WOOT Gooseberry Patch is in the house!


It’s been forEVER since I reviewed a Gooseberry Patch book.  And I have missed the task!  I have got to tell you This one is PERFECT for me!  Hometown Harvest  – what could be better??? I LOVE AUTUMN.  And cooking Autumn foods.  And perfect timing to get me in the mood and I hope you all too.  Some of you are likely already enjoying falling leaves and cooler days – that always puts me in the mood to cook something a little more hearty and bake something delicious!

Hometown HarvestLook at that cover!  Can you just smell that maple syrup? Yeah, me too!  I chose a main dish to get this party started!


This recipe for Cranberry Pork Roast is super easy and so delicious!  I hope you will give it a try !

  • 3 lb rolled boneless pork loin roast
  • 14 ounce can of cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 c cranberry juice
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 t mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 TBSP cornstarch
  • 2 TBSP cold water
  • salt to taste

Place roast in a large slow cooker; set aside. Mash cranberry sauce in a bowl.  Stir in cranberry juice, sugar and seasoning.  Pour mixture over roast.  Cover and cook on low setting for 6-8 hours, until tender.  Remove roast to a platter.  Keep warm.  Skim fat from liquid in slow cooker and measure 2 cups, adding water if necessary.  Pour into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.  In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and cold water to make a paste.  Stir into hot mixture in a saucepan.  Cook and stir until thickened. Season with salt. Serve gravy with sliced pork.

NOTE: I had a few frozen cranberries and dropped them the hot liquid to serve over the pork.  Yumminess!

See I told you it was easy peasy!

I hope you know how thrilled I am to be back to blogging and soon I will tell you all about the wedding and happenings around it!  It was fab!

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 Monday the September 30, 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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Going pretty smoothly actually.  Getting last of the layers crumb coated.  Whitney if you read this – I HATE RED VELVET!!! LOL not really but two light coats of crumb coat will be necessary.  Gotta run – these cakes aren’t going to crumb coat themselves!

Shanti & Love




Making progress!

Crumb coat on one layer…three to go and a little “cake for two” for them to freeze for their 1st anniversary <3  I think I would rather work for a complete stranger than family LOL  Like I told my sister in law – I might never see a stranger again if they don’t like my work…family I have to see at least on holidays!! I am going to do my very best.  I want it to be perfect for Whitney and Darren.


This is layer is Italian Cream.  I hope its good an moist.  I baked it a little longer than I would have if it didn’t have to hold three more layers.  Of course I am using dividers but still…

Next up the chocolate layer 🙂

I will be back!

Love and Peace to you all