Sunday, June 3, 2012

Time to take a Sunday spin aound the country................

This is our first stop.............Nancy Jo's house in New York state.  Nancy Jo was the first blog I ever knew about I think and she introduced me to the wonderful world of blogging through getting to know her on Mary Jane's Farm chat room.  Nancy Jo has a knack for decorating and all things "homey".  Look at that porch!  Don't you just want to walk up there and sit down?  I wish she was my next door neighbor!  And I know she'd serve us some good coffee and something sweet as she's always baking up goodies.
Nancy Jo also collects buttons and don't we all LOVE us some buttons!  She has LOTS of them! 

On top of that, she's always having drawings where you can win wonderful vintage things that she generously gives away!  Look at that cute stuff!  This was her most recent one.
 In addition, she's an excellent needlewoman and embroiders beautiful linens, towels, pillows and pictures.  Here's just a sample.........
 Did I mention she's a thrift store junky too?  She's an expert at that and gets the best bargains of anyone I've ever known!  She also has a knack for displaying her items beautifully throughout her lovely home.  

Nancy Jo also has many beautiful antiques she's inherited from both sides of her family and her heritage runs way back....I think her relatives were here before the pilgrims but I could be wrong.  Please stop by and visit her.  You will be inspired by her talent and ability to make a house a home.

Next stop is..........some Mennonite girlfriends  I made...........

These gals are amazing!  It's all about home cooking and many recipes that have been passed down for generations.  They even have their own published cookbook (in the center above) which you can get on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  They're also always coming up with new recipes too like this Tuscan soup recipe which is just like the one at Olive Garden!  YUM!

Or how about these salt and pepper chicken wings............just in time for grilling season!
 Some rhubarb chantilly cream pie for dessert?  Oh be still my growling tummy! Their blog is done as a group with each one taking turns each day for a post.  They also have posts on cooking for a crowd with recipes scaled for that and tips on their favorite kitchen tools, etc. 
On Sundays they always have a post called "Bread for the Journey" which is always inspiring and meant to give you spiritual sustenance for the coming week.

These gals are not only great cooks but wonderful women who "walk their talk" and it is always a delight to visit them and see what they've been cooking up!  Thanks gals for all you do!

Next is Jennifer from Town and Country Living.  I came across Jennifer and discovered she lived in an area where I had spent many years, in the Fox River Valley in Northern Illinois.  Come to find out, her husband went to school with my sister-in-law!  Small world this blogging community!  Jennifer is pure delight!  She lives in a beautiful area and shares her love of homes and heritage with us like her recent visit to a neighboring town where she took photos of beautiful old homes like this one................  

 Did I  mention she's a fabulous decorator too?  Her home and decorating skills rival some of the best magazines out there!  Who needs to subscribe to magazines when you have blogs like hers?
Jennifer is also a "makeover" artist as evidenced by this sweet piece she redid.  How precious is that?  I swear, there isn't anything this gal can't do!  She made those curtains too.....of course! LOL!
 And for the "feast de resistance" about her bathroom?  I can't stand it!  I have always wanted a claw foot tub and I don't think you could surpass this one!  Of course she did the blue cupboard on the right....need you even ask? LOL!     

Thank you to all my inspiring friends that we visited if I could only get my act together and absorb some of their talent!  Have a great and inspiring Sunday everyone!  Thank you to all of you who stop by and comment.  It means the world to me! 


  1. Thanks for taking us with you on your 'Sunday drive'. How nice to find some new (to me) delightful blogs to visit.

    And thanks for stopping by Mennonite Girls Can Cook...and for your kind words! We so appreciate all our blogdom friends...and love opening our 'home' to you.

  2. Hi Sam!I love your idea of a trip around the blogsphere!
    Have a nice day,
    greetings from Athens, Greece

  3. I love your blog-- it is amazing--saw it on the Mennonite Girls can cook page--Keep it up--Plan to visit again!!!

  4. Wow! I'm honored and humbled all at once. Thanks for featuring my blog. I'm truly glad I met you (not because you featured me but because I've enjoyed our conversations). I like your "Sunday Spin" idea and might do something similar, if you don't mind. It's always great to spread the blog love around! Now I've gotta go check out some recipes and stuff on the other blogs you featured. Thank you, Sam!

  5. Thank you for visiting us and giving us this place of honor. We do love company, and I would love to join you on that beautiful porch and sit a spell over a good cup of coffee and good visit. We appreciate the kind words about us walking the talk.

  6. Nancy Jo's porch is awesome! I am glad I had time for the Sunday spin! I hope you are well!! hugs Jen

  7. Sam
    I enjoyed visiting your friends!
    I do enjoy a Sunday drive.

  8. Sam, Sam, SAm,
    That is the nicest thing you did!!! Thank you so much. What a surprise when I come to see what you are up to and there is my front porch. So nice of you.
    Still cool and rain here today, but back in the 80's in a few days. Still on my sorting and cleaning rampage, I should calm down soon, I THINK!
    Yes it sure would be nice if you could come have a cup of and a cookie or three with me.

  9. I dream about having a porch like Town and Country Living's.

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