I have been able to share some fun events, lots of traveling, some sadness and some family recipes. I have also talked some about my roots, being born in the Amana Colonies in Iowa. I know several of you have visited the Colonies and some of you are curious about what they are all about.
Amana is a seven village German community in Iowa where people talk with accents and many of those people have never set foot in Germany. It is a great place to raise children, to grow up in safety and lots of love. I still have many childhood friends from Kindergarten whom I connect with on a regular basis. Having said all this, I no longer live there. I moved away when I married, but there are cousins I still visit and friends when I have a chance to go back.
So, for this 500th posting, I am giving away a cook from the Amana Colonies. Not only is this a cookbook, but a history book of the community and its religious beliefs and how they came to settle in Iowa. It also contains the rhubarb pie recipe I posted on July 5.
The recipes are outstanding. I use the book often to remind me of my beginnings; the food that was present on our dining table, lovingly prepared by my mother and grandmother. Several of the recipes in the book came directly from my mother.
If you are interested in winning the Amana Colonies cookbook, Seasons of Plenty, please leave me a comment by midnight, July 27, and I will announce the winner on Thursday, July 28.
I also want to add that it is so thrilling for me to have comments from all of you who read me regularly. I appreciate my "followers" because that is what keeps me writing. I know many of you are still lurking out there also. I am puzzled that several of you are visiting almost every day...weekly for sure, but I don't know your name. Someone from Sweden visits so very often that I feel I know you, but you have never left a comment. This is the time to step out of your screens and let me know who you are. Now onto the next 500!!!