Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Give-Away Book... And A New Look!




I have to tell you about my new favorite book,  Milk Cow Kitchen.  This book is written by MaryJane Butters...  The MaryJane that publishes MaryJanesFarm magazine and other things.  This is no skinny little book... it is 400 pages that hold your interest on Every.Single.Page.  




It is a cookbook, but not only a cook book.


It's full of all the ins and outs of making your own ice cream, yogurt, butter, cheeses, sour cream... but not only that.



It's beautiful photography, awesome stories, fun cow decor ideas, farm tips (like how to tie a hitchin' rail knot).




It's got sweet stories and pictures on cowgirl romance...




...and milkmaid fashion.  I'm not kidding you, there are step by step instructions on how to comb your hair in the milkmaid look!





I tried to do my grand-daughter Jillian's hair in milkmaid fashion but we only had time for a very quick practice run.  But she loved it, so did I, and we'll be doing it again soon!  (I also tried combing Rosy's hair in the same way, but she's only 3 and her hair was a little too fine to stay in place.  It really upset her.  She said, "But I'm a Farmgirl too"!)


This book has absolutely every pointer you could ever need about purchasing, owning, and caring for your own milk cow.


It's one of those books that is so much fun to read because even on the pages with recipes, there are tidbits of information that you never knew!  And some very neat quotes and sayings.  Every page is a surprise.




And one of the best things of all?  I think I have a Milk Cow Kitchen because this book looks awesome in it!  (Smile!)





 I've had it on display in my kitchen for a couple months and everyone that walks in, picks up the book, takes a glance inside and then heads to the recliner to read it.  It is that good.




You remember that I'm the Ranch Farmgirl blogger for MaryJanesFarm?  So, I asked MaryJane if she would send me a book for a give-away here on my blog.  And YAY!  She had it in the mail for me before I could blink.


So, in celebration of a new look to my blog, a new year, and new ideas....  I've got an awesome give-away for you!  It's a beautiful autographed copy of Milk Cow Kitchen from Mary Jane!


In case you are thinking that you don't want a milk cow, won't ever have a milk cow, or aren't interested in a milk cow....  please enter this giveaway anyway, because I PROMISE you that you'll love this book.  (And you'll want a milk cow after reading it too!)


All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here on my blog.  Just any ole comment will do.  It doesn't have to do with milk cows, cook books, or my new blog design... (but I'd love your input on that, by the way)!


This giveaway is open until next Friday - January 23rd - and I will ship priority to any address in the United States.

Good luck, and may the best Milkmaid win!  (That would be you!)

P.S.  If you are posting anonymously, please leave an email address so I can contact you if you win!

84 comments:

  1. It looks like such a fun book! It does look nice in your kitchen too:)

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  2. not sure I want to own a milk cow; but would love to read the book!

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  3. I have been wanting to read this book! I don't need cows because my neighbor has them and I can buy their milk, but I do like and enjoy everything "milkmaid"! I received her idea book, life book, cookbook for Christmas several years ago and really like it. Oh yes, the new blog look is great! I really enjoy your blog. It feels like we are good friends

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  4. I would love to get lost in the pages of that book. :)

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  5. We would love to have a milk cow someday, and this cook book looks really intriguing!
    Lynisha
    lynisha.weeda@gmail.com

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  6. I don't want to enter the contest, but just had to comment on the lovely hair braiding! Just gorgeous!

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  7. Thank you for the opportunity. I used to make a lot of Mary Jane's aprons once upon a time. I'd rather make sour cream! Your blog looks fresh and lovely.

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  8. I love MaryJanesFarm -- her magazines and her books. I have MaryJanes Idea Book Cookbook, Life Book and it's a lot of fun. If her new milk cow book is anything like it, it'll be a fun, fun book to read and learn from. We had a couple milk cows when our kids were growing up. They all milked and I separated milk and cooked with milk and we drank all the good, whole milk we could. It was wonderful. Too bad MaryJane didn't publish this book a few years ago! Please, toss my name in the hat!

    BTW, I like your new look.

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  9. Oh my Dori, I love seeing anything new that you and andrea post.. so yes I love your blog... and wow what a way to tug at my heart... I love COWS... and to have a chance to win a cookbook filled with them.. now that is some good reading for sure... So please enter me... thanks COnnie from Kentucky

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  10. Thanks, Dori. My husband just refinished an old chest for our daughter's hope chest. She's 13. I'd love to tuck this book inside!

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  11. I love the new look! You're too awesome, Dori!

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  12. What a delightful looking book. We would devour every page!

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  13. This is such a great giveaway. I have been thinking I would like to get this book. I am really enjoying reading you on the Ranch Farmgirl blog. I love the new look by the way.
    Kathy L
    mikeandkathy58@yahoo.com

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  14. Hi there Dori,
    Love the new look of your blog page. The book looks like it would be interesting. It looks great in your kitchen. Love the way Jillian's hair looked after you braided it. And, I smiled at Rosy's comment. It's nice to be farmgirls, no matter where you are.

    Take care.
    Emily

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  15. I just love the book, everything about it seems welcoming and fun! And am I a "cow" girl?!?! About 15 years ago I actually went and interviewed with a dairy farmer to be a weekend milker. Now consider I was a corporate VP, working 40-60 hrs. a week with a new home to maintain, husband, 2 cats, 1 dog, and a second home, but I was totally serious. It was something I had always wanted to do. In the end I didn't do it (think it was the 3 am trek which got me), but it was fun and interesting to learn more about life with cows! Love the new look!

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  16. What a great looking book! I'd love to win it and enjoy these winter afternoons curled up with a cup of hot chocolate reading it. Also, I love the new look of your blog!

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  17. I love the new look of your blog! The book looks adorable as does the braid you did! It made me regret cutting my hair!

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  18. Found you from the FB page and so glad I did, I love your blog and would LOVE to win this book to add to my MJ collection!! P.S. I LOVE cows and hope to get some more someday!!!

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  19. This book looks great on so many levels! Please enter me! laycak@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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  20. I LOVE Maryjane and all her publications! What a fabulous giveaway. I don't know if we will ever have cows, although Earl's dream is to get some Scotts Highland cows, but I kow I would love this. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  21. I am a big fan of Mary Jane Butters, and I'm a big fan of yours too! The book looks great. I never lived on a farm, but I have always lived in small towns in farming communities. Some of my best childhood memories are from my grandparents' farm. I also loved spending time with my friends in the country, still do.

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  22. What a wonderful give-away! Love seeing a glimpse of your kitchen again, so bright and cheery looking!

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  23. Oh how I would love to win this give-away!!!! Love you kitchen and copied my new kitchen after it! Thank you for sharing on your blog!

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  24. Oh that book looks fabulous! We receive Mary Jane's Farm magazine and have it advertised. Love that she includes so many other things.

    I like your new floral look, but I will miss the feed sack banner!

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  25. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

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  26. What a great giveaway! Being raised as a farm girl, I love MaryJane and all she stands for.
    I also think all of you Farm Girl Bloggers are pretty awesome!
    I really enjoy your blog and seeing things from your side of the road.
    Thank you for taking the time to share it with us.
    Dolli

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  27. Dori, I have enjoyed your blog so much and I like your new look. (I was skeptical when you mentioned in your last post, because I really liked your "old" look.)
    Isn't Mary Jane Butter's fun? She brings out the farm girl in all of us.
    Have a loverly day,
    Carol from WA

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  28. Hi Dori - I just love everything you do! Thank you. Wendy

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  29. I love your new look....I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN!!!.....and I would LOVE the book, too!!!....thanks for hosting this give away!!

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  30. ooo, right up my alley!! I love everything she does, and am familiar with her other books, they are unique and one of a kind for all us farm girls!! I would love to be in on your giveaway!

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  31. Dori - your blog looks fresh and user friendly! I've never owned a cow but I love them, I even have a Pinterest board all about them so I think this book would be enjoyed!!

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  32. I so enjoy reading your blog and the design looks great. Keep the photos coming.

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  33. Really enjoy your blog and the new design is great ~ you are adorable framed in flowers! AND the pictures are clear and beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway! I adore anything Maryjane!
    Blessings to you from Cathy in Idaho ~ bobcathy@idaho.net

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  34. You and your daughter's are the first blogs I read in the morning. They only make me happy!!
    Have a wonderful weeekend.
    Elizabeth elizkttlr@aol.com

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  35. I was so happy when you became a farmgirl blogger, that way there was more of you to read, see pictures and see what you were up to next!! Absolutely love your blog and your daughters too for that matter. Maryjane of course is awesome, what can't she do?! Sorry to have to comment as anonymous but that is the only way I can :(
    Thank you for the giveaway
    Claudette claudettehoyt@gmail.com

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  36. I do love your new look, and I've loved reading your blog for a long.time...

    I hope I win the book, it looks like a wonderful addition to my cookbook library. :)

    thanks!

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  37. Wow what a great book! I would be really interested to learn how to make my own cheeses and butter! Thank you so much for the opportunity! Love reading your blog and your daughter's blog.

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  38. Wow!! how beautiful and fun!! I'm liking your simple new blog look... and anything Farm-y - does it for me!!

    thanks for the chance!!

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  39. Love reading your blog!

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  40. Thank you such a nice blog and for the easy giveaway.

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  42. I love your blog's new look Dori!! It's so pretty & simple. I have MaryJane's other books, and would love to have her new one. Thanks! ~ Laurie in California
    tuttlefamily@cox.net

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  43. Your blog site looks wonderful! Keep up the good work.
    Cheers,
    izzi~avis

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  44. I found your blog a few weeks ago and love it. I am a cookbook collector and this one from Mary Jane's looks amazing. Thank you sharing and good luck to everyone.

    Smiles and Blessings
    Tracy B

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  45. I have loved cows forever, and though I live in the city now I still dream of having a little Jersey cow someday! Thanks for the giveaway- I would so love this book.

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  46. We actually have a Jersey Cow that we milk as well as a calf. It has been such a fun learning experience! Any recipes or hints she has on using the milk would be awesome. Thanks
    amyjones194atgmaildotcom

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  47. The girls and I would devour a book like this! And we are simply city girls with farm girl hearts.

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  48. Wish we could have a milk cow, but only two chickens. What a fun looking book.
    seth_vieve@Yahoo.com - Genevieve

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  49. Dori, that book looks perfect in your kitchen. Your posts are always something to look forward to, I'm never disappointed!
    Esther

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  50. I love your blog! That book has been on my wish list and I haven't been able to get it yet. I need it!
    Joy@JoyfulSoundsFarm.com

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  51. Oh I love your web site! I would love to have a copy of the book. It would go perfect in my country kitchen. smokey28777@yahoo.com

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  52. I love the new look!!!! That book looks fabulous, too! I had a cow once, a baby one named Angus that I was bottle feeding, but then he died. Cows don't appear to be in my future, but I do love them and a girl can dream.

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  53. bbelle2004@yahoo.comJanuary 17, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    You always bring me sunshine
    when I read your writings and I "Thank you!"
    This book sounds like a treasure...

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  54. The book looks great in your kitchen. I love all the color in your kitchen. I would love that book to brighten up my kitchen. Vickie.frederick@hotmail.com

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  55. What a lovely giveaway. Would enjoy reading and sharing this book. Thanks.

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  56. I can hardly wait to start a cheese adventure. Dying to have this book.

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  57. I would LOVE a chance at winning this beautiful book. I've been seeing it in her magazine the last couple of issues and it looks amazing!
    amymurillo@yahoo.com

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  58. Your kitchen has been an inspiration for me! My husband and I are renovating our kitchen. We are almost done with the demo which has been a huge endeavor. I purchased white cabinets with inset doors and black hardware....and left an area for custom shelves to be built, just for the purpose of displaying beautiful books, plates, vases and a multitude of things that are special to me. I would love to win this book and if I don't I may just have to buy it! Thanks.
    lmksails@gmail.com

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  59. Please enter me in the drawing. I love your blog and enjoy all the things you do with your granddaughters. I am always on the look out for ideas for projects with my grandchildren and check your blog for inspiration. By the way, love your kitchen and blog design. ;)

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  60. Hi Dori, we are looking to add some cows to our 10 acre farm and I've been wanting to order this very book! Please put my name in the running. My email is eclectic5777@att.net. Thanks so much for the opportunity....Margie

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  61. Please add my name to the drawing as I love your blog and the book looks really good too! My email is torreymags@aol.com. Thanks, Becky

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  62. After the last few weeks of craziness around here, I'd love to curl up with a good new book...especially this particular one. It would be a great addition to our growing how-to farm books. Your new blog look is sweet. Hope all is well.

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  63. I love your new look!! I don't have a milk cow but I do love to collect cookbooks!! What a fun contest.

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  64. I somehow missed this post! Looks like a fun book and Rosy's comment about being a farmgirl, too, made me laugh. :) Miss you all and would love to have the book to look through while I'm recovering. :) Ginny Van Der Geest

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  65. Beautiful book! We raise beef cattle......would like to have a milk cow!!!!! Blessings from Kansas!

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  66. Dori, your new look on the blog is beautiful. I haven't had time lately to come check and see what's new until today and as soon as the page opened I said, "Oh wow! She changed her blog!" It's bright and fresh and pretty. And as far as the book goes, it looks like a wonderful read and I would love to win it. We've talked about maybe someday investing in a milk cow so this would be a wonderful resource for us. Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

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  67. What a nice giveaway. Beautiful book!

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  68. Hi, Dori! I love your blog, since I grew up in a small farm town but always wanted to be a farm girl. I'm still dreaming of being a Mary Jane Butters-type gal! Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  69. Such a bright and cheery kitchen...........!janiceartman@yahoo.com

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  70. Love Mary Jane's books and I would loved to be entered into your giveaway!

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  71. I am a farmgirl sister and have most of MaryJane's books but I do not have this one. I would love to win it!

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  72. Friends in AZ got me hooked on your blog! If the book is half as good as your blog it will be a good book.
    dawnandtom@gmail.com

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  73. I was just catching up on blogposts today and saw your give away at the end. (Loved all your cards, by the way!)
    I have yet to see this book! I have every other book of hers, and magazines, and was so blessed to have a visit with her a few years ago. Such a lovely lady!

    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Blessings ~ Holly

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  74. The book has a beautiful layout and looks so interesting! You must have a Milk Cow Kitchen because you are right...it looks awesome displayed with your other things there!! :) Love your new look as well - although I enjoyed the previous one too!

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  75. Love your new look! Please enter me for the drawing. This is something I would really like to get my hands on.
    martyterry@ymail.com
    Thanks!

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  76. The book looks wonderful and I seem to like everything "Mary Jane". Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway! (shirparks@gmail.com)

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  77. I almost forgot to enter! I really, really want this book.. I will cross by fingers and all my toes!
    Love reading your blog. Now, stick one of those cards in the mail to me! :)

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  78. My sister and I returned to live on the "home place" farm when our parents needed extra care. Our parents are gone now, but we stayed on. I enjoy your blog! amygoet@yahoo.com

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  79. Loved getting the link to your blog, now I'm here for awhile. Would love to get a look at this book. Sounds like a great read and great info.
    Thanks,

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