All in a day’s …

… work. Guess what I was doing yesterday morning at 4 am?

Wake up sleepy head Rose Etta.

Rosetta1 Today is your debut. Welcome to planet earth!

rosetta2 My milk cow Maizy was due Feb. 26, so starting a week ago, I began checking in on her night and day every 3-4 hours. Rose Etta weighed in at 56 pounds and there were no complications during delivery—always a relief. Every thing about her is udderly perfect and momma Maizy always does such a good job delivering her babies. I was sooooo hoping for a girl!

rosetta3 I spent the morning with both of them, cleaning and washing up after the birth and getting Maizy milked for the first time in a couple of months. Once all my dairy chores were done, I headed to our design studio to finalize my next fabric collection, work on our MaryJanesFarm Sister Issue, finalize the front cover of our next magazine, work with Gabe on our new website and Facebook page, and mess around with some burlap décor ideas for the next issue of my magazine.

fabric Oh, and also work with Brian on a new mud room we’re finishing. The idea with our mud room is to convert our farm facility into a boot-free zone. And because we all have such awesome footwear, it seemed only fitting that our daily line-up of boots show up in a properly decked out zone. Our two bootjacks are gonna get a workout. I know I’ll be taking my boots on and off several times a day but you know what? Mopping up all the manure we track across our floors is far more work.


  1. Deborah A Lawrence says:

    Beautiful room

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Rose Etta, what a perfect name for a perfect girl! So glad she arrived safely and is off to a solid start. I am excited about all of the projects you are working on and cannot wait to see the end products. Your mudroom is a great solution to the ongoing issue of barn to home challenge. It is looking like your solution is going to be a dream come true. Give us a final post when it is done so we can see. My guess is that more babies are due, mud season is about to happen with snow melting, and mucky boots are going to need a home base!

  3. Oh what a sweet baby Rose Etta is indeed! So happy for mama Maisy and that everything went without a hitch. If there are problems and you have to ” go in” and turn the calf around or help pull her out, the contractions are so hard they can actually break your arm . I know, from experience, luckily not my arm. So, is baby Rose Etta a regular sized Jersey or a miniature? Too adorable for words ! Baby calf jerseys look just like fawns and this photo shows that perfectly ! Happy birthday “deer” Rose Etta.

  4. Karlyne says:

    I’m not sure which is prettier, Rose Etta or the Mud Room!

  5. Sylvia Jacobus says:

    She’s a beautiful, sweet little critter. Such gorgeous eyes….

  6. Terry Steinmetz says:

    My first comment on seeing Rose Etta was “awww.”

  7. Jerry Pye says:

    Look at those eyelashes!! She is beautiful!

  8. CJ Armstrong says:

    Beautiful baby!!!
    And, I love the room . . . looking good!

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As Real As It Gets

It has long been said that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.

But in this modernized age, it feels more as if beauty is in the eye of the media, and the rest of us are scrambling to live up to strangely synthetic ideals. As a grandmother to several growing girls, this issue strikes a chord.

From movies and magazines to apps, ads, and even toys,


Photo by Anoni245 via Wikimedia Commons


“beauty” has begun to acquire a positively unnatural gleam that reminds me of polished chrome.

It may be glossy, but it leaves me feeling a bit blinded.

When, I wonder, did our notions of attractiveness become so sterilized?

When did we forget that “flaws” like freckles and frizz are where fabulous flourishes?


Photo by Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons

If you missed the viral online video showing a perfectly lovely woman’s artificial transformation into a plasticized photo model, you may be shocked at how the images we see in the media are contorted in ways we wouldn’t even imagine. Let’s just say that leg lengthening and eye expansions are par for the course.

Befuddling, isn’t it?

Suddenly, thanks to computer software programs, models are not only impossibly thin, they are just plain impossible.

In light of such surreal standards of appearance, it’s no surprise that today’s women (and their developing daughters) are losing perspective on what it means to be a living, breathing, beautiful being.

And that is what makes me love a new video produced by Dove. While I may not love every ingredient that goes into their products, the company’s Campaign for Real Beauty has its heart in the right place, and its latest effort is something special.

Here, we find moms and daughters who are taking the media into their own hands and reclaiming their place as beauty’s beholders.

You’ll want to watch this:

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I love this short video because it goes right to the core of the effects of the media on self image acceptability. I think this problem has always been there for young girls and teens but the media has cruelly defined a vision of beauty that is both unhealthy, impossible, and plastic. But, it has become so all pervasive and powerful that it seems to creep down the ladder to younger and younger girls. Now there are more beauty pagents turned reality TV fueling the crazy notion that this is what success looks like for young girls. It’s crazy! More work has to be done to help girls realize that there is more than one color (PINK) that is acceptable to wear and what counts is the work done on the inside of the person. In my opinion, it is going to have to take a social revolution of push back against all of the media definition of beauty. But the cruel thing is that the media makes it possible to market and sell products and we all know that the golden handcuffs are the most difficult to break!

  2. Yay for Dove and other companies that focus on real women. As a chubby child who’s father wanted a boy ( hence even shorter than ” pixie” haircuts, and mostly boy’s clothing ) I suffered greatly. My mother, a stunning beauty, lost no time letting me know I would never turn out like her. So when I got past the ugly duckling stage and finally slimmed down, not by dieting but just by growing about 5 inches, I was thrilled. I was fortunate as I fit society’s standards for beauty fairly well. Long, straight, fair hair, naturally slim, petite, and so on. Our western society is just ” sick” in our standards and the pressure for ” beauty” especially for young women. For instance, in China, girls will suffer for over a year to have ” leg lengthening” operations- major and life threatening surgery, just to be taller and more marriagable. It goes on and on and is permeating every country , regardless of ethnicity . Let just be healthy and that is more than beautiful enough.

  3. calle says:

    Ladies, we are all “Original ” art works. Why oh why do so many want to be a “McDonald’s ” hamburger? Honor and promote differences, talent and uniqueness. Off the beaten path is the way to go!

  4. Debbie says:

    I loved this MJ! I’m sharing it with my Nicolette… she turned 16 this weekend and needs to see this!
    Thank you! Hugs,

  5. Karlyne says:

    Well, that made me sniffle. But, do you know what was the saddest thing to me? The moms, the older women who had had a lifetime of not measuring up. Of course they were perpetrating the myth of flawlessness – they were still chasing it themselves!

  6. Kim Reeves says:

    When I was younger, it was ALL about image. I’ll be 51 this year and times have gotten worse on this. I have a 27 year old daughter who was a little overweight when she was younger. I never said a word about it because I was considered overweight at a size 13 when I was in high school. It hurts so bad and my sister, who was always the ideal weight, and I were never close to each other because we were always “compared” by our mama and society. My daughter was and is absolutely beautiful!!! But her grandfather always let her know she had “a pretty face”. She started taking diet pills and going to a weight loss clinic. (I had extreme bitterness for the grandfather. I’ve since laid it to rest and he’s been laid to rest a year ago today.) After years of abuse to her body and drugs,she’s home with us and doing quite well. I will show this to her for she has so much wisdom to share with others who have been down this road! It’s devastating what our words can do to young people! Thank you for sharing this, MJ!

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The Key to Radiating Health

While thumbing through my collection of vintage magazines, I nearly fell off my stool when I spied this ad in an August 1929 issue of Hearth and Home.


The curative powers of radium??!! Isn’t that radioactive? Poisonous? I checked my dictionary to make sure … yep, “a highly radioactive metallic element whose decay yields radon gas and alpha rays.” But it looks like, in 1929, folks weren’t worried about a bit of radioactivity. Hey, it was apparently the cure for whatever ailed you with its “wonderful curative powers.” Ah, self-health radiation treatment. Here’s an excerpt from the text:

“The wonderful curative power of Radium has been known for years. However, the benefits of this precious, health-giving substance have in the past been only within the means of persons of wealth. Since the invention of Degnen’s Radio-Active Solar Pad, any man or woman, poor or rich, can afford this treatment which offers so much relief from suffering and disease.

Degnen’s Radio-Active Solar Pad is worn next to the body day and night. It pours a constant stream of radio-active energy into the system while you work, play or sleep, helping to build up weakened nerves and tissues to a strong, healthy condition. It creates a vigorous circulation of blood, thus removing congestion, which is the real cause of most diseases.”

The ad goes on to say that they’ll send you the “appliance” for free with the understanding that they won’t charge a cent is it “fails to give satisfactory results.” The “appliance” was apparently a belt with “several coats” of “actual radium.” The effects? I can only guess. “Thousands Have Proven the Marvelous Effects Without Risking a Penny {only their health}.”


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I wonder how many unsuspecting women ended up with ovarian cancer or uterine cancer from wearing such a pad on their abdomen? Such dangerous nonsense! This ad reminds me that when we take 21st Century knowledge for granted, and wax eloquently about the virtues of living in a simpler time, we forget that science and medicine was still very limited. We lacked basics like antibiotics and had just gone through a war where countless men were maimed for life or lost because we could do nothing to help them except very basic care. Downton Abby also reminds us of how many lives were lost every year with flu epidemics or maternal toxemia in pregnancy. Instead of wishing to turn back the clock of time, I think I will opt for a B&B experience of “the past” for a get away!

  2. Karlyne says:

    Well, every generation has its oddities, doesn’t it? All of the litigation ads on TV for the recall of hips and knees reminds me of that one! But I have to confess that this radio-active relief is even weirder than eating arsenic for a nice, smooth white complexion. We’re a weird species, us humans!

  3. This is crazy! I’m posting a link to this on our “Team England” Facebook page because my husband recently had radiation treatments for cancer and this is so nuttily apropos. On our cancer journey update page we even have little video snippets of his state-of-the-art actual treatments for people to see some of what was involved. I posted some thoughts on radiation on Facebook prior to radiation starting because I found the thought of it quite terrifying and I have included a link here;

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2 cents seed fund

As wild as the winter has been across much of the country, you may still feel like you’re in deep-freeze mode, but small beacons of hope are beginning to sprout in mailboxes hither and yon …


That’s right—seed catalogs are arriving again, as faithful as Spring herself.

Who doesn’t fancy these powerful portents of the season to come (if in doubt, read my romantic ramblings on the subject). The glowing cover of a good catalog is something a soil-starved farmgirl can hang her hope on!


Feeling a little warmer already, aren’t you?

Alrighty then, let’s not waste another minute …

If you’re toying with the idea of planting an organic plot this year but are wincing at the thought of seed prices, consider applying NOW for assistance from the new Seed Fund Program sponsored by the Rodale Institute and Amy’s Kitchen.

Time is short, so don’t wait for the snow to melt!

What is it?

The Seed Fund partnership is an expansion of Rodale’s Your 2 Cents program, which unites producers, consumers, researchers, and educators to launch the next generation of organic farmers. The goal of the fund is to help new and transitioning organic farmers buy the certified organic seed they need for the 2014 growing season.

Who qualifies?

First-time and transitioning organic farmers.

How do I apply?

Get the details here.

When is the application deadline?

March 1, 2014.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This is good to know about and a worthy cause for better nutrition. I will spend some time reading up on their website!

  2. Just read your ” romantic ramblings” about seed catalogues. Reminds me of one of the best classic gardening books out there, ” Onward and Upward in the Garden”. It was written by Katharine S.White, wife of famous author E.B. White. She was the editor of The New Yorker magazine for 34 years. Her famous editorial with the same title was a critical review of gardening catalogues and the first time in print that anyone thought to do that. Just delightful stuff. In the book it is chapter one called ” A romp in the Catalogues”. Do look for this charming book.

    • MaryJane says:

      Onward and Upward in the Garden … with Lisa!!!! I received my heirloom seed order from you Lisa (and the tomatoes to try). I can’t WAIT to get them sprouting/planted, especially the “Painted Lady Runner Beans (gorgeous!!). Friends, when you’re placing your seed orders this year, check out Lisa’s helpful and full-of-delight website: Thank you, thank you THANK YOU Lisa. You are doing something downright noble. Or is that nobel? I would give you that prize, hands down … in the dirt.

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Make Do and Mend

Do the words

clothes rationing

send a shudder down your spine?

Before you run off to lock your closet, let me assure you that this World War II practice is not being reinstated.

Well, not yet, anyway.

But you might find (once the initial shock of the notion has faded) that you are pondering its practicality.

Hmmm …


Image courtesy of the Board of Trade, artist Donia Nachshen, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office via Wikimedia Commons

Clothes rationing was in fashion (euphemistically speaking) in the U.K. from 1941 to 1949, when manufactured commodities were limited. At first, each adult in the country received an annual allotment of 60 coupons, but as time went on, the number was reduced to 48. Kids were given an extra 10 coupons each to account for growth.


Image courtesy of Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer via Wikimedia Commons

According to the sustainable fashion hub Ecouterre, “You had to be judicious in your selections; a petticoat or slip ‘cost’ three coupons, a woolen dress eleven, and a men’s overcoat an extravagant thirteen. Even a pair of socks required at least one coupon.”

The kicker was that a coupon didn’t actually pay for anything—it simply represented permission to purchase a certain quantity with one’s own limited finances.


Image courtesy of the British government via Wikimedia Commons

Necessity, which we credit as the Mother of Invention, spurred a national movement of Make Do and Mend, of which my grandmother pitched in full bore. Men’s suits became children’s coats (I was the recipient of one of them) and worn trousers became vests. You see, my grandmother was of the era in which she showed up for work every day (after her children were raised) in a fancy hat and white gloves (required for her job) as a creator of sewing patterns in Denver, Colorado.


Image courtesy of Board of Trade, H Manly and Son Ltd, London N22, and Her Majesty’s Stationery Office via Wikimedia Commons

To advocate the idea of a “substitution and conversion” economy, the Ministry of Supply produced the following video clip that extolled the virtues of upcycling items—a patchwork dressing gown fashioned from fabric scraps and a shift sewn from old trousers.

“For the ladies, you may be reassured that all garments made in ‘make do and mend’ are entirely exclusive,” the narrator quips. “To the men, lock up your favorite old clothes before you leave home in the morning!”

So, you see, there is a grain of genuine sensibility here. After all, many of us live the “make do and mend” mantra as it is.

Would rationing be so ludicrous?

“The political situation may be less dire today, but scarcity, coupled with unfettered consumption, continues to be a problem,” asserts Ecouterre. “Inhumane demands, lax workplace standards, and routine abuse are the result of too much expendable income and too little social or moral accountability to rein in our impulses. Shopping has become something we do out of habit, boredom, or because we get a buzz from acquisition.”

I get waaaaay more revved about repurposing, how about you? And my favorite way to repurpose the wool from a man’s suit is to make a crazy quilt, held together using a variety of different embroidery stitches. Love the look! I did turn an old green wool army jacket into a purse once. But nothing I’ve done compares to the volume of re-use projects my grandmother and mother accomplished.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Thank-you for this wonderful video! My mom raised her family from the late 1930s-1969 (me the last). In the 1940s she was the queen of repurposing clothes for her growing family. My dad’s old suits became winter coats and pants for the boys and fabric of all sorts was ripped apart and remade into a new style for the next child. As the last girl of 5, I had many wool skirts, coats and other items that mom magically took apart and put together again at her machine into what looked like a completely new garment. Mom could also mend anything and make look good as new or even better with embellishments from her stash of ribbons, buttons and trusty embroidery thread.

    Alas, I have mainly grown up in the era of cheap clothing. For many of my early adult years, I made all of my clothes but now, it costs less to purchase on sale. What impresses me about this WWII campaign is how America, Britain and others rallied in positive ways to do what had to be done for the war effort. Nothing was impossible and people put their shoulder to the task and made it work and took pride in achieving whatever was needed. I know it wasn’t easy, and there were surely tears of disappointment from many young girls who couldn’t have a pretty dress for a special occasion. However, I do not ever remember feeling embarrassed with my homemade clothes. As I learned to sew at age 12, I became keen on picking out my own fabric and patterns and then wanting the independence of making all of my own choices. Funny how that went awry as soon as I couldn’t figure out how to get a zipper in straight or the lining to fit the bodice!

  2. Just watched season 7 of “Foyles War” which takes place in 1946 Britain and the subject of clothes rationing coupons was central to the plot of one episode. This British series is very exact in portraying history correctly. The concept of clothing and what the women, in particular, went through to just have an outfit to wear was very strongly made in the show. Sweaters were worn , even to work, because they could be knotted or crocheted at home. Until then the formality of fashion at that time would never have allowed such ” laxness” in garb. At any rate, the very concept of ” make do” was extremely important, and almost a patriotic duty, in all areas of postwar England at the time of so many shortages and want.
    My mother, an accomplished seamstress who was also a self taught tailor, felt that men’s woolen fabrics were too wonderful to waste and often ” repurposed ” them into gorgeous clothing for me and herself. Meanwhile, as child, I was not at all appreciative , and just wanted ” storebought ” clothes. I do look back and am so thankful of her hard work and creativity now. I’m lucky to even have a few wonderful garments she made dating back to the 50’s and 60’s, including that one wool skirt made from my Dad’s tweed suit jacket.

  3. calle says:

    Clothing, scraps were all of value. Today as the youngest of the youngest, I missed the war and the aftermath, but not the beauty of my grandmother’s quilts. All and of scraps of dresses and skirts, or shirts.
    For college graduation my dear mom and her friend, lovingly made me two king size wool quilts.
    Today I have my own stash of men’s wool suits, lovely clothing fabrics and even a wedding gown from the Goodwill for future altered Couture projects. Think a bed canopy! Pillows, vests, rugs, bedding clothing purses ,the list goes on and on!
    Thanks for the encouragement the dreaming and of course the “doing”!

  4. Nicole Christensen says:

    Upcycling is awesome, but I think I’d be freaked out by rationing. It seems so limiting. What happens if you are hard on your socks, for instance? Very thought provoking. This post made me think of my grandmother. She raised twins during World War II. She was amazing – she’d take Grampa’s old suit and refashion it into a chic suit for herself with matching outfits for her girls, making her own patterns. She was so resourceful and creative. Such a talent. She certainly instilled a “waste not” attitude in us all, and she always looked stunning.

  5. CJ Armstrong says:

    This has always been the way for our family, when I was growing up on the farm with five siblings, and now as a frugal farmgirl wife, mother,of entrepreneur. There are lots of folks out there who would be well served if they were to learn how to “make do”, upcycle, repurpose and wear it out.
    Thanks so much!

  6. Sharron Donaldson says:

    I think this is wonderful. My husband and I are reading aloud together a book set in England at the time of WWII and the aftermath. There are islands south of England, which are a part of England, called the Channel Islands, which were actually occupied by the Nazi Germans. Not only was clothing rationed, but all kinds of things, including food.
    My father was a pilot stationed in England during WWII, and his plane was shot down over Holland. He was badly injured, and taken to a Nazi-controlled hospital nearby. When he was physically able, with the help of the Dutch nurses, my father escaped!!!

    Those were the days when everyone pulled together and helped.
    Our culture needs to hang on to and cultivate a make-do and mend attitude. We have become so spoiled and dependent!

    The book is called, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Now, if I could just SEW better!!!

    Thank you, Mary Jane, staff, and all of the wonderful women who have responded so far. Blessings to you all.

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Introvert Video

This one’s for the club.

What club?

I’m hailing that group of quietly connected, loosely knit, and elegantly empowered introverts who clamored

(in their own understated way)

about my post last year titled “A wise woman once said … nothing.”

I was surprised and delighted by the response—how incredibly affirming!

So many of us, it seems, feel that our personality characteristics (like the deep need for alone time) are peculiar quirks, unique and, well … rather odd.

Not so.

Not so at all.

Hence my use of the term “club” (no commitment required).

If you piped up about that post, or just silently listened in, I think you will appreciate this video created by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce) to illustrate points made by Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.




  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This video is great! For all of us who are a bit quirky and tend to shrink back in big crowds, Susan has given us a voice of empowerment. Never underestimate the power of what is going on behind a shy exterior!

  2. I have seen the advantage of the partnership of opposites. This is how we compliment one another! I’m the extrovert, brimming with ideas and enthusiasm. How I appreciate the quiet input of another viewpoint saved from being trampled by being steadfast!

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Tulips are the best! My Mom planted them in gardens all over the yard in lots of different colors. The big purple ones are perfect for hiding a small size colored egg inside during an Easter Egg hunt! Try it out this year for Stella and Mia.

  2. What I would give to see some tulips coming up after this terribly cold and snowy and icey winter! Tulips are my favorite bulb. Thanks MaryJane for bringing some spring into our lives.

  3. Karlyne says:

    I think that purply pink is my new favorite color…

  4. Terry Steinmetz says:

    Ahh, spring flowers! Looking outside right now with the piles of snow, the flower is so-o-o welcomed!

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Chalkboard Obsessed!

This project has been on the back burner for months. We finally tackled it over the holiday break, and boy, do I feel more organized with such a simple upgrade.


One pint of chalkboard paint later, we have the perfect spot for grocery lists and random art. Now I’m thinking I ought to paint all my cupboards?? Maybe?? Too much?? Yes!?!

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Meg, this was a great idea that you added to your kitchen! With young girls, it adds just the place for entertainment while you are busy and, like you said, the perfect place to make lists of needed items, things to do, or important happenings each day! Personally, I would not paint the rest of the cabinets because the black might overpower everything else and make the space look like a classroom. Perhaps, paint the doors of each child’s bedroom for more space to do random art?

  2. CJ Armstrong says:

    Great idea! I agree with Winnie. I’m betting it would be too much!

  3. Karlyne says:

    And then, before you go grocery shopping, do you just take a picture of your list?!? Love it!

  4. Megan Rae says:

    Winnie and CJ, I agree that it would make the room too dark. And Karlyne, how funny that it didn’t occur to me to do that! Haha! I will now. Thanks for the suggestion.

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For every season, there is …

Chocolate. I promise.

Cross my heart.

I am NOT deliberately trying to derail your New Year’s resolutions.


It’s just that I think you should know …

There are chocolate holidays on the horizon.

Sure, there’s Valentine’s Day.


Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


And Mother’s Day follows shortly thereafter.

But sometimes, a woman needs more excuses to succumb to her urges—no, let’s call them “instincts.”

Your intuition knows when you need a nibble.

And quite frankly, a couple of heart-shaped-box holidays are not enough.


Photo by John Hritz via Wikimedia Commons

After all, there is new science cropping up all the time, telling us how fabulous chocolate can be for body and spirit.

So get out your calendars and mark down these days (they appear throughout the year!) as reasons to celebrate chocolate with abandon.

February 1: National Dark Chocolate Day

February 5: National Chocolate Fondue Day

February 19: National Chocolate Mint Day

February 25: National Chocolate-covered Nuts Day


Photo by David Leggett via Wikimedia Commons


March 19: National Chocolate Caramel Day

March 24: National Chocolate-covered Raisins Day

April 21: National Chocolate-covered Cashews Day

May 15: National Chocolate Chip Day


Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


June 7: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

June 26: National Chocolate Pudding Day

July 28: National Milk Chocolate Day

August 10: National S’mores Day

September 12: National Chocolate Milkshake Day


Photo by Peter M. via Wikimedia Commons


September 13:  International Chocolate Day

September 22: National White Chocolate Day

October 28: National Chocolate Day

November 7: National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

December 16: National Chocolate-covered Anything Day


Photo by Bryan Ochalla via Wikimedia Commons


December 28: National Chocolate Day

If you have any deep, dark secrets about how to best commemorate any of these delicious days, do tell.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Wow, I did not know this fact about February and the rest of the year! So many reasons to indulge because it is patriotic, correct? Hehe some of these photos are making me wish I had some chocolate in the house!

  2. Karlyne says:

    Wow! Well, I’m thinking that since Feb. 5 is close, we’re going to have fondue to celebrate!

  3. CJ Armstrong says:

    Well, we all know that girls NEED chocolate! 😀
    And, furthermore, it’s good for you . . . so I plan to enjoy as much as I can and celebrate chocolate holidays!

  4. Bobbie calgaro says:

    I had dark chocolate yesterday even though I didn’t know about the holiday. There is always chocolate in my house one I will always have a reason to indulge.

  5. Chocolate is not a sweet . . .it’s a MEDICINE!! I indulge my cravings with my niece’s hand crafted Oregon chocolates: THE BEST EVER!! Thanks for sharing all these “days” . . .. I had NO idea!!!

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