Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hi...Remember me?

 Welp, time to dust off the blog. It is rather embarrassing really...going this long (almost TWO MONTHS) without a post. But better to face up to it and get back at it right?!

It has been an interesting two months...

My first trimester has come and went. (We hit 15 weeks yesterday!) It REALLY kicked my bootie, but Nugget is worth all the sickness. I am starting to feel a bit more human each day. I have discovered that peppermints are my best friend...they ease my nausea, heartburn and indigestion...although, I am guessing it will be years before I touch them after the pregnancy. A girl can only take so much of peppermint! But whatever works right now is what I am going with! 

Thanksgiving and Christmas have come and gone. We did our best to keep the roads between home and Evansville held down as we did our family things. I made it through with only a few minor meltdowns. It was great to see our nieces and nephew opening the gifts we bought them. Hannah and Ethan were up first and it was a trip between the "Ah Cool!!!" and "Oh My Goodness!!! This is the best present ever!" Addie was up next and she was brokenhearted when she unwrapped her cool new color playhouse (cardboard house that she can play in and color) and couldn't open it up immediately and get to work. Fear not, she quickly recovered with the plethora of other presents she had to open. We also received some really amazing, thoughtful gifts...as did Nugget. (There will be more on that later.) 

One of the best highlights of my holiday season was helping out with Bless The Children. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE and ADORE my nieces and nephew and take great joy in finding that perfect gift for them...there is just something about being a part (even a really small part) of providing gifts for children who would have nothing. It makes me giddy...it brings me such joy...it reminds me of what Christmas is really about...it reminds me of the intense love our God has for us.

I never knew two months could fly by so fast! I just couldn't let the year end without at least one more post. I hope you and yours had a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and that you have a Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year!!!

See you in 2012!!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Winner Is...

Today is the day! 


And the winner of the Gooseberry Patch Summer In The Country cookbook is...


Congratulations M.J.!!! Check your email for an email from me so I can ship you this FABULOUS cookbook!!! 

Thanks to everyone who participated and to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with this awesome cookbook to cook through and keep and one to giveaway! This has been a wonderful experience! I'm so glad to have been a part of the In The Kitchen with Gooseberry Patch project! 



Saturday, October 29, 2011

In the Kitchen with Gooseberry Patch: Recap and Giveaway!!!

Well ladies and gents, we have reached the end of the ten recipes from Summer in the Country!






SO...here is a recap of all the yummy recipes that I've cooked up and baked up from this great cookbook!



There are many more great recipes to be found in Summer In The Country and here is your chance to win it!!! Below are all the ways to enter to win...


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  • Follow @gooseberrypatch on Twitter and leave a comment here to let me know
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  • Leave a comment on Gooseberry Patch’s blog and leave a comment here to let me know
  • Join the Gooseberry Patch Circle of Friends email club (http://bit.ly/GBPjoinourcircleoffriends) and leave a comment here to let me know


So you have 10 days to enter and the winner will be picked on Tuesday, November 8th! Good luck!


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 The Real Farmwives of America & Friends!

Friday, October 28, 2011

In The Kitchen with Gooseberry Patch: Aunt Elaine's Pink Lemonade Pie

The 10th and FINAL recipe (can you believe it has already been TEN recipes!) from Summer In The Country is Aunt Elaine's Pink Lemonade Pie



This recipe received a special honor in our household...Michael took one bite and says "This is my FAVORITE of all the recipes you've done! This is awesome!" :)



Start by mixing together your condensed milk, thawed pink (or regular if your little town doesn't have a SINGLE can of frozen pink lemonade in it!) lemonade concentrate, whipped topping and food coloring together.





Add in the lemon extract to taste if you want a little bit more tartness. (Don't mind the extra red food coloring, there MAY or may not have been a mishap with the food coloring and my counter top...and in the craziness of making sure I didn't have red dots permanently on my counter, I didn't get quite all of the food coloring in when I should have...so it was added here! :) )


After it is mixed really well, pour into your graham cracker crust and top with red decorating sugar! (Isn't it pretty!) Then pop it in the freezer for 4 hours or overnight.

 


You'll want to thaw it slightly before serving so that it is easier to slice it up and tada!











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 The Real Farmwives of America & Friends!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: God's Paintings



I've been LOVING all the beautiful sunsets! As I heard it said last Sunday..."God, you deserve to be praised because you can make THAT!" Amen...God is amazing :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In The Kitchen with Gooseberry Patch: Sweet Pineapple with Basil


Have unexpected company coming over? Need a quick recipe to throw together that is yummy and pleasing to the eye? The next recipe from Summer In the Country is your answer! Sweet Pineapple with Basil :)





Cut up your pineapple into bite size pieces and put into a bowl...add sugar




then lemon juice




and your "chopped" basil (I MAY or may not have resorted to tearing it up because my chopping wasn't going so well)







Gently toss it all together and tada...it's done!!!








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 The Real Farmwives of America & Friends!

      

Monday, October 24, 2011

In The Kitchen with Gooseberry Patch: Ravioli Taco Bake

Need a quick recipe that the kids will love? Then my next recipe from Gooseberry Patch is for you!






Ravioli Taco Bake from Summer In The Country



      

Start off by browning your ground beef, drain it and mix in the taco seasoning mix and water.


Then place the ravioli in a lightly greased 9x13 pan.



Spoon the beef mixture over the top.



Sprinkle with Cheddar Cheese


Bake uncovered at 350 for 25-30 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly...you can also sprinkle with olives before serving (I just happened to forget the olives this go round...oops!)


Then serve! Yummy! :)




This was really good with some tortilla chips and Michael added some Frank's to it...but he adds Frank's to EVERYTHING! I'm sure this is another recipe that could be made unique for everyone...give it a try and make it your own with a special twist! :)





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 The Real Farmwives of America & Friends!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

In The Kitchen with Gooseberry Patch: Ericka's Cheese Danish


Next up with Gooseberry Patch is a recipe that is wonderful for dessert, breakfast, snack...WHATEVER! It is just yummy!





I introduce to you Ericka's Cheese Danish :)





Start by greasing your pan...and if you have forgotten yet AGAIN to pick up some cooking spray, resort to a good ol' stick of butter! :)



Then layer one of the tubes of crescent rolls on the bottom of your pan and press together the seams.



Then mix together your cream cheese, 3/4 cup of sugar, egg yolk and vanilla.




Spread the mixture over your dough.




Then top with the remaining tube of crescent rolls.


Then brush with the egg white, sprinkle with sugar and throw it in the oven for 30 minutes on 350.



When it is nice and golden, take it out of the oven...




And cut into squares to serve...YUM!




We loved this recipe! It was easy and quick and can be altered in so many ways. We want to try it with a glaze or with an icing and we LOVED it with some homemade raspberry jam! So try it out and let me know what twist is your favorite!






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 The Real Farmwives of America & Friends!
      
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