The Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

To my regular readers – it’s time once again to spruce things up and roll out the red carpet for guests! I’m participating in the The Ultimate Blog Hop this week which is a great opportunity to meet other bloggers.Β  Don’t you just love a party?! And yes – there is chocolate involved!

Welcome to Blue Jeans and Cotton Tees!

Hey everybody! Come on in! My name is Melinda.

Jan, my husband of 20 years, and I live on our homestead in the middle of Amish country with our 5 kids , an assortment of critters, and a huge garden.

We moved here from the big city almost 13 years ago.

The last 10 years we’ve spent slowly renovating my dream house – a big old 1920 farmhouse that we moved on to the land.

I love old wood, thrift stores and sappy Christmas movies.

I also love dates with my husband, long walks, and cookbooks.

And I really, really love chocolate!

I don’t like critters in my garden, snow in March, and heights of any kind.

Oh – and too many numbers can make me hyperventilate.

VeduvooI’ve discovered that life is never dull with teenagers in the house and that moms tend to get a little sentimental when they face their first graduation!

We like adventures, making memories, andΒ  family jokes.

Oh – and company – we like company – which is good since we have lots of it!

I love recipes and experimenting in the kitchen – especially with chocolate.

By the way – did I mention that I like chocolate? πŸ™‚

I blog about life.

Sometimes I’m serious, sometimes I’m funny, sometimes I’m just plain silly.

But I always try to stay real.

Thanks for stopping by and come back soon!




43 thoughts on “The Ultimate Blog Party 2011

  1. Oh fun, I am so glad to have found your blog! I am sure I will learn alot from you! We are moving to the country (I have not lived in the country since I was 5) in two months! I will actually have a garden this summer! πŸ™‚


  2. You had me at….renovation of a big ole 1920’s farmhouse. I would love to do that!!! I also like chocolate and I’m not fond of most critters(garden or not). Thanks for stopping by my site! I’m now following on FB ! Happy UBP11 !


  3. Hi! Stopping in from the Party!

    Except for the teenagers, I think we are pretty similar….I would love to live in a 1920s farmhouse! And in Amish country to boot. Trying hard not to be jealous…(we’re saving to move to the country but it is going to be several years yet.)

    It was nice meeting you!


  4. I think I “met” you last year at the blog part. Right now with moving, having a baby, etc, I don’t know that I’ll be part of the party. And I’m kind of bummed about it!


  5. Hi! Stopping by from the UBP. We just moved out out of the city, but we’re not quite out in the country… yet! Anyways, can’t wait to poke around your blog… You’re welcome to stop by mine anytime!


  6. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog which I assume you found via the UBP-2011! It was great to get to know you with your party post! I love chocolate too…too much! πŸ™‚ I “Like” your Facebook page and I’m your newest follower!


  7. It is so nice to meet you. I love chocolate too! πŸ˜‰ I also love thrift stores and sappy Christmas movies. I hope you have a fun time partying this week with the UBP11. Blessings!

    Stop by my blog anytime and say hi this week. I’d love to have you over.
    Long Wait For Isabella


  8. I enjoy hearing about life in the country. We live in a rural section of NJ and are hoping to buy a small farm within the next few years so we can more our teens horses there. We live a simple life compared to our neighbors. Our teens are involved with horses which takes up most of their free time.

    I love chocolate and have to get a recipe for chocolate peanut butter balls posted in my blog. I will let you know when I do. They are awesome! It’s a crazy weekend though. Maybe tonight when the kids are watching a DVD.


  9. Very nice to meet you. I have five also. I am feeling pretty sentimental about the face one of them is twice my size!!
    Sounds like you have plenty of adventures…looking forward to reading about them.


  10. Thanks for being REAL! Hehe… Numbers make me crazy too. So understand that! Someday we hope to live out in the country too. Still looking at our options. Now… I’d appreciate being directed toward the chocolate? πŸ˜€

    Take care!


  11. Living on a homestead in the middle of Amish country sounds lovely! I clicked over to the farmhouse…wow, it looks so cool.

    Glad to meet you.

    (P.S. We share a love for chocolate!)


  12. nice to meet you πŸ™‚ love chocolate too!!! and agree on the teenagers πŸ™‚ just checked out your house-can’t believe you moved it and worked on it so long-how awesome!!!


  13. Hi! Stopping by as a red-carpet UBP guest πŸ™‚ … too many numbers make you hyperventilate? That’s hilarious, and I totally hear you. (we sound alot alike … minus the 1920s farm house and teens) Nice to meet you πŸ™‚


  14. Hi Melinda,
    Lovely to meet you and your blog through UPB. This is my first year and I am finding many wonderful blogs, like yours.


    Gg – Notes on the Journey # 269

    ps. I like chocolate, too.


  15. It’s been a year?!?! Seriously!! Goodness. I found your FB page, I don’t know where I was on that one! So glad I have you on my Blogging Friends roll – hopefully one day God will align our In Real Life paths…at least we will be neighbors come June πŸ™‚ One day, when the Army is just too much and I throw my hand sup – I may just come hide at your house!!! πŸ™‚ I love your recipes and your stories. Love & Hugs Shauna


  16. I have a thing for old houses, too. Ours is a real fixer upper and is taking much longer than anticipated. glad to have found you through UBP. You have a very likeable tone to your writing…I get a real sense of your personality.


  17. Hello! Stopping by from the UBP! We just moved to the city from the country, and I am in complete culture shock, I miss it so much! You remind me a lot of myself, we have very similar interests! Im looking forward to reading more!



  18. Glad to connect with you through UBP11! Your move from the city to a homestead is a dream of mine. Sounds peaceful! If you have a minute, pop by my little blog for a visit— I’m a new mommy (Cora is 7 months) and look forward to reading more about/connecting with you!

    πŸ™‚ Kendra


  19. Howdy!

    How neat about your house!! We actually built our house…love it!!

    I am so happy to have found your blog. I am stopping in from the Ultimate Blog Party and this is my very first year participating and this is SO VERY exciting!! LOL

    Anyhow…please stop by my blogs and follow whenever you get the opportunity:

    So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at

    And…Jessica Lil Corner is where I am blogging about family and life at

    I welcome your visit at either or both of my blogs and hope to have you stop by and follow really soon!!

    Have a very blessed day!! :0)


  20. Don’t like heights, huh? You couldn’t tell by the that boulder your on top of.

    A huge garden? I may be picking your brain. I have only been gardening a few years now, and I love it. But, I know there is so much I can still learn.

    I enjoyed stopping by your site. Cannot wait to read more.


  21. Hi Stopping by from UBP.

    My husband regularly says to me “Let’s move to Amish Country” I guess I better follow your blog and find out what it’s all about.


  22. Hi, Melinda!
    I’m having so much fun meeting people at this party! I, too, am a mama of five, the youngest one being seven weeks old. It’s my dream to live in a wonderful farmhouse in rural America, but we’ll see if that’s what God has in store for us.

    I’m your newest follower, partly because I think I might just learn something poking around your blog and partly because I love chocolate, too!


  23. I love chocolate too. Who doesn’t?

    Thank you for visiting my blog (Sunflower Schoolhouse) during the Ultimate Blog Party. Your farmhouse would be my dream house too, but we are stuck in the city in a townhouse in a loud neighbourhood.



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