GIVEAWAY: “Spring Fever, Lemon Wreath”

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 this pretty faux-lemon wreath, tell me in the comments below what you most look forward to when you sit down with an issue of MaryJanesFarm. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-April.


You’ll find out how to grow lemon and lime trees indoors, as well as get lots of ideas for lemon-themed décor, in the Apr/May 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. Carol McKenzie says:

    I love this wreath and it would look so grand on the door of my 1930 craftsman home in Knoxville, TN.

  2. Suzanna Drozd-Kowalski says:

    Being a writer I love the stories but upon further reflection, it’s cover to cover, from tips to recipes to the food for the soul photography. I look forward to every issue and squirrel them away or share them with my daughter-in-laws.

  3. Elisabeth Perkins says:

    My favorite thing of MaryJanesFarm is the DIY items, and crazy enough… the ads. I love the fact that the ads are for organic food, health products, and sustainable items.

  4. Nielsen,Winifred T. says:

    When I get a new copy of MJF, I first look at every page to see all of the fun projects, recipes, and ideas. Secondly, I begin reading all of the articles. There is always a diversity of topics and perspectives that I find engaging. I also love the section on Seven Tips for a simple Life. There are always good ideas for everyday living that I enjoy learning about. One last thing is that I love it when the magazine uses graphics from the turn of the 20th Century. It was really MJF that turned my attention to this style and I have been exploring and loving it ever since.

  5. Glenda Jones says:

    When I open a MaryJanesFarm magazine, I look forward to pictures and ideas that are not only inspiring but are also comforting.

  6. Corine Runnion says:

    I usually am so happy, when Mary Jane’s arrives, everything comes to a stop and if i can hold my patience for a few minutes to make a cup of tea, then it becomes my time (a very happy time to sit and enjoy each and every page of Mary Jane’s Farm.

  7. Amy Murillo says:

    The thing I most look forward to when my issue of Mary Jane’s Farm arrives is some “me time”! There is so much to enjoy, to learn from, to reflect upon between the two covers. Thank you for such a delightful read.

  8. Lori Schmuck says:

    I wait until I am alone and the house is quiet I open the new issue of MJF. I read through the table of contents to wet my appetite, then slowly enjoy every page. I always manage to learn something new from every issue! Thank you!!!

  9. Darla McDonald says:

    I look so forward to your magazine. I love all the tips and craft project I find in your magazine.

  10. Melissa Eloe says:

    I am so excited when my magazine comes. It truly inspires me to live healthier, to give myself permission to take time to craft and to dream. Thank you!

  11. Michelle Kirby says:

    I allow myself a break of half an hour or so to look through the new issue.

  12. Mary Frances Rauch says:

    I first look to see if you have any projects that I may be able to use my limited sewing talent. I had SUCH FUN a long while back when we made aprons!

  13. sharon s says:

    I read all the articles and I look forward to seeing what recipes you have. MJF is the only magazine subscription I have!

  14. Tracy Roy says:

    The lemon wreath is crying to hang off my 1968 Aladdin trailer the next trip out!

  15. Faye brown says:

    I can’t wait for my subscription! I normally scim through the pictures,which I love. I then start from the back of the Farm Girl to the front, looking to see my top interest,second and so forth.

  16. Jean Schmelick says:

    When I receive my magazine in the mail I first read Here’s the Thing, then cut out the Cooking with Cast Iron recipes to add to my notebook and then just read cover to cover. Just so many good things about it! Love the recipes and have made a lot of them. What a great magazine!!

  17. Molly Welsh says:

    Well, I must admit that as I read I look for things I can do my self. There are usually lots of good ideas in there. I like the recipes, too. Thanks.

  18. Christina says:

    I enjoy the comraderie I feel when reading Mary Janes Farm . I look forward to each and every issue. Can’t wait for my mail lady to deliver each issue.

  19. Krista says:

    What I look forward to the most is seeing old pictures that are being shared. I enjoy looking at them and seeing if I can guess who is who and where they were taken. I especially love seeing pictures of my beautiful grandmother!

  20. Marlene Laverty says:

    The craft or “DIY” parts of the magazine. So many great things to do that usually go with the season. I enjoy the recipes as well. So much fun!

  21. Sara Knight says:

    I would love to win the lemon wreath. It would look great on my front door between my yellow window shutters.

  22. Teri Schneider says:

    Although I absolutely love the whole thing, I confess I head straight to the back. I love reading the last article by the City Farm girl. She has such a great perspective on life 🙂

  23. Bev Schneider says:

    Reminds me relaxing with a glass of lemonade in the Summer while I read Mary Jane’s magazine!

  24. Nancy Couden says:

    I love the recipes most of all. And the pictures and advertisements are all wonderful. Love the bright yellow color of lemons and will look nice anywhere in my home.

  25. Vickie says:

    Healthier living articles definitely, but I love it all. Not currently a subscriber and having a difficult time finding it locally in the stores:(

  26. Mackenzie says:

    I look forward to farm inspiration!

  27. Laurie Seymour says:

    I love the DIY projects–seems like I turn a page and exclaim, “OH! I’ve always wanted to learn how to do that!” And then looking at the recipes, I am THRILLED because my daughter has many food allergies and finally I have recipes I can share with HER and she likes them! Last but not least, is just the knowledge that I AM NOT ALONE, and there is a WHOLE SISTERHOOD out there of women who think like me and are interested in what interests me….not the nail polish/eye makeup/bling/fashion stuff. I like that ‘too’, but it is not who I am everyday. The chickens, pigs, ducks, turkeys, flower garden, veggie garden, building things then cooling off in the pond are Daily Life and finally there is a ‘sisters’ and ads that recognize this side of being today’s Woman!

  28. Deb Fischer says:

    When I sit in my chair next to the wood burning stove I look for the peace, love and fun in my MaryJanes Farm Magazine. I find that and more! Thank all if you at MJF for such a fabulous magazine. Keep up the great work, your the best!

  29. Mickele Mehaffey says:

    Look forward to recipes and natural healing remedies. Cow facts.

  30. Bridge says:

    I love the serenity I feel when looking at the pictures and reading the articles. It feels like my best friend just stopped by to visit and spend a moment.

  31. Melody Hingl says:

    When I get my Mary Jane’s Farm Magazine in the mail, I can’t wait to dive into the new ideas! Whether it’s a new craft, or a new website to visit. It’s always exciting! However, my favorite part of the magazine is the Cast Iron recipes! I’m always anxious to try them all!

    This wreath is absolutely beautiful! It brings a breathe of fresh spring cheer to your home!

  32. Allene Ofcky says:

    It is so very peaceful to look at. In this crazy world a few seconds just looking at beauty brings a smile to the heart.

  33. Colleen D says:

    I look forward to the grounded, common sense guide that Mary Janes Farm magazine gives to this life we are all trying to get through! Fabulous and fun ideas abound! Thank you for all you provide for us!

  34. Laura Richardson says:

    Well…as I am a Newby to Mary Jane’s Farm, with only one issue in my hands, so far I love every single page. Your magazine is chock full of gems from cover to cover! I am in love! ❤

  35. Heather Ely says:

    I love reading the whole magazine! There is not another publication like it anywhere

  36. Sally S. says:

    I look forward to the feeling of “connection”. The feeling there are other people who appreciate re-purposing and showing your own creativity/ flare is a bonus!

  37. Brenda Van Wie says:

    I look forward to the relaxing feeling I get as I am swooped away from my reality to the calming and simplicity your magazine portrays.

  38. Cecile Clausen says:

    I’m just drawn to your Magazines. They seem to make feel grounded with the unworldly presence it brings. I like to repurpose and not be so wasteful. Keep it coming!

  39. Tammy Bradshaw says:

    I love reading about the crafts and usually try those yummy recipes in back. But when my magazine arrives in the mail I sit with a cuppa tea or coffee and read it from front cover to back. My favorite magazine.

  40. Caroline Massaro says:

    Reading the magazine gives me a chance to explore new ideas, crafts and of course new products that I can use. I gave my oldest niece a gift subscription and we both enjoy talking about the different articles. It allows me to go to a place that is comfortable and warm.

  41. Teresa Stiner says:

    My mother-in-law made the best lemon meringue pie. She had this wonderful tree in her back yard. Lemon squares were out of this world and there were always lemon cubes in her freezer. She lived in Tempe. She passed on Christmas at 93 and 10 1/2 months. She was well known in her neighborhood as she treated everyone with kindness.

  42. Sherri Dawn Zimmer says:

    My favorite thing about your wonderful magazine is that it makes me feel like I am a part of a much larger group of like minded people.
    As I turn the pages I see people from all over who are immersed in living a life of respect, creativity and learning.
    Keep up the fabulous work!

  43. Candace Jantti says:

    My favorite part is the diy ideas. The photos are so clear and I like that you have plenty of them.

  44. Marilyn says:

    I guess I look at the pages with ideas for repurposing everyday things. It is always amazing to me how some folks think outside the box, and it helps encourage me to do the same. Some GREAT ideas!

  45. Rebecca Darrington says:

    The very, very first thing I enjoy about Mary Janes Farm is the feel of the cover in my hands. I love the texture of the paper! I run my hand over it knowing that I will find treasures galore inside. I look so forward to the end of the day when I can sit down with a cup of cocoa or hot tea, open it up and get lost in its pages.

  46. Summer M. says:

    I look forward the most to the crafts and DIY!

  47. terry steinmetz says:

    When I open MJF magazine, I first look at the cast iron cooking and then Rebecca’s “Here’s The Thing” article. After that I savor each and every article. My only problem is that I have to beat hubby to get it from the mailbox or I don’t get to see it for days! (tee, hee, hee!)

  48. Carol Vagher says:

    I always go to the library and get excited to find the newest copy of MaryjanesFarm dig in and look for the crafts! Recipes are second but the crafts are my favorite!

  49. Laura Leigh says:

    I like Rebekah Teal’s page best, I think. Unless you meant the part where I fix up a tea tray complete with chocolate, teapot, and sometimes a flower, and curl up in my favorite chair.

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GIVEAWAY: “Spring Fever, Lemon Sign”

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 this cute, rustic-look 12″ x 16″ wooden sign, share your favorite quote in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-April.


You’ll find out how to grow lemon and lime trees indoors, as well as get lots of ideas for lemon-themed décor, in the Apr/May 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. Rachelle Hull says:

    Time stops for no man (or woman)!

  2. Amy Murillo says:

    A dream is a wish your heart makes – Walt Disney

  3. Corine Runnion says:

    I love that saying,When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, this is just perfect.

  4. Nielsen,Winifred T. says:

    ” There is no such thing as too much love , or too many daffodils”


    • Sue Mours says:

      Love this one! My Grandmother’s favorite flowers were daffodils so when I was old enough to drive and work I would buy her bunches and bring them to her….pure love!

  5. Jean Schmelick says:

    I think this was in your magazine, I love it and have shared it with many.”Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way”.

  6. koleen reed says:

    One cannot think well.
    love well,
    sleep well
    if one has not dined well

    Virginia Woolf

  7. Suzanna Drozd-Kowalski says:

    “Is it an upstream thought or a down stream thought. Everything you wants is down stream.” Abraham, Esther & Jerry Hicks

  8. terry steinmetz says:

    “When God closes one door, He opens another.” My grandmother used to tell me this all the time to help me through disappointments in my life. I’ve passed this on to my children and now to my grandgirls. It helps me to focus on something bigger than myself and my wants.

  9. Dionne Speer says:

    I’d love to win this. I’m trying to fill a focus wall in my dining room with various wall art. This would be a splendid addition. The other piece of artwork I plan to use has one of my favorite quotes: “There is always a reason to be Thankful.” There truly is.

  10. Teri Schneider says:

    All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt 🙂

  11. Marilyn says:

    When life gives you limes, make Margaritas —- and be sure to call me!

  12. Deean Hicks says:

    “Compost” happens!

  13. RoDonna Carson says:

    “Chin up princess or the crown slips.” Not sure who said it but I thought it was cute.

  14. Rose Ann Wong says:

    It’s not falling down that is a failure, it’s not getting back up.

  15. Krista says:

    “You’re killin’ me smalls!” I find myself saying this quite a bit lately to my little dudes!
    Love the wooden sign. It matches my living room clock perfect!

  16. Dianna Hauf says:

    My fav is : “As I look back on my life I realize that every time I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better. “

  17. wanda ehly says:

    Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

  18. Vonna Cook says:

    There’s no such thing as a normal life. There’s just life.

  19. Sandy T. says:

    Two favorites:
    Life’s not fair. Anyone who says it is, is trying to sell you something.
    ‘Normal’ is just a setting on the dryer… and a city in Illinois. 😉

  20. Andrea says:

    “The future is as bright as your faith.”

  21. Dara Bell says:

    Man plans, God laughs.

  22. Jessica Orlando says:

    Today is a good day for a good day.

  23. Joni Moomau says:

    “Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?”
    -Rose Kennedy

  24. Kaycee says:

    Stop and smell the roses!

  25. Faye brown says:

    My favorite quoter, Abe Lincoln .
    Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

  26. Paula Stone says:

    Don’t celebrate the harvest you reap but the seeds you plant.

  27. Marlene Laverty says:

    I’m not sure who to credit this quote to, but my grandmother used it all the time when I became frustrated with people in my life when I was younger, “You can’t teach a pig to sing, it wastes your time and annoys the pig”

  28. Lanna Waterman says:

    You plant corn… get corn!

  29. Jennifer McNamara says:

    Total fav

  30. Avis says:

    Smiles are CONTAGIOUS be a CARRIER!

  31. Cindy says:

    My mom made this one of my siblings and i’s mantras when we were young, along with the golden rule of course!! What memories!!!

  32. Brenda Van Wie says:

    “Stop and smell the roses.”

  33. Claudia Bell says:

    Life is uncertain: Eat dessert first!

  34. Caroline Massaro says:

    You must take a chance to make a choice and change your life.

  35. Tammy Bradshaw says:

    whoever makes a garden has never worked alone; the rain has always found it, the sun has always known; the wind has blown across it and helps to scatter seeds; whoever makes a garden has all the help he needs.

    just love this

    • Sandi King says:

      Tammy Bradshaw, I have never heard this before, but I think it is most wonderful. I intend to write it down for my gardening days to look at. Love it.

  36. Laura Richardson says:

    “…for with God, all things are possible.” I love this sign! 😊

  37. Candace Jantti says:

    You can lead a horse to water but you can not make him drink.

  38. Deborah Bried says:

    “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience ~ this is the ideal life.”
    Mark Twain

  39. Wendy Moore says:

    Be still and trust in the Lord. Psalms 46:10

  40. Darcy Koch says:

    “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

  41. Melanie Johnson says:

    “Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you”
    And “You reap what u sow”
    Thank you! Mary Jane Farms!

  42. Amy Morgeson says:

    “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.” Walt Whitman

  43. Marnie White says:

    A slice of apple pie without some cheese is like a kiss without a hug.

  44. Carol Johnson says:

    “Simplify, simplify.”

    Henry David Thoreau

  45. Melody Torres says:

    “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift.
    That is why it is called the present.”

    -Master Oogway

  46. Fran Rouser says:

    One of my favorite quotes:

    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    ― Oscar Wilde

  47. Pat Collins says:

    When life gives you lemons,simply smile, and when no one is looking put them in your compost!

  48. Tanya says:

    Growing up had it’s ups and downs, as a young teen i read John Irvings “Hotel NH”. Keep passing the open windows has always meant something deep to me.

  49. Shannon H says:

    When life gives you more than you can stand, kneel.

  50. Melanie Meyer says:

    My Mom used to tell me this whenever I was going thru a difficult time: “This too shall pass”. She was always my rock even when I didn’t realize it. Miss her everyday!

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GIVEAWAY: “Spring Fever, Lemon Pillow Covers”

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 these gorgeous, MaryJanesFarm-made 18″ lemon tea-towel pillow covers, tell me about a time in your life that you made lemonade because life-had-given-you-lemons in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-April.


You’ll find out how to grow lemon and lime trees indoors, as well as get lots of ideas for lemon-themed décor, in the Apr/May 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. Lisa Bell says:

    When I found out I had to be gluten free for the rest of my life. I didn’t like what was out there; tasted dry, no nutritional value so…I learned to bake gluten free making my own gluten free flour blends.
    I opened my own gluten free bakery out of my home for now going to Farmer’s Markets, festivals and craft shows. My goal is to open up in our town in 2 years.
    Everything is made as organic as possible if not organic then non-gmo.

  2. Corine Runnion says:

    A friend had given me a huge box of lemons and limes and they were already starting to go bad, so pucked out the bad and made it all into lemon lime aide and put into cubes in the freezer. We had lemon lime aide all through the summer and enjoyed each and every glass.
    Also thought of my friend with each glass!

  3. Nielsen,Winifred T. says:

    We are so lucky to have lemon and lime trees locally and often neighbors and friends will bring and share some of their abundant produce. Fresh lemonade is such a treat with these lemons as well as using the zest for cooking and the juice for salad dressing and desserts.

  4. Marlene Laverty says:

    Mucking out the goat barn is hard work and the “leavings” means a rather large compost heap. I started running out of room for it all. I now have enough compost for my garden plus my friends that garden are enjoying the compost too. Thinking about bagging and selling some of the more ripe and finished compost……hmm, may be a start of a few extra dollars in my pocket

  5. Suzanna Drozd-Kowalski says:

    When I was in my late 20’s with young sons I got divorced. I had managed to save my house with the help of some women who didn’t even know me but gave me the mortage. Women helping women. I saved the house but that left little extra. So our get-a-ways were weekends spent at the family chalet my parents built off grid when I was a young girl. We had a two seater out house, had to haul water, but had electricity if we ran a generator. If not it was candles and Coleman lamps. We hiked our woods, walked ravenes, fished and swan in our pond, read, target practice with gramps, games, and campfires. It seemed the stresses we faced fell off our shoulders with every mile we got closer to our beloved Thrush Haven. Not having that extra money to go to the show or go on expensive vacations was really a blessing in disguise as we all got to spend quality time together and bond. I know my son’s look back on that time as special, since grams is no longer with us. It was her slice of heaven and my favorite place on earth.

  6. Krista says:

    I would have to say it’s when I became pregnant with my second son. It was really hard on me becoming pregnant only 2 months after delivering my first son. And many challenges arose as the pregnancy progressed. Now I wouldn’t change it for the world! I love having my boys only 11 months apart. They will be the best of friends and already love each other so much. My hands are full but my heart is fuller!

  7. Linda Olson says:

    Nothing like a glass of lemonade from freshly squeezed lemons to reflect on the blessings of my life. LIfe often doesn’t go as planned, but down a path that may be difficult and challenging, yet an opportunity to grow stronger and more faithful. Life is wonderful for sure.

  8. Rose Ann Wong says:

    There had been a problem between my parents and my aunts for years, and they did not talk at all due to some differences. At my grandmas funeral I approached one of my aunts and she and another aunt and I visited, and gradually began to get together more and more. We got to know each other, making up for lost years – it has been such a remarkable inspiration, and I am so thrilled that my life has been enriched by them.

  9. Tammy says:

    I think we all have many things that are hard to get through…every time you push through the hard things and remain hopeful for the good, you are making “lemonade”.

  10. Deborah Winegar says:

    Lemons–to lemonade:
    Several years ago I decided to go back to the University of Utah to complete my bachelors degree. My plan was to teach kindergarten upon graduation. I had no idea how much math was involved! It had been nearly 25 years since high school math but I dug in and
    worked really hard. I am happy to say I did graduate and enjoyed nine great of teaching kindergarten!

  11. Brenda Van Wie says:

    When my husband was out of work for medical reasons, I decided to try to make extra money selling things on etsy. It did not make up for his lost income but I started my online sales side business and now have 3 etsy shops and also sell on ebay. It became a “hobby” that my husband now joins in with to help.

  12. Cecile Clausen says:

    Life always brings lemons! BUT the help of God and others will get you through. I’ve been widowed twice and now have a wonderful adventures man that has taken me all over the world. You always look for the positive instead of the negative!

  13. Tammy Bradshaw says:

    Because life is full of those “lemon” moments I think it is important to remember that our attitude will help us as we muck through the hard times.

  14. Laura Leigh says:

    The biggest lemon in my life is my chronic illness. The lemonade has been drawing ever nearer to the Lord, and the need to stay close to family. I didn’t ‘move out’ like most in their late teens – due to my health, and so here I am on the farm with my parents and brother. While I fondly imagine a life free of fatigue and pain, I dream of it here on the farm; imagine all my mom and I could get accomplished!

  15. Patti Huggins says:

    1996 was my “life gave me lemons year.” My 14 year old dog had to be put to sleep, my mother, husband, and father died that year and I was just 42. My son was in college; my 24 year government job was being contracted out to a non-profit organization – I was heart-broken and scared. Faith in God and courage to trust HIM to lead me to change got me through.

  16. Sandra Pronsolino says:

    I lost my job, I was scared about the future so what’s a girl do she cans it. I made 48 pints of pear preserves using a recipe from my husbands grandfather. The lemony flavor was wonderful and everyone I gave them to thought they were amazing.

  17. Belinda Price says:

    Most of life is filled with those opportunities, isn’t it. Trying to get by on a lower than average income so I could stay home with my babies led to homemade meals, gardening and canning and many other healthy choices. Also to camping as a family, and other sweet memories.

  18. Darcy Koch says:

    This past year my sister passed away from cancer. I followed through with her wishes and became involved in our local Relay for Life. (raises money for cancer research)

  19. Amy Morgeson says:

    For the longest time I resented that my career path hadn’t gone in the direction that I wanted. I ended up in a position that simply didn’t afford the amount of creativity that I needed to feel whole and I didn’t see an option out of it. So I made it my own. I realized that in the post I had the luxury to make it more creative for myself and even surround myself with like minded people who also needed a creative environment. And so I did. I now no longer feel trapped but feel that what I’m doing is exactly what I was supposed to be doing all along. I just needed to mix it up the right way 😉

  20. Rita West says:

    I got a flat tire on a back road. While I was waiting for my son to arrive and change it I picked a pail of huckleberries.

  21. Michelle Bishop says:

    When I was pregnant with my first child I drank/craved lemonade made with real lemons and not the powder. I just love lemonade!!

  22. Diana says:

    I would make my little bedroom settee gorgeous with these pillows and make lemonade to sit with my friends & share together. Life is just full of opportunities to make lemonade and I find it all a wonderful challenge. The fact of life is we will always be handed lemons at times and God will always have our lemonade on hand to refresh and rejuvenate us in the toughest of times.

  23. Shirl Mabary says:

    When my boys were 10, 12 and 14, I got divorced due to my husband being prosecuted for embezzlement. A few months later, on March 11, our house burned. I was virtually penniless, but, by the grace of God, friends and family, I was able to secure a good job with the same schedule as my children. Slowly, but surely, I was able to pay off my house and have recently retired debt free. Persistence paid off and looking back, I know I managed by taking one day at a time and staying positive. Lemons made into lemonade worked for me and now I have a sign in my kitchen that reads “Mom’s lemonade!”

  24. Linda says:

    I developed Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 17. I have tried to make lemonade for 42 years. Some years are better than others. My husband married me knowing the future was uncertain and had stuck with me for 35 years. God did not bless us with children so we try to make more lemonade. Some days are better than others.

  25. Melody Torres says:

    My ex-husband is an alcoholic. After nearly 11 years I found the courage to take our young kids and leave. I left with no job or money. I was able to put myself through school and build my business. Now the lemonade is sweet as can be!

  26. Fran Rouser says:

    At a time when we were having to pinch pennies I really wanted to do something special for our anniversary. Instead of spending money eating out I fixed a picnic lunch and handmade a card for my husband. We went to the park and enjoyed a beautiful sunny day together. This is what memories are made of.

  27. Judi Jorden says:

    When I was 31 years old I found out I was ill. Thinking that would pass I went to the doctor for medicine. That was the beginning of a thirty four year journey, that continues today. During that time we raised two children into lovely, and loving adults. I taught junior high for 21 years and elementary school for 9 years. I am still ill, and now a quilter with 2 grandchildren. Through it all my faith sustained me, and my life. I am blessed.

  28. Tanya says:

    Hubby was diagnosed with cancer almost 4 years ago, just 3 months after breaking his back in 2 places from a drunk hitting him and daughter. Up to that point he had never been sick more than a handful of days. We have had to make some major changes since this happened, most in the last year. Selling our home to relocate to a more city area for medical as well as going into a smaller and single story home (stairs are no longer his friend). He has had to medically retire early a good 10 years from a job he loved, can no longer drive, no longer plays in a band, skiis and we sold our river camp as it was just to much for him with upkeep and the travel to get there. On a plus we own our home and are debt free …. broke, but it could have all been so much worse! So we are together and happy and take things a bit easier now and are grateful for the lemons we had saved, to make the lemonade.

  29. Mary Lakota says:

    Last year my husband was diagnosed with skin cancer on his forehead. While going through treatment, he was a little embarrassed having to wear a large bandage around his head. So I made several adjustable headbands. They looked like biker headbands. 2 were red, white, and blue print and every time he wore one of them, he was asked where his chopper (motorcycle) was. We all got a good laugh and that made his recovery so much more easier. He’s healthy and that is our lemons to lemonade story.

  30. Joy says:

    the car breaking down… guess Im taking a beautiful walk today

  31. Kat S says:

    Last summer, I was laid off of work, broke up with my boyfriend and ended living out of my car. And I’m super grateful for that entire experience! I was able to spend more time outside, settle deeply into a spiritual practice, committed to deep emotional healing and realized that I wanted to follow my heart more than anything else. I’ll be starting up my own business, embracing self-care and self-love, and have more gratitude for my living space while living with more intention!

  32. Rhonda Bowdy says:

    When I found out that I had MS. I thought my life was over. Then I learned that I can live a normal life. I just take one day at a time.

  33. Eugenia (Jean) Tribett says:

    My home kitchen is lemons and blueberries, but the lemons have trailed into our living room. These pillows will add some jazz to my new blue loveseat. Lemons are happy and yellow is one of the very colors spring and mother nature gives us each new year.

  34. Jane Jones says:

    I went into the Navy thinking you could go anywhere you wanted to. I was really disappointed to find out I’d be going to Bethesda Md. instead of Hawaii. All that “brass”! No one thought I’d get through it because I don’t bow and scrape. What I DO do though, is to find all types of people genuinely valuable and interesting. It was pretty cold in Md. sometimes, no beaches or pineapples I’d so hoped for; but I thrived because the people were so awesome.

  35. Nancy Silva says:

    Nothing says happiness like a bowl of lemons on my counter. They are all ready to place in a mug of hot water and honey or to add to sparkling water. The right mug or glass makes such a big difference also. It says “you are a gift to my life”.

  36. Glenda Kelly says:

    The first thing I think of when looking at these beautiful pillows is that lemon’s are so very good for our diet. They aide in digestion of food and help to make our bodies more alkaline. Once again, God got it right!

  37. Jana Blackwood says:

    In 2014, I had to quit working because of health issues and because I needed to have 2 hand surgeries to repair a variety of issues. I was struggling with the “why, is this happening to me?” as I recovered from surgery. Little did I know that I was going to be a grandmother to a beautiful baby girl that stays with me lots while her Mother works. She was an unexpected joyful blessing in my life and I am thankful to God for her every day. I should know by now that God always has something better for me if I will learn to trust in him.

  38. When life got/gets tough, my “lemonade” is pouring myself a tall l, cool glass of my Catholic Faith!

  39. I grow not lemons, but kumquats! My opportunity to “make lemonaid’ came when awful scale attacked the tree. I picked it off every day for months, and it has now been scale-free for over a year. My potted tree is 15 years old, still only a couple of feet tall. It lives in my greenroom in the winter, goes outside when the weather warms and flowers in the sunshine. Once the fruit sets it is time to bring it back inside and I have kumquats for Christmas.
    Loved your April/May issue.
    I’d like a chance to win the pillows or the wonderful lemon clock on pg. 86.
    Thank you!

  40. Jodie says:

    A job I took shortly out of grad school to be closer to home happened to be a lemon of a job. I didn’t have one nice thing to say after work each day. It took me a few months of this before I said to myself…”Self, if you don’t want to do anything about it, you don’t get to complain about it.” I took to the internet to find my “perfect dream job” by googling physical therapy clinics, not wanted ads in my field of work. I narrowed it down to three clinics that I really liked their approach to healing and I sent my resume to them asking if they had any positions available. The number one place I had wanted to work for had just taken down their wanted ad a week earlier because they hadn’t had any response. I was hired within the week. And then I had lemonade. Seven years later, I’m still with that clinic.

  41. Debby Davis says:

    My ten year old son and I were working on a ground training compatetion that required us both to work together to get Abi the Mule through the obstacle course. At the last obstacle her halter broke and fell off! My son and I had to think fast and work like a well oiled machine to finish. Which we did, and the judges were so impressed with our teamwork in the face of adversity they awarded us first place. Thank you Abi

  42. L Lozano says:

    When I sit alone feeling down with no family nearby. I make a cold lemonade with peppermint leaves over ice. Just makes me feel better.

  43. Teri says:

    🌳These beautiful pillow covers would
    Inspire me to make lemonade 🍋🍋
    Which I have never done and I even have a lemon tree…..New adventure in
    The kitchen..,..

  44. Dolly says:

    We had a heavy snow and when it stopped, I had 2 feet. I have a nice snow blower but the problem is a 280 ft stone driveway! If a larger stone gets caught in the blade, a “shear pin” breaks to keep the blades from twisting. There are 2 shear pins, one on each side… Anyway, one shear pin snapped which disabled one side of the auger which pulls the snow into the shoot, so that side was useless. I tried replacing the shear pin, but it was too cold and windy to keep my hands steady enough to knock the old pin out. I decided to use the snowblower by only keeping the working side against the snow – it took me a little longer, but I was able to clear the driveway and the shear pin will be replaced when they weather is nicer! IT WAS HEADING TO BE A LEMON DAY, BUT A LITTLE PATIENCE AND ONE SIDE THAT WORKED SAVED THE DAY, SO IT WAS A LEMONADE DAY!!!

  45. Stacey Mitchell says:

    Growing up in California with lemon trees in the back yard we always had our endless supply of lemons to make lemonade and Arnold Palmers. Oh so yummy and how I miss my home.

  46. Christine Evans says:

    There was a time when I had went back to school and had my heart set on it. After a couple of years into it, some circumstances had happened and I decided to leave school and go back to work. I was crushed because I hadn’t finished. But it was shortly after that, that I realized even though it didn’t go as I planned, I gained a lot of knowledge through it, found my best friend, and because I went to work, I connected with a high school friend who in turn became the love of my life. I’m so glad that lemons that happened made the sweetest lemonade! 😊

  47. deb rowley says:

    Shortly after starting a new job I realized it was a big lemon;something I didn’t want to continue. There were a few things we really needed, but had no extra money. I told my husband I wanted to keep my paychecks specifically saved for these things as I didn’t know how long I could stand to stay in that job. After three months I had the money we needed.My boss came to me and said she knew i was unhappy and I told her it was a mistake for me to take this job. We came to an agreement and I was able to leave without any financial penalty as was stated in a contract I signed, if I quit before a year of employment.

  48. paulajean says:

    When we moved to a sparsely populated area in Arizona and my children were young, I thought it would be a time of loneliness and boredom. We met the friendliest, most encouraging group at a small rural church. We have never learned more and felt so needed as we did in that town.

  49. Beth says:

    I don’t wait for a crisis to make lemonade, the grand kids love it and it my way of making them feel a little special. That’s just a simple way, but it’s the simple thing that count most in the end.

  50. Lavern Pease says:

    WAS VERY BLESSED THIS PASSED YEAR AS our Meyer’s lemon tree had almost 500 lemons! Not only did we make lemonaide, but we gave away loads of lemons.

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  1. Linda Olson says:

    I would definitely choose a Lemon/Lime theme throughout the house. I like the color combinations of yellow and green: light, airy and a good base to integrate other colors.

    • Pat.Olsen says:

      This is so hard. I love my herbs so it would rosemary and apples in the kitchen. lavender and limes in the bedroom. Oranges and thyme in the bathroom. Not sure about the living room.

  2. Elizabeth Hawley says:

    How about cabbages!! They have such lovely colors. I grow them! I could imagine a bathroom done in purple cabbage wallpaper! The green wrinkly cabbage would be interesting in a living room! I could imagine cabbage shaped pillows on the sofa with extra ruffles! Vintage cabbage art prints on the walls!!
    Can’t wait for other readers ideas!

  3. Robin Gerardi says:

    Lemons hands down are my favorite citrus. I would love to grow them in my house. I grew up in Florida and my Granny and Grandaddy had every kind of citrus tree. Lemons the size of grapefruit. Grandaddy would walk around quietly and ask which we wanted. Most often, we wanted a juicing orange, so he would pull out his pocket knife and cut the top off then peel the peel at the top leaving the white pith then cut a small hole and squeeze. We would suck and he would squeeze until that orange was dry. One of my best childhood memories. I’ve never tasted an orange so good since leaving Florida. Maybe it was the hands that prepared it with so much love. Happy Valentines Y’all

  4. Suzanna Drozd-Kowalski says:

    The lemon because when our daughter was stationed in Italy we went to the market in Livorno where she lived and bought table cloths with lemons on it. My sister also gave me a creut with lemons. They are so bright and sunny.

  5. Lisa Bell says:

    My first choice really would be herbs. There is a comfort in herbs.
    But if I have to chose between fruit or vegetable I chose vegetable.
    Instead of just one vegetable I would decorate on a collage of vegetables for their color, shapes and a reminder of their awesome flavors.

  6. Nielsen,Winifred T. says:

    Maybe it is because Apple trees don’t grow down here that I am obsessed with apples! All of the citrus fruits grow here and they can be found everywhere in town in people’s yard. While I love citrus fruits and especially the Satsuma oranges in my yard, I love all aspects of apples; their crunch, tartness, sweetness, many uses, many colors, and all of the history that follows their journey from Central Asia to North America.

  7. Shannon H says:

    After lots of consideration and debate between all the children and myself, we finally decided on peppers. Between the various colors of peppers, as well as the pretty pepper blossoms, not to mention the fact that we all enjoy bell peppers and various hot peppers, we decided peppers would be a great choice! Thanks for the opportunity to use our imaginations and dream 🙂

  8. I love the colors of purple, lavenders, yellows, etc. An interesting vegetable would be the eggplant. Many only think of the deep purple variety but there are many varieties. Using herbs to accent the eggplant would be beautiful. Dreaming of a new palate.

  9. Marlene says:

    Eggplant. They grow in such wonderful shades of purple and some even grow variegated with white and purple. Eggplant is so pretty in the garden with its white flowers and beautiful dark fruit……I have an eggplant kitchen timer… it wrong to build a room themed around a timer that I love? I hope not!

  10. Kiersten says:

    Watermelon! I love watermelon and it’s a nice and refreshing snack on hot days. It can look really nice as home decor if done correctly!
    Kiersten @ Autumn Country Girl

  11. Jean Schmelick says:

    I love pineapples!! I have several items, with pineapple themes around my home. It’s a welcome sign of the past but I think it’s wonderful and beautiful for the present.

  12. Lori Morton says:

    Would love to do in Lemons..with limes…I love sunny & Summery colors!! But 2nd choice would be Peaches…peach & greens are Summery colors too! (we have a small peach orchard…& we can, etc for ourselves..and take to 3 different Farm Markets) Thank you for the chance to win your Give-a-way!! 🙂

  13. Jan Post says:

    BLUEBERRIES! I live in Maine and there are lots of them here.

  14. Marilyn Barclay Jennings says:

    I’d choose lemon/lime. The colors of the fruit, leaves, bark, and the blossoms would cover a lovely range of colors.

  15. Denise Carter says:

    I love the Lemon , I feel it brightens and give a refreshing feeling . The Lemon always also energizes me and gives me a sense of alertness and energy

  16. Linda says:

    I love pineapples and would decorate with them. I have been searching for just the right pineapple Welcome sign for my 1902 home – their sweet flavor, range of golden-to-yellow colors with green tops, and their historical significance. The Colonial people used Pineapples as a symbol of friendship, hospitality, and status. The pineapple was on many Colonial Welcome signs at homes and businesses. And, I love pineapple upside down cake.

  17. Leisa Joan says:

    I had a grape stencil in my last kitchen that my sister painted…I loved it.

  18. Gaye Durst says:

    Choosing just one was difficult! Grapefruit, because it is from a tree with pretty buds, branches, it smells amazing and comes in different hues and sweetness!

  19. Krista says:

    That is such a fun and warm feeling clock. I would say cherries are my fruit of choice. There are so many cute cherry decorations out there. Plus red is one of my favorite colors to decorate with. Two of my rooms already involve the color red.

  20. Nancy Couden says:

    Lemon/lime for me. And what a beautiful clock.

  21. Sherri Janes says:

    I would decorate with lemons, grapefruit and cherries. Lemons and grapefruit are so refreshing and their smells are wonderful. I love anything with a lemon or grapefruit scent! I also adore all the cherry fabrics you can make curtains and tablecloths from. Just a very cheerful and slightly retro way to liven up a kitchen.

  22. Marjorie says:

    Actually I would use the lemon as the color is so cheery and so easy with which to decorate.

  23. Probably apples; my late husband planted three apple trees in our yard and from bloom to pie they symbolize so much and remind me of him and are SO beautiful besides.

  24. Kimberley Bartholomew says:

    Probably blueberries! We live in an area that has wild berries.

  25. Lynne Baker says:

    My dining room is yellow with one blue
    wall. This is enhanced with white accented picture frames. Outside the dining room is our Meyer lemon tree. Lemons are my fruit of choice: They add zest to fish and chicken dishes; the fruit and juice enhance bbqed tuna and salmon in the heat of summer; their blossoms attract bees year round and scent our orchard; in winter the juice perks up
    my steaming Earl Grey; and their frozen juice
    Refreshes as ice cold lemonade in the blistering heat of July and August. Lemons, always lemons!!!

  26. Mary says:

    My Choice would be apples, them come in different colors and are cheery.

  27. Chrissy says:

    I would go with herbs, too. I already have a few things in that direction. But Lemon and some herbs go quite nicely together!

  28. Rosie says:

    I would choose pomegranate, as it is complex in color and has a history, so both classic and timeless yet very now! You could have fun with it for sure!

  29. Deean Hicks says:

    I’d do apples. We have an apple tree that is over 50 years old and still produces 10-20 bushels. Then I put them up.

  30. Nancy Marsell says:

    I would choose apples. I love yellows, reds, and greens together, especially in the kitchen. Yellow gives me that happy, sunny, optimistic feeling. Red gives me a sense of strength and warmth. And green makes me think of the peace and harmony in nature. Can’t feel anything but good surrounded by these colors!

  31. 🍋 lemons!!!!! I l❤️ve yellow!!!! It’s such a happy color!!!

  32. Laura S says:

    I think I’d have to go with apples, definitely one of my favorite fruits, so sweet and wonderful, and even more in a pie!

  33. Vonna Cook says:

    I’m Vonnas husband. I won’t pretend to know the first thing about decorating. I leave that to the boss. She’s good at it. But I like the clock and think she would too. Hope I’m still qualified.
    Thank you, Charles

  34. Amy says:

    Blueberries. I love the plants, flower and the ripening berry as it changes from light green to lavenders, pinks, mauve, and light through dark blue, as well as the color of the juice.

  35. Rose Ann Wong says:

    Cherries would be my choice. I love the cheery red color, and the wonderful vintage patterns that you can find for curtains, tablecloths, and napkins.

  36. Teri Schneider says:

    Mine would definitely be lemons because my mom made TONS of lemonade when I was a child. It was only made with fresh lemon juice, which is the best ever! I’ve passed that tradition down to my grandkids in hopes of making “sweet” memories for them.

  37. Jane Ryan says:

    Would have to be lemons! I love blue and lemon yellow is so beautiful along with it! It’s peaceful and cheery at the same time! =)

  38. Kaycee F says:

    I love to decorate with citrus fruits, especially lemons! thanks for the opportunity!

  39. Cindi Benton says:

    Herbs are my home’s decorative theme of choice. Dainty flowers in various shades of greens in artwork, photos and plants. Various herbs with their blooming flowers make a peaceful setting and the delicacy of scents are true.

  40. Janet Heyob says:

    Lemon yellow is such a good color for a kitchen; it is clean, fresh,and invigorating. Lemons wake up a lot of flavors, from avocados to fish to sugar cookies. Lemon yellow also looks good with most other colors, including black, white, green and even purple; so I can envision it as a backdrop for a living room, bathroom, and even a bedroom. Maybe one could have a lemon tree by the breakfast table, or as a quieting influence in a reading nook. I see lemons plus some oranges in a bowl on a low table in the blue and white family room. Nice!

  41. Laurie Carlson says:

    Apples! They are the quintessential American fruit. “An apple a day. . . ” is part of our social fabric. As a decor item, apples come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and even span seasons from early summer to late fall. From apple blossoms that signal the end of winter, to bushels of bright red wonders tucked away for winter, apples say it all. Cut them through the center, and you’ll see a lovely secret star tucked away inside. Enjoy stems of blossoms in a blue fruit jar in spring, to wine-red wonders peeking from an autumn cornucopia–apples are the best for decor.

  42. Corine Runnion says:

    Lemons or orange, they are so bright and looks refreshing.

  43. Julie Wemken says:

    I would choose lemon because it is so refreshing. It has a beautiful spring feel to it. It is cheery and uplifting.

  44. Heather Miller says:

    Anything in the citrus family – such a beautiful color scheme. Would probably go with my favorite fruit – grapefruit!!

  45. Michelle Kirby says:

    Apples, already have them all over my kitchen.

  46. Samantha says:

    I believe it would be the blueberry. I like the color blue and love the blueberry fruit.
    Sky and water and throw in some green for the grass..

  47. Donna says:

    my favorite fruit and vegetable? i like mango and celery. For decor the bright and happy colors of lemons and limes are great I have a trio of 1970’s jars that have yellow lids and lemons on the jars and i have an old pair of celery shaped salt and pepper
    i like the yellow and green colors

  48. Lanna Waterman says:

    Watermelon. It’s fresh and bright and just gives you that summer time feeling.

  49. Tammy says:

    I would have to choose the eggplant…love the variety of purples they come in and they are so beautiful.

  50. Anita Gonzalez says:

    Very spring looking.

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  1. Elizabeth Hawley says:

    Wow! I just used honey last night in a pork tenderloin glaze. My husband uses honey everyday in his smoothies. My daughter in her facials. Always great on toast too! I could go on and on!!

  2. Marlene says:

    What wouldn’t I use it in! I use honey in my tea, making granola bars, drizzled over yogurt….I would use a little to make a facial mask!

  3. Lisa Bell says:

    First jar would go to my son Jeff.
    Second and third will be enjoyed in tea, in oatmeal, biscuits and baked goods.
    And of course a yummy teaspoon just as is.

  4. OH I LOVE HONEY and to try out this brand would be wonderful! I’d would savor it on English muffins. I love to have honey on English muffins with all the little holes the honey can go into, bliss in every bite!

  5. Corine Runnion says:

    I would make some honey boy cookies, and some honey whole wheat bread, use in ice tea, so many wonderful things to use honey in.

  6. Suzanna Drozd-Kowalski says:

    I would keep one jar for myself and share the other two with my daughter-in-laws. I love honey. I use it in tea, lemonade, baking, glazing, facial treatment, and just by the spoonful. Here in Michigan they sell it at the farmer’s markets. Even raw honey. I have a collection of different kinds. My favorite is Star Flower Raw Honey. It a very light off white honey.

  7. Joan Hendrix says:

    I just think honey is so amazing. I love it in my tea. I’ve even gotten my husband drinking hot tea with honey and he loves it! I also love it on yogurt. Thank you!

  8. Karen Jones says:

    We LOVE honey in our household! I love to sweeten my herbal tea with a dollup of honey…also use it with Apple cider vinegar to make a “tonic” for digestion. If I win, I would share some with my son and his wife 😌

  9. Linda Killian says:

    Add the honey to my tea and toast.

  10. amber says:

    I use honey for just about everything that involves sweetener!

  11. Summer M. says:

    I would use the honey to make old remedies! I’v got one where you mix lemon, butter, and honey together for a sore throat…yum!

  12. Chrissy says:

    A good time of year to have honey, as it has many good medicinal qualities as a comfort to a sore throat, helps with a cough and “fights” hunger on a biscuit!

  13. CJ Armstrong says:

    We are huge honey lovers! My hubby uses it in his tea, we both use it on our toast, scones, pancakes and bread. I bake with it, using it in my breakfast cookies, honey oat bread, my pemmican bars (Mary Jane’s recipe). It is TRULY AMAZING!!
    Thanks for the opportunity!!

  14. Jean Schmelick says:

    I use honey by the gallons. Always in my tea and lots of baked goods. Best cut out sugar cookies made with honey. Great with lemon juice for sore throat. Or I just love it by the spoonfuls!

  15. Rachelle Hull says:

    Three jars mean more for baking! Since I have cut out all refined sugar, I can also use these for sweetening my hot and cold beverages!

  16. Cheryl Bell says:

    If I won the honey, I would bake a bunch of muffins and take them to the dyalisis center to share with all my sisters friends.

  17. Kristi Huffman says:

    With three jars of honey: I’d give one to my mother, absolutely. She understands that honey is a perfect food and also healing for burns, cuts, etc. For myself I would have honey-butter toast every morning, hands-down. The third jar would be for medicinal purposes for myself, husband and horses. Yes horses! They’re always getting little nicks and scrapes. Honey heals those just as well. Good stuff.

  18. Deb Morris says:

    Ahhhh…a teaspoon a day keeps the Deb very happy! Did you know Deborah means “Bee”? How appropro! I would also use it in baked goods , oatmeal, tea, many, many things….so 3 jars would be a good start!

  19. Nielsen,Winifred T. says:

    I would use the honey in my morning oatmeal, homemade vinegrette salad dressing, and iced and herbal tea. I much prefer honey to sugar for many regular items that I eat or drink.

  20. Krista says:

    I would first share one jar with my parents and the second with my in laws. Then I would make us a honey glazed ham very first. Then enjoy some in my teas. Honey is a great sweetener.

  21. Gail McG. says:

    OOOUUUU, let’s see……I would keep one, of course! I would give the other two to my daughter and daughter in law! Honey is awesome! We all use it all the time! Have a great day, Mary Jane!

  22. Rebecca Basham says:

    Love it in my oatmeal, yogurt and just plain on a spoon.

  23. jane kilgore says:

    Honey let me count the ways….. in my coffee,a teaspoon on the back of your tongue to fight allergies and a scratchy throat, and almond butter and honey on toast is oh so delicious!

  24. Karen Murray Cooper says:

    I would keep one and share the other two jars with my loved ones. There is a place near us that sells local honey on the honor system. There is a wooden box at the end of his driveway that reads “take honey, leave money”. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world, if everyone was of that mindset?!!

  25. Allison Phillips says:

    If I were to win three jars of honey, I would keep one jar for myself to enjoy, attempting new recipes. The second jar would be given to a local beekeeper as a ‘thank you’ to their local support, and the third jar would be given to someone as an introduction to the life of bees, accompanied with a book I would purchase about how to become a bee keeper.

  26. Shannon H says:

    Honey is a staple around here… between tea, oatmeal, and baking, not to mention it is great to put on your skin right after a small burn in the kitchen… all the moisture beads up on top, so it doesn’t blister 🙂 With lots of kids running around, someone seems to get burnt at least once a month. I’d also like to give one of the jars to an elderly couple that lives across the way. They have been such a blessing to us since we’ve moved here!

  27. Lori Morton says:

    Ooooh sweet prize!! 🙂 We LOOOOVE Honey round here! Would love to win..thank you for the chance!!

    I would keep a jar..give one to my Daughter, and one to my “BESTEST” Friend!! 😀

  28. Leisa Joan says:

    I love honey, have it every day in my tea, and have some just to soothe a sore throat.

  29. Tammy d'Fonseca says:

    I use honey in my coffee, in our shakes, and on yogurt. Honey is also a part of our elderberry syrup we make to ward off the flu.

  30. Jane Ryan says:

    Love honey!!! I would give one to my sweet mom, one to my son, and keep one! I love honey in my smoothies, makes a great cough medicine, and just recently have discovered the joys of baking with honey! =)

  31. Rebecca M. says:

    Honey is my tea, on fresh baked bread and just a taste as I pass by the jar! Honey is the best.

  32. Faye brown says:

    Honey! I love it;in tea, on pork,in our nutriterian smoothies,on biscuits etc,tec. With all these uses and more, I would first make a hot cup of raspberry zinger tea with honey, set myself down at the kitchen table for my second honey adventure and mix up a recipe of honey,almond and oatmeal facial mask, then smooth it all over my face and neck and wait for the lovely was to happen.Thirdly I would take the remainder of the facial mixture, add a tbl spoon more of honey,and smooth it over a pine cone to attract honey bees for my future bee hive!

  33. terry steinmetz says:

    I use honey every day in my apple cider/water mix. So I would use some for that. Then some for granola. And thirdly some to make some “treats” for others!

  34. Heather Miller says:

    I would add it to my homemade lemon ginger iced tea – yum!

  35. Angela Ulrich says:

    I would buy some sharp cheese, drizzle the honey over it, and serve it with a plate of charcuterie and a loaf of sourdough bread.

  36. Rose Ann Wong says:

    Yum! We use honey in tea and in baking and cooking. Especially wonderful for glazes!!I would keep one jar for my ‘honey’ , my hubby😊, one to my mom, and one to my dear friend.

  37. Donna says:

    i would use the honey for baking bread, cookies, and my microwave mug cakes i also use honey in my homemade lotions and teas plus a spoonful a day is yummy!

  38. Sandy B says:

    I always use raw organic honey in my coffee and tea. I put it in smoothies and often use it as a sugar substitute. I also use it on cuts to prevent infections. I always keep it in my pantry and share it with my honey. If I win the honey I will use it for all these things and probably more. I haven’t tried this brand yet, but I would love to because I have tried their fine nut butters.

  39. Dawn Fadroski says:

    Organic honey is the only kind bought at our house. The first jar would stay in the kitchen for tea, bread, cooking and eating. The second jar would go into the bathroom for cuts and scratches as honey works better than any antibiotic cream I’ve found. The third jar would be for sharing with my Mom!

  40. Teri says:

    I would use it in my herbal tea, in making granola and yogurt, on corn bread and in desserts. I have also used it in canning and for cough medicine. So many uses. 🙂

  41. Karen Jempson says:

    Have a spoonful a day and make bread with it! Buttermilk and hiney bread.💓💓💓💓💓💓

  42. Cindy Burch says:

    I love honey. It is great for soar throats and coughs. Definately share with my daughter

  43. Margaret Sumner-Wichmann says:

    I make an ancient Greek recipe of honeyed nuts and give them as gifts

  44. Karen Cecil says:

    I would use it in tea and baking.

  45. julie Banigan says:

    In the bath, on my face, in wounds, in tea, on salmon, on toast…

  46. Eric Hendrie says:

    The kids love honey and would love baking and eating it. Three jars would go far.

  47. Jane Wilson says:

    I would sweeten Matcha tea with it….So relaxing.

  48. Julie Willmering says:

    Three jars of honey would prevent all my spring and summer allergies.

  49. Sarah Blue says:

    Honey seems to keep forever doesn’t it? I’d open one for everyday use and put the other 2 in the pantry to age. I most recently used honey in an immunity booster drink with orange juice, apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger, garlic and cayenne. It tastes pretty hideous but I swear by it. My husband has been sick since the weekend, but I’m completely well.

  50. Natalie says:

    Well my husband and I would eat it right up. I love it and use it daily in my tea. He loves it on bread and biscuits. We both love in yogurt. I have a tomato soup receipe that uses honey and balsamic vinegar together. Just love honey.

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Winners!!! Giveaways: Comin’ Up Roses

In the Feb/Mar issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Comin’ Up Roses,” 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 “Milk Cow Kitchen, Comin’ Up Roses” giveaway is Barbara Johnson, who left this comment in response to “Tell me about the farmgirl you would gift it to who either has a milk cow or dreams of having one.” (397 comments!)

“I hate to say this, but, I’d give it to … me. 🙂 I’m a grandma of 5 and I always wanted a milking cow … preferably a miniature one. That would be a perfect size for me to handle and for the grandkids to learn all about cows. The book would help me to convince my husband. I’d leave it in places where he would find it at random times: in the refrigerator, near the remote, on the passenger seat of our car, and of course, the bathroom. Who knows? … if I do that, maybe he’ll think getting a milking cow would be his idea! One can wish, can’t one?”


The winner of my “Revomax, Comin’ Up Roses” giveaway is Honey, who left this comment in response to “Tell me one thing you do to conserve water.” (330 comments!)

“I have a raised-bed garden with drip irrigation, purchased an 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.”

The winner of my “BabyLit, Comin’ Up Roses” giveaway is Terri Hopler, who left this comment in response to “Share with us the title of the book you’re currently reading.” (239 comments!)

A Homemade Life [Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table] by Molly Wizenberg.”

The winner of my “Cookie Cutters, Comin’ Up Roses” giveaway is Joyce Steeley, who left this comment in response to “Tell me what your most loved dessert.” (629 comments!)

“Love your magazine. Can’t wait for it to come. A fresh cup of coffee, a slice of pecan pie (my absolute fave), and the latest edition of your magazine. What could be better?”

The winner of my “Love Pillows, Comin’ Up Roses” giveaway is Cheri Hanschu, who left this comment in response to “Share with us the last place you drew a heart. Was it at the end of a letter, a post-it in your child’s lunchbox, a love note you left your sweetie? Tell us WHERE!” (109 comments!)

“I just sent a letter to my daughter … I always write her name followed with an exclamation heart!”


Thank you to the MORE THAN 1,700 women who responded with such thoughtful comments! If you’re one of our winners, keep an eye out for an e-mail from the farm.

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  1. Nielsen,Winifred T. says:

    Congratulations everyone and have fun with these awesome giveaways from MJF!!

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Winner!!! Giveaway: Aspen Herbals

The winner of our Aspen Herbals giveaway is Marcella Donner, who said in response (623 comments!) to our question asking what your favorite herb is:

“Mine is Chamomile. It has such a calming scent and there is nothing so relaxing as a cup of Chamomile tea steeped in my favorite cup while enjoying an evening gazing at nature from my garden swing my son built for me!! Come on over and share a cup and a swing!”


Congratulations, Marcella! Watch for an email from the farm. Thank you, everyone, for your lovely comments (all 623 of them–wow!). I thoroughly enjoyed reading them.

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  1. Nielsen,Winifred T. says:

    Enjoy Marcella!!

  2. Krista says:

    Congratulations Marcella! Enjoy your new herbal sampler.

  3. Lisa Bell says:

    Congratulations! Such a wonderful prize!

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