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Oct
12
2014

Tired of Vermont Photos? Too bad :)

As I promised – here I am again with MORE Vermont tales.  To refresh your memories or if you are just popping in for the first time ~ my oldest and dearest girlfriend and I took a fantabulous vacay to Vermont last October.  We had the best time.  She’s a perfect traveling partner.  We WILL do it again.  And soon.

When I last left off  the Tales of Vermont 2013, we were headed to Robert Lee Frost’s home.  EEEK! We were so excited.  Her more than me I suspect because…well she’s more well read than I am.  Since she’s an English major/teacher and master of our native tongue, it stands to reason.  And since her daughter made a perfect score of 36 in English on the ACT and mine only made a 34 she gets top billing on this leg of our adventure.  These girls of ours are stories for other days.  But let’s just say no two mothers alive love their sons and daughters more than we do.  That is a fact.

Okay…so we see Mr. Frost’s grave and go BERSERK!

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We tend to do that fairly easily when we are away from home and don’t run the risk of people we know witnessing two middle aged women jumping up and down like we were 8 or something.

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So anywho, we map it and are still way too excited for words to do justice and off we go…

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Okay so we just thought we were excited. Then the house came into view.

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There were so many “oh my…oh my… oh my” s and eeeeeks that we were just plain old giddy by the time we parked and got out.  I mean can you tell from this one picture what a beautiful PERFECT day this was?  Perfect I tell you.  Bright blue October skies in Vermont.  There’s not much else that needs to be said.  But of course, I will.  Say much more.

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Apparently as fans of Robert Frost goes, we are in fairly good company.  The benefactors of this museum are pretty important people it would seem.

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We of course agreed immediately that we felt privileged as we stepped over the threshold and onto a sun porch that the man himself sat on many a day warming himself by this old potbelly stove.

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Oh Elinor what lovely taste you had.  If you don’t know much about Robert Frost’s life, I encourage you to read about him.  Through great suffering and I do mean GREAT suffering, he wrote some of the most acclaimed poetry.

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We were trying not to look like doofuses but when we saw this, in Mr. Frost’s own hand we could barely contain ourselves.  I think the only thing that might have made this more exciting would have been to be standing there with Catherine Vines Davis.  Mrs. Davis was one of our high school English teachers and a hoot.  One of the most eccentric people I have ever known.  And I am quite sure she would have had some dirt to share about Robert Frost.  She liked nothing more than to gossip about dead writers and poets!

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What a beautiful place the Frost family lived.  Yet, in all the beauty and peace this place should have brought him and his, there was much grief and loss and sorrow.  I believe most of the most gifted have the most struggles.  There is a very fine line between genius and madness.  I think Mr. Frost stood on that line many days of his life.  And if you read his bio, you won’t wonder why.  Nonetheless, he wrote and produced beautiful words for the world to read.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

~ Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)

As before, stay tuned.  Have a lovely Sunday everyone!

Jul
11
2014

Dessert anyone?

HELLLLOOOO Friday!!!! Finally!  These days are dragging by for me.  This time next week, if all goes according to plans, The Husband will be on his way back home.  YAY!  It’s been a long three weeks.

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In the meantime, we have some recipes to share and a cookbook to give away!  If you have been following my blog, you know how this works. If not a the bottom of this post will be information about how to enter to win a copy of Foolproof Family Recipes from Gooseberry Patch and all the particulars.

I realized yesterday I hadn’t posted this recipe and it was such a hit! In fact about every two days or so one of the kids asks when are you going to make that Inside-Out cake again???  Soon…soon.   It was so easy and so very delicious.  AND super easy to make gluten free.

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Inside-Out Cake

  • 2-3 TBSP sugar
  • 15 1/4 oz pkg. yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Yellow Cake mix)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 15 oz can coconut-pecan frosting
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans

Generously spray a 10″ Bundt pan with non-stick vegetable spray.  Dust pan with sugar, set aside.  In a large bowl, combine dry cake mix, eggs, oil and water; beat as directed on package.  Stir in frosting mix and mix well. Fold in nuts.  Pour Batter into pan and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 50-60 minutes.  Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes only.  Turn out onto serving plate.  Makes 12 servings.

YUMMY for your tummy!

Note: This cake is super moist which is not always easily accomplished with a gluten free cake.  We enjoyed every last crumb.  Take a look at the pictures and then scroll on down for the giveaway info!

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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

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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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