GIVEAWAY: “Liquid Sunshine, On the Sunny Side”

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Liquid Sunshine was one of our featured products in the “Home Safe Home” section of the Aug/Sept issue of MaryJanesFarm. Liquid Sunshine Non-toxic Cleaner by Vermont Soap Organics is a USDA-certified food-grade organic alternative to conventional chemical cleaners—a single-source solution to washing laundry, dishes, kitchen appliances, bathrooms, carpets, stains, woodwork, floors, camping gear, and any other water-safe surface. Plus, it’s safe and effective to use on the hands and body, and is even touted as a terrific shampoo for people with oily hair.


For a chance to win a FREE 16-oz bottle of Liquid Sunshine, tell me your favorite cleaning tip in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-August.

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  1. Linda Olson says:

    My favorite cleaning tip is to tackle mold in the shower tile. I soak paper towels in chlorox, then squeeze them, roll them up length wise and press them into the mold area of the tile. The paper towel will adhere to the tile whether it is on the floor or the walls of the shower area. Let them sit for several hours, or even till they dry. Remove and you will see amazing results.

  2. Lisa Bell says:

    I use just old fashion baking soda and vinegar-it seems to do the trick most times.
    If I need to wash walls or clean kitty litter boxes I use my homemade laundry detergent.

  3. Debbe J. says:

    Thank you for posting about Liquid Sunshine. I would love to try some. My favorite cleaning hack is tiny but mighty. I save all the lil plastic gizmos off the bread bags (those lil square thingies that hold the bag closed). Believe it or not, they make the best lil pot scrubbers! Happy cleaning!

  4. amber says:

    I place sheets of waxed paper onto of my refrigerator so I can just lift them up when it gets dirty and throw them away. Its not someplace that gets cleaned too often so the dirt and dust builds up. This way there is zero scrubbing and it takes just a couple of seconds to throw away the old and replace with new sheets. Its high enough up that no one ever sees it!

  5. Deborah Jeanne Jackson says:

    Surprisingly I tried cleaning my Amish made 27 year old dining room table with multi purpose organic cleaner with great results and no stickiness. Very happy.

  6. Deb Morris says:

    Dawn dishwashing liquid (blue) is excellent for grease stains on clothes!! Rub a little into the stain, sometimes I use a toothbrush for a little scrubbing, and presto! That stain comes out with a regular wash load!

  7. Gail McG. says:

    For sparkling windows and mirrors I use a solution of one half alcohol and one half water in a spray bottle. Wipe with a microfiber cloth and there are no streaks! This is also great on fixtures and my granite countertops!

  8. Gaye N. Durst says:

    One of my favorite tips is
    Whrn using wool dryer balls to soften laundry, also throw in a few crumpled up balls of aluminum foil, kills the static! Between re using both over and over, no more yucky chemical “fabric conditioners” certainly less waste to throw away and saving a ton of money.

  9. Krista says:

    My favorite cleaning tip is using vinegar on hard water spots. We end up with hard water in our sinks and tubs no mater what we do, so I will put vinegar on the hard water spot and let it sit. When I go back later it just wipes right up and there is no chemical after smell.

  10. Lisa Staib says:

    Vinegar vinegar vinegar!!
    2/3 white vinegar 1/3 water- shake up in a spray bottle- spray on anything/everything! The best- on upholstered furniture & pillows- turn on the ceiling fans:)

  11. Linda Hickman says:

    We have well water, and I have found a great natural, non – toxic mixture of one cup baking soda, one tablespoon Castile soap with enough vinegar to make a paste. Scrubs away all the crummy stuff!

  12. Karen Funk says:

    I use a Kaywos cloth and just water to clean my windows and they are streak-free! It can be used on just about anything, including cars, mirrors, chrome, stainless steel, etc. I like the fact that I don’t need to use any other cleaning liquids to get the windows shiny and streak-free.

  13. Cyndie Parzuhoski says:

    I use Grapefruit Seed Extract or White Thyme Essential Oil as an awesome kitchen or bathroom disinfectant instead of Bleach or spray disinfectants. I dilute approx. 10-15 drops of either in 16 oz. of Distilled water and use on every surface in the kitchen and bathroom after cleaning with my natural green cleaners. I also use White Vinegar de-scale my home water distiller unit. It is much greener than the commercial grade de-scaler that the manufacturer sells (and about 290% cheaper – $1.00 opposed to $29.00!)

  14. Faye brown says:

    Using a toothbrush to get those small places behind the kitchen and bathroom faucetss and don’t forget the scrubbing of carpeting. It’s the best. That’s my favorite cleaning tip.

  15. Linda Everson says:

    Use vinegar and water in your carpet cleaner. It gets carpets real clean without chemical cleaners.

  16. Wash windows with four parts water and one part rubbing alcohol. Dry with a squeegee
    No streaks

  17. terry steinmetz says:

    because of ll my allergies, I use baking soda & vinegar. Favorite tip is to put vinegar in a spray bottle for all cleanup and smelly things. A spray of vinegar on anything and you can go into any room. A good thing when my grown children’s pets visit.

  18. susan b says:

    My favorite cleaning tip – I’m a lemon, baking soda and vinegar cleaner. I use the lemon in my garbage disposal – add a little ice to de-gunk and freshen. I use the baking soda and vinegar to get rid of build up in my hair and to clean my bathroom!

  19. Leisa Joan says:

    I use a lot of the 7th Generation products, but am always willing to try new things.

  20. Myra Siegel says:


    I prefer non-toxic products for cleaning. They are lots cheaper than their commercial “equivalents,” and much healthier for the planet. For example, I mix a small amount of vinegar with water in a spray bottle for cleaning windows. I use baking soda as an abrasive substance to clean stubborn stains on pots and pans, rather than commercial stain removers.

  21. Judy Hand says:

    When I finish in the shower I toss baking soda all about. Later I spray with vinegar. I never have to scrub and it stays clean

  22. Wanda C. Bamberg says:

    I find that it is much easier to wipe down the stove top after every use rather than leave it for a few days. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 🙂

  23. Sylvia Strom says:

    I love my 36″ Premium microfiber dust mop. I have wood floors and it sure beats trying to sweep with a tiny 10″ broom! Then I use a damp microfiber pad and voilà, I’m done- and no chemicals. 😉

  24. Shannon H says:

    My favorite cleaning tip is to clean BEFORE you see something! A quick swish with a cleaner and cloth, especially in the bathroom, will prevent any grime, mildew, or mold from ever starting… A five minute daily cleaning goes a LONG way!

  25. Rose Ann Wong says:

    When you are leaving one room to go to another, pick up anything that belongs in the room you are going to and take it with you and put it away. That way, you are always picking up, and there is less do put away when you do ‘serious’ cleaning!

  26. Ellise Poulsen says:

    Check the fridge.. Plain white vinegar. Essential oils! Olive oil. Kirk’s Castile soap.

  27. Christy Wilkinson says:

    I love baking soda and vinegar for cleaning. So versatile!

  28. Joanne E. Brown says:

    I have been married for 57 years and I use Mrs. Murphy’s liquid soap for just about all my home cleaning. Floors, bathrooms, furniture etc. I love the way it cleans and smells.

    I would very much like to try your Vermont Sunshine liquid soap. It sounds like it would give my Mrs. Murphy soap a run for the money. I do get your Mag. and read it cover to cover many times.

  29. Julie says:

    I use a solution of hot water, a few drops of dish soap, and Borax to clean ceiling fans. It’s amazing how it cuts through the grease and grime!

  30. Sherry Godbey says:

    Love making a spray bottle of 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water to clean countertops, sink, stove top etc to make everything shine .

  31. Pam Guerra says:

    I use vinegar to clean … add water to a 50/50 ratio and you can use it to clean windows to adding it in your laundry to freshen your wash

  32. Teresa De Bruin says:

    My favorite tip is to mix equal parts 20 mule team borax, arm and hammer washing soda and shredded bar soap to do laundry with. Just add 1/4 cup to each load of laundry. Works wonders, and gets the laundry tons cleaner

  33. Claudia Bell says:

    I mix white vinegar with water, 1 to 1, in a spray bottle. I spray all fruits and vegetables with this solution, non-organic and even organic. For small fruits, let sit for 20 minutes or whatever, rinse well. For larger fruits and vegetables, spray well and then scrub with your hands or a brush, rinse. It may not get all the bad things, but at least I feel I’m getting some of them.

  34. Michelle Turner says:

    Ammonia is my go to for cleaning burnt on grease off of the cast iron grates on my stove top. Place grates in a ziplock bag with a small amount (1/4 cup approx.) of ammonia, seal it and let set overnight. The fumes do all the work, not the liquid which is why you don’t need much. The next morning most will just rinse off, scrape stubborn spots with a plastic scrubbie!

  35. Brooke Zimmerman says:

    I use Norwex cloths & water most of the time. But, I love to occasionally make up some lemon or orange (peel) vinegar!! It works for everything and smells wonderful!

  36. Sandi King says:

    The home I rent has plastic sink basins that turn yellow if not cleaned on a regular basis – I had tried many different cleaners trying to get our bathroom sink clean and white to no avail. One day I sprinkled baking soda around the sink after wetting it down and used a fingernail brush to scrub off the yellow and to my surprise it started coming off so I continued sprinkling baking soda and scrubbing until I had it all clean. I never thought it would come so clean but it is amazing how nice it looks now. Old ideas are so much better than most of the new chemical concoctions on the market today. I have started using baking soda, vinegar, castile soap, essential oils and other old tyme recipes for cleaning and making things shine and smell good.

  37. Joyce Huber says:

    My favorite cleaning tip is for getting scum off of your shower walls. Mix vinegar and blue dawn detergent in a spray bottle. Spray on your shower walls, let it sit awhile and then wipe off with a wet rag.

  38. Christine Peterson says:

    When you are cleaning a room or just picking up, place items which belong in other rooms in a basket. Then you can deliver those items to their correct rooms when you are finished.

  39. Kim Tribble says:

    I love to clean with vinegar and lemon !! I even “cook”the mixture in the microwave for a couple minutes….then just wipe clean !! Easy-peazy. Plus, I also run it through my coffe maker for easy and safe cleaning 😀

  40. My favorite is to clean drains with baking soda, vinegar and boiling. Cleans them out without harsh chemicals and smells good also.

  41. Sandy says:

    I really believe it’s easier to keep things clean then it is to get them clean. I try to stick to a manageable schedule to keep my home clean. I sometimes say that I’m cleaning the clean spots.

  42. Jen in TX says:

    I used the equivalent of Liquid Sunshine, along with baking soda, to clean my toilets. Much less expensive than buying toilet cleaner.

  43. Heike says:

    3 to 1 water and vinegar to clean windows (or anything else), and then wiping dry with old newspaper. Streak free all the time! 🙂

  44. Patty says:

    I put bleach in a spray bottle for mold on shower tile. Spray and walk away.

  45. Kim Fredette says:

    I keep a sponge that has a hollow handle filled with half vinegar half detergent and use to keep my bathroom sink, tub and toilet clean daily.

  46. Angela Holdeman says:

    Put wet sponges in microwave for 2 minutes. They come out clean!

  47. Joyce says:

    I place a sheet of wax paper on top of my kitchen cupboards. When it comes time to spring clean – so easy! Just roll it off, wipe clean, and put a new layer on! Saves hours of scrubbing.

  48. Nikki Hurlbut says:

    I’d have to say one of my favorite tips (although it’s more like a hack) is the use of vinegar and lemons! They are both so universal!!

  49. Elle Gray says:

    My cleaning tip is proactive. We have a roll of waxed paper next to the microwave to cover foods that might splatter. Less mess, less clean up.

  50. Bobbie Calgaro says:

    We replaced carpet cleaning solution with vinegar water in out home steam cleaner. Gets the job done non toxically.

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GIVEAWAY: “Coola, On the Sunny Side”

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.

Coola’s Organic Suncare Travel Set was one of our Farmgirl Finds in the Aug/Sept issue of MaryJanesFarm. The  quartet of sun-care products—including Sunscreen Spray, After-Sun Lotion, White Tea Moisturizer, and Liplux Lip Balm—comes in a reusable, travel-friendly clutch. All products are free of parabens, PABAs, and phthalates, and are packaged in TSA-approved carry-on sizes.

For a chance to win a FREE 3.4-oz bottle of Coola Sunscreen Spray, tell me about your summer-in-the-sun plans in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-August.

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  1. Lisa Bell says:

    I have my bakery business for gluten free bakery that is as organic as possible if not organic then non-gmo and I sell at the Farmer’s Markets and Festivals in my area.
    Also, gardening and mowing, I spend a lot of time outside. Hopefully will squeeze in some hiking and fishing.

  2. I have a beach vacation planned but other than that it will be sun in the yard doing some weeding! but that is good therapy so I look forward to that! 🙂

  3. Linda Olson says:

    I have used this product and recommend it. Living in South Florida, you can never have enough sunscreen. I walk, swim and ride a bike . . . I never leave home without it. My grandchildren will be coming in August to snorkel, paddle board and whatever. This would be a welcome addition to protect them from the strong sun.

  4. CJ Armstrong says:

    summer in the sun includes lots of gardening, yard work in my flower beds, rock gardens and herb garden. It also includes glamping with my daughter, day trips to the mountains, morning walks and helping my hubby with cow chores and irrigation.
    Lots of sunshine here in the high altitude of Colorado! Gotta take care of your skin!

  5. Lola Friedhoff says:

    I spend most of my Summer in my gardens. Living in Montana we live for days when the wind feels GOOD and not freezing our fingers! This has been a late starting Summer ,so I am going to be picking my first of the season peas this week Yea! come on baby potatoes! My favorite dish is the first baby potatoes and peas creamed. Being over 60 I have found skin care is very important , I wish I had started when I was younger. We knew nothing about the uv index when I was a teen , we sunbathed with baby oil and iodine mixed together! Crazy! Now I never even go outside for any length of time without my sun hat.

  6. We are moving to our retirement home this summer and will be in the sun throughout the daytime.

  7. Diane Thompson says:

    playing with my grandkids outside and in their swimming pool,going to parks, lakes they are 2 boys 3 years old and 1 years old, 2 girls almost 2 in august and other one will be 2 in jan, phoenix the oldest boy 4 in jan , they keep you jumping, work nights so might sleep while their moms watch them , need good tree with shade

  8. Krista says:

    So far the boys and I have spent everyday outside playing and working in the garden. Our yard doesn’t have a ton of shade so I move our umbrella around with us. We recently purchased a small swimming pool and have plans to swim most of the summer. Hopefully we can find a weekend to head out camping or boating.

  9. Joan Hendrix says:

    No summer vacation planned but I will be outdoors tending my chickens and gardens.

  10. Michele Bilka says:

    This summer i’m going to take some time off from working in my gardens to sit by them & soak in their beauty in the sun, visit some gardens along the south & east shores of Lake Michigan & while there enjoy some sun fun at some of our beautiful beaches. Speaking of beautiful, I’ll meet my 2 mo. old great nephew & check out his grandparents new home across from the beach in St. Joseph, MI. What could be better than God’s beauty in nature including family — oh yea, some sun protection! 😉

  11. Elizabeth Lazor says:

    I walk my 3 dogs each morning in the sunshine…or rain! I love being outdoors, connecting with nature, and breathing in the different fresh and sweet scents that the plants/trees emit.

  12. Faye brown says:

    Most of my summer time plans include my five grandsons. We will be building a treehouse at our country place this summer and then we will be going to Six Flags over Texas. We are all excited about the amusement park and the waterpark especially! After that we will rest up on the beach in Galveston Texas; we will need the rest!

  13. Angela Rose says:

    Staycation by my pool 🌴🌻🍹

  14. Mary Kerber says:

    Dogs walks, lunch with friends and plenty outside yard work. Plus taking care of my neighbors pot belly pig and goat. Soaking up the sun and enjoying being outside. We are blessed to have such a beautiful Country.

  15. Margaret Howk says:

    This summer is filled with outdoor activities. Tending to my gardens. Cutting wood for winter. Camping, swimming & hiking. Always outside and need skin protection from the sun rays.

  16. Nicole Kirk says:

    A trip to Washington and Oregon with my 15 year old niece and my yearly trip to the beach. In between (and other than working) visiting the farmers markets, picking fresh fruits and veggies at local farms, beach, pool time and SUP yoga!

  17. amber says:

    Honestly…sit around and wait for Autumn to get here LOL Im a redhead so the sun and I don’t get along. Winning some sunscreen would be a good thing for me! 😉

  18. phyllis says:

    As I love to work in my gardens, I must use sunscreen.
    Thank you!

  19. Laurie Smith says:

    I will in my backyard taking care of my organic garden and picking lots of blueberries from all my blueberry bushes!

  20. Kymberly Pittser says:

    Our summer is swim meets, Lake Hume and the beach. We love being outdoors, but we have to travel to enjoy cooler weather. Living in Bakersfield, CA in the summer time is brutal. Range here is 100-112 and the air quality is aweful.

  21. Barb Langlois says:

    Glamping as often as possible. Love being outside as our season is short in Michigan

  22. Tanya Conklin says:

    Off to Holden Village- a funky retreat center one can only get to by hiking in or by boat, up Lake Chelan, then a scary old school bus ride up the mountains. It’s an old miner’s village now owned by the Lutheran Chuch. Most open and accepting place on earth. (All welcome!) Love it!

  23. Kelly marren says:

    Me and my 4 year daughter plan to soak up the sun on our new farm! Tending the garden, chasing chickens, bee stings, and tree house campouts !

  24. Dianna Hauf says:

    Well, so far my summer ‘fun’ has consisted of GARDENING and harvesting!!!! With this almost over my grand daughter and I are heading out to Huntsville to see the butterfly aviary and Botanical gardens and then a trip to the Birmingham zoo! I can’t wait! Sun AND fun and with my little bestie! 🙂

  25. Linda Everson says:

    My summer in the sun will be spent in the garden and riding my bicycle.

  26. susan b says:

    This year my summer in the sun is spent revamping by backyard and deck. So excited to redo the deck and put a roof over it. I’m not a “sun worshiper”, but love to be outside in the fresh air. I’m sure this will get a lot of use!

  27. Leisa Joan says:

    We just got back from our island vacation-Martha’s Vineyard! so beautiful. we try to take day trips to the beach during the summer, or just sit beside our pool.

  28. Myra Siegel says:


    I moved to a new area in November 2016. I’m enjoying exploring some of the many wonderful things to do here, now that the rainy, gloomy winter weather finally ended a month or so ago. This includes visiting parks and attending outdoor programs. I went to an outdoor play on Saturday evening. It was lovely to be able to sit outside after dark and not feel chilly!

  29. Marg M says:

    We plan to take our 1985 Westfalia across country (we’re hoping it makes it!), visiting the great National Parks and enjoying the beautiful USA!

  30. Jen in TX says:

    Heading to the mountains of Colorado to escape this Texas heat!

  31. Jena says:

    We are working our new steer and the chicks are in the pasture. We will go kayaking and swimming. Sun care is essential for work and play!

  32. Bobbie Calgaro says:

    A trip to Myrtle Beach SC in Sept. when it’s not so hot right after Labor Day!

  33. Judith S says:

    I don’t have any travel plans other than nearby quilt shows. My time in the sun will be spent on the tractor, taking care of our acreage, garden and flowers. Plenty to do outside. I have developed a sun allergy, so I use plenty of sunscreen. Thank you for the opportunity.

  34. Susan M. Mattson says:

    Whenever we can get away from work, my son & I like to go to Wisconsin Point to let the dogs play in Lake Superior, watch the laker boats come & go, as well as all the pretty sailboats around the lighthouse.

  35. Kelli says:

    We take our 3 dogs to play with friends at the dog park, go to the local baseball games, work on our property and hang out in the hammock.

  36. Linda Lou Crosby says:

    Lots of activity here getting some beautiful teams ready for summer wagon trains, with opportunities to get some great photographs. And then visit the community garden and mulch a little bit, and grab some blueberries.

  37. Libby Blaha says:

    My summer in the sun plan is spending time in my yard and garden, trying to keep up with the mowing and weeding along with getting ready for fall gardening. Actually, very relaxing !!

  38. Mary G. says:

    My summer always involves lots of hours in my vegetable garden. It’s not perfect (nor always pretty), but it is my ‘happy place’ when I need to be outside after work!

  39. Angela K says:

    Lots of gardening that is if the bunnies don’t eat all my plants before they even have a chance to grow.

  40. Susan Roberts says:

    I just returned from a quick vacation in Chicago – had a great time! The rest of the summer is full of relaxation and organizing the house for Fall.

  41. Peggy York says:

    We have 5 1/2 acres that I mow every 4 to 5 days. I love being outdoors and really need good sunscreen products.

  42. Cindy Ratliff says:

    I have horses so I am doing a lot of horseback riding! 🤠🐴. I am also taking my grandson to Florida in a few weeks! I have skin lupus and am not supposed to be out in the sun but that is so hard when I’m an outdoorsy kinda girl! I have to have sunscreen when I’m outside or I become one big welt! Lol

  43. Dena Jardin says:

    My summer in the sun. . . I have a Cottage Kitchen business that makes jams, jellies, condiments and baked goods. This is a busy season picking our fruit as it ripens, cooking over a hot stove and canning the flavors of summer. Our local farmer’s market and other venues find me standing in a booth giving samples of our goods. Summer, it’s a good thing!

  44. April says:

    No definite plans yet this summer, my oldest son broke his leg, has had two surgeries since with lots of current and future therapy. He’s had a challenged recovery. Our summer will be a quiet one enjoying our back patio, roasting smores and playing board games. I will be climbing in my chaise lounge for a warm summers nap every chance I get!

  45. Karen Parry says:

    It makes me feel good to use Organic products whenever I can – both into my mouth and on my skin. I have a dear friend who invites me to sit by her beautiful pool with her, and that is when i like to use products that are good for my skin – to go with girl-time that is good for the soul!

  46. Pamela says:

    Summer-in-the-sun plans include gardening, running with chickens, and visiting my cabin in the woods.

  47. Honey says:

    We’re attending my nieces wedding being held in a meadow at the base of Mt. Adams in Washington state. It should be beautiful and a bonus family reunion at the same time, camping and lodge stays included. We’re starting the festivities with a hot dog roast the night before, yoga the morning of the ceremony, and birding in Hood River the day after.
    We’re also going on a 6 mile Rail Ride in Tillamook, Oregon! Pedaling our way as a group down the old railroad tracks along the beautiful Oregon coast. Given that these fantastic opportunities take place outside and I had stage one melanoma removed a year ago, the Coola prize would be the perfect protection during these activities.

  48. Lisa Harness says:

    Love to try this.

  49. Judy Cole says:

    Summer’s sun is welcome after a hard winter in southern Idaho. In morning hours, I’m outside checking on my garden for dryness, weather is in the 100’s this week. I’m fascinated with growing corn, beans, zucchini, tomatoes, and squash. A couple of flower baskets get water daily. Have introduced clover to the front and back yards to conserve on water and mowing. I recently spent time building a fence from recycled wood for my garden. Frequently I take day trips to see the surrounding small cities and farms. When I’m outside I try to keep my skin protected from the sun, and wear a hat, but haven’t found a good protectant to apply on my skin regularly. Maybe “Coola” will be the answer!

    • Judy Cole says:

      Wear a hat when outside gardening or on day trips around Idaho. Haven’t found a good skin cover, yet. Maybe “Coola” will help me out while I’m in the sun!

  50. Lisa Harris says:

    Planning a long camping weekend this month. Looking forward to it!

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GIVEAWAY: “Milk Cow Kitchen, On the Sunny Side”

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In the Aug/Sept issue of MaryJanesFarm, I led you here for a chance to win a FREE copy of my Milk Cow Kitchen book. To enter, tell me how MaryJanesFarm has helped you realize your farm dreams in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-August.


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. Diane Thompson says:

    give me reason to try and start a milk farm someday

    • Nancy Haines says:

      So many reasons I love your magazine…like no other, even if you are like me a hobby farm girl. I learn so much! Thank you for putting the farmgirl in me.

  2. Lisa Bell says:

    I grew up with most of my family being farmers. I have a great love & respect for the land, the animals and understanding it truly is a gift from God.
    So my hubby and I have almost 4 acres and horses. We’ve been holding out for 14 years for a “farm”. He’s 61 and I’m 51…I told him we need to take what we have (though it is far from an ideal place, weird lay of property and rock) and grow where we are planted. We are waiting on something that we may not get.
    So we have put in raised garden beds and working on more for next year, we have chickens, blueberry bushes and just planted 131 strawberry plants on an embankment.
    Your magazine opened my eyes and made me realize I can have my dream. So thank you sincerely for sharing your life and making it happen for others.

  3. Karen Jasper says:

    I really enjoy your magazine. Thru it I have learned to live off the land. I can my own vegetables. We raise our own meat. Thanks for a joyful insite into every day Life.

  4. Deb Ritchey says:

    I had always wanted chickens and you magazine helped me. I have had five black austrolop chickens for three years. I now get fresh eggs and am entertained by their antics!

  5. Rebecca Riccio says:

    I have just move to my dream farm. The only thing lacking today are farm animals. We would love to have a cow or 2. For me finding THIS SITE with all the talent and knowledge has helped me learn about all things farming. This book will add to my knowledge base and help us realize our dreams of owing all the farm animals and becoming self sufficant on our farm.
    Becky Riccio

  6. amber says:

    I went to school in a farming community and most my friends had farms. Some of them were big and some of them were small. I lived the next town over and it was more urban than the town I went to school in. That was all right by me, I always identified as a country girl at heart. Now I’m 30 years old, married and living in the same farming community I went to school in 🙂 We live in “town” but my in-laws live out farther in the farming community. I read your magazine all the time and it had slowly inspired me to take advantage of the extra space that my in-laws always offered on their property. We are now the owners of honey bees and chickens!

  7. Ashley Passino says:

    I grew up as a half farm girl, (my Dad had a farm but I lived with my mom in the ‘Burbs), I LOVED “escaping” to his place and feeding the chickens, gathering the eggs, and overall tending the many animals (every conceivable farm animal imaginable but sheep & cattle, plus non farm animals), I even enjoyed picking the fruit in his back field (not a yard) orchard). I have since moved many times since then, and have not been able to come back to my roots, but when I discovered your magazine, it was like an ah ha moment went off in my head! Now I grow tomatoes, spaghetti squash, etc, hint at my boyfriend that every self respecting country girl must have a flock of chickens, an use your magazine as a rule book to start preserving food, grow my crops as organically as possible, It even reminded me of my late great Aunt (RIP) as to the many projects and home made dolls, etc, she would make for me and the other kids growing up. It is definitely a flash back to better days, to a time I wish I could relive, if only in the pages of your magazines/books. <3

  8. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I have this book even though I live in the city. However, I have enjoyed the butter making r exiles and I painted my jelly cabinet with milk paint as shown in the book as well. This book is fun, inspiring and a must read if you just feel that that Farmgirl at Heart vibe!

  9. Linda Hulbert says:

    Mary Jane you have brought me closer to nature, I have a garden in my backyard and plan on getting chickens for fresh eggs. I have learned so much reading your magazine, and enjoy being outside and getting my hands dirty!!! Thank you!!!

  10. Madelyn Shields says:

    I am in love with my Mary Jane Farms magazine, I have gleaned so many ideas about various ways to make, cook, and/or enjoy my home. I love the plain life that is anything but plain and I would really like to receive the Milk Cow Kitchen book. Although I cook and have made a lot of different kinds of food, I have never made cheese. I would love to learn how. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book of learning.

  11. Elizabeth Lazor says:

    I LOVE the artwork on all of your pages. I save every magazine and use it to make homemade cards. Reading an issue is like going home…..

  12. Gaye N. Durst says:

    Mary Jane’s Farm helps me more with keeping in touch with my farm girl soul, living ina city and also living with chronic illness, that prevents many dreams from being realized. Keeps me grounded and happy with my little elevated garden plot!

  13. Lisa Staib says:

    Still 2 years to go….but just the thought & plan is testimony to the MJ influence- it exists because of you!! Baby garden, baby critters, baby steps…but we’re on our way

  14. Cyndie Parzuhoski says:

    I truly believe that being a “farmgirl” is a state of mind, not necessarily where you live. I live in the suburbs, and unfortunately, I am not permitted by law to have chickens or keep bees (trust me, I have checked!), But Mary Janes Farm Magazine has lead me to living a much more natural and farm-inspired” life – in the way I eat, the way I decorate, the way I dress and even the way I think. I am planning/drawing out the plan for the garden I will be planting next year. I am waking earlier and going outside to enjoy a cup of coffee, watching nature at dawn’s first light, instead of watching the morning news. I am much more conscious of the food I purchase and am making sure to go out of my way to patronize farms in the surrounding area and farmer’s markets. I have found a new love of crafting, am turning off the electronics immediately after work and only using them if necessary. I am spending my time with more quality. I am re-finding my appreciation of the simple things in life . . . and I thank MJ’sF magazine for all of this. My dream is to own our own small farm one day, and I hope that it is a dream that becomes a reality.

  15. Leisa Joan says:

    I agree with other readers that for a lot of us, it’s the state of mind, even though we don’t or cant have the farm we always wanted.

  16. Wanda C. Bamberg says:

    Leisa said it well. I like the input Mary Jane gives to keep my mind thinking and adding to the tips and knowledge I have found through my journey. I grew up on a a farm in East Texas and thought I would always live in the country. My world did not happen as I dreamed but I take my ways with me wherever I live. Thank you for adding to my world and helping me remember. 🙂

    • Virginia Nicholas says:

      Hello Wanda! I too, am from East Texas, (Nocona, Montague Co.), and I liked what you said about taking with you. I have done the same. I have lived in Penna, for a long long time, but I will always be a Texan and a country girl! You have a good day and God Bless you! Gin

  17. Not sure if it has made me full fill my drew but I really enjoy all your articles and what ever you publish. I have your first book like this. My dream has always been to be more self sufficient. Your articles are very helpful. Would very much like to have your new book.

  18. Sylvia Strom says:

    I did not grow up on a farm, but have enjoyed past articles about goats and making cheese that I signed up to go to goat school. As a food science teacher I want to teach my students how to make cheese. I am hoping to get the milk from a neighbor since we do not have goats yet. Thanks for a great magazine!

  19. Anna Ellenberger says:

    I grew up on a dairy farm and I must say your magazine makes it sound like so much more fun than I remember. We had a herd of Holsteins and most of those girls were taller than I am. When I helped put them in their stalls I could barely see over them. They are beautiful, friendly, intelligent ladies and I enjoyed being around them–except when they escaped their pasture and tromped through the vegetable garden. You haven’t lived until you have a knock on the door or a phone call at 2:00 a.m. from a neighbor notifying you your cows are out. Try running through the pasture–look out for that fence!–searching for where they got out and herding them back in, all in the dark, then fixing that hole in the fence so they don’t get out again.

    We also had chickens. Feeding them and collecting eggs was a test of patience. I had to sneak very slowly and carefully into the chicken house because the slightest quick movement would cause the whole flock to take flight in a cloud of dust.

    I haven’t seen any mention of pigs in your magazine but if you don’t have any–well, I’d rather have cows any day! Chasing escaped pigs is even more of an adventure–they are even more agile than cows and can slip through much smaller spaces at a faster speed.

    I have been a town girl since I got married 28 years ago. My husband grew up and worked on farms, too, but we couldn’t afford to buy our own so we had to settle for town life. Your magazine is my fantasy farm–all of the fun and none of the work! Thanks for a great read.

  20. April Harrison says:

    My husband and I and our 12 year old son just moved to the country. We are fixing up his great grandmas house, which set empty for 15 years. It’s amazing how well the house still is. I thank God every morning for bringing us here. So, that said, we need all the help we can get. I have started a small garden and our goal is to bring chickens and goats into the mix. And possibly cows later. “The Peaceful Porch” in the Aug/Sept issue sums up my feelings for this house! Your book would be an awesome addition to my library! Thanks so much for your time!

  21. Christy Wilkinson says:

    Your magazine has become such an inspiration for me. To be honest i did not think that when the first few issues arrived! My mom had gotten me a subscription as a birthday gift. Initially i almost dreaded reading it because i thought i was such a failure compared to the women i would read about. But soon i realized how much i identified with the ‘farmgirl’ experiences and values of the staff from MaryJane as well as the many featured articles. You have a way of welcoming the reader, giving me a sense of friendship and even family. Eventually i realized that the message in your magazine is not to compare, but to inspire. From cover to cover it seems to say, “Here’s what i did; you can do it too!” Needless to say, i begged my mom to continue my subscription!

    We live offgrid in a home (honestly) my husband built. I want to say “we” but the truth is that he has done all the labor. I homeschool our 6, soon to be 7, children. We try to grow all our own food on our ‘homestead’. Each year we produce a little bit more. We just put up a full size greenhouse, my dream come true. We raise ducks so far, but hope to continue to goats soon. I still dream of a dairy cow too.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences and wisdom. You have been such an inspiration along the way, just in surviving. But as we continue to get our feet under us, we look forward to thriving to the point of selling lots of products from our own land and hands.

  22. Teresa De Bruin says:

    Lets me know that the old fashioned ways of cooking and baking are still alive and that people are still self sufficient in the 21st century. That that life style has not completely died out. It is alive and well

  23. Amy says:

    This magazine inspires the need to do things from scratch and what I want to do when I own my dream farm someday. Having looked at this book from a library, it is definitely something I would want to add to my library. I know I will want a cow for all my dairy making needs.

  24. Nina Pamir says:

    I love reading your magazine. Gardening and recipes are two of my passions I look forward to each new magazine to see what I can learn

  25. Sandi King says:

    I just got your Aug/Sep magazine yesterday and have read most of it already. I have been looking at the ‘Milk Cow Kitchen’ ad in every magazine since I started receiving them. If I don’t win this book I will purchase it as soon as I can afford to on my limited budget. I have chickens, and a small plot for tomatoes and peppers, not much of a farm but I am a country farm girl at heart. I am so glad I found your magazine. I gave a gift subscription to my sister-in-law and she loves it. Looking forward to more great articles and information on the simpler side of life.

  26. Susan Kellen says:

    MaryJane’s Farm magazine helps me to escape to the farmgirl life when real life gets too hectic.

  27. Sandy says:

    Mary Janes Farm has given us the confidence and knowledge that WE CAN DO THIS

  28. Jana Blackwood says:

    I grew up as a suburbanite and was ok with that until I had a few birthdays as a grown up. Mary Jane’s Farm has helped me to realize that sometimes the old ways are better. I love hearing from others in the magazine how other women have discovered this also.

  29. J. Devine says:

    I don’t have a farm but I am working on a vegetable garden & herb garden on my rural property. Your magazine & website offer so much inspiration & so many helpful hints, just when I start to get discouraged. And after a good day in the yard, I can escape into your homespun magazine. Thank you.

  30. Deborah Cunningham says:

    My husband and I have finally gotten the land and home we always wanted, one + acre treed lot, love it, your magazine inspires me to try chickens. My grandmother always had chickens and I think they are so pretty. The info. you share makes it easy to see I can do it. I want you to know this last issue is just chuck full of very informative articles. Love it, keep it up. (Aug/Sept)

  31. Heather Ely says:

    I have always lived on a farm , however I have learned more advanced sewing through maryjanes

  32. Jill Hanson says:

    No longer farming, but enjoy it all!

  33. Tracey Sonmor says:

    I grew up on a mini farm . We had chickens pigs ducks a horse but never a cow. They look beautiful. I would love to learn about them. We now live in the city but dream about moving to the country. Maybe someday.

    Your magazine is inspirational beautiful and refreshing in a world that lacks much of this. Thank you for this breath of fresh air.

  34. Born and raised in quaint, rustic Upstate New York, but now living in Reno, I figured let me bring RURAL NEW YORK back here, at least until I relocate back to Rome, New York! So, 2 months/$2,500.09 later, here I am- my 1 bedroom apartment walls serve as a rustic green pallette to my Americana, Cabin, Farm, Rockwell/Cassat/Monet/Van Gough/Kincaide/Peter Rabbit/Pooh/Raggedy Andy keepsakes, popping with sunflowers, roses, while being gently tended to by my decorative chicken, cow, pig and sheep artistic decor♡!

    • Virginia Nicholas says:

      Dear Renee, You’ve got the right idea! Surround yourself with the things you love! You sound like an artist? I am…sounds like we have similar collections. I am a Texan who lives in PA but I have driven through Rome NY many times. It is truly beautiful there. I hope you make it back there, if that’s where your heart is. Good luck, Gin Nicholas

  35. Sunnie says:

    This looks like a great book, pretty cover!

  36. Mary G. says:

    I’ve always had a simmering dream to own a small farm and promote agricultural awareness/education, but MaryJane’s Farm has shown me that such dreams have the possibility of becoming a reality.

  37. I don’t have a farm but a small yard so I get to dream through your magazine! I have used your tips and recipes and love the crafty articles too. so no matter whether my “farm” of two cucumber plants, one pepper plant and one patio tomato plant or if it were a real farm, I love reading your magazine and like I said it lets me dream!!

  38. I have a Holstein calf that I brought home in the back seat of my Ford Focus. 🙂 Looking forward to when she is big enough to be become a momma and I will then be a first time milkmaid!

  39. Jennifer Britain says:

    I receive the inspiration to live my dream of living in the country raising cattle and chickens. Growing my own food. I love the stories of women doing what they love and it’s totally possible.

  40. Tami Lewis says:

    I realized that a lot of the things I was already doing “counted” . And that farming/homesteading didn’t have to be “ugly”. My ideals fit right in!

  41. Patty says:

    We as women can do this!

  42. Christina Marsden says:

    First, I have to say I love the Mary Jane Farm Magazine. There is so much in them that I wish I had more time to sit and enjoy reading them. These magazines have been an encouragement to me to keep things as healthy and natural as I can, they are also great encouragement in the do it yourself area (I’ve always believed that “just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I can’t do it”). Thank you for living your dream and encouraging us (also showing us it’s possible) to live our dreams as well. I didn’t know as though I’ll ever have my own cow, but I am fortunate enough to have a mother who has one. I would love to get this book and share it with my mom!

  43. Laura Kusik says:

    Mary Jane Farms is a beautiful magazine that allows an urban girl to dream of successful small scale farming.

  44. Judy Goodwin says:

    I enjoy MJF because it gives info and ideas for the female farmer.

  45. Barb Innes says:

    Oh …the farm great aunt and uncle had a farm…I learned to ride horses, gather eggs from the chicken coop, and gather walnuts from the trees by their creek. I think these early years helped me relish nature And the farm community. Your magazine and books bring those years to the forefront. Thanks!

  46. Linda Lou Crosby says:

    Mary Jane’s Farm is such a fun-fllled, farm idea-filled magazine. It helped me get the courage to make curtains for my little Rpod RV. And they look so cute. I love the farm girl focus and give my friends subscriptions every year to help with their farm dreams

  47. Jen in TX says:

    Motivates me to do what I can on my small suburban lot, even if it’s just grow some hot peppers.

  48. Juanita Mathews says:

    My father’s family were farmers and even though I live in the city, your magazine helps me maintain a little bit of country in my life. Thanks!

  49. Dorothy Nootbaar says:

    I have always loved nature but have spent most of my life in the big city. MJF has given my soul a place to rest. I get ideas on how to bring nature into my home as well as the knowledge that nature really is just outside- I just have to make sure to make time for it.
    I’ve always wanted a cow and this book would help me realize that dream even if it’s only in my mind!

  50. Melissa Beals says:

    My farm dreams were shaped by MaryJanesFarm magazine. At first I wanted the full-running farm with every animal imaginable, but my dreams have been molded over the years. Now I fully embrace the ‘anyone can be a farmgirl’ mantra, and love both city and country living in different ways. I garden organically every year, but still like my technology.

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GIVEAWAY: “Chocolate, On the Sunny Side”

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 Aug/Sept issue of MaryJanesFarm, I led you here for a chance to win a FREE sampling of our very own MaryJanesFarm High Attitude organic chocolate. To enter, tell me how you feel when you eat chocolate:) in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-August.


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  1. Joan Hendrix says:

    Ah chocolate! How does it make me feel? It makes me feel like the best things are the little things. Like the best reward after a long day. Like why would anyone mess around with the fruity or sour treats when they could be having CHOCOLATE?! The first thing gone from my Easter basket, the chocolate eggs of course, then the jelly beans, THEN the chocolate bunny, saved for last. When I was a girl milk was my favorite but now, no, make mine dark please. The days that include a piece of dark and a glass of red wine… The sweetest! XO

  2. Michelle Kirby says:

    I have a complicated relationship with chocolate. It’s like the bad boy I should give up, but can’t.

  3. Corine Runnion says:

    Sweet indulgence, to be savored with each bite,
    They used to have a commercial with calgon
    “Take me away” well that is chocolate you can take a bite and is like a calming, soothing bliss.

  4. Savory, eating a square of dark chocolate is heavenly. Besides the great Health benefits… dark chocolate is full of good antibiotics.

  5. CJ Armstrong says:

    CHOCOLATE? Heavenly, supreme, extraordinary, it’s very necessary to my well-being!

  6. Elisabeth Perkins says:

    Chocolate is my favorite. I love Dark Chocolate. It just makes me feel good:) Every day I have to have some form of chocolate. It is definitely one of my weaknesses.

  7. Rebecca Darrington says:

    Chocolate!! Yum! Good memories come with the word chocolate. Well, except for the time when I was a child and thought moms baking chocolate was a candy bar! Yeah, not good!!

  8. Deb Ritchey says:

    Yum! It makes very happy!

  9. Madelyn Shields says:

    Chocolate is a girls best friend! I would love to indulge in a chocolate from Mary Jane Farms, as it is a delightful comfort food and makes me feel sweet and peaceful.

  10. Michele Bilka says:

    A GOOD chocolate is a yummy indulgent slice of heaven that you’re only willing to share with those you love…..sunny blue skies with puffy fairy clouds.

  11. Evelyn Matheson says:

    Chocolate is absolutely a staple in my “Mary Jane” style kitchen cupboard (and in my “stash” secret drawer and upstairs in my locked workroom, etc., etc.). It’s like I have multiple personalities when it comes to chocolate — dark chocolate when I’m concentrating on something complex, feeling frustrated or perhaps deeply thinking then dark it is — milk chocolate when I’m feelin’ a lil’ “sweet” — white only if flavored like raspberry and that is only when I am feeling “fruitie”!!!!!!!!

  12. Elizabeth Lazor says:

    Chocolate is divinity on my tongue! I let a small bite slowly dissolve in my mouth and it brings me to the present moment…every delicious detail of it helps me to release past and future thoughts. I stop for a few moments and savor the present moment!

  13. Faye brown says:

    Chocolate makes me feel like snuggling up in a warm blanket in front of a fireplace with a glass of red wine and my lover beside me enjoying the smooth, decadent taste that only chocolate can provide. What else can I say!

  14. Gaye N. Durst says:


  15. Marcella Donner says:

    Chocolate makes me feel so good I can imagine my face buried in my horse’s mane on a sunny day with the promise of a meandering ride through a flowering meadow!

  16. Cyndie Parzuhoski says:

    One word – Euphoric.

  17. Linda Everson says:

    I feel happy when i eat chocolate.

  18. Leisa Joan says:

    Just love dark chocolate. I have a jar at work, and call it my emergency stash!

  19. Myra Siegel says:


    I love, love, love chocolate, especially dark chocolate! Eating chocolate makes me feel happy. It brightens my mood.

  20. Cheryl Herron says:

    A piece of chocolate everyday seems to lift my spirits in the hectic world we live in. I have enjoyed everything from a Hershey’s bar to very fine gourmet chocolate, but mostly the simpler the better. One piece of a simple Dove chocolate in the afternoon gets me through each day in a better mood and feeling satisfied.

  21. Honey says:

    The chocolate experience begins with the first tear in the wrapper, the scent wafts up and fills you with anticipation of the deliciousness to come. The slow melt on your tongue continues to make this a relaxing, calming event for your senses.

  22. Wanda C. Bamberg says:

    Decadent, Splurgy, Calm, Wistful, Dreamy….. 🙂

  23. adele says:


  24. Jenny Smith says:

    I feel very lucky, satisfied, and calm…i have made that exhausting climb to the top of the highest mountain. Finally my efforts have paid off. My reward. Heaven. Ok.there is some guilt, because im a diabetic but dark chocolate is ok sometimes….

  25. Pam Watros says:

    My mouth is watering so much, that I have to swallow. Just the thought of the smoothy richness, the creamy wonder, the sweetness melting in my mouth creates a desperate urge to rip the package open and devour!

  26. Christy Wilkinson says:

    Well I’m sure chocolate induces all those happy endorphins, so eating it can feel so good. But i always feel better when its organic! And when it is fair trade and sustainable, i feel as if i am helping to make the world a better place by eating it!!

  27. Michelle Turner says:

    content & comforted

  28. Pam Bearden says:

    I love LOVE chocolate!!! I have had a relationship with chocolate as long as I can remember! It calls my name and I answer at any given moment! It’ soo good, even just thinking about it!!!

  29. Nina says:

    Chocolate is such a great comfort food. I love dark chocolate and it’s health benefits

  30. Sandi King says:

    Chocolate anything, milk, cookies, candy, cakes, frosting, ice cream, is panacea to my emotional side. I keep a large bar of ‘dark’ chocolate in the fridge for ‘craving’ attacks so that I don’t eat myself out of house and home, when I don’t have anything else that will satisfy it. It is extremely soothing to let a small piece sit on your tongue and melt slowly and stop the craving that torments the body and soul.

  31. Joyce Huber says:


  32. Sandy says:

    Chocolate makes me feel happy. I fit it into a healthy diet so that I don’t feel like I’m giving all of the special treats up.

  33. Jana Blackwood says:

    Chocolate makes me feel happy, serene, blissful, and rewarded. Chocolate is certainly a umami taste. I love that this chocolate is gluten free!

  34. J. Devine says:

    Chocolate, melting slowly on my tongue, filling me with that wonderful taste… can’t be beat. It’s like Ahhhhhhhh.

  35. Carol Johnson says:

    Pampered! All those wonderful, healthy bites!

  36. Deborah Cunningham says:

    Chocolate especially with peanut butter or peanuts are my favorite. Back when Reece’s were 5 cents and I found a quarter, I would go to my local grocery store across the street and buy 5 of them from Mr. Vermilion and eat all of them one after the other. YUM!!!

  37. Heather Ely says:

    Chocolate is my first love my husband is the second. Just kidding…maybe

  38. Jill Hanson says:

    Dark Chocolate satisfying!

  39. Eating chocolate brings me back decades to when I was a child, excitedly skipping down Dominic Street with my Cousins while my Grandma Minnie treated us to “penny candy” at Giardino ‘ s corner store in East Rome, New York. I can still see the confections beckoning us Grandkids through the scratched, worn glass case and smell elderly Mrs. Giardino ‘ s basil fragranced brown weathered hands as she gently rested our tootsie rolls in the crisp brown paper bags. Those were the days…♡

  40. Sandy B says:

    Chocolate makes me feel wonderful.

  41. Tammy says:

    Chocolate makes me slow down and pay attention to it, take a deep breath and just enjoy the moment.

  42. julie veneklasen says:

    I try to eat chocolate slowly to savor it as long as I can!

  43. Heidi Siek says:

    When I go a while without sweets, a good piece of chocolate is so indulgent! When I was younger I was given 1/2 lb box of a fine chocolate every Christmas. If I was in a bad mood I’d put Vivaldi’s 4 seasons on the turntable with headphones on, drown out the rest of the world & eat a piece of my chocolate. OR if I had reason to celebrate, I’d treat myself to a piece.

  44. Nicole L. says:

    When I eat chocolate I feel very indulgent – it is a true treat!

  45. Carol S says:

    Chocolate is my personal getaway, picker-upper, and smiley face.

  46. Helena Berg says:

    Decadent and a little naughty. 🙂

  47. Ellen Feinsilber says:

    Trying to win the give away, wold like to see if my sweet daughter likes it. She loves to cook with chocolate. Always on the look out for good chocolate.

  48. Sara Holzem says:

    I feel like I just gave myself a little treat!

  49. Desiree christopher says:

    This looks deliicous

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Winners!!! Giveaways: Blue Moon

In the June/July issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Blue Moon,” I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win some special giveaways. Following, you’ll find the winners of all four 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 “All American Clothespins, Blue Moon” giveaway is Yvette, who left this comment in response to “Tell me your favorite memory about hanging laundry on the line.” (519 comments!)

“I absolutely love the fresh smell of clothes and sheets dried on the clothesline! When I was a young child, my “blankie” had to be washed while I was asleep. One time when I woke up without it, I went outside to find it on the line. My father snapped a photo of me standing at the clothesline hanging onto my blanket with thumb in mouth.”


The winner of my “Moo-n Over Main Street, Blue Moon” giveaway is Honey, who left this comment in response to “Tell me if you wrote a children’s book about an animal, what that animal would be.” (42 comments!)

“This is an easy question to answer. My very first dog (which I didn’t get until I was an adult) was a dalmatian. She was a great dog, but unfortunately, ended up having diabetes in her later years. So my book would be titled “Daisy, the Diabetic Dalmatian.” I’d use her story to educate children about diabetes, insulin shots, and how you can still be a happy energetic dog, even with this disease.”


The FIVE winners of my “The Promise Girls, Blue Moon” giveaway are Suzanna Drozd-Kowalski, Lori Morton, Linda Lou Crosby, Mary Lakota, and Joan Booth, who left the following comments in response to “Tell me how long you’ve known your BFF.” (377 comments!)

Suzanna Drozd-Kowalski: “I have know my BFF for 58 years! I was 1 and she was 2 years old when we all first moved to a new housing development. My earliest memories of her were with bandages over her eyes. She was loosing her eyesight slowly. I’ve been her matron of honor at her three weddings, we’ve been through thick and then. We started off in WNY, across the miles of this country. From NJ where she was a professor at Rutgers, to Kentucky, to Alaska, to Wisconsin. Me from Cheektowaga, NY, to Corfu, NY, to Lake Orion, MI. We pick up the phone and talk as if it were yesterday we last talked. I flew 4 or 5 times to Alaska to see her and she’s coming to the lake this summer. She’s now legally blind. Love her like a sister!”

Lori Morton: “I have a BFF that is like my big sister and aunt to my Kiddo’s. We have known each other for almost 40 years. She is Awesome!! My other BFF is definitely my sweet Daughter, and she just turned 40 this year. My BFFs are truly my Heart. Thank you for chance to win this great book too!

Linda Lou Crosby: “My BFF is a wonderful person I have known since 1991 … 26 years. She is creative, fun, and a terrific pal. She hired me to work for her in 1991 and we had many adventures doing communication work, frequently on the edge of the possible, but always accomplished what we needed to do. She makes me smile. Wonder what mischief we shall discover next?”

Mary Lakota: “I have 2 BFFs. All 3 of us have daughters who are great friends who graduated from high school together. Suzanne and I met at church. Her daughter Lori and my daughter Holly were in Sunday School and were confirmed together and Denise and I met when her daughter Heather and Holly were in cheerleading together. Suzanne, Denise, and I try to get together at least once a month. Our daughters talk to each other as often as they can. What’s even nicer is that our husbands became good friends.”

Joan Booth: “My BFF and I have known each other for 35 years. Our husbands were friends. Through thick and thin, we have been there for each other, my divorce, children’s marriages, grandchildren, great grandchildren, vacations, yard sales, hospital stays, moves, concerts, and deaths of our parents. We have cried and laughed til we cried. The memories we have made will last for the rest of our lives. Last year, I moved from the Northeast to the South, and although 1,200 miles separate us, we get together a couple times a year and pick up where we left off. I think we were related in a former life and hope that in a future life, we’ll be right by each other’s side.”


The winner of my “Glamping, Blue Moon” giveaway is Debbe J, who left this comment in response to “Tell me about your glamping plans for this summer.” (102 comments!)

“I’m a glamping newbie. I go camping with a group of women every year by the beach, but this year, I’m going my way. I bought a TeePee tent and am bedazzling it my way. Would love the book for more inspiration. Glamping Game On!”

Thank you to the over 1,000 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. Lori Morton says:

    Thank you for the book!! Am excited..and Blessed!!

    Ohio Hugs!! 🙂

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  6. Krista says:

    Congratulations to all you lucky ladies! Enjoy your wonderful new prizes!

  7. Debbe J. says:

    Thank you!!! I’m so excited for the glamping book!! Thanks again for your generosity!
    Debbe J

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