Winner!!! Giveaway: MaryJane’s Ideabook

And the winner of MaryJane’s Ideabook giveaway is:

Jenny Binus, who said: “I love the Earth. I love being outside, and when I was a kid, my favorite place to go to was my Mimi and GFR’s cabin in the woods. We built it, the whole family, from the ground up. We cut the logs, my dad put on the roof, I helped find the stones for the hearth. It gave me a love of working with my hands and being outdoors. I live in a small town in Pennsylvania now, far from Western Washington, but this taught me an appreciation for the outdoors. I love making quilts for my children, teaching them to bake (both boys), I homeschool, we have a garden that we grow a good deal of our veggies in, and I am looking forward to being outside watching caveman TV (fire) near the creek this summer. I enjoy the feel of bread dough and working with my hands. I teach art classes that focus around using recycled materials and I volunteer filling backpacks with food for kids who don’t have it over the weekend because I didn’t always have food when I was little. My sons come with me, ages 5 and 7, because I want them to learn to care about others for no other reason than it makes them feel good and it’s the right thing to do.”

And the original post for the GIVEAWAY was (thank you to all who participated):

This copy of my first book, MaryJane’s Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook: For the Farmgirl in All of Us, was in one of our B&B wall tents and ended up with a sun-faded cover. But its insides are like new, and as every farmgirl knows, it’s never good to judge a book by its cover. Better to judge it from some of its online reviews, like this one from Laurie:

” … Having received it, now all I can say is “WOW”! I am definitely more than pleased with my purchase. While not an exhaustive report on any one subject, it is overflowing with tidbits about such a variety of topics that I am truly amazed. And I can see why it was named “Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook.” MaryJane touches on everything from her daughter’s beautiful farm wedding, to ways to easily sprout seeds, to a how-to on building your own “wall tent,” to vintage embroidery patterns for kitchen towels. There’s a primer for most of the basic stitches in sewing. There are recipes and reminiscences. Advice on cutting kindling. Vacation ideas. Breathtaking photos. And most importantly, there is inspiration. If you want to buy a few acres and start your own farm, this book gives you some ideas to explore. If you want to sell your produce, this book gives you sources for supplies. If you want the best garden hoe, the best food dehydrator, the purest jam—this book tells you where to go. And if you’re just a “farmgirl” at heart, this book feels like your best friend.”


To lay claim to this (sun-faded) copy, tell me why you’re a farmgirl. We’ll put your names in a basket and pull out one lucky winner sometime in the next week or so. Check back to see if it’s headed your way.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Congratulations Jenny!! I am so happy that you now have a copy of this wonderful book. You are going to love reading it over and over plus it is full of lots of projects that will enrich you and your family life.

  2. Deborah McKissic says:

    Congratulations, Jenny! You will love this MJ book…you are doing so much for your community and your own children…good for you! We are building a new “caveman TV” this spring….enjoy your book and your family!

  3. Barbara Burke says:

    Both of my parents were farm kids. They passed on some beautiful farm life treasures to me. My love of working with my hands in the soil, the enjoyment of a sweet breeze perfumed with lilacs, the musty smell of a farm house attic, and a cellar stored with canned goods, prepared by my grandmother.These are a few of the things that make me a farm girl.

  4. Moya says:

    I have never been able to be a (out in the country farm girl) But I still feel that I am. I love to be out in my yard and garden as much as I can, even after I was told that I can’t kneel to garden anymore my husband and I did bed’s so that I don’t have to But not just that I think that these days, everyone is all about the electronics, and I do have 2, but they are not my life, I am an old time (knitting, crocheter and embroidering) These are because of my grandmother Thank you and that is why I think I am a farm girl

  5. Carol Vagher says:

    I grew up on a truck farm with my Dad raising vegetables bedding plants and carnations in greenhouses and in the fields. You never really get over it…

  6. Marilyn Hartman Sullivan says:

    Oh I hope you enjoy the book! I couldn’t wait and ended up ordering the whole library and have been luxuriating in them. I am also a native Washingtonian (there are so few of us, it seems) and I live in SE PA now!!!

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