"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Fun Fall Bucket List

Fall is just around the corner and this year I thought it would be neat to write down some fun things to do this season. It also gets the kids excited as they get to see a glimpse of things to come.

Fall Bucket List

I took the painful pleasure of making mine on Picmonkey. I say painful pleasure because I’m not very schooled in that area, but I thought it came out pretty cute despite my lack of know how.

But if you don’t want to go to all that trouble then here’s one you can just print out and fill in yourself. Easy peasy. And if you need ideas of what to put on them you can go to this Pinterest page I pulled up for ya and see what everyone else is doing. You can even use some of my ideas if you’d like. *smile*

Don’t worry if you don’t have kids, this is still a fun way to plan some intentional mini dates with your hubby and if you’re not married how about a best friend? Either way I think it’s a fun idea and will most definitely get you excited about the upcoming season. Even if you live in Florida where it’s still in the high 80’s and fall is just something you do when you trip.

So what do you say? You gonna give it a shot?

Have a lovely day my friends.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Giveaway: Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites from Gooseberry Patch

This giveaway is now closed.

Congratulations to #2 LaughingLady,Picked by random.org.

I’m so excited to have another Gooseberry Patch cookbook to giveaway. This one is Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites. (affiliate link)Slow Cooker Christmas

Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites will usher you right into the holidays with a bunch of tantalizing and tempting recipes. Just think, when you’re out Christmas shopping you could have one of these yummy recipes cooking away in your crock-pot ready for you when you get home. I love that!

And trust me, there are TONS of recipes to choose from.  Something for everyone. I’ve made a few already.

Make-Ahead Chipotle Burritos

Chipotle burritos

Slow Cooked Meatloaf

Slow Cooked MeatloafI also made the Festive Pumpkin Bread Pudding and took a bunch of pictures of it and everything, but let’s just say it wasn’t very photogenic. In fact my kids kept saying that it looked like chicken. LOL! I think I chopped my bread cubes a little too big, BUT let me just say that it tasted really good regardless of its looks. *smile*

I can’t wait to try the Seasoned Turkey Breast, Italian Mozzarella Chicken, the Holiday Cider, Spiced & Sugared Nuts and so many more.

If you want to check out even more yummy recipes from this cookbook you can check out the pin board HERE.


Now don’t think that this cookbook is only full of delicious recipes, on no, it’s also filled with those wonderful tips that’s Gooseberry Patch if famous for. So make sure you take the time to read those wonderful little tid bits on each page.

A peek inside SSCF

Here are a few of the great ideas: For lots of sparkle, set a plump candle in a clear dish and surround it with rock salt.

Pull out your oversize coffee mugs when serving soup. They’re just right for sharing hearty servings, and the handles make them so easy to hold onto.

For a simple winter centerpiece, arrange mini figurines on a cake stand, dust with glittery mica snow, then add the clear glass cover…charming! 

Now that I have you all excited about this cookbook, how would you like a chance to win it? I always try to make this as easy as possible so read carefully on how to enter.

First off this giveaway is for the Gooseberry Patch cookbook; Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites. I will select one winner using Random.org. This is open to the U.S. and Canada only.

PLEASE leave me some way to contact you in case you win.

Giveaway will end Monday, September 15, 2014 @ 12:00 pm EST.

All you have to do to enter is answer this question.

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Have a lovely day my friends.



Gooseberry Patch has blessed me with a copy of this cookbook to review and give away. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Slow-Cooked Meatloaf

Slow Cooked Meatloaf Here is another yummy recipe out of the new Gooseberry Patch cookbook Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites. (affiliate link)

I have to admit that when I first thought of trying this recipe I was a bit skeptical. I mean I’ve been making meatloaf the same way for many years now so it wasn’t easy for me to try something new. Because after all why fix what’s not broken right? But I gave it a shot and I was pleasantly surprised.

First off it had really good flavor. Totally different from my recipe and the convenience of the slow cooker made it even more appealing. Though I did make a note of something that I will do next time as I had one thing not turn out exactly right. One side of the meatloaf started to fall apart while the other side was intact. I think it was because the juices gathered on the one side. Next time I’ll take some of the juices out so it doesn’t rest in it. But I will be making it again so that tells you something. *smile* That and I wouldn’t be posting it if it weren’t good. Each recipe I make has to get the seal of approval from the family before I’ll post it on my blog.

Slow-Cooked MeatloafIMG_6991

2 eggs, beaten

3/4 c. milk

3 slices bread, torn into small pieces

1 t. salt

1/2 t. pepper

1 c. catsup, divided

2 lbs. ground beef

1/2 c. onion, diced

1 oz. pkg. ranch salad dressing mix

In a large bowl, mix eggs, milk, bread crumbs, salt and pepper; let stand for 20 minutes. Add 1/2 cup catsup and remaining ingredients. Mix gently; mound in a greased slow cooker. Spread remaining catsup over top. Cover and cook on high setting for 15 minutes. Turn to low setting and cook for 7 hours.

Serves 6 to 8.

Here’s what it looked like from the start.

IMG_6990 You just mound it in there and walk away. Easy peasy.

I hope you enjoy this one.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Make-Ahead Chipotle Burritos

Chipotle burritos

Right now I’m reviewing another great Gooseberry Patch cookbook called Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites. (affiliate link) It’s pretty fabulous but I’ll wait until my giveaway to give you all the reasons why I love it.

But for now I’m going to be giving you an opportunity to check out a few recipes that I’ve tried from the book.

This first one was really good. It got thumbs up from the family.

Make-Ahead Chipotle Burritos

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breastschipotle burritos2

2 15-1/2 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed

2 11-0z. cans corn, drained

20-oz. jar salsa (I used Tequila Lime Salsa)

1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped

2 t. chili powder

2 t. ground cumin

2 t. dried oregano

1 T. salt

flour or corn tortillas

Garnish: sour cream, sliced avocado, shredded cheddar cheese

Divide chicken between 2 one-gallon plastic zipping freezer bags; set aside. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except tortillas and garnish; divide between bags. Seal and flatten bags; freeze. To prepare, thaw one bag in refrigerator for 24 hours; place contents of bag in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 hours, until chicken is very tender. Remove chicken and shred using 2 forks. Return chicken to slow cooker; stir to mix. Serve chicken mixture on tortillas, garnished as desired. Serves 6.

(I was in a rush this day so I didn’t freeze anything before hand and I cooked it on high for just 4 hours. I halved the recipe and put the ingredients into the crockpot and mixed it up. It turned out great. I used corn tortillas because we have to use gluten free stuff but we are probably going to use hard taco shells next time as the soft ones kinda fell apart. Flour tortillas would probably work really well too. And if you haven’t seen this trick to shredding chicken you’ll want to check it out. It’ll save you serious time and effort. Click HERE. )

Here’s what it looked like after I shredded the chicken and mixed it all together in the crockpot. YUM!




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