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. Saska says:

    I LOVE your Kitty posts! I’d take her in a heartbeat, but I know she loves you.

    WOuld also love to try your soap. Thanks for giving away samples.

  2. gabi says:

    what a great idea! I have wanted to make my own soap for a while but have been nervous about the lye. I think I am going to follow your tutorial and give it a good old try (once the weather comes around so i can do it outside)

  3. Julie Richert says:

    Is this how we enter the giveaway? Love your blog. Being a history lover I feel like I’m with you when you show your pictures and give detailed information of where you have visited. Have a great day.


  4. langela says:

    What a beautiful cat! Came over from CITR. Are you planning on making the trip out to the retreat?

  5. Rosann says:

    I love your blog and the insight into life on the prairie. I am facing a change in my life style and moving from the San Francisco bay area, California to a cattle ranch in Oklahoma and it is nice to see what my new life may have in store for me. I hope to blog about it in the future but for now life is packed with getting the house ready for sale and getting packed.
    Thanks so much for you posts.

  6. Joani says:

    Awesome. I knew U wouldn’t part with Kitty. I’d luv to try the soap. Made in the U.S.A. Such a novel idea. Hugs

  7. Susan Baker says:

    Love the photos & the story!! I work in an old gas station bldg(our chamber of commerce office in Baldwin City is there)and one day I had the door open and soon discovered a small, wild kitten had come in. We took her home and it she has become part of the family. She speaks to each of us every morning and plays tag with Amanda.
    Would love to try your soap!! I grew up on a beef/grain farm, so love your blog & photos!!

  8. Rebecca says:

    LOVE homemade soap!! And your blog too, btw! 😉

  9. trisha harris says:

    I read your blog everyday. I am old and it brings me joy. Thank you so much for that joy.

  10. Erica says:

    I just found your blog yesterday and am glad to have added it to my daily reading. My cat is a long hair version of yours!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    A great year of post and photos! I have really enjoyed them!! We are driving through Kansas next week on the way to our new home, I wish those Sunflowers were growing so I could see them in person!

  12. Dianne says:

    Hi Suzanne,
    I’ve been enjoying your blog since May of last year – get to visit Kansas through you all the way from Califoria! Love the pictures & the info – would love the soap too!

  13. Wanice says:

    Your blog is one of my daily stops. Most days I call my husband to come read over my shoulder. Love the way your flow of words and information teaches us in such an entertaining way. Even if I don’t win the soap (I would LOVE to have!) it is past time for me to drop you a line and tell you thanks for being part of my days.

  14. Lynn says:

    Oh I would love to try your soap!

  15. Victoria in CT says:

    Your’s is my favorite blog. I look forward to it’s simple presentation and charming insight. Here’s to another year for your blog! And, I’d love to try your soap before making my own.

  16. Victoria in CT says:

    oops, “yours” not “your’s”.

    No, I’m not anal … really not.

  17. Michaele says:

    I would love to try your handmade soap! I’ve never tried this type of soap without added goat’s milk. Looks nice! My drawing is this evening.

  18. Lynne Broom says:

    I am a recent fan of your blog & would LOVE to try your soap!

  19. Willow says:

    I am so glad you are not giving Kitty as a prize. I have five cats and they are all Kitty in varying degrees (some more some less). And I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world…though I do have my favorites… Those two are actually friends with my golden retriever… 🙂 Happy weekend!

  20. Willow says:

    Oh dear I totally skipped your soap labels. They are lovely! Truly enjoy my daily visit to your site. Happy weekend again 🙂

  21. DeeWise says:

    I love the pics of your kitty. too cute. I would love to try your soaps. Have a good day.

  22. Kathy says:

    You know I love your blog. You are a daily read for me. And I would love to have Kitty. Wait, you’re not giving her away? OK. I guess I’ll settle for the soap. I buy handmade soap and love it. I’d love to try yours.

  23. Renee says:

    I’d love to have the soap! Been thinking about making my own.
    Love your cat too! I’ve got the same “catattitude” from all of mine too. I’ve got 10 little “catattitudes”!!!

  24. Celeste says:

    I’ve only been following you for a short time, but I’m glad to have found you. Love reading your blogs, and feel like you are a neighbor (’cause I live just up a ways-Nebraska). Making some of the same journey’s you are, making a life on the prairie. Hoping to get into my own soap making, but am grateful for the opportunity to win some of yours. Keep blogging, I’ll be looking forward to it 🙂

  25. I am glad you aren’t giving Kitty away – even though you have a box for her. Soap is a much better idea. I enjoy your blog, pictures and recipes. Congratulations on your first year of blogging – keep it up!

  26. Lisa says:

    I would love to try your soap . . and I am so impressed that you made it!!

  27. Amanda says:

    I love reading your site and looking at your awesome pictures! It helps to start my mornings. =)

  28. Chefweezie says:

    I love your blog!! It reminds me so much of growing up on the farm and sometimes how much I still miss it. I’m biding time till I can try your soap recipe.

  29. Monica says:

    I just recently came across your site. I’m partial to the midwest as I was born in Nebraska. So I love hearing about your life in Kansas.

  30. Barbara Clarke says:

    Well I would take Kitty too. She is already in the box! But I will take the soap if I win. Can hardly wait for you to show us spring on the prairie.

  31. Laura says:

    I am fairly new to your blog – 6 month’s or so. I can’t even remember how I stumbled upon it but I have enjoyed your posts very much. I especially enjoyed the pictures of trips you have taken. My husband and I are considering a trip to Arkansas and a retreat at those neat cabins at Devil’s Park.

  32. Alica says:

    You had me “worried” there for a minute! 🙂 Although our dogs would love another kitty to tease…
    Your soaps look beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity to sample them!

  33. Jen says:

    Love your blog~ 🙂 It’s fun reading about places that we’ve been to…or want to go to! Your pictures are wonderful…it’s similar, yet different from our area in Kansas!

    Have a great day~

  34. Karina says:

    I’ll come out of my daily lurking on your blog to enter for a chance to win one of the soaps. I love reading your blog!

  35. Shannon says:

    I just adore your site. Especially love all the photos of your trips and your recipes. Thank you for continuing to post.

  36. Alyse says:

    Ooooh. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I’ve not been reading long but I defintely enjoy what I read.


  37. Donna says:

    I would love some of your soap. We are homemade soap fanatics here at Schoonover Farm. I would like Kitty too, but we already have a crazy calico.

  38. Judy Boswell says:

    I love your blog. I’m from NJ so Praire life is very different from what I’m used to. I’m so glad you aren’t giving away Kitty!

  39. rebecca says:

    yay soap! and you could try, but you’d never part with dearest kitty. 🙂

  40. Glenda says:

    Suzanne, don’t put me in the drawing but I am very impressed with the response you are getting and I can testify that your homemade soap is THE BEST! So is your blog! Kitty? I’m loving the posts about her but then I’ve seen her in action! What a cat! What loving owners!

  41. Linda says:

    Would love a bar of your soap! Great idea!

  42. Tina says:

    I would love to have the soap and the cat!Congratulations on your blog! We love it. Keep up the good work.

  43. Pam K. says:

    Rosann, I hope you read The Pioneer Woman’s blog–she really does live on an Oklahoma cattle ranch and is very funny and entertaining!

    Suzanne, I would love to try your homemade soap! I look forward to reading your blog every day and have learned so much, not only about farm life, but about places you have visited! I appreciate when you look up and post information about topics–so informative!

  44. Carola says:

    I don’t comment often but I enjoy reading almost every day. Love your perspective on all things Kansas. I would love to try your soap.

  45. Patty says:

    I’m not sure my cat would me appreciate me bringing another home, but I owuld love to try your soap!

  46. Annette says:

    I’m really enjoying reading your blog. Congrats on a year!! Have been wanting to try the soap recipe, so a bar would be great to try.

  47. Dianna says:

    Well, I was really hoping to win Kitty… but I’d be glad to settle for your homemade soap!

    Thanks for the chance.

  48. Michelle says:

    You had me going for a bit there…. but I knew you couldn’t part with Kitty! I don’t comment often, but I do love reading. And I love homemade soap, it would be wonderful to try some of yours! Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. GinMT says:

    Congrats on your 1 year anniversary!

    Kitty reminds me of my Sophie who turns 14 this month. Nursing her litter brother thru an abscess right now, poor fellow.

    Would love to try your soap, but regardless, want you to know how much I enjoy your posts!

  50. Robin says:

    I love your photos and wish I could take photos half as beautiful. I’m impressed that you have only been blogging for a year. Your blog is so professional.