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


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!


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.


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.


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.

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Oh boy that looks good Susan! I love the Gooseberry Patch books. I have quite a few of them and I love them all! I wish I could do art like they have on their covers too! I am far too pedantic when I am doing my art. I wish I could just let loose! Love you! I’ve been here all along as you know. Waiting. Don’t make me wait so long between posts, LOL! xxoo

beth schultz

Nice to see you back! Looking forward to more posts! Hooray!

CarolK in Nac

As my grandson Harrison says, “Yum!” Can’t wait to try it!
CarolK in Nacogdoches

That meatloaf looks yummy!! I always put ketchup and brown sugar on mine also.

Sounds like great recipies!

Leslie K

This looks fabulous. I can’t wait to try these 2 things together! Thanks for sharing. The new cook book looks great!

Karren Anstett

have done the catsup on top but never thought of adding brown sugar…will next time tho…sounds good…


Love homemade meatloaf. It was one of the first recipes I made by myself as a child.

looks great.Will be making the meatloaf and potatoes soon!

Jennifer C.

That looks amazing. Now to just get my husband to make it – LOL.

Merrilyn Rutledge

Recipe looks great and look forward to reading your blog</a

have been looking got new meatloaf recipe, will give this one a try soon. thanks

Tammy E

Can not wait to try this recipes.

Ann F.

I love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks. All their recipes are wonderful!

Christine Sadlon

Sounds Yummy. Can’t wait to make the meatloaf.

Dawna Paschall

This looks so yummy! I’ve been looking for an easy meatloaf recipe!

Thanks for the recipe trying it tonight.

Nancy A

Looks yummy ! Will try this !Love the cookbooks too!


Looks yummy!!! I love meatloaf and my husband loves potatoes. ..always willing to try a new recipe

looks like the meatloaf my mom-in-law made-always wanted the recipe-thanks a bunch!! Going to try the potatoes also!!


Both recipes sound great…..I’ll have to try. I love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks…….the recipes are so easy and down to earth.


I can’t wait to try this meat loaf recipe. I have been looking and trying lots of different ones….hopefully this will be my go to recipe.

Nana Ruth

Neat!! Meat loaf sounds like Grandma’s

Cindy D'Ortona

Yum! The meatloaf and potato recipes look so good, going to try them real soon! I’ll certainly add this meatloaf recipe to my list of go to dinner ideas :)

Deb Forbes

That meatloaf looks really good I will have to try it. I love Gooseberry too. Thanks for sharing. Just one question what gluten free crackers did you use in meatloaf?


Looks like dinner! Thanks!

Jan Wuebbels

this looks awsome, can’t wait to try it, meatloaf is all time favorite

ann austin

oh, would love to have that for supper tonight, mmmmm!

Kathy Uppole

Will try these recipes this weekend! They look great.
Love Gooseberry Patch books and hope I win the drawing!

Both recipes sound delicious. Will definitely try them. And would love to win the recipe book.

Hi NotQuiteJuneCleaver, the cookbook and the recipe sound amazing! I have a blog, but I’m on a hiatus right now, I’m planning on blogging again real soon.

Nancy B.

This looks great, I’m always on the lookout for a new meatloaf recipe. I remember that my mother always used crackers for filler……never breadcrumbs. This cookbook would be a great addition to my collection.

I love all Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks, I own quite a few. The meatloaf and potatoes sound great gonna try them soon !! I would love to win a cookbook !

So glad to have you back!! This world needs more June Cleavers…8) Thanks for the recipes!! Bee Blessed…

Jenifer newton

Looks delicious


The recipes look good and easy to follow!

Julie Coneset

Addicted to GBP books!

Kathleen Anke

Sounds so good I can almost smell it cooking….and it will be soon in my oven.

Rebecca Sherman

I love all the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. I will definitely try this

Heather Morris

Hope I win, need all the help I can get!

Linda gray

Can’t wait to try both of these recipes. I love recipes, I love to new things. Keep up the good work.

Bridget Loggan

I love your cookbooks!! They always make me smile. It’s so hard to pick just one recipe :)

Jenny Plassio

Thank you for sharing nothing better then meat and potatoes ;0)


That looks amazing!

Jeanne Caia

The potatoes look delicious! Looking forward to trying them!

Cindy R

Looks soooo good! :)

pam l

Looking forward to trying the meatloaf and potatoes recipes!