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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

HAPPY mail!!!!!!!



OK, well I am not published yet, but I will be! I just couldn't find a button that said I am soon-to-be published!!! Yup! I got the letter today! This is my first time ever being published in a Gooseberry Patch book and I am so excited. This is a HUGE deal to me as I have been collecting their cookbooks for about 8 years now and have almost all of them!!! 

Have you ever checked out a GBP cookbook? No? You must! Honestly, anyone that knows me would not think these are "my thing" at all. But they so are!!! They are quaint and homey and cozy. The illustrations are darling. And in addition to scrumptious recipes, all of which are submitted by their readers (many of my friends are published!), there are decorating tips, craft ideas, entertaining ideas, and seasonal memories. Everything I love in one book!

I will be published in their upcoming fall release Homemade Harvest. They will be publishing a story of my autumn memories! Now you all see why these books really are sooo me!!!

But more than just being a great read, these books mean so much more to me. It was through these books that I met the best group of friends I could have ever hoped to have! Kindred spirits with the same love of family and home, crafts and decorating, seasons and holidays! If I had never picked up that first GBP book in a local store all those years ago, which led me to their website, I never would have connected with these fabulous women, as we are scattered all over the country. Back then, GBP had a message board and that is how we all first met. After a time GBP decided to disband the message board feature of their site. Luckily by this time we had all exchanged email addresses. Then our wonderful friend Tina found a website where she could create a private message board and Girls Like Us, our little home on the web, was born! Fast forward 7 years and our little group has been through so much together: engagements and weddings, births and sadly deaths, illnesses, graduations, the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Most of us have met in person at one time or another. We all talk on the phone regularly. I can't imagine my life without them! And it all started in the Gooseberry Patch!

<--- if you look on my left sidebar there are links to all my GLU friends that blog...

I am not sure when the book will be coming out. Usually their autumn releases come out around August or September. You can be sure I will keep you posted!!!

Be sure to check out GBP's blog , too!!! And they are on Facebook!

On another note, I will be back tomorrow with the answers to the Q&A post !

21 comments:

Renae said...

Congratulations Kristen! Very happy to hear about this!
I to am going to be in Slow Cookers, Casseroles & Skillets. Will look for this book, and how great it's a fall book! Your favorite season!

Ms Bibi said...

That is sooooooooooooo exciting. I am jumping up and down for you and with you.

I never heard of GBP, but I am buying that one.

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW! Kristen that wonderful news! Today is REALLY your LUCKY day!

You WON my Lisa Leonard giveaway! Hooray and Congrats to you sweet friend!

I have contacted Lisa and will let you know how it works to receive your new custom necklace. You will just LOVE it!

~Blessings & Enjoy! ~Melissa :)

~Kristen~ said...

Thanks Renae! Congratulations to you, too!!! You're an old pro at this! I am just the rookie! :-)

Bibi, you are awesome!!! Thank you!!!

Melissa!!!!! OMG you made a great day even better!!!!!! Thank you so so so much!!!!!!

2busy said...

I love those books! They are just so darn cute...Congrats!

Christa said...

I am sooooo excited for you!! I know how much you love the GP books! I need to take a look at them next time I am over...and when this one comes out I would love for you to sign my copy! LOL:)

carma said...

Girl, you are kickin' butt - congrats on being featured - and you are the autumn memory expert for sure. I don't think I've ever met anyone who celebrates autumn as much as you -- I always love your enthusiasm --well done!

Farmgirl Paints said...

WHAT??? That is like the coolest thing ever:) Congratulations...you are like famous now!

Amy said...

Isn't it awesome! Congratulations!

Melissa Miller said...

I'm so happy for you Kristen! I really think you will enjoy your new necklace. I haven't heard back from Lisa yet. As soon as I do I will contact you with the details.

~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

thatdesigngal said...

YAY!!! Ah, such a big congratulations to you, that is soooooooo amazing! I will definitely have to check this out!

Girl, I have so missed your blog and blogging- I'm back to stay!!! Ah...it's so good to be back!

You will have to keep us updating, and I will definitely have to buy a copy...

Congratulations!

Jodi said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is fabulous news. Your family must be so proud of you. I got 3 poems published once and I was ecstatic. It is so much fun to say that "I'm a published writer"..YAY!!! Enjoy it girl!!

I also know how fortunate you feel because I met some of my beautiful friends online. It is funny how things happen for a reason. I believe God allows paths to cross.

Have a great day and enjoy!

Gooseberry Patch said...

Congratulations Kristen! Keep an eye out for a blog badge specific to your book...it'll be super fun to show off!

~Kristen~ said...

THANK YOU everyone!!! Your kind words and well wishes mean so much to me!!! :-)

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Kristen,
I just heard back from the Lisa Leonard design team and they want me to e-mail them your e-mail address. I don't see it listed anywhere on your blog so can you e-mail it to me directly and I will pass it to them? My e-mail is under the top of my blog header.

Thanks my sweet friend.
ENJOY your new necklace!!!!

~Melissa :)

Jenny said...

Hooray! What fun for you being in the upcoming cookbook! And also winning a Lisa Leonard necklace- whoooooaaaa! What fun for you!

Cheryl said...

Woot, woot! Congrats, Kristen!!!

Aunt of 14 said...

Wow, that is so cool! I've heard of them, but I don't think I've ever really seen one of their cookbooks. I'll have to check it out! :)

mykidsarefun said...

Oh how awesome!! Congrats!

Pumpkin Tart said...

Hi! I'm stopping by from Friday Follow and noticed you're being published in the new Gooseberry Patch book, so am I! I will actually have 3 recipes in it and they will be my first. I'm sure you're just as excited as I am!
I love your blog and look foward to purusing it more! Stop by mine anytime!

-Andrea
PumpkinTart

Helga said...

Congrats on being published this fall!!! That is so exciting! I love Gooseberry Patch and just recently started collecting them. I love the little tips and stories in them :o) I am following your other blog from FF but I am going to follow this one as well :o)