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Celebrating Smilestones

It is April 16, 2023, and ten years ago today, I sent out the introduction to From the Cookie Jar. This blog started in 2013 on the Get a Bigger Wagon website. Initially, the blog featured three topics: ideas, memories, and vintage recipes. My ideas covered topics from perfume to pantyhose, and my memories varied from dealing with a bully to collecting hankies and autographs. There have been many changes over the past ten years.

The Get a Bigger Wagon website was developed as an extension of the books Get a Bigger Wagon and Get an Even Bigger Wagon. It became more focused on entrepreneurship as our involvement at Edwards School of Business grew. In 2020, I decided to launch Glamour for Grandmothers providing a new home for my more personal writing.

Thanks to two exceptional Saskatchewan magazines, I frequently focus on vintage recipes and home cooking. Sharing recipes in these magazines and occasionally in From the Cookie Jar has kept me smiling. Today, I congratulate Amanda and Rob Soulodre on their special publishing milestones. Prairies North is celebrating its 25th anniversary this spring, and Saskatoon HOME Magazine is celebrating its 15th. That is something to smile about for the Soulodres and Saskatchewan. 

Thank you, dear readers, for hanging out with me at either site or contacting me via the magazines. My life keeps evolving, and I smile when I think of all the readers I have kept in touch with over this decade. I randomly send gifts to my involved readers, which I plan to do today. Donna, in Alberta, will receive a silk scarf with a story. Donna has some treasured vintage cookbooks, and we have occasionally shared recipes. Today she is outdoors helping calves come into this world. Isn’t life wonderful? 

 

Happy Spring!  

   

Comments (9)

  • Debbie McCulloch July 7, 2023 at 05:18 pm

    Happy Smilestone! Love your writing , your enthusiasm and how you are encouraging and creating opportunities for new entrepreneurs!
    Keep smiling and lighting up the world!

    Debbie

  • Nicki Ault April 20, 2023 at 01:40 pm

    Congratulations on this milestone Maureen! What wonderful outlets you've found for your creativity and writing.

  • Bev Gardner April 17, 2023 at 10:12 am

    Love the Smilestones!!
    Congratulations on all your accomplishments! Keep on having fun!!
    We enjoy following all your adventures!! Keep them coming !
    Love from B&B

  • Mike Prince April 17, 2023 at 05:42 am

    Happy Smilestones from across the pond. 10 years of 'delicious-ness' and much more. Maureen, you're a star! Hugs from your big fans here in England. Maybe a Coronation Cake for King Charles should be on the list - especially for his next visit to Canada. Love, Mike and Regina.

  • Mitzi Gold April 16, 2023 at 10:51 pm

    Aloha Maureen~Your vibrancy and lust for life is evident in all the wonderful activities you have in your life. You are awesome! Keep enjoying every minute! Love, Mitzi

  • Gayle Senger April 16, 2023 at 08:33 pm

    Maureen you are an inspiring writer. You care and we all love you for it.
    Sincerely Gayle

  • Debbie McCulloch April 16, 2023 at 06:49 pm

    Certainly lots of reasons to smile and celebrate! Smilestones are awesome!

  • The Boy April 16, 2023 at 04:37 pm

    WOW....TEN YEARS! MILESTONES ARE SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY MAKE YOU SUDDENLY REALIZE HOW QUICKLY TIME PASSES. ENJOY EACH AND EVERY DAY BECAUSE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT.....20 OR 30 OR 40 OR 50 YEARS HAVE GONE BY. SUCCESS AND GOOD HEALTH AND CONGRATULATIONS MAUREEN.

  • Helen Davis April 16, 2023 at 04:08 pm

    Congratulations! I enjoy everything that you share with me. Both magazines are full of great information. And your contribution is something I look forward to…even though my baking days are done.

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