Monday, May 11, 2009

200th Post! It Must be Time for a Giveaway! = )

Blessings on this Monday morning! I'm quite amazed to tell you today marks my 200th post! Who would have thought I would have so much to say!? Since occasions such as this one are special, I'm celebrating with a little giveaway.

First, this darling red apron with polka dots, rick-rack trim and a scalloped edge. Whether you wear it daily as you prepare meals for your family, or save it for a special event, you'll be the cutest cook in town! Next, is a charming decorative plate with a wonderful reminder to "Sweeten Each Day with Love." Don't you love that? What good advice for all of us.

One of the best ways I know to sweeten someones day is to surprise them with a little plate of home-made treats. What kind of treats? (I'm so glad you asked!) Chocolate, of course! How about this sweet little cookbook of all things Chocolate from Gooseberry Patch! Small enough to tuck in your purse, yet loaded with incredibly tasty recipes. Yum!

Please leave me a comment sharing how someone has sweetened one of your days with love...i.e. done something extra special, etc. OR tell me about your favorite chocolate treat. Feel free to enter twice by doing both if you'd like! Send your comments anytime between now and Wednesday night at 6:00 pm Eastern. I'll draw a winner sometime that night. Here's hoping you win! = )

Thank you again for making this journey such a great one. I continually thank God for the friendship, love, encouragement, accountability, terrific ideas and life lessons that come my way through all of you. ((Big Hugs!))


Just a little something from Judy said...

Tracy, Your kind, generosity comes through again. You continue to bless my life in many ways. What perfectly chosen gifts you have come up with to celebrate your 200th post. My 200th will be coming up in the next few weeks. My wish for you, is to create 200 more posts for all of us. We will be waiting......

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

My family showered me with sweets yesterday, Mother's Day, by joinng my husband and I at our Church Service. That was an especially special sweet treat as they are getting older and we don't all worship together anymore...all 5 children ages 14 -27 and my brother worshipped together! Then we went out to lunch, vintage shopping and topped it off with sushi and frozen yogurt! It was an extremely SWEET day! Thanks for adding my name to your giveaway!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Joan said...


Congrats on the 200th post. Yesterday my hubby grilled steaks and my girls each made me a homemade card for Mother's day. It was a great day.


Happy @ Home said...

Congratulations on your 200th post. That is quite an accomplishment. I am still working towards my 100th. What a lovely giveaway you have put together. Sometimes sweet things are small things. In my case, it is that my husband makes my coffee to go off on a timer in the morning and lays out my vitamins next to the coffee maker. As I said it's a small thing, but I love to wake up in the morning to the smell of coffee. I think it's especially sweet of him as he doesn't even drink coffee.

Beautiful blog you have here.

LynnSC said...

Congratulations on your 200th post... I am almost to my 100th.

Usually I try not to expect too much on special days because it just sets me up for disappointment... but yesterday was such a sweet day for me. All three of my children took their time to do something special for me. My girls... ages 8 and 14, I would expect that. My son... almost 19 years old, went to the all night Walgreens on his way home to purchase me a card and some Dove chocolate. Now... that was a surprise.

What a precious giveaway!1 Thanks so much for the opportunity to win.


Ruth Ann said...

What a great giveaway!
Lets see...
My husband seems to touch my life in one way or another all the time..whether he's helping me with the boys or letting me sleep in during his days off! He's wonderful and I don't know what I'd do without him!

skoots1mom said...

a friend brought me a sweet tea to the dinner table tonight at our chorus banquet...the line was long, and she thought of me!

DD gave me a silver heart charm with a mother/daughter on it :)

Many congratulations on your 200th!

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Congratulations on your two hundredth post Tracy! AND A GIVEAWAY? WHOOhOoO... That apron is fabulicious. LOVE THE RICKROCK on it! The zigs, the zags... the pokee dots!

Okay:my first answer: My Mom used to make thee greatest halupsi. It was hamburger meat with rice mixed in, cooked over a pot of saurkraut. It was deeelicious. No one in my family liked kraut so I never made it for just myself. But when she'd make it, she'd bring me a heaping plate. Mmmmmmm It was thee perfect blend of comfort food and love. ;)

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Congratulations again!!!
favorite treat you ask:....Just one?
Um...I can't help myself I have two. I'm taking this as you mean homemade treats since we're cookin?
All sweets are good BUT...
RAW chocolate chip cookie dough; the whole bowl of it. lol
OR... raw cake batter.
Maybe I'm low on some mineral or something, that or needing a little extra salmonella? heeheehaahahooho
Sorry; it's past my bedtime and I'm gettin giddy.
Holykisses anyways,

Yolanda said...



The latest sweetest thing....we just retired and my hubs had put together a beautiful rocking chair for me to sit outside, enjoying my coffee and OUR GOD.

He is sweet and I'm so thankful for him. We just celebrated 15 years of marriage and looking forward to many many more.


She's Crafty! said...

YOU sweetened my day today with your comment!! Thank you so much for being willing to help with the cancer survivor's gift bags! you are so sweet!:)
That apron is adorable by the way!:)

Susan said...

Hey Tracy,

It's been such a JOY to join you on your journey!! I love visiting your blog.

The give a way looks really good, I need that apron!!

Have a blessed day and many more great posts ahead!

God is truly using you♥

12-arrows said...

awesome 200! so cool. Well I was touched this morning by my husbands apology. He came to me and said, with all sincerity, I'm sorry. I didn't understand then he goes onto explain, "I just sorted all the laundry (8family members) and I realized how much time goes into turning all the shirts the right way, pulling out all the sleeves and tee shirts! I am going to talk with the kids tonight and make sure this doesn't happen again." WOW! that floored me and meant more than any gift anyone could purchase for me. He sees all my hard work and fully experienced it this morning.

Cheryl said...

Hey there friend,

200 posts! That is a great! You never know when someone has needed to read the Godly words you have shared.

Thanks for being you!

Blessings my friend,


P.S. ~ Glad you like your necklace.

Tracy: said...


Just today a parent in my classroom brought me a latte..just because!! What a nice surprise to a teacher that need a "pick me up" and how special that someone thought of ME!!!

Linda said...

My husband is deployed to Iraq so I instinctively thought Mother's Day would just be another busy Sunday. When in fact God had it all planned out and boy was I wrong. We went to church and the teaching was just for me. I love when that happens. Then we went to a friends house for a BBQ. How yummy to each such great food and not have to clean up! :) Then we came home. I tucked my 1 year old into bed and asked my 10 year old if he wanted to bake cookies with me. Normally he wants nothing to do with it. But this night he gladly said yes and we had such a beautiful night making cookies. Then as cute as could be he wanted to run around to the neighbors and share fresh baked cookies, so we wrapped them up and I let him deliver them. So here's to my fabulous Mother's Day being sweetened by God, friends, and my beautiful boys!

Lorrie said...

Happy 200th post. I don't have a great chocolate story...but I did here this on Mother's Day...My pastor grew up in rural Mississippi and candy didn't come their way often. As a young child he suffered from acute much so that he couldn't go out into the night air. One Christmas the small town held a Christmas parade and candy was being thrown from the floats. As he looked with tears in his eyes he could see all the other children running around picking up handfuls of candy...then he looked a little closer and in the midst of all the children...was the backside of his mama! She was running and filling her apron with candy too. - I just thought that was so precious. I hope I win because the apron matches my kitchen and I love chocolate. Blessings.

Sondra said...

My day has been sweetened a lot lately by my husband.
We recently found out that we are having our first child after wanting one for awhile.
I've been having the normal morning sickness but my life is sweeter because of the child growing in me and by the fact that my husband has been treating me like a queen. He's amazing!

Sondra said...

Favorite chocolate treat-
My grandmother used to make this cinnamon chocolate cake that is melt in your mouth good.
I can still see her in the kitchen making it and smell the wonderful aroma of the cake baking.
I now make it when I can and have found that it is really good with diced up strawberries on top.
It just doesn't get any better!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Just in time...

Let's see, I got a phone call from my good blogging friend out in California today. She really made my day.

As for chocolate sweets? Give my Harry & David's Dark Chocolate truffles anyday.


Laurie Ann said...

Congrats! I probably missed the deadline but I wanted to say that I think it's awesome that you've reached 200 posts! Hope you had a Happy Mother's Day. Ours was so special. Steve's father honored my MIL for her one year survival of an endoscopy gone wrong and the whole family minus the two grandbabies were there. It was precious. And he footed the bill! Can you imagine blessing your whole family at a fancy schmancy restaraunt that way? Not us. LOL. The thought is nice but no way could we afford it. His love for Steve's Mom is a great model for our marriage.

Victoria said...

Okay, so I'm a little late on the giveaway, but wanted to thank you for your kind comments!

I loved seeing your before and after pictures on your weight loss. Love your spunky hairstyle now too! You look like you feel so good and that is always encouraging to see.