Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Ham and Spaghetti Casserole and Book Giveaway


Our favorite recipe to use up the leftover ham from Easter dinner is this really easy and family friendly dish.  I've been making this most of my married life and even now with our kids grown and away from home the two of us still enjoy this comforting casserole.
Add a crisp green salad  and enjoy!

  • 1 small box spaghetti noodles, cooked according to instructions
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 4 cups diced ham
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 can sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups low sodium or unsalted chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Panko brand bread crumbs 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Spray a 9 X 13 baking pan with cooking spray and lay the noodles evenly in the pan and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large fry pan and add the vegetables and stir over medium heat until the veggies are softened and tender.
  3. Add the ham.
  4. Add flour and stir until the mixture thickens.
  5. Add the chicken broth slowly while continuing to stir and then add the cream and heat through.
  6. Pour mixture evenly over the noodles, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and enough Panko crumbs to lightly cover.
  7. Bake at 350 about 40 minutes or until the edges are bubbling and the topping is golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and cut into squares to serve.


We are celebrating today because it is only one month until our book is published. We are offering you a chance to win a copy of our Celebrations book.
If you haven't had a chance yet to take a peek inside the book...
Amazon is offering you a chance to see inside here.

Contest rules 
  1. Share this post on at least one of the following ... Facebook, Twitter, or on your own blog.   If you are not able to share on any of those options, share it with your family and friends!
  2. Leave a comment here on this post and in your comment, tell us how you shared.
  3. Contest closes April 4 at 6 pm PST.
  4. We'll draw one random winner and announce that winner on April 5 at 4 am PST!  



147 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your new book! It's beautiful - as displayed on the Amazon site. I'll be passing on this post to my adult children; all of whom enjoy creating delicious items in the kitchen and referencing your blog and the great recipes found on it. I'd love to win a new Celebrations book.
    Ruth from Manitoba

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  2. This looks like another great recipe to try, thanks! I'm forwarding the link for your page to my family and friends via email. Jane

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  3. IT must be so exciting to have a new book coming out!!! Will definitely share this with my facebook friends!

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  4. um it isn't on your face book page - how do i share this?

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  5. I just sent an email to my newly married daughter and let her know about your new book. In fact, one of her favorite presents she received at the wedding 2 weeks ago was a copy of your first cookbook! She told her husband that she was going to make him every recipe in the book because these gals can cook! :)

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  6. I shared this on my Facebook page

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  7. I gave your first book to a future bride and I often recommend your blog to friends, it gives me so much inspiration! -Sue

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  8. I am sharing on my facebook page. Can't wait for the e-version of this to add to my Kobo. I love the first one.

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  9. I have been sharing your receipes with my family, my small group and even people I work with. They have all come to know that Mennonite Girls Can Cook always has tried and true and great tasting food! Thanks and looking forward to the new book.

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  10. I just finished sharing this on my facebook page. I have the first cookbook and I LOVE it!!!! It has been such a source of information,inspiration and joy! So looking forward to your second cookbook!

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  11. I look forward to your recipes every morning and just sent a message to my sister via email letting her know about your new book. Sharon

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  12. I shared it from your facebook page to mine.
    Lynda in Michigan.

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  13. Shared on Facebook & via of email to friends.

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  14. Congrats on your new book! I shared via email with my daughters and friends. Tina J. in NJ

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  15. Congrats on your new book!! Love your blog..keep up the good work.
    Shared on my fb page.

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  16. I shared on facebook, your recipes sound so delicious

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  17. I'm a cookbook reader and collector and would welcome this new cookbook. I live in Oregon but have family and friends in BC that are Mennonite and I've told them to look up your blog to start cooking Mennonite again. You just can't beat the taste!!! Thanks girls! Lucy

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  18. Oooh! I'm so excited for the release date of Celebrations. I love your first cookbook and I follow Anneliese and Judy's blogs. I have shared about you girls with friends and family for years since I first came across Anneliese's blog. For this post I shared on my blog www.becominggrammy.blogspot.com

    I am so thrilled for all of you girls and can't wait to see what adventures you have as this newest book is released. God has blessed you all!

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  19. I shared on Twitter.

    I like the community & faith aspects of your cookbooks. Thanks for the chance to win the newest one.

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  20. Will share it with my family and friends, going to try it tonight for dinner, Thank you!

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  21. I shared this recipe with my mom! I also frequently share your other recipes with my friends because they are always asking me for my secret :)
    Thanks for sharing! Emilie R.

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  22. Thanks for the recipe. This time of year I always seem to be looking for new ham recipes.
    I'm really excited about your new book coming out. It's about time!! Who know's, I might even get lucky enough to win this one! LOL

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  23. In my excitement I have shared about your upcoming book and your blog with my friends and family, and on pinterest!

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  24. I shared on Facebook :) Thanks for the recipe! ~Mary Ann

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  26. Oh I would so love to win your new cookbook...I have your old one and I check your site almost everyday for inspiration! Keep up the great work and may God bless you. I will share on facebook.

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  27. I have shared on Facebook - congratulations!

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  28. I've been using your recipes for years - always with success! I look forward to checking your blog every day! I shared on pinterest.

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  29. I am sharing this on facebook and sharing the recipe with my sister tonight. I am going to make this tonight with the leftover Easter ham. Sounds delicious. Everything I have made from your blog turns out so good. Thanks for sharing this with us. Penny S.

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  30. Shared on my blog MysteriesEtc:

    http://mysteriesetc.blogspot.ca/2013/04/giveaway-mennonite-girls-can-cook-ham.html

    Looking forward to this book!

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  31. Congratulations on your new book. It looks great!

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  32. I love your books. I shared with my friend Randy, he's to busy for words and would love this!

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  33. I'll make sure to tell my family!! My sister in law loves your first book and cooks from it regularly.
    Thank for the chance to win!!!

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  34. Looks yummy. I just pinned it on my Pinterest page, on a board I call "What do YOU think about dinner?"

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  35. I shared it on my blog - I really enjoy all the recipes here. www.jamandbooks.blogspot.com

    Juanita

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  36. The new cookbook looks great - I purchased four of the first book--for my daughter, my daughter-in-laws, for myself. I am so looking forward to this new book. Blessings to all of you!
    Helen

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  37. Congratulations on the new cookbook! No blog myself, but I've shared the news with friends.

    I also pin your recipes. I always added "Mennonite Girls Can Cook - [recipe]" labels to my pins. Until you started to add that label to the photos for me. LOL

    Thanks for a great blog. ;-)

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  38. I have shared this recipe with my friend via an email attachment.

    Marilyn

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  39. I shared this recipe with my daughter-in-law; please draw my name for the new cook book, I love this site. Penny Mom

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  40. I shared this recipe with my adult daughter who is 32, single, a full time teacher, and foster mother to four children. She has leftover ham from Sunday, and she is always looking for healthy and inviting dishes for the kids.

    Linda T
    Ohio

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  41. I shared this on Pinterest and Facebook. This casserole looks delicious--a great way to use leftover ham!

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  42. This looks fantastic - saving for that leftover ham! Shared via Facebook.

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  43. Don't include me in the giveaway as I already won a copy from Ellen's blog. BUT...WOW, I'm even more excited than ever. I popped over to Amazon to peek inside and glory is this a beautiful book. The presentation of recipes and pictures ALWAYS entice me to sit with a cookbook longer and buy it. Well done ladies, well done.

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  44. I shared this recipe and your site with my neighbour. We both now live in Alberta but are former Manitobans at heart!

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  45. I can't even begin to tell you how many recipies from this blog I have copied and used. I shared this on my facebook page! Please include me in your giveaway! I am going to make this ham recipe today as a matter of fact!

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  46. I can't even begin to tell you how many recipies from this blog I have copied and used. I shared this on my facebook page! Please include me in your giveaway! I am going to make this ham recipe today as a matter of fact!

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  47. I love your recipes. I have cooked so many from your first cookbook! They remind me of my childhood, spending afternoons in my Grandma's kitchen! Can't wait for your second book! I shared this on Facebook and on Pinterest.

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  48. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this... I have posted about your site on my blog... My pleasure to do so, since I have enjoyed your site many times... I would so enjoy your book,...Thanks again for the opportunity!
    Val in Kansas

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  49. Thanks for the giveaway and the yummy recipes. I've shared this on FB.

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  50. I just love this blog and look forward to new recipes every day! I was so surprised to see rolled noodles on the blog! Remined me so much of how we made these at home! I shared this on Facebook. Congratulations on your newest cookbook!

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  51. I love your blog site and recipes and your words of comfort and cheer..I think your recipes are the absolute best...I don't do facebook and many of my friends already have your cookbook but I don't I would be so over the moon to win it from Mary Sampson, momanddad00@clear.net I do share your recipes when I actually make the recipe with family and friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  52. I love your blog. I have tried many of your recipes and my whole family loves them. I have added this latest post to my twitter feed. Good luck with the new book.

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  53. I love your blog. I have tried many of your recipes and my whole family loves them. I have added this latest post to my twitter feed. Good luck with the new book.

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  54. I would love to be included in your book giveaway!
    While I do not consume pork or pork by-products, I shared this recipe with my sister-in-law and my mom (they live together). I suggested that they substitute the roast chicken leftovers and give it a try! They said it was fantastic and they would definitely make it again!
    Thanks for all those wonderful recipes that inspire me and cause me to create other meals simply by substituting a little here and there. After all, isn't that what sharing is all about? Give an idea to inspire another to create the same meal (or similar) and produce a wonderful and tasty result?

    Thanks again for all that you do.

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  55. Thanks so much for sharing your many great recipes! I have your first cookbook and can't wait to see the second. I have shared this with my sister and some friends from my church. I love your recipes because I know they always turn out and are fabulous!

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  56. Is the book hardcover, the same binding and size as the first?

    Congratulations and felicitations and celebrations!

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  57. I shared on Facebook (Sherry Skeavington Peirson)! love your book!

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  58. Thanks for the wonderful recipes. I am looking forward to the new cookbook and have posted the recipe on my Facebook page.

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  59. Everyday I go to your web page. It has become a habit that I can't pass up each day.
    I feel refreshed after reading the recipes and the positive comments. Its something that uplifts me each day and I would love to win one of your books. I e-mailed a friend at work to introduce her to you. Kim

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  60. I saw cousin Marg's post and am sharing it on FB

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  61. Hi Lovella, With 5 kids at home, a shift working husband and a fulltime job I don't spend much time on the internet. Usually I squeeze in a few minutes on my lunchbreak to check on emails for our kid's activities for youth group or for our church activities and of course I check every day to see what might be cooking in your kitchens! It's very funny that when I look at a recipie and the pictures I try to guess who it is posting before I look at the name. My way of promoting your blog is by bringing food from your recipies to work, church and family functions. It used to be that people would rave about what I made , marvel at how I get it done with how busy I am and beg for the recipie. They still rave, but now they ask if it's from Mennonite Girls Can Cook Blog and it very often is. The recipies are straight forward and adaptable. I also get asked if I am mennonite when I bring in some of the more traditional items. I'm not but I take that as a high complement if I have replicated it that well. God bless and keep the recipies and the devotional Sundays coming! I'd love to win a copy of your newest book! Warmest Regards, Rose from Edmonton

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  62. I shared on Facebook and twitter. This looks like a great cookbook! I love your blog and I've tried quite a few recipes that you have posted. It reminds me of back home and things that my grandmother's made!

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  63. I shared on Facebook. I am SO excited about this cookbook! You all inspire and encourage me through your recipes and writings.

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  64. I shared it on Facebook

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  65. Love all your recipes....haven't tried one yet that wasn't perfect. Will share on Facebook and would love to win this book for my daughter, as she is a full time working MOM with another baby on the way and she loves being able to make delicious, nutricious meals for her young family....thanks.
    Colleen

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  66. Hello Mennonite Girls Can Cook! Yes, you sure can cook! I am so excited and curious to check out your website wach new day to see what you have posted. I enjoy trying out all your new recipes and I am even more excited to see your new cookbook. I was thrilled to recieve your first cookbook for Christmas last year. Thankyou for the chance to win your new cookbook. My nickname is Chancy so maybe that will bring me luck! I was happy to share your posting on my facebook profile this morning, I am sure all my friends will appreciate the good recipe! Have a good day! :)

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  67. Shared on my twitter and Facebook.

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  68. Fwd to my e-mail list... do not do any other !!
    Phyllis

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  69. my sister-in-law always tells me about this great recipe site and she just sent me the ham & spaghetti casserole and it looks really good!!!! i am definitely going to try it ASAP and maybe i will be lucky and win the cookbook as well

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  70. I SHARED YOUR RECIPIE ON FACEBOOK. CAN'T WAIT TO TRY IT. I HAVE USED SEVERAL OF YOUR RECIPIES AND HAVE ENJOYED ALL OF THEM. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

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  71. Yummy I love your site and it is linked with my blog. I pinned this info on Pinterest and shared in my facebook...tryed to do a post...but could not get the picture into my blog... Please enter me in the cookbook draw!!

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  72. I shared about your cookbook giveaway on the sidebar of my blog! Hope I win it!

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  73. I shared this on my facebook page!! This looks good, can't wait to try it!!

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  74. Congrats to all of you on the new cookbook and I am sure it will be a great success. I find so many wonderful recipes here and this pasta is one of them!

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  75. Love your cookbook! :) Sharing is best done with a cookbook! :)

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  76. I would love to win this book!!! I love your recipes and blog posts. This recipe today looks so good. Can't wait to make it and share the recipe.

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  77. Shared on Facebook - love your Website.

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  78. I shared this recipe at the office! :)

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  79. I shared on FB and am hoping to win this wonderful cookbook. I love that each recipe has a picture to go with it. I do not own any of your cookbooks but i very much enjoy baking and trying new recipes!

    Anne

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  80. I shared on Facebook. I love your first book and can't wait to see your new book. Every recipe that I have tried from your book and website have been a success. My mother was surprised that I was baking Paska this year.

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  81. Thanks for having the drawing for the new book. I hope it is even more successful that the first one for you all. I shared the post with my sister by email. We were both looking for a good recipie for using the leftover ham. We will both be making this casserole tonight.

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  82. I am going to share it with my kids for supper tonight! Thanks for the great blog! Lana from MB

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  83. I posted to Facebook with this comment:
    We used to pick raspberries at Neufeld farms :-) And I love the recipes from the Mennonite girls... even many of them gluten free.

    I enjoy reading your blog and have it linked to mine. Love the recipes!

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  84. Shared this recipe with my daughters, and I've got your blog linked to mine. I love the recipes you post on here and have picked up so many good ideas on how to make the good old Mennonite cooking even better. Thanks, ladies!

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  85. I shared on Facebook along with making this delicious dish and shared that also.

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  86. I shared on Face book. You have great recipes!!

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  87. Love my other Mennonite book, would love to see what new and wonderful recipes are in this one. I shared on Facebook.

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  89. Can't wait to see the new book. Shared on Facebook.

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  90. We don't celebrate enough! I shared this, along with the news of your upcoming fabulous book on Facebook. Lois

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  91. Congratulations on the book! I want one. I shared this via e-mail with an old and dear friend. When we get moved, I look forward to making it.

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  92. I shared this on Facebook. Love your first book and am looking forward to your second! Congratulations!

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  93. Sarah Buller FentonApril 2, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Shared this on my Facebook timeline. Enjoy the blog, recipes and especially the Saturday and Sunday posts.

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  94. I love your blog and read it when ever updated. I shared with my neighbor friend down the road-thanks for the chance.

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  95. This Mennonite Girl loves reading cookbooks. I know I would enjoy this one! Congratulations on a lovely book. (Shared on FB)

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  96. Makes me so proud to be a Mennonite Girl (even if it is by marriage). Shared on FB)

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  97. Linda in OntarioApril 2, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    My day doesn't start until I read your blog...I talk about your blog and cookbook whenever the opportunity presents itself!

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  98. Shared with my sisters. I love your recipes!
    NicoleVD

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  99. Shared on Facebook! I love reading your blog and dreaming about cooking your recipes!

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  100. I shared with my sisters and friends by email. I have enjoyed your first cook book and love to read your blog.

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    1. Enjoy your blog and all the delicious looking recipes with easy to follow directions. Sharing with family via e-mail.
      PA

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  101. One of the first blogs I read each morning. Look forward to all the recipes. Sharing via e-mail and word of mouth

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  102. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes! I shared this on FB and since I'm ever the optimist, I can't wait to win it!

    Lauralee >^.^<

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  103. I love your recipes. I grew up in Amish and Mennonite country, in Pennsylvania, and had much of that (cooking ) when I was younger. I am sharing this site via email to 3 of my friends here in Tennessee, P.s. 5 April is my birthday, would'nt that be a nice birthday present?? Thanks for the recipes. Tennessee yankee.

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  104. Thanks for all the recipes you share, I look foward to each mailing you send out.
    I shared this via email to my Sister and Mother.

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  105. I froze my left-over ham, but am going to use part of it in this recipe. It looks delish and will be on my dinner table tonight!

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  106. Shared on Facebook! Would love to have this new cookbook!

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  107. Shared on facebook. I love your first cookbook and would love to own this one as well:)

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  108. Shared on Facebook and pinterest and I have forwarded email to family and friends.
    Even if I don't win a book it is on my list as my next treat for myself. Love your blog and recipes! Thanks Ladies!!

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  109. As always enjoy your daily post that arrive every morning on my blog, notifing me of a new and special recipe for us to try--- which by the way I have made many with delightful results :) (XXXXX) my fingers are crossed!

    Carolyn

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  110. I shared it on Pinterest! Can't wait for the new book!

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  111. I shared by email with my family and friends

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  112. I'm sharing on Facebook. :)

    You know, I've been in this huge cooking slump for the past two years. I have four kids and a husband, all of whom come home for a hot lunch. I have been desperate for new ideas (after 20 years of cooking) and your blog is an inspiration. Thank you!

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  113. Congratulations on your new book!

    I just forwarded this contest to all those in my email address book. Thanks!

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  114. I told my extended family about your site. Congrats on the soon to be published recipe book.

    Jena Hammond

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  115. I posted and shared on Facebook! Thank you for your wonderful website, books, recipes, and offers/contests. As a huge fan, I would be delighted and honor to receive the Celebrations Book. Thank you for this opportunity and God Bless you for your works and efforts.

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  116. I have a photo and link of this wonderful cookbook up on my blog's sidebar! i would love to wina copy--it looks so beautful on the Amazon preview!

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  117. I have just emailed the link of Mennonite Girls Can Cook to 9 family members, who I exchange a weekly update with, in regards to goal setting for the week ahead. Healthier eating and cooking habits often are near the top of all our goals, I would LOVE to win your fabulous cookbook! Nel Lindhout

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  118. Thanks for all the delicious recipes you post here! I shared your link on my blog, Love Life With Kids. Looking forward to making some of your recipes!

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  119. I shared this with my daughter, who bought me you first book!

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  120. I just let my sister know about the new, gorgeous book! I now know what I'm gifting her for her b-day!!!

    I love, love the book~~~~~beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!



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  121. Sheila SommerfeldApril 3, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    I proudly shared this on Facebook!

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  122. I excitedly shared it on Facebook

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  123. I have told my sister all about this book- she is excited for me to get it b/c she is sure of a few things already she wants me to make her! I'll be telling all of my cousins about it at our next get together as well!
    -Heather
    heather_roper@ymail.com

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  124. I shared this on Facebook and have recommended it to several family members and friends. I look forward to MGCC every day and appreciate gluten free and sugar free (or use a substitute). I bought the first book at the signing in Winnipeg and love browsing through it and enjoy the beautiful photos! LW

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  125. Shared this on Facebook and am trying it for dinner tonight!

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  126. Shared this with my sisters. We love to exchange recipes. I found out about you girls this past weekend. I stayed at a bed and breakfast in Lancaster. The owner shared her knowledge of your site with me. She says she checks in on your lastest post every day. I can't wait to try many of them I have seen here. Hopefully I can own my own cookbook( your labor of love)if I am lucky enough to be the winner.
    Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!! KathE

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  127. So enjoy your blog! I sometimes use it as an "idea getter", because some days my creative cooking juices go empty! Thanks! Barb ocker792@gmail.com

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  128. oops, I shared on FB! ~ Barb

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  129. Shared on Facebook :) love your blog! Jen iandjquiring@gmail.com

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  130. Shared in person and through email.
    Thanks for the opportunity.
    RL

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  131. I shared via email with some friends!
    Your book looks lovely.

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  132. I shared via facebook. I would love this:) Colleen Price

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  133. I am sharing this recipe with family. I love your website very much, thank you for all you do for Mennonite ladies!! Debby Hooley

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