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Jul
08
2014

Soup anyone?

This soup was a real winner!  Ben and I enjoyed the heck out of it and I dropped a couple of servings off to my oldest son for his lunch today.  Anxious to see what he thought.  Although, he’s the guy who would finish off one of the younger kids plate/bowl/cup to keep from throwing out food.  Many times I said “You know that has baby spit in it, right?” To which he replied “Yeah, it won’t hurt me.”  Okey dokey.  Bleh! They were my kids but I didn’t want to eat after them!  I honestly can’t remember him ever complaining about what the meal was but still, having said all that – This COWBOY SOUP from Foolproof Family Recipes was DELISH!

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  • 1-2 pounds ground beef
  • 5.6 ounce pkg Spanish rice mix, uncooked
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4-5 c. beef broth
  • 15 oz can mixed vegetables
  • 14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 10 oz can diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 11 ounce can of corn

In a soup pot over medium heat, brown beef with onions: drain.  Meanwhile, prepare rice according to package directions.  To beef mixture in soup pot, add cooked rice, 4 cups broth and undrained vegetables.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 30 minutes, adding remaining broth if a thinner soup is desired.  Makes 8-10 servings.

Note: I am quite sure a vegetarian version would be “Souper Simple”.

To enter this Early Bird Review and Giveaway: All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of each post pertaining to this giveaway and Early Bird Review and consider yourself entered. I will be posting amazing recipes from this book over the next two weeks and then on Friday the 18th of July, I will draw a name from the trusty mason jar and announce the winner. You have a few chances to get your name in the drawing. And of course it would be nice of you to tell your friends if you have facebook or a blog of your own.

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Jul
07
2014

Reading, writing and remembering…

First time in a long time I have more than one book going at a time.  Reading one suggested (insisted, truth be told) by two of my daughters: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn.  I am not much for romance novels but have to say this one is pretty dang great.  It has a Jane Austen kinda vibe. It is first in  the Bridgertons Series.

And I just started Conversion by Katherine Howe. I have loved her first book since the moment I opened it. Titled The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane –it was right up my alley. I have no reason to believe Conversion will not leave me wanting to close it after the last word, flip it over and start again.

This may not sound like much “news” but I have so fewer faculties than even 5 years ago, that it is noteworthy to me.  I am also keeping a word journal and when I run across a word that stumps me, I jot it down and then later look it up – origin and all.  I feel like a first grader some days – just learning words and how to use them.  No I have not had a stroke.  But for those of you that might consider rolling your eyes at Fibromyalgia next time it’s mentioned, I advise you to refrain.  It’s real.  It can cause huge blanks in memory and word recollection not to mention ridiculous brain fog and extraordinary pain in places you forget you have.  Lesson learned. The treatment? More mind blowing meds.  And I don’t mean “DAMN! That blows my mind!”.  I mean “Damn…my mind is blown :/ ” So hopefully, old schooling this will help.  Physically writing things down has been the only way I have coped so far.  It’s actually interesting to go back and look at my notebooks since my diagnosis and realize I DO get things done and have the notes to prove it :)

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Have a great day everyone! And check out the 4th’s post and enter to win a Gooseberry Patch cookbook (and a little gift  from me as well)!

Peace out peeps!

Jul
04
2014

WOOT! Gooseberry Patch GiveAway! WOOT!

Okay, here we go!  I am going to try my very best to revive this poor nearly dead blog.  I have seriously missed being out here in the blogging world.  I love connecting with people and seeing all the things we have in common.  Like a big ol’ online hen party with a few roosters who pop by every now and then.  Periodically life grabs us by the napes of our necks, spins us around and drops us in a completely, sometimes chaotic place.  Well, that’s where I have been for almost two years. So many changes.  The constants in my life were there and it seemed I was trying desperately to hold on in a whirlwind of changes. SO, here I am.  Hoping some of you will come back on a regular basis.  And hey, leave me a note and let me know you were here Ü

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What better way to get back in the swing of things than a giveaway?  You all know how much I love Gooseberry Patch.  LOVE LOVE.  I have been a friend of Gooseberry Patch for SO many years.  Likely from the beginning, truth be told.  Most of you know how these Early Bird Cookbook Reviews go and how to win your very own copy of  FOOLPROOF FAMILY RECIPES. Oh and a little something from me as well. But, that’s a surprise!

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I wish I could draw, paint, make art like the cover of Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks!  Anywho…here’s your first recipe. Brown Sugar Meatloaf - It was scrumptious!

  • 1/2 cup catsup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 – 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3/4 cup saltine crackers, crushed (I used gluten free of course)
  • 1 t  Worchestershire sauce

Mix together catsup and brown sugar in a small bowl and set aside.  In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mix by hand and form into a loaf.  Place in a lightly greased 9 x 5 loaf pan (I use a meat loaf pan – you can find one here.  In fact this is the very one I have).  Spoon catsup mixture over meatloaf. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for one hour.  Serves 8.

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What goes with meat better than potatoes?  These Golden Parmesan Potatoes especially!  Super simple is never a bad thing either.

  • 2 pounds new potatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 t. Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large bowl, toss potatoes with oil, seasoning and garlic.  Add cheese; mix lightly.  Spread mixture in a lightly greased 15 x 10 jelly roll pan.  Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees  for 45 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.  Makes 6 servings.

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THANKS for stopping by! I hope I can keep you all interested enough for us to become old and dear friends again. AND if you will, I promise a few more recipes from this great Gooseberry Patch cookbook until we have the giveaway on July 18, 2014.  SO we have two weeks to get reacquainted and share some great recipes.

Now you know how this all goes down!  And of course as always, you can win a copy of this new cookbook.

To enter this Early Bird Review and Giveaway: All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of each post pertaining to this giveaway and Early Bird Review and consider yourself entered. I will be posting amazing recipes from this book over the next two weeks and then on Friday the 18th of July, I will draw a name from the trusty mason jar and announce the winner. You have a few chances to get your name in the drawing. And of course it would be nice of you to tell your friends if you have facebook or a blog of your own.

Find even MORE from Gooseberry Patch online!
www.gooseberrypatch.typepad.com
www.facebook.com/gooseberrypatch
www.twitter.com/gooseberrypatch
www.youtube.com/gooseberrypatchcom
www.scribd.com/gooseberrypatch

And if you like what you find here at my blog you can check out the right hand column and subscribe to my feed and follow me on twitter and facebook.

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