My Very First Giveaway

One year ago this month, I had a hair-brained scheme to start a blog. I researched, thought and puzzled, and then jumped in with both feet. The last year has been so much fun.  I’ve learned a great deal, have been very frustrated at times with the technology, but it’s all been worth it. The best thing about having this blog has been getting to share our lives and experiences, and meeting and talking with all of you on a daily basis. So to celebrate this one year anniversary, I’ve having my very first giveaway.

And what am I giving away you ask?


That’s right folks, one of you is about to become the proud owner of a well-behaved housecat. She’s litterbox trained, she’s never late for dinner, and she’s soft and cuddly.

She also comes when you call, never does anything she’s not supposed to, has never attacked or killed any small creatures, never sharpens her claws on the furniture, and always thinks of others needs before her own.

Oh, who am I kidding?

When we call her she tells us to take a number and wait. She never does anything she’s not supposed to at least when we are watching – she waits until our backs are turned. She’s killed 3 voles, 1 bird, and tried to kill a 2nd bird- in our house. Our couch bears sad witness to her claw sharpening skills. And as far as her thinking of others needs before her own? HA!  She thinks the world revolves around her, and our sole purpose in life is to wait on her hand and foot. We adopted her and are stuck with her. I’m thinking she wouldn’t go through the US Mail very well anyway.

And there’s the small matter of us loving her in spite of ourselves.

And so…’s the real giveaway.

Remember the homemade soap we made back in January? Well it’s cured now and ready for use.  I trimmed it up last night to make it all pretty and made some labels for it.

I’m giving away 6 bars of homemade soap to 6 lucky visitors.  It has no scents or dyes, a nice silky lather, is very cleansing, but not harsh or drying.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post, and tomorrow, I’ll pick 6 winners at random.  (**Entry Now Closed. Thank you.**)

Kitty says Good Luck!


———> UP NEXT: I’ll announce the 6 winners of the soap giveaway.

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Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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95 Responses

  1. Catherine Guy says:

    Please enter me in the soap giveaway! I’ve so enjoyed your writing, wit and photographs since I found your blog. Hope you enjoy it enough to continue on for several more years to come.


  2. Brenda says:

    I would love to have a bar of your soap.

    I do so enjoy your postings and pictures. Keep up the good work.


  3. Sandra says:

    I plan to make your soap myself. I would love to try it. My Grandmother made soap every year but I never have. What a fun give-a-way.

  4. Melody says:

    Oooh! Oooh! Ooooh! Pick me! Pioneer Woman NEVER does… :_(

  5. Kristin says:

    I would love to win your soap! I would also love to win Kitty, but sadly my apartment won’t let me have cats. 🙁 But it DOES let me have soap, so I’d be content with that!

  6. Edy says:

    Hi Suzanne,

    I love your site …..I visit everyday! I try a lot of your old recipes and am having as much fun with them as you do…:o)I hope you continue to blog for a long time to come.

    I also… love your photography…..I live in Kansas too. South Central ….actually in Marion County where you visited the Bed and Breakfast. I just… have to stop by there one day to see it too….:o)My husband and I always take to dirt roads on our days that we go driving just to see what we can find. I saw where you like to do that too.

    I plan on making your soap…. Sounds like a lot of fun and healthy at the same time. I would love to have a bar of your soap to try.

    AWWW I was sure hoping the giveaway was Kitty!!! ….such a beautiful kitty too, she looks to be a lot of fun. My Lila would not have approved though..

    I just ordered Pioneer Woman’s cookbook…I found her link here at your site. I can’t wait to get it. You both have a great sense of humor and knowledge about yourselves.

    I have learned a lot coming to your site. I have been in Kansas for only a year and a half. I love the Prairie and the Flint Hills. I lived in Florida for 33 years…..born in the North East though. I would not trade anywhere on Earth for this loving State.

    Take care.


  7. Lainie says:

    Congratulations on a year’s worth of posts! I love your blog–it is funny, informative and keeps me in touch with Kansas. I would love to win your soap! As much as I love Kitty, I don’t think I would want to win her. She sounds too much like my teens 🙂

  8. Chester's Mom says:

    Suzanne, I’m not a cat person, but Kitty is the prettiest cat I’ve ever seen and seeing her in your blogs makes them extra special.
    Thanks for the pictures and videos you share with us. It’s fun learning about life in Kansas. And by the way, I would love to win your some of your soap.

  9. kay lee Kelly says:

    Thank you, but I would love Kitty.
    What is it about kitties that you
    freely give them your heart to tear,
    and they do. You come back for
    more , over and over.
    Kitties got to love them, cause
    they are ‘the cats meow’.

  10. Aw! What a great idea for a giveaway!! I love your soap labels…they are awesome! I would be delighted to win one of your homemade bars of soap! 🙂

  11. Phyllis says:

    I so love you starting your blog and the really great pictures about giving away Kitty!
    But, really I would rather have your soap.
    Please enter me in your give away.

  12. Kelly says:

    I was shocked to see you were going to give Kitty away until I scrolled through a couple pictures. Wheew! I would have had to stop reading your delightful blog!
    Now, soap!
    I’d love a bar!

  13. Marilyn says:

    What cute pictures of Kitty! You had me going for a while…giving her away! I would love to have a bar of your homemade soap! I so enjoy your blog, very glad you decided to jump in to the blog world a year ago.

  14. Katrina says:

    I have enjoyed your blog..I’m really enjoying all the old fashioned recipes..maybe I’ll get brave one weekend and try making soap..we’ll see..haha

  15. Lee Ann L. says:

    I love the picture of Kitty meowing! What a great capture!

  16. Lynn C says:

    I giggled when I read you were going to “give away” Kitty. I know that quickly passing thought so well.
    I would love to try some of your soap…enjoyed watching the process.

  17. Evelyn says:

    I like Kitty but I have one of my own who does all those things Kitty does; no sense in having all that in duplicate! LOL.. Would love to try your soap; I thought your tutorial was most informing. Thanks for all the pictures and editorials!

  18. Lolalo says:

    I would love to be the recipient of your homemade soap!

  19. Maegan says:

    Oh cool! I’d love to try some of your homemade soap. My husband thinks I should start making some of my own, he’s so fond of non mass produced shower products.

  20. Cindy from CA says:

    Congratulations on your one year blog anniversary!! I very much enjoy learning about living on a farm and all about the Mid-west. Your photography is great!

    I would love a bar of your soap!


  21. Peggy says:

    Oh my goodness, a give away! How exciting. I enjoyed your soap blog and your labels are way cool! Nice job. Yor Kitty should meet my Eleanor. Ha ha!

  22. Jody Raska says:

    I’ve so enjoyed learning about life on the prairie. My mom grew up in Kansas and my dad grew up in Missouri, where they live now. I miss the wide open space and the adventure. Thanks for your blog. It makes me smile.

  23. Sarah Lynn says:

    Ooooh fun! Would love to try your homemade soap. 🙂

  24. thepricklypinecone says:

    Your kitty is beautiful! Thanks so much for the chance to win some of your handmade soap!

  25. Deborah Hitayezu says:

    your kitty is beautiful….and so is your soap. Would love to win your soap to try.

  26. Tanya says:

    I look forward to reading your posts and love your pictures. I would also love to try your soap.

  27. Willa Mae says:

    Your blog is one of my favorites! Content and presentation are so inviting…just like coming to visit you!

  28. Lynda M O says:

    I too would love to win a bar of your very own homemade soap. I have never used homemade soap and yours would be great for my first foray. Love the kitty pics-our calico has long hair and loves to climb into boxes and sleep.

  29. Lorri says:

    I enjoyed reading about the soap making process and would love to sample the finished product.

  30. marcia says:

    nice calico. i’d like to enter soap giveaway. thanks.

  31. Nanci says:

    Enjoy reading your blog every day. Your photos are wonderful. Kitty poses like a professional model–what a ham!

  32. Jan says:

    How much fun! I think it’s fitting that if I win a bar of your soap that I give it to my best friend who has 3 kitties -all with personalities like your Kitty. Her kitties love sitting in boxes and have her trained, as well. BUT she loves them to the moon and back. Love your blog. Thanks!

  33. Celia Allen says:

    I would love your soap. I don’t need another kitty though….have two now that get into a lot of mischief!

    I thought I posted already but in reading the posts, I didn’t see my earlier one. Please disregard one of them if you receive both .

  34. Doe of Mi. says:

    I wish I could hug that Kitty. She’s just so darned cute.
    You sure you won’t give her away?

  35. Mary says:

    I enjoy reading your posts. I hope I win some creamy soap!

  36. Kit says:

    SOAP! I would love to win, but even if I don’t we’re planning on making our own as well! You are an inspiration!

  37. Nell says:

    I was hoping you’d be handing over the kitty…but the soap would be nice too. I haven’t had a cat for about a year and I do miss them.

  38. I’ve really enjoyed your blog over the last few months; its witty, interesting and includes stunning photography to accompany each post. Good luck with your first give away!

  39. Becky says:

    Congratulations on one year of blogging. It is fun, huh? I’ve been at it for 2 years. I almost quit but decided not to. I would love to win your soap. Homemade soap is awesome and so different than store bought soap. You know cats are like little kings and we are their servants. They can be fun and so loving. They know when you are sad. They can also trip you, which ours did a few times, poor hubby. We no longer have a cat. He went to another home. I can’t imagine a cat in a box being shipped anywhere. I think it would escape! :0) I love your blog and so glad I found it! Have a great weekend!

  40. Jan says:

    I am a new reader and also like you a year ago, just started my blog: I am hoping you will check out and enjoy my thoughts as I have enjoyed yours. Thanks for your faithful and creative posting! I hope I can continue to follow your page and hope to be one considered for your wonderful soap! Jan

  41. JoanS says:

    I enjoy your blog, particularly your beautiful photography. The cat photos are really lovely!

  42. Janet says:

    Wow, I hope I’m not too late to enter for a chance at the homemade soap! I’d love to try it, I found the soap making posts fascinating, I’d like to give it a shot sometime. Maybe my son & I could do it as a ‘science project’. I love your blog 🙂

  43. Happy Anniversary! I love your blog and love visiting it.

  44. Carla McGilvery says:

    I just found your blog when I was reviewing Ree Drummond’s blog, I would love the opportunity to win a bar or two of these soaps, if I’m not too late. I am enjoying reading your different stories from Kansas. I lived my whole life in northern Oklahoma and just moved 6 years ago to Connecticut, so it’s nice to feel back home.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Carla,
      Thanks for visiting, and I’m glad you found me. Unfortunately, the entry in the giveaway ended last Sat, but I hope to have another giveaway soon. Stay tuned. Thank you!