Weekend + Giveaway Winners

homemade baguettes

Lori and Allie checking out the snowy ground


it's icicle season

some of our Cobble Hill Farm Apothecary soap!

the girls heading to bed
It's Sunday again AND the end of February.  And no surprise, it's been snowing......  So, although the days seem to be flying by, they start to all meld together with snow falling at least a couple of times each week.  J started the morning by snow blowing so the sun expected this afternoon could melt some of the snow left on the driveway while we were at the market.  Today is the warmest day we've had in weeks with highs in the upper 20's/low 30's.  Balmy!

I think I've been fighting off all the nasty germs that are going around {and around and around....}.  Have you ever had where you don't feel great but, thankfully, you don't feel sick either?  That's where I'm at.  Fingers crossed I can continue to fight it all off.

It's hard not to let my mind wander to thoughts of Spring.  Of a time when my hands will touch the cool dirt to prep it for this year's selection of seeds.  Of asparagus peeking through the soil along with the carrots we started last fall, and strawberry plants coming back to life almost overnight.  {sigh.....} yes, it's hard to stay focused on the snowy and cold winter days and the gratitude that can be found in them.

We are now officially washer-less.  Last weekend I told you our washing machine had broke and this week we found out it really did break.  The drum, that is.  Of course, this is one of the most expensive parts on it making our decision quite easy.  We'll buy a new one, thank you.  We were going to buy a new set in a couple of months anyway, when we renovate our bathroom and laundry room, so it just happened a bit earlier than expected.  Unfortunately, the set we chose is not in stock {go figure}, leaving us washer-less for 2 weeks.  We have gotten pretty good at inviting ourselves over to my mom's house for dinner so we can also get laundry washed.  I bring dessert and sides and she makes the main meal - it works out for us all.

The Coop Girls were SO excited today.  While it wasn't technically "warm" out {just ask Oliver, he was still a shaky mess when made to go outside and do his business}, it was moderate enough that they could spend a good majority of the day outside.  They were so happy and, in return, we received a dozen eggs.  Such sweet girls!

I wanted to give a sincere thank you to any of you who submitted our blog in the Top Modern Homesteader contest at From Scratch Magazine.  We will be listed as an honorable mention, I believe in the next issue.  It truly is an honor, with all the fantastic blogs that are out there.  Thank you!

On the menu this week:
Lasagna; Oven-Fried Chicken with Baked Mac & Cheese and Roasted Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts; Stuffed Cabbage with a side of Squash; BBQ Pork Tenderloin with Rice & Broccoli; and Stuffed Red Peppers and Maple Butter Carrots.

And now, on to the giveaway winners.

It was early evening before I could get out to the Coop so the girls could choose the winners.  So, I apologize ahead of time that the photos are not ideal.

I've learned from giveaways past not to show the Coop girls the food reward first.  Like dogs, all they think about is food.  And with a bowl full of warm oatmeal topped with blueberries, well, I knew there would be no work only focus on food if they saw it.

So, I set the basket of names on the ground, and they were, well, less than impressed.

Finally, Deb took interest in the basket.

Deb selected a name.

And then another.
We have 2 winners.

Then, as I was trying to get a quick photo of the 2 winners, Deb stole another piece of paper.
And promptly ate it.
I quickly shared the oatmeal and blueberries to prevent more paper eating.

And the winners are........

Amber at Making A Home
and Linda Wigger Clark

Congratulations to both of you!!
Email me at JaynStaci{at}aol.com with your mailing address and I'll get the soaps shipped right out!

Hoping you all have had a wonderful weekend!

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Amber said...

NO way! I'm so unbelievably happy that I won! Can't wait to use it!

daisy g said...

Where do I begin? Oh my stars-that snow. How you manage to even get to the Coop Girls is beyond me!

When I get that feeling of not really sick, but not myself, it's usually sinus trouble. Not fun. Drinking hot liquids does help some. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Glad you will soon have your new washer and dryer. Sounds like y'all worked it out perfectly!

Congrats to the soap winners! I'm sure they'll be amazed with your lovely products.

Take care, Staci. You'll be warming up soon. Promise.

Michaele said...

Congratulations all around. So happy for you to get honorable mention!