1st Birthday! {Giveaway & Q/A}


This is our blog, White Gunpowder’s 1st birthday … Yay!
We filled this post with too many things but I hope it will be fun, insightful and encouraging.  First, dive right in and enter the giveaway for your choice of
ONE, $100 gift card to one lucky winner.


Easy to enter, pick one or all the options in the entry below and that’s it.  The more you enter the better your chances of winning will be.  Come back everyday and enter in the giveaway until it ends at 12:00AM on August 2nd 2013.
Contact us
if you have any questions.

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Bill and I also answered a few questions that we’ve been asked and thought others might want to know or are curious about too.


 Little more about us, chickens, dog, blogging and White Gunpowder.

Bill hunting in Montana

Yellowston National Parkwhite serving trays

Q:  How did you came up with the name “White Gunpowder”?

The name came together while on vacation in Wyoming (amazing view at 13,000 feet above sea level) and Montana last year.  We wanted the website to be a reflection of the two of us, our personality and interests.   I came up with the first word “White” and Bill likes the word “Gunpowder”.  White in general for me describes clean, fresh, new and things like crisp white shirts, kitchen cabinets, plates, serving pieces,  linens and towels.  For Bill, Gunpowder represents the great outdoors, hunting, fishing and hiking.  

Q:  What breed of chickens do you have?

A:  We started with 12 chickens and 11 different breeds.  Last year we lost 4  due injuries and unknown sicknesses and gave one rooster away to a friend. Currently we have 7 breeds:  Speckled Sussex, Americana, Delaware, Dominique, Barred Rock, Golden Sex Links, and Austra White chickens.  They are very much a part of our family and we enjoy their fresh eggs everyday.


pile of recipes

Blogs .

Q:  Why did you decide to put together the website and what will it be all about?

{reason one} For many years I’ve tried to compile my recipes into a cookbook-like manner to someday give my children but with very little success.  They have said to me often “I want this recipe or that recipe or can you write this recipe down for me…” The website brought discipline and structure for me and it has been helpful so far to record {with pictures too} these recipes that have been stacking up on shelves, bookmarked, and filed in my notebooks.

{reason two}  The curiosity of what is blogging and wanting to know more about it.  This is a fairly new concept for me even though it has been around for awhile.  Other than using it as an archive for my recipes Bill and I didn’t have any particular reasons or ideas of what will be the focus of the website.  The answer to the question was often, “I’m not sure yet.”  It’s been a year now and we should have a pretty good idea. Right?  We might not have narrowed it down to a category but we know it will be what interests us and we hope you will enjoy it too.

Please meet these wonderful Bloggers that we have come to know and are sharing their interests and talents.
{click on the names/websites below to continue…}
A Bright and Beautiful Life ⎜
All This Crazy Grace ⎜Jayme Designs
Jenny Ikari DesignKains On The Creek
My Sophia Ryan ⎜Pretty Wrapped
Simply Domestic ⎜Wool and Flax



Blogging 101.

do what you love


Q:  Did you know how to put together a website when you decided to do this?

The Answer is a big NO!
We knew the basic computer stuff, but not the inner workings of the computer, software, or how to take something from point A to make it work at point B.  We had doubts, but in the end our decision was to “Jump In” with a lot of help from Ryan and Emily at Jones Design Company.  I have been following her blog and enjoyed reading it and be inspired by what she was posting. In June 2012, Emily featured on her blog “ your blog is waiting“, perfect timing.  I knew she would give the step by step instructions without all the “Techi” confusing terminologies.  In addition to the The Blog Class, Ryan and Emily also provided a support group for the Members where we can continue to help each other and to keep up with the news and updates. The step-by-step instructions and the support have been great!

We hope our little story inspired you to take a leap and try something new or start what you’ve been thinking about but were a little unsure.  We can’t say that it will be a smooth ride, but if you are doing what you love the obstacles will become a little easier with each step you take.  Through the many challenges of putting the website together, I{Kay} feel it was worth it.  I’m still amazed at all the things I learned and ‘Can Do’ now.  I’m enjoying it.





Would like to see more pictures of your dog, Glory.

⟵ Glory as a puppy at the beach.

Glory {French Brittany} turned 2 years old in May, she’s a happy dog, great with the family and always wants to please.
After two years she is NOT out of her “puppy chewing stage” yet!




⟵ Glory, naturally on a hunt for a bird and loves the water.

After researching and narrowing down the different breeds of bird hunting dogs our decision took us to Arizona to Sun Country Breton.  Don and Linda Rice were great to work with and they kept us up to date about how the puppies were doing and had lots of photos to share.  The next litter of puppies will be available early 2014.



Interested in a French Brittany
{Epagneul Breton}?
{continue to Sun Country Breton
for more info …
{Sun Country Breton on Facebook …}




I think that’s it for us on this 1st Birthday of White Gunpowder!
It’s always wonderful to hear from friends and new friends, contact us or make a comment on one {or more} of our blog posts.



posted by: Bill & Kay

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27 Responses to 1st Birthday! {Giveaway & Q/A}

  1. Sherry July 27, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    I can’t believe it’s already been a year Kay. Kudo’s too you for them most beautiful blog I have ever seen. Really.

    • Kay July 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      Thank you Sherry. You have been right there blogging with me from day one. Kains On The Creek just turned “1” a month ago?!!

  2. Sherry July 27, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    AMAZON…to buy a book on grammar after that above typo 😉

  3. Jenny July 27, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Great post – I loved all the info! Thanks for including my little blog 🙂 and for the fun giveaway!!

    • Kay July 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      You’re welcome Jenny. Have been thinking about your ice cream cake recipe. Just having a little difficulty getting all the ingredients together. If I have the Oreo cookies, I’m out of ice cream or vice versa. Can’t imagine the ice cream cake will stick around long with homemade chocolate fudge sauce to top it off!

  4. Lori July 27, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    I agree with the above comment – your blog is one of the loveliest I read. And your photos are stunning. Congrats on your birthday celebration.

    • Kay July 27, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      Thank you Lori for all your kind and encouraging words 🙂

  5. Lindsay / Life By Lindsay July 27, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Congrats to a fellow Blog class Alum! Way to go – your site looks great – I look forward to exploring a bit more!!!

    • Kay July 27, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

      Nice to meet you Lindsay! I will be sure to visit your website {lifebylindsay.com} often and looking forward to see your “garden” in a future blog post.

  6. Julie July 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    I love the Q&A! It’s such a personal light insight into your interests and inspirations. It’s so hard but I love it when bloggers get a little personal as well as show items they love or ideas.

  7. Julie July 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Yup, I’d do Amazon, too. Especially since my bday is coming up on Aug. 2!

    • Kay July 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

      Happy early birthday to you Julie. One of my girl’s birthday is on August 1st and she has been counting down the days.

  8. lani July 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Congratulations on a year! I really wondered about the name so thanks for explaining it! and thanks for including me on your little list! 🙂

    • Kay July 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      Thank you Lani and I’m glad the Q&A answered your question.

  9. Julie Raye-Rod July 28, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Home depot or amazon.

  10. kelly Davis July 29, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    Congratulations on your blog’s first Birthday! You’ve done a great job. Thank you for mentioning My Sophia Ryan. And what a wonderful giveaway! Thanks again, Kelly

    • Kay July 29, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

      Thank you Kelly. I have enjoyed seeing all your projects on the website. The embroidered pillow idea is something I want to try in the near future.

  11. Jayme July 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Thanks so much for including my button in the post!!! It made me a little giddy to see it there as a surprise! I haven’t gotten around to adding buttons to my site, yet. (considering I just made my own last week). Hope your lemonade spritzer turned out well if you got around to making it!

    • Kay July 29, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

      I accidentally smashed the mint leaves with blueberries {not following the directions}, that made it too minty. My second batch turned out great, very refreshing. Thanks Jayme for the recipe.

  12. Linda Torgeson July 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Congratulations on one fabulous year of blogging! A lovely site, very inspirational and fun too! Looking forward to another year of White Gunpowder.

    • Swan July 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

      Thank you! We have certainly enjoyed the first year and are looking forward to the next!

  13. Deb oConnell July 30, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Happy Birthday White Gunpowder. You guys never cease to amaze me!

  14. Jennifer July 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Amazon for sure. Congratulations on your first birthday from a fellow Blog Class graduate. You’ve done an awesome job on your site, it’s beautiful!

    • Kay July 30, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

      Hi Jennifer, thank you for coming to visit the website! The name of your website {Swing Whistle Zing} is very cute and I had to take a peek. I will be back over and explore a little more soon.

  15. Donna July 30, 2013 at 4:58 pm #


  16. Julie July 30, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    The amazon gift card would be perfect so school

  17. Hannah July 31, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    Yay! Happy first birthday to you! You have such a lovely blog that’s always a pleasure to read. I hope you have many more years of happy blogging!
    PS:Thanks for sharing my button ( i must get back to my much neglected blog)!

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