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December 7th 2022
Wed Delivery: Dec 14th

Celebrating our Farmers this Christmas

How amazing you have all been! Thank you so much to our farmers for supporting Growing From the Ground Up and a HUGE thank you to all of you who read, who buy, who volunteer and support a new supply venue for our farmers! This is moving forward to a brave new world where we all dare to dream, to wish for big things, for love, for supporting one another, for sharing and holding a prayerful space for our children and grandchildren!

Bliss and Co!

Cupcakes, ready to bake gingerbread dough...
New york Cheesecakes



Bliss & Co


Gingerbread cupcake topped with creamcheese buttercream and gingerbread cookie crumbs.

Over 30 products!!

On Being Nut Free

It broke our hearts when we first discovered that a number of children, with nut allergies, were singled out at school from enjoying the simple pleasures of a cupcake so we made it our priority to establish Bliss & Co. Cupcakes and Desserts as a nut-free bakery.

All Bliss & Co. products are made from scratch using nut free ingredients and baked in a nut free environment. We control this as best we can by using all natural ingredients with the exception of colorings and by working closely with our suppliers to prevent cross contamination with ingredients made in a facility that processes nuts.

Should you have any questions about Bliss & Co.'s efforts to maintain a nut-free environment, please do not hesitate to email us at

See the full products on their shop!

Bliss and Co

Mini 3 oz Cakes in a Jar

Want some Christmas Ice Cream for that incredible pie? Why not try Peaches and Cream Ice Cream from Cookie Crimes! Click Here

9 inch flaky APPLE pie
30 large gingersnap ready to bake cookies

The Joy of our Culture!

I grew up mostly just off of small towns near lots of wilderness, small farms and open areas. I forget sometimes how blessed we are to have such an incredible place as Alberta. Our skies are so immense. Of course we all know of our wonderful deep freeze, cold tundra winters! But more importantly, how important it is to have our free places, our farms and our farmers. Next to our neighbours, BC, all adorned with evergreens and small country farms nestled in trees, our prairie landscape seems so barren and alien at times.

I remember seeing duck ponds under thick snow and a few branches sticking up through the snow that pretended to be trees!

One winter I was working as a 2nd cook in the oil rigs and I was up there for Christmas. The oil rig crew wanted a Christmas tree and brought back what looked like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. It was so sad! So we joked with the one lead hand: "Well you just drove your truck until you could get it easily and you chopped that one down" He said " No! Of course not!"The other rig hands were vehemently saying "Yes! He did!" behind his back. But they went out and got a second tree, so much bigger! and it did not fit in the trailer, so we had to chop the top off! So we had two trees. One inside and one outside. The joke was that the little Charlie Brown Tree was the top of the tree inside the trailer! All adorned with gingerbread people, popcorn strings and oranges! We had not expected to be up there that Christmas so we had to go back to how it used to be done and made our own Christmas Joy!

1. Prairie Culture

I found a very interesting site, I like that story and a story teller who does live shows "A Prairie Christmas". He is in the US of course :) but I listened to one of his stories that made me smile and I think you will like it too!

2. Country Music

A country song:

Alberta Christmas Morning

3. Amber Valley

Did you know about Amber Valley? It is 100km north of Edmonton and is home to the first all black settlement in Canada!

4. Where did our fun Alberta food come from?

Oh, to be Alberta bound. Some go for the oil jobs, others for the mountains, (myself, for the wondrous foods of Alberta!) but there’s something for everyone. There’s Star Trek and Dinosaurs! There’s salt springs and skiing! There’s ranch land and rodeos!

Did You Know? Alberta produces 40% of Canada’s honey and is the fifth largest honey producing region in the world. Falher, Alberta is the honey capital of Canada, boasting a 22ft honey bee statue and the Falher Honey Festival. Another sweet attraction is the Chinook Honey Company which offers tours and tastings of their hives and meadery!

The Best of our Home!


Christmas is for Kids!

Add a touch of whimsy to your holiday spread with these chocolaty treats. They're perfect for getting little ones involved.

Does that sound awesome or what!
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Banana Pancake Snowman

With their black licorice tails, candy noses and peanut ears, these chewy "mice" were always a hit at classroom parties. My children are in their teens now, but they still ask me to make these cookies for the holidays. —Nancy Rowse, Bella Vista, Arkansas
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Reindeer Brownies

My son, Jeremy, is 36 but acts as if he's 5 when he sees these brownies—I've been making them for more than 30 years! My daughter, Jayme, and my four grandchildren love them, too. If you're short on time, a boxed mix works just fine. —Jeannine Schneider, Fremont, California


We have 2 volunteer drivers/sorters now, 1 Organizer and a few customers! It is happening! Do you know of any farmers who would like to put their products up on the site? We are hoping to begin Jan 11th but that might be pushing it... anyway let us know!

Our Club

We continue to get the papers in order - it is a thing! We'd like to keep it simple, because we tend to think laws are for the lawyers... though in order to build something solid, it really takes a long look not only at the purpose but something deeper too. Many years ago Mark and I thought a lot about business and its role in our society. We came to the conclusion that our businesses should support all individuals as a family and those that worked for us if they wanted to open a different kind of business, or be a doctor, a mechanic, whatever... , we should support that and have programs in place to put money into those programs. Most businesses today are strictly for themselves. We saw it needed to be different.

Businesses should be from the community and then for the community. Everyone who we'd be involved with, is our family and should be treated as such. Taking care of each other.

If those principles were the foundation of our organization, what would that look like? It is like a direction or guiding principle. If that were identified, then the whole organization would have a foundation, the meaning and purpose would already be established and the building would create itself around that.

Do you have any ideas? Talk to us!

A huge thank you to you for supporting farmers!

The Christmas Rifle

This little story was written in 2001 by Rian B. Anderson, a sheepherder in Utah, who wanted to write something for his children to share the meaning of Christmas. The book is called "The Christmas Prayer".

A Christmas Prayer

Pa never had much compassion for the lazy or for those who squandered their means and then never had enough for the necessities. But for those who were genuinely in need, his heart was as big as all outdoors.

It was from him that I learned the greatest joy in life comes from giving, not from receiving. It was Christmas Eve 1881. I was fifteen years old and feeling like the world had caved in on me because there just hadn’t been enough money to buy me the rifle that I’d wanted so badly that year for Christmas. We did the chores early that night for some reason. I just figured Pa wanted a little extra time so we could read in the Bible.

Next Delivery is Jan 11th 2023

Thank you for all your support!

Have a most beautiful Christmas Season and New Years!
We treasure the beautiful silence of our winter landscapes and wish all that is of wonder & awe

for you

Mark and Elana
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