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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Today, in celebration of Mardi Gras, my Proverbs 31 sisters and I are participating in a carnival of celebration. Most everyone is giving away gifts, and so am I. If you keep reading you see links to my friends' site and a list of their giveaways. Please take the time to stop by, say hello and enter into the fun.
Speaking of fun and Mardi Gras, recently I was speaking in Walker, Louisiana. What fun I had! I fell in love with the ladies of Judson Baptist Church, and all their sisters from surrounding churches who set aside a Friday night and Saturday morning to hear from God.

I truly believe that each woman who attended was called by God to be there. It was no accident. And God had something special planned for each woman. But I've walked with God long enough to know that it's often what you would least expect.

I know that some women will be touched by God during worship, prayer time, the teaching, the door prizes, the fellowship or the meals. Yes - I believe God called some of those women there so they could feel His love through act of someone preparing the meals for them.

And what meals they were. I usually don't eat before I speak, but that Friday night dinner was magnificent thanks to Miss Ruby and her team. I even had seconds. Those ladies must have spent all day cooking - especially the King Cakes in honor of Mardi Gras. (Miss Ruby gave me her recipe and I left feeling like I was smuggling out a family treasure.)

Then when I didn't think anything could top the dinner, those precious sisters in Christ served a full breakfast the next morning. And I ate everything ... before I spoke. Don't even get me started on the gumbo for lunch. Then Miss Edith took me out for an oyster po boy. Lord, have mercy. I gained four pounds in two days. Really. I weighed myself before and after the trip. But it was worth it.

Everyone felt loved, appreciated, honored and delighted.

I tell you all this to highlight food as a cornerstone of celebration. There is so much love that goes into making food for someone else. Today I'd like to leave you with that thought, and this one: Consider how you can bless someone by making food. Here are some suggestions:

Make homemade jam.
Bake banana bread, with nuts or chocolate chips.
Make a pot of homemade spagetti sauce and deliver with pasta and a salad.
Homemade granola
Chocolate dipped pretzels or strawberries
Host a potluck and game night (then everyone gets to make something)


In celebration of food and gatherings, I'm giving away a beautiful French Country Wire Silverware basket you can set out on the counter for a buffet, plus a copy of my book "work @ home." My husband and I run a home-based business (http://www.roselanecottage.com/) and the silverware basket is one of the items we sell. We also have beautiful new office products if you have the time to look around. Go to "Cottage Office."


To win, simply post a comment on my blog, making sure I have a way to contact you. I'll select a winner at random by the end of the week. I'd love to hear if you make something special for your friends or family. I always am looking for new ideas.

Now on to the carnival. Please make sure you stop by my friends' blogs. Here are some of them and what you can win on their sites.

Wendy Blight http://www.wendyblight.com/ Wendy is giving away a copy of the “One Year Chronological Bible” and her book “Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God's Story.”
Shari Braendel http://www.sharibraendel.blogspot.com/ Shari is giving away three beautiful jewelry pieces to begin a spring wardrobe with! One for a Glamour Girl, one for a Movie Star and one for a Rock Star!

Micca Campbell http://www.miccacampbell.com/ Micca is giving away her book, “An Untroubled Heart,” and a cute clutch purse for those fun summer evenings!

Whitney Capps http://www.whitneycapps.blogspot.com/ Whitney is giving away a $30 Francesca's Gift card, redeemable at http://www.francescascollections.com/

Melanie Chitwood www.melaniechitwood.com/ Melanie is giving away one marriage conference call and her new book “What a Wife Needs from Her Husband.”

Lynn Cowell http://www.lynncowell.com/ Lynn is giving away a prize for mom and a prize for a teen girl in her life – the 3 book series B.A.B.E. series by Andrea Stephens (Beautiful, Accepted, Blessed, Eternally Significant) for the teen and for Mom a $10 gift card to Starbucks along with Lynn’s CD “Building a Bridge to Your Child’s Heart”.

Karen Ehman http://www.karenehman.com/ Karen is giving away a Winter White Basket centered on Psalm 51:7 "Wash me and I will be whiter than snow" that includes Skin Milk body wash, a white loofah, Winter White Citrus Bath & Body Works products, white lily linen and room sprays, white hot cocoa, a white mug and white-chocolate macadamia nut cookies. Along with it, a copy of her book on celebrations entitled “Homespun Memories for the Heart: More Than 200 Ideas to Make Unforgettable Moments.”

Suzie Eller http://www.tsuzanneeller.com/ Suzie is giving away a Logitech Pro 9000 2-megapixel Quick Cam webcam!

Zoe Elmore http://www.zoeelmore.blogspot.com/ Zoe is giving away a journal, a copy of “My Heart's Cry” by Anne Graham Lotz and a piece of jewelry Zoe style!

Charlene Kidd http://www.charlenekidd.blogspot.com/ Charlene is giving away a $20.00 Starbucks Gift Card and a copy of Karen Ehman’s book: “A Life That Says Welcome, Simple Ways to Open Your Heart and Home to Others.”

Tracie Miles http://www.traciemiles.blogspot.com/ Tracie is giving away her CD "Overcoming Stress with Extraordinary Faith" and a Soulmates Slipper with Christian Notepad and Pen.

Rachel Olsen http://www.rachelolsen.com/ Rachel is giving away "Bread for Life," a hardback copy of "The Daily Message: Through the Bible in One Year" by Eugene Peterson (which you can read this along with her this year) and the Williams-Sonoma Muffins cookbook.

Wendy Pope http://www.wendypope.org/ Wendy is giving away a copy of her book “Out of the Mouths of Babes” and her CD “Yes, No, and Maybe of a Balanced Life.”

Luann Prater http://www.luannprater.com/ http://www.encouragementcafe.com/ Luann is giving away an Encouragement Cafe mug and t-shirt for both sites!

LeAnn Rice http://www.leannrice.com/ LeAnn is giving away a copy of her cookbook “Sharing Grace: Recipes - Family Traditions- Gift Ideas” and a Starbucks gift card.

Susanne Scheppmann http://www.susannescheppmann.blogspot.com/ Susanne is giving away her "Birds in My Mustard Tree Bible Study" with an I-tunes gift card.

Renee Swope http://www.reneeswope.com/ Renee is giving away Lysa TerKeurst’s Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl DVD Set and her CD message, “Living Beyond the Shadow of Doubt” on DVD.

Lysa TerKeurst http://www.lysaterkeurst.com/ Lysa’s give away is a Mom's Book Club gift pack including 4 copies of Lysa's book, "Am I Messing Up My Kids?" and a 30-minute Q & A conference call with Lysa.

Van Walton http://www.vanwalton.blogspot.com/ Van is giving away her DVD for children – “From the Pound to the Palace.”

She Read http://www.shereads.org/ She Reads is giving away two novels, “Watch Over Me” by Christa Parrish and “Screen Play” by Chris Coppernoll, and chocolate, courtesy of the authors. They will tell the story of how their writing brought them together - a love story, quite literally, fit for a novel!

RadRevolution http://www.radrevolution.org/ Our ministry to teen girls is giving away a copy of “Do the Hard Thing” along with a RadRev t-shirt!

Have fun as we prepare to enter the Lenten season on our way to Easter. The greatest celebration of our faith.


In His Love,


Glynnis

Congratulations to Kelly at www.myfaithfulliving.com. She was randomly selected the winner of a copy of "work @ home" and the silverware basket. Thank you to all who posted a comment. This was so much fun, we are already planning the next carnival giveaway.








155 comments:

Leslie said...

There is something special about preparing food for someone other than yourself, isn't it? I love to bake/cook and don't really have one special recipe that I share with others. I do love trying new recipes and letting friends and family decide if the recipe is a "keeper" or not.Food blogs have really added to my love for cooking. Yum, Yum!

Staci said...

What hospitatlity and what a way to make others feel welcome!!!!! I look forward to possibly winning your book. I am currenlty looking for at home jobs due to some personal situations!

Staci

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win such a beautiful item! May God bless you richly beyond your wildest dreams! :)

Janet Jackson
i_luv_lordcyan@yahoo.com

Melissa said...

Hi there! My ladies Bible Study group periodically has potluck and game night...it's always a good time. Last night we decorated cookies for a belated Valentine's Day!

Your book would really help encourage me...I'd love to get some words of wisdom on having an at-home business. My future husband (May 15th!) is in the military, and I'm considering working from home, especially when we start having kids.

Have a beautiful day!

Cindy in PA said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of your book.Two years ago I left my job. My "crystal ball" didn't tell me that gas prices would rise, the economy would tank, etc. Ha! I've been looking for a job and there aren't many around so I'm hoping to gather some information from your book. Thank you for participating in the Carnival too!

Melanie Stepp Coughlin said...

Baking soothes me. The end result often gets me hyped up because that self-control bit is a challenge for me. But the process of baking? I love having one little piece of my life that, assuming I follow the recipe, I'll get the results I want. It's a control thing, but it lets me exert my need for control in a constructive endeavor.
Melanie - mstepp1102@yahoo.com

LadyDy said...

Hospitality....opening my heart AND my home....would love to win this lovely gift.

dy

Jeannie said...

Thank you for doing this and may God return the blessing to you many times over!

Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul said...

My girls absolutely love my Buttermilk Pies...hubs not so much! I always make everyone happy with banana bread, though!!!

Tammi said...

Glynnis! I can't write much, since I MUST GO! :) This is exactly what I needed! Every YES involves a NO! OH WOW! It's like the Lord picked up the phone and gave me a direct call! "My child, get off the computer and get back to that Read-through-Your-Bible-in-a-Year plan!" Thank you so much! And as for me: I'm outta here! V-v-v-rroooom! :) PS..thanks for the chance to win your book!

Teresa said...

Thank you so much for this!

melc328 said...

I love to cook for others! There is something very rewarding about preparing a meal that nourishes someone else!

The book sounds awesome! I am looking to work from home in the near future, and it sounds like a great guidebook!!

Robin said...

I love to give others small tokens of my affections. One time I had a dear friend who was suffering with physical difficulties. They LOVED ginger cookies. So I began sending them batches in the mail. They turned 48 that year so every month I sent 48 ginger cookies. It was so much fun!

Steph said...

Your "Every yes" devotional today was SO encouraging and a word in due season.

Thank you for your tender writing style and encouragement this morning!

Dana said...

I love to cook for others. So many times I've been blessed by a meal from someone else and it's so much fun to return that blessing. Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

YEAH! I have been wanting to read your book! Thanks for the chance to win. Here in Louisville, KY, we've had an unusually snowy winter. I've been trying to make the mornings seem warmer by baking muffins for my family when we wake up. I'm not so much a morning person, but it has been worth it to have a yummy breakfast and a lovely smell to warm the house and start the day!
Jill
jill_harriott@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win your book. There are so many 'work at home' scams out that..it's nice to know this is one we can trust. We have been struggling financially since my company downsized a few years ago. I took a job with half the pay I was making and it's been tough!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win your book. I love to bake for anyone, it's a joy to see a smile that you helped create. Which is why I would love to read your book...I want to start a baking business. Thanks again for the opportunity.
Ang
sosbakes@yahoo.com

eLisa said...

Yes, I'd love to win a copy and the gift.

My children have already caught onto the art and love of preparing food. I came out of bed late, as my back is out, and found my children running around the kitchen fixing breakfast for me - the 10 year old was making some sort of box muffin mix and a yogurt shake, the 8 yr old was working on a fruit salad, and the 4 yr old twins don aprons and various busy tasks.

I guess they think love is serving. What a joy to see they learned this 30 years before I did!

Blessings,
eLisa

extragrace at gmail dot com

Eagles Wings said...

I love to cook for my family....

I would love to win your gift...

Anonymous said...

What a lovely blog - I love the cottage photo...it really does make me want to knock on the door and enter.

I love, love, love to cook - for me it is one of the biggest ways I show my family love. Growing up, my mother always had something freshly baked when I got home from school. It wasn't so much about having a snack to eat (although I loved the brownies and cookies and such); rather, it was more about the smell of our home. Mom always said you can tell a lot about a home by how it smells when you walk inside.

Having a teenage boy in our home, I definitely agree with that statement! :) Soccer smell is NOT what Mom meant at all. Ick.

Seriously though, I try to keep Mom's tradition alive today. At least a couple times a week, I cook something that will make the house smell good, and I also make sure that I incorporate a favorite meal of everyone in the house into our menu at least once a week so there is always something yummy to look forward to for meals.

Warmly,
Kris
Lvnglyf73@aol.com

Anonymous said...

My grandmother always had a pound cake or a pan of brownies to give away - a new neighbor, a sick church member, or just for us grandkids. Now I love to make her brownies because most of the time, they can bring a smile to someone's face!
I am seven months pregnant and facing the challenge of not working but needing to! I would love to hear more about home-based businesses. Thanks for all you do!

Anonymous said...

oops! forgot to leave my name and email. Melanie
mwalters123@charter.net

Tiffany said...

I love cooking & baking and trying new recipes - I just don't like the clean up! But usually I like making sweets and baked goods - cookies, candies, cakes, muffins, breads - to share with friends and family and for special celebrations.

BRANDY said...

I love when our women at church come together to prepare meals for those ladies that has just had a baby or the ones that are sick...etc... I LOVE TO COOK... So it brings me great pleasure to give my gift to others!! :)))

ElaineDavis said...

We're hosting a 40th wedding anniversary celebration for my in-laws at the end of the month. Your silverware serving piece would be perfect.

Thank you for your generosity!
(jdgerigg@bright.net)

Anonymous said...

I make whatever the occassion calls for that I know my family or friends like!

Nancy in Baltimore
nanrykl@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I love entertaining. Most times I go over my budget so I can have people over, but God always provides for us. We have a large extended family and our house is the "hotspot". If I was employed and could afford it, I would do it more often. Love the give away carnival!!!

Nanci at kelbla@aol.com

Cheryl said...

I just made choc. chip pancakes for my daughter and a sleepover friend this morning. We are having a snow day off of school! We plan to bake cookies later this afternoon and even make some snow ice cream! Food is an easy way to make a day more special! :)
crose6799@gmail.com

O'Nealya Gronstal said...

Cooking is my love language! I have a friend who is spending every minute of her day that she possibly can with her husband who is dying of cancer. She hates to cook so last week I asked her if I could stock her fridge and freezer with meals she could heat up and not have to think about. She is normally one who will not allow anyone do anything for her (she didn't even tell me about her husband's cancer until he was suffering so much it was noticable - and we live in the same small town of less than 1000!) but this was an offer she jumped at! While I am preparing their meals I am praying that my Healer will heal her husband and that the food speaks of the love of Jesus to them!

Rebecca said...

I love to make food for others, but I don't feel that I do it enough. Thanks for reminding me,a nd thanks for the contest!

Becky
rahastings@juno.com

Eagles Wings said...

I'm laughing I just read about the po-boys..I just had my first after I moved to SC last year..AWESOME!!!

DeenafromIowa said...

I have often dreamed of working from home. I am a stay at home mom and the extra income would certainly help!
DeenaK
deenakramer@msn.com

Laurie said...

Hello! Beautiful blog! I work at home and could use all the help and advice I could get. It is hard to stay focused at times and stay on task....

Thanks for offering this giveaway!

Sarah said...

Thank you for this drawing and a chance to win.

sarahbush13@yahoo.com

Kneeling Bridge Ministries said...

Hi! Also work from home--great site!

R said...

I love to cook and there is nothing like preparing a good meal and having great fellowship with your friends. Thanks for the opportunity to win, and thanks for all that you p31 gals do.
Blessings,
Renea H
harrinr@vmcmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your wonderful devotions all the time. I always love reading them. I would like to enter into the drawing for your book - I'm sure that it is great. My email is lisa.evans@gquinncpa.com.

L said...

I love to give away loaves of freshly made bread. We also travel around the country so I am always on the lookout for unique jams to give away with the bread. The recipe came about because of my kids' allergies when they were little and the bread turned out delicious. I love blessing my friends and neighbors whenever we come home and the new friends we meet along the road. I am really interested in your book and would like to entered in your giveaway.
Thanks.

LyonsLady said...

LOL :-) I am so very sorry...my husband literally does ALL the cooking.BUT, I do love to BAKE...I usually use a boxed mix...I am so embarrassed...God bless you!

LyonsLady said...

I forgot!!! I just remembered you were giving away a work@home book...I am desperate to learn about this...I am 51 and have a home/office cleaning biz but it is slowing down fast...Sorry I forgot to mention this in my post before..
Thank you and God Bless

by SuAnn said...

Thanks for your words of encouragement. Those people in Louisiana sure know how to cook! My son-in-law is one of them.
Have a great day and thanks for the giveaways! God Bless those givers Lord!

Anonymous said...

My small group (Bible study) loves to come to my house because they know I have prepared some special homemade treat just for them - I love this way of Christian fellowship.
Since I lost my job last year I have been waiting for the Lord to show me a new direction - a home based business might be the answer. Please pray God will show me His way. ddp5@bellsouth.net

Sandi Lou said...

I love hospitality! It definitely is a pathway to service and ministry! What a wonderful giveaway you are offering! Thank you! The basket is wonderful! I will be checking your store out!

Anonymous said...

I love to bake and my favorite thing to share is overnight cinnamon rolls! I would love to win a copy of your book! Thank you for this give away. Erika
twandew@wowway.com

Olivia said...

I love baking and am working on adding to the list of things I make so I can avoid food ruts! (but anything involving chocolate is my favorite thing to make!) I'm also working on learning to be a better hostess.

faithWalker said...

Preparing a meal for others just fills me up! I love it! And it teaches my girls so much about what caring looks like. We get to practice lots.

Thanks, Glynnis!

Deb (deb@debbrown.org)

November Rain said...

3 years ago I went back to work outside the home after many years of being a stay-at-home mom. I loved that time at home, but financially I needed to work. I would love to read your book & find some way to create an income while being at home for my children.
Thank you!

ShaRhonda said...

To be able to work from home, trying out Cookie Suckers now..love blogging, food and God!

sharhondacrow@cox.net

redheadkate said...

I love baking and giving food away even more. The book sounds perfect for my little sister. She is expecting her 1st baby and trying to revamp her life.
kateATsweetpotatoesDOTcom

Marissa said...

Thanks for this giveaway!

I sometimes make homemade bread as a special treat or apple crisp for an easy but special dessert.

missionchik said...

I'm a single mom with three beautiful, little blessings and so I would absolutely love info on working from home! :) God bless!

Heather V said...

I try so hard to show hospitality in my home based Scrapbooking business. I have found that women take care of everyone else but themselves so I try to give them a few hours of respite when they are at my home.

Pamela (His maidservant) said...

Count me in!!

In His Graces~Pamela

But Momma said...

I love to throw something together in my crockpot and take to a family. It's hot and ready to go when they need or want to eat. I have two favorite recipes I like to take...one is Taco junk soup and the other is white chicken chili.
Yum o! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Renae Williford said...

I love making banana bread with chocolate chips! Discovered this trick last fall when I went to the pantry and realized I was out of nuts! Oh no! I'm definitely in for this giveaway! What a blessing you are to P31!
renae.williford@gmail.com

Catherine Holman said...

What a beautiful blog. I'm so glad to have found you.
Catherine

Michelle said...

I would love to win your work from home book. It is something that I have prayed and investigated about for years with little success but still is a major priority to me.

Blessings!
Michelle
rfams4him@verizon.net

Linda said...

Thank you for the chance to win your book. It sounds like an answer to my prayers.....I have been out of the workforce since 2006 and my Husband is on Social Security. With the bills overwhelming us and not many jobs for someone turning 54 on Sunday, work at home could save our home!! Thanks again!

GirlNumber5 said...

I have been a SAHM for 21 years. Working at home really appeals to me.

Thanks for the give away!

God Bless

Arla said...

Oh my heart is SO at home while I am at work! I'd LOVE to have this book and the silverware holder is just gorgeous! What a lovely way to present our utensils and my teas and luncheons!!!

Tania said...

I love to bake. I also like to create my own greeting cards for family and friends.

sumi said...

Thank you for this amazing give-away!

I am not much of a baker/cook. My sister in law loves my homemade meringues, so I sometimes make her a batch. That's about it. :-)

Amy Herr said...

I'm in.

Amy Herr said...

I'm in.

Moranda Clark said...

Preparing food for others is one of my favorite things to do. I think it is one of the gifts God has given me to bless other people. I love to learn other peoples recipes and how they do things as well. We actually had a 4 night event at my church this year and learned how to make a ladies special Christmas cookies. Now, I love to make those cookies and bless other people.

Me said...

I love to cook/bake for others and often have people over so that I can do this! I enjoy the fellowship with friends and family!

Robin said...

I confess that cooking is not one of my gifts, but the idea of preparing it as a gift to others makes it a little less of a drudgery.
Writing is one of my gifts and I'd love to read your book to help get my work@home idea off the ground!

Anita said...

I would love to win your book! I love all of you guys and look forward to the devotions every morning and following the blogs.

Cynthia said...

Cooking and sharing such fun and loving ways to show God's love to others.

neener_01 said...

I hope to instill the principle of hospitality in my children. I would love to read this book and get some great ideas!!!!

Denise said...

Sounds awesome - would love to win!

Phyllis said...

I love to cook food favorites for my family. It's a way for me to show them how much they mean to me.

Sharon Abbott Cowan said...

My waistline is a testament to the fact that food figures far too much in my celebrations. I think it is one of the requirements to be a Baptist or Methodist women's function is that food must be included. I have a very limited list of speciality recipe because of limited time I am usually the one bring the tossed salad (bought already prepared at the grocery store), fruit or veggie tray or the bread.
s.cowan4738@hotmail.com

phzlt said...

As my children get older, I'm thinking more and more about working @home. The needs are great and I feel I need to be there for them more now even than when they were little. This would be a wonderful resource! Thanks for the opportunity!
phzlt@msn.com :)

Leigh said...

I love to cook and bake for others, not so much for myself, because I wind up eating it all. Looking forward to getting your book. Making out my order list for She Speaks already.

♥emma stormy♥ said...

Great give-a-way...thank you for the chance to enter!
emma
emmastormy08@gmail.com

Cindy said...

I have been having the best time discovering all of these blogs. You are so encouraging! I feel like I am in the midst of friends even though I haven't met any of you face to face!

Thank you for what you are doing-tying hearts together.

Cindy

Amy said...

I love cooking for other people!

Tammy said...

Love the basket and would love to make money plus stay at home!

In His Grace,
Tammy

Christine said...

I would love to win your book. I currently work at home for a major Christian university and have a 9 month old. My husband and I would love to have more children soon and would love to get your insights/tips on working from home. cksmith3@liberty.edu

Rhonda said...

Just this past weekend we celebrated my mother in law's 60th birthday- instead of a Money Tree, I placed artificial tulips in a square, glass vase filled with 60 $1 bills and a country looking ribbon tied in a bow around the vase. I was happy with the way it turned out because I am not that creative! :)
I have been searching for a way to work from home so that I can become a better wife and mom. I feel that I can become a better Christian woman if I had the time to focus on what is really important in life. Would love to get insight from you whether it's from your book or from your site.

Anonymous said...

Yummy! Your trip sounded delicious! Who doesn't love making good food and getting good food! Thanks for sharing!

Melissa R.
reynolds212@hotmail.com

Stephanie said...

I think of all the giveaways you ladies are doing as a group, this one hits closest to home. I love to cook. Especially for others. As a matter of fact I just bought the ingredients to make chicken-pot pie for two different groups of people tomorrow for lunch. Your book would be a blessing. I am currently working on writing a book about Galatians 5 and have written a children's book about my Mom and Daughter. I am planning on attending She Speaks. So to have your book as a resource for enabling our family to continue to have me at home with our two girls would be awesome!!!

Kayla O'Hern said...

Great food gift ideas! I love baking and really any type of cooking. I just made my first from scratch king cake, and it came out great, so I had to make more for family members!

debbie said...

I really enjoy making cookies to give to people. It is fun to try new recipes for them to try.
Thanks for everything... the encouraging words and giveway. Have a blessed day.
Debbie

Lynn - JnL4God said...

My Husband and I like to seek out new people in our church and have them over for dinner. We usually have 2-3 couples over at a time and this is a good way to help them get aquainted with people. I love to cook and this is nice venue of doing it. Also I am a quilter (Beginner) and have enjoyed making and giving Baby quilts to whomever I can.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Lynn
ljgolf823 @ comcast . net

Victoria said...

It is so delightful seeing my children follow in my footsteps. We like to make things edible for others. Sometimes it is our homemade bread or from-scratch cookies. We have a rural mail delivery and decide many years ago that the mailman needs reminders that we really appreciate him so we leave goodies in the box for him. At Christmas time we go to the neighbors with baked goods. One year one of my boys dressed in his cowboy finest and delivered the goodies on horseback through the snow. recently we gave flowers to our library ladies as an appreciation...one day last summerI brought in a pitcher of homemade lemonade and they were VERY appreciative. It surprised me what a small thing like that can do.
When I haven't thought of *it* ..dad or the children have. We are blessed to be a blessing :)

Jenni / Jennifer Saake a.k.a. InfertilityMom said...

What a beautiful blog. Have been working from home, very part time, for years and would love to become more efficient. The silverware basket is adorable. :)

jsaake AT yahoo DOT com

mbp said...

I desire to bring about comfort and warmth in my home, and food is definately one of the best ways i know to do that! I don't have that many people over lately since I've been in my last trimester of pregnancy... less than 2 weeks now to go! But I love fellowship and sharing with others. I express love through gifting, and i love cooking, so that works perfectly.

By the way, I love your blog design and ideas!!

ndharris11 said...

I love to bake for all of my friends.
Nicole
nicole.harris11@gmail.com

lisasmith said...

i will definitely check it out and let you know what i do! thanks!!

The Fifth Street Mama said...

Oh that is a gorgeous silverware caddy. Love it.
I am one of the ladies in our church who arranges to have meals delivered to new mothers and i know that food is a real ministry of love and a wonderful way to bless others.

Wani said...

I love baking/cooking for friends and family!!

Crystal said...

I have 4 part-time jobs in order to help the family make ends meet in this economy. I would like to quit two of them and just keep the one and my home business. But I am new to the home-based business, and would love the chance to win your book and learn more about how to make a real go of this thing.

Wendy said...

I'd love a copy of your book, since I'm unemployed I'm interested in all avenues of income! And the silverware server would be the icing on the cake!! Thanks and God Bless

LCShelton said...

What a fun time you must have had. We are big fans of food and fellowship amongst my family and friends. This is my 1st visit to your blog and I really enjoyed it!! I can't wait to visit again. I would really love to receive a copy of your book as that is precisely what I am looking to do in my life right now. God Bless!

monicalrobbins said...

I would love to read your ideas to having a home based business. I am an artist, but somewhat fearful and lacking confidence of how I could use this to generate income. Guess I just need some encouragement!
Thanks,
Monica

Jimison Family said...

Thank you for this opportunity! I love your site - first time visitor - but uplifting. :)

JJ McCreary said...

Thank you for this opportunity and am so excited about your work at home book! Blessings to you!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this lovely giveaway. The book sounds wonderful, and pulls on my heartstrings. I long to be home with my little one.

amber
ambydoo143@yahoo.com

Very Blessed Mom, Melissa said...

I love to show love by blessing people with a yummy, comforting meal! I typically make the same meal and have made it many, many times over the past few years. It is most often for our Church family for families with a new baby, sick, hospitalization, etc. I was on the receiving end of meals last Spring when I hurt my back and I felt very LOVED! It IS an amazing act of service.

Anonymous said...

From Jessica S. (jessweety2@aol.com)
I began last year sending notes to women I knew that were graduating, in a Bible Study, getting married, having a baby,sending their child off to kindergarten, etc.
In each note, I would write out a prayer that I prayed specifically for them and their circumstances. I followed the prayer with a commitment to pray for them daily for the next 30 days.
I remember a lady in our church who made baby blankets for my children when they were born. She also included the prayer that she prayed for my children while she made each blanket; it meant so much to me.
I just want the Lord to use me in anyway He can; I pray that I can be an encourager to all that I meet.
Jessica
jessweety2@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all you guys do. And i am so much like you. my first time reading your blog and yes the Lord has blessed you and me also
my email is victory-n-christ@hotmail.com

Joy said...

I love cooking and serving food to others! Such a wonderful way to repay a kindness!

TinaS said...

I love cooking for my family. There's something so special about filling their tummies with wonderful food - the same way the Lord fills our hearts and soul!

Crickett said...

Just found the Proverbs 31 website today!!

Would LOVE to win this! I recently lost my job, am single, 53 years old, and there are not many jobs out there. I am looking to make a transition in my life and try to work for myself. I have prayed and prayed about this and believe this is where God is leading me.

southerninspiration said...

What a beautiful blog you have! It is an inspiration!

suzanne

Jill said...

One of our traditions is granola for Sunday morning breakfast, so making it is a Saturday tradition for me. I personally don't like it, but have come to enjoy making it for my man and our munchkins!! It's great to see them enjoy it!

Shelley said...

I dont have something that I make special, but I do love to just have people over and feed them and love on them....=)


gsusrocks@ymail.com

Susan Kramer said...

I love doing little things for friends, family, and neighbors that just say I was thinking of them and loving them. The basket is beautiful!

Lisa said...

Thanks for a chance for an awesome giveaway..I am a mother of 9 and I am always trying to figure out how to make money at home. Thanks so much :)Lisa Davis lisadavis008@aol.com

cindy ziliak said...

Those southern girls sure know how to cook! I too love food! I've had to make major changes because of health issue, but still love to bake and give to someone else who can gain those lbs! I have a home based business that pertains to food and could use any help and suggestions that you have in your book! Thanks for being involved with P31

Michelle said...

Food is my love-language. I really enjoy cooking for people. It's a trait I inherited from my grandmother, who is probably whipping up a feast in heaven right now! :D

Tina said...

Thanks so much for this give away today. Visiting all the P31 girls has been a great way to spend another snowy day!

shutterhappyhope said...

I love making digital photobooks for people. I use the 40% off discounts and make a special event book for friends or family. Most individuals want to make one, but never get around to it. For me it's easy to whip them together so I enjoy creating something that I know they'll really love & be able to share with others!

Angel77 said...

For my husband and best friend I make a dinner of their choice for their birthdays. Their favorite is Chicken and Dumplins. I enjoy cooking for them.

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! I live in Baton Rouge, right up the hwy from Walker. I wish I'd known you were so near. Being s self-proclaimed Southern Belle, your give away, website, business and certainly your ministry are all motivational and inspiration to moi (a soon-to-be Preacher's Wife).

~Nadia
PtyGrl19oh8@aol.com

Cindy Q said...

What great ideas you have shared! Thank you!!

Hoping to win,

Cindy

M said...

It's funny...probably the only time I really enjoy cooking is when I'm preparing something special for someone else. Unfortunately, I don't have many opportunities to do it. I'd love a chance to win such a great food accessory and the book definitely sounds like a winner.

Monica
mpwatkins.amd@gmail.com

Sally Ferguson said...

Hospitality always seems to involve food; and candles; and time to enjoy each others' company. When the kids were younger, I made sourdough bread for gifts. It was always a big hit. Now, the breads are either banana nut or zucchini. I freeze the bananas in the peel until needed, and grate the zucchini to freeze it in one cup increments. That speeds up the process and flavor!
Blessings,
sallyswords@windstream.net

Alyce said...

Hey there!
This post was right up my alley! I'm a foodie and I love hospitality and serving others in that capacity. I make jam in strawberry and peach season..keep that in my pantry and its great to have on hand to include in gifts. Its a southern thing to feed people too for whatever occasion..break a toe..we'll bring a casserole! I'd also love to learn more about working from home. I've talked to you in the past about this and your book looks so interesting! I make soap currently, but would love to learn how to sell baked goods!
Thanks so much!

Laura said...

Sometimes we forget that it only takes a small act of kindness to change a heart. And sharing food is a terrific start! So is some help finding an @home job so I can continue to stay at home with my daughter. Bless you!

mommyof2 said...

I would totally love to have the book about working from home. It sounds perfect for me as I have tried different things but need a little direction and help with it. Thank you for the giveaway and for the idea of giving food. I actually am going to be dropping off some delicious scones and cookies to my mom & dad and also to my grandpa & grandma tomorrow-just to let them know I love them and was thinking about them.

The Knapp's said...

French country is my favorite style of decor! I hope I win. :) Thank you for your giveaway and your words!

Anonymous said...

These giveaways are great - thank you!

kagreene62@comcast.net

Wander said...

Aww Glynnis....you are so very right!
I'm a love tank filler upper!
I love cooking and feeding the stomach and the heart.
I still remember my kids when they were little.....they would ask when I was baking something..."mama, who're we making this for?".
I thought ....they surely get it!

Kim said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Leah Gillen said...

One of my favorite things to make for people at Christmas time is a Nativity set made out of sculpey clay. Someone taught me how to make them many years ago, and I still love doing so.

Laura T said...

Being a new stay at home mom, I'm really enjoying my time in the kitchen.
Thank you for the opportunity to win your basket and book!

kmamalorenz said...

Thanks for the reminder of Christ's love being shown through hospitality! Our children really need this too. Thanks for the reminder!

Beauty4Ashes said...

& years ago a MAJOR change happened.. the suicide death of my spouse. Within minutes (Im not kidding) my kitchen table was FULL of food!! When sorrow & deep grief clutched my soul .. some very dear sweet christian sisters FED me and my sons for weeks. I'll never forget that love they showed thru food & prayers. I have since done the very same thing.. taken food to those in the first moments of grief. And PRAYED =)

debbie (Live in Ninevah) said...

I really enjoy having people over for lunch. I am a pretty good soup cook, so when someone needs a meal at their house it is usually a homemade soup, salad, bread, and brownies. We have the same thing for dinner at my house then so my family feels as valued as my friend in need does.

Jill said...

I am currently expecting our 3rd child and the idea of working from home is sounding like a blessing. Day care for 3 children would not be worth working for.

In our MOPS group we always make a meal for a mom who just had a new baby or make a new visitor a batch of cookies. It is so great to make someone feel like they matter.

DLucas said...

I love making things for people! I like to make homemade toffee, biscotti, and all kinds of soups.
I'm intrigued by your book. I've been looking for opportunities to work from home for a long time!
dalucas7@aol.com

Created for this... said...

I love to make scrapbooks for my friends and family and love to cook for whoever shows up at our house.

mommyof2sons said...

I love to cook for my family!!

Anonymous said...

How pretty! Sometimes I am just too much in a rush for special. This year I am trying to slow down and make things special...even if it's just a beautiful bow.
minivanmamma@comcast.net

Nikki Koanui said...

Oh I love cooking for friends and family. Your online store is great! I love the basket...I love the quaint, cottage, antique-y feel...beautiful yet homey! I love it!!

Julie said...

I love your silverware basket and would love to win it! Thanks for the giveaway.

One More Equals Four said...

I love to make food gifts! This year at Christmas I gave away dozens of Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls! Too bad the gifts also come with the gift of extra calories!

Terrilynn said...

I love cooking for my family and friends! It's a two fold blessing - we are both delighted in receiving. They receive goodies and I receive loving comments!

I'd love to win your book. I have been considering how I could possibly work from home as my divorce forced me from my position as stay at home mom (of 23 years)to working mother (for almost two years now) and if at all possible I would like to return to being at home where I could home school my 14 year old daughter.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE baking. As a rather 'healthy' cooker, I find it really fun to try to find ways to make some of my favorite treats more healthy....you know, fewer calories, more fiber, etc. I LOVE the homemade energy bars I make (NOT my own recipe, but they're cheaper than buying them and better ingredients). I also love knowing exactly what I'm putting in my mouth. :)

-Amy V.
AnnaE07@aol.com

GrammaGrits said...

Thanks for a great giveaway!

SueBE said...

What an awesome give away and ironic that I should read about it this morning. I just finished baking my great grandmothers banana muffins; for Lent I am making quick bread and bread for various friends, family and members of my church. Everyone seems so down with the winter weather so I'm hoping to bring just a touch of simply joy to their day.
--SueBE
suebradfordedwards@yahoo.com

Linda said...

My Aunt Ruby always puts "love in the pot" before she adds anything to the pot. You can taste it in her food and the smile on her face while you are eating it. I would like to read your book and find a way I can leave this 7:45 to 3:45 job.

Paula said...
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Paula said...

I am not a great cook but I do enjoy trying! One of my favorite activities is baking with my kids. It may take a little longer and makes a bigger mess but oh what a blessing! So, we have decided to bake chocolate chip cookies and take them to our neighbors.
God Bless,
Paula, Jakey & Samantha :)
(pollyminor@gmail.com)

Anonymous said...

I currently work from home part time (not steady so I am working outside the home also) and would really look forward to a book that can be helpful insight as to what I can do and/or do differently....or any other info for that matter...

Thank you for offering this give-away!

sbcgentile@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I currently work from home part time (not steady so I am working outside the home also) and would really look forward to a book that can be helpful insight as to what I can do and/or do differently....or any other info for that matter...

Thank you for offering this give-away!

sbcgentile@yahoo.com

Molly said...

Oh how I long to be in Louisiana eating some of that yummy Cajun food. Fell in love with it in 1996 on my first trip to Baton Rouge and have been cooking it at home ever since. Our family and friend times always revolve around food. Each one has their fave thing that my husband or I cook so we try to rotate meals around so that everyone feels special. Sticky buns is the one thing I'm always asked to bring to our women's events at church. I have an extremely simple recipe using frozen roll dough.

Thanks for the give away. Would love to have both the book & the silverware holder but it looks like there are lots more ladies out there who could use the gifts more than me.

Crystal said...

There is certainly something to be said about the connection between God and food in the south. I've lived in the south my entire life & most often God is somehow connected to food! LOL. When it's in a group setting at least. We all joke that's why we lead the nation in obesity. You can't have a gathering, church or not, without really REALLY good food! =) I'm glad the ladies in Walker got to spend some time with you. I'm from Louisiana, living in Biloxi, MS. Thank you for the chance to win such a wonderful piece! And your book. Blessings!!!

Leslie said...

I'm from Georgia, and here food is the answer to most problems, death, birth, tragedy, celebration. Whatever you are facing, we cook for you, and you are right, by feeding you we are loving you. It reminds me of so many of our beautiful stories from the bible, centered around food shared together......thank you so much for this ministry(Proverbs 31), it has really made an impact on me. I look forward to starting my day with you and feeling the presence of God in your words, fun, and guidance.

Bobbie said...

Me!! Me!! Pick me for the book!! I wanted to buy one when you were in Walker, but the went too fast!! Pick me!!

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