Welcome to the final day of our fabulous celebration!

One Year Blogiversary :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

All week we’ve been talking about friendship in some form or another.

We even broke bread together the other day.

And everyone wanted the recipe, so I provided the Best Banana Bread Recipe, ever.


To wrap up our Five Days of Giveaways I wanted to give you something, too.

Something I created special for you…and I’m giving away something from my Longaberger collection.

I hope you like both.


Free Friendship Printable

Recently I was creating a book page runner…which you might see in upcoming posts.  As I was removing pages from the book I discovered this quote.  It seems that it was meant to be and fits in perfectly for our week-long blogiversary celebration.


Friendship is precious, not only in the shade,
but in the sunshine of life.  
And thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things,
the greater part of life is sunshine.

~ Thomas Jefferson


Friendship is precious Printable + Thomas Jefferson Quote :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


This is a free friendship printable for everyone.  

Here’s how you can use it:

  • Right click on this link and save it to your computer (this is a jpg).
  • Open up your Word, or Publisher document – set to 8.5×11 portrait, and insert.  It will immediately show up as an 8×10.
  • Print it out.  Remember the nicer the paper the sharper the image.
  • Or save it to a memory stick/flash drive and take it to your photo center.
  • Slip it into a photo frame.
  • Give it as a gift or enjoy displaying it as part of a lovely vignette.
  • If you have questions let me know…


Today’s Extraordinary Giveaway!

It seems that food and friendship go hand-in-hand.  We love to chat over dinner, a cup of coffee, or even a slice of the Best Banana Bread.  Exchanging recipes is something we do out of friendship.  So, when I debated about what would be the perfect giveway for my first blog anniversary, I chose a Longaberger Small Recipe Basket with Lid and Protector and Liner.   And because red is always the perfect color to give life to a room…and a favorite of mine…I thought this basket would be perfect.  Who’s excited?

For those of you who don’t know, Longaberger has been a part of my life for a long time.  After moving for the umpteenth time a little more than a year ago, I chose not to restart my business locally.  However, I do have an online Longaberger business.  I am careful to not talk about it here on the blog a lot, but because I love both the baskets and the pottery, well, you often see it in my photos.  It’s woven into my life.

From time-to-time I will do a Longaberger post, but if you are interested in knowing more about this fabulous line of products you can click here, or email me.  Since my husband is out of work I would be thrilled if a few of you might consider hosting an online party…it’s super simple and a win-win for both of us.  Just shoot me an email and we’ll make it happen.


Longaberger Bold Red Recipe Basket - AnExtraordinaryDay.net


This gorgeous basket is handwoven in Dresden, Ohio and signed and dated by its weaver.  Every Longaberger basket is made of hardwood maple for strength and it is double splinted and double woven.  This one is in bold red…a limited edition color and designed to hold 3×5 recipe or index cards.  But, if you can’t wait to win or want to give one as a gift  or treat yourself, you may order it here.  It is available in three other stain colors as is called the Large Recipe, designed to hold 4×6 inch cards.  I’ve had one for a very long time and can’t imagine not having it in my kitchen.


It’s easy to enter this giveaway….

Leave a comment sharing your  extraordinary friendship memory or saying.

Want an extra chance or two or three to win?  Please do one or more of the following and leave a comment for each subscribe, like, share, etc.  The more you do…the more chances to win. 

  1. Suscribe to An Extraordinary Day  It’s FREE!
  2. “Like” An Extraordinary Day on Facebook
  3. “Like” Longaberger Lifestyle on Facebook
  4. Using the sharing buttons on the side of the post, share this on Facebook.
  5. Follow me on Pinterest!  Or Pin one or both of these photos.  Leave a comment saying so with your Pinterest name.

Contest ends Thursday, May 9, at 9 PM EDT.  Winner must have a U.S. mailing address and will be chosen at random and notified by e-mail.  Thank you to me, Diane of Longaberger Lifestyle for graciously providing a Small Recipe Basket for the blogiversary.  I was not compensated for this giveaway.  HeeHee!


This GIVEAWAY is now closed.

Congratulations to Nicole Criswell!
You are the winner of the lovely bold red Longaberger Small Recipe Basket.
An ‘official’ email has been sent to you.


There was a giveaway each day this week.  You still have time to enter:

  • Monday’s giveaway:
    a subscription to Celebrating Everyday Living with Jennifer Carroll.   Click here and enter.
  • Tuesday’s giveaway:
    a fine art print by Jennifer of Studio JRU titled, “You Are Extraordinary.”  Click here and enter.
  • Wednesday’s giveaway:
    “Inspired You” book by Marian Parsons aka Miss Mustard Seed.  Click here and enter.
  • Thursday’s giveaway:
    a 12×12 cafe mount art print from Dee of Red Letter Words.  Click here and enter.


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I am so pleased that you have joined me for this very special week!

Hugs to each of you very extraordinary friends…



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  1. Lisa Durst says

    I’ve done all I could to win a little red recipe box! I’ve liked, shared, commented, loved and begged! Keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks Lisa 😀

    • Diane says

      You can leave a comment here for each thing you did…one for ‘like’ another for ‘share,’ pinned, etc. — hope that helps! 😉

      • Ann Miller says

        Hoping you get a huge response! Liked, commented and shared ED on FB. Love and hugs!

        • Diane says

          Best wishes for a win Ann! 😉

          • Alice bugbee says

            I would like that little recipe basket it would look great in my kitchen.

          • Diane says

            Thanks for joining in on the giveaway fun Alice.
            Maybe next time you’ll be a winner.
            You ARE extraordinary!

  2. nova c. says

    “Liked” an extraordinary day on facebook!

  3. nova c. says

    one of my favorite friendship quotes is by Linda Grayson: “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” 🙂

    • Diane says

      Ah, yes! I could really use a friend with chocolate right now!! 😉

  4. nova c. says

    “Following” on Pinterest!

  5. nova c. says

    Re-pinned both photos on Pinterest! name is: lilnono

  6. nova c. says

    subscribed to An Extraordinary Day by Yahoo feed. Sparkle40175@yahoo.com

    • Diane says

      Welcome Nova!!
      Wishing you an extraordinary weekend!! [hugs]

  7. Tracy Rusteck says

    It’s an extraordinary day when we are grateful in all things that come our way. I’m especially grateful for the friendship I’ve been blessed to have with my daughters. As adult women now, they inspire me, teach me, challenge me and share an incredible sisterhood that fills my cup to the brim!

    • Diane says

      Tracy that is wonderful! I so wish that I would have had that with my mom. What an extraordinary mother you must be.

    • Nicole Criswell says

      Love you Mom! You are an amazing woman!

  8. Tracy Rusteck says

    I had already liked Longaberger Lifestyle, newly liked An Extraordinary Day and now am following you on Pinterest (Tracy Rusteck). I’ve liked the post and shared it in my wall. What a gorgeous color basket!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    • Diane says

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!

      • Tracy Rusteck says

        Hugs back!
        My daughter Nicole Criswell and I are having fun with you! Also, repinned the photo of the adorable red recipe box on my Pinterest! Tracy Rusteck.

  9. Sylvia Faye says

    I know absolutely nothing about these products but will surely look them up as the one on your sidebar is lovely as is the recipe box. Again thank you Diane for your generousity and my you be blessed.
    With gratitude,

    • Diane says

      You are so kind, Sylvia Faye.
      What a blessing you are! 🙂

  10. I agree, every room can benefit from a bit of red – mine do!

    I wrote this for my friend when she moved to heaven:
    To honor the life of my true and dearest friend Mary –
    From the seed planted in my heart October, 1978, the roots of mentor and teacher grew, watered by her kindness, love, humility and truth it became a tree of friendship, sheltering me and hung with the golden fruit of sweet memories.
    She Loved Well.

    Just thinking of her makes me smile! Mary was extraordinary!

    • Diane says

      Elaine….you are a treasure! What a lovely sentiment about your extraordinary friend. She must have been a wonderful joy for you. [hugs]

    • Tracy Rusteck says

      That’s beautiful. What a true friend.

  11. Awesome printable. Love the red recipe box….I have a warm brown one and also a rich brown one..Use my warm brown one all of the time. Isn’t Longaberger wonderful? I love what I do.

    • Diane says

      Thanks Cookie!!
      I know you don’t know this….but I attended my first show in ’89…I was just a babe…;) And started selling in ’92. I can hardly believe it. Longaberger really is a wonderful company. I’m glad you love it so much too!

  12. Tracy Parker says

    FB. pinned, liked everything you have and commented. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    • Diane says

      You are so welcome Tracy! Thank you for joining in the fun!
      BTW…if you make a comment for each of those things you did…you will get an extra chance for each one.
      Also…be sure to check out some of the other giveaways this week…there is still time to enter. 🙂

  13. Liked it, commented, shared and posting comment here. Basket would go perfect in my kitchen! 😉

    • Diane says

      Yay!!! Best wishes for an Extraordinary weekend!

  14. Nicole Criswell says

    I’ve liked on Facebook & Pinterest!

    • Diane says

      Yay!!! 😉

    • Tracy Rusteck says

      Thanks for introducing me to Pinterest Nicole! You are an amazing woman and mother. Good luck in the giveaway! Luv you.

  15. Nicole Criswell says

    I’ve followed on Pinterest!

  16. Nicole Criswell says

    I’ve shared on Facebook and repinned on Pinterest!

  17. Nicole Criswell says

    I’ve commented on Facebook and Pinterest!

  18. Nicole Criswell says

    Thanks so much! Crossing all fingers and toes, love this basket!

    • Diane says

      Best wishes, Nicole!!
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  19. Angela says

    I banana nut bread. I recently bought a flour mill. Been grinding me own wheat flour and it tastes amazing in banana nut bread 🙂 Angela @ HickoryTrail

    • Diane says

      Oh I bet fresh ground flour would be fabulous!!
      Enjoy a slice for me, Angela!!
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  20. Tracy Rusteck says

    Just shared your blog on my FB Wall. We need an extraordinary day! Nite nite from the Northwest.

    • Diane says

      I missed this Tracy!
      Hope TODAY *was* Extraordinary!

  21. Tracy Rusteck says

    Following on you Pinterest! Love your boards!

  22. Tracy Rusteck says

    What an Inspiring blog! My first ever blogging experience. Liked An Extraordinary Day Blog. And created a bookmark for the website.

    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks! I’m so pleased that you like it Tracy and super blessed that you started here! 😉

  23. Tracy Rusteck says

    Just repinned (Tracy Rusteck) the friendship quote from Thomas Jefferson. So very true….may we all have more sunlight in our lives. Thanks for sharing!

    • Diane says

      I’m guessing that you have lots of sunlight in your life Tracy!! 🙂

  24. Gwen says

    I’m rep inning this. As a first grade teacher we kept a weather chart and sunny days long overtook any other kind of days for us. Sometimes I’d wish for a change!! But not truly for sunshine is so nice. Friends are many in sunshine. True friends carry and share an umbrella on the rainy days, I’ve found.

    • Diane says

      “True friends carry and share an umbrella on the rainy days” – Yes, the do Gwen. What a blessing to have friends like that. I’m certain you surely do. [hugs]

  25. Gwen says

    Oh I do follow you and pinned
    My name is Gwen on Pinterest

  26. Mel says

    Okay–I’m a sucker for red. I think it had something to do with growing up a redhead and being told not to wear it. LOLOL Of course I do….rule breaker that I am! I have two favorite red dresses that folks call my ‘power dress’. *laughing* NOT sure that’s accurate, but I do walk a bit lighter and a bit more confident with red for some reason. (probably that anti-rule bit in me) 😉

    What a generous soul you are–and what generous folks you’ve surrounded yourself with to help you celebrate your anniversary week go lovingly. You put a lot of work into making this week special for the folks who show up at this little corner of cyberspace. Totally unnecessary–but extremely thoughtful and giving of you. I celebrate everyone’s good fortune–they’re all winners just by crossing your path.
    JUST sayin’…

    OH! And my little saying about friendship?
    The only one that comes to mind is: “G-d made us friends because He thought our parents couldn’t handle both of us under the same roof.” LOL MIGHT be some truth in that in my case…. 😉

    • Diane says

      Haha!! I love that quote! I guess that’s why I was an only child…I was a handful for sure. 😀
      Red head!! Oh Mel…that explains everything. Just kidding!! Maybe. LOL!
      Thank you for your kind encouraging words. You’re the best, Mel! 😉

  27. Becky Crowson says

    I have several Longaberger baskets. One of them I take each day to work with lunch, book, etc..it has been a part of my life for so long. I liked An Extraordinary Day on FB and am following you on Pinterest. My Pinterst name is Becky Crowson..printed out your free printable about Friendship, it is the best. Love your blog.

    • Diane says

      Thank you Becky for taking time to stop by and chat. Could I guess which basket it is that goes to work with you? The Large or Medium Boardwalk Basket, maybe? I appreciate the “like” and “follow.” And I’m thrilled you like the printable.
      Wishing you an extraordinary weekend!

  28. Melissa Frances says

    i follow, pinned and liked…and i really like that cute recipe basket..

    thanks for an opportunity to win!!

  29. kesha says

    A friend love at all times is one of my favorite friend sayings.

  30. kesha says

    I like you on Facebook

  31. kesha says

    I follow you on Pinterest! Kesha Gooding

  32. kesha says

    I “Like” Longaberger Lifestyle on Facebook

  33. kesha says

    I subscribe via email!

    • Diane says

      Thank you for doing that!!!!!:D Please leave me comments so we can get to know each other! 🙂

  34. kesha says

    I shared this on Facebook.

  35. Tracy Rusteck says

    I just found Longaberger on Pinterest and am following. My daughter Nicole introduced me to Pinterest. What a fun fun place to be inspired. My first Longaberger basket was the Tea Basket that I purchased in 1985. That little warmly-aged basket reminds me of gathering with a few friends in my small hometown of Alaska just enjoying the sharing of each other’s company. In essence, Longaberger has equaled friendship in my life. Best wishes for a great day!

    • Diane says

      I love your Longaberger story Tracy!!
      Are you following Longaberger on my Pinterest page? Can you copy the URL and paste it here so I can check it out if that’s not the case? I’d love to see it too.

  36. What a beautiful basket!
    I subscribe to your RSS Feeds and to you on Pinterest at Create With Joy (CreateWithJoy1).

    Thanks so much for hosting these giveaways.
    Be sure to enter my Mother’s Day Giveaway (Random MOMents of Grace) at Create With Joy! 🙂

    • Diane says

      I’m so pleased that you like it!!
      Best wishes on a win! 😉

  37. Patty says

    Congratulations on your blogaversary! I follow your blog and also Pinterest (Patty Antle). Would love to win!

  38. Julie Bromley says

    I love the red recipe box! It would look wonderful in my kitchen.

    • Diane says

      I remember how you’ve said that you LOVE red!!!
      Best wishes Julie!!

  39. Diane Mooneyham says

    Thanks for all of your help!!! Love Longaberger!

    • Diane says

      Let me know if I can do more Diane…really!! 😉

  40. Diane Mooneyham says

    Love Longaberger!

  41. Diane Mooneyham says

    Red Longaberger basket ?!? It doesn’t get any cuter than that!!!

  42. Diane Mooneyham says

    I’m building a new house right now and have red accents in my country kitchen (going to have a barn-red Big Chill fridge….don’t worry, it will be really cute.) That red Longaberger basket would be super cute.

  43. Diane Mooneyham says

    Longaberger baskets are the best accents for a country kitchen

    • Diane says

      Any style kitchen.,..not just country.
      They may be just the textural interested needed for even the most contemporary.
      In my humble opinion…hahaha!

  44. Diane Mooneyham says

    …or any other room in the house. :0)

  45. Diane Mooneyham says

    Thanks for posting all of the pics of beautiful kitchens….I always look forward to seeing them!

    • Diane says

      I’m so glad you like them. It’s kind of a fun thing to do and I love everyone’s reactions. Don’t hesitate to weigh in on them. 😉

  46. Nicole Criswell says

    I wanted to thank you Diane, I received the beautiful red Longaberger recipe basket that I won from your giveaway, and I absolutely LOVE it! Thank you so much for such a fun opportunity! Me Andy Mom really enjoyed entering into the giveaway, and loved learning more about your blog and all your fun stuff on Pinterest. Thanks again!


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