Wednesday, July 6, 2011

outdoor fun and a 300th blog post giveaway

Hi Friends
I hope that everyone had a nice Holiday and a happy start to July!

It was a 4th filled with great friends, food and semi calmness.

Sharky was ready to celebrate!
I tried to make him carry the flag in his mouth
~ but he kept trying to eat it!

He told me to tell you all Happy belated 4th of July!

All Darla is worried about is hunting for squirrels and pears


The front garden is nice and full .
The Black eyed Susan's have taken over and for some reason all of the pretty purple cone flowers are gone.
I had to buy a few new ones which I haven't planted yet.

Yes, we finally got the back deck neat and pretty too
.. and we've been sitting outside ever since.

I still need to repaint the little deck area.

This is a great time of year to buy annuals
They are all half price.

If you look up the word Happy in the dictionary..
you will find this little geranium.

Sharky and Stymie love their pool
Of course the pool doesn't really like them ..
We just burned up another filter motor from all of the access dog hair.

This is Selfie and our friends little boy
How adorable is he in his red, white and blue!!

I have a ton of little projects that I have been working on.

Hopefully our national football league doesn't go on strike.
I have made a bunch of Baltimore Ravens jewelry to sell at a local Fall festival.

Another thing that I've been working on is this mini cookbook that has a recipe for each month.
(some of the recipe's are posted on this blog)

~It is filled with all of those yummy recipes that my friends are always asking for~

Are you digging my patriotic nails?

I have been having a fun time creating these little books.
Now I am working on a Halloween magazine..
My very own Halloween magazine..  I'm in heaven!

This is my 300th blog post!
I have said this many times before,  I am so grateful for your friendships.
I started my first blog,  (actually an AOL journal called Leslie's Food for Thought)
about 7 years ago... around the time that my mom passed away.
 Having that journal was such a blessing,  It became an outlet in which I could heal.
Now it's a world in which I live and thrive.

 Our blogs mostly depict what is good in our lives..
and in a world that is filled with chaos
I have met some many wonderful people.
You have welcomed me into your house's,
shared your family, your history,
cooked me dinner,
crafted with me,
and taught me about the kind of woman that I want to be.

I have been so inspired by you all!
Thank you!

To celebrate this 300th post I am having a giveaway..

To keep you inspired there is a $20.00 gift card from my favorite craft store Michaels,
a copy of my new mini cookbook
and a little something from my state of Maryland.

Since I am not a big fan of  facebook and twitter.. 
(they drive me crazy!!!)
The only thing that you have to do is be a follower of this blog and leave me a comment that you want to participate in the giveaway.

The drawling will be on Saturday, July 16th. 

Good Luck

Have a wonderful Thursday!!!!!


Blondie's Journal said...

Making your own cookbooks??!!! You are a genius. I have always loved your recipes, but to have your own!

Congratulations on 300 posts! I just hit mine, too!!


It's Just Dottie said...

Oh My !You have a full life. I love the idea of your own cookbook!
I would very much like to be part of your giveaway!
Smiles and waves, Dottie

Julie Harward said...

What a great giveaway...I love Michaels! I love the little clover in your header..and this smiling Golden..they all smile don't they! Good luck to all! :D

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like you had a fun 4th Leslie! Congrats on 300 posts and thanks for the great give-away, lovin' the cookbook idea:@)

Deborah said...

WOW, 300 posts!Congrats. I would love a chance on winning the cookbook.

All That Glitters said...

Congrats on 300 and your cook book! Now woman you have me excited about the halloween book! I bought something today you would probably just love halloween related!

Take care love!

oh, I'm not down with the FB either!

Katharine said...

Congratulations! Wow, the cookbook looks amazing! I can't wait to see the halloween magazine! I would love to be part of your giveaway.. I keep losing the potato salad recipe and then I have to print it out again!

Country Dreaming said...

Wowza--I'm impressed! 3ooth post and your own cookbook to boot!
You bet I'm in and I am a follower.

Congrats sweetie.


Sarah B said...

What a great post. I just love the pics of your pooches, especially the first one and the gorgeous one of Sharkey about to jump in the pool. They look about as spoilt as my Molly is.
Making your own cookbooks is such a great idea!

jason said...

wow, you have a beautiful house. . .cute dogs and children. . .do the stink bugs invade in your home?

It's me said...

What a lovely post !! sweet doggs.......sweet kids...all is

Lee Ann said...

Congratulations on your 300th post. Your weekend sounded wonderful too. I have such a soft spot for your sharky boy! I almost had one of my own! A big boy called Freddie was lookin gfor a new home and I really though it was going to be here! Unfortunately hubby didn't agree :-( Some day, some day.

Love the idea of your own cookbook! And the pictures look so sweet!

Hope you are having a great week x

Bee's Place said...

I am a faithful follower. You always have fun and interesting posts. Congrats on your blogiversary and thanks for making your giveaway so simple.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Love all the pictures of the 4th! Looks like you had a great time. Congrats on your 300th post! Glad I found you wish I remember how we all met! lol! If I don't win which is totally fine...are you selling your cookbooks?
Congrats and have a wonderful day!

natalyK said...

I enjoy following your blog and seeing what is happening in your corner of the world. I would love to participate in your giveaway to celebrate your 300th post.

AubreyLaine said...

I follow you via GFC and would love to participate in the giveaway!
littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

Heather said...

Hi Leslie! I would love to win your cookbook! Also, I wish I could win Sharky too...I just love his big black nose! :)

La said...

Hi Leslie!

Congratulations on hitting #300. That's a whole lotta writing!

This is a great giveaway. Thanks so much. La

Diane Mars said...

Leslie, I am so glad you found me and now here I am visiting you, this blog traveling is so much fun. Each one so unique, a cookbook well that sure sounds grand! Good for you looks like you are the kinda girl that wears many hats, very much like myself. I am now your newest follower, and would love to celebrate your 300th Post! ox, Diane

Melanie said...

Congrats on hitting the big 3-0-0!! And nary a gray hair in sight either. ;^)
You rock!!!!

Mo 'Betta said...

Fun! I would love to have your cookbook! (and who doesn't love Michael's?!)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Congrats on your 300th post!! I think I'm getting close--But I love blogs like yours that teach and inspire me to try something new (like cupcakes in a jar!) because I really need that!

PS: I love Michaels too! :-))

Linda said...

Congratulations on your 300th post! I love your blog. It is like stopping by a friends house for a chat. I am a follower and have my fingers crossed hoping I win your giveaway!

Double Giveaway

chedeb5353 said...

New follower. Congratulations! Great giveaway, hope I win!!

Jemm said...

What a fun giveaway! Congrats on 300 posts-whew! Love your red deck:)

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Hi Leslie!

I just became a follower. I love how giveaways lead us to new friends. Thank you so much for this chance to win a little crafting fun. If you don't mind, I'll post about this on my blog too. Congrats on 300 posts!

I'll be having a giveaway very soon too. Hope you can come by and check it out.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Oh my goodness...I would love to have a chance to win your 300th post giveaway. How fun and what a fantastic prize, Leslie! You know I have been a follower for quite some time and I love stopping by to visit! Congratulations on your blogging! I always enjoy a "spoonful of.." whatever you are dishing out! :)

Pamela said...

You are soo super sweet! Congrats on your 300th post and here is to 300 more!

Pamela said...

And I was gonna say I was already a follower but some how I was not! Now I am!:)

Pumpkin said...

Great pictures of the pups :o)

WOOHOO! Congratulations Leslie! I'm a follower ;o) I'm in Canada so if it's still okay, can you please enter my name? Your own cook book? Cool!

Tawnya said...

Your blog is great! I am a new follower and I feel like I already know you. I would love to win. Thanks

DianeM said...

Oh please enter me for a chance to win :) What an awesome give-away. Thank you so much for your generosity. I follow you through my Google Reader.
Smiles, DianeM