Friday, May 13, 2011


Hello sweet ladies, 

Oh my......blogger is finally back and running. I even have my Reading list back and it is wonderful. Hope all of you that have blogger are up and running also. 


When I got home and saw blogger was working I I can get my party up. Remember when I said I had something special? This party sign up is going to be very simple and very easy. So please join in on the fun. If you want to enter go to the bottom and click on comment and sign up.

I will be home and will be able to come and VISIT EACH OF YOU! Can't wait to catch up with you.

The other day I was at Dollar General in our small town and saw these adorable cupcake items. 

A Table Cloth
Dish Towel
Hot Pad
Little Note Book

I knew when I saw them I wanted to have them as my little gift for a 


so glad blogger came back tonight........ so I could get it up just in time tonight. I hope you can join in. It will be from now until.......

Wednesday May 18 @ noon.

 The rules are easy (two votes):


 Please tell me what you might get to do for summer special and 

2nd VOTE,

 if you could come to a "Basket Dinner" to our Refuge Cabin....... what would you bring? It can be anything. You can leave the name of the recipe or if you have the recipe on your blog please leave the post URL in the comment ......... I will come and visit.  Seeeeeeeeeee it is so easy and I can't wait to see what you would bring and also who will come to the party.  We can have fun finding some new recipes for the summer. 

Now if you don't have a blog.......... you can just leave the name of the recipe you would bring in an email. My email address is on the top right corner. Put "BASKET DINNER" in the subject so you can sign up for the party. 

I will be Home...........for the summer. We will be doing different things through out it, but just being able to wake up in the morning and not have to go to the college kitchen will be such a sweet relief. I love the people there, but it is just not like HOME. 

I sure did miss everyone!!!!!!! Noticed I lost some comments on my last post after it went off. 

P.S. In my last post I told you about "Cuteness in a Jar"? Well when blogger had all their problems......all the names got wiped off for her 3rd year giveaway. I noticed some of you signed up. Well if you want to join back in I am sure Mrs. H would appreciate it. All of my comments were gone on my last post also. Something must have happened. Hope they get them back up.....if not I guess we all just start over. My readers list did come back. I am thankful for that. I guess it just happens in a imperfect world.

Hugs from our HOME to your HOME



  1. We hope to get a chance to do some metal detecting this summer. You never know what is hidden from the ages!

    As for the basket dinner..I would bring several quarts of "Copper Pennies" or marinated carrots. They go with any type of meat or fish.
    Nancy from NE Pa.

  2. Linda, congratulations on being home for the summer....I look forward to your blog =)

    As for something special this summer....we will be taking our 11 year old son to Seattle to see the Seattle Mariners for the first time. While we are there, we plan on making a weekend of it and going to the aquarium, Pike's Place Market, Pioneer Square, the Space Needle, and to see The Reptile Man (an educational zoo dedicated to reptiles) - My son is particularly looking forward to all of it but most importantly, the Reptile Man as he comes to their school annually and he loves it.

    I don't have a blog (yet) so I'll email the recipe I'd bring to the Basket Dinner =)

    ~Rose from Washington State

  3. WOW for summer fun I hope to get some time for me and t get some needle punch and tatting done---special---just being with my family!

    Food lets see. Basket Dinners this is what comes to mind~~

    Broccoli slaw salad
    with some chicken salad sandwichs on wheat bread--
    Then for some fresh fruit and homemade lemon aid along with some of those filled cup cakes.. Will post a salad recipe on my blog tomarrow it is a little late and blogger was down!

  4. Linda, those cupcake items are so cute!

    I hope to get to go to the East Texas woods several times this summer. I also like to go to garage sales. You can find all kinds of goodies!
    For the basket dinner, I would bring green chili, chicken enchiladas. They have a lot of cheese and heavy cream and that makes them heavenly :D I think a basket party would be so much fun!

    I used to teach school and the next week after school was out, I'd wake up and think that I had overslept lol. But, you probably get up with the chickens anyway. Have a great weekend!

    Susan Montgomery

  5. Hi Linda. Awww...summertime. Enjoy! :) We have 2 trips planned. One to the Bay Area (CA) in June and another to Seattle in July. Looking forward to some good family time! I would bring a yummy broccoli salad that I make. Even non broccoli eaters like it. Oh how nice it would be to visit your sweet farm! Thanks for a fun giveaway. :)

  6. Nancy ( 14, 2011 at 2:24 AM

    We will be gathering the family together to celebrate my Mother's 80th birthday! Should be a fun celebration!

    In honor of my more I would bring her delicious potato salad to your cabin!

  7. Good for you getting to be home. I hope you really enjoy your summer!

    You always write such inspirational 'godly' posts...and I finally got the courage up to write one for Stash Manicure. It was harder than I thought it would be. So thanks for encouraging me. Keep up the great work!

  8. I am so happy that you have the summer to be at home, Linda. I know how much that means to you; I would feel the same way. You are a homeBODY! Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home. Can you imagine what it will be like when we get to our permanent home?

  9. Good morning,

    Since I have started a new job, most of my summer will be spent working, but I do have a week off in August. We haven't been camping in many years and that is what the kids want to do. We'll pack up the gear and head Up North. I'm looking forward to it!

    I would bring deviled eggs to the basket dinner. Just the basic recipe from the red and white checked Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I guess I didn't get my fill at Easter :)

    Enjoy your summer off! ~Sue

  10. Dear Linda
    It sounds like you've had similair problems with blogger as I've had - I also lost a post which was strange.
    As you know it's going into winter here, but I do know we're planning a trip to Qld for next summer & hoping to take the children to Dreamworld which will be loads of fun!
    I would bring some of my fresh sourdough bread ( & homemade plum jam for dinner!
    Hope you have a wonderful day & enjoy these holidays from work!!!

  11. Hi Linda, Hooray for summer! We have two trips planned for this summer. A trip to the Bay Area to get my military ID card renewed. Then head over to the coast to visit family and attend the kite festival in Brookings, Oregon. Other than that there's the garden, grand children, and the lake to keep us busy.

    For the potluck I would bring Greek Bread Salad; a recipe I found at The Medow Brook blog. Here's the address if you are curious.

  12. Welcome home for the summer. There is no place like home! :)

    We are taking our vacation and staying home! We will be working on putting up a fence. There will be time for picnics at local parks and plenty of swimming at my parents. Looking forward to a relaxing, simple summer.

  13. Our summer will be spent getting our son ready to go to college and spending as much time with him as we can. Our daughter is planning to go on a mission trip to Honduras for 10 days and another son is going to Bible camp and then to Michigan for 2 weeks with our pastor's family.We do hope to sneak in a family vacation or some day trips.

    I would bring to the party a pizza salad and a lemon layer dessert. Both are yummy.

    I would bring to the dinner

  14. Hi Miss Linda,
    SOOOOOOOO happy you are home for vacation and getting to relax. I know just what you mean about getting to stay home, not rush off to work, loving the family and being home with them.
    So excited for your party! I may just have to run to DG and check it out but definitely want to enter your party too!
    We are hoping to maybe get to Branson, MO this summer and play on the lake.
    2nd vote....I would bring cheesey potatoes in my new white 9 x 13 pan I bought for a great price at a flea market.
    Can't wait till I'm out too....7 more days...and then I have all these stitching projects from you to work on sitting outside in the chaise lounger with a sweet tea!
    Have a wonderful Saturday! It's cool here today! ugh

  15. My daughter is coming to visit and I may get to go home for a family reunion (Indiana).

    I saw the yummiest recipe today on the Cooking Channel. Local honey mixed with red pepper flakes and Pecorino Cheese dipped in. Looked luscious! With a big tall glas of iced tea!

  16. Our summers are always so busy but most sundays you'll find me at grandma's farmhouse sitting under the shade tree enjoying time with family.... I'd bring sweet tea in mason jars with lids to the basket picnic.I'd top them off with a slice of lemon or orange and a sprig of fresh mint from the garden.Nothing better in the summer than sweet tea..Warm Blessings!~Amy

  17. Hi, I, too, am looking forward to school being out for the summer. My daughter is getting married in July and we are 'doing' everything-dress, flowers, & food. It will be mostly family and very good friends so it should be a glorious time.

    I'd bring cabbage salad because it is always gone and I don't have to worry about left overs! It's on my recipe blog: and is easy to fix. I take it to school and church for meals and it has even gone with me on my first camping trip last fall!

    Hope you have a summer of wonderful days with your family and friends. ♥♫

  18. Linda, I am so glad you are now HOME for the summer, I know how much your home means to you! Our summer will involved trips up to Northern CA to visit with our son, daughter in law and soon to be born NEW baby granddaughter Grace..she is due to arrive in a couple of weeks and being our first grandchild, we can't wait to meet her.

    I would love to come to supper at your refuge cabin..I would bring a loaf of rosemary olive oil bread and some nice butter...


  19. I hope we can take our youngest son to visit a college in Iowa and one in Illinois that is interested in having him come run for them! I would share my friend Sharon's Trifle. I have a beautiful hand cut Princess House trifle bowl that I use for special friends! I was mad at blogger. Drat! Drat! Double Drat! I will go post my recipe for you to see. I also miss talking with you. I am glad you have the summer free! Love to you my friend and I love the sweet giveaway! Anne

  20. I have our oldest son's family coming to visit for a few weeks this summer...5 grandkids to share special times with! Reading on the grass, sprinklers and picnics will be on our agenda!

  21. I'm going to church camp as kitchen help and taking daughter to college don't know how special that is but that is what we are doing this summer thanks for the cool giveaway. love the cupcakes. SSSSSOOOOOO cute. Hope I win.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  22. a basket dinner at the cabin. why I'd bring my S'more brownies featured in new Gooseberry patch Autumn cookbook. Got mine today.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  23. That is so wonderful that you will be home for the summer!!! I hope it's a wonderful time of joy!!! I would bring chocolate chip cheese cake because everyone loves it!!


  24. Hi Linda,
    Over the summer I am going to be training our new puppy. I am training her in different languages so she will be multi-lingual... She already knows how to sit and come to spanish. She is a smart puppy!!! hehehehe
    If I came to your house I would bring cinnamon and apple sauce and we would put equal parts and make a dough and then roll it out and cut with cookie cutters. we would put a hole in the top with a straw and dry them by leaving them out and turning everyday.
    They smell so nice when making them.. my grandkids call them smell pretties... thats what I would bring.

  25. It sounds as though we are going to be having a back yard wedding for our youngest daughter this July. I will be very busy getting ready. Everyday after work and every weekend until July 30th, then rest...So happy for you having your summer off!

  26. What cute items for the party giveaway! So sweet of you to think of us when you saw them. I so hope you will enjoy your summer off just hanging around the farm. I'll be going to the beach a few weeks. Then the rest of the summer will be spent putting up squash and zucchini from the garden. Will also spend a lot of time at my mom's house cooling off in her pool.

  27. For my 2nd entry...I would probably bring squash casserole in my basket for dinner at the refuge cabin. I always have plenty of squash every summer. How fun that would be if we could all really come. Or then again, I may would bring a dish from a recipe from one of my favorite southern cooks....Christy Jordan at If you all haven't checked her out, please do so. She has a cookbook out, has filmed with Paula Deen (has not aired yet), is featured in videos on Southern, and will be on QVC tomorrow. I have met her at her book signing and she is a true, down home southern cook with a heart of gold. Hope you all will check her out...she has some great recipes.
    Blessings Linda. Thanks again for the sweet giveaway!

  28. So good to hear you will have a rest from work for the summer, Linda.

    For summer, we are headed to Connecticut and joining our son's family for road trip to Maine for a few days. We have not been together with all our family in years and are really looking forward to seeing everyone. Our grandchildren are growing fast and we want to spend time with all of them. Can't wait!

    If I came to your "basket dinner" I would bring chicken salad sandwiches on whole wheat rolls. I have a great chicken salad recipe.

    Blessings to you and enjoy your summer. (I am still praying for Vitaliy.)

  29. P.S. to Susan I checked out Christy Jordan's and she has some wonderful recipes....Thanks for letting us know...

  30. Hi, Linda! Well let's see - this summer for something special I hope to take some "day trips" around Kansas and Nebraska - something I love doing, but have not been able to for a couple years!

    Love your "Refuge Cabin" - so cute!! And if I were coming to a "Basket Dinner" there - I would bring these -

    "Jean's Chicken Crescents"

    My Mom made these for years - they are so yummy and easy!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  31. We hope to see some sights in New England this summer! My BIL lives in New Hampshire, and if all goes well, we're heading there!

    As for what I'd bring, the blueberries are beginning to turn blue already, so I'll bring a big blueberry cobbler! The recipe is so simple, one cup of sugar, one cup of flour, one cup of milk, mix that and after melting one stick of butter in the pan, place the blueberries on top of that, then pour in the batter! Bake at 350 for about an hour, but keep checking on it!! It's great! In everything, give thanks, GrandmaSoucie

  32. I posted on here yesterday but it isn't showing up...

    I'm not sure what we will do during the summer. I hope it involves a lot of outside time! We will be fixing up our burnt house, and that includes the yard. And our yard is HUGE. So I'm sure we will be out there a lot!

    If I were going to go to your Basket Dinner I would make my Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies. ( )
    They are very yummy!

    God bless,

  33. Well.. we are going on our annual family vacation at the end of this month. We are headed to FL. to see my MIL, then WDW, then Savannah GA & the Carolina's. SOOOO.. looking forward to it!!!

    As for the basket dinner.. I would bring fried chicken, mustard potato salad, coleslaw & Blackberry Cobbler!

  34. Linda,

    We get to enjoy having both daughters home this summer, and taking Abby to swim classes--and time as a family at our state's homeschool convention.

    If I had the privilege of coming to a basket supper at your farm, I would make something special. Here's a recipe we enjoyed at Christmas that I would bring

    I'm so happy for you to be home for summer! A nice break to recharge your mommy heart:)

    Blessings to you!

  35. Linda, I am so happy that you are able to be home this summer with your family and hubby. It will be wonderful to do the things you really love while you are at home. We will be tending the garden and visiting our families that are not living very close to us.

    I thought I would love to bring an appetizer to the Basket Dinner. They are call "Cucumber Tea Sandwiches and also for dessert, I will bring "Twinkie Surprise".

  36. I would have to make home made noodles & make chicken & noodle soup! Go here & see how to make the noodles!

    This summer is going to be spent trying to figure out what I can do to stay home! I work PT at my church as the secretary but the budget is stretched & we sometimes need more. I have tried selling on (
    but no luck there yet! I am in prayer for what God wants for me & am trying to wait patiently!

  37. I thought I was going to have to work this summer. Just found out I am not! WooHoo! Plan on getting some much needed rest and spending much of my time doing some remodeling on my house!

  38. Oh Linda...what a lovely giveaway...

    We hope to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary with our daughter and her husband who share our wedding date with us!! We pray they will be able to come home from Georgia for this marvelous celebration!

    I would bring this cake to our Basket Dinner:

    Quick and Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Cake
    4 cups rhubarb, 1" pieces
    1 pkg Strawberry Jello mix
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 pkg yello cake mix
    1 cup water
    Spread about 4 cups rhubarb pieces in 9x13 pan. Sprinkle with 1 pkg Strawberry Jello (dry powder) as evenly as possible. Sprinkle 1/2 to 1 cup sugar over that. Next layer is 1 pkg yellow cake mix (straight out of the box). Last pour 1/2 to 1 cup water over everything. This should be done as evenly as possible, dampening as much of the cake mix power as you can. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
    Good warm, good cold, good plain and yummy with Cool Whip on top.

    xoxo Gert

  39. So glad for you that you are home at your farm for the summer. I babysit 2 grandsons & their Moms are teachers. I go in to one of their homes, so I too will be glad to be home for summer. We hope to take a trip to Nashville, maybe antique or hit yard sales along the way. I don't have a blog so will email you a recipe if I were lucky enough to come to Basket Dinner at your refuge cabin. Enjoy the summer.

  40. Sooooo tickled for you & your be Home for the Summer.........and still being Blessed with work to keep things flowing!! GOD is truly sooooo AWESOME!!! Woooohoooooo!!

    We will be busy with our Garden, Peach Trees, and selling at several Farm Markets this Summer. Will also be watchin' our 4 yr. old Grandgirlie much of the time too. ( she is Papa'a "shadow" for sure! lol )

    Don't have Blog, or Facebook..........but I dooooooo follow your Blog! :)

    Thanks for chance to win this coooool Party!!

    Ohio Hugs! :)

  41. I would LOVE to come and share a "Basket Dinner" at your Refuge Cabin!! Loved the stories of the Girl's being there & all! Very Special! Thank you for sharing your Heart with all of us too! :)

    If I could come, I'd make you a Peach Cobbler, with our Peaches! (I use my Sweetie's Granma's cobbler is absolutely WONDERFUL!!) YUM!

  42. Special to me is just getting to work outdoors on our mini farm with the garden and the animals and having the grandchildren and children come to visit.

    For the basket dinner I would bring Lazy Rosy Rhubarb--an easy recipe my mother-in-law gave me.

  43. For summer fun We are taken a well deserved road trip to Maine.

  44. If I went to your cabin I would bring a big pot of white Beans with Ham Hocks and homemade cornbread

  45. What FUN!!

    For the summer, I will enjoy pet sitting for dogs whose owners are vacationing. I love that!

    A recipe to bring?? Would you like EARTHQUAKE CAKE? Oh it's so yummy. Here's a link to the recipe.

  46. Hi Linda!
    Thanks for throwing a party. I'm so happy that you are going to be able to be home and that the Lord blessed you with income through the summer, too.
    I'm hoping to spend some of my time this summer painting my camper, camping with friends and just enjoying my garden and yard.

    If I were able to come to your refuge cabin, I would bring some of my scones. Probably an assortment of my favorite flavors and a bunch of teas to go with.

    Blessings to you and yours!

  47. Welcome home Linda and family! May you have a wonderful, God-filled summer. My hubby and I will take a few day trips. Love the cupcake package, be blessed!

  48. Enjoy your summer! I will enjoy reading about it.
    We will stay fairly close to home, but will have family visit. Can't wait.

  49. We don't have any really big plans this summer...our 5th baby is due in the fall, so we will start our homeschool in July to allow a little time off for momma when the baby is born. So I guess the special thing I'm doing this summer is spending time with my sweet girls.

    Dinner at the refuge cabin. I would probably bring a Texas Sheet Cake:

    It's delicious and it feeds an army :)

  50. We'll probably be moving again this a new place to explore!

    I'd love visit you and see your refuge cabin. I'd bring a picnic coleslaw and bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches and homemade ice cream :) Makes my mouth water just thinking about it! Yum-yum!!!

  51. No big plans for the summer - hopefully a week-end away at least.

    How about a Taco Salad?

    Enjoy your time!

  52. I'm going to meet up with same fellow MaryJane's Farmgirl Sisterhood members here in Oregon, that live in the area. I'm really looking forward to that very much. I'll also maybe have a chance to visit a local farm, with real sheep and all that farm cuteness ;) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  53. We have no big plans for summer yet either. My hubby is currently working out of town and may be doing so for several months yet. We are hoping for an overnight or weekend getaway toward the end of August, perhaps.

    Here's what I would bring to your picnic: Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches and Homemade Sweet Potato Oven Fries. Sounds like a fun get-together with lots of yummy food!

  54. I look forward to reading your blog! As far as this summer I'm looking forward to getting well! I've been laid up with a major back problem affecting the nerves and facing possible surgery for 4 months now and looking forward to a summer without pain! :) What I would bring to your cabin would be a fresh fruit salad with all the fresh spring/summer fruit! Enjoy your summer at HOME!


  55. Well, first, I am hoping to go visit my sister this summer in Wisconsin. Haven't been there since she moved from Florida a few years ago.

    For a picnic, I'd bring my grandmother's macaroni salad. No recipe. Pasta, Miracle Whip (important that you don't use mayo...doesn't taste the same), green peppers, onions, gherkins, celery, hard-boiled eggs, I add peas (she didn't), a little paprika. It's delicious!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com


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