Gooseberry Patch cookbook giveaway!

August 30, 2011

I have had a blast cooking through Autumn with Family & Friends with the Real Farmwives of America & Friends and Gooseberry Patch.

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I hope you have found a recipe or two that you have wanted to try!autumnfamilyfriends And now, it’s time for a giveaway, so you can try the recipes I’ve shown you, and all the others you want!

I did not have any trouble picking out recipes to try from this book… The trick was narrowing it down to ten!

We tried some great main dishes like

Perfect Cheesy Pasta Bakemelty goodness sm 

Sweet Autumn Pork Chopsafter oven sm

Connie’s Meatloaf Rollfinished-1

Pumpkin-Sausage Pennepasta

Party Ham Casserolefinished sm

I checked out a new comfort food recipe – Dad’s Best Mac & Cheesebaked

There were the kid- and adult-friendly Crunchy Chicken “Toes”chicken dinner

Some fantastic side dishes…

Cinnamon Pineapplenaked pineapple sm

Grandma’s Buttery Mashed Potatoesmashed sm

and a new favorite, Garlic Bubble Bread (I am so making this to go with lasagna tonight!)garlic heaven sm

And I managed to stick to only one dessert (but, oh, was it good!) – Pumpkin Custard Crunchpiece of custard sm

Are you hungry yet?

I have a copy of Autumn with Family & Friends to give away!! Try all these recipes, and tons more! How about New England Cider Doughnuts… Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes… Bacon Bread (Hubby Doc has been after me to make this one)… Pumpkin Bread Pudding! They all sound so good… who can choose? (I think I’ve held off on the desserts long enough!)

You can earn entries in this giveaway for a copy of this wonderful cookbook by…

Be sure to leave me a separate comment for each entry.

The giveaway will close at midnight (Central time) on Friday, September 9. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, September 10!

Good luck! I know you will love each and every recipe!


Bonus side dishes, recipe #10+

August 27, 2011

Don’t tell anyone, but I’m giving you two side dishes in this post. And you’ll love them both, I promise!autumnfamilyfriends

First… Warm Cinnamon Pineapple.

Start with a whole pineapple. Cut off the top and bottom, and then slice off the skin.

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Mix together 2 cups of sugar (I used Splenda) and 1/4 cup cinnamon.cinnamon sugar sm

Roll the naked pineapple around in the cinnamon sugar until he is nice and sticky. (I had a bunch of leftover cinnamon sugar. Next time I would only make up half the amount.)

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Wrap the pineapple in aluminum foil, put it on a baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

When it is warmed through, take him out of the aluminum foil, stand him upright, and slice vertically around the core. Throw out the core, slice the pineapple thinly, and serve warm.cooked pineapple sm

Trust me, you will love this!!

Second, Grandma’s Buttery Mashed Potatoes. Because no Autumn meal is complete without mashed potatoes!

Peel, cube, cook, and drain 6-8 potatoes. cooked potatoes sm

Add 1/2 cup butter, and 1 cup evaporated milk.

Beat everything to a pulp.butter and milk sm

I didn’t pay attention, and added a whole can of evaporated milk, instead of just 1 cup. So things got a little runny. Lucky for me, I had some instant mashed potato flakes in the pantry. I added some of these, and things perked right up.mashed sm

Of course, I could have boiled some more potatoes to correct the runny problem. But I wasn’t feeling that patient.

Seriously? Some of the best mashed potatoes I have ever tasted!

Special thanks to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with this great cookbook to try and share with you. If you would like to purchase this or other cookbooks, please visit their store. If you would like to see other great recipes, check out

Printable recipe cards:cinnamon pineapple recipe card mashed potatoes recipe card

Next up? A giveaway! I have a copy of Autumn with Family & Friends to giveaway to one lucky reader! Get ready…  It’s coming next week!

Party Ham Casserole, recipe #9

August 26, 2011

We’re getting closer to Autumn (well, some days it feels more like it than others), and I’m wrapping up my cooking from Autumn with Family & Friends from Gooseberry Patch!


I’m always looking for something new to do with ham, so this recipe was calling to me!

I started with one of our ham steaks, cut it into cubes, and gave it a quick cook in some olive oil. I may have also used some of Shoup’s Seasoning. It’s a possibility. ham sm

You can start with a pre-cooked piece of ham. We didn’t have any of that “fancy” food. 🙂

This recipe calls for medium egg noodles. I am a big fan of the Amish-style noodles, and used those instead.noodles sm

I cooked and drained half the package of noodles, and set them aside foe a few minutes. In the same saucepan I cooked the noodles, I combined 1 can of cream of mushroom soup and 1/2 cup milk, and stirred over low heat until smooth. Then add 1 teaspoon of minced onion, 2 teaspoons of mustard, and 1 cup of sour cream. Heat, stir. Beautiful.sauce sm

The recipe calls for layers here. Noodles, ham, soup, repeat. My casserole dish was clearly the wrong size, so I just dumped it all in at the same time.casserole dish sm

Mix together 1/2 cup bread crumbs and 1-1/2 tablespoon melted butter for the top, and then top with grated Parmesan cheese. Yum!toppings sm

Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes, and it is ready to go!finished sm

I will advise you to stick to the medium egg noodles. The noodles I used were so long, it was hard to serve this casserole without everything pulling apart.

Other than that, this dish was a hit!   

Special thanks to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with this great cookbook to try and share with you. If you would like to purchase this or other cookbooks, please visit their store. If you would like to see other great recipes, check out

Printable recipe card:party ham casserole recipe card

Next time… a two-fer! I made two quick and easy sides, and I’m going to give them both to you in the next post!

Week of travel

August 24, 2011

At least this time, Hubby Doc and I were together on our travels!

Last week was a pretty busy week for us. We left Monday evening to head up to Indianapolis so we could be at the Indiana State Fair first thing Tuesday morning. We arrived after the tragedy of the stage collapsing before the concert on Saturday night, but the mood was still a little subdued on the grounds.

We were working in the Farm Bureau building at the Taste of Indiana Farms event for three days on the state fairgrounds.

Hubby Doc got to talk to new people for three straight days. He hated it.john Or maybe he loved it. Is he smiling?

Friday morning, after our fair responsibilities were done, we packed up and headed to Grand Rivers, Kentucky for the weekend. Monday was our two-year wedding anniversary, and we wanted to have a weekend away that wasn’t tied to work in some way or another.

Grand Rivers is this really tiny village in Western Kentucky, nestled between Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake. Just south of Grand Rivers is the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

We had a very low-key, relaxing weekend. We had no schedule, and no itinerary. It was awesome. We saw a show at the Badgett Playhouse, and spent a bunch of time in the LBL Park.

We slept in on Sunday, drove over to Paducah, KY and spent some more time in the LBL Park before we started a lazy drive back home.

More details to come on all of this later this week. I’m still trying to catch up from the week of being gone! My computer also liked the vacation, and he is whining about having to go back to work this week, too.

Of course, Hubby Doc left this morning for Chicago, and I’m headed to Indianapolis again on Friday… so back on the merry-go-round!

Dad’s Best Mac & Cheese, recipe #8

August 19, 2011

I have already told you about one of my favorite comfort foods – homemade macaroni and cheese. While I am perfectly happy with my family recipe, I am also always on the lookout for some variations. And boy did I find a good one in this cookbook!!autumnfamilyfriends

Mix together one egg, 1 tablespoon hot water, 1 teaspoon ground dry mustard, and 1 teaspoon salt.egg

Add the egg mixture, and 1 cup of milk to cooked elbow macaroni. (Or spirals. I like spirals. I just didn’t have any.)pasta and milk 

Add most of a 12-ounce package of shredded sharp cheddar cheese.cheese

I had only bought an 8-ounce bag of cheddar. So I added some mozzarella to make up the difference. Mix that all up. (We’re not aiming for cheese melting, just everything mixed together.)more cheese

Spread one tablespoon of softened butter in the bottom of your pan…butter

And then pour in the macaroni.almost ready

Top with extra cheese.garnish

And bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes, until the top looks like this.baked

Oh, yum!! This was mac & cheese heaven!

I do like a crunchy topping, so maybe next time I would add some crushed cereal with butter to the cheese on the top… But this was still so good!

We had this with Gooseberry Patch’s Crunchy Chicken “Toes” and garden broccoli.chicken dinner

I will say, all that butter in the bottom of the pan made for some seriously yummy mac & cheese, but it left my stoneware pan feeling pretty greasy. I ended up using a little bit of dish soap to clean the stoneware (which you’re not really supposed to do). There was no other way of getting around the butter. But it was so worth it!

Special thanks to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with this great cookbook to try and share with you. If you would like to purchase this or other cookbooks, please visit their store. If you would like to see other great recipes, check out

Printable recipe card:dads best mac and cheese card

Used equipment lot?

August 17, 2011

Sometimes I’m not sure if I’m at a used equipment lot…barn lot 1 sm

(Don’t forget that trailer over there!)trailer sm

Or if I am at home…barn lot 2 sm

Yep! That’s our house in the background!house sm

Crunchy Chicken “Toes,” recipe #7

August 15, 2011

I don’t cook with chicken very often. We just don’t have much chicken in our freezer! We end up eating a lot of red meat and pork, which I love, but a little chicken every once in a while is a nice change of pace. We just loved this take on chicken fingers!autumnfamilyfriends

Mix together 1 cup of crushed corn flakes, 1 cup plain bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon allspice.

(Did you know that you can buy corn flake crumbs? They are right next to the bread crumbs. I had no idea until after I made this recipe!)

I realized, a little too late, that I did not have any ground allspice in the house. So I did a little internet researching, and found that allspice is basically equal parts cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. I didn’t have any ground cloves, either. So instead of 1/2 tsp allspice, I used 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. (It still turned out great!)corn flakes

Okay, so mix all that together (with whichever parts of the spices you have on hand, apparently) and then add some olive oil.add olive oil

Mix it up so the corn flakes/sugar/spice mixture is nice and moist.mixed crumbs

Now line up shallow dishes with the corn flakes/sugar/spice mixture, 2 eggs (beaten), and 1/3 cup flour.line em up

Cut 1.5 pounds of chicken breasts into bite-size pieces, and dredge in the flour.dredge in flour

Then in the egg.dredge in egg

Then in the corn flakes.dredge in corn flakes

Spread your chicken “toes” out on a non-stick baking sheet, and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. spread em out

While you are waiting, mix up some dipping sauce – 1/4 cup honey mustard and 1/4 cup barbecue sauce. sauce

And that’s it! I swear! Super easy, and so yummy!

I’m not particularly a fan of either honey mustard or BBQ sauce for dipping, BUT this combination, with the sugary coating on the chicken, was great!

We had the chicken with a homemade macaroni & cheese recipe from this cookbook (coming soon!!) and some broccoli from our garden. And the dipping sauce, of course.chicken dinner

Special thanks to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with this great cookbook to try and share with you. If you would like to purchase this or other cookbooks, please visit their store. If you would like to see other great recipes, check out

Printable recipe card:crunchy chicken toes card