Friday, January 18, 2013

Grow Your Blog Party at Everyday Ruralty and a Giveaway


Today I'm joining Vicki at 2 Bags Full for a fun party. The idea is to follow lots of blogs and have them follow you. I've done smaller versions of this before and found some wonderful blogs to read. It was a great way to meet new blog friends. The sign up for this event is closed now, but this is my post to introduce folks to my blog.

My name is Patrice. I live on a farm on the East Coast of the USA. I'm a chef who came from the city. I married a farmer. I've been blogging for three years, as of summer 2013. I am continually amazed at the lovely people I meet because of my blog. Tuesdays are "Chats on the Farmhouse Porch" day. Each week I post 5 questions to open up conversations. After linking our blogs, with our answers, we visit each other and comment. It's fun to share with others, and sometimes we offer each other encouragement or friendship. We have been doing this for 76 weeks! By now there is a small community who "get together" on my porch. Join us! I'll get you a cup of tea or coffee.

Allow me to introduce you to my handsome horse, Wendell. He is a Hafflinger/ Belgian cross. He was named after the agricultural essayist, Wendell Berry.

He likes to drop in on our Tuesday chats to say hello.

Wendell has developed quite a taste for virtual carrots.
The folks who participate in the chat often tell me they
are sending him carrots. While virtual carrots aren't very
filling, he has bonded with some of my guests.

I'm a chef, but I only put recipes here every now and then. I'm a home school mom, but I seldom post about that. There are lots of wonderful blogs overflowing with recipes and home school ideas. I blog to share our farm life with my readers. Sometimes I just post about something that happened in my day, or a topic that I want to talk about. I love to share photos with you too. I hope that you will consider following my blog.

GIVEAWAY
I'm giving away a SURPRISE BOX. What's in it? Now, if I told you that, it wouldn't be a surprise.:) This isn't a trip around my house picking up unused, unloved items. This is me picking things out for you. Not random things. I will visit your blog and find things I think you'd like. If I'm still not sure after reading your blog, I will figure it out. I want it to be something you enjoy opening.

Rules for the giveaway: NONE -Just comment and make sure I have an email for you. Everyone participating in the Grow Your Blog Event will draw for their giveaway on February 1st. So, Random.org or names in a hat will happen that day. I think that anyone visiting this blog can enter. You only need to enter once.



75 comments:

  1. hey, count me in please. i love a giveaway. have a great weekend. ( :

    elizardbreathspeaks@gmail.com

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  2. Hi there! Please do count me in, love a giveaway. Take care and enjoy your weekend.
    rankinbb@goinet.ca

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  3. Love Wendell. I will try to sign up the next time.
    charlottemcrawley@gmail.com

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  4. Well done meet and greet Patrice and what a handsome fella that Wendell is...Hay Wendell from your dear friend Janice have a fun weekend you two!!!

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  5. I am playing along in this too. I discovered it from your blog! Have a great weekend you and Wendell.

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  6. You know I love giveaways. mamawsplace@gmail.com. Tell Wendell hello!

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  7. What fun! I'm a farmer's daughter from the UK so I'd love to hear more about farming in the US!

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  8. Ooh! Suspense. You know me. I have been a bit silent lately. I keep coming by and saying I'll link up with Chats, but I get so busy. Homeschooling and being pregnant with number 6 - Hubby being in Africa for a few months. Fun stuff. My email is on my profile. Did I invite you to my private blog? Lost of info on me there. :)

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  9. So nice to learn a little more about you, and of course, we can't get enough photos of Wendell. How wonderful to learn he is named after one of our heroes!

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  10. Isn't this just so much fun. I will have to stop by for one of your chats. Bfdgirl@yahoo.com. peggy from PA

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  11. What a great idea. I'm in. skoogfarm@rochester.rr.com

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  12. Hi Patrice,
    Oh what a beautiful post and Wendell is a beauty for sure. And I know he must get lots of yummy carrots over the net. LOL
    So nice to meet you and learn about your farm life and the adventures you share.
    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment and new following. I would love to enter your giveaway. I love surprises too.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  13. Thanks for visiting! I'm looking forward to dropping in for your Farmhouse Porch Chats on Tuesdays! Happy weekend and best,
    Susan

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  14. Hello Patrice! You left such a wonderful comment on my blog that I had to come by for a visit! Wendell is such a beauty!! I had to google Hafflinger/ Belgian breeds. I am a curious minded gal. I like to know about things so I call myself the queen of google. lol

    I will have to email you privately to see where on the East Coast you are located. If we are close we could meet for lunch some time!

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    1. oops.. you dont have a visible email... can you send me an email off of my profile so we can communicate?

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    2. I sent you an email from the one you gave me but it bounced back. You might find my email in your spam folder. it must not be meant for us to communicate. :)

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  15. Hello Patrice I am so happy you recognized me I am pretty sure we have a lot in common. Love your horses and sending virtual carrots:) Leontien will truly be missed. Hug B

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  16. I was a homeschool mom for 11 years to my now adult children. My son is a chef. And I yearn to live in the country. I will enjoy continuing to read your blog in the future. Thank you for joining the party. ~Elizabeth

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  17. Hello Patrice, thank you so much for stopping by my blog for a visit! I appreciate your kind comment!
    You have a wonderful blog. I am happy to hear that you know what you want from it, and what you offer. Your chats sound marvelous! I looked back in your blog and saw some of your interesting questions. What a great way to share with others. I home schooled my children too. It was a huge undertaking and worth every second of it. Now they are in university. Time really does go by fast!
    Wendell looks like a cutie to me! I am an armchair farmer...always dreamed I would live on a farm. So I am very thrilled to visit you and your blog!
    Hugs,
    Terri
    Your newest follower

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  18. I was a homeschool mom for 11 years to my now adult children. My son is a chef. And I yearn to live in the country. I will enjoy reading your blog further in the future. Thank you for joining in on the party. Give Wendell a big ol' hug from me. ~Elizabeth

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  19. I love horses!! It must be nice living with them :):) Thanks for joining the party!! Hugs

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  20. Thanks so much for posting a comment on my blog. I enjoyed looking around your blog and will continue to visit here. I would love to be entered into your giveaway:)
    mrs_meyer@yahoo.com

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  21. I don't have a blog myself, but yours looks interesting. Wendell is gorgeous!

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  22. Hi Patrice, looks like we are hopping at the same party! I'd love to enter your giveaway and I'll see you soon back on the porch.

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  23. Glad you shared a few extra personal things about yourself. Count me in for a special gift!!! I think you know what I like!!! ;-)

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  24. This is a great idea! I did learn more about you, as well. Please include me in your giveaway! See you soon!

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  25. Hello Patrice! It's so nice to meet you and Wendell... I am leaving him some virtual carrots by the way! LOL! I love your blog especially as it's about life in a rural setting. I also love horses... I used to have a Morgan who was a total spoiled brat but I did love her... had to sell her when I got divorced *sigh* but now I can virtually visit Wendell! :D I will be back for more visits you can be sure about that, and I have just become your newest follower. Looking forward to getting to know you better.
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  26. Wendell is so handsome! That mane is gorgeous. So nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog party. Have a very good weekend!

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  27. Wendell and expecting moms, sounds like a little paradise! You can be sure I will visit you for the weekly tea on the porch. You have a lovely blog, thank you for sharing. I am a new follower and 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

    Evalina, This and that...

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  28. Well I sure am glad you started blogging and I have loved getting to know you and Wendall......He is just a hoot and I enjoy his antics......You entertain us with your wonderful stories of life on a farm and I love it....Always enjoy visiting you....

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  29. Hi Patrice,
    I'm so glad to have met you through Vicki's party. I look forward to following you and getting to know you better!

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  30. Hi Patrice-
    Thank you for stopping by Girasole Farm earlier today. I see that we indeed have lots in common.
    Your horse, Wendell, is beautiful. I could picture you riding him bareback, with bare feet, around your lovely farm.
    I'll be following along to get to know you better and share stories. I will certainly be checking in on Tuesday for a chat on the porch.
    :) Becka @ Girasole Farm

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  31. Hi Patrice,

    I have been following you for awhile but have just been to darn shy to comment. How can anyone be shy when they are just typing?

    Looking forward to visiting more often and maybe even making it for chat sounds like fun.

    Nonie

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  32. Swinging by from the hop! Check out my blog www.highheeledmama.com and follow if you'd like!

    Happy Saturday!!

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  33. How fun is this, visiting and getting to know some fun people. Can't wait to see if I win! A surprise is always so much fun. Di@Cottage-wishes www.cottage-wishes.blogspot.com

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  34. I hate I missed the party:o( Anywho...Sign me up....Like a Good Neighbor...LOL, I won your last one :O) Have an awesome week Patrice.

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  35. Who doesn't love freebies.

    d2photo @ gmail (dot) com

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  36. Oh my..I love your blog and reading about Wendell. I'm so glad he recovered from his illness. I miss having horses but there's no place for a horse where we live. You can bet I'll be back to visit again...and I love surprised too. Laura

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  37. Wendell gets a pat from Aunt Jan. beautiful. Being "rather new" at knitting is so fun. Thank you for visiting and I look forward to following you and joining in on some of the Tuesday questions and answers. Your comments lifted my spirits. Jan

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  38. Hello Patrice, thanks for stopping by, for the follow, I am following you back. I love reading and learning about farm life. I love any opportunity to visit one in the summer and fall, to buy produce (always looking for fresh eggs). Your horse is quite a handsome fellow, I can't wait to join your linky party, it sounds right up my alley. Happy to have met you and looking forward to getting to know you. Your giveaway sounds wonderful, very kind and thoughtful. xo

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  39. Dear Patrice, I love your blog and your horse is so nice! I went riding years ago and I'd like to have still a horse but life changes. It's interesting your idea about sharing ideas each others. But I haven't understood how it works...:-(
    Bogomilla

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  40. Thanks for visiting me earlier. I totally love your blog! I too started out as a city girl, moved to the country, had horses, cows, sheep, etc. But I married a city fellow and am now a suburbanite. Oh well, life is always about the adventure. Looking forward to joining you on Tuesdays!

    Hugs,
    Terri

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  41. Lovely post. Wendell is a beautiful horse. So glad to meet you.


    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  42. Hello!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog - I am now following you back as I think this will be a great blog to follow :-)
    Wendell is gorgeous - I would like a horse one day.
    Also I just wanted to say what a brilliant idea for a giveaway - one of the best ideas I've heard of!
    Sarah xx

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  43. Looking forward to reading your log and seeing what you create.

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  44. I have had such a fun time visiting your blog and learning about you. You made me smile. I like your idea of the questions, love that you live on a farm, are a chef, mom, etc, etc, etc. Love that idea of virtual carrots! Wonder if there is virtual chocolates? I am your newest follower. Thank you so much for stopping by my place.

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  45. Your blog is wonderful! How wonderful it would be to stand there stroking Wendell's nose. :o)

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  46. Hi Patrice, isn't it great of Vicki to throw this party? I've really enjoyed getting to know new bloggers and visiting "old" bloggers...FUN!

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  47. Wonderful to meet you and your handsome steed Wendell! Do you live in VA by any chance? I have signed up to be a follower!! Back soon!

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  48. Thanks for visiting my blog and following too. I'm now following you as well. I will enjoy getting to know you through blog land.
    Sincerely,
    Sharon

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  49. Thanks for visiting me! I find your lifestyle appealing, especially since I am part of the rat race! I love farms, for without them we wouldn't eat, I believe they deserve so much more support than what they get. I am so glad I cam by!

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  50. Hi Patrice,

    So nice to meet you.
    Thanks for visiting with me and for leaving me a comment.
    Farm life is always worthy of many conversations.
    I used to have a herd of Nubian and Saanen dairy goats,
    chickens, rabbits...lots of kids [baby goat]

    Please enter me for your giveaway. ♥

    Hugs,
    Steph ♥

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  51. I am your newest follower :D
    Beautiful blog and I love your lovely giveaway...

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  52. I am so pleased to meet you, and Wedell... he is quite a handsome fellow.... but I must admit, I am particularly desorous to meet some of your sheep... I love sheep ofe very variety... Thank you for visiting my blog... I am a follower... God bless...
    smile7850@yahoo.com

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  53. Hi Patrice and Wendall...and farmer boy hubby. My hubby is the son of farmers from Virginia and a farm boy at heart. I'm looking forward to sitting on your porch to chat! Nice meeting you all.

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  54. Hi Patrice! Thanks for stopping by my blog! And, yes, we are homeschoolers! I really love the name of your blog and your blog header!

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  55. My In Laws live on an Angus Cattle farm and last year I got bit into living cleaner. I so wish that I had space for a garden but I live in a suburb and don't really have the right kind of backyard for it :( I hope you have a wonderful blog hop.

    Hugs
    Caroline

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  56. Hello, great to meet you and I am your newest follower. Wendell is just adorable! Can't wait to read and learn more about you.
    Beth

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  57. Hello,

    Nice to meet you in this party.:)

    There is a giveaway on my blog,too.

    http://petite-armoire.blogspot.com/
    betikarauski@gmail.com

    All the best.:)
    Bernadett

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  58. Sorry I missed the party, but I will throw my name in the Box hat :-) Sounds fun! Brace yourself. We are at the edge of a nasty cold front, like -20 with wind figured in, and it has to go somewhere. I'm afraid it might be headed your way!

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  59. I came looking to see if the new chat questions were up and found this giveaway :). Throwing my hat in the box. Guess I will be back tomorrow for the chat .

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  60. HEY! A giveaway! LOVE IT! I'm IN! Oh, and give the greatest horse in the world some of those virtual carrots for me. I'm hoping (and it's just hoping right now) that I'll be in DC the first week in April. IF I make it, I'm coming to see you! If that's ok, of course!

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  61. Oh what a beautiful horse. He looks likes he needs some more virtual carrots =)

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  62. Hi Patrice,
    Wendell is one good looking horse! I would love to enter your giveaway. Thanks!

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  63. Holy Horses, did you say "Give-away?" Then count me in, Patrice! =D I think this really cool! If I happened to be the lucky winner then you can reach me at cathykennedystories@gmail.com.

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  64. I would like to enter!
    lissmth8 at aol dot com

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  65. I'd like to be in!! auntnikki12@gmail.com. You know, I used to have a model horse that looked kinda like Wendell. Same coloring and everything. It was one of my favorite toys growing up. I wonder where that horse has gone... hmmm...

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  66. How fun to have a "surprise" giveaway. Your blog is wonderful and I have enjoyed viewing it. Karen (www.alaskabluemoose.blogspot.com) or (www.karendorcas.com) kareninkenai@gmail.com Hugs from Alaska

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  67. Ahh! I knew that I was forgetting something! I was going to play along with this blog hop, even saved the button, then forgot all about it. OY!

    Thanks for your post here, Patrice. My e-mail address is: celticmama36@gmail.com

    Have a great week!

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  68. Love your thoughtful idea for a giveaway...makes me curious what you'd pick out for me if I won and you poked around my blog for clues as to what to get me:-) Your blog and lifestyle are so refreshing. I've enjoyed my little visit over here!

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  69. Enjoyed reading your blog! Finally getting through the GYB party!
    Cathy

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  70. You are too cute and funny with the stories about Wendell the horse. He's a beauty! You have a fun and interesting blog and I can't wait to read more of it! I went to visit your friend and I was having a real problem with blogging on my followers link for some weird reason. I will try again soon. I haven't had any problem with anyone else, including you, so I am now following you too!! The give-away sounds interesting too!

    Love the animal photos and here's a big bag of carrots for Wendell!

    sandy
    @french laundry 132

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  71. I love the idea of a blog party! Do you do these often? Wendell is a beautiful horse. my blog is http://justinawho.blogspot.com/ if anyone would like to stop by and check it out. I would love to meet new people and come across more blogs :)

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  72. hi patrice, i love your blog, i had no idea that when i stumbled on to your blog , you were a part of vicki's GYB party! this is just a bonus for me as i already signed on to become a follower, you and your blog are just so darn cute and fun! look forward to more adventures with you and wendall! when i get a chance later, i will give the back porch questions/hangout a visit too! aloha, angi in hana

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  73. Coming by from the GYB party. Who doesn't love surprise giveaways?

    ~ Sherrie (Bird Lady)

    http://www.birdladyblog.blogspot.com

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