GIVEAWAY: “Cookie Cutters, Comin’ Up Roses”

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In the “Comin’ Up Roses,” Feb/Mar issue of MaryJanesFarm, we gave you this heartfelt breakfast idea.


For a chance to win a free 4-piece metal heart-shaped cookie cutter set—just what you need to spread the love—tell me what your most loved dessert is in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-February.

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  1. Nielsen,Winifred T. says:

    I am a huge fan of cast iron cookware. My parents gave me a set of fry pans and my grandmother’s cornstalk pan when I got married. Recently, I found a dutch oven at Williams Sonoma on a huge discount sale and snatched it up as well.

    My favorite dessert……….of course you know what it is. APPLE PIE!!!

    • Elizabeth Waters says:

      Our favorite all-time family dessert is something I call Cran-Apple Crisp. It is the perfect blend of tart Granny Smith apples tossed with cinnamon and sugar and fresh cranberries, smothered in a topping that is the perfect blend of brown sugar, butter, oats and walnuts. It’s so versatile – great as a Fall dessert, as a holiday dessert or as a summer dessert, served warm of course with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum!

  2. Chrissy says:

    My “best favorite” dessert is coconut cream pie. It’s also my favorite birthday cake. And I have subscribed to you magazine for quite some time. I purchased the first magazine several years ago at Tractor Supply Company. I cried when I got that magazine home, because it was so nice to know there were other women who celebrated the farm lifestyle in heart as much “fer reals.”

  3. Rebecca Basham says:

    Plain ‘ole ice cream – any flavor. Although if it’s vanilla, a little chocolate or caramel sauce is needed.

  4. Elisabeth Perkins says:

    It is so hard to pick just one, 85 would have to be either, Chocolate Pie, Double Chocolate Chip cookies, or Vanilla Icecream with Chocolate Chips (noticing a trend?)…. pretty much anything chocolate I love. Dark Chocolate is my favorite (around 60-70% cacao)

  5. This is the perfect Valentine’s breakfast.

  6. Michelle Kirby says:

    Dark chocolate covered cherries…yumm!!

  7. MaryBeth Schwarz says:

    We make a flourless chocolate cake that everyone loves. It is served soon after baking. Mary Beth

  8. Cathy R says:

    Bananas foster over vanilla ice-cream, apple pie, fruit crisps, cherries jubilee, AND dark chocolate anything! HA! Blessings for a very MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  9. Summer M. says:

    I love ice cream! Best dessert ever. Any kind, except strawberry, unless I make it myself. Yum-yum!

  10. Marilyn Berger says:

    My favorite dessert is chocolate cheesecake. But lately, I have been making your “Cherry Cordials” with such rave reviews that I’m making three batches a week! Sending people out of church moaning in delight, or quilting, or meetings…same response. Thank you so much! I wish I could eat them all myself but it’s Christmas and fun to create a memory that will become a tradition every year.

  11. Honey says:

    I bake a killer chocolate pie. It’s become a staple at Easter dinner and Thanksgiving.
    My daughter’s last name is Love so this would be a fantastic birthday gift!

  12. Kelly says:

    Brownies, chocolate chip cookies…basically anything including chocolate!

  13. Teri says:

    My grandfather’s Molasses Cake. Served with a dollop of whip cream. It’s moist, flavorful and rich. 🙂

  14. Megan owen says:

    Anything with chocolate! brownies are always yummy!

  15. Stefanie says:

    German marble cake!

  16. Shannon H says:

    My all time favorite dessert is a brownie trifle… layers of brownies, thick chocolate pudding, cool whip and heath bar crumbles repeated twice more making a triple layer of yumminess. Sadly I found out I am allergic to dairy, and I haven’t found a way to make it dairy free yet… but I will!

  17. Lana Wolford says:

    Pecan pie is my birthday “cake!”

  18. Heather Majernik says:

    My most loved dessert is Apple Pie!

  19. Jaylyn Morehouse says:

    I love having a piece of dark chocolate in the evenings after the kids have gone to bed.

  20. Cheryl says:

    Magic cookies!

  21. Rose Ann Wong says:

    Cheesecake! The velvety, dense kind that is baked and made from scratch…perfect just plain, or a splurge with any kind of topping😋

  22. Mackenzie says:

    My favorite dessert is rum balls!

  23. Nancy Couden says:

    Gingerbread and/or gingerbread cookies.

  24. Garnett Ashworth says:

    Poundcake…homemade…..lots of butter!

  25. Liz Hofacket says:

    Strawberry shortcake the way mama made it when I was a little girl! She used the box of frozen strawberries (remember how the end had to be pried off?), those little store-bought shortcakes, and of course the whipped cream in a squirt can.

  26. Sandy Gullickson says:

    I also have a hard time deciding on just one favorite dessert. I guess a homemade chocolate cake is close to the top of the list.

  27. Melody S says:

    My mother-in-law’s carrot cake is unbelievably moist and by far my favorite dessert!

  28. Laurie Jelen says:

    Hungarian crepes with apricot preserves and cheese with powdered sugar!!

  29. Kathie Rumberger says:

    Fried apple pies

  30. Dianna Hauf says:

    My all time favorite dessert is PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE!!!! Eaten slowly this rich fulfilling desert makes me feel so ‘loved’ inside! lol!

  31. June says:

    Wow. So many. . .probably chewy brownies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

  32. Summer says:

    A Heart-Shaped Cherry Chip Birthday Cake that my mom would always bake for my Birthday on February 13th! <3

  33. Jean hansen says:

    My favoite dessert is rhubarb strawberry Cinnamons rolls !! It’s a receipe my mother made up. It’s fabulous !! We lived in Minnesota , rhubarb was one of the few fruits we had. , so my mom would make up all kinds of new receipes to make one garden idem refreshing n new to eat!!!!!i make these cinnamon rolls as the fresh spring rhubarb comes up. Yum!!! Mom was a great cook !!!!

  34. Joni says:

    My favorite dessert is an old fashioned bread pudding my mom made…it was always my daddy’s favorite too!

  35. Alicia Winkler says:

    I love Creme Brûlée! Now I want to go make some!

  36. Dee says:

    My favorite dessert is my home canned Apple Pie. Baked in a double crust on a cold Winter day. served with a glass of cold milk. Love your magazine! Dee

  37. Sonia Jean Lynch says:

    My favorite dessert is homemade Angel Food Cake with seasonal fruit topping.

  38. Ann Freda says:

    I am doin this for my older sister who is 74. Her favorite dessert is rice pudding. If she was in a hurry she would make vanilla pudding and add rice to it. Our Aunt used to tell her, no, thats not how you make it!

  39. Joyce Huber says:

    So many to choose from. Lately it would be blueberry cobbler.

  40. Nancy Dunning says:

    My favorite recipe in my cast iron skillet is Corn Bread… Have used my skillet for 50 years …

  41. LIllian Gasca says:

    Amish Buttermilk Pie

  42. Joyce Ulm says:

    My favorite is a recipe I remade of a chocolate pudding bundt cake. I make it in the summer no icing and serve fresh fruits with it.

  43. Liz Lindsey says:

    Grandma’s from scratch Chocolate Pie!

  44. Cindy Harris says:

    Just plain baked cheesecake.

  45. Ann Kindee says:

    Strawberry sheet cake

  46. Rebecca Walsh says:

    Ice cream is always a great dessert! But I love homemade cookies too! I’ve even tried making ice cream cookies.

  47. Diana says:

    Fried apples, cooked in my cast iron skillet with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and a splash of maple syrup. I have cooked in cast iron pans since before I was married (over 38 years ago). Our 1st purchase before we were even married was a 4 in 1 cast iron pot. It is my favorite!

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GIVEAWAY: “BabyLit, Comin’ Up Roses”

Thank you for dropping by my Raising Jane Journal to participate in my giveaways! We’ve chosen a winner for this giveaway already (click here for details), but don’t be afraid to leave a comment anyway. I love reading them. And stay tuned for more great MaryJanesFarm giveaways.

In the “Comin’ Up Roses,” Feb/Mar issue of MaryJanesFarm, you’ll find such “Timeless Reading” farmgirl favorites as Pride and Prejudice. And for your little ones, publisher Gibbs Smith developed their BabyLit board-book series to introduce young children to the world of classic literature. In Pride & Prejudice: A BabyLit® Counting Primer, you and your child will stroll through 1 English village to meet 2 rich gentlemen and discover what happens when the 5 Bennet sisters encounter 4 marriage proposals! Alison Oliver’s charming illustrations accompany Jennifer Adams’ clever, simple text to make this take on a beloved classic perfect for little ones.

For a chance to win a FREE BabyLit® sampler, share with us the title of the book you’re currently reading in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-February.


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    The Monuments Men

  2. Lisa Bell says:

    Reading, “Sarah Morgan, A Diary of a Southern Woman”

  3. Marlene Laverty says:

    Currently reading “The Magic”

  4. Missy says:

    The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill ~Julie Klassen

  5. Shannon H says:

    Currently reading “Jane Eyre”

  6. Michelle Patterson says:

    Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons

  7. Denise says:

    True Blend

  8. Linda Olivera says:

    I am currently reading The Secret Life of Bees

  9. Gaye Durst says:

    I’m in my city’s book club and we are reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
    These books look awesome! I have a grandbaby just 18 months and her ma, my daughter is a middle school teacher!

  10. Jaylyn Morehouse says:

    Reading “Heaven on Earth” by Sharifa Oppenheimer

  11. In The Company of Others by Jan Karon

  12. Natalie Hall says:

    Sex Object : a Memoir by Jessica Valenti

  13. Lana Wolford says:

    The Broken Way

  14. Tammy says:

    small great things

  15. Leisa Joan says:

    I’m reading The Virgin’s Lover, Phillipa Gregory

  16. Bettina Graber says:

    Mistress Mesham’s Repose by T. H. White

  17. Michaela Kavanah-Koehn says:

    Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

  18. Garnett Ashworth says:

    The Wife, the maid, & the mistress by Ariel Lawhon

  19. Carol D says:

    The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp

  20. Jennai says:

    I am reading The Santa Claws Bandit by Alannah Rogers

  21. Sandy Bee says:

    Little House on the Praire (series)

  22. June says:

    Just finished “Lemon in the Basket” by Charlotte Armstrong.

  23. Pam Hoffman says:

    The French Gardener by Santa Montefiore

  24. toni carter says:

    I am on the fourth Outlander book:the Fiery Cross

  25. Bettina says:

    Mistress Marshams Repose by T H White, The Notorius RBG, Ink and Bone, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
    I always have several books going at a time. I also have Rogue Lawyer in my car.

  26. Carol Johnson says:

    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  27. Joyce Huber says:

    Just finished “Seasons of Grace” trilogy by Beverly Lewis.

  28. Rebecca Walsh says:

    I am reading America’s First Daughter, by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kanpur. If you love history a a “Must Read”!

  29. Jane Demers says:

    Discovering Swallows and Amazons—–An autobiography of Arthur Ransome

  30. Heather M. says:

    ‘A Monster Calls’

  31. Karen Brashear says:

    I am reading The Next Level, a parable of finding your place in life, by David Gregory.

  32. Keri Smith says:

    Heaven Is For Real

  33. Sierra says:

    Currently reading “Rangers Apprentice”!

  34. Kari Hartman says:

    Pride & Predjudice and Sense & Sensibility are downloaded on my phone to help pass the long days at work! Needless to say, I’ve been caught giggling and/or weeping when others pass through my room….oh well, I’m soft!

  35. Kat S says:

    I’m currently reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Always an adventure in the Scottish Highlands! haha!

  36. Katie Silvers says:

    Currently reading The Singer not the Song.

  37. Kelly B says:

    I’m reading the Harry Potter series with my 4th grader. I’m still on the third book while he is already half way through the fourth.

  38. Jana Blackwood says:

    I am currently reading The Wright Brothers.

  39. Teri says:

    Currently, as in just read, was Mustache Baby. A. Dor. Able! A must have for every mustache laden home… or even every naked-lip home!

  40. Dusty Cannon says:

    I began Emma right before Christmas. But I may also began The Curate of Glaston (G. MacDonald) soon!

  41. Sylvia Jayne says:

    The Whole Towns Talking by Fannie Flagg

  42. Yvonne Jenkins says:

    I am reading “What I came to tell you” by Tommy Hays

  43. Heidi Rantala says:

    Red Knife by William Kent Krueger

  44. Sharon L says:

    I am currently reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.

  45. Traci Simon says:

    The Christmas Sweater

  46. Amy Litherland says:

    I just became a great great auntie! These would be awesome! Currently (it is January) Thin in 30 by Jenna Wolfe . Wish me luck!

  47. Natasha Hernandez says:

    for women only, by Shaunti Feldhahn

  48. suaan sims says:

    Julie Garwood, “Castles”

  49. Robin I says:

    Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

  50. Susan Bruck says:

    I’m currently reading “The House on Mango Street”–in English and Spanish.

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GIVEAWAY: “Revomax, Comin’ Up Roses”

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For a chance to win a FREE Revomax vacuum-insulated flask, tell me one thing you do to conserve water in the comments below. (This hot/cold vacuum bottle opens and closes with the click of a button—no twisting or screwing action needed, allowing one-handed operation.) I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-February.


The Revomax is one of our Farmgirl Finds in the “Comin’ Up Roses,” Feb/March issue of MaryJanesFarm. Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95/year.

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    We keep water saving shower heads on both of our bathrooms so that water waste is cut back while showering. Also,in our yard, we planted St. Augustine grass that is heat and dry tolerant for this part of Florida eliminating the need to water much when drought periods happen.

  2. Lisa Von Saunder says:

    well. first of all I have many underground springs and have a waterfall on my property but the water comes from up the mountain where there is a lot of new construction so the water isn’t safe to use on my gardens. I use black plastic and red plastic mulch over my raised garden beds so they dont evaporate so fast. I don’t take long showers
    I am mindful of all the water I use. I wear my garden grubbies until they are filthy so not much laundry either, haha.

  3. CJ Armstrong says:

    Having grown up on a farm where we had to haul our water we learned all kinds of ways to conserve water. My dad was very strict about our usage and practices that have stuck with me all my life. There are many things I do but one thing I do is when I’m running water to wash dishes I fill the tea kettle with water while waiting for the hot water to come in to the sink.

  4. Deborah Powell says:

    We use water saving shower heads, a high efficiency washer to reduce water used doing laundry and plant native plants wherever possible to reduce the need to water in the gardens.

  5. June Rognerud says:

    I have been using all of my bath water full of epson salt Soda and essential oil to water house plants and garden .My husband just scratches his head,my plants and garden are beautiful and happy.the dog gets bathed in their to.I also run water to my big Berkeley water filter till it gets hot before I start the dishwasher,I could go on and on with my conserving water .i always think before I waste.

  6. Rachelle Hull says:

    I love to collect rainwater from my roof to water my perennials in the spring,summer and fall.

  7. Elisabeth Perkins says:

    We have a HE washer that cuts bank on a lot of water usage! I know there are many more ways to conserve water that I need to practice more.

  8. Grace says:

    We take short showers with water saving shower heads. Wash full loads of laundry. We use rain water barrels to refill animal troughs and heavily mulch the garden to prevent evaporation.

  9. We spend a lot of the Spring and Summer camping.
    I become so use to “Cowgirl shower” I take them at home also.
    Saves water and energy.

  10. susan b says:

    We put low flow shower heads in both showers and also switched out our toilets. Water some of my hanging plants in a stoppered sink so the water doesn’t run out the bottom. When my kids were younger they used the same bath water. Water left after a work out in our re-usable bottles is used to water plants.

  11. Linnie Nolan says:

    We use a wringer washer 3 loads with the same water 🙂 ((whites~lights & darks)) also conserve dish water and bath 😉
    Have a Merry Christmas !!

  12. Lisa Bell says:

    I use the dehumidifier water I collect to use in my washing machine.
    Also, while waiting for the water to heat up in the kitchen spigot I collect it in a container to water plants and give to our animals.

  13. LAC says:

    Let’s see…low flow showerhead, HE washer, mulch garden beds & rain barrel.

  14. Roberta Bacskay says:

    I use the old water in the dogs’ dishes to water plants.

  15. When water melts in our cooler, I use the water to water our indoor plants.

  16. Teri says:

    Low flow shower heads and toilets. Mulch on plants. 🙂

  17. Margo says:

    We carry water in the car to refill our water bottles. Water savers on our toilets and shower heads. Cat water to water plants, cooking water for outdoor plants, use the fountain water when I change it out for plants.

  18. Lauren Akridge says:

    High Efficiency washers, collected rainwater, and heavily mulching my plants are among the many ways that we try to conserve water

  19. Christy Wilkinson says:

    We catch rainwater from our metal roof to use around the farmstead (gardens, animals, washing, etc). Before we had running water that was our only source.

  20. Summer M. says:

    We drink as much of our own well water as possible! Bottled water is over-purified with disgusting chemicals, and it takes too much energy to produce.

  21. Honey says:

    I have a raised bed garden with drip irrigation, purchased HE washer, only run dishwasher when it’s full, wash only large loads of clothes, and turn the water off when brushing our teeth.
    These items would be so great to win, my job is as an itinerant braillist so I travel from school to school in our rural area to assist students. A good quality water vessel like Revomax would be essential to my day.

  22. Garnett Ashworth says:

    I use all leftover water that is sitting around the house (my cups, pet bowls, etc) to water my plants. Also use water filling station at work to cut down on the bottled waters they offer.

  23. Garnett says:

    I use all leftover water that is sitting around the house (my cups, pet bowls, etc) to water my plants. Also use water filling station at work to cut down on the bottled waters they offer.

  24. Susanne says:

    We use an HE washing machine, I water plants with left over water, and we have our sprinkler system set for just minimal amounts in the summer – just enough to keep the grass green for the neighborhood CC&Rs.

  25. Carol D says:

    I nag, and don’t feel a bit guilty about it!

  26. Linda Walker says:

    I use “found” water to water plants. I use a Pure Wash system for laundry – uses only cold water and no laundry soap.

  27. Rhonda R Waldo says:

    I have a HE washer and I am heavy on the mulch and have tried to pick the flowers and bushes that don’t require much water. If there has been quite a bit of rain I have used the water the sump pump kicks out to rinse my car off after I have washed it.

  28. Alicia Winkler says:

    We collect rainwater for watering animals and gardens. Also use an HE washer. Our cabin doesn’t have water hooked up to it, so it will be challenging to figure out. I plan on a much more extensive gravity fed collection system and we will be using an outhouse with composting toilet!

  29. Lisa Wojcik says:

    We use low flow shower heads, don’t let the water run unnecessarily and any water that is left behind in buckets from rain or melted snow we use to water the outside plants.

  30. DEE says:


  31. Karen Bayless says:

    We have 3 cisterns for collecting rain water with which we later water our potted plants and garden areas. In addition, we leave our irrigation off as much as possible in the winter, and during the rest of the year if we are so lucky to have rain (in CA!!!).

  32. Gail Richgels says:

    We have dehumidifiers in our home. I use the collected water to keep my plants healthy and happy. Thank you! Gail Richgels

  33. Joyce Huber says:

    Our source of water is collecting rainwater into our cistern, so I always have to conserve water. After I got married I first washed our clothes with a wringer washer. Then I got a water saver washing machine where the wash water went to a tub. You reuse the water in the tub for the next load. Now that the kids are grown and moved out I love my Bosch front loader washing machine. In 35 years we have not had to haul in water. We have come close, but it seems to rain just when we needed.

  34. Kelly says:

    We make sure to reuse all cooking water as well as catching rain water for outdoor plants.

  35. Dorothy Otero says:

    When I am waiting for the kitchen faucet to run hot water for dishes, I hold a half-gallon container under the spewing water until it gets to the hot temperature I am looking for. Then I set that water out and use it to water the houseplants (I have over a dozen.) and/or the outdoor plants.

  36. Brenda Lord says:

    We have water saving shower head and we put a 5 gallon plastic bucket in our shower to catch some of the water and also cut off water while shaving.

  37. Rose Ann Wong says:

    – save a ‘container’ of water each time the toilet is flushed by keeping a jar or other container inside your toilet tank – the tank will fill and flush, but each time the jar in the tank conserves water. It adds up to be a lot considering how often toilets get flushed!

  38. Rebecca Walsh says:

    I take quick showers in a water saving shower. I turn the water off when I brush my teeth and in the kitchen sink when cleaning it. Use rain water on the flowers and mulch on the flower beds.

  39. Allison says:

    I love reading all the comments below! It may not seem like much but I no longer use the jets on our tub because it requires so much more water to fill it up past the jets.

  40. Cheryl Watt says:

    I conserve water by using melted ice, or any water pulled and not used, it is recycled to water plants, do dishes, flush toilet, any thing not to be waste full. If it can be recycled or used its done in our house.

  41. Jane Ryan says:

    I conserve water by washing full loads of cloths and dishes. I turn the water off while brushing my teeth and many more. I also found some new ways reading the comments!

  42. Sheila Jones says:

    I read an article that says the average person uses 5 gallons when leaving water run during teeth brushing so I wet and turn off till rinse. Always wash full loads. I have sensitive bladder so frequent trips to private bathroom so I only flush every other unless company coming or bowel movement. Remember movie “Meet the Parents”, “If it’s brown flush it down, if yellow let it mellow.” Water saving is important to our environment. When we garden we have timer on water system when nature doesn’t cooperate with rain.

  43. Jane Demers says:

    There are low flow “gadgets” on bathroom and kitchen sinks. Also use rain water in summer to water flower bed.

  44. dee mallett says:

    Collect rain water to water our garden.

  45. Sierra says:

    We purchase HE appliances to reduce amounts used. We also set timers when using water outdoors for garden and stock tanks so we don’t forget and leave them on, wasting water.

  46. Kat S says:

    I, currently, take very short showers and less frequently. I’ve been incorporating this extremely rejuvenating spruce tea bathing. My skin has never left so healthy!

    I, also, don’t run the tap unnecessarily and am going to be incorporating a rainwater catch system this year.

  47. Katie Silvers says:

    In the summer time after my daughter swims in her kiddie pool we fill up our water jugs for the plants.

  48. One way i save water is by pouring water glasses into plants. I do outdoor plants with the dogs water as well.

  49. Toni H says:

    I collect rainwater, water plants with the cat’s old water and use refillable water bottles, both gallon jugs and personal size.

  50. Kelly B says:

    I collect rain water in barrels at the edge of my shed and barns and use it to water my three sets of chickens.

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GIVEAWAY: “Milk Cow Kitchen, Comin’ Up Roses”

Thank you for dropping by my Raising Jane Journal to participate in my giveaways! We’ve chosen a winner for this giveaway already (click here for details), but don’t be afraid to leave a comment anyway. I love reading them. And stay tuned for more great MaryJanesFarm giveaways.

For a chance to win a free copy of my Milk Cow Kitchen book, tell me about the farmgirl you would gift it to who either has a milk cow or dreams of having one in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-February.


My book gives you how-to details for keeping a pet milk cow on your suburban half acre, a backyard lot in town … or at least, it’ll help fuel your fantasy of a someday cow grazing outside your kitchen window. Milk cow fantasy aside, my book is chock full of recipes using dairy—75 to be exact—along with 15 step-by-step cheese-making recipes.

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  1. Karlyne says:

    My grandgirl, Karysse, has always, from the time she was a baby, loved cows…

  2. Teri says:

    The farmgirl I would give it to dreams of a country life. A garden, chickens and a milk cow. She loves making things from scratch and living and communing with nature. Thanks for the chance to win Mary Jane! 🙂

  3. Teri Schneider says:

    My daughter and her husband, newly married in April, are looking for a house with lots of land so that they can have farm animals. As a child, she helped her dad with the dairy farm we co-owned. She fell in love with the cows and also the bull we had. She even named him (Devon)! They are also looking to have a few sheep so that, in her words, “we can raise them, shear them, make yarn, and knit something for someone,” lol. I would love to give this book to them to get them headed in the right direction 🙂

  4. Diana nelson says:

    I would give it to our library, we live in a small rural town. Many people have backyard farms & neighbors are often customers for milk, eggs, produce etc. The idea of permaculture is popular here. I think this book would be enjoyed.

  5. Marjorie says:

    I would give it to my good friend who lives in the country and already does much to show she has the soul of a farm girl. She bakes her own bread. She teaches Tai chai and mindfulness parenting. She sews, cooks and puts in a garden. I can see her having a milk cow.

  6. Lynn Martin says:

    My friend Suzy has some ‘working Jersey girls’ that give the best, creamiest milk!

  7. Morgan Wilson says:

    My, uh, sister. She’s uh ,my twin. She lives at my same address. We have, uh, very similar names at first glance. It’s, uh, just wild what we have in common.

    (joking…I’d keep it. It’s the only one of the books I don’t have).

  8. Linda Gardner says:

    My daughter moved to Pennsylvania last year to live on a dairy farm with her future husband. He has been a dairy farmer all his life. She is very happy and will always continue to live on a dairy farm from this day forward. She says her bucket list is complete. Nothing like this mom. The best place to be. My husband and I have visited them several times and she sure is right. We have never seen her so happy. This book would make a great gift for her. Thank you for the opportunity.

  9. Stephanie says:

    My sister… She has owned goats before without using their milk, and would love to own a cow.

  10. Marci Dodd says:

    I would love this book…it is on my wish list. But my kindred-spirit, farmgirl friends Kim or Jen would love it too.

  11. Evelyn Pizzala says:

    My Mom who is 92 yrs old grew up on a dairy farm and always had a cow as I was growing up. We always had milk, butter and cream. It was a good life for her and I.

  12. Lorri Oglesby says:

    I would give it to my daughter Kristy

  13. Deon Matzen says:

    We make ricotta, cream fraiche, and yogurt weekly and love cows milk. I can remember buying a gallon from a neighbor each week and carefully separating the cream from the milk so we would have the thick, yellow clotted cream to have on strawberries from our garden. Yum. Miss it now as many home cowherds (this is a person who tends cows) can no longer sell raw milk off their farms in the county where I live. We still use a lot of milk and tonight it is in our mashed potatoes for dinner, with a dollop of cream, for sure

  14. Carolann Tracy says:

    My Dad is buying my Mom a milk cow for Christmas this year. I’m sure she would love this book 😊

  15. Angel Kendrick says:

    I would gift it to a coworker who recently moved to a rural area with a dream of farming and the recipes would be fun for us to do together , we love to get together and cook

  16. Sara says:

    I would love having this book to live out the country life to its fullest with gardens and cows, and so anxious to try those dairy recipes!

  17. I would just love to win your book and get lost in it!

  18. Michae says:

    My wife is determined to get a milk cow. I was able to protest… until our neighbor got one. Now it’s more urgent than ever.

  19. Leisa Joan says:

    I really can’t have a cow, but would love to have your book to add to my collection. It is on my Christmas list. We had cows growing up, and I remember those days fondly.

  20. susan b says:

    I would love this for myself. I grew up surrounded by several cattle farms that edged our property! My sisters and I would love the calves and would see how close we could get to the bull without it spying us!

  21. Becky Davies says:

    My daughter.. She’s a farm girl and has had milk goats, chickens, and cows, but, not a milk cow. It’s time. Haha

  22. Linnie Nolan says:

    To my Granddaughter Natalie who insists we need a American Miniature Jersey! She is 12 and we have Nubian dairy goats! Do you think we should add ?? You just never know I’m thinkin more yummy cheese and Mmmm yummy real clotted cream! Convince me!~ hee hee! 🙂 😉

  23. Teresa says:

    My farmgirl dreams of a jersey and a guernsey to start a small artisan cheese business.

  24. Camela Engbrecht says:

    I would love to have a milk cow some day. I love cows and always thought they are beautiful.

  25. Susanne says:

    We had a milk cow when I was in my teens and I loved it! I live in town now but would love to read this book. I also have a friend that we “farm-sit” for once in awhile which gives me the treat to get to milk again. I would “share” this book with her. =)

  26. Gaye Durst says:

    I don’t already have it so I’d be gifting it to this wanna be farmgirl! Who has had dreams of just a few acres, to homestead on. Of course I’d gift it when I found someone else with the same ideas.

  27. Jaylyn Morehouse says:

    Well…If I win I would probably keep the book for myself! I’ve already named my future milk cow, Paisley 🙂 I can’t wait to start making my own cheese and dairy products.

  28. Hannah Strong says:

    I would share the book with my best friend Marissa. She already has a Jersey named Madeline that she milks. “Maddie” is pregnant and I’m wishfully thinking that her babe will be mine, as we are moving to our own farm in two weeks. My husband isn’t convinced yet that its the right time for a cow but maybe in a year when the calf is ready to be weaned I can convince him otherwise.

  29. Cindy Jacobson says:

    I will admit that I would like it for myself. We, my parents and I, live on a farm together. We raise our own chickens and turkeys. We have also raised pigs and cows for meat. My mother milked a cow when I was a little girl. We have a feed store and sell raw milk from a licensed farmer. As much milk as my dad drinks he thinks we should get a milk cow.

  30. Summer M. says:

    I would gift it to my Aunt, who has goats and makes goat cheese. Or I would give it to my cousin, who has milk cows and loves them like her own family!

  31. Carol D says:

    I am that dreamy farmgirl.

  32. Marsha Rogers says:

    I have been married to a farmer for 43 years. We used to milk Holstein cows on our small farm of 80 acres and retired from milking cows a few years ago. We have a small herd of Gelveigh Beef cows, all females, that are wonderful mothers. Some of the beef cows have too much milk that could be used in cheese production. It has been a dream of mine for several years to learn how to make cheese. The recipes would help me make this wish come true. I am also retired and would love to start a business here on our farm.

  33. Joni says:

    I would gift the book to my dearest friend, Deb….she has chickens, and would love a milk cow too!

  34. Joyce Huber says:

    I would gift the book to my oldest daughter.

  35. Kathy Wright says:

    The farm girl I would give it to longs for a simpler time and place of her childhood. Growing up on a dairy farm where meals were served up with freshly churned butter and rich cream adorned hot
    breakfast cereals. Homemade ice cream was one of the best things about summer😊.

  36. dee mallett says:

    I would love to win this book for myself. We have a mini farm, I have been purchasing raw milk and have just started experimenting making a variety of cheese.

  37. Jean L. Fox says:

    This would be for me. I lived on a farm as a young girl and have memories of many of the things my mom and dad did – had chickens (fresh eggs), pigs, cows for milking, etc. I was very young when they split up, but I carry the memories with me and practice my country style living the best I can in the city. I love your magazine. Thanks!

  38. Keri Smith says:

    My lovely sister in-law!

  39. Sierra says:

    I would love this book, as I just purchased a milk cow this past spring, but my friend Chandra would also love it as she makes cheese!

  40. Carol S says:

    I keep looking at your Milk Cow Kitchen book and dream of the day I will have a milk cow of my own. I limited my farm dream to chickens, goats, dogs and cats. Did not know how I could include a cow in that dream until I saw your book description. My dining room is “dressed” in cow. I want to be a pampered, content, cow in my next life. Would love the book for me!

  41. Dana McCleese says:

    I would give the book to my daughter Anna. She will be 19 in March and she loves farm life and animals. We have a small farm with 2 cows and 2 calves, 2 goats that she showed for FFA and the buyer gave them back to her. Of course she wouldn’t resale them! She wants chickens now and wants a dairy goat and milk cow in the future. She also has 1 horse (Sugar) and a miniature mule (Otis) who is blind in one eye. We subscribe to your magazine and love it. We also have purchased your Glamping book.
    So yes a vintage camper is on my daughter’s want list also. She has a 1967 Chevy pick-up (her 16th birthday present) that she would pull camper with.
    Thanks for opportunity to win the Milk Cow Kitchen Book!!!

  42. Kat S says:

    I would enjoy this lovely book myself as I’ve always dreamed about having a lovely long haired highland cow. I share my library with everyone who is interested though and this book would make a very welcome edition to us all!

  43. Katie Silvers says:

    I would most certainly have to gift this to my mother.

  44. Toni H says:

    I would love the book myself, the only Mary Jane book I don’t yet own… But, if I have to share 😉 I would give to my friend Darlene, she’s had cows as long as I’ve known her, is definitely a Farm girl and a very sweet lady!

  45. Helen Dunn says:

    The farmgirl I would give this book to is my youngest daughter. As the mother of 4, she inspires me everyday, managing a farm with her Farrier husband and homeschooling her children(ages 2 – 7). They own a miniature Jersey cow, that she milks every morning. She makes yogurt, cheese, butter, and ice cream. It’s such fun to watch them living their dream.

  46. Jana Blackwood says:

    I would love the book myself but would share with my grand-daughter to pass along some great wisdom.

  47. Teri says:

    As much as I would love the book for myself (selfish much?), one of my besties recently added a milk cow to her farm family… she could really use the book. As a side note, I’m quite certain some of the cheese and butter made from recipes in the book will be shared with one of her besties… especially if that bestie gifts her with such a fab book!

  48. Allison Rosch says:

    My sweet daughter Vivian wants to grow up and be a ‘cow doctor’…this would be perfect for her and her love of cows.

  49. Terri says:

    Well, I guess I’m wishing my life away, but when I retire I’m looking forward to becoming a full time farm girl.

  50. Betsy says:

    The farm girl I would give it to is just starting out she has a few chickens and a milk cow and some guineas. She’s still learning all the ins and outs and having a blast ! Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Bonnie says:

      My good friend always wanted a farm but could never afford one. She worked at a local goat farm and the owner would give her goat milk which helped with the food bill. She is a farm girl by heart. She is a Mennonite and would love to read Milk Cow.

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Winners!!! Giveaways: All That Glitters

In the Dec/Jan issue of MaryJanesFarm, “All That Glitters,” I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win some special giveaways. Following, you’ll find the winners of all five giveaways. Thank you to all who participated by leaving comments, and stay tuned for more giveaways in each issue of MaryJanesFarm. If you’re not yet a subscriber to MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95/year.


The winner of my “Junk Gypsy, All That Glitters” giveaway is Marjie Long, who left this comment in response to “Tell me how MaryJanesFarm has inspired you to upcycle a junk find.”

“Re-purpose, re-cycle, or up-cycle is the main theme here at our home on the Ranch. Not much gets thrown away—someone is always needing something to finish a job, so we go to the old bins, be they old granite bowls found in the pastures or an old post office cabinet. We just hung 2 old wood and screen doors in our remodeled chicken pen. I enjoy the magazine very much—look forward to it coming in the mail.”


The winner of my “My Gratitude Journal, All That Glitters” giveaway is Zona Hague, who left this comment in response to “Tell me some one thing you’re grateful for this day, TODAY.”

“I am so very grateful for our very young grandchildren!! Their grandpa + I can protect them, pray, and care for them—we can love and cuddle them and reassure them we will keep them safe, when they are scared watching their divorced parents fight in front of them, resulting in repeat police visits. This journal would be a blessing for them, to write even the small things that are secure + beautiful in their small lives/world!!”


The winner of my “LuLaRoe, All That Glitters” giveaway is Shelli L Miller, who left this comment in response to “Tell me what your favorite woman-run business is.”

“The Heritage Hut owned by Mary Kanesny in Wichita, KS, is a unique yarn and weaving shop. This business has served for many years as a gathering place for women and young girls who are interested in learning now-rare skills such as loom weaving and tatting, along with traditional knitting and crochet.”


The winner of my “Organic on-the-go, All That Glitters” giveaway is Heather Neeper, who left this comment in response to “Tell me how you discovered us.”

“My mother-in-law would buy MJF magazine and I would read them when she was finished. Not wanting to miss one, I got a subscription. I still have every issue! They’re too good to give up … LOL!!!


The winner of my “Kazoo, All That Glitters” giveaway is Suaan Sims, who left this comment in response to “Tell me how you or someone else has inspired girls to be strong, smart, fierce and, above all, true to themselves (Kazoo’s mission).”

“My mother is 92 years young, and from the time I was a little girl, I played under the quilting frame. She made many quilts over the years, and as my sister and I watched and learned, she inspired us to make quilts, as well as sew our clothes and those of our kids. She makes quilts today, and has warmed many, many relatives with those quilts. She is truly a pioneer and an inspiration for all her grandchildren and nieces.”

Thank you to the hundreds of women who responded with such thoughtful comments! If you’re one of our winners, keep an eye out for an email from the farm.

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    WooHoo, Santa is coming to you from Idaho! Enjoy everyone and post some photos over on the Chatroom when you finish a project so we can all be a part of the fun.

  2. Jane Demers says:

    My sister will receive this book if I’m a winner. Though she’s no longer on the farm her registered Holstein was a big part of her growing up years.

  3. Wendie says:

    We are from cda idaho, my daughter just purchased a property with acreage , she has chickens and her goal is a cow or cows she had room and so ready willing and and able!

  4. Naomi S. says:

    My favorite herb is definitely lavendar because I love the smell and the color purple and the soothing quality it has when breathing it. Yes, lavendar is my all-time favorite! Can’t get enough of it!

  5. Beverly Fisher says:

    Spring and summer is usually spent with me spending countless hours in the pastures fixing fence and cutting out volunteer cedar trees. I usually pack a lunch and disappear all day for a couple weeks. What a happy great this would make on those days!

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