"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

Monday, April 21, 2014

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Butter Pecan Ice Cream I knew when I spotted this dessert in the new Grilling and Campfire Cooking cookbook (affiliate link) from Gooseberry Patch, I was going to make it. And boy howdy, am I glad I did.

We all loved it!

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

1/3 c. chopped pecansIMG_6740

1 T. butter

1 c. brown sugar, packed 

1-1/2 c. half and half

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 c. whipping cream

1 t. vanilla extract

In a small skillet over medium heat, sauté pecans in butter until lightly golden, stirring frequently. Set aside. In a saucepan over low heat, stir together brown sugar, half-and half and eggs until smooth. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook 2 minutes more. Remove from heat; stir in cream, vanilla and pecans. Pour mixture into an ice cream freezer. Freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Makes 4 servings.

It had a nice soft serve consistency. If you want it firmer you could put it in the freezer for a little bit. I will be making this again for sure. So yummy and such a nice treat.

You can find this on page 208 of the Grilling and Campfire Cooking cookbook. (affiliate link)

I used this ice cream maker to make this.


I could have eaten all of it. But I don’t think my family would have gone for that. They were hovering like vultures. *smile*


Bon Appetite’


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Black Bean Turkey Burgers

I’m getting ready to review another wonderful and fun Gooseberry Patch cookbook called Grilling and Campfire Cooking (affiliate link) and this is one of the recipes I’ll be sharing with you from it.

Black Bean Turkey Burgers

I’m always on the lookout for a new burger recipe. You know, something to kick it up a notch and make it different. Well this recipe was a hit with the whole family.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


Black Bean Turkey Burgers

1-1/4 lbs. ground turkeyIMG_6693

3/4 c. canned black beans, drained, rinsed and lightly mashed

1 c. tortilla chips, crushed

1 T. chili powder

1 T. ground cumin

salt and pepper to taste

6 hamburger buns, split

In a large bowl, combine turkey, beans, tortilla chips and seasonings. Mix well with your hands and form into 6 patties. Grill over medium-high heat for 6 to 8 minutes per side. Serve burgers on buns, topped with a scoop of Avocado & Onion Slaw. Makes 6 servings.

Avocado & Onion Slaw

3 T. mayonaisseIMG_6690

1 T. vinegar

1/4 t. salt

1 avocado, halved, pitted and cubed

1/2 c. onion, thinly sliced

Mix together mayonnaise, vinegar and salt until well combined. Stir in avocado and onion.

I used our George Foreman grill to cook these and they came out really juicy and yummy. We also opted out of using buns since we are gluten free and all but I think you can taste the burgers and the slaw that much more because of it. *smile*


You can find this recipe on page 53 of the Grilling and Campfire Cooking cookbook (affiliate link). 

Bon Appetite’


Sunday, March 30, 2014

100 Days of Happy! Day 6

I’ve been joining in on this 100 Days of Happy thing going around and it’s been really fun. What you do is you post a picture of what is making you happy that day on your Facebook page, Instagram or your blog each day for 100 days. You can start whenever you want and just go for 100 days. I mean you don’t have to stop at 100 days it’s just a goal to set for yourself to make you stop and be more aware of what’s making you happy that day.

I’ve been mainly posting my pictures on my Homesteader’s Heart Facebook page and some on my Instagram but today I felt the need to blog about this particular happy moment.

My 8 year old loves to draw and color pictures and then hand them out to people. Whenever we have a get together he has his pictures all ready to hand out to anyone who enters. He spends hours drawing picture after picture.

Well last Sunday he decided to bring a few of them to the new church we’ve been attending. We hardly know a handful of people by name yet but he bravely handed his pictures to a few ladies that stood still long enough to receive one.  IMG_6684

Fast forward to today. We went to church and one of the ladies that our son had given a picture to came up and said how much she was blessed by his picture and how timely it was on a day that things just weren’t going so well for her and she wanted us and him to know how much it had truly touched her. She actually started to tear up.


Well I can’t tell you how much that blessed this momma’s heart. Our son doesn’t realize it but that’s his ministry right now. No one ever told him to do it he just started doing this on his own. It’s so neat to see God using him in a small but mighty way and it just fills my heart with joy.


So today, that was the thing that made me happy. VERY happy.

If you’d like to join in on the happy. Just use the hashtag #100HHDays I created for this and share on your Instagram or FB page. I’d love to see what’s making YOU happy each day.



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

101 SUPER-EASY Slow-Cooker RECIPES Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Happy Valley Primitives.

Oh happy day, I have another giveaway. Isn’t that exciting? I think it is because I have another great cookbook to give away to you. And if you’re like me, you love using your crockpot and are always on the lookout for some new delicious recipes. It’s a total win win situation here. So here is your sneak peek at “101 Super-Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes”. (affiliate link)


Let’s not waste any time here. Let’s jump right into what this cookbook is all about.

First off I love this series of cookbooks. Every page has a finished picture of the recipe which I love. It also offers a wide variety of recipes. From mains to sides to desserts and appetizers. There is something for everyone. AND the recipes are super easy. No fancy smancy ingredients that you can’t find anywhere. I love that!!

The unique thing about this particular cookbook is that it breaks the recipes down into time increments. Which is cool because depending on how much time you have you can find a recipe to meet that time slot.

So the contents look like this.


I’ve recently made two of the yummy recipes in this cookbook. The first is:

The Easiest Rice Pudding

Crockpot Rice Pudding 2

And the second one is Fantastic 40 Clove Chicken

40 Clove Chicken

I think you’ll like them. Other recipes that have caught my eye are Perfect Pumpkin Apple Cake, Chipotle-Black Bean Dip, Beans Southwestern Style, Squash Chickpea and Lentil Stew and so many more.

You can always check out the Pinterest board for this cookbook as other reviewers add their delicious recipes as well. AND you can go to the Gooseberry Patch website where they have more free recipes from the cookbook. Isn’t it totally cool of Gooseberry Patch to give you such a huge glimpse of a cookbook by sharing so many of the recipes before you buy it? I think it is.

So I bet you’d like to know how to win this baby. Well I’m going to make it super duper easy today. All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post telling me what you’re looking most forward to this Spring. This giveaway is open until Friday, April 4th 2014.

The giveaway is open to U.S and Canadian residents only. Gooseberry Patch provided me with a book to review and to give away. All opinions are my own.

You can always stay connected with Gooseberry Patch on their Facebook page and you can stay connected with Homesteader’s Heart on my Facebook page.

Have a lovely day my friends.

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