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What better way to kick off the NEXT 500 posts but with a celebration of all the things that this blog is about!

My lovely, and often silly, girlies...

My Hawkeye loving hubby and our neurotic dog...

Our not quite as neurotic, but still quirky, elder dog...

And of course:
And really there's so, so, SO much more!

But let's get down to the real business of the party...give-aways!!!

First, a little something for everyone! One of our favorite weekly family traditions is Sunday morning brunch. So today I share with you our favorite gluten-free waffle recipe that has been adapted from a recipe originally found on my favorite recipe

The Mavin's Favorite Waffles - now Gluten Free:

1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup all purpose gluten free flour (we use a brown rice, potato starch, tapioca mix)
1 cup oat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Mix all dry ingredients together. Mix all wet ingredients together. Combine and stir gently until well combined. Bake according to your waffle iron's directions. ENJOY!

Our favorite way to top our waffles is with a little butter, some fresh sliced strawberries, and a bit of sweet whipped cream. DELICIOUS!


For one lucky reader I'm preparing a little give-away box with a few things that center around the theme Things That I Love. I've decided not to tell you the identity of the items until a winner is picked (drum roll please) on Sunday, March 8th. That gives you 5 days (1 day for each 100 posts of celebration) to leave a comment to enter for your chance to win!

There are a few rules to this give-away:
  • You must leave one (and only one) comment to be entered. Please include in your comment something you love and why.
  • By entering you agree, should you be the lucky winner, to take a picture of your YOURSELF with your winnings to send back to me so I can share it here with everyone.
  • And because I'm so stinking excited to have new over-sees don't even have to live in the US to be eligible!
Curious to know what you may win? Here's a few hints...
  • a book
  • a sleeve
  • a beginning
Hmmm...what ever could those hints be about?

Intrigued? Then go comment. Tell us all what you love in life and why. Go. Do it now. GOOOO I said!



Marisa said…
First off, I love thinking about the things I love. It makes you remember to be thankful for the great things in life which sometimes seems easy to forget with the complications that can come up.

Things I love in my life:
- My family, of course. Immediate and extended family. I consider people all of the world that I've made true connections with part of my "family", include my sister that writes this blog ;) I love that I'm so close with them and can call them friends in my life too.
- Brian, my fiance. Best thing that ever happened to me. And along with that: wedding planning!! I love to plan stuff, I'm organized and make lists, so having 9 months left to plan for a huge event to celebrate the joining of Brian and I and share time with family and friends...I'm SUPER excited!!
- Traveling is a big part of who I am, I love all the adventures I've had and any future ones that might come up.
- Books, I could spend hours in any bookstore and never get tired. Either brand new stories from my favorite authors or antique books over 100 years old. I love them all!
- There's so many more things I could add, I'm easily amused and easily fall in love with new things everyday, but since this is just a comment, I'm trying to keep it short haha!

polinium said…
I love food and eating what is good for me because it makes me feel so great to eat something I enjoy and know is helping me to lead a better life.
I love spending time with my family, because they are just so darned great.
I love knitting, because it helps keep me centered.
I love exercise, because I love how it makes me feel.
There are many more things that I love in life, but this comment would be far, far too long.
Allison said…
I love blue sky. It's so refreshing after a winter full of snow, fog, and gray.
Kate said…
Congrats on 500 posts! I love your blog and always look forward to reading!

What do I love in life? Everything about my home! My bed, my comfy clothes, my pots and pans, the comfort I feel being in a safe place, my mister, my cat harold oh man just everything about being at home!
LT said…
Congrats on 500 posts! I'm a fairly new visitor to your blog, I have been enjoying it the last few months.
I love...
My husband who works so hard and loves me so much. He is truly a terrific man.
My dogs who are always happy, and they rarely have cranky days (I wish I could say the same!). Happy tail wagging and that goofy doggy grin never fails to bring a smile to my face.
My cats who love to cuddle, purr, and are such good sports about the dogs who invaded their territory.
My job - working from home as a software developer doing what I love can't be beat.
Jenny said…
Wow, this is an amazing, inspiring contest! reading through the comments makes you really think about the things you love.

I love my family very much! I am fortunate to have my sister in the same town as me, and I love being able to see her whenever. And of course my sweet husband, and our darling baby, Hobbe the cat!

I love all my friends, who have all been so kind and sweet in trying to cheer me up during a long, deep depression. It's so good to have close friends!

I love reading a new, good book! Reading has always been a huge part of my life, and I just love the feeling when you just can't put the book down.

I love knitting, and I love the way it makes me feel like I'm really accomplishing things. And I love the almost meditative state that I go to when I knit. And to touch all that lovely fiber. Everything about knitting is just great!

Finally, I love the cozy stay-at-home nights I have with my husband, although it's been too long since one now! We just spend the evening on the couch, watching movies and sometimes eating some good cheese and crackers, and me knitting while he cuddles with Hobbe. Just the best thing ever!

/ Jenny
Mary LeMaster said…
Ohhhh so many things that I truely love..... my loving caring hubby, my 4 completely different minded children, my beautiful cat Cleo, yarns all different yarns and that fact that my hubby doesnt mind that they are every where, day long trips to the book store, early morning coffee on the deck looking out onto the water, amazing monents of clarity, I could go on and on!!! Congrats on 500!!! I LOVE your blog so KEEP IT UP YAY!
s said…
I love waking up on a Sunday morning, making a cup of coffee and heading out to my desk to listen to the day begin (summer)

I love getting new nail polishes or face masks.

I love the way my dog looks when he knows he is going to dog park.

I love being with my family and knowing that I have a really awesome friend family.
Amy said…
Congrats on 500 and thanks for the giveaway. A exciting. I love my son. He will be 15 on March 10 and is growing into a wonderful young man. I do not think I could love anything or one more than him. PS...I like my husband and our white fluffy dog OK, too.
kshotz said…
Great post! What I love:

Family, friends, anything alpaca, tea, sunshine, sleeping in on Saturdays, knitting (and knitting pals!), reading, keeping a journal, art, things/people/conversations that make me think, diversity, young people, old people, the color red, honesty, integrity, peace, . . . .

....this list could go on and on and on, so I guess I'll stop there.

Thanks for contributing such a great vibe to the blogosphere! Here's to the next 500!
Marie-Jolie said…
My goodness... so much fun in one little spot! Congrats on your successful blogging, and may you have many MANY more years of it. (For my selfish sake, if nothing else.)

I henceforth swear (with my right hand over my pink yoga mat) that I do rightfully deserve to win the prize package for no other reason than because I would very much like to, and that I will also be a gracious non-winner if that shall possibly transpire. I also agree to take photos for your viewing pleasure. ;)

That said, a few things I love are:

1. Being the mom of boys (and the wife of a 38 year old bigger boy).
2. Being the first person to wake up in the morning.
3. Watching birds on tree branches through my window while I have my morning coffee.
4. Reading wonderful books.
5. Knitting, knitting and more knitting.
6. Attending workshops and conferences on topics of interest (which is weird, but I seriously love that)
7. Green smoothies
8. Yoga (except when I'm wobbly and fall over, but I sort of still love it even then)
9. Original works of art from relatively unknown artists.
10. Long hot baths with candles on the side of the tub.

There you have it: Marie in a nutshell.

Can you believe we'll be seeing each other in just a few weeks? I can't believe it.
Beverly said…
It's been fun to check back on your posts and see how you've changed and matured (although I suppose since it's your 35th birthday you don't want to hear that word). Continue enjoying your wonderful life.

This week for me was a sad one as I had to close a door I've tried so hard to keep open, but that brings me to what I love.

No matter what happens, I continue to love my life and try to make every day something special. I love that I'm able to live a glass-half-full life and that I always see things in a positive light.
I love having that daily quiet time, brewing a cup of peppermint tea and reading my favorite blogs and e-mails which have been my connection to the outside world during this long winter.

I love that my husband is healthy after three months of aggressive treatments and that we are looking forward to lots of travel to exotic and not-so-exotic places this year.

And I love, love, love the sunshine. What a gift!

Please continue journaling your life and sharing your insights with us ... congratulations on 500 and now it's on to 1000!
Laurie said…
Congratulations on 500!!! I've just recently found your blog and look forward to reading the next 500 and more!

Things I love:

- My husband, who has unlocked strength, courage, and creativity in me that I never knew existed.
- My dog, Wilbur, for being my little four-legged soulmate and spiritual guide, cracking my heart wide open and teaching me patience and how to live in the moment.
- Singing, because it's the one thing I always dreamed of doing but never believed I could do. This tracks back to #1, my husband, who nagged me about singing till I took lessons just to prove I could NOT sing...and found out I could!
- Knitting, because it's calming, exciting, and challenging all at the same time.
- Gordon Lightfoot, for writing music that soothes my soul.
- my great-grandfather's fiddle, for tying me to the past while I enjoy it today.

I could go on...and on...and on...

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