time to display.

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  39. I just happened upon your blog and I love it! I've put it into my favorites and will visit often.

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  40. The pot holders are so gorgeous. My grandmother crocheted but none of us grand daughters learned how. How I wish I had learned when she was still with us.

    Love the title of your blog too! My husband ate at a Mennonite Rest. in North Miss. yesterday and he came home saying "those Mennonite girls can cook".

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  41. that is so neat!! I daily check your blog and use the recipes so frequent then send along the ones that work to other friends..keep up the good work!

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  42. Wow. I can't help but wonder what will happen when one more generation is gone....will we lose many of the awesome things at the MCC sale? The traditions? The stories? Glad you ladies have this blog. It's great to read. And it's a great idea to give away those handmade items!

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  43. I have been reading your blog for months and have made many recipes. I love your sweet thoughts and tasty posts. Your handcrafted items will be fun to see and drool over. Thanks

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  44. wonderful idea. i have a few cherished crocheted and knitted items from my grandma. thanks for sharing your lives and recipes!
    Jennifer

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  45. Is it valuable to you, (and are you even aware), if I leave comments about past recipes. I often surf your blog for older recipes and try them. But, I think if I want to leave a comment, it should only be about today's recipe. Is that right?

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  46. I feel like I sould be sending YOU something. I get so much enjoyment out of visiting your blog and I've tried many of your recipes...always with great success. I have even entered your maple twists in a bread baking contest!! Your recipe blog is a real blessing to me.

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  47. You guys are so terrific! I love the Mennonite relief sales, too. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway, and the recipes are top notch, too. Blessings to all of you.

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  48. I wish there were MCC sales in my area! You all give to us daily, the wonderful recipes and words of inspiration are a gift.
    Blessings
    Niki

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  49. Hi I love your blog! I read everyday that I turn on my computer! Your crocheting is beautiful. I have never learned how to knit or crochet but still have the desire. Thank you for taking the time to keep this very interesting blog going..:)

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  50. what a sweet idea! just watch your comments quadruple daily ;) honestly though, i think you're all so well known that you could open a restaurant in every state & province and make a killing!!

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  51. Those are beautiful. Wow, I would love to learn how to do this.

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  52. What a great idea! I love this site and have made many recipes from here. Living near a large Amish/Mennonite community, I certainly appreciate all of your talents. Keep up the great work!

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  53. I think it was LORRIE who asked about leaving comments on old recipes ... they automatically (thanks to Lovella's technical skills)get emailed to me (anneliese) and then I forward them to the MG who posted the recipe! That is how we can try to answer questions on old recipes, edit mistakes we did not see, improve or just be encouraged that the recipe turned out well for someone.

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  54. Dear Girls, I love your blog, and have been using your recipes for awhile now. One of my favorites are the Maple Cinnamon Twists. I've gotten many compliments on that dish! The crocheted potholder is so beautiful. I also crochet, and I love that we can find these old patterns on the internet and magazines nowadays. Keep up the great work! A Mennonite girl from Paraguay, Brenda

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  55. I love your blog and the recipes and have been reading for several months, as a lurker. Shame on me! I don't know where I first came across the link to your site. But what caught my eye was the name, Mennonite. My fathers side of the family are all Mennonites from around south eastern Pa. I don't know if there is a connection to any Russian Mennonites or not, but would love to find out, if there were. I find it very intriging to think that there are relatives in Canada or Russia. Would love to know! Love the recipes and I print several for my Mom to bake with as she is gluten sensitive. Thanks for doing this. You are blessed.

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  56. Thank you for your blog and all your wonderful recipes. Would love a pot holder, tivet or dishcloth. Thanks

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  57. Wonderful site ~ love all the recipes. Best part I read was exactly where I am at in the Lord. I was raised and trained to entertain and impress!! Total shift from that in learning to be hospitable and a blessing to others!! thanks for your titus 2 site ~ Mary
    mary@p7sales.com

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  58. Oh I love this. I realize the amount of work that it entailed. Tahnk you for sharing so much with us.

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  59. I was looking for your Maple Twist recipe, I lost my copy and it's my familys FAVORITE! Would you please post it or send me a copy? It's an Fall favorite. Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipes. It's nice to find a community of women who can bond over quality food and the love to cook for our dear ones. Thanks again.

    Tina

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  60. http://lovella-at-home.blogspot.com/2007/09/charlotte-roses-maple-twists.html

    The link is on my blog Tina.

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  61. OH! lol There they are!! I had them bookmarked before my computer died, then lost the ppr copy. Well, Lovella, THANKS to YOU. I guess I must have found your recipes through this site. I am so excited to whip up a batch!

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  62. Wow Thankyou for a lovelly site..I stumbled across it by accident I was looking for a style of hat to suit for every day and saw your pic Lovella on the Lille and Cohoe site.. Fantastic...
    So as a normal English women I poked around and found you all here.. wot lovelly recipes and pics we just dont know how to live well in England we always worry about wot people think .Keep up with the good work your country looks amazing.
    Alison..cuddly1955@hotmail.com

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  63. I think we forget that there are still people who enjoy the talent and creativity of something made by someone. And I'm finding there is a need for crocheted and knitted items too. Preemies need tiny caps and booties in the NICU wards of the hospitals. My niece just gave birth to 3 lb. each twin boys and she says they use them all the time. I love your site - you choose the positive with steps of kindness - thank you, Jennifer

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  64. Oh how I love handmade gifts! There is nothing better that says I gave you my time, something no one else can give you. Beautiful potholder! I'm off to try the Buttermilk Cookies!

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  65. Oh that is so nice.. I love your recipes and come to your blog often.
    vickie

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  66. That is simple beautiful - Thank you for offering that.

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  67. Congratulations & thank you for such a lovely & refreshing blog that puts Christian values & family first...&...the recipes...yum!!!
    Thank you for putting up a lovely sweet prize as well....it's a shame many of these crafts have not been passed on to this generation..they don't know what they're missing.
    have a lovely day Robyn

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  68. How sweet of you! I love beautiful crocheted pieces...I know we all do! And I appreciate your efforts to bring us wonderful recipes day after day. I don't know how many I've made now...a lot! Thank you!

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  69. Seeing that makes me want to start crocheting again. Those are beautiful.

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  70. If only I could make my crochet look like that. (sigh)

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  71. Oh what fun! I am so glad that vintage items are "in" again.

    Thank you for the opportunity to play along.

    I do love your blog too! I have been cooking up a storm...

    Chris

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  72. "Oh my goodness!" Every one of your recipes I want to try. It brings back memories of my childhood.
    Thanks for sharing! :o) Nanc

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  73. hello from spain :) i like your blog a lot.

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  74. Your recipes are wonderful!!! I am sure I will be using alot of them for the holidays. I am a crocheter, knitter, tatter, and quilter. I always like to receive something someone else has made. Thanks for including me in your giveaway.

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  75. I LOVE YOUR BLOG SO MUCH,YOUR RECIPES ARE GREAT, I TOLD ALL MY FRIENDS ABOUT YOUR BLOG.
    I REMEMBER MY MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER CROCHETING POTHOLDERS JUST LIKE THE ONES IN YOUR BLOG. I AM 70 YRS. OLD, AND I STILL HAVE 1 OR 2 OF THEM. HAVE A NICE DAY. RIZZI
    GIFTS FROM THE SEA

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  76. I've been visiting your website for awhile, now, and love it. The pictures are always so great, along with the recipes. The first recipe I made was the Maple Fudge Sour Cream Cake posted by Anneliese, and it is now a favorite! As a Christian, I really appreciate the spirit of your site. Great job!

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  77. I just found your blog and will be visiting often. Love hand made items, I make about 30 potholders a year and just as many dishrags. Like to keep busy and they are easy to work on. The recipes look good, actually found your blog looked for gluten-free recipes for a friend.'

    Blessings

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  78. These items are beautiful. My grandma makes some of these too. She is 89 and still crochets and does some quilting by hand. So nice to see that there are places we can go to get some beautiful, quality items. Thank you for sharing.

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  79. so sweet of you, I have enjoyed your blog so much, especially for me your gluten free recipes.
    Please put me down, I would love one of these so lovely Kathy

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